Yesterday’s Raccoon News In Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia?

Zen Corner through glass and plastic
“Zen Corner Through Glass And Plastic” – This photo was taken at about 9 am this morning through a porch window and its interior plastic shield – using a Samsung Galaxy II phone – not my usual Olympus Camera. —jim w—

— Tuesday Evening, March 8th, 2016 — // — Dark and -1˚C / +30˚F @ 7:45 pm in Atlantic Canada —

— I guess you can tell you live in a ‘Civilized’ area when last night’s Television News included the following:

— Tonight a Woman in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia went to her Compost Bin and it Growled at Her —

— The culprit was a young and scruffy looking raccoon.

— I tried to find a photo of the scruffy young raccoon in the green plastic recycling bin via Twitter and became severely distracted by too much positive reinforcement going around – like:

Steve Jobs quoted.
I used to think Steve Jobs was a guy with a nasty temper who made fun of virgins and went to Apple Board Meetings barefoot and snarled at everybody. That’s the way he was portrayed in a teevee movie about the computer revolution – Just recently I discovered that he was a follower of Paramahansa Yogananda – a Yogi who gave away copies of “Autobiography of a Yogi” – Or did I just come here from a parallel world that’s not quite as positive as this place?
Michael Moore's ballot - he voted for Bernie Sanders.
Michael Moore voted for Bernie Sanders in a primary – Sounds good to me.

— There is way too much positive stuff in the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ tonight. Most of it concerns women’s safety and equality – with a hashtag #InternationalWomensDay –

The Granddaughters of Witches who survived the burning times.
“We are the [Daughters and] Granddaughters of Witches You Couldn’t Burn”
Woman Protesting inequal wages.
PG Rated Message? 72% of equal wages for equal work might warrant a frustrated cuss word or two – & not everyone know how to say “Schnarr!”
Positive Quote
Nice, Positive Quote? — Unless you’ve been messed with to the point where you can’t stand anybody suggesting you should see the world their way, positive or not – But, hey, I got over that attitude years ago. 🙂

— And I left a lot of stuff out. There’s not enough room here to fill with all the good stuff on the internet tonight. Now that’s different –

~~~~~ Jim

Tuesday – “Mars” Day?

Pretty bit of glass with a swirl/pinwheel effect near the middle.
Looking at life through a swirling rainbow? We bought this hanging bit of colour from the Glass Blower / Teacher who gave us a weekend course in glass blowing –

— Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 — // — +3˚C / +38˚F with brilliant sunlight and clear cool fresh air in Atlantic Canada @ 10:30 am —

— The Sufis talk about people who look at life through veils – If you see yourself as a sinner, or look at life as a dark, sinister path through suffering toward an unpleasant end – You’re looking at life through a black veil – If you believe you’re a saint, and that God appointed you to be His (or Her) Judge and/or Representative on Earth –  You’re looking at life through a white veil. The trick is to remove all the veils and look at life as it really is, without straining it through your ego.

— E.G.O. – some other group came up with the ‘explanation’ that E.G.O. = Edging Got Out = looking at life as if you should be in charge and everyone around you should acknowledge the ‘fact’ that you know how everything should be and they bloody well ought to make sure you got everything your way.

— Ego?  The best definition of ‘ego’ that I ever received came from Yogis: – Ego is the Divine Spirit duped into believing it is totally dependent on this one body you are currently inhabiting there.

— Back to the Sufis – They would call delusion “Wrong Crystallization” – You’ve got all your time and energy invested in experiencing life based on illusion and delusion – Whatever Illusion and Delusion you are currently invested in. & They say that the only way to get over Wrong Crystallization is through suffering. { – disillusionment – }

— I didn’t start out today thinking I’d sit here and define stuff like this. I started out thinking about the current political insanity going on in this world. European Governments calling Refugees ‘Economic Immigrants’ so they can avoid believing they should open their borders and hearts and Act like Good Christians, the way Christ told them they should act. When you’re afraid the needy will need everything you believe should be yours, You’re not going to act like a good Christian, are you? Fear and anxiety are products of the ego. There are Divine Laws in effect that will create more abundance than you can possibly consume if you are willing to share anything you have with those who really need it.

— You might notice that I didn’t call Donald Trump the Anti-Christ – But somebody who tries to capitalize on fear and anxiety in order to gain or keep power would probably be aligned with an Anti-Christ. Trump might be a Lieutenant or even a General in the Anti-Christs’ latest campaign. But, of course, that statement would be pure opinion and you should never take my opinion on anything for any kind of ‘Gospel Truth’ to base your life upon, or bet your soul against. – Think for yourself, come up with your own opinions, and be ready to drop those opinions any time you realize they’re not quite good enough to hang on to – they may have gotten you here, but is “here” where you want to stay?

— No, I was thinking about world politics and US politics this morning and wondering how the bleep we can avoid the mistakes of the past and move forward and upward toward a life that’s really worth living – Something ‘New’ to most of us? Living beyond yesterday’s limitations? Not mired down by yesterday’s illusions, delusions and stuff like that? Haven’t we had enough b.s. running our lives in the past?

— Sigh, did I get up from the wrong side of bed this morning? or the correct side?

— On the bright side, Cathi noticed the committee breakfast going on outside our porch windows this morning as she got ready for work. We counted possibly 4 young deer (yearlings?) and at least two adults. & There are almost always other adults hanging back toward the trees, acting as lookouts –

— And at 9 am there was another young deer there, enjoying the oats we put out for them – Thinking that maybe if we do this, they won’t be chewing up anybody’s gardens or getting themselves on the wrong side of any local farmers. Maybe I’m a little too optimistic there. But I like the look of appreciation I get from a mother deer while she sees her fawns eating something healthy – We even see the deer kind of bowing to us in acknowledgement now and then – at least – that’s what it looks like they’re doing – saying, ‘Thank you-‘

— shrug – of course, I could be reading all kinds of things into everything I see and think about that really aren’t there. { & that’s the kind of thinking that Donald J Trump believes is weakness. – & I wonder what God thinks – }

— Enough philosophy for one morning?

~~~~~ Jim

Monday – A Flurry Of Non-Events?

Stonewall Dusted
We had some flurry activity this afternoon. – A dusting on the stones of the stonewall-

— Monday, March 7th, 2016 — // 0˚C / 32˚F  & Lightly Flurrying In Atlantic Canada @ 5:15 pm // — I think today is exactly six months away from my birthday – might depend on leapyear and stuff like that —

— I really have almost nothing to report – You don’t really want to know about how many trips I made up and down the stairs to do a little bit of laundry – I did add one old poem to the “Aerendel Magazine Archives” page here –  And I took a couple photos of the dog playing in the snow and the dusting everything is getting here.

— Cathi ‘shared’ a definition of ‘Trumpery’ someone posted on ‘effbook’ –  I re-shared that –

— The odd thing is, I suddenly felt a bit of a Spiritual Lift a short time ago – Like something wonderful happened to somebody I know and they wished I was there to experience that with them.

— Therefore, this is not a case of me about to drop dead from boredome. This is me enjoying a happy moment or two when nothing is falling apart or crashing in on us.

— If some of my more sensitive friends were not totally allergic to smiley faces – I just might have added one here.

~~~~~ Jim

Sunday – March Is Here and The Time Is Right to — uh — What?

Sunday, March 6th, 2016, — // — Um = +1˚C / +33˚F — Sunny & Bright in Atlantic Canada @ 4:04 pm —

— This time last year we were up to our ‘eyebulbs’ in snow – today a lot of not-quite-green grass is showing all around town – and so are bits of very clear, not so clear, and a little too slippery ice –

— Let’s start with our buddy, Doug’s post from Friday :

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Friday – Where did this week go? What happened to February?

Friday, March 4th, 2016 — //  27˚F / -3˚C & cloudy in Ithaca, NY @ 5:30 pm

Trump leading a charge of Elephants being ridden by guys in KKK disguises.
In several ways – this cartoon sums up the main stream media news I’ve been hearing lately.

— After I got home from work this morning I tried to watch the news and after I gave up on that I conked out for several hours, woke up with a headache, took a couple aspirins and went back to bed, now alluva sudden it’s 5:30 pm  and I could almost believe Donald Trump could be leading a charge of stampeding elephants and hell-beant bigots right at my door. Still have that headache, But with one eye open, I can tell there are no stampeding herds of elephants barreling down on me here. I should take another aspirin, or maybe guess I didn’t get enough caffeine and get some coffee and then chill? Where do I go to whine, “Make it go away-” ?

Plank Walk along the bank of a body of very green water.
I don’t know why, but this photo is very appealing right now, maybe if I was -there- the warmth and the relaxed feel of being near that river, or lake, or whatever body of water it might be – would drive the headache away and let me lean back and enjoy life?

— anyway, I have to go ‘chill’ right about now – Have a good evening and a decent weekend —

——— djo ———

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And this was posted on Thursday – on our buddy’s blog, { “—jdaerendel—” } Using photos I took and emailed :

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Looks Like Spring — Feels Like The Deep Freeze —

{ Looks Like Spring – Feels Like The Deep Freeze – }

"Brrrrrr-"
Jim W.’s spouse – Cathi – standing near bank of the wind-whipped St John River – gazing through the bitter cold toward the South Side of Fredericton. — Photo by Jim W. —

— Thursday, 03 March, 2016 — // -10˚C / +14˚F With Bright Sunlight and Bitter Cold Wind in Atlantic Canada @ 4:59 pm //  Ian Punnett’s Birthday :)

— We had a busy early afternoon here in Atlantic Canada — The sun looked warm and the air was clear. But the wind – coming from the South West ahead of a winter storm blowing this way from Ontario and Quebec – was very damp and cold – the kind of cold that cuts right through you –

— I met up with Jim and Cathi and we took a break in the middle of our various tasks and appointments to gaze at the beauty of the river with its very bright reflections – And stepped out of the vehicle to take a couple of photos – But — Brrrrrr! Cathi gave up trying to stand outside and take a video of the wave action causing the built up ice to undulate near the edge of the solidly frozen ice. Jim took a couple of his own photos and ran back to the warmth, grabbed his warm insulated gloves, wore one of them and pulled his right hand up inside the cuff of his jacket so he could push the camera’s shutter button and not watch the fingers freeze and drop off his hand –

Icy River Bank
“This is looking almost due south from the north side here. The sun was so bright and it was so hard to see the viewfinder that I didn’t notice the sunbeam streaking in from above when I took the photo.” — Jim W —

— Yeah, so we got all our stuff done and hurried back home to thaw out and catch up on the news that Mitt Romney is warning his fellow Republicans not to vote for Donald Trump – who he called a Con-Artist and a Fraud. A friend told us that photos of Mr Trump as well as transcripts and excerpts from some of his television spots were used by a Psychology professor to describe the look and characteristics of a “Narcissistic Sociopath”.

— Enough for now –,

—jda—

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— And, on the optimistic front – Cathi told me I would like to hear what the guys from the Merlin Project had to say about the Bio-Rhythms of the front running candidates in the mess they’ve been calling the 2016 Electoral Process in the good old U.S. of A. =

— They said that things do not look particularly good for either Hillary or ‘The Donald’ – The Donald might win the nomination, but he might also be sidelined by some kind of back room deal, or “cut off at the pass” by wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. They say his Bio-Rhythms do not look healthy coming up on the real down and dirty nitty-gritty of the Race to the White House.

— Similarly – Hillary’s ‘Time Line’ ‘goes flat’ around the middle of 2016 and doesn’t pick up until the middle of 2017. The Merlin Project guys said there are indications that she might encounter significant health problems or legal problems –  which might knock her out of the race.

— But their real surprise – which caught them completely off guard – was Bernie Sanders — Whether Bernie’s Time Line’s ‘Good Stuff’ puts him in the White House or gets just about everything he’s fighting for accomplished –  they can’t say for certain. But Bernie is the only candidate visible at the moment who looks consistently really good and healthy throughout the campaign and beyond.

— On Other Fronts: “Starfire Tor” { Official Fan Page Link } who has researched and experienced “Time Shifts” and “Inter-Dimensional Phenomena” – says that the US Presidential Candidate who was supposed to win this coming election has been ‘Edited out of our Time Line’ – which, she explained, is why the current Race to the White House is so out of this world Crazy this time. {{ Um – research this one for yourself – I can neither endorse nor deny what she has to say – it’s a bit beyond my level of expertise here – }}

— And, um, then there was my own post, in “Future Archives” — I’m looking for a new name for that blog — But :

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Saturday Morning – & We’re Missing Another Weather Bomb –

Saturday, March 5, 2016 — //  -10˚C / +14˚F — overcast and damp in Atlantic Canada @ 7:43 am — // — My Friend Lyn’s Birthday —

Weather Map for Saturday, March 5th, 2016.

This Morning’s Weather Map from the Canadian Weather Network.

Parts of Nova Scotia and a lot of Newfoundland are supposed to be clobbered by a nasty Nor’Easter today, and here, we are just outside the storm’s reach –

I’m pretty happy I won’t have to shovel over a foot of snow [ 30 cm is just about a foot ]

~~~~~ Jim

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And that’s probably more than enough damage for now 😉

~~~~~ Jim

Wednesday – Expecting Weird Weather –

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 — -4˚C / +25˚F & snowing @ 11:50 am in Atlantic Canada —

Orange cat in a little bit of snow.
Moe – The mischievous orange ‘Cat and a half’ escaped for a couple seconds this snowy morning, explored something he’s probably been obsessed with for weeks, decided he’d had enough and hurried back to where I was waiting at the door. “This isn’t ‘outside’ – This is Snow!” he seems to say.

— We’re supposed to get about 10 cm / 4 inches of snow before the precipitation turns to a projected couple hours of freezing rain and then transitions to a lot of rain later. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be +12˚C / +54˚F & might have more rain in store for us.

Moe inspecting the wood shed in the snow.
“But – But – There might be mice in there!” The object of Moe’s consternation, in spite of the morning’s snow – is our new side additions to our steel garden shed. The side additions now house cut and split firewood, nicely stacked and covered with plastic to keep the weather away from the wood. Moe has always been an expert mouser. I remember my sensitive step-daughter screaming when she saw the cats torturing a mouse. Moe’s reaction? When the mouse was no fun to play with any more – it disappeared in two bites and a swallow. Chomp chomp, gulp – yum?

— This time last year our driveway had about four or five foot high walls of snow around the area we had cleared with our snow-blower. This year we were day dreaming about an early spring. People on the radio keep arguing whether global warming or climate change is a scientific reality. Here in the ‘Real World’ our escapee cat loves the fact that he can dash out past who-ever just opened a door and run outside and smile at the grass instead of trying to keep his feet out of the white stuff.

Moe hurrying to the warmth and dry safety of our porch.
“Okay, Been There – Done That – & I’ve had enough of this cold wet white stuff!” Moe turned around and hurried back to the safety of the nice warm enclosed porch a split second after he decided that there weren’t any mice in the wood shed.

— We do have another pet. Jassper, the perennial puppy dog (Black Lab) who doesn’t understand that he weighs five times as much as Moe, and wants to sit on my lap, or jump on my chest any time he sees the cat get away with that. Jassper was out and about this morning, slipping and sliding around in the shallow snow over slick ice from recent thaw and re-freeze cycles.

Jassper in the snow of the dog run.
Slightly tipped photo of Jassper (shot through the door’s insulated glass window) out prowling around, slipping and sliding, and probably disappointed there was no one about to bark at, nothing to “Boof!” about. Three dogs from the house shown down the hill there sometimes hang out in that fenced in area. Last year at this time we knew the brown hound-type dog was in there only by seeing her head moving back and forth in the groove she wore down between the three feet deep untouched snow on both sides.

— And here we are, watching the weather – expecting it to turn treacherous soon, waiting to grit our teeth and hope Cathi gets home all right, knowing she’s found the safest route from where she works to here. ( There are steep hills in Town -)

— Other than that, I’ve been hearing weird “boom boom boom” sounds all morning, thought our neighbour might have been unloading large logs from the back of his pickup truck, but no – nothing is happening there. These booms are mildly shaking the house every time they happen. — Weird ? —

— And – um, That’s probably all for now –,

~~~~~ Jim

Winter 2.0 ? Microsoft executives should rot in boiling pools of festering sewage in hell –

Saturday, February 6th, 2016  §§ -4˚C / +25˚F with Very Bright Sun Shining @ 2:00 pm in Atlantic Canada §§ My Aunt Phyliss’s Birthday –

Snowy Yard
“It” snowed yesterday. Forecasts ahead of time thought we might get anything from less that five Centimeters (2 inches?) to 20 even 30 cm – (8 to 12 inches?) And there might be more white stuff coming at us Sunday night / Monday morning – We actually get a little bit of winter this year.

More later –

— It’s Later — ( We went out for brunch and to get a couple things, got back home after 6 pm.)

Cathi with a real coffee mill/part of one behind her.
Cathi at our late brunch today at the Coffee Mill. This was probably around 2:30 pm.

— Tried to pick up a replacement computer yesterday. Got one at the friendly neighbourhood upscale pawn shop / used stuff store. & I got a pretty good buy from somebody who knows what he’s doing. — $175.00 for a Refurbished computer that’s pretty much the same make & model as the one I bought in 2012 — Remember? When the world was supposed to end, I think – at least three times? And that computer, back in 2012, cost five times as much as this one. 

— I got the computer home, put 10 more Gigs of RAM into it, plugged it in, turned it on — it fired up and smiled at me – and to make sure it worked okay for what I need it for (game design work) , I loaded a game onto it and played it, got frustrated with inconsistancies in that commercial game and gave up, quit the game, told the computer to shut down. But the computer told me, “You can’t tell me to shut down, I’m busy installing 220 updates and telling the NSA all about everything on this computer, where it is, who you are, where you are – what you dreamed about last night and all sorts of stuff that is none of their bleeping business. —

— And then, this morning, after snowblowing the driveway clear for the second time — I turned the computer back on and tried to bring the game up and it told me, “Access Denied” / “Please login with administrator privileges and try again.”

— Schnarr! —

— But anyway, stupid me, after trying to reinstall that stupid game half a dozen times this morning and early afternoon, I’m sitting her thinking I just might try again from a different angle here.

— What’s the definition of insanity? — But — But — I am not attempting to try the same thing over and over again with exactly the same procedure — each time I tried something different —

— AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa —

— *** Update *** —

— System restore worked. For a few scary moments I thought the unwanted updates had installed Windows 10 on me — Micro-sh[censored]t is threatening to do that — Which would go along with Jesse Ventura’s warning through twitter a couple hours ago “Fascists have taken over your government -” —

— But the System Restore worked (after I told it not to go with its suggestion but to back up to yesterday before the bloody freakin updates hijacked the computer).

— And by the way, It’s not connected to the internet until I manage to make sure I can get legitimate updates and not the bull-chips.

~~~~~ Jim

Wednesday – “Winter Today – Springlike Tomorrow” ?

Wednesday, February 3rd  ∞  -9˚C / +16˚F & snowing in Atlantic Canada @ 11:11 am ∴ I think it might be Ian Anderson’s Birthday ψ

Walking Dogs in Snow Photo
The CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Company – encourages regular people to send in photos and videos. I hope this is not to cut down on the number of employees they might otherwise  need to pay to do that.

— It just took me two hours to wade through a lot of beautiful and sometimes disturbing tweets. Eek.

Jefferson versus Corporations.
– Thomas Jefferson – Author of many famous quotes, including “Banking Establishments are more Dangerous than Standing Armies.” Who’d’a thunk an Aries could be so prophetic?

— I was the recording engineer for an interview between Dr John Battista – a Psychiatrist and Green Party Activist in Connecticut – and David Cobb – a Texas Lawyer who was part of a group that had researched the history of corporations in the United States – and that group was fighting against Corporate Fascism – David Cobb, I do believe, ran for President of the USA as the Green Party Candidate in 2004 – After I had followed my heart to Canada and was trying to first become a permanent resident, and later, a dual citizen of the US & Canada. In 2004 I couldn’t leave Canada – unless I wanted to start the long and expensive process of applying for permanent residency all over again.

— & speaking of evil corporations – Canada has ruled that cable teevee providers must offer channels that they currently only offer as part of bundles – and so lower the cost that consumers need to pay to get what they want. Rogers Cable is blitzing the airwaves with propaganda commercials trying to lure customers into falling for their – “Get our packaged bundles now and lock yourself in to wonderful lower prices for three years!” b.s. — And Bell Aliant – who promised us three years of low prices and later informed us that we misinterpreted what they told us – had MTV in our channel line up on Monday, and no MTV was there on Tuesday, when the Shannara  Chronicles air. So I guess that proves that Bell is definitely on the side of the demons that the ‘Druid’ and the three young hero types in that series are trying to defeat. Yup, Bell is probably one of the bad guys.

Michael Moore advertizing his newest movie.
Michael Moore has another movie about to come out. He’s gotta be one of my favourite people.

— The Mouse that Roared? In Reverse?

Ground Hog Against the TPP
– Well, a groundhog with a social conscience? – Hmm – Don’t’cha wish the politicians and oligarchs who want to rule over you and run your life had as much intelligence and compassion as this guy? 😉

— Your government is lying to you. They want you to voluntarily give up every right and privilege you have. They want to say you voted away your rights. They want to be able to point their fingers at you and say, “They made me do it-” & When they get to Hell, they want to show the devils there that they really were on the side of darkness and deceit, so they can get a job as one of the demons torturing the decent folks they deceived into backing policies and programs that drove other good people into despair and economic slavery.

Fredericton Skies this morning.
But New Brunswick had a spectacular sunrise this morning, and this person from Fredericton caught it digitally on her camera.

— Today’s weather report, “Well, this afternoon we will experience Winter and by tomorrow it will feel like Spring.”

Opportunity or obstacle?
And here’s a bit of daily inspiration from Roy Bennett.

— I do like to have at least something positive to add any time I go through the trouble to write up what I see coming at us via the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ and in real life beyond.

Very interesting waterfall.
And if thoughtfully reassuring words can’t inspire you right now, maybe a photo like this can –

— Looks like another place I’d like to visit and stay for a while.

— But I have other real world stuff to attend to, so I better end here – Have a wonderful, spiritually enlightening day –,

~~~~~ Jim