Friday, June 24, 2016

"Free Smoke Detectors Available for City Residents"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Community · June 23, 2016 · No comments 

"The City of Racine Fire Department is making available to city residents free smoke detectors to help families stay safe.

"Through a $54,848 grant from the Department of Homeland Security and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), RFD will go door-to-door talking with residents in lower income neighborhoods about fire safety and offering to install a free smoke alarm.

"The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) is partnering with the Wisconsin Smoke Alarm Fire Education Committee and fire departments across Wisconsin to install 3,600 smoke alarms in homes in low-income areas.

"'One of the greatest risk factors for fire related death is poverty. For this reason, priority was given to fire departments protecting the highest number of people living below the poverty level,' a press release from Racine fire Lt. Scott Sorce reads.

"RFD has 180 smoke alarms ready to go. Residents who live in the City of Racine and do not have working smoke alarms should call the Racine Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau at (262) 635- 7915."

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Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone. I hope your week did not go to fast for you and I hope you have a great weekend.
here are your questions.

1) Do you wish when an old friend that has moved away came to town that you had time to visit with them?

2) Do you hate waiting for a package to come in the mail that is suppose to come on a certain day and is late?

3) How many weekends in a row have you been real busy?

4) Do you see more idiot drivers in the city or on the highways or both?

"Two-legged kitten ditches tiny wheelchair for something much better"

Edit: more Cassidy:

Happy St. John's Day!

While growing up, every June 24th my mother would wish me a "Happy Namesday."  She told me this holiday was a big deal in Latvia (and most of northern Europe, as it turns out).

From Wikipedia:


 "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Midsummer, also known as St John's Day, is the period of time centred upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. The Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John's Day begins the evening before, known as St John's Eve.
"These are commemorated by many Christian denominations.[1] In Sweden the Midsummer is such an important festivity that there have been serious discussions to make the Midsummer's Eve into the National Day of Sweden, instead of June 6. It may also be referred to as St. Hans Day.[2]

. . . . . 


"Main article: Jāņi
"In Latvia, Midsummer is called Jāņi (plural of Latvian name Jānis, which is equivalent to John) or Līgo svētki (svētki = festival). It is a national holiday celebrated from the night of June 23 through June 24 on a large scale by almost everyone in Latvia and by people of Latvian origin abroad. Celebrations consist of a lot of traditional and mostly pagan elements – eating, Jāņi cheese, drinking beer, baking pīrāgi, singing Latvian folk songs dedicated to Jāņi, burning bonfires to keep light all through the night and jumping over it, wearing wreaths of flowers (for women) and oak leaves (for men) together with modern commercial products and ideas. There are tens and hundreds of different beliefs and traditions all over Latvia on what should be done on that day for good harvest, for predicting the future, for attracting your future spouse etc. People decorate their houses and lands with birch or sometimes oak branches and flowers as well as leaves, especially fern. In rural areas livestock is also decorated. In modern days small oak branches with leaves are attached to the cars in Latvia during the festivity. Jāņi has been a strong aspect of Latvian culture throughout history, originating in pre-Christian Latvia as an ancient fertility cult.
"In the western town of Kuldīga, revellers mark the holiday by running naked through the town at three in the morning. The event has taken place since 2000. Runners are rewarded with beer, and police are on hand in case any 'puritans' attempt to interfere with the naked run.[22]"

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Open Blog - Friday

It's been a long time since my pom-poms were shaken.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity.[1][2] Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

"The term owes its origin to the 1938 play Gas Light and its film adaptations. The term has been used in clinical and research literature.[3][4]"
Ingrid Bergman in the 1944 film Gaslight  
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"Introducing SpotMini"

I want one to be Charlie's pal.


I know I haven't posted wildflowers lately I was busy with Drew's surprise party and I was getting ready for the Grandkids coming down here. Here are some pictures I hope everyone likes them.

This is a picture of a Brown Eyed Susan the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a picture of a Multi-Flora Rose the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a picture of a Evening Primerose the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a picture of a Crested Dwarf Iris the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a picture of a Carolina Fanwort Water Lily the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

This is a picture of Orange Hawkweed the picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.

I hope everyone is going to enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy going out to take the pictures to share.

Ooo, Good Time for a Selfie

Top 10 Media Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday

Have an upside down one, too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


From Racine Community Media:



"Thanks to Racine Mayor John Dickert, Waukesha will divert an average of 8.2 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day and return treated wastewater to the lake via the Root River.

"Under the plan, Waukesha would buy Lake Michigan water from Oak Creek, and build new infrastructure to pipe it west. Waukesha would treat and clean the water after it is used, and deposit it in the Root River, where it will flow back into Lake Michigan through the city of Racine.

"Mayor John Dickert said, 'it’s my job to protect the citizens of Racine.' he also asked if Waukesha residents would be willing to swim outside its treatment plant where wastewater will be discharged.

"Cathy Stepp, the Wisconsin DNR secretary and former state senator from Racine County who cast the state’s vote in favor."

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"BREAKING: 14-Year-Old Girl Missing Since Sunday"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Breaking, Police and fire · June 22, 2016 · No comments

"Tataynia Ellis, a 14-year-old Racine girl, has been missing since Sunday.

"She was last seen by Lockwood Park, 4500 Graceland Boulevard. She is described as being five-foot six-inches tall, 120 pounds and is known to hangout on the north side, according to SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc.
"She goes by the name Tati. A missing persons report was filed with the Racine Police Department.

"If seen, please call 911 to report it to the Racine Police Department."

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"City of Racine Mayor 'Lying John' Dickert and Carpetbagging State Rep Cory Mason Can Go and Pound Sand"

From News the JT Can't Use:

June 21, 2016. from The JT:

Waukesha water diversion approved

"CHICAGO — In a major defeat for Racine leaders who battled against the plan, a Great Lakes governing body on Tuesday unanimously approved Waukesha’s proposal to obtain Lake Michigan water.


"Let those two Sore Losers (butt-hurt much?) go and POUND SAND at North Beach! While they continue to whine and hopefully comfort each other. (UGH!)

"Sore Losers 'Lying John' Dickert and Carpetbagging Cory Mason were all FOR IT, until Dickert’s bid was too high to supply it. Too bad. So sad. Shouldn’t have been so greedy.

"But the Fat Lady still hasn’t sung in Racine  – NO – not just yet……"

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Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, dear friends and enemies and maybes and do bees and don't bees!  How are you?  We've been feeling the heat lately, but it's supposed to drop into the 70's, and even the 60's,  the next few days.  And all heck is supposed to break loose today with thunderstorms and rain into tomorrow.  We need the rain.  We need a good, day-long, soaking rain.  Those cloudbursts that form in the heat just dump a load of water at once, and it almost all washes away.  But I could do without the thunder and lightning.  When it lightnings, I always fear a power failure.  I hate those because you never know how long it'll be until they restore power.  Even I have difficulty predicting when.  So you don't want to open the fridge or the deep freeze for fear of losing "cold."  Yet, I want to know if it's time to start storing my perishables in friends' refrigerators. 

A long time ago, I lived on Main St., just south of downtown and the power went out on our block only.  When I spoke to one of the workmen outdoors, he said a "fuse" blew on College Ave., and that's why we didn't have power.  OK.  That made absolutely no sense to me, but I wasn't going to pursue the matter. I just wanted the power back on.

I was going to spin that off somehow into a "discussion" of the upcoming Presidential election. Ha!  I'm not nuts!  There is no "discussion," only war, total war.  Either you're one of us or you're one of them.  Even I don't know who is who.  Shoot first, ask questions later.  And that's why there will be no discussion of that subject here.  Please keep your politics to yourself.  Either side, either way, it only gets ugly.

How did we get here?  Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton?  Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.  I hear they're hatching a plot to oust Trump at the convention.  Yeah, right.  Sorry for sounding so cynical, but it comes with the times.  People are flat out nasty to strangers.  No one believes in the rule of law anymore, let alone the integrity of elections.  Stick your Golden Rule up your golden asshole.  As Rod Serling used to say on The Twilight Zone, "We are entering a new dimension."  Frankly, it somewhat scares me.  I think more and more decent people will shop online, thus leaving the majority of the jerks on the streets.  I don't want to interact with the jerks, but sometimes I have to.  In my line of work, a personal reading, or other services, may demand that I interact with a jerk.  Hopefully, a rich jerk.  I refuse to discuss politics during my readings or visitations.  It only leads to rancor.

For what it's worth, at this point I endorse neither Donald Trump nor Hilary Clinton.  Again, everything could change in a day.  Oh Lord, I wish there was a viable third party choice.  I wish there was an alternative to the current crop of liars and thieves.  I think Libertarian comes the closest to who I am, but I just hate "throwing away" my vote on someone who has no chance.  We'll see how things develop as the election nears.  I must say that so far, this has been an entertaining, if unnerving, Presidential campaign.

When I astral project, the word on the streets is that Machinery Row is DOA.  Not that it's a failure; many people have made a lot of money off of it.  Just that it's kaput.

Astral projections are tricky and not 100% reliable on information revealed.  It's kind of weird floating up there in like a bubble and traveling to places known or unknown.  One can time travel while astral projecting, but it gets a little tricky.  I prefer to stay on one plane when I astral project.

Well, thank you all for reading my blog today.  It "tickles me pink" to have visitors.  You don't have to turn colors, just read my blogs.  Thank you.  I love you.  You are family to me.

Family problems?  Ask

Enjoy the waning days of June.  Junior already has the house decorated for the 4th of July.  The 4th of July is his favorite holiday because it has both girls and music.  Watch out for rain today and tomorrow.  We're already 4 " below normal for this time of year.  It's more like we need a flood. 

Open Blog - Wednesday


Monday, June 20, 2016

From Google+

It absolutely freaks me out that over a million and a half people have looked at this.  Vote OrbsCorbs, Of Course, for President, my minions, and we'll change the world.