the RATS of moose

The Random Access ThoughtS of a mid-west, approaching-middle-age, nurse starting the next phase of life.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Birthday....

Happy Birthday Grandma H! Hope the party is going swell for you up there. Keep an eye on Harley for me. I know you don't like catz much, but you will like her!
Gram H 1993

Gram would have been 101 today. She could have made Willard Scott's list on the Today show!!

Only 5 days to Christmas Eve!! Whoo-Hoo!! Are you ready?

Me neither!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Good heavens... the older I get the faster time goes.... Just in case it gets by me... Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!

I can't figure out what I am doing with my time. Certainly not unpacking. The boxes are multiplying while I am at work. Or the cat is inviting people to use my apartment as a storage unit. Hard to tell. Finally found the dryer softener sheets tonight... at least one load will be static free.

Tomorrow I will spend a significant amount of time creating a "to do" list for the weekend... I feel like there are a thousand things to get done... and I am equally sure most of the tasks are totally unnecessary. Oh, well. What else is new?

Chuck is watching a most depressing show.... a PBS offering showing how Wal-Mart is taking over the world and driving all jobs out of the US and into China. Lets blame everything on Wal-Mart. They drove Rubbermaid out of business. Circleville, OH has died. Wal-Mart is killing us via China.

Is this just another business cycle? Will China implode and jobs move back here or will Wal-Mart move to India?

Or maybe we could vote into office someone who will enforce the fair trade agreements. Or re-write them. I don't know much about trade agreements, but I don't see why we get to pay tariffs to foreign countries in order to sell our goods there but they don't have to pay to sell here? I don't get that.

Except for fresh food, I think 95% of what I purchase was made in China.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{ LIGHT BULB }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

I just figured out how China is going to take over the world.....

lead poisoning.

Their stuff is always being recalled because of high lead levels.

We are all going to die from lead poisoning....

Watch for symptoms....

The symptoms of lead poisoning may include:
Aggressive behavior
Low appetite and energy
Difficulty sleeping
Reduced sensations
Loss of previous developmental skills (in young children)
Abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison)
Very high levels may cause vomiting, staggering gait, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma

Excuse me while I retire to the bedroom to take my headache medicine, laced with sleeping medicine and wash it down with milk of mag so I can have the 'movement of the day' first thing in the morning.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The good news .... the insurance company didn't total my car.... $3600 or so in damages....

The bad news.... that new Ford Freestyle I've been hankering for will have to wait a while longer..... rats.

Am settled in the apartment.... boxes everywhere, but I have unearthed enough stuff that I was able to cook dinner last Monday night.

There is snow here... I have been soooo happy with the cold cold temps the last two weeks and the snow storm last Friday.... tomorrow is another cold one with highs in teens and wind chills below zero. I have been wearing my big puffy coat all week!! I haven't worn it for the last couple of years because the winters have been so mild.... I am in polar bear heaven!!

[sigh] On a sadder note... I picked up Harleys little box of ashes from the vet last night. I didn't think it would bother me so much.... but the closer I got to the desk the more sniffle-y I became and by the time I got to the receptionist I could barely get the words out around the tears.

I sat in the car and cried and cried and cried.

I want my kitty back.