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Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

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My youngest is back on base in Washington state.

Itzl loved having him, as you can see:

Itzl and Beaners

Xoco, however, felt quite strongly the other way.  This was the kindest, friendliest look she could muster up for him:


The closest she would get to him was on the opposite side of me from him.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 09:30:07 PM PST

  •  Xoco looks fierce (10+ / 0-)

    Itzl's in luv.  Hope you had a good weekend.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 10:19:37 PM PST

  •  LOL. (11+ / 0-)

    Itzl looks like he's sticking his tongue out at your boy, and Xoco looks like she's just seen the bug-eyed monster depart the UFO.

    They're both adorable...but really, Xoco looks like she just saw The Monster From Outer Space land in her living room.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:26:51 PM PST

  •  Hope the three of you (you, son, Itzl) had a good (8+ / 0-)

    visit in spite of Xoco's difficulties, 8-)

    we're being 2-4 degrees warmer than the forecasts, but it's still being ridiculously cold, for here. we were outside for about 10 minutes yesterday afternoon doing the crawl-space-blockers & outside tap bubble-wrapping, and my hands about froze right off! freezing fog pretty much 24/7. the moisture makes the cold cut more.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:27:09 PM PST

    •  I sympathize, (6+ / 0-)

      although not as much as I should.  The wind chill here is 4 below, with actual temp at 7.  I'm headed off to the bus stop in a few.  It takes me longer to get there now that I must put on layers until I look like a dark version of the Pillsbury Doughboy.  It's a lot of extra weight for an old woman to carry around, but if I'm going to be exposed to the elements for 10-15 minutes, I need it all.  :-)

      Have a great day!

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:43:14 AM PST

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  •  My Tonia said your son looks like Jim Carrie. (7+ / 0-)

    We made great progress
    in the last 12 hours.

    In the afternoon,
    we put up the rest of the insulation,
    and then,
    after a break,
    we put up more sheetrock.

    We just got done cleaning up,
    and reorganizing what we moved,
    and Tonia gave me a haircut,
    a haircut I really needed.

    Later today,
    after a shower,
    and a change of sheets,
    (to escape the fiberglass,)
    and a good morning's sleep,
    we only have four more pieces of sheetrock
    to mount to the ceiling,
    and we're done,
    till some other vacation time.

    I'm worn out.

  •  Morning... (7+ / 0-)

    Temps here are still 10-12 degrees above average, and we have an early brush fire not too far away, despite the high humidity and daily fog. Finally supposed to get a cool off for next weekend, with highs back down in the high 60's and low 70's, which is more 'typical' for this time of year. We haven't had a freeze yet though, and usually we've had one or two by this point.

    I'm still feeling off, but not too bad. Sophie's training is coming along pretty well. She's getting more reliable at retrieving the inhaler, and has started bringing me other things she finds around the house (like one of Caedy's socks she dug out from under the couch lol). We've also added a new command, an "up" command so she comes to me and puts her front paws on my leg so I can pick her up easier (it's harder to breathe the further I bend over). It also  makes it easier for her to hand me things that way.
    I've also noticed that Freya is watching Sophie train very carefully.
    We've never been able to get Freya to retrieve, because she just wasn't interested in even investigating anything to bring back (she isn't a playful dog that way). But now she's watching Sophie and you can see the wheels turning. Maybe she'll start retrieving for Dad. So hopefully they'll end up teaching each other.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 04:56:51 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (6+ / 0-)

    Doing laundry and cleaning this morning. Going out this afternoon.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 05:03:58 AM PST

  •  Did you mean 'January' in the title (3+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, weck, old wobbly

    or am I missing some quirky humor? :-P

  •  Still raining (5+ / 0-)

    for a solid week now and, according to the weatherman, will last until Wednesday. I'm sick of it! I have a hole in my roof and scared to death to go up there when it's wet. I'll wait til Wednesday. So, if I'm missing after Wednesday assume I fell off and laying in the dog yard. :0

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 06:25:57 AM PST

  •  The dogs training each other is such an unexpected (4+ / 0-)

    thing to hear.  My experiences with two dogs have been the opposite!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:34:33 AM PST

    •  This is a reply to FloridaSNMOM, oops. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FloridaSNMOM, bigjacbigjacbigjac

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:35:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  There are some things (4+ / 0-)
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        weck, Noddy, bigjacbigjacbigjac, chimene

        that it's easier to get one dog to train another. Sadie, our first assistance dog trained several other dogs that stayed with us how to alert to sugar issues, seizures, asthma attacks, etc. Freya our older current dog trained the cat not to go out of the house, to stay out of the Christmas tree, and is now helping teach the puppy. What I wasn't expecting was Sophie teaching her things at this point. So far Freya hasn't started retrieving, but as I said, I can see the wheels moving as she watches me work with Sophie. It's coming.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:56:26 AM PST

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        •  My Corgi has forbidden the cats to claw the (3+ / 0-)

          furniture, I like that.  He also gets upset if the kitten plays with the dangles on the lamps.  I could live without that kind of alert, but I'll take it in trade for the sofa!

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

          by weck on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:22:30 PM PST

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          •  See not as surprising.. (2+ / 0-)
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            Noddy, weck

            and I bet if you got another dog, your corgi would teach that dog to monitor the cat's behavior as well.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 01:26:06 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  It turns out, I prefer cats to dogs. (1+ / 0-)
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              Diesel is a fine pet dog, but cats are what make me happy.  He isn't yet three, so by the time he gets old, I probably will be in my "no more pets" time of life.  I know there will never be another puppy, maybe senior rescue animals will come and stay with me for a while.

              Partner adores the dog, but leaves all dog related work to me.  This may be influencing my decision to just enjoy this one special dog and then move back to pooties.

              If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

              by weck on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:01:57 PM PST

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    •  Itzl trains other dogs (3+ / 0-)

      all the time - and cats, too! Without him, training Xoco would have been really hard - he's far more patient that I am.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:36:00 PM PST

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  •  Oh cute! (4+ / 0-)

    I am still getting ready for con.  Discovered 18 more things to do.  On the other hand, I did find (again) my HP (the replacement for my PalmPilot) and it works and syncs with the calendars on my computer.

    I'm so happy!  The calendar on my phone (which also syncs) is annoying beyond belief to use.  I like my little electronic PDAs -- Although there's some overlap with my Android devices (you all know that I'm a geek, right?  RIGHT?) the Androids are large and clunky and I sometimes need something I can just stick in a pocket.

    Anyway, off to get some inks (I will be drawing commissions) and other supplies and finish packing.  Contracts came for a project that I'm involved with (the image I sent is one of my dad's paintings (he died in August) that I did some image manipulation to.  He was never published, but I have been published, and thought it would be a good tribute to the man to have us in print on a project.

    •  My dear Cyberwizard: I have a few questions. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      weck, FloridaSNMOM

      what is con?


      What convention?

      Sorry to be a pain in the ass,
      but I'm a fanatic about understanding things clearly.

      That's why I break up my words on the screen,
      to make each idea,
      on each line,
      more clear,
      not muddled with other words,
      other thoughts,
      other ideas.

      Second question,
      more of a rhetorical question,
      whatever happened to all the PDAs?

      I worked at an OfficeMax store
      during their heyday.

      I presume that most folks use their phones,
      but your comment points out,
      you like a separate PDA.

      Are you PDA users a dying breed?

      Next question,
      and this one is about the future.

      in the next ten years or less,
      will there be,
      at a working man's price range,
      1.  A phone so nice,
      with such fast processing,
      such big memory,
      that it will work at least as well
      as this desk top I'm typing on,
      an old IBM running Windows XP Professional?

      2.  A docking station for that phone
      that will allow me to look at my 13" LCD screen,
      and use my Logitech red marble track ball,
      and my EZ Eyes big letter keyboard?

      Since phones are now computers,
      I'm looking forward to the day
      I can use my phone
      in place of my desktop,
      for my blogging,
      here at Daily Kos.

      I've asked a few other folks,
      and got various answers.

      I suppose I should go to a Radio Shack store.

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