I'll be bumping this one ahead from time to time so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of those few entries I want the world to see.
If you want to be added, add me. I check occasionally to see who has added me and I usually add back, at least if I see that I have some common ground with the adder.
Pay off all of my & my mom's debts, get all the cats vet checked and healthy, buy the garage & barn from mom & start a proper cat rescue. I'd also take as many courses at university as I could afford.
In lieu of lotto wins, I'm putting a pay-pal button in my user info in case anyone wants to buy tarot pouches, clothes, tarot readings, or just donate a little so I can get my ancient Lammy cat to the vet for a check up, or get Ginger in so I can find out why her eye is all swollen and puffy this morning. *worries*
I contacted jblaque last weekend while I was in a panic over getting Gizmo checked out at the vets. We talked a bit while I was trying not to hyperventilate -- he was very patient with me while I couldn't form a coherent thought. After talking to him I felt calmer about things, and now that the medication from the vets seems to be working for Gizmo, I feel better. Mamacat is still the "black sheep" of the kitty herd, but I took her sutures out yesterday and she's not scratching at her belly as much now.
The kindness of internet friends always comes as a wonderful surprise to me -- he put up a post here with some of the things I've been working through, asked his friends to help, and I've already seen some donations hit the paypal account, for which I am intensely grateful. I'm trying to sew something that I can sell on Etsy, so there may be posts about that soon. oceannadelamer has seen the number of strays around here, and now there are more hanging out up by the dumpster, apparently including two small kittens. I know not everyone can afford to send a donation, but I hope everyone can take a few seconds to remind people that pets need to be spayed/neutered and kept in safe homes. I'll post a set of kitty photos soon to show you kind folks the cute little faces that are so grateful for the help!
Oh, and bellacrow posted this; it is one of those "can't help but move to it" songs, and it really sums up how I feel about my internet friends at the moment!
I'm tired of people who set themselves up to be hurt and then complain when it happens.
I'm tired of being accused of having deeper motives when I say why I did what I did, and tired of having to not say when I am worried about people who are self destructive.
Want to unfriend me? Fine.
Want to stop talking to me? Well Hell, when was the last time you called me anyway?
Heaven knows, it couldn't be something as simple as me not being able to find a setting on facebook. Oh hell no, must be some uber evil plot.
I'm leaving this one public so the world can see; this is hereby a "make drama and I will block your ass" zone.
In 1866 representatives of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Canadas (at that time Canada consisted of Upper Canada and Lower Canada, mainly comprised of what is now Ontario and Quebec) came together in London for final discussions with the Colonial Office. Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island for the moment had withdrawn from the confederation talks. The London Conference led directly to the most important statute in Canadian constitutional history, the British North America Act of 1867. This act, with its subsequent amendments, embodied the written constitution of Canada for more than a century. It was proclaimed on July 1, now celebrated as Canada Day. (Here in Halifax, that's also known as Cannabis day, when revelers flock to the green spaces of the city to partake in a leaf that looks not entirely unlike the Maple Leaf of our nation's flag.)
The British North America Act provided that there should be four provinces in the new Dominion--Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia--and that others could join later. Each province was to have its own seat of government, its own lawmaking body, and its own lieutenant governor to represent the Crown. In addition, the act established a federal government at Ottawa, composed of a House of Commons (elected), a Senate (appointed for life), and a governor-general as the Crown's representative. It set forth the matters on which the provinces could make laws and listed those that were the special concern of the government at Ottawa. Any powers not listed were to belong to the federal government. (The act remained in force until the Constitution Act of 1982.)
Newfoundland was an independent country from 1907 to 1934. They held out until 1949 before joining Canada in Confederation.
That spiffy little thing that happened in 1982, when I was in high school and old enough to understand and remember it? The British Parliament passed the Canada Act, giving up all remaining constitutional and legislative authority over Canada. Yes, that's right, we Canadians have our own country just like you 'mericans have. We just went about getting our independance in a far more civilized manner.
See the Wiki if you need more details.
CSIS is our intelligence agency here, and I've worked with them. They're pretty decent guys, and they have great anti-terrorist dogs, even if one of the pooches is terrified of elevators.
The Black Watch, the Queen's Royal Highland Regiment, uphold the standards of Clan Stewart and Her Majesty the Queen. Rumour has it the name and the tartan they wear originated in the Scottish Highlands in 1729 in service to "watch" for "blackmail." Black Mount? Other than the fact that the horses used by the RCMP are uniformly black with a limited number of white markings, never heard of 'em, despite years of sitting at my cousin's side as he talked about his adventures in the constabulary.
If anyone out there wants to knock Canada's military, they'd do well to look up the Black Watch and the Royal 22e Regiment, known to their friends as the VanDoos.
Some folks would do well to read up on Pierre Trudeau and at least get their facts about Canada updated to only thirty years out of date.
We don't live in igloos, we don't have snow year 'round and we don't all eat pemmican and whale blubber.
Canadians invented basketball, codified Lacrosse, created the gas mask, the variable pitch propeller, Java (the programming language), the jetliner, wireless radio, the Black Berry, (He moved from Turkey when he was five. He's Canadian,) the snowmobile, The foghorn, ( the inventor was Scots by birth, Canadian by virtue of living the majority of his life here,) the hydrofoil, metal detector and telephone, the snow blower, the rotary snowplow, the music synthesizer, IMAX, the Robertson screwdriver, the garbage bag, the light bulb, Easy -Off oven cleaner, the alkaline battery, and the paint roller.
Can't think of any famous Canadians? Let me help you.
Mary Pickford. (Yes, America's Sweetheart was Canadian.)
Frederick Banting -- he discovered insulin.
James Doohan (That's Scotty from the original Trek for those who don't know.)
Michael J. Fox.
Matt Frewer. (You may remember cola commercials with Max Headroom?)
Abraham Gesner -- he invented kerosene.
Monty Hall. (Tell me you have never heard of him and I won't believe you unless you're under thirty.)
Louis B. Mayer -- you know, the guy who co-founded MGM.
Joe Shuster. You might know him from the little comic he and a friend created -- What was it called? Oh yeah, Superman.
Moses Znaimer, who created MuchMusic in 1984 -- Canada's answer to MTV.
You may not like it when we knock the US, but we didn't elect Bush twice in a row, and I am, and will always be, proud to say I AM Canadian.
This is how they treat their soldiers.
I have formerly compared the present US leadership to Hitler & the Nazis.
For that I apologize...
to the Nazis.
Hitler at least created the Autobahn and the Volkswagen before he went nuts.
As far as I can tell, there is not one positive thing to say about G.W. Bush.