Monday, March 31, 2014

Good bye March..and inspiring young men..

Well, there goes another month.. as 2014 ticks away.
Spring is coming slowly, as it always does in Idaho...

I was watching on Sunday night 60 minutes... and saw
two amazing men...  Elon Musk.  Not many people know who he is.. But I will tell you he is an amazing man... a young man in his 40's I think...

Elon Musk, investor of the Telsa car,( which he took over in 2008 when the company was in trouble)... the electric car.
Elon Musk, the developer of PAY PAL which he sold to E-BAY for, I think they said,$1.5 billion in stock, of which $165 million he got in cash.  . 
With money like that he could sit around for the rest of his life..
But this is not Elon Musk way. 
Elon Musk, the designer and maker of Space X. 

Now if you are a science geek, you very well, know of him. He was born in South Africa.  He loved to do things.. make things.. always driven by his ideas...

But things didn't always go well. Especially in 2008. Like the
rest of the nation, it was a bad year for Elon Musk. Seems his newly made car had glitches.. bad ones.. he ended up with all the cars, in his warehouse.. with flaws.. that had to be found and fixed.  Also his Space X had not only drained his bank account but also he had failed 3 tries... Even when he asked for investors.. they ran ...saying no, no, no, hell, no.... Lesser of men would have thrown in the towel.. but not Elon Musk. He didn't ask why... he asked why not.. and continued.  Continued on a thread.. of fumes in the tank of finances.  As his brother said, he was beyond broke.  But he believed he could do it..

But then.. the week of Christmas...He got the best present of all..
The fourth try for Space X .... WORKED..  and to this day is still working. The Space X delivers to the space station, and other skyward endeavourer.  And INVESTORS?  Well, day after Christmas they were knocking on HIS door. 

Next came the car...2012 brought the car back to life.
This time it is the Telsa S... and all the models
are doing well.. Only down side he said is... the price.. he has to figure out how to get the price down..
Next on his agenda is.... building a less pricey compact. So he wants to build and selling electric vehicle power train components so that other automakers can produce electric vehicles at affordable prices for everyone.

With this young man's "why not" attitude.. I believe he will make it.

Then there was Marcus  Roberts the blind piano player.. Actually to call him a piano player is an insult.. as he does so much more with the piano.. He played mostly jazz..but he could not only play jazz but also play it alike so many other over the history of jazz.  He lost his sight at the age of 5.  He had a curiosity of what made piano's sound.. as he was growing up.. and his family saved to get him his own for home.. and as the old saying goes..
the rest is history..

I love Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder ... who are and were also
blind at an early age.. but this young man of about 50 is in a
place of his own.. He also encourage other blind children..and adults to have confidence in what you want to do.. To get an education as well, as any thing to do with music.

Two greatly inspirational young men..


Thursday, March 27, 2014

So what do you do with a book like this one?

So what do you do with the book?
Especially one like this one.

I bought books in the 1970's and 80's that I read at the
time and then more later, after I started working. But
my job really didn't give me time to read. Because if I
wasn't working (overtime, extra days and etc.) then I
was too tired.  And also thrown in there, some where
was keeping the household going.  And raising the last
one of my children, for 2 years after my husband passed
away.  So then bought with the idea, that when I was
either on vacation or retired I could read the books.

Well, here I am 10 years retired and finally this winter,
I have been making a dent into all of these books.
Giving them away after I read them.. Because once I
read a book, I don't go back and re-read them. With the
except of my favorite..Patrick McManus.

This book I just finished.. I don't know what to do with it.
It is a book I got from my mother's house after she passed
away. It is in kind of rough shape. Being an old paper back
it was not standing the times well. All still intact, but rough.
And in its day, it was burnt, banned from libraries and etc. 

The amazing part about this book is that the original is over
270 years old. The paper back is only 51 year old, copyrighted in 1963.
There were many reissues of it over the years..
suffering, they said, from being rewritten and not staying
true to the author's words. Some of it lost in translation.

But this one, of 1963, (you know it is old when it shows it sold hardcover for $6.00 and the paper back sold for 95 cents. It is suppose to be a true to the author's
words that has been done in all these years.  

The book was written by a man...John Cleland. But he
wrote it like it was a journal written by a woman. The book
story spans 4 years.  A girl (the woman who wrote the
journal, in two letters of sorts) was an orphan at the
age of 15.  Her parents died a month apart from small pox. 
She had several siblings, but they all had died earlier.
And her parents were only child in each family.
So there were no relative for her to go live with.
And in the 1700's an orphan is not look well upon.
It is set in England.  

She ends up at a home of a woman who is willing to
take her in.. but as a servant.  When she catches on
what her duties are ... she runs away with a man who
she had came became friends with. Charles. 
They have 2 weeks of wonderful times together,
when the young man's father has him sent off to another
country, as he is a military man.
The young girl goes into mourning at the lost of
her young man. Which she has no way to contact him,
or finding out where he went.  She has no money so
she is once again back on the streets with no money.

The book goes on to tell her tale of going from home to
home.. about 3 if I remember right, before a Mrs. Cole
employs her in her hat making shop, with other young
women. Mrs. Cole also gives instructions to these
young ladies on how to be come proper young ladies.
It seems that is what goes on during the day, but
at night, they all serve in the oldest profession.

After several years at Mrs. Cole's house she is leased
out several times to different men of position. One
passes away and she returns to Mrs. Cole's house.
Then Mrs. Cole retires with poor health.. and the
woman closes up the house and the other young
ladies have moved on.  The woman chances meeting
with an elderly man in a park and she moves in with him.
He ends up dying also, but leaves her a great deal of
money.

Upon traveling around for a few months she is at
a lodging house, when she hears a voice that she
recognizes.. it is CHARLES... the young man who
was send away by his father in the military. And
all ends well...

Then you have 14 pages of how things are different
in this book as oppose to the ones who were not
true to the original book. Which is one of the things
I did not like in this book. It was written by an English
man, and he would take 45 words to say the same
thing that could be said in 12. So sometimes I speed
read or glazed over reading.. The name of the book?
FANNY HILL... Memoirs of a woman of pleasure. lol..

So now what do I do with the book? Give it to Goodwill,
don't know any friend who would want to read it. It was
interesting as their (English) "homes" aren't run quite
like the ones in United States.. And also tells how and

why some of the women ended up in there.  
Now I got to figure out what to do with the book.. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In like a lion, out like a lamb...NOT....

From the look of the weather report, we will
not have March going out like a lamb, even
though it teased us last weekend...

Now they are talking about maybe warmer
but also in the deal is lots of rain...and maybe
a day or evening of snow... Not much like a lamb.

I checked the dirt in my raised garden.. even with
the covering of leaves, compost and etc.. it is still
frozen down 3 inches..

I guess the past weekend had us hoping.. and
then the weather man put that carrot in front of
us once again.. with promises of temps of mid
50's.  Got the garden and yard juices going..
But as usually, when  it gets closer to the time,
the carrot disappears and the great weather is gone.

I see the sucker plants at the stores.. ready for those
who believe... only to have them died before they can
be planted... and you end up buying again.. so you feel
like a sucker for buying them at this time of the year.

So here we are...just a week away from April...where
rain is the order of the day.  But at least you don't have

to shove it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A man and his tools/toys

They say that woman are expensive..
That there is jewelry, furs (long time ago)
cars, and what ever else that woman whine,
ask, demand and etc.  I don't know, because
I never did any of that. In fact I have small
wants.. food, water and shelter pretty well
fills it for me.  Things I want are not for sale.
Sense of humor, laughter, loyalty and
dependability.

But any woman who is married, knows that
men far out spend the women in their lives.
To men, there is no such thing as too many
tools...  to men who hunt, there is no such
thing as too many guns.. and to those who
fish.. no such thing as too much fishing
supplies.  And that doesn't even count
the 4x4 they need... the campers, and gas
to run the hills.. Or boats, outriggers and
etc. for that boat..  Then there is the licenses.
One can spend over $100 for a sportsman
package. Which includes hunting and fishing
license and tags for every known animal in
the woods.  And gas... for the hunting 4x4.
The boat, the truck to pull the boat.. and etc.

Yes, men are very expensive.

What really gets me.. is that they HAVE TO HAVE
a certain tool... and they need it now.. They will
give you the whole spewl like the best of salesmen.
Of why they need this tool and why they need it
NOW... and if they are really good, they will
include how he can do so many things for that spouse
with this new, bigger and better tool.  You know
he has at least 20 tools in the garage, that will
do anything that this new and special tool.. But
the maddening part.. is he will get it.. bring it home
with the biggest smile on his face.. showing all
his friends ... the new and improved tool... and
then it sits in a tool box or the box it came in...
for a year. But he needed it NOW.   

A few years back there was a video of a hunter, telling
about how he goes out to get meat for the family. That
all these different hunting objects of his desire... are
needed to feed the family... He listed all the things, such
as the hunting guns, knives, vehicles (4 wheelers now)
and the license..  and then the kicker at the end was..
When his wife asked how much did that come to a
pound of meat that he was able to get that year.....
a mere $833 a pound..  I think every hunting widow
saw it, passed it on.. for all of us to laugh at.. so we
didn't cry.. 

Then there is the week of being gone to hunting camp,
too...and not to mention the men who love to rebuild a
vehicle of his choice... but that is another post another time.

Oh, yea.. by the way.. my husband is a mechanic who
fish and hunts and has a 47 Ford pickup in pieces yet..in
our garage for over 12 years. ... so I know of which I speak.


Monday, March 24, 2014

The sounds of the neighborhood....

This past weekend has been wonderful...
Sunshine.. which makes me feel lighter
and happier...  I get up out of bed with
a spring in my step.

One of the nice things that comes to Spring
time.. is the sounds of the neighborhood..

No lawn mowers yet, but laughter.. music
to the ears...

Talk about music.. everyone has their radio
or ipods or what ever going.. I know I sure did.
Ann Murray for me... Continuous music. Coffee
at my table on the deck.. in the sun... great!

I got the gates hung back up, so the dog can
go outside and not worry where she is. She
used the doggie door for the first time this year.
So she can go out anytime she wants in the back
yard.. and stay as long as she wants.. and I don't
have to worry.

Even the cat was out, looking for a good dusty
area for her to roll..

But the sounds of the neighborhood made me
smile.. Our new neighbors behind us.. were using
their trampoline. The father and the little girl, and
her laughter, along with his..  Such a beautiful
sound.

I got quite a few things done these two days.. and
it was music to my ears, as I listen to the sounds

of the neighborhood.. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PHONE BOOKS... fading out???


As you can see I have 5 phone books.. and they are
getting to be worthless.

Two of these, well, actually 3 are not for my area.. directly
that is.. Coeur d' Alene  is really what they are for.
None of these I asked for.. they are either thrown in
my ditch/driveway in the attempt to get them to me..
or come in the mail. I think Frontier comes in the mail.

Trouble is.. one would think that Frontier would be the main
one.  But with so many people who are going Verizon wireless
because we got so fed up with Frontier, with their rising
rates and semi poor service, that our number is no longer
in the phone book.  So it is only Frontier numbers in there.
That makes it one of the phone books you need.

The black book is an old one.. I don't know if the Hagadone
company stopped printing or stop delivering up here. As they
too are based in CdA.   The black book use to be large. about
a 12 x 14 inches in sizes... They had CdA and Bonner county
(our county) businesses in there..  But like I said.. I haven't
gotten one since 2012.

Then there is the one called LOCAL PAGES... which I don't
like because the print is so small it looks like a contract. And
they only have the business who subscribe to their book.

Then there is the Coeur d' Alene (CdA) two... one for everyone and
one is the yellow pages.  Being there are a lot of us who
do business in CdA... we get those too..  That is where 90%
of the big box stores are.

Yesterday, I was looking up my doctor's office number, and
I could not find it. It wasn't in the CdA ones, of course. And
not the black one either.. so left Frontier and Local Pages.
Well, they must not subscribe to the Local Pages and guess
they don't have Frontier either.  Finally found one of their old
business cards in my wallet (in case i get in an accident) so
I could call.

Now I figured a lot of people use their smart phone.. but I don't
even have a dumb cell phone.. so I was lost in the fading of

the phone books situation. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring, I declare Spring...

I know I am pushing it... but I declared Spring
...for the day... 


Yesterday, I was outside with just a sweater on.
I got some of my flower garden picked out.. now
just have to clean it up..

Went into the shed and got the geese out. I know
I am early, but they make me feel better, looking
out the back door.

And then I really did it... I got out the small table
and chairs...AND I put out my huge chime.

Now that is a guarantee for 2 feet of snow I know.
But the devil made me do it... after all.. Spring is

really only 2 days away... right? 




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Animals and political humans

The more I see of the nature shows
with the animals and their traits.. well...

I would like to say they remind me of humans,
but that would be kind of an insult to the animals.

I was watching one over the weekend which showed
different animals of the wild, settling their differences.
Mainly the male of the species.

Some of the them that remind me of politics and humans
is the rams.. seems like they keep running at each
other and ramming their heads together.  Much like
our leaders...

And if it isn't the ram syndrome then it is the bird kingdom.
The strutting around with their chest puffed out and lots of
noise with their voices of sorts..

Yep, that pretty well describes the heads of states of all
of the nations.. of course there are the sneaky ones who

smile and then go for the  jugular.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday Drive

Do people still take Sunday drives?  I know my folks use to.. 
it was fun on this past Sunday, so thinking of making it a tradition. 


Clark Fork River was flowing well...

Beyond Hope deer were out looking for some green..

The geese were savaging for something in the yards of Beyond Hope



The section of Berlin Wall is still there.. but there are mail boxes in front of it.. didn't use to be
My regret? something that I have never done each time we have taken pictures of this piece of wall... that is taking a picture of the other side.. I have not a clue what is on the other side...dang!!!
Next time.... for sure...
I like the lamps that were near by.. ..hiding under the branches of the trees, look pretty neat


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Someone like me....

I was at Wal-mart yesterday, with a friend.
A friend who is so far surviving with cancer.
She has been fighting it out for over 7 years,
off and on..

I was walking thru the store with her,
running for some of the stuff that was across
the store from her..  She gets short of breathe
going around the store.. so I try to cut some of
it for her.  I don't mind and it gives us time to
talk and etc.

When she needs to go for a chemo and her
sisters can't make it.. I go with her.. and stay
so she has someone to talk to while she sits
with the drip going.. Some times talking to the
other cancer patients.

I always put her groceries up on the belt and
then take the bags from the gal, while she pays.
Yesterday, while we were waiting for the first gal
to get done.. I noticed next to us at the other
cashier, was a woman on one of those riding
carts, with a bunch of groceries.. (even tho it
was a 20 and under) and the cashier was
unloading the cart.  I tapped the cashier and
told her she could go ahead and cash it out,
and I would put the rest of the things up on
the counter for her.  She was glad as there
were quite a few behind this woman with less
than 20. I got them all up on the counter and
slid them forward so cashier could get them.

And then went back to my friend and pick
her bags off the wheel and placed them in
the cart.  As I was walking out with her
she said.. "why did you do that? The cashier
was doing it." I told her that because the
line was getting longer, and thought I would
help. "Oh," she said.

When we got to her home, I brought all the
groceries in.. and placed them on her table.
Then put the cold stuff in the refrigerator
for her.. She wanted to put the rest away
herself, after she rested up.. so I left it.
I was biding her good by and she again
asked me.. "Why do you do that?" I told
her because it is helpful.. and some day,
I hope when I can't.. there will be some
one just like me.. who will do it for me.
"Oh".. she replied.. "Well, thank you for
doing for me."   And to me .. that is thanks

enough. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Can you answer me this?

Anyone who lives near Idaho has heard the
latest bill that has passed in Boise dealing
with our colleges...

I heard somewhere there was an ad or something
like that .. that stated.. DON'T SEND YOUR CHILDREN
TO COLLEGE IN IDAHO. 

It doesn't have to do with the well known state of our
schools which is reportedly that we are at the bottom
of the list.. #49 out of 50.  Which to be honest, I have
to wonder about that.. Going back to the book I read
in the 1970 or 80's called LOOKING OUT FOR # 1.
Where you ask, who said, who are they.. and etc.
As we have had some pretty good amounts of guys
and gals who have graduated from our area who have
gone on to great things... Just like a lot of other states.
And I can't believe our county is the only one in Idaho.

No... this reaction of Don't Send.. is from the bill that
pass in Boise... of allowing guns on the campus of
our college's... From what I understand it is concealed
weapons.. at least I surely hope so... Because in order
to get a concealed weapons permit.. you have to go
thru a pretty solid program.  One I think EVERY gun
owner should have to go thru before they are allowed
to own a gun. After all you have to go thru a bit..
(I know some are self taught) to drive a car...
And to drive a semi/ school bus, it is even more involved..
yet we allow people to buy a gun with no knowledge
of how to handle it.

But back to my title of this post... Can you answer
me this?  If a college student can walk into any class
with a gun...  why is it in Boise, you can not enter the
capital building with a gun, unless you are a law officer?
Answer me that one, Senators and Representatives
who passed/voted for that bill? You don't trust people

with your life.. but you do with our children?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Must be sick..

I must be sick.. it was 7:30pm
and I had not turn on my computer
until then.  It was Monday.. and I did
other things...

The King came home and saw the computer
was off.. could not believe it...

So what did I do with my Monday?  Surprisingly
not a lot but fun things...

We don't get a paper on Monday.. so it leaves me
off kilter each week. But I do start my day off with
the usual stuff one who is retired.. The laundry.

Monday is laundry, Tuesdays is vacuum, and
etc.. thru the week.

But today.. while the wash was washing.. I
did a small bit of cleaning. I had already done a
complete job of it on Saturday as we had guest
on Sunday.

I saw a puzzle on the entertainment center shelf,
that I thought I would get to .. one of these days.
Monday was one of those days...

I am not really a enthusiastic puzzle person, so
why I thought I would want to do it.. but thought
it might be a nice winter project. So I started
on it.. and amazingly 4 hours later I had 3/4
of it done.  I surprised myself.  Then the tough
parts came.. you know.. sky, ocean water.. etc.
The puzzle is a large square, with 9 squares.
In each of the 9 squares are different pictures.
So what may seem like the sky in one square,
might be a sky piece from another.

I wasn't too disappointed, because of the fact that
I figured it would be a day to day project with the
King helping out... His eye are so much better than
mine for details.  When I informed him I was counting
him helping... he crushed my plan of having him finish
up the hard part... because his reply was... "I hate
puzzles".. 

But it did keep me busy most of the day.. and didn't
sit in front of the computer off and on thru the day... Guess
I am practicing up for summer when I will be outside
from early morning to dinner time...

But I should have thought of this earlier.. as it sure would
have helped during those snowy days. 


Are you a puzzle person?  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Signs of Spring?

The carrot from the weather station is out there..
Promises of temps in the 50's this week.. 
Not just one.. but 3!! and high 40's... YAHOO....

Also with my visit to Big R... (for those not in the NW
area of the nation, that is a farm, fishing, hunting type
store) .. I saw.. the real sign of spring...the sound of
spring... cheep, cheep, cheep,  yes, little baby chicks..
All kinds... boxes of yellow fuzzy, black fuzzy, mixed
colors of fuzzy, and this year.. black with yellow cap
fuzzy's...   I always love to spend some time looking,
smelling... smiling at the antics of these little fuzz
balls. 

The smell brings me back out our basement in
the 1940's and 50's when the postman use to deliver
200 little yellow fuzzys... in a large box.. And Mom
would have him bring it down to the basement..
After he left, she would let them loose in the large
box area (6 feet square) that she and Dad had made
again, like every year.  The hood would be there,
with the light in it...glowing and warmingly inviting the
chicks a place to run around after being cooped up in
a 3 foot box for 2 days.  The mild noise of them running
and cheeping in joy of the new area.
Great memories..  Far better than the memories of
8 weeks later.. when they became food.

So with our first robin showing up last week. (others
reported at least 2 weeks before) and warming of
the weather.. and chicks at the local store.. MAYBE
just MAYBE... spring will be following soon.

Even though I know old man winter will still throw

a wrench in the plans of gardeners. 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Pictures of the changes of weather

That is one thing that is fickle about Idaho...
and it kind of reminds me of R.I. where I was
raised..  We had a saying.. don't like the weather
just wait a bit.. it will change around to what you

like...  

From snow 




 To flooding...
 To Robins...(our first) 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

From.A.Simple.Mind...I am 9 years old today....

TODAY
I am 9 years old today... I was born out of boredom.
I think.. It was late at night. And just because she
saw the words.. Anyone can blog..it is as easy as
1.2.3.  So she thought she would give it a try.

A blog.. a weird type of a name. not know by many.
And face of questional  expressions when the word
was said. And an explanation was needed.  And in
those 9 years.. blogs have come on like gangbusters.
And now they are getting to be things of the past.

There are still a lot of them out there. Every newspaper
has many. So do magazines.  Ways to keep in touch
with their readers.  But for the personal ones, they are
becoming less and less.

And even this one is going to have a deadline of March
5, 2015.. the 10th anniversary of this FROM A SIMPLE MIND.
There will be a good by and thank you post. That is if the
writer of this blog last that long.. 
And then it will float out there in the unknown land of
internet.. 

In the 9 years.. there hasn't been much changes. One time
it had a green tone with a few dodas.  But return a few years
later to the basis.  Of the lighthouse in the far left corner.
Which is a part of my youth of being a child of the ocean
state.  The rest is just a few things about me.. and as
each grandchild and greatgrandchild came, the numbers
increased.  There is the wonderful 24 (at last count) people
who sign on to follow me. And the list of some of my
writer's favorite blogs.

The words have been fun.. funny, serious.. with pictures
of interest of around the town, or yard here where I live.
I hope you have enjoyed the past 9 years or so.. depending
on when you decided to join me.


And Lord willing if the writer lives.. she hopes not to
disappoint