The Lady of Shalott (1842)
Sometimes a song just helps me get thru the day.
Sometimes a song just helps me get thru the day.
I listened to most of this interview on WBUR (public radio) last night/early this morning and it was so informative and stunning. I highly recommend you take a half hour and listen to it, as well. Click the links I’m putting in. What is happening the world over will stun you, if you haven’t already learned this information.
If you are any kind of a Climate-Change-Non-Believer – read it and then tell me you don’t believe! (I doubt you will do this because it’s been my experience that if you are a non-believer in the first place, you won’t read it!) But do try. The amount of poison this old world of our has sustained, and is sustaining right now and in the future, is almost incomprehensible.
That’s all folks.
Bex & Co.
It was Paul who alerted me to this recent publication of “Dear Abby” in the newspaper today. He brought it out for me to read saying, “This could have been written by YOU!”
And he is so right (with a very few minor exceptions).
This is from the “Dear Abby” column in today’s Salem News:
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 40 years. Like most people, we’ve had our good times and bad, but we’ve both been committed to the marriage, and so we’ve made it work.
Now I’m faced with a problem for which I see no solution. My husband refuses to learn to use a computer. He knows nothing about computers, not even how to turn one on!
As you know, computers are now key to even the most fundamental tasks. That means, as the only computer user in the house, all tasks are MY responsibility. Banking, bill paying, communications with family, friends, lawyers, financial advisers, arrangements for social events, business meetings, medical appointments, travel and other activities are totally up to me. He does NONE of it! He washes the dishes and takes out the trash, but any function that requires brains and technology are totally left to me.
I’m tired! Is this fair? I’ve asked many times for him to go to our public library and take lessons on computer use, but he adamantly refuses. How do I handle this?
IT’S ALL ON ME IN NEW YORK
(and Abby’s response):
DEAR ALL ON YOU: After 40 years you are not going to change your husband, so appreciate the things he does do. I know you’re tired and it may not seem fair, but grit your teeth and forge ahead.
You have no idea how lucky you really are. Many wives know little or nothing about the family finances. If something unforeseen happens to their husbands, they are left scrambling to learn about realities for which they are not equipped.
P.S. Consider asking your husband what he would do in the case of YOUR sudden death. He, too, would be left completely adrift. It couldn’t hurt to warn him.
We certainly had a good old laugh over this! We’ve only been together for 31 years, not 40, and he does way more around here than wash the dishes and take out the trash (for which I am eternally thankful, believe me!). Without him, we could not have a dog! Belle would never have adopted us! Without him, I could never have taken up this time-consuming and sometimes over-indulgent hobby of crocheting all the time! Without him, we would never have flown across the pond to our beloved England and Scotland eight times over the course of our married years… which gave us memories to last forever. Without him I would never have known the love of two Great Pyrenees doggers, named Esmeralda and Nicodemus, and neither would I have ever been graced with the love and companionship of the rest of the Crowell family, i.e. Muffin Collie-Flower, Jasmine Rose, Whitby, Emmalee, Kip, and now the most wonderful collie girl, Belle.
Without all these things in my life, what would be the point?
Yes, my wonderful lobsterman husband does not know how to turn on a computer, or, for that matter, the TV, the radio, or the DVD player! When his radio/alarm clock loses power, I have to help him reprogram it. Setting all the digital clocks in the house is always MY job after a power failure. Each time I want to go to bed early (which only happens a few times a year) and he wants to stay and see the end of a show, I’ll have to go over all the directions on which buttons to push on the remotes, etc. It’s always a learning experience all over again when it happens.
All that said, I wouldn’t trade him for all the Don Juans in the world, all the computer savvy guys out there, or all the football-game-loving jocks. He’s just right for me. I love him just the way he is. And I always will.
Bex & Co.
Recently our darling Belle-the-collie-dog was a little off-weather. She “leaked” in two places – once on the wood floor where she likes to sleep, and once on the sofa, where Paul likes to sit! We were concerned enough to schedule a trip to the Vet for her to see if there might be some underlying problem causing this.
Let’s see if I can tell this short tale so it’s coherent.
She went for her visit and Paul took a sample of her pee. She had blood drawn for the inevitable blood-work studies. Once the results came back, Belle’s doctor called to report what they’d found. Anaplasmosis, to be exact. It’s a tick-borne illness. She would need a course of antibiotics for this, and, according to Dr. M, this particular medication, Doxycycline Hyclate, is a rough one to take – makes the patient have an upset tummy and/or diarrhea.
Dr. M. said that if she had these side effects, she would prescribe Belle some pills to settle them down.
Paul went up to our local pharmacy near here to get the prescription for the Doxy. When he got home he had a deer-in-the-headlights look about his face… he said that this was one expensive pee-leak! I was to guess at the price… I guessed $59… Nope. $75? Nope, $150? (please no), Nope. Higher. He gave me the bag with the price on it and I was stunned…
There are two spots for prices on these bags. One is the “YOU PAY” price and the other is the “RETAIL PRICE.”
On this first go-round, the “You Pay” price was $234. and change. I about lost all the marbles remaining in my head! What? TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR DOLLARS? For a 30 day supply of antibiotics?
What? I shook my head a few times thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me.
I can’t remember the exact other figure under the RETAIL PRICE but it was a little more than the first price… say by about $25.
When I spoke with Dr. M next, I ranted and railed about this price! That was when she told me that if we had gotten the pills at her place (Vet Clinic), it would have cost us $71.
SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS! As opposed to the $234. that we paid at the pharmacy!
I was seeing RED!
To make a long story shorter, we decided that Paul would try to get a refund on them and he would go to the Vet Clinic and get them there. Dr. M. called the Pharmacy and explained how outrageous their price was and she, in the end, convinced them to refund us most of it but we would just keep those pills.
OK. Fine. Paul had to go down and get the stomach upset tablets from Dr. M. anyway later that day.
So when he got back with the original bottle of pills, they were in a newly printed bag, and, now sit down.. this was the label on the new bag:
Can you see the prices? We pay now – $89.90 (as opposed to the $71 the vet would have charged us) BUT the clincher is that the Retail Price jumped from somewhere around $275-give-or-take a few dollars before, to a whopping $553.29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I realize that is not what we are paying, but why such a huge jump?
I must admit I am still in the dark, but I give up.
Belle is on the antibiotics now and the tummy upset pills and we shall see how she makes out.
When we had given them to her the first time, she threw up her whole breakfast. Here’s hoping all stays put this time!
Bex & Co.
Below: My latest pile of crocheted cat blankets I made to be donated to the Odd Cat Sanctuary for the kitties to sit/sleep on.
I keep hearing “Who have the Dems got to run in 2020? Nobody!”
Well, to that I say… that is so wrong.
I am not writing this to argue with anyone, because the Lord knows that there are enough people out there who would argue with me, but I’m just putting it out there.
My choices for possible candidates for President and Vice President to run in 2020 are:
(and I actually only have three but there are a whole lot of others who might fill the slots, but these are my favorites)
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg for President
Eric Swalwell for VP
Adam Schiff for VP
Michelle Obama for VP
Now in the case of Caroline being President for a good 8 years, and Michelle helping her to turn the country back around to a righted position again, then Michelle would run in 2028 for President.
Just thinking about this sends chills down my spine.
If only dreams would come true.
That’s it. It’s out there. Things will never happen in this world if no one dreams them.