Thursday, June 28, 2007
Okay, who knows the musical where this song is from?? I'll reveal in the comments if no one knows.
So, I've been so busy at work preparing for our summer board meeting. By the time I get home I have virtually no energy to post or to even read. PLUS, there is something wrong with my laptop at home. For some reason, I cannot post comments or even look at comments on my or other blogs! When I click on the comments, a box has always popped up saying there are secure and unsecure items listed, do you want to see all, then you click yes, or no. Well, I always click yes and that is that. Now, no matter what I click the message still comes up and freezes my computer so I have to shut down and start over. And, I have no energy to try and figure out what is wrong. So, I'm taking a break from work (Shhh) to send out a quick post.
Has anyone been to Puerto Rico? That is where our summer board meeting will be. In San Juan actually. I'll be there for almost four days. But, instead of spending my time here:
I'll be seeing this from 8:00 a.m. until 5 to 6:00 pm every day
Plus my job is to make sure all the arrangements are set, food is on time, etc. when I'm not taking minutes at the meeting. So my days are actually longer than the basic board meeting.
The hotel I'll be staying at is the Caribe Hilton. It is right on the beach (it actually has a private beach). That is the first photo posted. It is on 17 acres of lush tropical gardens and also boasts a bird sanctuary, shown below!!
So I'm hoping to get out in the early a.m. for some walking around. I'm thinking of getting a basic "Birds of Puerto Rico" guide to see what they have. I asked my hotel contact what to expect in regards to the weather. She just laughed and said "hot and humid". Oh great, out of frying pan and into the fire!!
I better get back to work. I have to figure out menus for 25 people for 3 1/2 days of eating!! No matter what I choose, I always get compliments and complaints.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Butterball and his sidekick Apu relaxing on an absolutely beautiful Friday evening. Windows open, cool breeze, low humidity. A rare and wonderful summer evening in suburban Maryland.
Buddy, the neighborhood bully. A sweet cat that craves human attention but beats up on all the other cats. I have a supersoaker on my front porch, filled and ready for him. In this photo, he is quiet and relaxed not bothering anyone. I think it is the wonderful weather.
Woody (aka, Baby Huey). I took in Woody as a stray in June of 2002. He was the most emaciated kitten I had ever seen. He has since grown into the largest of my herd weighing in at a whopping 20 pounds! He loves absolutely everyone. If Woody were a dog, he would be a big goofy black lab.
Hey, wait a minute! Okay, I just had to post this photo of Rocky who came up on the porch to feed a few nights ago during a thunderstorm, hence his spiky fur-do. He does make an effort to blend in with the rest of the cats though.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I hope your weather is as amazing as it is here!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Some of your know Dulary is The Elephant Sanctuary's latest resident. She came from the Philadelphia Zoo in May. Although her living conditions at the zoo were not ideal, she was greatly loved and dare I say that she was one pampered packyderm.
I had to laugh at some of the updates saying she was adjusting well and was starting to "respectfully" interact with her caregivers. Hmmm, I wonder what that means?
The latest update stated that her caregivers noticed she has taken up the hobby of rock collecting. But guess where she stores them:
Can you see it? On the top of her head!! They said she likes to put a rock on her head and balance it as she walks around. What a character!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This photo was taking in 1986 at the Hands Across America event near the Washington Monument. Cat59 is the long-legged gal in the white jeans. (I was taking the photo.)
We've been together through good times and bad, boyfriend breakups, deaths of friends and family, and her marriage to wonderful Dave. They've moved around from Maryland to Pennsylvania. To Georgia, and now in North Carolina.
She was always the serious one...............;-)
This photo was also taken in 1986. Say, are those pantyhose on your head!?!
Have a great day!!
Love, Possumlady and the Herd
Monday, June 18, 2007
I would never call this a blueberry bush, more like a blueberry twig. It keeps hanging on, this is its 4th year and the few blueberries I have gotten in the past have never made it to this size. The mockingbirds have always found them. But this year they are being hid by.......
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Here is a cute little arctic hare all dressed in his winter clothes, just waiting for the snow.
Here is part of the tour group I went with, walking through town. The sun had just risen and it was around 9:00 am
Saturday, June 9, 2007
So, I returned last night just when things were getting dark. It was oppressively hot and humid and I was already hearing low rumblings of thunder in the distance. Then I saw something I had been looking for since early May. I was getting worried since I hadn't seen it yet. So I ran and got my camera and tried taking some photos while moving and this is how they came out
This one was a little more in focus
I had no idea of I was getting anything until I uploaded the photos, Then, I saw it!
Look towards the lower center, slightly to the left. Do you see the little light? It's a firefly!! They're back!!! I love them. They get so numerous that my yard looks like a fairy garden at night. Man it was hard to photograph them. My flash was going off and I can only assume the flashing males saw this huge flash and thought "Man, that is one big firefly, I better get out of here quick!"
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Photo of Maggie taken recently. Note her sunken cheeks. This does not look like a healthy happy elephant to me.
There has been a tug of war for years between the animal welfare community and the Alaska Zoo regarding Maggie. The Zoo obviously thought she was fine, basically wanted people to butt out of their business and wanted her to stay. (They were even thinking of getting a treadmill for her!!) But, Maggie seems to have lost an awful lot of weight recently and in the past few weeks she has been laying on her side and then not been able to get up. They had to call in the fire department to work with getting her back on her feet. (An elephant cannot lay on its side for very long due to its own weight that can crush internal organs.)
The Alaska Zoo board finally agreed this week to relocate Maggie. I am REALLY hoping it is not too late. She may go to another zoo, or to a sanctuary. While I would love her to go to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, I think the trip from Alaska would prove to be too much for her.
So I'm asking everyone who reads this blog to please say a prayer for Maggie. If you don't believe in prayer, please send positive thoughts her way. Tell her to not give up and to hold on a little longer. I pray there are better and brighter days ahead for her.
Keep the faith Maggie!
One thing I want to add. I think the VAST, VAST majority of folks working IN zoos really DO care for the animals they are charged to look after. (No one I know gets rich working at a zoo.)But when you get big institutions involved (the American Zoological Association), they always seem very quick to defend themselves and the practices they have been using for years. They also seem to dismiss new research and those who question their practices as uneducated, crazy animal activists. I think there is a new era coming in captive elephant management that the more progressive zoos are tuning into. The Philadelphia Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, and the LA Zoo have all closed their elephant exhibits believing they could not ethically keep these animals because of either lack of space or the cold climate. What does the AZA do when this happens. Well, with the Detroit Zoo, they threatened to take away their accreditation if they decided to close the elephant exhibit. After the head of the Detroit Zoo made the decision to close their elephant exhibit....he resigned. Update: I was wrong, Ron Kagan, the head of the Detroit Zoo did not resign after making the courageous decision to close the elephant exhibit. As of the fall of 2006, he was still the Director. (I needed to double check that, as it is amazing how fast information gets thrown around on the internet and I didn't want to be on of those people giving out false information.)
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Damn digital cameras with their split second delay! This was the only one of the bunch worth posting. (Mary how DO you DO it??)
That's all for today. I'm just happy as a clam with my new feeder. I will leave you with a photo of yet another of my herd--Sunkist. Just because he is so darn cute.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Sorry for the fuzzy photo, but it is a photo of a photo.
She developed arthritis in her spine about 2 years after I got her. By the time I put her down, she was almost totally deaf. But, again, being the smart dog that she was, we worked out a series of hand signals where she learned three things--I wanted to take her out, wanted her to stay, or I was very happy with what she had done.
She was loved by all who met her. In fact I credit Jiminy for bringing my neighbor Stephanie and I together. We have become good friends over the years. She had seen Jiminy for almost a year and wanted to know if I wanted to drop Jiminy off at her house during the day. She had a schnoodle named Koko that was a little anxious when left alone. My neighbor is an artist so she was home pretty much all day except for a few hours. Jiminy and Koko hit it off well and Stephanie would take them on little outings to creeks or ponds which Jiminy just loved. I would come home from work and pick her up, soaking wet and exhausted from a fun filled afternoon. Actually, Stephanie went with me to the vets when I had to put Jiminy down. Jiminy loved baby food. I had always split a jar for my cats for a treat each evening. Jiminy would then get to lick out the jar. When we went to the vets for the last time I brought a full jar of turkey baby food with me. Being surrounded by the ones you love the most, eating the food you love the most, then gently falling asleep. I can't think of a better way to leave this world.
About a year after Jiminy died, my neighbor surprised me with this wonderful portrait she painted
I will certainly get another dog at some point. But I think I will need to be retired. I have such a herd of cats right now that it just wouldn't be fair to the dog unless I wasn't working full time. One thing that I do know, though. I will always get a shelter dog, and always get an older dog (yes, maybe even an 11 year old). Jim-jim, you are still missed.
In honor of all the senior dogs languishing in shelters, the vast majority put there just because they are old and their owners don't have time for them any more, I'm providing a list of the top 10 reasons to adopt an older dog:
1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping up after accidents.
2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.
7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.
8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.
9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.