April 5, 2016

It's April???

Spring is suppose to be here. But Sunday we had temps in the mid 20's, snow flurries and high winds. I took one look at the weather and cancelled the errands I was going to run. No reason to go out if not necessary.

Monday I had to get those errands done. Still cold but at least the snow had tapered off and the winds had died down.

This morning, at 7 a.m., I can see the sun is going to shine today. As I check the outside temps I see it is SEVENTEEN degrees!

It's April 5th and it's 17 degrees out! Good grief!!!!

And my lovely blooming daffodils are now buried under a few inches of snow.  :(

March 19, 2016

She's Been Invited and Going! Congress of Future Medical Leaders

This is a RAVE!

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, an organization that "helps all young people who want to become physicians or medical scientists achieve their dream" holds a conference in June. Called the FutureDocs, The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is by invitation only to high school students with excellent grades.

I am very pleased to announce that my granddaughter has been invited to attend and will be going to the Congress in June, this year held on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Lowell. This should be a fantastic experience for her and I'm very proud of her.


March 16, 2016

Trump Supporters Forget (Deny?) Our Country's Diverse Immigrant History

I just read this quote in an article titled "Rest In Peace To The Republican Party"

" One Trump supporter told us that “We grew up in an all-white America with Christian values. We look around and see immigrants, Muslims, people who are just not like us.”   (Source)

To me it explains completely what is happening in this country and describes the people who are voting for Trump.

Scary isn't it?

These supporters have forgotten (did they ever know?) that our country has been called a Melting Pot; that our country's greatness has been built on the back of immigrants coming from other countries, whether it is the Irish fleeing a famine or Russians fleeing Communism or Jews fleeing Germany.

All of these people came to the United States and lived in their own self-made ghetto (think Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side in NYC).  It is hard to assimilate into a new society with a new language and new customs. But over time the children of these immigrants did just that and I believe the same will happen with the children of all immigrants.

Is this any different than what the Mexican's (escaping poverty) and Syrians (escaping civil war) are doing?

I look back to my own family history. My great grandmother never learned English. My father's first language was Yiddish. Sad to say that our family has lost the language but, while still maintaining some of our heritage, we consider ourselves Americans, through and through.

I'll finish with the quote on the base of the Statue of Liberty (bolding mine) ...

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


March 15, 2016

Can People Really Be That Dumb???

My husband called his doctor's office to check on the date and time of an appointment. As is now usual, the first thing he was asked was his birth date.

So he told them month, day and year, with the year as the last two digits. The person who he was speaking with asked if that was "19?" 19XX??? What else would it be??????? He felt like he wanted to tell her "No, 20."

How dumb can some people be??? And this one is working at a doctor's office.

March 11, 2016

"Whatever Happened to Our Freedom of Speech?"

This is a retweet of a Trump Instagram

"We can't have a rally in a major city. What ever happened to freedom of speech?" -- Trump on @MSNBC

So when Trump's Freedom of Speech is threatened, he takes to social media and complains.

But when people protest at Trump rallies, all you hear is Trump shouting to "throw them out" and encouraging his supporters to violence.


What happened to the protestors' right to free speech????


Spring Is Here ... At Least For a Few Days

So we've been teased the past couple of days. Temps up into the 60s and sunshine. Daffodils on their way up for weeks. Enough to persuade me to go outside and do some yard work.

Usually I'm very good at finding excuses not to do any gardening. I used to have a large vegetable garden. Then when the kids left home, that became a big perennial garden ... my second large one. Lots of work with mulching and keeping it tidy. So a couple of years ago I decided they needed to go.

A project that I thought would take maybe two summers is now heading into its fifth season. And if it hadn't been for the help of my granddaughter who stayed with us last summer, it would probably be another two to three seasons before either the project was done or I collapsed.

The perennial gardens are gone and now sprout grass. The weeds growing around the house have been dug up, the borders lined and the beds covered with ground cloth. I've got day lilies (easy to care for) ready to go in and will do that when it gets a bit warmer.

In the meantime, today I reseeded some of the lawn. Unfortunately there are a lot of spots that need to be dethatched and reseeded but only one small area got done today. Worked at it for about 1/2 hr and I decided that was enough for the first time this season.

Tomorrow is another day.


March 7, 2016

Winter and Pot Holes and More Pot Holes and More Pot Holes

It's winter in upstate NY. And that means potholes in the roadways. So why am I spouting out about something that is expected and common?

Because there is a particular four lane divided highway that leads from the outskirts of my suburb to the expressways that loop the city. And every year that expressway gets potholes in the same places. It is so bad that cars need to swerve into the adjoining lane to miss the worst of it.

And every year they patch it and guess what? The same thing happens again during the next winter.

Wouldn't it be nice if instead of throwing the money away every year they just bit the bullet, spent the bucks and fixed it properly!

February 29, 2016

Will Trump Pull Ahead On Super Tuesday?

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday. And to say I am nervous about the results is an understatement.

Will Trump pull even further to the front or will Rubio be able to catch up.

The idea of Trump as president worries me. I told my husband that this presidential campaign must be making us the laughing stock of the world. His response is that world leaders should be worried. If Trump is president there is absolutely no telling what he will do.

His campaign is bombastic. There is not one word about how he specifically plans to accomplish ANYTHING! Build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and have Mexico pay for it? Did you read the response from ex-President Calderon of Mexico?

Despite multiple requests, he has not released his tax returns. He claims he can't do it because he is in the middle of an audit. According the NPR who spoke with several tax experts, "No law exists barring people from releasing their tax returns during an audit."

And he doesn't learn from his past actions, like retweeting for a second time a tweet from a white supremacist.

Trump has declared bankruptcy four times. Obviously for him, that's an easy way to get out of his financial problems. What's he doing to do about the U.S. deficit? Declare bankruptcy????

I could go on and on but all I do is get more angry and more frustrated that this man could possibly be the next president of the U.S.

Does the U.S. political scene need a change? Probably. But Trump is not it!