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What do dogs, a concert piano, tribal art have in common?  They are all part of a special request diary;  for someone who said that a diary like this might be her all time favorite kind of diary!  I hope she finds it; 'cause..."This one's for you!"

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There was a soft tapping sound as the magnificent piece of tribal rocked back and forth on the concert piano.  The two little dogs playing around the pedals had discovered the finely woven piano throw and had started to tug on it, making the large ceramic display tip dangerously back and forth!  The pair of mischievous pooches had no idea that 38 pounds of rare beauty was about to crash down on their heads!

garage dogs two

Our heroine however, has heard the tussle, and arrived at the scene just in time to save the day!  The drape is pulled up out of reach, the artwork is returned to the center of the softly glowing baby grand  and the pesky puppies are shooed to their favorite chair for a distracting treat.  

Our heroine relaxes and returns to her piano, exposing the keyboard and lightly running her fingers along the keys.  She begins to play again, remembering all the joy that comes from re-interpreting master works with her own hands.

Hands on a grand piano

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  •  Lots of fun, weck~ (11+ / 0-)

    Loved it.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:12:42 PM PST

  •  g'day all; nother day; nother auction (10+ / 0-)

    This one more or less took care of Christmas for me.  Fortunately, gift cards are a frequent auction item and can be picked up for 70% of their face value or remaining value even with auction and shipping fees.

    The amazing thing is these cards are for B&B, Sears, JCP, Home Depot and dozens of other mainline vendors.  It is a great way to stretch out the Christmas dollar so long as you remember it is an auction.  Human nature still prevails at times and I have seen people bid over the face value on such cards without fees and charges

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's going to be in the upper 40's and sunny today.

    We have to take a short road trip this morning then home this afternoon to do chores.

    Those pups look familiar.   :)

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:12:20 AM PST

  •  morning! (7+ / 0-)

    It's currently 67, but there's rain in the area and it feels it, breezy and damp and eww outside. Supposed to get up to 82 today, then drop down to 50 tonight and only up to 70 tomorrow. These are the temperature changes that challenge my poor lungs.

    I've been up since about 3am and unable to go back to sleep, so I'm grumpy today. I just finished the dishes, and I'm trying to decide if my lungs will hold up to bathroom cleaning chemicals or not today.

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

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:37:53 AM PST

  •  Good morning! (6+ / 0-)

    Mild & cloudy with a bit of rain here. The red & yellow leaves on the trees are so vivid against the gray sky. It's beautiful.

    What a nice diary, weck.

    Hope you all have a good day!

  •  Fun story! (7+ / 0-)

    And what innocent-looking doggies =)

    I'm not being a character witness for a friend today because his soon-to-be ex-wife is crazy, vindictive, and hangs out with Colombian drug lords. She's Colombian, too. DH is afraid they'll bomb the house and kill us all.

    Seems far-fetched, but she absolutely HATES me. So...I feel awful, but DH is so nervous that I just can't do it.

    Have a good day, everyone!!

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:46:28 AM PST

    •  It would be tough to get on the stand and tell (5+ / 0-)

      nothing but the truth under those circumstances; being invisible and tuning up your Columbian Spanish are best practices.  Park in the garage and don't forget to set the security!  Maybe you can send a "friend of the court letter" under the radar.  Where does the judge have coffee?

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

      by weck on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:16:28 AM PST

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      •  He's going for full custody. (3+ / 0-)
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        She's a crappy, crappy mother. She speaks English perfectly well. My Colombian Spanish is rusty =)

        No, his attorney said that anything written couldn't be admitted. I had to appear. I feel awful. I would be a good character witness in my pearls and excellent diction. Lol.

        I was going to do it until DH freaked out. She knows exactly where we live because we used to be neighbors. Ack.

        She's unbalanced. And she would be standing right there as I testified, glaring at me and projecting fury. Lol. I can stare down anyone, but insane Colombians make me nervous.

        She's a very GREEDY woman. If there was a way to sue me for anything, she'd find it.

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:30:54 AM PST

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        •  I do understand your (plural) concerns. Be aware (3+ / 0-)
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          of unknown visitors speaking the Columbian style of Spanish.  

          My late husband was a NYC cabbie for a while, his 3 Columbian passengers (with 4 guns!) did not know he could understand them as they plotted to rob him when they got dropped off at the nightclub they were going to.  He was able to save his car and his life (probably) because he gave them what they asked for without a fight.  They tipped him back ten bucks.  He knew they were Columbian because his mother was too, and he recognized the slight differences in language.  Not folks to mess with, then or now.  

          I don't think Amicus Curiae can be included in the case presented but when the person you are supporting is a minor, the rules may vary.  If you were being asked to speak to the subject of how she mistreats the children, it might be allowed.

          The term may also refer to an outsider who may inform the court on a matter a judge is doubtful or mistaken in a matter of law. An amicus curiae application by a non-relative may be made to the court in favor of an infant or incompetent person. The court may give the arguments in the amicus curiae brief as much or as little weight as it chooses.

          I am not a lawyer, this is not a legal opinion.

          You could ask his lawyer again, with reference to protecting the kid(s).  Especially if you have an eyewitness experience of her abuse or neglect.

          I don't know if it would then go into the record.

          Sometimes greedy people can be bought off with just money.  Keeping the kids to keep an income might be overbalanced by a big cash offer, paid out annually.

          If the kids are older, your friend may get some help from them,  but clearly he should have documentation of her friends and habits, perhaps from a private agency.

          This sounds like such a nasty situation; the right thing to do is to help him. The right thing to do is to stay far away from court.  Two right things to do = stress!

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

          by weck on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:39:46 AM PST

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          •  I was once engaged to a Colombian, (1+ / 0-)
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            from Bogota =) I spoke Castilian Spanish then.

            OMG, thank goodness your husband understood!!! Yes. Scary people. Don't google "Colombian necktie." I read it in a book and was really sorry that I did.

            The child is 10. The mother simply wants custody for either spite or money. She constantly dumps her daughter off with friends. She once claimed she couldn't take her because she "had to work." In a spectacular bit of coincidence, she was busted on a flight to Florida by my friend's girlfriend!! That is when her lawyer dumped her. Plus he hadn't been paid.

            He doesn't have a lot of money. He's an IT guy.

            Thank you, weck =) You are always so sensible =)

            "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

            by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 04:48:53 PM PST

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            •  If it is spite, then reverse psychology should (2+ / 0-)
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              work on her, he needs to suggest to her "accidentally" that since he has a new life, maybe a child all the time would be too much for his new girlfriend.  Ha!

              If he gets joint custody, he can probably have the daughter all the time anyway. He should work out paying something per diem when the mom actually has her, instead of the same amount each month. (Long term planning here!)  Who does the girl want to live with?  The judge will take that into consideration if well presented by a 10 year old.

              The lawyer who dumped her probably has coffee with the judge.

              Again, a private investigator can get the goods!  Also, is daughter making it to school, are the teachers concerned about changes in behavior?  Have any of mom's friends tried to touch her?

              She sounds like a little girl at high risk.  That makes this harder for you, I am sure.

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

              by weck on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:02:44 PM PST

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              •  He and daughter are moving in with (2+ / 0-)
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                girlfriend and her kids =) She was living in Henderson, but just recently moved back to our town.

                It's a telenovela. School: yes. Icky boyfriends: I hope not :( Last one stole all the mom's clothes. Weird. Wonder if they fit him, or if he was just angry at her?

                Per diem is a great idea! Doubt she'd go for it, due to her habit of dumping the child off at friends' houses and vanishing.

                She's awful, she's involved with marijuana dispensaries, she left her first daughter in Colombia until that child was 14...he needs full custody and she needs to let him raise their daughter. He's a kind man. This woman has NO female friends. Just male. He told me women "scare her." Uh, no. We just can't be manipulated the way she manipulates men.

                First daughter is now 21 and living in a mansion with new baby and baby's daddy. Bad mother unwelcome.

                "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

                by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:30:40 PM PST

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                •  Fingers crossed for a judge with vision. (2+ / 0-)
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                  About the clothes; he probably paid for them and decided they were his to keep!  

                  A second neglected child,  and if she is doesn't like women, what happens to mother when attractive young daughter starts competing in the looks department.

                  All the best for this fractured family;  hope for a return to a normal life for him and daughter; soccer, b-day parties, school concerts, etc.  "Crisis Free Lifestyle".

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

                  by weck on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:49:37 PM PST

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                  •  No, she bought them herself while (2+ / 0-)
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                    telling us (mostly DH) that the child needed shoes. She spent over $5000 in two weeks at Nordstrom Rack, not recognizing a friend of mine who was working as a cashier =) she bought 8 pairs of True Religion jeans, among other things! NO children's clothes, no children's shoes. What a piece of work. I did mention that my friend had helped her at the Rack. Ooh, did I get a dirty look! And then she avoided the Rack. Lmao.

                    I don't know...first daughter got pregnant and away as fast as she could. Which is what SHE did too. Married at 18, first child at 19.

                    If he gets full custody, all will be well =) They were still in court at 6:30 pm.

                    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

                    by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:01:19 PM PST

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  •  Bright and sunny here today (3+ / 0-)
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    Still fighting this cold or whatever it is.  Couldn't sleep last night and tossed and turned to be up at 4 a.m.  Feel so bad I actually made soup for breakfast...and I don't generally like soup.

    Just in from harvesting cold meds at the local Dollar General and plan to pass out again soon.

  •  Those woozles, they ees bah bah boys! (3+ / 0-)
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    Ju Freens,
    Senor Scout Ricardo & Senor Toby

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