Sunday, August 7, 2022

Done deal

 Back up and running  🚙 

I called my wonderful customer and they didn’t even miss me! Whew! 

 They were very nice and said to come by when I can because the honor box was empty! 

That is good that it had sold out but not good that I couldn’t even get there to replenish  🙁 

The weather stayed hot but my car has cooled down, and I’m on my way Monday for real this time. 

I don’t know how long we can take the heat but at least Monday is a done deal!  


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Next week is here..!

 Next week isn’t here just yet, but give it a day or two and it will be here, reliable as the day is long. 

I’m planning on getting on the road slowly but surely and yet quickly at the same time, quick there and quick back. I can take the heat but my car not so much. 

This weather is awesome for sunning and swimming, not for driving. 

Just like snowstorms can be furious and fun, but not for driving. 

Rainstorms are the best when you’re warm and dry in a cozy cabin, not for driving! 

This current heat-storm can be perfect by the beach 🏖 or the pool, not for driving..! 

So I’m going to do my best and will update here. 


         ~

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Hiroto my hero

 

Hiroto  (written: 浩人博人博土弘人洋人紘人裕人寛人大仁 or ヒロト in katakana) is a masculine Japanese given name.  

It can mean flying, hero, ramen, stubborn, stability, religion, boy, the number 7, no telling! 

The Japanese people don’t have interpretable characters for no reason! 

So in that case, my Toyota is hiroto for putting up with this heat! 

We’ll be back on the road next week, briefly and in fits and starts. 

See u soon!

  

~

Saturday, July 16, 2022

To my customers

 Please forgive delays in service. 

The 100+ degree heat has gotten to my Prius. It hasn’t melted or anything, but it steams! Even the doors! 

Just when I was getting used to an electric car, I see steam from the outside of the car all around it! 

Needless to say, it’s parked and safe in 100 degree shade. 

I dare not attempt to transport chocolate in this weather, and it’s not even August yet, usually the hottest time of the year! 

If this intense weather continues too much longer, I guess I’ll have to rent a car or utilize a sizable ice chest of some sort. 

Again, sorry for delay, Thanku for your patience! 


   ~


Sunday, July 10, 2022

Are those real?

Are those real bugs? 

If so, how do I feel about this? 

Do I begin new crusades to save anyone with an exoskeleton? 

Are they better than M&Ms? Chocolate? Peppermints? No way! Not possible! 

Do they melt in your mouth and not in your hands?  

  


Do they freshen your breath? Bug breath? Yikes!  

Are they a delicacy of some sort? Like sushi? 

Stick with M&Ms I say. 

Pure sugar, pure chocolate, nothing else.  

 Milk Chocolate, 

Sugar, Chocolate, 

Skim Milk, Cocoa Butter, Lactose,

 Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors. 


         ~


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Some good news. Sort of…

 

Activists save “Lucky” dog from meat shop in Yulin and call for COVID-19 ban on city’s dog meat festival next month

Yulin authorities urged to ban Summer solstice dog meat event to protect public health and animal welfare

Humane Society International


Vshine

Chinese animal activists intervened to save the life of the last dog found alive at a dog meat shop in Yulin, Guangxi province, a month before the city’s summer solstice dog meat eating gets underway. 

The dog, named Lucky by his rescuers, was found chained up outside the shop, with a dog meat for sale sign in front of him. 

The Akita was the last dog of the day due scheduled for slaughter before the activists persuaded the shop keeper to give him up. 

There were obvious signs he had once been a pet dog and had therefore likely been stolen by dog thieves. 


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Happy Father’s Day! 🇺🇸

It’s a busy week in June! 

Happy Flag Day week and Father's Day weekend!  

All the best to Fathers everywhere, may God bless u and your families, it can be a tough job providing for family. Thanku! 


     

 


~



Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Shelf-Life of York Peppermint Patties

 M&Ms are amazing because they last so long, don’t melt quickly if at all, and are satisfying. 

Another fun fact is how well they survive extreme temperatures. 

They can be frozen for an extra bit of crunch, or when they are in the heat for whatever reason, they may produce a coating that makes them slippery until they cool off when that coating hardens into a semi-transparent white covering over the candy shell. That is the bit of oil that forms as a sort of condensation in warmer weather. 

Should the bag of M&Ms warm up and cool quite often, the chocolate inside the candy may develop a chalky appearance which doesn’t affect flavor at all. It doesn’t appear very appetizing, but nothing at all wrong with the candy itself. Very durable candies! 

York peppermint patties have the exact same reaction to heat and cold, except the patties can develop that chalky exterior very quickly, almost immediately, when, say, placed in a refrigerator. Absolutely nothing wrong with the mint itself, and in fact, a York mint that is placed in a refrigerator for over a month, will look chalky and expired, but aside from being firm from the cold, the mint is still fine! 

Not only that, but in it’s original silver individual packaging, a York mint can be stored in a refrigerator for almost a year and still taste the exact same.  That same mint patty can be warmed between the hands, without pressing the mint, placed in a warmed stove, or even in the hot sun, and that mint will become glossy and fresh as if it just came out of manufacturing plant! 

Don’t even get me started about the shelf-life of a can of soda…

Saturday, June 4, 2022

A random store review

 A random store review

As a driver on the road for my tiny route and merchandising assignments, I rely on C-stores. A lot!  

Always a tad pricey, I keep purchases slim, but we pay for the convenience, and these quickie stores can save a lot of time, gas, and hassle. 

When they are up to date on their rewards app, the occasional freebies are decent perks. 

Circle K at 8001 W University Blvd may be new, so isn’t easy to Google which also would be why it was so clean. 

  Staff at the 8001 location friendly, customers, too! 

It was so clean that it might be a new build, except that almost all Circle Ks I’ve visited over the years have been clean.  I really appreciate that. 

  They’re behind on their rewards app or I’d make sure to find them more often, otherwise, a friendly easy place for quick snacks and goodies, and did I mention clean? That’s best! 


  

 

     ~

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Kitten Season is here

 If u love birds, what to do, what to do..?!? 

As long as there are responsibilities, there are choices to make so that managed cat 🐈 colonies are awesome, rewarding, and clean. 

The surrounding areas will be free of mice and bugs, but will also be free of birds and their beautiful song, 

like I say, it’s always decisions! 

It’s your choice and preference.

One choice; 

To become a kitten season hero, you can volunteer, foster, donate or adopt. 

Find a Best Friends Network partner in your area

consider; 

  
As long as everyone is well-fed, we can all get along…

   ~




Sunday, May 22, 2022

This Month’s Google Doodle


This month’s Google Doodle has nothing to do with candy nor critters, just makes u go, ‘hmmmm’…




NEW DELHI: Google on Sunday honoured the undefeated Indian wrestler Gama Pehlwan popularly known as “The Great Gama,” on his 144th birthday with a doodle. 

Gama Pehlwan was widely considered one of best wrestlers of all time. 

Gama remained undefeated throughout his international matches and earned the name “The Great Gama.” 

Today’s Doodle—created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri—celebrates Gama Pehlwan’s accomplishments in the ring but also the impact and representation he brought to Indian culture. 

Traditional wrestling in North India started to develop around the early 1900s.

 Lower class and working class migrants would compete in royal gymnasiums and gained national recognition when lavish tournaments were won.

 During these tournaments, spectators admired the wrestlers' physiques and were inspired by their disciplined lifestyle.  

  

    ~

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

M&Ms an Acronym or a name?


Image of What does M&M stand for?

In 1941, he struck a deal for the chocolate with Bruce Murrie, 

son of Hershey president William Murrie.
They named the candy M&M, which stood for “Mars & Murrie.”
~


Sunday, April 24, 2022

U love pets, they need your voice.

 

There really is a place that works to make all states no-kill sanctuaries for critters by 2025. 

Of course it’s a wonderful premise, and I wish them the best mostly because I wish it was true. 

  



       ~

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Have a Happy Easter Month..!

 



  

There is so much to know about Easter, it can’t be contained! 

It’s actually quite a long holiday, taking up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and of course, Easter Sunday. 

Christians are supposed to fast during this time. 

So there’s some sort of fasting days in there somewhere. 

All I know for sure is that Good Friday and Passover occurred on the same day this year. 

Does that complicate things or make it easier? I don’t know enuf about the history of Easter to say.  

It’s not surprising that a common bunny rabbit (who lays Easter eggs?!?) has come to represent Easter. 

So I’ve included only a couple of paragraphs copy/pasted here from Wikipedia for partial info;  

Easter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the Christian and cultural festival. For other uses, see  Easter disambiguating.


 It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fastingprayer, and penance.

Easter-observing Christians commonly refer to the week before Easter as Holy Week, which in Western Christianity begins on Palm Sunday (marking the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem), includes Spy Wednesday (on which the betrayal of Jesus is mourned), and contains the days of the Easter Triduum including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. 

 In Eastern Christianity, the same days and events are commemorated with the names of days all starting with "Holy" or "Holy and Great;" and Easter itself might be called "Great and Holy Pascha", "Easter Sunday," "Pascha" or "Sunday of Pascha." 

In Western ChristianityEastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the 50th day, Pentecost Sunday

In Eastern Christianity, the Paschal season ends with Pentecost as well, but the leave-taking of the Great Feast of Pascha is on the 39th day, the day before the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and its related holidays are moveable feasts, not falling on a fixed date; its date is computed based on a lunisolar calendar (solar year plus Moon phase) similar to the Hebrew calendar.

 The First Council of Nicaea (325) established only two rules, namely independence from the Hebrew calendar and worldwide uniformity. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March. Even if calculated on the basis of the more accurate Gregorian calendar, the date of that full moon sometimes differs from that of the astronomical first full moon after the March equinox.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by its name (Hebrewפֶּסַח pesachAramaicפָּסחָא pascha are the basis of the term Pascha), by its origin (according to the synoptic Gospels, both the crucifixion and the resurrection took place during the Passover)and by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. 

In most European languages the feast is called by the words for passover in those languages; and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate Passover. 

 Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, midnight vigils, exclamations and exchanges of Paschal greetingsclipping the church (England), decoration and the communal breaking of Easter eggs (a symbol of the empty tomb). 

The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection in Western Christianity, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. 

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include Easter parades, communal dancing (Eastern Europe), the Easter Bunny and egg hunting

There are also traditional Easter foods that vary by region and culture.  



   ~

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Bluebonnets abound..!

 Before such a thing as responsibility and working for a living, whenever I used to meditate in my younger days, this is exactly what I’d see; 


     


Gently rolling hills of green grass, blue skies and fields of bluebonnets, nary a street curb in sight anywhere! 

So since it’s there, let’s take a look at the reality of this curb, call it Curbology101. 

No tire tread skid marks. Why not? Because cars can see the grass and know to avoid the curb of grass, even at night. 

When there is unpainted curb and then immediate sidewalk concrete, THAT’s where u will see tire treads all over those poor unpainted curbs.

 Why? Because at night, sometimes during the day if u aren’t paying attention, and especially just after dusk when all contrasting colors tend to be washed out a bit, look again, skidmarks all over the place! The street briefly looks like there’s another lane, Bam! Oops, nope, that was sidewalk! 

When there are curbs and then some grass and then sidewalk, u immediately detect that it is not concrete and u rarely see tiremarks on the curbs by grass unless it’s at the corner of entry/exit driveways, especially when they are skinny driveways, u can see where the corner curbs have been run over so much that big chunks have chipped off! 

The chunks of concrete falling off the tips of concrete medians didn’t do that from age, they do that because: 

1) they weren’t painted, much less reflected, and; 

2) they were run over so much, the corners were chipped into powder. 

Poor curbs, such a mixed blessing..! 

That being said, enjoy the springtime bluebonnets in bloom just in time for Easter holidays, too.  


     




There, that’s better… 


     ~

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Snacks Suggestions

 Every time I turn around, there’s a new M&M style and I try each and every one of them at least once. 

 The most recent one is perplexing. It’s a new style (I call it a style because it’s more than a flavor or ingredients, it’s marketing, and the new style explains what I mean). 

 It’s called Snowball. Is it a mint? No. Does it have some sort of cooling affect? No. Is it coconut or icing or anything resembling snow? Sort of. It’s white chocolate. Okay. 

Now here’s the same difference. There is already an M&M mint, white chocolate, and pretzel. 

The M&M pretzel is the absolute tops for travel snacks by the way. 

It’s the chocolate u expect, doesn’t melt right away, and then a salty pretzel interior makes for a larger than usual M&M, not too filling, and no sugar-dump effect, the best design in my opinion long-lasting for the road. 

I just didn’t understand why it was called snowball. The packaging is blue with a snowman holding a snowball. Hard-packed snowballs have ice in the middle, maybe that was the intention? Except pretzels 🥨 are sort of a summery item. Pretzels and mustard at baseball games comes to mind. 

At any rate, despite the juxtaposition of winter and summer packaging, the new style of white chocolate M&Ms are delicious and satisfying. If u enjoy salted caramel, you’d like the salted white chocolate pretzel M&Ms, they’re very good 😋

     

         



        ~ 


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Claim Responsibility for your animals I say…

 Know animals for safety

  A 22-year old pet-sitter was nearly torn part by 2 big dogs she had already met once before. 

  They had a baby in the house who the dogs understood were part of their pack, the girl was probably seen as an intruder, not part of the family, they protected their home and attacked the girl. 

  They said she had pet-sit for 6-years, but there’s no way a 22-year old could understand the finer details of animal behavior such as trigger points, much less the potential danger of dogs. 

  She probably walked right in thinking they were going to be the sweet dogs they were before, and was blind-sided. 

The owners didn’t seem to understand trigger points either. 

  It’s such a dichotomy to think of the thousands of animals who are neglected, abandoned or abused, and not realize that tho dogs can be protective, affectionate, and entertaining, they all have basic instincts and behaviors to one degree or another that should be understood. 

Sometimes I think Mr Dave Ramsey and Mr Cesar Milan should be required reading courses in schools. They both teach safety.

  Dave Ramsey teaches financial safety and Mr Milan teaches physical safety. Do they still have police officers and firemen talk at schools? Or career days? Or Home Economics? Caring for a home while raising a family is no easy task! 

   Anyway, the girl is receiving the best of care and kudos to her boyfriend for sticking by her. I’ll try to follow up the story after years and hope it’s a blessed one. 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Who is St Patrick..?

From Wikipedia;  

 -Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland. 

Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. 

It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. 

His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland

It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he found God. 

The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted thousands.

Patrick's efforts were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick.

 Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint. 



       

 


    ~

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Fun Candy Facts

 Fun Facts: Candy

  • Less than two percent of the calories in the American diet are supplied by candy.
  • In Europe during the middle ages, the high cost of sugar made sugar candy a delicacy available only to the wealthy.
  • Candy is simply made by dissolving sugar in water. ... 
  • Germans consume twice as much candy as Americans

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Then I find this..!

 

After making a reasonable argument for the purpose, safety, and beauty of the common curb, 

I come across this, The Roundabout..! 

Now these are fun, trendy, and attractive, sorta like a dramatic snowstorm.

Check it out; this is a typical roundabout during the day; 


 



and this is an identical roundabout at night; 



 



Look at the daylight again, what do u not see? 

 Those curbs have no reflectors, not even painted. 

At best, driving thru the roundabouts during daylight is like like driving in Italy, a tad chaotic…

Look at the night view, what do u not see? 

That’s right, no curbs..! They’re invisible at night, totally dark. 

What else do u not see?

 There’s no stop lights, no lights at all, no signs, no reflectors to be seen anywhere, all lights in the night pic are reflections from nearby buildings, random decorative lo-light street lamps, car headlights, and no signs, reflective or not, no signs, just jump in and hope for the best. 

Driving thru those roundabouts at night is like driving in a beautiful rainstorm, fun, wheeeee :-p

Boo-dos to those designers (city? state? some random dept?) 

Not kudos, boo-dos. 

  ~



Saturday, February 5, 2022

I remember the Wildlife Waystation

 Remembering Martine Colette

1942 - 2022

The primate sanctuary community, including the Chimpanzees In Need rescue effort, is mourning the loss of animal advocacy pioneer and Wildlife Waystation founder Martine Colette, who dedicated more than 40 years of her life rescuing animals and changing the face of animal welfare.
 
It was Colette’s overwhelming love of animals that led her to leave a successful career as a Hollywood costume designer and establish the first wildlife sanctuary in the United States, taking in exotic animals from around the world, partnering with state agencies to safely house animals in need, and leading a cultural shift in animal welfare and sanctuary – including being one of the first to care for chimpanzees retired from biomedical laboratory research. By the time she retired in 2019, she had helped rescue and care for more than 77,000 animals who might not otherwise have had safe homes.
 
Following a series of fires and floods that contributed to financial hardships, the Wildlife Waystation closed shortly after Colette’s retirement was announced. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife, NAPSA, and sanctuaries across the country are collaborating to offer new homes to the 480 animals that were living there, including 41 chimpanzees.
 
Today, 23 of those chimpanzees have been rehomed but 18 remain at the closed refuge, where they are cared for by staff who worked at Colette’s side for decades. Our Chimpanzees In Need effort will continue raising the funds to move these remaining primates to accredited sanctuaries equipped to offer the loving care that Colette would want for the chimps.   

    ~

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Isolated

 Update: it happened so fast that I immediately self-isolated, which is what we used to do whenever anyone we knew got sick. 

The first week was wonderful! A relief and a comfort for the first few days. By the second week, I was getting cabin-fever and time seemed to slow to a crawl. The worst was over, tho, thank goodness, and I was able to work a few hours last week. 

I should have been back up and running by this coming Monday, but I’d forgotten how weak isolating can make the muscles of the body. Going for walks today and hoping for the best. No fever, just general malaise. Didn’t even work from home! A lot of emails went unanswered and hope to catch up sometime next week. 

For those who are stuck at home, my prayers of strength for u, it’s tougher than anyone thought! 



Sunday, January 23, 2022

I tell everyone to please adopt, and yet…

 Here I am telling everyone to please adopt, and yet I realize that it takes a good chunk of time and finances when done right with quality and care. 

A lot of people prolly don’t think ahead that far, so do what u can. 


 


This is a business card from a rescue that started out with good intentions, then lost in over-reach, and can’t be found now. From what I understand, all the critters were fed and watered and in good condition, it didn’t cost that much for food, and the shelters were basically lean-to’s, but it wasn’t overcrowded, and kept swept-clean. They gave several years leases on life for many dogs that wouldn’t have survived otherwise. 
And then it happened again, they couldn’t say no! Took in more and more abandoned critters to save them temporarily, and neglect began to appear for the original rescues. 
I don’t know what happened to the lady who started the rescue. I’d heard various versions of several stories, but I have no idea as of this writing if the owner was a fly-by-night, a crook, or an Angel..!?! 
Have no idea! 
In a way, it doesn’t matter, because critters can always be adopted, but should u have to surrender one,  especially ones found, rings, or on a regular basis, that’s when u want to make sure the rescue is a stable location. 
Dog N Kitty City is still going strong. 
and Operation Kindness is still around and looks solid. 
There are hundreds of rescues for all critters and breed specific, too. 

~




Saturday, January 15, 2022

New Year’s Resolution-Done!

 10 Fail-Safe New Year’s Resolutions, not just 1, Ten Guaranteed Successful Goals 

1. Stop Smoking before the end of the year 

2. Work outside the home 

3. Work inside the home 

4. Keep my home clean and organized 

5. Think of others 

6. Be good to myself 

7. Average at least a mile a day walk

8. Cut back on spending and start new budget 

9. Find work I enjoy 

10. Pay off at least 1 credit card before year’s end  

Guaranteed? Yes, because I’ve already done all of these, so it’s a good start!  

Except for the credit card part, that’s a toughie, but I’m going to give it my best efforts. 

Happy New Year and may your goals be reached this and every year! 

       ~


Saturday, January 8, 2022

r/Check It Out

Because there’s so much information to be shared on books, candies, chocolates, vending, trivia, holidays, critters, charities, faith, work, I usually end up scanning all over the web. 
  Instead, I’ve summarized it with one single site that can compile any questions u may have about, anything! 
   Briefly, it’s really quite an amazing place because the moderators do not interfere and yet are so effective at minimizing negativity in chats, responses or postings, that I would even venture to say that it has virtually all the benefits of Craigslist without the dangers. 
   So r/checkItOut!
     ~

Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy New Year 2022!

 

I can’t really complete a review of 2021, so I’ll try a preview of 2022. 

Just like 2021 and the years before that, 2022 will be fine no matter who, what, when or where. 

How do I know this? Am I psychic? Do I extrapolate events from last year into next year? Am I plugged into the future? None of that. I place myself in God’s hands, it’s the only way to let go of negativity.  

The things that make me happy can trigger or bore others so I keep it to myself. 

 Don’t worry and be happy. Peace.  


    






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