26 September 2009

Where The Heck Is Fall ?


Fall officially came a few days ago, but you couldn't prove it to me. We are still having hot weather in the 80's and 90's. I love fall weather and can hardly wait for the cooler weather to start.

Oh, don't get me wrong I don't want to freeze. I still enjoy sitting outside at restaurants and enjoying the milder nights while eating, but I want fall.


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16 September 2009

Another Year


Tomorrow I celebrate another year on this earth. It seems we all reflect on the years before. I know I do.

But I know too that you have to look forward, even though you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

I will be going out to dinner with my friend Nancy, to a restaurant The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant. It will be our first time there, hope its good.

Till next time.


Update : Daisy is doing much better now. The spot on her back is starting to heal. She is still sensitive in that area, but no pain that I can tell. She's active and that tell me she doing better.



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13 September 2009

Sick Puppy


After a day filled with Lunch then a unscheduled trip to the Napa Wine country, my day was not over.

My youngest dog a toy poodle Daisy was not happy. I noticed she kept scratching and I thought it was odd, because the day before, I had applied Advantex to both of them because I had noticed flees. After looking at the area, I was shocked to see the area was really inflamed. So off to the ER Vet late at night. She was starting to whine and lux at the mere touch. They shaved the area and washed it off, and sent her home. No meds. Well that's not the end. After getting home she was still not happy. She was not settling down and was jumping and whining all over the place. So another call and out the door we went again. This time it was pain medication injected and a prescription for the road. So around 3 AM Saturday Morning I was finally home.

She's still having discomfort and jumps around like a crazy dog, but she's at least more comfortable than the beginning.

Lesson is, not to give her ANY Advantrex at all. Brandi did fine with hers, but Daisy is far more sensitive.

P.S. It's been raining YAY !!!!!

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11 September 2009

A Sad Day To Remember



Need I say more ??


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04 September 2009

Why We Celebrate Labor Day



Labor Day is what we all consider the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. But it means more than that. It is a celebration of Labor, the contribution that we have all made in the work force. The continuation of productivity.

The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes ("Nine-Hour Movement") first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers' strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned the USA, to New York and organized the first American "labor day" on September 5 of the same year.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland was also concerned that aligning a US labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Hay market Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labour Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school. However, start dates for schools vary widely, beginning as early as July 24 in urban districts such as Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In addition, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. The NCAA usually plays their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.


Have a restful and safe Holiday.



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