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Yesterday as I was packing the car to go to the hospital I saw a hummingbird on the floor of the garage. She was tangled in cobwebs and had probably been in the garage all night.

I picked her up and was pleased to see she still had enough energy to struggle. I got a better hold on her and took her into the house shouting for Mralrescate. He had happened to make some hummer hooch the night before so we had some sugar water ready to give her.

We took her outside and started removing the cobwebs from her feathers and feet while giving her drinks of sugar water. She flew out of my hands a couple of times but was still so tangled (and confused) that she couldn't figure out how to fly off the porch. We were able to gently snag her to continue removing cobwebs and giving small drinks of water. At one point she flew onto my chest with her wings and tail feathers spread. Her lovely green irridescent feather were quite a sight on my red shirt. Mralrescate proceeded to give her drinks of sugar water while she was on my chest which resulted in quite a bit of sugar water down my shirt.

As we were removing one more bunch of cobwebs from her feathers she flew again and this time made under the porch roof and slowly up to a tree in the yard.

I hope she was able to recover.

What about the bruises?

Well when she was on my shirt, Mralrescate said he would be pouring less sugar water down my shirt if I was sitting down. So I leaned against the door so I could squat down to give a better angle. Unfortunately for me the door wasn't completely closed and I fell into the house with all the dogs around me. (They had been standing at the door watching us.) Luckily the dogs decided not to rush out to escape and the hummingbird was not harmed. I, however, have a couple of bruises on my arm.
alrescate: (Jackson & me)
You may have heard of Dr. Randy Pausch. He recently gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Pausch knew he was dying of Pancreatic cancer when he gave a lecture in a series of professors giving their "Last lecture..."

He recently gave an eleven minute version of this lecture on Oprah. I think it's well worth watching if you haven't yet.

You can find the original lecture on YouTube.
alrescate: (full mouth)

What'cho lookin' at?
Originally uploaded by alrescate3.
For [profile] mysterylady36

This is one of the chipmunks that has been frolicking in my front yard. I was afraid the little fellows had abandoned the area because Zoe had killed one. (I assume it was Zoe...she has been getting out lately.)

I was quite pleased to see this little guy stuffing his face yesterday. I couldn't get too close and he would never "pose" so I could get his stripes but since I promised [profile] mysterylady36 a picture I thought this would do. Doesn't he remind you of Marlon Brando?

Puppy update: My uncle may have found the big guy a home. Fingers crossed!
alrescate: (Dogs)

Wanna puppy?
Originally uploaded by alrescate3.
So it's an "al rescate" morning!

Driving in to work this morning I spotted a small turtle in the road. I stopped and set the little guy off the road. I didn't get very far before I spotted another small turtle. So I stopped and moved him too. I was feeling pretty good about my turtle rescue when I went around a corner and saw a fluffy white puppy next to the road. He didn't look like he had a collar and he was on a part of the road where he was bound to get hit. So I pulled over and called to him. He came right to me and I have brought him to work with me. He's very sweet and he needs a home. I think he might be a Pyrenees as he has those big dew claws. He's much cuter than he looks in this picture.

He's very, very sweet and is sleeping at my feet right now. I have five big dogs and cannot keep him. Does anyone want a puppy?

And I'm serious when I say I can't keep him. If I don't find a home for him today he has to go to the shelter.

From the AKC site:
Character and temperament are of utmost importance. In nature, the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle, and affectionate. While territorial and protective of his flock or family when necessary, his general demeanor is one of quiet composure, both patient and tolerant. He is strong willed, independent and somewhat reserved, yet attentive, fearless and loyal to his charges both human and animal.

alrescate: (glass)
As some of you know, my stepfather is an artist and has done a couple of books. He now has a new website & if you feel so moved please go take a look and spread the word too if you don't mind. (The site is still under construction so please keep that in mind.)

In his words:

My name is Domenic, spelled with an e. I became an illustrator because I'm a philosopher. I became a poet to keep from being bored in algebra class. I got over the algebra but not the poetry, which brings me to this little project, Dragon Stew. I tried to talk other people into writing poems about dragons which I hoped to illustrate, which some (not enough) of my friends did, and this led me to a discovery. Poetry, even poetry heavy with imagery, does not necessarily translate well into a visual. So I ended up writing the darn thing myself. I think I did a good job, I hope my philosophical bent did not get in the way too much, I know I did a good job with the pictures, and the printers (General Printing in Columbia Missouri) did a great job. Various testimonials tell me I have a sense of humor, evident in the book. My wife says if I do have a sense of humor, its a low one, thank you very much. Personally, I think I'm just too clever for words, (so to speak ).
I have a lot of time and effort invested in this book, I hope you will take a peek, @ If you like what you see, help me out and send this paragraph to everyone on your E-mail list.
sincerely, Domenic. (with an e.)
alrescate: (Watson)
This morning as I was rushing around like a chicken without a head* trying to get out to work and I stepped out the front door to let in my ole Watson dog. There, shining in the morning's light was a spider's web. The way the light hit it made it look iridescent. I took a moment to appreciate the beauty of the finely made web and then dashed back into the house to grab the camera. I didn't get a good picture of it but that isn't going to stop me from sharing it! And don't worry [profile] shadiehawke and [profile] antof9 there isn't a spider on it!

I wanted to take a picture but I also felt I *should* as I felt bad about the fact that this little spider had made such a lovely web & I had to tear it down. As you will see in the picture the web is very close to one of our hummingbird feeders and webs are very bad news for hummers.

The light hitting the web )

A better pic of the web itself )

Thank goodness I had this brief moment this morning because the rest of the day has been a monster.

*If you want to know about a chicken's without heads you will have to check out [profile] eireannaigh's homesteading blog. You can reach it here: Homesteading ).
alrescate: (hummingbird)
I've got several little stories to tell you about this weekend but I've time to share just one right now....

Early Saturday morning I was standing out on the deck looking out towards the dog yard. I just happened to be standing in front of one of the hummingbird feeders I put out last week. As I stood there a male hummingbird flew up to the feeder and settled on the perch. He looked up at me for a moment, stuck out his tongue and then leaned in to take a drink. I was almost holding my breath to keep as still as possible as I looked down on his iridescent feathers. After he took his drink he looked up at me again for what was probably 30 seconds but felt like two minutes before taking another drink. I was in awe of this tiny fellow! I could see each individual feather! It was amazing. He finally flew off when one of the dogs walked out on the deck.

What a great way to start my morning.
alrescate: (Watson)
Jeff King won his *fourth* Iditarod this morning! I really think that's amazing. The dogs that are used in the race are stunning...I can't imagine what it must be like for them to run this race. I'm betting it's like a doggy marathon--except that it is much, much longer than a marathon. If a person actually pulled a sled that far we would be stunned, yet these teams of dogs do it year after year. To see a picture of the winner with two of his dogs click here! )

In other news: I'm feeling a bit better. I think I'm firmly on the road to recovery. I'm not blowing my nose as much and I can breath freely most of the time. I still feel like crap at the end of the day and first thing in the morning. (Of course I always feel like a major grouch in the morning but for the last week I'd have been happy to strangle Mralrescate for just *looking* bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.) Tomorrow I get to go blow glass. Well I get to go blow glass if I can get the lung power to manage any vessels. If all else fails I make a few paperweights to practice using the blocks.

P.S. for [profile] fsr44: Have you heard Sheryl Crow and Sting singing a duet yet? It's called 'Always On Your Side.'
alrescate: (sick)
My nose is flaming red and running. My head is over-stuffed with cotton. There's a pile of used puffs about to overflow the wastebasket. I've been one of the walking dazed since Sunday. I'd moan and groan some more but I'm off to take some more DayQuil.
alrescate: (Me-beach)
Last night a friend invited us over for dinner and a show their business was underwriting. The dinner was wonderful. We had a lovely time chatting with everyone over lasagna and wine. The show was a one woman performance (except in wasn't really...there was another performer on stage quite a bit). The show was called Victoria ). This show has played throughout Canada, U.S., Europe, South America and Japan. It combines many media, word, music, dance and video techniques in the performance.

In my opinion the way the performer dealt with the subject matter was very disrespectful. She played up things for laughs that if you have had to deal with dementia on any scale are *not* funny. Just as incontinence is *not* funny. Just as the level of care in some facilities is *not* funny. There was one scene with Victoria's orderly that was meant to be sweet but left me ice cold. It's Victoria's birthday and the orderly 'dances' with her. It had the potential to be a very sweet, touching moment but the way it was done brought to my mind the abuse one hears of in many facilities.

Throughout the performance many people were laughing. I just sat there thinking, "That's not funny. Haven't you ever had to deal with something like this? Don't you realize that you could *be* this character one day?" I hope that some of the laughter was "whistling in the dark" but I don't think it all was. People are often cruel....

Bah. Anyway. Aside from the disturbing theater production we had a lovely night with friends.

Mralrescate was just as disturbed by the performance as I was and pronounced that we needed Andy's (frozen custard) for the trip home.
alrescate: (silly)
I love Target. It may be one of the few generic type of stores that can consistently make me giggle out loud. At the front door they have an area they call the "One Spot." It's full of stuff for sale for $1. Today as I went by I noticed they had napkin rings with a plastic Statue of Liberty on them. (Your choice of white or black plastic.) That was enough to make me laugh but then I notice the bunch of "matching" accessories. Little party sticks for 'hors d'oeuvres' that had the S.o.L. on it as well as the Eiffel Tower. Really! There was also a S.o.L. & E.T. salt & pepper shaker.

As I went through the store I cut down the candle aisle where, I swear, they had a tea light chicken. Honest! It was a ceramic chicken with holes in it the size of your finger, not just a couple but several. Where the chicken's tale should be was a large opening where you would put the candle in. Looking at that chicken made me laugh--lucky for me I was alone in the aisle.

When I headed out of Target I got in the car where I performed car karaoke to a Prince song, complete with dance moves. (Don't worry, I always keep one hand on the wheel when I car dance.)

Yeah, I do feel silly this afternoon. Why do ya ask?
alrescate: (Gracie Loves)
I had a pretty decent weekend. We went into town Saturday for lunch and then stopped in at Barnes and Nobles where a friend of mine was doing a book signing. She did a nice little book with photographs and stories about her family and their journey from Italy to Springfield Missouri.

The mister and I also played a marathon game of 'Risk' Saturday night/Sunday morning. We started about nine pm Saturday and finished up at about two am on Sunday. (We had no idea it was getting so late!) I'm happy to report that after MrAlrescate's 'Yellow Peril' had almost taken over the world my 'Red Meanies' stuck to their Master Plan and swept through the world. I'm sure I'll be a fairly benevolent dictator. *grin* After sleeping in as late as the dogs would allow we got up and had a nice breakfast and I was able to settle in with a good book.

It's a shame Monday had to come so soon but the good news is I only have a couple more days before I get to go blow glass!
alrescate: (witch)
Wow. What a sight. I was coming into town to join my husband and some friends at a bar to watch the football game. As I pulled up to one of the main intersections in town I notice a police car with its lights flashing at one side of the intersection and one at the other side. As I watched both police cars blocked the intersection. One of the policemen came over to tell me that the intersection would be closed for at least ten minutes for a parade.

I called my husband to tell him I was going to be awhile and he told me it was probably the 'Toys for Tots' parade. As he said this I heard the rumble of motorcycles. I don't think you have lived until you have seen a motorcycle driven by Santa with a Marine in full dress uniform riding behind him. I don't know how many motorcycles there were but there had to be hundreds. They all had toys strapped to the motorcycles...lots of stuffed animals riding on the sissy bar (one had Snoopy with his ears flapping in the wind). Many of the bikers had santa hats on their helmets, some had reindeer antlers and others had Christmas lights. One of the funniest things was a guy on a Harley with a death face mask and a huge stuffed dogs riding behind him.

What an impressive sight. I'm glad I got caught in traffic.


Nov. 30th, 2005 10:10 am
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Well I'm feeling slightly more human today. I woke up Sunday morning with a stiff neck and a piece of solid steel where one of my shoulder muscles used to be. It made the three and a half hour drive from my mom's *very* pleasant. I had been slapping Ben Gay patches on it...but last night I got a therapeutic massage. Man did that help. I feel much better today even though I still don't quite have my full range back. It still hurts but I think I'm on the mend.

Of course my mood wasn't helped yesterday...while I was at the bank the teller called me 'madam.' Not ma'am, madam. Sigh. Perhaps I should give in and color my hair.
alrescate: (witch)
I'm just popping in for a moment. Yesterday I had a lovely visit with [personal profile] bountifulpots and now I'm visiting my mother. I'll try to catch up with everyone's journal Monday when I have my own connection again. (It stinks to be without my internet connection!)

Yesterday B.P. made me cookies and tea and took me to a nice sushi place with her family. It was a lovely time...I really enjoyed it. I was very pleased to finally arrive at my mom's because I was getting quite tired of being in the car. (At least the trip from BP's to my mom's was fun because BP gave me a fabulous audio book to listen to. I think I am now in love.)

Today my mom is going through her bookshelves to send me off with a bunch of books to register and release. Whoo! I'll be heading home tomorrow where I will be met by six lonely dogs. Mr. Alrescate got a chance to go see the Kansas City Chiefs (an American football team) play the New England Patriots. He's pretty pleased about that...even though it means we won't see each other until late Sunday evening. I hope I don't start going into withdrawal! *grin*
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I had a few minutes at lunch time to release a book at a local store called the 'Cosmic Fish.' I've gotten a couple journal entries from this location which is a sort of tame head shop. (Well the part I saw was tame.) In my last release note I commented that I hadn't been in the store and the finder (who worked there) said that I should come in some time. Since I had the time I wandered around part of the store...I didn't have time to check out the 'Over 18 Only' section. As I entered one of the first things I saw was lip balm from a company called 'The Merry Hempsters.' This is lip balm made with hemp oil. I'm pretty fond of hemp products and I had never seen 'flavored' hemp lip balm before. I picked up the 'tangerine' flavor.

As I went further in the store I smelled something wonderful. It was their incense section. All the scents smelled delicious so I wasn't sure if any certain one was tickling my fancy but I bought a couple of the jasmine cones. They are sealed in a plastic ziploc and I can still smell them. It is quite a lovely smell.

The tangerine hemp balm is also wonderful.

The Merry Hempsters )

I'm a happy little hempster now!
alrescate: (bitch)
Winter isn't here yet so why does my face feel like one of the lesser known deserts? I use lotion all over my body, I moisturize my face at least once a day, I don't use harsh cleansers....yet my face is so dry that if I were a plant my leaves would be drooping to the ground. Sigh. How long until spring arrives?

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