Just a rant~!

I awoke rather early as per usual this morning and felt that it was time to check on all of my friends and family who may now be Corona-virus “shelter in place” prisoners. This is always the same for me, as I am always in place~!

I hope all of you are doing well and have a good book to read or some other thing to do, as the TV only has negative news making your imprisonment worse.

As for me, I always have at least one book near me with a couple standing by. But today I am working on my journal…. Some day I will finish this, but then I guess the last line will only be “the end”.

Nothing new from here, still trying to get over that fall; and except for a few sore places and a wrist brace, I am doing fine. Just me and the animals. I had a huge coon get into the sun porch a couple of nights in a row and the two cats disappeared for three days at the same time. Cats are funny that way, they decided that if I was going to have coons, they were moving out, and after I trapped him and took him to new lands far away, they finally came home, but this had me afraid that something had happened to them…I will bet they were down under the Jacuzzi; a good place where they like to go to hide.

It looks like Joe Biden about has the election sewed up and I hope he is smart enough to get Amy Klobuchar as his running mate as this would make the presidency a sure thing for us.

God forbid that Sanders would drive me crazy with pointing his finger at me and yelling, as per Trump has done for almost four years. Is it only four years~? It seems like a life time~! I am ready for a little calmness, after all of that “make America great” crap~!

That about brings you up to date on my interesting life, so what is happening to you~?

SAM

11 thoughts on “Just a rant~!

  1. I’m so glad the cats came home — you are fortunate to be able to remove the coon while staying “at home”. And it sounds as if you have plenty to keep you busy!

    For now, I’m fine! I don’t normally do well staying at home, but it is helpful that the weather is very gray right now as well. I have enough food and other supplies to get me through a 2-week period, but then will need to figure out a way to bring in more food, and especially milk! In the last 2 days, though, I’ve had calls from several friends and neighbors checking on me and offering to help if I should need anything.

    I am taking some of the time to work on decluttering, and clearing up a “paper-chase” that has had the better of me — I should come out of this with a much tidier home, even if it only lasts a couple of weeks (I expect it will last a lot longer than that). And I have several books available. Too, I am hoping to be able to get out occasionally for a drive to the beach (about 10 miles) and to visit my heron friends, though I’ll try to be good and stay home more than usual!

    I’m feeling less discouraged than I was — the “task force” seems to be doing the right things. And I agree with you that the country is ready for a period of calm — I too am hoping that Biden will win over Trump in November. Enough of the lies and confusion!

    Stay well, stay safe, recover from that fall, and enjoy your home and your reading!

    Janet

    • Thanks Janet,

      I am about a mile from the Pedernalas River and the creek which passes through my place empties into the river there. We have a privet park spot there without homes around. So I just put the trap with coon in the back of my ATV and Tami and I drove down to the river with Mr Coon. He must have weighed over 35 pounds~! Each time I stopped or slowed, Tami would jump off the seat and run to the back to check on him. She did not want me to take him away… I would have to get out and make her get back in the seat.

      I don’t think that the cats really leave. There is a small spot in a corner, between the hot tub and the floor where they can drop down under the tub where it is warm and safe, I have a bedding place for them down there. When I first got Tami, they stayed there and one of them refused to come inside for weeks. But they did~!!! Their water and food would disappear at night while I slept. Ha~! But out of sight, you imagine all kinds of awful things,,,

      Do you have pets, If I did not have mine, I would be talking to myself, but with them I have an excuse. I have doggy doors where they can go out during the day, this is how the coon got into the sun porch.

      I don’t think that those blue herons will give you the crud… so you should enjoy them.. I would. I have a pair that nest in an old dead tree down by my upper lake. (oxymoron~?) up stream, not upland.

      I drink a lot of milk. Lactaid which seems to keep longer than whole milk and I buy it two half gallons at a time. But lately I have gone to three..always keeping one ahead. I have been digging frozen food out of my freezer so this is a plus to get rid of “stuff”, when living alone you fix more than you can eat and a lot gets put “in the freezer”. Bet you already know this~!

      Oh talking about food, I remember that I have some over ripe bananas, going to go make banana nut muffins. Ha~!

      SAM

      • I don’t have pets. Long ago I had a cat, but as I moved from Seattle back to Santa Barbara, and then on from there, it was too much to take a cat with me. And my job involved a lot of long days and out-of-town travel, so it would not have been fair to any animal to have a pet at home. I think you’re right that the cats don’t really leave, but rather find a comfortable hiding place — it sounds as if you’ve provided yours with a good spot under the jacuzzi! I’m not particularly a dog person (except for unusually calm dogs), but would like to have a cat if I end up at home alone more than I have been to now. What type of dog is Tami? I love that she didn’t want to let you release the coon!

        I’ll probably wait for a little more clarity about this confinement before I go to see the herons again. There are places where it means “stay home” unless you prove that you are going to the grocery or drug store, or pay a hefty fine — I don’t really want to pay a fine for a photo of a bird! The birds are at Dana Point Harbor. There used to be a grove of about 10-15 eucalyptus trees with large nests in the tops of all of them. A colony of about 20-25 herons lived in those nests, and for a couple of spring/summers I went to visit them daily. There were chicks in all the nests, and it was lots of fun to watch their culture (I’m a cultural anthropologist at heart). The sentinel was part of this — one bird would act as sentinel each afternoon at about 4 pm, signalling home to the rest of the colony. And they knew me, so they would let me walk up to them on the ground for photos — or drive up to where they stood as I parked the car,and so forth. They became real friends! And then a nearby building was renovated, and the parking lot was no longer a good place for the birds — they all disappeared for a couple of years, and the nests fell in the winter winds (or were knocked down?). I am really excited that they seem to be coming back!

        When I worked, I was often working for 16 hours a day. I ate lunches with customers, and either had take-out food or snacks for dinners. I got completely out of the habit of cooking, and still tend to eat dinner out most days. I am having to re-learn to cook, which I really enjoyed when I did cook, and to shop as well. I really was not ready to jump into this ‘sequestration’ quite so quickly, so am making do with what little food I had in the house, and what I could buy over the weekend. Milk is important for breakfasts, and I have lots of chicken in the freezer now, so I’ll get through the first week or so, but after that I’ll probably need to have the stores deliver food (how the world has changed!). Somehow it reminds me a little of life during WWII when everything was scarce and I was just learning about food and shopping! I certainly never expected to have to worry about exposure to other people at this point in life!

        Janet

      • [image: tami.JPG] Hi Janet,

        I really feel that I could not get long without Tami. She replaced another dog that died. She is part Papillon and part the dog down the street, a rescue. Less than 10 pounds and is the most gregarious dog I have ever owned, She loves everyone she meets and most love her as well. She understands everything I say to her and listens most of the time. However she does not want to be left alone when I go out in the summer and it is too hot for her. Yes she sleeps on my bed between me and the edge of the bed at my thigh, to protect me, one cat sleeps at my feet and the other cat sleeps just out or reach of my arm opposite Tami. so all four of us sleep without even knowing the others are around. At my potty break about three in the morning, I just say “I gotta pee” and she jumps over my body so I can get out of the bed~! When I get back she jumps back in her protective place, watching out for me in case there is a coon around. I was badly attacked by a German Shepherd when I was in school and I am not at ease around large dogs.

        There is a rescue place in Oakland = *Shelter* 0.2 miles. Oakland *Animal* Services. 1101 29th Ave Oakland, CA 94601. …Go look at them there, but bring a crate to take it home because once you meet one, you will not be happy without it~!

        I am not a solitary person, I love people and my animals help to fill the void after Shirley died. *The poem I wrote about that about covers it . * A week of so after we were married I was sent on a government project at the navel base in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where they designed and built the atomic engine for the subs. Because it was secrete she could not go. I was there a total of about six weeks and when I got back she told me if I ever went off and left her that way again, she would pack up and go back to Pennsylvania. I took her at her word and we never spent more than a week or so apart for the rest of the next 50 years.

        So you are a cultural (“bird”) anthropologist~! *Did you read the poem I wrote about birds~? * I will post it in case you have not. I am not sure if anyone really enjoys my writing but it occupies my mind….

        I did some volunteer work with Fanny May, after the Katrina hurricane along the coast. Went out and filled out forms with people who had lost homes to the damage…. The person I worked with was from Brow Bridge, named Robert Castille. I saw on the news today that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD suspending all foreclosures and evictions. Foreclosure moratorium will last for 60 days

        SAM Same As Marion

      • No Tami does not have those pointy ears like what the “show dog people” do, though hers have the butterfly effect, most show dogs have been bread for their pointy ears. Hers are not. I am negative on people who raise dogs in a two foot cage for the entertainment of being a show dog person rather than the love these animals have to give.

        I have posted photos on Tami and Friends.

        https://mcouvillion.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/tami-and-friends/

        SAM

        On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 6:32 PM Marion Couvillion wrote:

        > > [image: tami.JPG] > Hi Janet, > > I really feel that I could not get long without Tami. She replaced > another dog that died. She is part Papillon and part the dog down the > street, a rescue. Less than 10 pounds and is the most gregarious dog I > have ever owned, She loves everyone she meets and most love her as well. > She understands everything I say to her and listens most of the time. > However she does not want to be left alone when I go out in the summer and > it is too hot for her. Yes she sleeps on my bed between me and the edge of > the bed at my thigh, to protect me, one cat sleeps at my feet and the other > cat sleeps just out or reach of my arm opposite Tami. so all four of us > sleep without even knowing the others are around. At my potty break about > three in the morning, I just say “I gotta pee” and she jumps over my body > so I can get out of the bed~! When I get back she jumps back in her > protective place, watching out for me in case there is a coon around. I > was badly attacked by a German Shepherd when I was in school and I am not > at ease around large dogs. > > There is a rescue place in Oakland = *Shelter* 0.2 miles. Oakland > *Animal* Services. 1101 29th Ave Oakland, CA 94601. …Go look at them > there, but bring a crate to take it home because once you meet one, you > will not be happy without it~! > > I am not a solitary person, I love people and my animals help to fill the > void after Shirley died. *The poem I wrote about that about covers it > . * A week > of so after we were married I was sent on a government project at the navel > base in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where they designed and built the atomic engine > for the subs. Because it was secrete she could not go. I was there a > total of about six weeks and when I got back she told me if I ever went off > and left her that way again, she would pack up and go back to > Pennsylvania. I took her at her word and we never spent more than a week > or so apart for the rest of the next 50 years. > > So you are a cultural (“bird”) anthropologist~! *Did you read the poem I > wrote about birds~? > * I will post > it in case you have not. I am not sure if anyone really enjoys my writing > but it occupies my mind…. > > I did some volunteer work with Fanny May, after the Katrina hurricane > along the coast. Went out and filled out forms with people who had lost > homes to the damage…. The person I worked with was from Brow Bridge, > named Robert Castille. > I saw on the news today that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD suspending > all foreclosures and evictions. Foreclosure moratorium will last for 60 > days > > SAM Same As Marion > > > > On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 5:19 PM Los Perdidos > wrote: > >>

  2. Oh, dear — the photo didn’t come through! But I see similar dogs on the internet, and get the general idea! The shelter in Oakland is about 4-500 miles north of here — I am south of Los Angeles, just inland from Laguna Beach, and west of Mission Viejo. I’m sure the shelter you mentioned is a good one — but a little too far away to look at dogs!

    I don’t consider myself a solitary person either — I enjoy people, and worked with large groups of students and student aid professionals. I tend to become a little stir-crazy when the weather turns bad, or we are forced into an isolation situation like we’re in now, and I have to stay home all day.

    Haha — yes, I am a cultural anthropologist at heart — I became fascinated with the Pacific Northwest Indians when I lived in Seattle — their culture is extremely rich with art and legend, much of which is repeated in South Pacific legend as well. It was interesting to me that the Great Blue Herons had a “society” that, as I got to know them, was quite defined. I don’t think I saw your poem about the birds — I’d enjoy reading it.

    What a surreal world we live in right now! It’s very rare for me not to see people for several days at a time — I hope this phase won’t last too long, although I rather expect we’ll still be practicing “social isolation” for several months. I also expect that the world will have a very different look when we come out the other end of this pandemic!

  3. Aha — yes, I was able to access the bird poem by using the link. It’s a wonderful poem. I particularly like the last two verses, about population, although I tend to think that denser population could be the beginning of more difficult situations unless we can spread out the population.

    It is that birds are so gregarious,
    and like humans, are also social creatures.
    Living in communities so thick they may scare us,
    but this is a trait that we should also feature.

    We must think about this most carefully,
    as populations around us begin to loom,
    to get along and live in harmony,
    because if we don’t, it may be our doom

    Also in response to your last message, I’m glad the Feds are suspending foreclosures and evictions, although I expect it will have to be extended well beyond 60 days to have the desired effect. While I was at SallieMae, we privatized and were no longer a GMO. The programs have changed dramatically since I retired 15+ years ago, and it would be embarrassing for me now to be associated with the business. I have some real issues with the complaints that students cannot repay their student loans — did they overborrow? Did the banks seduce them into larger loans than they needed? Are the colleges perhaps complicit as they increase their tuition in order to build fancy new campuses? Is it really my responsibility (and yours) to pay for the excesses? I’m glad I left when I did!

    • Well now we agree on everything you say above, but I sum some of it up under common reasons, first most of our problems stem from over population, and as to your other statement we are no longer a democracy but rather a Corporatocracy and we can thank the Conservatives for this, almost every part of our lives are controlled by big business and yes I saw your Manny being moved into the same trap, I have no ready answer to that except to fight them but any business must show big earnings to pay billionaires. Now I want be able to get to sleep…… Hay a few minutes ago Tami started barking and ran outside. I had reset that trap… Well I did not catch a coon, No it was only a possum. So tomorrow she and I will make another trip to the park at the river. I have gotten lazy and let them get over populated.. In some cases I have even fed them.. I have an old mother fox with little ones and I have been putting food out on the ground for them. Stupid Marion Couvillion. Past time for bed here may be a good movie I rarely watch fiction so it is usually the history channel.

  4. Sleep well! It’s almost that time here, too, but it’s likely to be a short news program (unless there’s a police chase — for a while we had one of those each night!). And scratches for Tami behind those butterfly ears from me!

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