Wiggle Worm

Wednesday 11, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Gibbous @75.1%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

My little puppy, Chase, is nine weeks old and matures daily. A physical challenge, impossible yesterday, becomes doable today. He’s good about following, responding to my calls, but dislikes being kenneled. He squirms and protests mightily, but that’s life, fella.

Today, Mitzvah will meet up with Chase. She’s always curious and hangs around his kennel. Mitzvah is a dependable walking companion, and while with the puppy won’t lead him astray.

Chase needs his puppy shots. I have a first shot but doubt he will remain still for a sub-Q injection. It makes sense to check with the vet clinic for a brief opening today or tomorrow for a puppy shot.

Better, a neighbor might have a moment to hold Chase while I give him a shot. To a neighbor who might help, Chase will need two follow up shots, each three weeks after the one before.

I understand that when it’s time for his first rabies shot, if I show wrappers and receipts as proof he’s been vaccinated, a vet might administer just the rabies.

Immunity became an issue yesterday. Chase surprised me by drinking from a ground-level birdbath. He lacks immunity to any external condition that may attract him. The little fella, full of puppy curiosity, needs those shots.

Dear Friends: He will need managing and anchoring before receiving a shot. Diana

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Fairness

Tuesday 10, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waing Gibbous @65.3%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

I didn’t ask for a work schedule change. I thought about economics, not just money but social.

This is a period of confusing politics and social attitudes. It’s also a time of relative affluence for average Americans. Our wages, savings, and investments are up or holding steadily enough. The Americans who own homes are sitting on a profitable resale market.

I held off asking for a schedule change in these unusual times. Fewer people hunting for jobs are making it difficult to hire. Good employers are bending over backward to retain appreciated employees. My workplace needs a worker where it has placed me.

My decision has to do with fairness. I will hold off on requesting reduced hours and help management by continuing my current schedule and making a decent effort. If my hours remain too wearing, I will request a change.

These are odd times. Ahead is a future of cloudy economics and social attitudes. An individual’s current choices and decisions must consider what’s likely to work out best.

Dear Friends: This replay of cloudiness reflects less confidence in today’s leaders. Diana

Shifting

Monday 09, 2022

“Flower Moon” in First Quarter @54.9%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

The feed store where I work has a garden department that’s been busy during the last couple of weeks; the weather has been great. Except that yesterday snow fell, enough to leave standing white stuff through afternoon and nighttime. Last evening, employees left work talking about how disappointed those who planted must feel.

This morning, I must be at the store before it opens to ready the chicks. The store has reduced my hours at my request. Now I have a four-day schedule, but it’s too wearing. I close three nights and arrive home late; I open one day but too early after a late evening.

Today, I will ask for a three-day-only schedule. The store needs someone on chicks for four days, so my role will change. I am willing to return to cashiering, would be okay closing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and then being off Mondays through Thursdays.

I’ve enjoyed the chicks and am glad to have been responsible for them. I’ve learned a lot, met friendly people, and had fun. However, the physicality of chick maintenance and care has increased as more chick quantities arrive regularly for summer sales. Late and early working hours, and the business of caring for chicks, interfere with responsibilities at home.

I hope the store will work out a better schedule for me, and now I must rush.

Dear Friends: Plus, chicks are tempting; already, I have too many of them. Diana

Unscalable

Sunday 08, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @45.5%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

Again, a growing perception of women as equal citizens is under assault. The leaked “Roe v. Wade” document declares war on women’s rights and, by inference, other individual freedoms that have improved our lives over the last fifty years.

Evangelicals and power-hungry white men, a social Band of Brothers, are floating on an ocean of social conflict. Their ploy is to destroy individual social rights while war is waged “across the world” in Ukraine. Far away are Russia and Ukraine; and now is the time to bring women and minorities under control.

That is, unless the madmen in Russia and North Korea turn to nuclear and/or biological weapons. Then war won’t be far away; it will be a major preoccupation. Until such a time, our guiding political and judicial bodies are a mess, fighting over ridiculous issues while world peace is at risk.

Joe Biden is a statesman negotiating with enlightened nations to help bolster Ukraine’s offensive. Biden has not sent America’s Armed Forces to war, different from how this country has participated in previous battles against challenges to America’s economic welfare.

Our leadership bodies are preoccupied with reducing individual rights. Their noise dims attention to possible international war and nuclear realities. Our powerful bodies in this time of national confusion are trying to sack key elements of equality and individual rights.

Historically, today, and in the future, Roe is the tip of a vast iceberg. Regardless of how Roe may work out, the goal of influential people is to corral fifty years of hard-earned gains in social equality.

I am a beneficiary of the birth control pill and Roe vs. Wade. Those elements freed women from kids and kitchens. I realized a dream of not spending my working life as a secretary by taking advantage of new night-time degree programs that allowed continuing day-time jobs. I achieved degrees and gained a career.

I had a sense of achievement and forever have been grateful for the factors that promoted widespread equal opportunities.

Dear Friends: Now, fronting the Supreme Court is an unscalable wall. Messy! Diana

Elaine

Saturday 07, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @36.7%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

The header photo is of my beautiful, quirky, big sister, six years ago. We were lunching at Baldy’s BBQ shortly after she had moved into assisted living. Now, she has been gone almost three years.

I think about her every day. In my mind, the good and bad in our relationship tend to roll and merge. Mostly, all’s good.

Time changes perspective. I’ve reached more of an understanding of us as individuals and together.

She was a handful, sometimes unpredictable, often challenging. On getting an idea that she liked, she would start moving to accomplish it. And did accomplish some amazing things. She used to enjoy quoting the song, “I did it my way.”

She strongly influenced my likes and dislikes. She was opinionated, and I struggled against her sometimes-overpowering views and demands. During the last couple of years, I have reached an understanding that I adored her.

In today’s wisdom, if we could wind time back, and relive some of it differently.

Dear Friends: My big sister was uniquely great, funny, and fun. Diana

Chap Book

Friday 06, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @27.6%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

The header photo is of Peaches, on first spotting our new eight-week-old puppy, Chase.

After three days at home from work, I’ll return to the feed store this afternoon. Another three and one-half days working there, and I’ll have another three to stay at home. Being off Tuesdays through Thursdays might become my regular schedule. Not bad, and I’ll see how it may work out.

My productive time off this week has involved fledging chickens, and so far, so good. The first youngsters released into the larger flock are managing to integrate. My turkeys, after going dormant for months, are beginning to lay eggs; I love turkey eggs and yesterday collected one. The week-old Ducklings are a handful, noisy, busy, growing rapidly, and guzzling water like there’s no tomorrow. Ahead, a few more chicks to fledge; they’ll be the last, no adding to them.

The puppy has filled the time in-between taking care of other critters. He’s a clever little fella and cuter than a button. Today will be his first time staying alone while I’m away working for four hours. He will be in a large kennel on a tiled floor with his bed, toys, food, and water. If all goes well, that’s a plan for the next three days when I am away working for eight hours. I can dip in to check on him at lunchtime (and refill the ducklings’ water).

Busy day, busy day, busy days.

Dear Friends: My other favorite eggs are ducks’; this summer, I hope for some. Diana

Chase

Thursday 05, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @19.3%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

A woman appears in the feed store where I work part-time. She’s carrying a puppy, and I ask if I may hold it. The puppy snuggles into my neck. She says he’s eight weeks old and that she’s a pet rescuer from Warm Springs. This puppy from a litter of eight is for adoption.

His new name memorializes Susie’s and my frequent outings to “chase” rising full moons.

The Warm Springs Woman said he’d last eaten that morning. The evening I brought him home, he was quiet. He ate, drank, and fell asleep. The next morning, he was more energetic. He received periodic meals, hyration, naps, and exercise through the day and perked up lots.

He’s a smart tyke, learns quickly. He follows me, plays with new toys, and explores. He’s a brave one, here first meeting the pack.

That’s as close as he’s allowed to my other dogs. They’d be okay with him, and Mitzvah is eager to play with Chase. He’s tiny, still awkward, and may integrate fully in a few days.

Upon discovering our kitty, Maxwell, the pup insisted on playing with him. Max tolerates the puppy’s aggressiveness and dodges away when it’s annoying.

Chase and I went walking and met a neighborhood friend, Julia. She was walking with her Doodle, Indie. Chase ran directly to Indie wanting to play, and Indie was kind but avoided him. I recognized that tiny Chase is very bold. He needs to be leash trained.

As to his breed, the rescuer said she’d seen his parents and muttered something like, “Chiweenie.” That suggests little Chase might remain small and match well with Mitzvah.

Dear Friends: I should find work in a different environment, say a stationery store. Diana

Times

Wednesday 04, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @12.5%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

This year is nearing its midpoint; the summer solstice will occur in weeks. It rocks my head, for in Central Oregon, summer barely is here. Yesterday, I purchased a couple of short-sleeved shirts, planning to start wearing them soon. As it turned out, that afternoon became warm enough to shed long sleeves for a few hours.

These days darken around eight-thirty. The solstice period will extend daylights to after nine o’clock. Solstice is my favorite time of year. There’s light, aplenty, for doing chores. That goodness slips past quickly. Then starts the counting down of shortening daylights that precede fall and winter.

Among the “un-constants” of daily living are some “very constants,” measurable, predictable, and keeping humans grounded, making us hopeful. Some are the solar system, Earth’s gravity and rotations, and the dependable sun and moon.

Interestingly, humans depend on and build our lives around time, which isn’t real. Time is an un-constant, treated as a constant or semi-constant. That’s been so since time immemorial, and we’re aware, so go figure.”

Time perception is battled constantly and those play out regularly. We keep arguing the value of daylight savings versus standard time. Like many decisions delegated to a large body of decision makers, it’s perpetually unsettled.

This morning, time is getting short and outside is sunshine. I’ll slip into a t-shirt to go feed horses.

Dear Friends: My vote is to standardize a clock time with the most daylight. Diana

“Spring!”

Monday 03, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @6.9%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on May 15.

My roosters are crowing, and I enjoy the sounds. Many people feel otherwise, and thus, roosters are not allowed inside city limits.

I don’t enjoy my roosters, beautiful as they are. They seem brainy enough to avoid attacking me. They do consider doing so but pause, from being young and not up to full strength or because of my handy boom.

Today, I will release into the flock three young hens ready to be integrated. I worry less about how the roosters will behave than how the Rhode Island Red might greet them. She is the head hen and might not like seeing newbies. I’ll hang around watching and learning.

This day looks beautiful, and I don’t have to work; well, not at the feed store, but there’s lots of catching up at home.

I especially need to catch up with myself. I seem to run in many directions. I will use this free day to reflect on what is essential, to refocus, replan, and re-energize. This lofty ideal I hope to learn to write about more clearly. First, I must put the thoughts into action and self-check for outcomes.

Dear Friends: Today is excellent weather for horseback riding! Diana

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Workday

Monday 02, 2022

“Flower Moon” is Waxing Crescent @2.7%; Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse, visible on, May 15.

Early today, there was pouring rain with high winds. I couldn’t crawl from under my warm covers. Now time is short for doing everything that needs to be done before leaving for work.

Blowing you a kiss, here’s a quick hello, have an enjoyable day, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Dear Friends: May these rains create more hay to stock up on this summer. Diana