What’s Happening over in Ulster County

The below story is playing out across the river and while I dont like stink bugs, they aren’t much more than a pest. Apple growers might disagree but they haven’t harmed our apples at all, and as far as I have found, they don’t smell bad unless you smush them.

The article says that the Samurai wasp doesn’t sting humans but somehow I worry that we are tinkering with Mother Nature and bringing in foreigners to take American’s jobs!

wasps to kill stink bugs




Latest from Gerlinda Gray

“Where in the 4-6 days does the howling and walking around looking desperate come in? She’s been acting wierd for the last week or so, but today is the first time she’s started making alot of noise. We have an altered male that is trying to help…”
So Gerlinda is in heat and she is doing everything the above posting says. A few phone calls to the vet and she will be scheduled for a spaying. As luck would have it she is confined to the house although if she were out for an hour she would surely have suitors arriving day and night.

Gerlinda, the Story, the Cat, the Survivor

This post is likely a lot more than you want to know but read on if you are an animal lover.

Towards the end of January, a small cat, as it turned out a kitten got stuck in the barn wall and somehow survived for over two weeks without food. I finally caught the cat and put her back in the barn thinking she would start eating and run with the other barn cat, but I was wrong. She could hardly move was nothing but skin and bones. That night late, the cat somehow crawled down to the house and was crying on the porch. It looked like she wouldn’t make it through the night. By morning she was taken to the vet who said she was unlikely to make it but gave her an IV and some fluids and some this and some that. PS three days later and a king’s ransom and Gerlinda Grey was in recovery.

She is now a house cat and while she only got dry food before her emprisonment she has now taken to the below and is clearly becoming a picky eater. The food is GMO, MSG and Carrageenan free. I had to look up the latter, Carregeenan isCGN_Before-After-02-01  a food ingredient that has a whole host of uses; it can be used as a vegan alternative to gelatin in setting desserts, it retains moisture in various kinds of cooked meats, and it suspends the chocolate in chocolate milk preventing it from separating. It even helps foods stay delicious and desirable for longer, reducing food wastage.

But yes there are those who say in spite of the FDA that it is poisonous, dangerous and should be avoided like the plague.

So Gerlinda eats Weruva Truluxe, and we have found it a wonderful spread for guests on thin wafer crackers. Here is the recipe for just one of their fine canned cat foods.

On The Cat Wok – With Chicken & Beef in Pumpkin Soup
Available in 3.0oz and 6.0oz

Your cat will be struttin its full belly after dining on this feast of boneless, skinless, white breast meat chicken that is mixed with grass fed, shredded Australian beef. Made with class and sass, our chicken is cage free and free of added antibiotics and hormones. There’s also some veggies in a delectable pumpkin soup. This is one meal your cat won’t be too sexy for :-).

So the last question is whether Gerlinda will be put back in the barn when the weather improves. She has not been fixed, I guess spayed is a better word, so there is the obvious danger of her getting in a family way the first night she is out there. Stay tuned, no decisions have been made.

Here she is the Great Gerlinda Grey:

gerlinda on chair


Emails You Don’t Want

I get too many emails a day from companies advertising stuff I don’t want or need. I had a friend in Texas many years ago who was a super salesman and said you should take  “NO!” as a request for more information.

Sometime when you try to unsubscribe it has no affect. I received the below from a company this morning, quite creative and have told them never again, #4. How could they miss me when they don’t even know me?

How often do you want to hear from us?
1) All the time! Send me everything, please.  

2)2-3 times a week. Just enough to stay in the know.  
3)Take a 90-day break. It’s just like hitting the snooze button.  
4)Unsubscribe. Come back any time. We miss you already!  

Late this afternoon after unsubscribing I received the below:

Surprise! Because You’re on Our List, Enjoy a Gift – Up to 50% Off

Total Eclipse of the Sun


1978 was the last year that there was a total eclipse of the sun in the Northeast of the United States and Canada. I went up to North Sydney, Nova Scotia with two friends in an old Jeep Wagoneer, that breathed its last after that trip. It was a great adventure and one of  my friends has a photo album and diary of the event. We had great sideburns which were in fashion at that time.

After that eclipse Carly Simon wrote You’re So Vain which mentions the event.

Well August 21,2017 is the date of another total eclipse which covers parts of the continental United States.

I intend to be there, perhaps with the same friend. And I have to remember George Patsakos a college classmate who was a physicist who went to many eclipses all over the world.  Let me know who wants to join this great adventure. I’m thinking of Kentucky as a perfect place to observe.

Here is a website that tells all.

Eclipse 2017

It’s an interesting fact that this eclipse path cuts right through the middle of several very large cities. If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City, you need to be in a certain part of town to see totality. Nashville is partially in totality. Portland OR misses it, as does Atlanta and Chattanooga. Bowling Green is barely in the path. Greenville SC is, but Spartanburg isn’t! And Charlotte misses as well. Omaha is not in the path, but Lincoln is – just barely. And the great national Parks of Yellowstone/Grand Teton, and the Great Smoky Mountains are cut in half by the path. But Craters of the Moon misses the show! The Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky will be perfect, weather permitting! But if you want to be there to see it, then you need to be in the right spot! Check out the maps to make sure you’re there!

After  1978 Carly Simon wrote and sang you’re so Vain about a man and the eclipse.

Vacuum Cleaners

I think I may be losing it. Over the years when a vacuum cleaner breaks, I dont buy a new one, I put the broken one away and try to fix another one. Result: I have four Electrolux vacuum cleaners, the cannister type and except one have some issue. The one exception is the 1952 Model that I had fixed at a great store over in Fishkill a while ago. It runs like a Swiss watch. There aren’t a lot of places left that fix vacuum cleaners but the Vac Shop behind the All Sports parking lot still does the necessary.

Here is the oldie, an antique that works well.

vacuum 52

I’ll be heading over there later this week to see if he has a replacement wheel for the vacuum that came from Trenton NJ in the early 80s.

Here are two more from the collection.

vacuums 2.jpg

I Don’t Know Why This Cracks Me Up

I wont print this whole article, you will have to open it and read it or maybe better, move on to my next post. The only thing I could think of when reading this article is the idea that after school programs are being cut for the neediest.

The article reminds me of Howard Stern’s great line when he arrived in a limo to Donald Trump’s second marriage to Marla Maples, “I know it is in bad taste but I give it 6 months!” He was wrong on his timing but not by a lot.

Wedding from Hell