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3/31/2010

SAMUEL ADAMS TRIPLE BOCK BEER

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 6:13 pm

I like beer…almost all of it.  It’s a good summer thirst quencher to enjoy now and then.  Beer is something that you can find all over the world…except perhaps Afghanistan et al.  It’s like a national trademark, or something.

After a nice day outside…and what a beautiful day it was… I thought I’d have a tomato beer.  For those of you who have never been in a cowboy land beer joint where tomato beer is a favorite, it comes in a frosty mug filled with a third tomato juice and the rest beer.  My special recipe is half and half with salt free V-8 juice over ice.  Go figger.

For straight beer, I really prefer one of Todd’s special homemade brews or Haake Beck that is non-alcoholic and has a very good thirst-quenching flavor, imo.

Usually “the kids” keep the beer in the refrigerator downstairs, but I wasn’t really that thirsty to take a hike for it.  Then I remembered a strange bottle of beer that has been shuffling around in my refrigerator in the kitchen.  Small, just right.

So, I browsed around and found this intriguing bottle of Sam Adams triple bock.  What the heck is that?   I had not the slightest idea how it got there or why the bottle was so small and odd.  I figured it was just a small bottle of Sam Adams. Duh!

Anyway, it was an intriguing, cute little bottle of beer.  Just right…except…it was sealed like wine and then there was this cork which broke when I tried to remove it.  I should have done some googling before I continued to open it.

This is what I learned:

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Limited (brewed once). Serving types had: bottle (505).

Though the little cobalt bottles still decorate the shelves today, this beer only had 3 vintage releases; 1994, 1995, and 1997. Brewed with two row malted barley, water, Noble hops and yeast, along with maple syrup, it was then aged several months in oak whiskey barrels before being bottled. At the time it was considered the world’s strongest beer, and a precursor of today’s Extreme Beers.

tbone78 had this comment about it…and he hit it right on the head:  Picked this up at a store in New Orleans. This bottle was shared with a friend and we both agree it is not very drinkable. Pours mucky dark nearly black. Smells a little sour and has a sour taste with a syrupy finish. I taste a little fruit flavors like figs or dates. As mentioned, this has no drinkability to it. I have another bottle, I will make sure I have more people around to open it.

Wikipedia says: Samuel Adams’s Triple Bock was an extreme, experimental beer produced by Samuel Adams, released in 1994, 1995, and 1997 only. It has a black, opaque color, no carbonation, and at 17.5% ABV was the strongest beer ever brewed when it was introduced. The taste has very little resemblance to ordinary beers. If anything, it is more like a port wine (but more bitter) in character - very thick, sweet and rich aroma and to be served at room temperature and slowly sipped. A fair amount of maple syrup was added in the brewing process, which is also evident in its taste.

I tasted about two drops of this, involuntarily rolled my eyes skyward and set it aside.  I’m sorry I opened it as it would make a much better talking point on a shelf.  Maybe it’s someone’s idea of collecting carbon-based pollution.

I’m guilty of keeping things in my refrig perhaps longer than I should, but I dang well know this thing has not be there since 1994, 1995, or 1997.  Someone will come forth and remind me he/she put it there since I’ve often talked about liking bock beer.  This is definitely extreme beer and I’m just not into anything extreme anymore.  This stuff is black as the ace of spades and stronger than lye.  It didn’t even have any effervescence that I could tell, so I recapped it and will save it for my grandson who’ll be here this weekend. We can share and pretend it’s wine.  It  might be good for basting an Easter ham or as a hair rinse after a shampoo.

Any other suggestions?

3/30/2010

JUDD PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY AT THE ELLSWORTH ART GALLERY

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 4:02 pm

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American Bison

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Focal Length: 170mm
Date: March 12, 2004

Two years ago on July 18th, 2008, I composed a blog about Judd Patterson’s photography…his images from nature.  The occasion for the blog was prompted by my curiosity about there being displays of his work at both the U.S. Department of Interior Museum in D.C. and the K-State Student Union. I wondered who he was and soon discovered he was a 2001 Salina High graduate.  Then I recalled he and my granddaughter, Mackenzie, were on the same scholar’s bowl team.  Click here to see that blog.

Now we are very fortunate to have a large display of his photographs on display at the local art gallery in lovely down town Ellsworth.  Judd’s mother, Marilyn…and one of his biggest fans… delivered and hung the photos yesterday.  They will be on display until May 8th.

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Marilyn sorted through a collection  of photos that have been made into lovely greeting cards suitable for framing.  They are available for $4.00 each.  I selected one of rural Salina with a very, very unusual double rainbow. The original photo is on display and has  appeared in professional magazines.

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If you haven’t seen a prairie chicken strutting his stuff this time of year, here he is.

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Spring Prairie Sunset.  This is why I love Kansas so much.  This photograph is neither framed nor for sale.  All the photos that are framed are for sale.  The others are not.

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Konza Fall.  I don’t think there is a more beautiful place in the world than the Tall Grass Prairie. Judd’s underlying mission is to observe, preserve, and share glimpses of our spectacular surroundings.  You’ll find a wide array of examples of that mission at the gallery.  You can also view them here.

Judd always carries a camera with him and  currently works for the South Florida/Caribbean Network of the National Park Service. He continues to pursue his lifelong hobby of nature photography to promote environmental education/conservation and for the sheer joy of being outside.  In a national Canon camera competition, he came in second. His photos have been used in a wide variety of regional and national causes.  His photos have been displayed in McPherson, Salina Country Club, Bergen’s Art Gallery, The Stiefel, the McPherson Opera House, Washington D.C. Department of Interior, Everglades National Park and his office building in Miami…the National Park Service.  Now the Ellsworth Art Gallery.

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Stop in the gallery and spend some time looking at his photos. You’ll be glad that you did.  It’s open Monday through Friday 12:30 to 4:30.  The photos will be taken down on Saturday May 8th after a 2-4 p.m. viewing and reception.  The public is invited to attend the reception.

3/28/2010

PRIVILEGED

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 2:09 pm

I’m no hero, war veteran, or anything of that nature. Nor will I ever claim to be. I’m not on the front lines, risking life or limb either. All I do is support the war effort. In my short time in Afghanistan I’ve had a plethora of mixed feelings about the Afghan culture and the American way of life.

How blessed am I that as a child I could play wherever I wanted and not have to worry about stepping on a landmine or being shot? How blessed am I that I had three good meals a day with a place to sleep and clothes on my back? Even having clean water to drink. America really is a blessed nation. I can’t remember a day when I didn’t feel safe going outside to play. Its simply a different world and culture here.

The Navy is doing a fairly large humanitarian medical mission here in Kandahar. I can’t remember a day when I walked in to the Role 3 (NATO Level 1 Trauma Center Hospital) and didn’t see a child on a ventilator due to malnutrition, stepping on an IED, or being hit by a vehicle. I think too often the public fails to see all the good things that coalition troops are doing here in Afghanistan - even if it is just giving someone a second chance to thrive and play again.

I think every young American should serve time in the military. I know it has made me appreciate the freedoms and luxuries I have back home. Its a gripping statistic to think that less than 5% of Afghans have internet. Most people can’t imagine living without it. How about being able to read and write? Less than 25% of Afghans can. Voting, freedom of speech, and basic necessities are also things taken for granted. In a land of such oppression, it is comforting to think of the luxuries and opportunities that I have. I truly am blessed.

tjb

3/27/2010

THE ECF SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER DINNER THEATER PRESENTS A BIG HOUSE PRODUCTION

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:23 am

The Spiritual Life Center staff and inmates are preparing another evening of entertainment for the public that includes two stage plays and  a “Yoder” steak dinner with all the trimmings.

This is a family event and one you are sure to enjoy.

There will be two plays starring correctional facility inmates:  “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers”, a short play by  Richard Harrity  and  “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War” by D. M. Bocaz-Larson

The dinner and plays will be presented both Friday April 30th and May 1 giving you alternative dates to  attend.  The festivities begin at 6:00 with a steak dinner (chicken substitute, if necessary) and all the trimmings.  The events will conclude at 9:00 pm.

Tickets are $20.00 per person or  you may reserve your own table for eight for $160.00.

Children must be at least ten years old to attend. Everyone should take a driver’s license for identification to enter the facility.  No purses, cell phones or tobacco can be taken into the facility.

Make your reservation by calling ECF Chaplaincy at 785-472-6212
Reservations must be paid by April 19th, 2010
All Proceeds will go to the Spiritual Life Center.
Mail Check/Money Order to: ECF SLC, P.O. Box 107 Ellsworth, Kansas 67439

K-STATE PLAYS BUTLER TODAY AT 3:30 CST

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:37 am

Go Cats!

3/26/2010

TEA PARTY’S LUNATIC FRINGE IS ALARMING…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 4:49 pm

Here’s an article that appeared yesterday in the Kansas City Star and written by the KC Star editorial board…“Tea Party’s Lunatic Fringe is Alarming”.

Here is another good article that appeared yesterday in the Berkeley Daily Planet written by Bob Burnett. THE PUBLIC EYE: Confronting the Politics of Rage.

As for their funding, I’m still trying to sort out my confusion. Kent is right about Soros…yet Democracyinaction.org states that it gets funding from Open Society Institute that is Geoge Soros’s organization. Democracy in Action is a vendor that licenses Internet technology for websites. And Democracy in Action has received funding from Soros. I thought somewhere in this jumble, the Tea Party was getting funds from the technology site. The other sources I listed that fund Tea Party activities are correct.

LITTLE BLUE STEM NAMED STATE’S OFFICIAL GRASS

Filed under: prairie musings, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 8:23 am

K-STATE ADVANCES AFTER DOUBLE OT THRILLER

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:10 am

Eyelids around the state are going to be heavy today after being wide awake through the late hour of the thrilling K-State vs Xavier 101-96 victory.  K-State moves on to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1988.  Go Cats!

I was hoping Cornell would win yesterday.  You have to admire a team that advanced so far with players who aren’t on athletic scholarships.  Cornell offers no athletic scholarships and any scholarships that reward grades, leadership ability, or other special academic talents are need-based.  The team members…all 14 of them…live together in an old house near the Cornell campus.  They each have their own room in this really big…also messy…house.  You can’t help but admire the success of this old concept that basketball players  are there primarily for an education, not on athletic scholarships as a stepping stone to the NBA….and yet manage to be this competitive in NCAA tournament play.

Stay tuned …

3/25/2010

THERE IS NOTHING GRASSROOTS ABOUT THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:36 pm

When are responsible Republican leaders going to wake up and denounce the Republican-backed tea party radicals who are leveling terroristic threats, racial  and gay epithets on Democrats and others with whom they disagree?

When are the involved Republican Congressmen going to be held accountable for their despicable behavior of encouraging and inciting these radicals to further action?

The answer is:  Probably never.

Doesn’t it seem weird to you that the people in the tea movement would battle against paying taxes since they are the least affected? It’s the rich who will be affected and they are the ones who fund the tea party efforts.

The tea party movement is designed to protect the rich and powerful by “using” people who don’t seem to understand what they are doing. The tea party folks are crazy with rage and ready to jump on anything that moves.  They were easily and purposely organized to vent that rage by the rich.

These tea party radicals proudly claim to be part of a grassroots organization, but are they?  Was it formed by a group of people who got together with a popular common cause wanting to make positive contributions for change?  Absolutely not.

Tea party members claim they are going to stop paying taxes.  They claim they have a fifty-year conspiracy plan to infiltrate our government, educational system and social order. There is already evidence of that everywhere such as the Texas text book scandal that affects all our school children.  It sounds like a George Soros  and C-Street plan for our future. Their goal is to tear the government apart, burn books and  level the courts, among other things. They threaten to do harm, which includes death, to those who don’t vote “their way”.  That’s what comes out of their meetings.

The tea party fear-mongering group that is leveling hate against the Democratic congress includes the same people who aimed their guns….and killed…Dr. George Tiller and at least eight people, including four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort. Now that George Tiller is dead, they changed direction and moved on to Washington.  These hoodlums who once filled the streets of Wichita surrounding George Tiller’s clinic, now are leveling the same kind of wrath in the halls of Congress.

The tea party movement is not a group of innocent people who hate paying taxes and show their displeasure through peaceful demonstrations. It’s a dangerous movement that has  uber-conservative, uber-wealthy organizations and individuals behind it.  It’s anything but a grassroots gathering of people who happened to encounter one another and decided to have a meeting to discuss what they had in common.  They didn’t come out of nowhere to operate on a shoe-string.  Not at all.

Here are those who provides the leadership and funds the tea party movement:  FreedomWorks, the conservative action group led by Dick Armey; Americans for Prosperity led by David Koch of Koch Industries in Wichita; Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk-show hosts, Fox News, etc.  The tea party members aren’t digging into their own pockets to get to the arranged rallies of disruption.

The tea party organization is what is referred to as an “Astroturf” organization…it’s a  fake grassroots organization.  Dick Armey, who was the former Republican leader in the House has organized this group of radicals and has filled them with crazy, violent thoughts.  They are incited by people like Rush Limbaugh and the Fox propaganda channel who don’t deal in facts, but do incite this group of non-thinking radicals into action.

In a lot of ways, these people make no sense.  They aren’t going to be paying extra taxes as 90% of them don’t make enough money to have to do that.  They would pay less in taxes under Obama’s plan so their screaming and yelling about taxes and hatred toward Obama for that reason make no sense.  In fact, they don’t seem to know what it is they are all riled up about except that people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and Fox News  have made them crazy.

It’s the Republican billionaires who are subject to paying higher taxes that are  organizing and funding these lemmings to scream, threaten and riot for them.  It’s also supported strongly by like-thinking multi-millionaire Republicans, many serving in the Congress and high offices throughout the nation. Think the C-Street house. They are trying to convince the American public that there is a strong, grassroots tax rebellion going on. There isn’t and they are furious that they are losing.

It’s really the rich…Dick Armey, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and people like George Soros who are concerned about their taxes which will, and should, increase.   George Soros is a multi-billionaire with skewed moral values  and a sociopath’s lack of conscience. We all know about Rush, his skewed look at the world and slovenly moral principles. Soros considers himself to be a world class philosopher and loves social engineering.   The tea party group is his cup of tea, so to speak, and he has plenty of money to channel into this group to cause disruption.

When you hear this group of misfits threaten the lives and families of members of Congress, take it seriously.  They hate it that we have a black president and hate other blacks and minorities, in general.  They hate gays and lesbians.  They have a place for women, and it isn’t one of equality with men. They hate abortion rights for women.  They hate the health care plan even though most of them will benefit from it.  They hate anyone who isn’t “white and God-fearing” like them. They are white supremacists who take matters into their own hands.  They love their guns and violence.  They don’t spend much time reading…especially anything enlightening about U.S. history, the constitution or social discourse.

They will remember April 19th. I think you can count on it.

Good people are getting tired of thugs trying to interfere with democratic processes and laws of the land.  Good moderate Republicans, and I’m sure there are some left, eventually will get tired of the fringe element running their party and do something about it.  Eventually, people will see the tea party for what it is…thug driven and financed by a groups of conservative  billionaires who will never run out of money.  There is always a radical element of our society, usually lacking in education and knowledge,  ready to join other thugs with the purpose of causing unrest among law-abiding citizens.

The Republican members of Congress has become the party of “No”.  They are contributing nothing. They aren’t originating ideas. They aren’t even working in order to deserve their pay.  They are dead-locking progress through threats and violence.  Gone are the days of Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole.

Dr. George Tiller, a law-abiding citizen, was threatened and harassed for years and then as he ushered in church, was shot and killed by one of these thugs.  Although the killer was a member and incited to action by the tea party movement, it quickly disowned him.

Look at all the new targets this lawless group now has.  Threats are flying all over Washington aimed at Democratic lawmakers…and their families.  They even have a map created by Sarah Palin that pinpoints the location of targeted Democrats with gun site crosshair markers.   This very unpredictable, undependable and unenlightened individual came within a hair of becoming vice-president of the United States.  How frightening is that?

This is worth some thought…and hopefully will result in positive action in the voting booth. Follow the money and you’ll usually find the answer to your question.

3/24/2010

K-STATE PLAYS AT 8:37 CST THURSDAY ON CBS….LET’S ALL CHEER FOR THE CATS!

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:30 pm

NO MORE HOO HOO FOR YOU KNOW WHO….

Filed under: political musings, Pro-life/Pro-choice — Peg Britton @ 1:14 pm

Did you ever stop to think how much sense it makes for all those unthinking “pro-lifers” to call for the death of us pro-choice folks?  And the same “pro-lifers” love the death penalty and to see anyone, guilty or not,  hang in the gallows.  Go figger.

Helen is one of my favorite bloggers….of “Margaret and Helen.“  Helen says what I’m thinking only she’s more blunt about stating it in this sports arena.  She hits the nail on the head with this letter.  White-haired men, bald men, any men who blab about abortion as if they know what it is to be a woman or make decisions that are a woman’s to make  are way out of their league and ought to shut up.

One out of three women seek abortions at some point during their child bearing years. It’s not entirely their fault that happens, ya know. Taking all the rights away for women to have abortions will never stop abortions.  Here’s what Helen has to say about it.

My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old.  My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met in college almost 60 years ago.  I have three children with my husband Harold.  Margaret has three dogs with her husband Howard.  I live in Texas and Margaret lives in Maine. Her latest letter:

Honestly, Margaret, if I hear one more old, white guy with an opinion about abortion, his skinny white ass is going to meet my rather large shoe.   It’s a woman’s decision to make.  Her body.  Her choice.  Period.

Bart Stupak is an ass.  If he is in our “big tent” then our tent is too big.  But if you ask me, the real problem is probably that the “pup tent”  that greets him each morning  is too small.

Abortion has no business being a political game… a sound bite to make the evening news.   It is a medical decision between a woman and her doctor.  If you have a moral dilemma or a religious issue, then don’t have an abortion.  It really is that simple.  Trust me.  I know.

Abortion is not a dirty word and I am sick and tired of watching holier than thou white men in Congress  pretending that they have any concept of what a woman goes through when making such an important decision. For some women it is a time of great sadness – a pregnancy gone wrong, a wanted child not to be.  For some women it is a time of great relief – a decision to delay parenthood.  It is a deeply, personal decision made for deeply, personal reasons.  And, yes,  for some women it is a decision they choose not to make – again for deeply personal reasons.

Bart, if you want to reduce abortions, vote to fully fund family planning and comprehensive sex education.   Otherwise, shut the hell up.  We don’t care what you think about our wombs.

Women in Michigan should hang a closed sign across their hoo-hoo’s until Stupak is either voted out of Congress or grows a vagina of his own.  I mean it.  Really.

Posted in Helen, Texas, Uncategorized | Tags: Abortion, Bart Stupak, Michigan

A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate last month, and I presume has been signed by the governor, allows the state to charge a woman with criminal homicide for inducing a miscarriage or obtaining an illegal abortion.

We’re getting close to selling women on the auction block again as chattel.

AN ABSENCE OF CLASS…

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:14 am

Some of the images from the run-up to Sunday’s landmark health care vote in the House of Representatives should be seared into the nation’s consciousness. We are so far, in so many ways, from being a class act.

The following is an article by Bob Herbert found yesterday in the New York Times:

A group of lowlifes at a Tea Party rally in Columbus, Ohio, last week taunted and humiliated a man who was sitting on the ground with a sign that said he had Parkinson’s disease. The disgusting behavior was captured on a widely circulated videotape. One of the Tea Party protesters leaned over the man and sneered: “If you’re looking for a handout, you’re in the wrong end of town.”

Another threw money at the man, first one bill and then another, and said contemptuously, “I’ll pay for this guy. Here you go. Start a pot.”

In Washington on Saturday, opponents of the health care legislation spit on a black congressman and shouted racial slurs at two others, including John Lewis, one of the great heroes of the civil rights movement. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was taunted because he is gay.

At some point, we have to decide as a country that we just can’t have this: We can’t allow ourselves to remain silent as foaming-at-the-mouth protesters scream the vilest of epithets at members of Congress — epithets that The Times will not allow me to repeat here.

It is 2010, which means it is way past time for decent Americans to rise up against this kind of garbage, to fight it aggressively wherever it appears. And it is time for every American of good will to hold the Republican Party accountable for its role in tolerating, shielding and encouraging foul, mean-spirited and bigoted behavior in its ranks and among its strongest supporters.

For decades the G.O.P. has been the party of fear, ignorance and divisiveness. All you have to do is look around to see what it has done to the country. The greatest economic inequality since the Gilded Age was followed by a near-total collapse of the overall economy. As a country, we have a monumental mess on our hands and still the Republicans have nothing to offer in the way of a remedy except more tax cuts for the rich.

This is the party of trickle down and weapons of mass destruction, the party of birthers and death-panel lunatics. This is the party that genuflects at the altar of right-wing talk radio, with its insane, nauseating, nonstop commitment to hatred and bigotry.

Glenn Beck of Fox News has called President Obama a “racist” and asserted that he “has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

Mike Huckabee, a former Republican presidential candidate, has said of Mr. Obama’s economic policies: “Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff.”

The G.O.P. poisons the political atmosphere and then has the gall to complain about an absence of bipartisanship.

The toxic clouds that are the inevitable result of the fear and the bitter conflicts so relentlessly stoked by the Republican Party — think blacks against whites, gays versus straights, and a whole range of folks against immigrants — tend to obscure the tremendous damage that the party’s policies have inflicted on the country. If people are arguing over immigrants or abortion or whether gays should be allowed to marry, they’re not calling the G.O.P. to account for (to take just one example) the horribly destructive policy of cutting taxes while the nation was fighting two wars.

If you’re all fired up about Republican-inspired tales of Democrats planning to send grandma to some death chamber, you’ll never get to the G.O.P.’s war against the right of ordinary workers to organize and negotiate in their own best interests — a war that has diminished living standards for working people for decades.

With a freer hand, the Republicans would have done more damage. George W. Bush tried to undermine Social Security. John McCain was willing to put Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Oval Office and thought Phil Gramm would have made a crackerjack Treasury secretary. (For those who may not remember, Mr. Gramm was a deregulation zealot who told us during the presidential campaign that we were suffering from a “mental recession.”)

A party that promotes ignorance (“Just say no to global warming”) and provides a safe house for bigotry cannot serve the best interests of our country. Back in the 1960s, John Lewis risked his life and endured savage beatings to secure fundamental rights for black Americans while right-wing Republicans like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were lining up with segregationist Democrats to oppose landmark civil rights legislation.

Since then, the right-wingers have taken over the G.O.P. and Mr. Lewis, now a congressman, must still endure the garbage they have wrought.

3/23/2010

MARK INMAN SEITZ PHOTO OF DOWNTOWN ELLSWORTH KANSAS

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, History, Drovers — Peg Britton @ 8:21 am

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A blog reader was viewing this photo this morning and I thought I’d post it again.  I just love it as it brings back many wonderful memories of an historic  weekend when we had the Great American Cattle Drive as a fundraiser for the Drover Building, at the right.  Here is the original posting from the last weekend in Sept. 2007.

Below is the Drover Hall of Fame building that was the object of the fundraiser of the Great American Cattle Drive.  The building has been stabilized and the exterior restored.  Money is needed now for restoring the interior.  Compare the building in the two pictures.

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3/22/2010

IT PAYS TO DO THINGS ON SCHEDULE…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 12:11 pm

It just slipped my mind about getting a city tag for Ringo this year.  Brit always did it and I can’t recall buying one last year as lots of events faded into a blur at that time.

Anyway, when it finally occurred to me, I got all Ringo’s stuff together and today the two of us went downtown to the city office.  “How much for a dog tag, Patty?”  “$9.00.”  “How much was the late fee?”  “Five dollars.”  “When should I have paid it?”  “By March 1st.”  Somehow a late fee that is more than the fee itself seems a little out of line.  I forgot to ask what the fine would be if they pick up a dog without a tag.

So, in order to be timely about it next year, I put the reminder on my computer and then ordered a new  “At-A-Glance Five-Year Long-Range Monthly Planner”,  since my current one runs out this year.  It was $37.82 plus shipping. The one I am currently using runs out at the end of this year.   It’s the same brand of planner I have used for years and each time I buy one I think I won’t live long enough to use it through December 31st of the last year.  You know how I hate to waste stuff.  But they get you with it:  the new one starts with “this year…2010″ and that is also the last year in my present planner.  I get cheated out of a year of the  At-A-Glance Five-Year Long-Range Monthly Planner every time I buy one.  Upon reflection, I guess that means that I’ve paid for about five years I never got to use.

So, now I’m committed to having to live through 2014 to use up my planner.  Living through 2014 would be a good for one thing:  I’d live to see a health plan that cannot exclude people who have a pre-existing condition.  It will be a good day to see those meaningless excuses for denying coverage crash and burn.

And it pays to be optimistic.  I remember Mildred Holt took on a three year term as secretary of the DAR or PEO when she was 105 and she lived until she was 108.  Or something like that.

Thanks for tuning in…

IF YOU HAVE A PET, YOU’LL WANT TO BOOKMARK THIS LINK…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:40 am

This arrived today from a good friend.  If you have a pet you’ll want to examine the link she enclosed.

We had to say goodbye to Taz, our Cairn terrier last Friday.  She ate a bean from one of our sago plants in the back yard, became acutely ill in only moments.  We rushed her to emergency care, and then she spent 4 days in intensive care at the vet’s. The toxin simply overwhelmed her little system, and so we did the only thing there was left to do for her.  It was a terrible, terrible thing that happened to her.  And a sad day for all of us who loved her so much
Here is a link  I believe should be shared with  everyone who has a pet.  It identifies common plants, toxic and non-toxic, for dogs  and/or cats.

3/21/2010

HEALTH CARE REFORM TO BECOME LAW…PASSES 220 TO 211

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 9:53 pm

After decades of struggling with health care, the “Yes We Can” crowd moved this bill in the direction the people wanted.

Factbox: Healthcare bill would provide immediate benefits

KANSAS STATE 84, BYU 72

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 6:52 am

GO CATS!

3/20/2010

NORTHERN IOWA 69, KANSAS UNIVERSITY 67

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:53 pm

3/19/2010

KANSAS TEAMS PLAY TOMORROW ON CBS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:55 pm

ku-3-images.jpg    KU meets University of Northern Iowa at 4:40 p.m. CST
wildcat12.jpg   Kansas State meets BYU at 7:10 p.m. CST

Let’s hope both teams win.

3/18/2010

KANSAS UNIVERSITY 90, LEHIGH 74

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:09 pm

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ROCK CHALK !

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