R.I.P. Odie

I know it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything, sorry. I’ve been working and well trying to sleep when I’m not working. My days off I’m lucky if I get dressed.

I’m blogging tonight to share some sad news. My dog, Odie, passed away tonight.

OdieEveryone is surprised by his passing because he really wasn’t an old dog. I guess he was considered old though because he is a “large” breed dog. Anyways he was fine when I left for work this morning but when I got home he just started going downhill. I spent a few hours laying with him in the floor crying. Stinky even laid with us for a little bit. Even though Odie didn’t like the cats being around his food when he was trying to eat, he didn’t hate them. The kitten I recently rescued, Odie let her lay with him a lot of the time. Odie and Stinky were my two old men – grumpy and picky about their food.

So now I don’t have a movie buddy, who would end up snoring mid-way through a movie…no one to share snacks with…no one to eat all the cat food…no one to sneak out the dog door with so I can take pictures of the trees/sky…

And when I get a bath now there won’t be any smelly dog farts.

I already miss him. He was such a big part of my life for so long.

OdieHe liked pictures, but didn’t know how close was too close.

OdieThis is one of my favorites. I think he was trying to get me to take him with me…even though I was only on the other side of the fence. I hope I can find someone to do a little cartoon version of Odie in this pose for a tattoo.

I’m going to try to sleep since it’s past 1am already.

I’m broken.

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MOVED!

I finally did it. I finally bought my own little hosting space and am already using it. ^_^ I’ve honestly missed having my own little space to host everything on. The first year was only $20 and next year it will be around $80. In the end though I have so much space I’m working toward moving all of my domains to this one space. I’ll even have enough space to offer some bloggers a little home.

Starting a new blog and being totally green, I know how hard it is to find a host – heck I know how hard it is to find a free host in general. I’m not going to totally open hosting to everyone. With that said if you know of a blogger who is looking for a new space send them my way! ^_^ I haven’t worked out how much space the couple domains I am willing to host will be able to have – I have a general idea though.

As you can see my blog is at the new space. Sadly on the move I lost all of the images, but hey I’m okay with that. At least I was able to save the posts and everything.

Next I’ll be working on moving my cooking blog. Moving that is going to take me a while since I have all of the information on it. Ugh. I started saving things for it last night, but that’s as far as I got. I’m going to save everything and just start over from scratch. I mean all the recipes will still be there and everything, I just want to start that one over from scratch.

With all this moving I will be moving the domain that is currently my photo blog. Instead of being a photoblog I’m going to change it over to a photo gallery. In the end it will be easier for me to keep up and well I know I’ll enjoy keeping it.

I know this entry is kind of boring since I’m just talking about “business”. I am still alive though, so that’s the plus side. I swear I’ll write something real this week. ^_^

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Keep your politics out of my apathy

Booger

This is Booger. She was my cat for 12 years, until be passed in 2008. I know it’s been years, but I still miss her. Now the reason behind posting those pictures and talking about her is a pure and simple fact: I want a tattoo of her. With that said, I don’t like portrait/picture tattoos. I just personally don’t like them.

I’m asking for some help. If you are artsy or know anyone who is artsy. I want the tattoo of Booger to be a cartoon style tattoo. So if you want to take a shot at it do so and please share with me, or if you know someone who would like to do it please share!

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My Psycho Ex

No it’s not the name of a band, or a name of a song…

It seems someone has been feeding information to my psycho ex. Information about what I’m doing and such. Not only that but he made comments about how I look now – which means he’s seen me in public at some point recently.

This scares me.

All of this has been brought to light because he called my aunt last night. He was trying to get information from her about me.

I honestly don’t get it. It’s been four years and I’ve moved on. He needs to do the same and just leave me the hell alone.

With all of this being said I sadly am going to password protect any posts after this one. If you have me on facebook feel free to contact me for passwords, same goes for twitter or just email me. Those who comment a lot on posts I will send out emails to with passwords.

This new set of events scares me, honestly. I am fearful that he would try to do something – that’s why I broke up with him four years ago.

Thank you everyone for understanding the reasoning behind what I will be doing.

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Bone Dry

Growing up we all learned water was safe. Water was safe to bath in, swim in, drink, make food with, wash your clothes in – but those days are far gone. Now we all question if our water if safe. For some people it isn’t safe.

I, like many people, watched Gasland [LINK] and Gasland Part 2 [LINK]. My heart went out to the people who couldn’t use their water for their basic needs. I was outraged knowing some people couldn’t live in their homes because their water was that unsafe. The whole time I thought it could never happen in my area.

Every trip I take to Pittsburgh (PA) we go through the country, passing a lake I grew up on. The last trip – June 22, 2013 – to Pittsburgh I seen all the gas and oil workers slowly working. Their work of pipes and fittings touched the sky, ruining the beauty of the trees and farmland. I knew people were doing what they thought was right. I also knew some people signed their papers to make fast cash. Last of all I knew some people just didn’t understand what they were doing and the people handing them the papers did whatever they could to make it seem like it was the perfect thing for them to do.

Since that last trip to the city I love, I’m sacred to go through that area. I’m scared to see such a massive change in the scenery, knowing if I have kids they’ll never get to see the beauty that’s etched in my mind. Warm days were always spent around the lake with my grandparents. Every year you noticed a slight change in the trees, but now there are a lack of trees near the lake. Where crops grew from the ground making beautiful images and knowing farmers markets would be full, now huge metal aliens stand above the ground.

Thankfully we’ve be able to stay clear of such things around where I live. All except for the coal mining across the road. A hill, where I spent summers picking mushrooms and exploring, was cleared of all trees a few years ago. Leaving animals homeless and us having to deal with snakes for the first time in a while. They never did do everything they wanted when it came to mining the hill. It seems they had just given up after they started having machine problems – maybe it’s was earth’s way of telling them to stop.

They were able to do some things though. One regular day while reading I heard an explosion that shook the house. I thought it was something they did next door – where they work on big rigs. Turns out I was wrong. They were using explosives to break the ground free, so they could get closer to that money they wanted. In my memory that only happened a few times before they started having problems and seemingly gave up.

I thought to myself we were free from anyone else ripping nature apart and safe from anything happening to our water. A few weeks ago I was shown to be wrong.

Every few months – I think around 6 months – we get a paper in the mail from the water company. It shows the test levels for all the chemicals that are tested for in drinking water. The last time we got one of these papers I thought I’d just glance over it since I never really paid attention to one of those papers before. While looking the paper over I remember seeing two places where they didn’t test for those two items all year. I thought it was odd, thinking to myself ‘how could they do that’.

Well, they can’t do that.

The paper that came in the mail a few weeks ago from the water company was a warning letter. A letter saying not to drink the water or use it for cooking. When I read that paper my mind shot to the images of people having to have water hauled in, having to find other places to shower. I don’t want that to happen to me, or anyone who gets their water from the same company.

On this new paper it gave you the names of what they had not tested for.

Total Trihalomethane – which consists of chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane – these are disinfection byproducts. Here in the US the highest level you can have in treated water is 80 parts per billion. Yet due to the fact that no one tested our only source of water of any of these we have no idea how much is in the water. Too much of them can have an impact on your health.

The other thing they didn’t test for is Haloacetic acids – monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid – known as HAA5. These five are “undesirable by-product of drinking water chlorination”.

Since reading this paper and looking up everything I could about these two items, I’ve only been using bottled water to drink & make food with. With not knowing the levels in the water, I sure as hell don’t want to take a chance to damage my body due to people not doing what they’re paid for.

I know to some people this won’t seem like a big deal at all, but we have to make a big deal out of it. It they”forgot” to test for these two things, what if they “forgot” to test for things that would have had an imminent impact on people?

In the end they raised water rates. I’m not joking. They take a chance with the health of people just to raise the rates for those people they could have hurt.

Though I have heard one story of someone drinking the water from one of the homes impacted by this. He urinated blood – no one is sure if this is due to the water or if he had another health issue going on at this point in time. He doesn’t live in the area of homes under this water issue.

The paper didn’t give a time period for not to use the water or what they’re going to do next. In the end I have to sit by a mail box to see if our water is safe to use at all.

 

Title: Bone Dry by Abolitionist

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