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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Home Depot

I'm still sitting here in shock.

While taking my first sip of tea at 6:10 am this morning, I got a call from Home Depot. The guy said that my soil (which I ordered on Thursday for my garden) was about a block away and that I needed to move my car.

6:10 AM, Home Depot delivers! — I'm still in shock!

It seems that the driver lives three doors down from me in the next block and as he went to pick up his load, noticed a light on in the kitchen and assumed I was up. In reality, I wasn't, but had gotten up about 30 minutes before he called.

And I thought I would still be waiting for it at 5:30pm today.

Now I am waiting to see if the tree trimmers show up to do an estimate for me on a tree I need removed and the stump of the Mahogany tree that didn't make in through Hurricane Wilma in 2005. I really tried to save that tree, but eight months after the storm, I had to have it cut down completely. A 2-foot stump and roots remain.

Friday, October 17, 2008

2008-09 Garden

I'm currently working on my Garden for this season. A special website is in the works and will have a link when I've put it up.

Here is a sneak preview.

I love watermelon, but as you may or may not know, watermelon is hard to tell if it is ripe or not. This watermelon turns a mustard-yellow color when it is ripe. See Picture.

McCain office in Pompano Beach links Obama to dictators


This sign -- which was headlined "Barrack Hussein Obama" and compared the Democratic presidential candidate to Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro -- was hanging in the John McCain campaign office in Pompano Beach on Thursday, October 16.

Full Sun-Sentinel Story

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Humane

Dying owner leaves 32 cats with vets

OPELIKA, Ala. - Five veterinary clinics in eastern Alabama received 32 surprises in the last week: Healthy cats in containers and carriers, along with notes from an anonymous donor saying she is dying from cancer.

The notes signed by "Miss R" beg the vets to find her pets new homes.

"My time is very, very short," the donor wrote. "There is not enough time to find homes for my children another way. I beg you not to let them die because I have to, please!"

"Please do not kill!" was written in capital letters on each of the containers.

Veterinarian Kim Bond said she found three plastic containers poked with holes sitting at her clinic's front door when she got to work at 7 a.m. a week ago.

Each cat's name, age, description and medical summary was written on its container. At least four other clinics received cats in Lee County, about 50 miles northeast of Montgomery.

"These cats were dearly loved," Bond told the Opelika-Auburn News. "They're not feral cats or neglected cats."

Most have new homes already. Veterinarian Buddy Bruce at Animal Health Center still has the six males dropped off Thursday at his clinic and he's offering discounts on all vet services, such as shots and neutering, to anyone who adopts one of the cats.

The identity and location of the donor is unknown.

"Other vets that I've talked to say the same thing, 'Let's do what we can to find these kitties homes,'" Bruce said. "These are her children. She took care of the situation the best way she could."

AP Story via MSNBC

Stormy Weather for us, but...

Looks like all the tropical storms are either going toward the North Atlantic or Mexico.

Good news for us. We've had quite a few storms, however.. loads of rain. It has been hard to get my raised beds in for my fall/winter/spring garden.

Monday, October 13, 2008

European, Asian markets bounce back this morning

A woman walks past a display showing stock index in Hong Kong Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. Hong Kong's key index surged more than 9.7 percent as Asian markets rebounded after last week's dramatic sell-off. The Hang Seng Index was up 1515.29 points, or 9.7 percent, at 16312.16. Associated Press © 2008

Gambling is a chronic problem in the U.S.

From the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, VA:

Wells Fargo wins Fed approval on Wachovia bid

Thank God that has been decided. What a roller coaster ride us depositors have had!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Sunday gave its stamp of approval to the takeover of Wachovia Corp by Wells Fargo & Co of San Francisco, which had battled New York-based Citigroup for ownership of the wounded bank.

In an unusual Sunday afternoon announcement that appeared timed to precede the opening of shaky global financial markets, the Fed said it already had been in touch with the U.S. Department of Justice and banking regulators about the deal.

"Those agencies have indicated that they have no objection to the approval of the proposal," the Fed assured.

The fight between Wells Fargo and Citigroup over Wachovia, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was acrimonious right up to the point when Citigroup finally backed out last Thursday.

It had drawn particular attention because it took place amid the frantic scramble by the U.S. government and regulators to devise ways for shoring up hard-pressed financial institutions, including through possible direct injections of capital into banks.

The Fed cited the "unusual and exigent circumstances affecting the financial markets, the weakened financial condition of Wachovia and all other facts" in its decision, saying it had shortened the usual notice period it generally gives regulators about such takeovers.

The deal could be completed in five days, the Fed said.

Full Reuters story

Sunday, October 12, 2008

McCain: bad politics, bad judgement

Make a Point at Current.com

Obama Gas

Gas station owner has gone all out for Obama!

Joe Biden on Negative Attacks

Very Powerful!

The American Promise

McCain in 'hatred' war of words

From the BBC International website:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has become embroiled in a war of words with racial undertones after clashing with a civil rights icon.

John Lewis (pictured at right) accused Mr McCain's campaign of "sowing hatred" against opponent Barack Obama and said he was reminded of 1960s segregationist George Wallace.

Mr McCain, who recently said Mr Lewis was one of his most admired Americans, called the reference "beyond the pale". Mr McCain has also tried to cool his supporters' resentment of Mr Obama.

In Minnesota on Friday, Mr McCain defended Mr Obama after some at the town hall meeting labelled him a "terrorist", "an Arab", a "traitor" and a candidate who inspired fear.

The Republican's campaign has also suffered from a legislative probe in Alaska that found his vice-presidential running mate and state governor, Sarah Palin, had abused her power.

With just over three weeks to go to the election, she has again denied any wrongdoing in the affair.

Full Story & Video

106-year-old voter chooses Obama

A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be the oldest person to vote in the 2008 US Presidential election.

Sister Cecilia Gaudette, who last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952, has registered to vote and says she will vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Although hard of hearing, she keeps herself informed by reading newspapers and watching TV at the convent. "I'm encouraged by Senator Obama," she says.

"I've never met him, but he seems to be a good man with a good private life. That's the first thing. Then he must be able to govern," she adds.

Sitting in her modest office in the convent where she has lived for the past 50 years, the diminutive nun appears uninterested in the row inside the American Catholic church over Senator Obama's support for pro-choice policies on abortion.

Asked about her hopes for the US under an Obama presidency, she says: "Peace abroad. I don't worry about the Iraq war because I can't do anything about it. Lord knows how it will end."

Full BBC story

Blooms of Plunkett

Blooms of Plunkett
A Banana tree in the backyard in full bloom