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Life Goes On

While watching & listening to the BBC coverage of the attacks on the airport and a metro/subway station in Brussels, I had some flashbacks of my time in Europe in the 1970s when all kinds of people were blowing things up. We reacted, but we didn’t stop everything and freak out. The big difference was the media and politicians weren’t trying to make everyone terrified.

Actually I have been emptying a couple of boxes of tissues [made from recycled paper] thanks to the pollen from multiple varieties of plant life that is causing my nose to run non-stop. I recycle the empty boxes by putting the used tissues in them.

This afternoon I took my neighbor and the youngest of his cats to the Vet’s for his “before THE operation” visit. I had just arrived home to pick up more tissues when my neighbor called to say he had left the necessary stool sample in my car. If it weren’t for the pollen I would have probably noticed, as the Vet’s receptionist noticed as soon as I entered with it. Smiling when you are apologizing tends to reduce the sincerity of the act.


1 hipparchia { 03.23.16 at 8:29 pm }

🙁 🙁 pollen 🙁 🙁

2 hipparchia { 03.23.16 at 8:33 pm }

also, I never have any empty boxes in which to “recycle” the used Kleenexes because as soon as one box is half-empty, I open another one – it’s the same principle as my cats freaking out over a half-empty food bowl ZOMG! world famine is imminent!elevetyone1!!1!

3 Bryan { 03.23.16 at 10:01 pm }

This is the condition near the computer, and does hold for the box in the living room, the one in the bedroom, the two in the little house with the cats, or the substitute available in the bathroom …. 😉

I keep blowing off my car but the yellow paste will be washed out of the air and onto the car tomorrow. 🙁

4 Badtux { 03.24.16 at 12:31 am }

Pollen situation here in the SF Bay area is pretty dire too. While my flower bed is pretty, the pollen drifts from the lemon trees in the front and back yard come through the windows every time I open them for a bit of air (it being too cool outside to even think of trundling the bulky “portable” air conditioners out of storage and plugging them in).

I have a trash can beside everywhere that I sit. It’s the only way to handle it. That, and Costco and the gigantic amounts of tissues you can get there.

Hipparchia, it doesn’t matter how much food is in TMF’s bowl when I come in, he insists he’s starving, starving I say. I try to meter it so he’s actually out of food when I make it back home, but sometimes don’t succeed at that. Oh well….

5 Bryan { 03.24.16 at 7:27 pm }

Inside the big house I’m OK as my Mother had a good air cleaner, but every time I go outside or someone opens the door it starts again. We’ve had some decent rain today so tomorrow should be OK.

My cats have a food bowl that would have lasted them the 30 Years War, but if they see an inner side they act like Famine is here and Death will be in as soon as he parks the Pale Horse.

6 hipparchia { 03.27.16 at 8:30 pm }

it doesn’t matter how much food is in TMF’s bowl when I come in, he insists he’s starving, starving I say

mine very carefully eat just the food in just the very center of the bowl (or on the plate, i’ve tried both) so if you ignore all that food heaped around the edge, you can by god see the bottom of the bowl!

they do at least wait until they’ve eaten that hole through the middle before they start complaining, but it doesn’t take them long.

7 hipparchia { 03.27.16 at 8:40 pm }

i’m down half a box in the computer room – somecat made a cozy, fluffy napping spot out of it earlier today during the rain.

ordinarily it’s 2 open boxes in the computer room, 2 open boxes in the bedroom, 2 open boxes in the bathroom, 2 0pen boxes in the car, 2 open boxes at work, and 1 open box in the kitchen (because paper towels!) 🙂 and 3 or 4 new unopened boxes stashed on a bedside table (yes, I know, normal people keep their unopened boxes in the bathroom or the linen closet or something like that).

8 Bryan { 03.27.16 at 9:35 pm }

I can’t imagine why anyone would hide their spare tissues, but I do have to remember not to leave the tissue sticking out ot the top of box … that’s just asking for trouble and tissues everywhere except the box. 🙂

9 Badtux { 03.29.16 at 10:31 am }

So you have a tissue monster too, huh? If I leave the tissue sticking out of the top of the box TMF pulls the tissue out of the box and licks holes in it. Then does the same to the next tissue. Repeat. I guess he’s looking for fiber to bulk up his stools, LOL.

10 Bryan { 03.29.16 at 9:21 pm }

A certain ‘blond’ will empty a box quicker than pine pollen, and TP the house if you don’t put the roll on properly, i.e. feeding from the back.

11 Badtux { 03.29.16 at 10:19 pm }

I have to bury my TP behind a big bottle of mouthwash, a bottle of toilet bowl cleaner, etc. in a corner of the shelf over my toilet to keep it from becoming decorative shreds. I grab it from behind the camouflage as I go in for a landing on the toilet seat to do my bizness, otherwise I’d never have any TP available for that purpose. He figured out how to deal with reverse TP, btw. Dunno how, but he fishes it right outta there…

12 Bryan { 03.30.16 at 8:52 pm }

I use the ‘jumbo’ rolls and it shreds before he gets it going. The jumbo rolls don’t spin freely like the regular rolls did.