I got the pond dug a little deeper, and wider on one side-
after that I was bloody tired and pondered that a small
pond that overflowed into the larger one on the other
side... would be a good thing to save for the next time
I have to redo it in 10 years! So I put the liner down,
filled it, and started to get the rocks back in.
I got up early and got a few more stones in, after work
I put the fish back in and a very large dragon fly nymph!
It was over an inch long.
European Union seems to be hitting their first speed bump
in becoming a union. France rejected their constitution
mostly over the concern that they will lose jobs to poorer
EU countries. The Dutch are projected to also reject the
constitution as they are in strong opposition for Turkey's
May 29, 2005 -
Memorial Day weekend- Saturday I went to work, it was
a pretty nice day, not very busy, but things to keep me
busy. After work I went to Todd's and helped him with
his computer and printer. Today though I started
my big project for the weekend: Renovating the water garden.
I first dug that big hole in the backyard eleven years
ago. The water lilies in the pond had gone crazy and were
covering everything, and there was water trapped between
the layers of plastic so it was time to redo it all...
I started by taking the plants around the outside edge
of the pond out, and I put all of them in a large tub
behind the garage. I then started to tug on a lilly to
try and pull it up, but everything in the pond seemed
to move with my tugging- so I pulled on them, and it was
somewhat like reeling in a big fish because they only
gave a wee bit with each pull. It took me half an hour
probably, but I was able to drag probably four cubic feet
of muck and lilly root up... apparently they had abandoned
their pots, and rooted in
the much that was on the bottom- and in that horrible
muck, they thrived and multiplied. I got to work hacking
them apart, and I separated them and packaged up most
of them for new homes. (If anyone would like a water lily
let me know!) Then I picked up all the rocks and piled
them in a row behind the house. When I finished for the
day I had the pond drained (except for a wee bit of water
and the muck at the bottom) and the fish were all happily
sleeping in their 55 gallon barrel where they will be
staying for at least the next day or so. I hope I finish
tomorrow. So far I've put a good twelve hours into it-
I forget how long it took me to dig in the first place,
but this seems much faster. Tomorrow I plan to build a
cool waterfall and enlarge the north side some, and then
refill it and put the rocks back down.
May 26, 2005 -
is my sister Carrie's birthday. Happy Birthday Carrie!
I had karate, it's the second time I went this week, since
Nick (Brent's Sensei) is staying with him to build a deck.
May 25, 2005 -
House passed new legislation today to fund stem cell research,
and the Senate is expected to pass it soon as well- It
will be the first bill created by the Republican controlled
Congress to be vetoed Bush White House.
George Voinovich, (R) Ohio gave a passionate plea today
for the Senate to vote down the Bolton nomination to the
UN: "I'm afraid that when we go to the well, that
too many of my colleagues... that too many of my colleagues
are not going to understand that this appointment is very,
very important to our country, at a strategic time when
we need friends all over the world, we need somebody up
there that can get the job done." This he said nearly
my entire lifetime Voyager has been on its way through
the solar system, and now it has just passed into the
barrier that separates our system from interstellar space.
NASA had considered cutting funding to the Voyager project
(which pretty much now is just to paying people to continue
to listen to it) but perhaps now they will continue to
pay attention to the probe so we can learn more about
how interstellar space differs from that in our system.
May 24, 2005 -
has now been a month since the kittens were born, and
they are quite lively. They seem a bit timid too- when
I drag string by them they seem to half want to jump on
it, and partly they want to run from it. So they'll kinda
swat at it, and then run for cover. I guess that must
be a natural response programmed deeply into the feline
subconscious- It could have been a snake after all, so
being timid is good to keep a kitten alive, but they are
also so curious and playful that they can't help but
swat at it some.
Fry seems to be getting along quite well recently, she
was a foster dog that we ended up keeping after we discovered
she had lymphoma. She's been on pregnazone for a couple
months, and it seems that some of her visible tumors on
her stomach have decreased in size or vanished. She also
seems happy that the weather is not heating up- Chihuahuas
hate the cold.
May 20, 2005 -
South Korean scientists announced that they were able
to take a Human egg, and a skin cell to create embryonic
stem cells after five days to be used in stem cell research.
Its certainly groundbreaking, and highly controversial
here, since if those cells are implanted into a woman,
it would result in a human clone. I'm for this research,
and feel our government should fund it- we think now about
the oil crisis, and how we must pay so much to attain
the oil and gas we need- but we overlook the revenue that
will one day be lost when we fail to find the cures to
life-ending diseases or genetic disorders, when another
country discovers them before us. Senator Orin Hatch,
Utah (an anti-abortion Republican) stated today that we
must conduct in stem cell research- though there is huge
debate over conducting research over what could become
life, these cells are legally being discarded as "medical
waste" by fertility clinics on a daily basis- thus,
if they are destined to be destroyed anyway, why then
can some good not come from it. The House and Senate are
expected to pass new stem cell research legislation, but
President Bush stated he would veto it, and condemned
the actions of South Korea.
new NBC/Wall Street Journal Polls are in:
47% of Americans approve of the job President Bush is
20% of Americans feel our economy is better off since
the start of the year.
40% of Americans feel it was worth it to remove Saddam
Hussein from power.
36% of Americans feel it is a good idea to change the
Social Security system.
35% of Americans feel that the country is headed in the
33% of Americans feel Congress is doing a good job.
34% of Americans feel the Senate should change the filibuster
rule to vote on all judges.
I added the full images to the Japan section in my photography
May 19, 2005 -
I saw Episode III of Star Wars. Sara had an extra ticket
as her church was sending a group, and they had gotten
too many- I had not intended to go see it so soon, the
opening day is always crazy, but it really wasn't that
bad. I got there half an hour early, there was no line,
and the theater was about 1/3rd full at that time... I
was rather surprised that when it started there were quite
a few empty seats, but they had many showings all day.
I won't spoil any of it here- I felt it was a very good
movie, all was as it was supposed to be, but that still
doesn't make up for all that was wrong with the first
May 16, 2005 -
too much to report today, I went to work for a focus group
meeting to talk about all the aspects of the historical
society- I was somewhat nervous about talking in front
of the group at first, but all-in-all it went very well
and I did ok.
kitties can now jump out of their bed, and run several
feet in a shaky manner. In another week they will probably
be little terrors.
of today, women have the right to vote and run for political
office in Kuwait. They were already able to work outside
the home and drive. There are still many people opposed
the new law, but the majority now appear to be on the
liberal side. I hope that the changes Kuwait is undergoing
will be able to spread.
May 15, 2005 -
spent my day painting with Teresa at Matt and Judy's in
Lawrence. Wow... The first time I saw their yard I thought
it was great, but this time they had so many flowers in
bloom, and all the other plants had grown and filled out
since we were there last. I took my camera to take pictures
of the picket fence to show off our work & progress-
but the fence became just a background to the garden they've
created. I put a few more photos from today in my portfolio.
May 14, 2005 -
I added the full images to my portfolio section- all except
the Japan section, but hopefully I'll get that done soon.
Once I do get that done, then I'll try to add some new
and different stuff, take out some stuff I don't like
as much, and add descriptions to some of the pages. Please
tell me if you see any errors, or have comments.
May 13, 2005 -
and tonight was the last of Enterprise- the episodes were
ok, neither epic, or as bad as I heard they would be,
so they get an ok rating. I put a sympathy card on Sara's
desk today so she'll find it Monday- and hopefully it
will cheer her up some, it's certainly a loss that will
be difficult to get over.
credit card started to show an available balance again-
perhaps Visa thought someone stole my card when I charged
the digital camera? It's more than I usually charge, but
they should know that things I purchase
from TigerDirect.com are most likely going to be really
pic of the day: Me. I probably won't have a pic of the
day, cause I'll run out of space someday if I did that.
told me the other day that he had a friend that ran a
company that did currency trading- kinda like trading
stocks, but you just change your money into other types
of currencies, and buy and sell as markets go up and down.
I googled it, and ponder that I might try to get into
it. It seems much more simple to do than trading stock,
one site I found had a lot of helpful info, and a program
to let you practice as long as you like without using
May 11, 2005 -
camera came today! UPS dropped it off just ten minutes
before I had to leave for work though, so I had to wait
all day to play with it, so now I have to ponder all the
things I want to do with it! More little trips I ponder,
and more pics
in my blog... All talk and no show is bad for a blog I
think, so... Show and Tell! This is my rubber band ball!
I started it in 1994 when
my friend Jesse showed me his- now mine is over a decade
old and is about nine inches across (volleyball size).
Right now it's in pretty good condition, but it is at
the maximum size a normal rubber band ball can reach.
A standard rubber band can still be pulled around it,
but it then remains stretched out- and rubber bands tend
to fail if they are under that kind of stress for a long
period, so it use to be somewhat frayed with lots of
broken ends sticking out, but I recently added a newer
layer of really long bands so they are not very stressed.
a little plexed at the Visa people; after buying my camera,
I pondered mayhaps I'd look online to see what my next
bill would be, and all was as I was expecting, but the
available balance was $0! I was a little: "Wha?"
Cause I'm not near my limit, and the site acknowledged
that it got my last payment, and I've never not paid off
the full amount each month- so I went to buy a phone card
online for my tracfone, and sure enough, I was rejected!
I was pondering getting a card that would give me rewards
or something anyway- perhaps this is the poke I need?
A small plane few within three miles of the White House
today, and it was the first time that the Homeland Security
color code level was raised to red. The White House, Capitol
Hill, and the Dept. of the Treasury were all evacuated,
everyone running for safety. Bush was not told of the
incident for an hour after it had ended.
May 9, 2005 -
neighbors are morons- They have three dogs, and a very
small pen, but often they just let the dogs run free,
which they did today. So... the neighbor guy was out mowing,
and the dogs are running free, and one gets hit by a car-
and it ran back up into the yard yipping not walking on
one leg. He left his mower running and went over to it
(the car didn't stop)... and after a few moments it seemed
better so he continued on mowing and about ten minutes
later the guy from the gas company came to read the meters
and one of the uninjured dogs took after him and chased
him back to his truck and apparently bit him once at least.
The neighbor guy paused in his mowing to call to his dog
to stop, but after the meter-man retreated they finally
locked the dogs up and he continued to mow. Mom noted
that in five minutes the police would be there, and sure
enough, shortly after that a squad car and the animal
control van was there... there was a lot of loud disgruntle
talking, and gesturing. They didn't take any of the dogs,
but they did give them a ticket... I wonder if after today
they will comprehend why you just don't let your animals
run about free.
made it in the NBC Nightly News today for the "Evolution
vs. Intelligent Design" hearings. A state school
board member said that her religious beliefs were not
behind her push to add intelligent design to the curriculum-
and that adding it only serves to look deeper into the
facts behind evolution. I never pondered that the creationists
could be so capable to alter their tactics that this could
become a debate once again. Apparently the "Creationist"
mentality has somewhat fallen away- At least in the public
debate, and it has been replaced with a: "Sure, Perhaps
things do evolve, but it just cannot happen without the
Great Intelligent Designer behind it."
religious story in the news; Pat Robertson announced Sunday
that federal judges were more dangerous to America than
"A few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings."
I frankly don't know what boat Pat got off of- Has he
always been insane? It's a scary time to be a judge I
think with Delay saying he'll get them, and now this...
and what's most odd, is the judges in the Shiavo and cases
that have outraged the religious sorts, have all been
conservative judges appointed by Republicans.
Super Volcano documentary was on National Geographic again
last night- I taped it, as it was a very interesting program.
May 7, 2005 -
finally did it! I ordered a digital camera last night.
The Canon Digital rebel XT... It's an 8 MegaPixil camera,
and I also ordered a 1 Gigabyte flash card to go with
it so I'll be able to take close to 300 images at the
highest resolution before I have to download them
do we define a terrorist? In a latest Wall Street Journal
poll people were asked what they were most fearful of...
A terrorist attack was down the list a few- the leading
response was the rising cost of healthcare.
May 5, 2005 -
debate over evolution continues in Kansas, even international
media is here to cover it. A French journalist was on
TV saying that the French people are very fascinated by
this debate, as they have a separation of church and state
in France- so it was very foreign to their viewers that
we would be discussing teaching a religious belief in
thing in the international news is the British election.
Those Brits are strange people. The conservative candidate
took the electorate of Folkestone & Hythe, and the
returns were most interesting- there were a dozen candidates,
one was "Loon Party" and their candidate was
dressed like a fool taunting the people that got less
than a hundred votes... though he himself only got 22,
and the entire thing looked like it was run by a high
school or something- I'm thinking they don't spend nearly
what we do on electing their leaders.
May 4, 2005 -
I went to Brent's to help him learn Photoshop, so we took
some photos of his new pup to work on some. She is just
the best dog- loves to fetch, play and cuddle. He's still
working on training her, but that will probably take a
while as she is only a few months old.
has launched a new satellite into orbit this week, and
it is the first planetary mapping satellite capable of
stereo (3-D) images.
May 1, 2005 -
spent today catching up on a few things, cleaned the upstairs,
made a dozen CDs for Carrie's students to practice with.
The kittens opened their eyes today- They are so cute,
I wish we could keep them.
marks the two year anniversary that President Bush announced
that major combat operations were over in Iraq.
reported that the new administrator of NASA, Mike Griffin,
has ordered engineers at Goddard to prepare for a mission
to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The former administrator
had stated numerous times that Hubble was too dangerous
to repair, and that it would be deorbited... Many in the
scientific community were very upset by this, and I am
certainly happy with the new administrator has reversed
what was previously planned.
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