Blogging A to Z – The Letter Q

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QUIET

Shhh, don’t be so noisy. Can’t you walk any softer than that? You are breathing too loud. download

I almost stopped and posted without writing any more, but you know me, a loud-mouth opinionated bastard. So I’ve got to throw in my two cents on being quiet. For a long time in the Abode, it wasn’t very quiet at all. But slowly, one by one, the kids grew up and moved out. Now it’s just me, Mrs. Aewl, four dogs, two cats, and 3 geese. The dogs have mostly learned to not bark while in the house. Outside they can bark to their heart’s content. The geese are far enough from the house, we don’t hardly hear them. The cats, well you know cats, very quiet.

I’m usually an early riser, so while Mrs. Aewl get’s her beauty sleep, I get to enjoy peace and quiet every morning. This is a time for me to slow down just a bit, recharge and get ready for my day. A nice hot cup of coffee, a little light reading of my favorite sites and then I’m ready to go.

In the summertime, I get to greet the sunrise on my porch and just listen to the birds warbling, singing and clicking away. No matter what is going on in my life at that time, I can let it all just drift away even if for a few short moments.

I wish this was my front porch.

I wish this was my front porch.

I’m a firm believer that we all need at least a small part of each day to just sit back, enjoy the quiet and reflect on what must be done.

When do you get your quiet time?

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The Pig Trap

Saw a link to this story over at The Feral Irishman. He pasted one of the comments from the story on his site.

I’m going to do the same but with a different comment.

The Pig Trap is rather long, but no matter if you are Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal or something in between, you really should take the time to read the entire post. I would excerpt it, but the post is just too damn good to risk taking things out of context. Click the link below to read it.

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One of the people commenting on the article really stuck out.

I was unfortunate enough to be working in New Orleans just before Katrina. I remember watching the news late at night when it changed course and instead of heading North aimed right at us. The feeling of inevitability, disbelief and fear all mixed together in my little room. I feel the same way these days about a second Civil War. It is coming and nothing I can do will stop that because it is huge and deadly and has a will of its own. I can sit in horror and hope it turns at the last minute, get out of the way quickly or take a stand.

I had an argument just yesterday on this same subject. I gave virtually the same argument you gave for why it is coming. The man I was talking to, a “conservative” called me a childish fool dreaming masturbatory Mad Max fantasies where I become a hero. But I am no fool or child. I am 30 years older than that man and have been up close and personal with death. He is the one who is all talk. He will not survive. I will.

I read an interview with a citizen of Sarajevo once. In the ruins of the modern city the interviewer showed the man pictures of peace protesters in America marching to demand an end to the killing in Sarajevo. The man asked what the people were doing; who they were. They were peace protesters it was explained, they are marching to stop the killing. The man looked at the picture again and said, “We used to have those here. They are all dead now.”

The horror is that most Americans have no idea what is coming.

I mourn for our future.

Blogging A to Z – The Letter P

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POOP

Hold on to your seats faithful readers, we are going to delve into Mike Rowe’s favorite subject: POO! (warning, autoplay video at link)

After this arduous tax season, Mrs. Aewl got her yearly gift bag from the boss. Sometimes it has gift cards, sometimes useful stuff, but at least one or two gag gifts. This year, it was POO related.

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OMG! This book has so many ways to name poo. Check out some of these:

  • Lincoln Log
  • Double Deuce
  • Rocky Road
  • Porcupine
  • Curly Fry

This list goes on and on. Along the way, the book also has “nuggets” of info about Poo like this:

The average weight of stool excreted a day is 450 grams (about a pound)

You can get a copy of the book at Chronicle Books.

But wait, we aren’t through just yet. Mrs. Aewl also got a bottle of Glamour Do

Our Glamorous Top Secret Formula Makes Your Fragrantly Glamorous When You Go – Wherever You go.

Comes in two fragrances…
DIVA & HIGH MAINTENANCE

glamour-doMrs. Aewl got a bottle of DIVA, which tells you that her boss is at least a bit discerning. I think getting a bottle of HIGH MAINTENANCE would have been seen as an insult. What exactly is Glamour Do? Apparently you spritz a couple of squirts into the toilet bowl right before you do number two. This covers up the smell. Before you ask, neither Mrs. Aewl nor I have tried it out … yet. So we can’t tell you if it really works or not.

Excuse me why I go sit on the throne and read the book but first spritz a bit of Glamour Do into the bowl first. Yes, I think the book is going to find it’s home right next to the toilet.

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Blogging A to Z – The Letter O

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OUCH

Sent in my tax return this week. Also had to include a check for over $2100.00 Big time ouch! My taxes were quite hefty this year. Usually I get a little bit of a tax refund, not a lot, maybe enough for a night out on the town, but this year, it looks like we will be dining in for quite a while. By the way, on my W-4, I have deductions as SINGLE and ZERO dependents which means they take a bunch out of each paycheck.

Question is, why the big jump in taxes? Partly because I made more money last year and maybe, just maybe Obamacare?

On this April 15, filers and accountants alike are finding a new array of taxes resulting from the president’s health care legislation. These include at least 20 ObamaCare-related tax increases totaling  $409 billion over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Wow, that’s a huge increase. How come we haven’t heard about that from CNN, MSNBC or the other networks? Oh, that’s right, they only report “approved” news. So how much is our burden of these taxes?

The Fox News Taxpayer Calculator  breaks down the tax burden over the next 10 years by income level. If you make under $15,000:  it’s just over $59.00. If you make between $50,000 and $100,000, it’s $6,069.90. And if you make between $200,000 and $250,000, it’s $38,200.66

Those  numbers appear to confirm  the observation  of Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner that ObamaCare is “a wealth-transfer program with health insurance attached.”

Guess there won’t be a dining out night after filing my taxes for a very long time.

Mitt Romney son Josh, trolled Senator Harry Reid on Tuesday.

Double OUCH!

In other tax day news, Donald Rumsfield sent a letter to the IRS. Here is a brief excerpt.

I have sent in our federal income tax and gift tax returns for 2013. As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our returns are accurate.

Just in case you think we are taxed too much already, the IRS is considering taxing workplace perks.

On the plus side, yesterday was Mrs. Aewl’s first day after tax season! Woohoo, no more 14-18 hour days for her preparing taxes!

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Blogging A to Z – The Letter N

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NO

Why “no”? Simply put, you get no post today. I checked my stats and I see lots of people checking out blogging from A to Z. But how many comment? Very few, just the regular folks. (muchly appreciate them by the way).

So today, you get no post, and you will like it!

You get no links today and again, you will like it!

See you tomorrow for the big “O”.

 

(if you don’t get the humor of this post, then you probably don’t get the humor of my daily motivation posts either)