Monday, September 29, 2008

Iguana rescue.....not

Fire fighters are well used to being called out to rescue kitties in distress from trees that prove too scary, but a lizard? That’s a new one.

Firemen were summonsed by the RSPCA, in the UK, after some distressed residents in Cove, Hampshire, reported an iguana stuck up a tree. After arranging an aerial platform for the rescue and the presence of an animal rescue expert the fire brigade started their 45 ft ascent up the tree to find… a branch.

Bemused rescuers realized by the time they were 25ft up that the green-colored ‘iguana’ was nothing more than a weather-beaten algae-covered branch.

The animal rescue advisor at the scene Colin Horwood said: “The branch bore a striking resemblance to an iguana when seen from the ground.

“I have never seen anything like it.

“We take all animal rescues seriously but in this case it was a good intent false alarm.”

Firefighters attending the rescue had thought the call was entirely credible as they knew the RSPCA had rescued another iguana in the area just the week before.

Source Great Green Lizard Frozen in Time

Thursday, September 25, 2008

beginning bathroom tile....

waiting for grout, I really think putting the tile down on a diagonal makes it appear larger.

finally some real kitchen progress

Roughed in kitchen cabinets, finish work needed, but you can get an idea.(you can click on each picture to see more details in a larger view)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dear American,

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson

Sunday, September 14, 2008

an ancient and revered basil

below is what some of the proponents say, I say from personal experience that the tea (no caffeine) is delicious and seems to have an immediate effect on my state of relative calm, in other words it seems to help me stay more centered, stronger emotionally, and better able to resist the fears and worries that we are presented with daily.
The unique chemistry of Tulsi is highly complex. Tulsi contains hundreds of different beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals.

For example, the essential oil in the leaves of Tulsi, which contributes to the fragrant and refreshing flavor of Tulsi Tea, is a particularly rich source of valuable phyto-chemicals.

Working together, these compounds possess strong anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body's natural defense against germs, stress and disease.

But the best part is that tulsi is one of the most effective adaptogens ever known. An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress. Adaptogens reduce the intensity and negative impact of the stress caused by mental tension, emotional difficulties, poor lifestyle habits, disease and infection, pollution and other factors .

Holistic Health Promotion.
Enhances general health and well-being, having positive overall effects on the body and mind.

Stress Resilience.
Increases the capacity to cope and adapt to changing and challenging environments, and reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress (adaptogenic).

Energy and Performance.
Improves stamina and endurance, and increases the body's efficiency in using oxygen. Enhances protein synthesis and strength.

Anti-Aging Effects.
Helps retain (and regain!) youthful vigour, and slows the biological aging process by reducing the impact of physiological aging factors.

Provides significant antioxidant and free radical scavenging protection. Neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to premature aging, cancer, and degenerative diseases.

Radiation Protection.
Reduces the cell and tissue damage caused by harmful rays of the sun, TV, computers, X-rays, radiation therapy, high altitude air travel, etc.

Immunity Tune-Up.
Strengthens and modulates the immune system. Reduces allergic histamine, asthmatic and other adverse immune reactions.

Anti-inflammatory Action.
Reduces the painful and dangerous inflammation that plays a key role in various forms of arthritis, cancer and degenerative neurological disorders.

Antibiotic Protection.
Offers significant natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is, thereby, helpful in treating many serious systemic diseases, as well as localized infections.

Heart and Vascular Protection.
Lowers dangerous cholesterol and stress-related high blood pressure, protects the heart and blood vessels, and has mild blood thinning qualities, thereby decreasing the likelihood of strokes.

Liver Support.
Generally contributes to healthy liver function, improves the metabolic breakdown and elimination of dangerous chemicals in the blood, and counteracts various liver diseases.

Lung and Bronchial Support.
In addition to contributing generally to respiratory health, Tulsi has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues.

Contains vitamins C and A, and minerals calcium, zinc and iron, as well as chlorophyll and many other phytonutrients. It also enhances the efficient digestion, absorption and use of nutrients from food and other herbs.

And, as if that weren't enough, among its many other benefits, Tulsi also lowers fevers, reduces nausea, vomiting and cramping, protects against gastric ulcers, lowers dangerous blood sugar levels in diabetics, diminishes "bad breath," and repels mosquitoes!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dis-Ode to Republican veep

I actually know everything I need to know when I found out that she thinks it fun to shoot wolves from planes. But this really says the rest quite eloquently.
Excerpted from a essay by Eve Ensler complete essay here

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution.I take this as a metaphor.In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not.
Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name,when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil,strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and health care or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.
Consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.
Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

beautiful, abundant, but...poison

Scientific Name
Chlorophyllum molybdites
Common Name
Green-Spored Parasol, Green Gill

Highly poisonous and producing severe gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea,is the most commonly consumed poisonous mushroom in North America. The nature of the poisoning is predominantly gastrointestinal,and can be so severe as to be fatal.
This time of year, they are springing up everywhere and can get quite large. I have read that one reason for some poisonings is that Asian immigrants are used to eating a mushroom that looks like this in the Asian Indonesian countries they come from, so make the assumption this look-alike is good to eat.
I have been watching the squirrels eat this mushroom quite avidly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Shoes are the only thing I cannot find at my Goodwill/Salvation Army/Used Clothing stores, so the few shoes that I buy I order oline from Zappos.
Zappos Free Shipping & Free 365 Day Returns..this is really true, that is free shipping both ways, and no questions asked on returns. I have actually ordered different sizes in the same shoe just to make sure I had the right size and returned the other. Huge selection, and usually shipping in 2 days.
However, I have gone to the dark side, that is the Croc shoe side, made in China, from some petrolum based synthetic material. I now have two pairs, the extremely comfortable slides that actually have some arch support and now, even worse, I now have a pair of high heel crocs (actually my only pair of high heels)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

lucky one more time

the most storm swept through never attained hurricane status (but only by a few miles)
the street next to the water had a brief period of water, but it left quickly with no damage to any one's home