Ha Ha …What’s the difference between a pilot and a jet engine?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ha Ha Ha.”

(not to be mean … but I am an aircraft mechanic so please put it in perspective)

 

What’s the difference between a pilot and a jet engine?

The engine quits whining when it gets to the gate!

Set It To Rights

I don’t believe in letting things fester so as far as relationships and people I am quite forthright when it comes to some sort of disagreement or misunderstanding.  I try to get along with everyone and if something comes up which might impede that sort of thought then I find a way to do my part to make it right.  I’m human, I can’t make everything right, so I’ve also learned to let it go if things can’t be resolved.  I can’t think of a time when things haven’t worked out both in relationships as you move on over a relationship and with work relationships and friends.

Allowing things to eat away at you actually eats away at every relationship you have.  It eats away at your ability to do a good job, eats away at the good friendships you have, eats away at a sense of order in life in general.

Now there is something I would fix — I’ve let my savings account goal slide and really need to play catch up.  I also don’t believe money is the source of my happiness.  I’ve always trusted that I will have what I need but I do believe I need to take more conscientious steps to be sure to have a cushion for the hard times.  I would set my savings account to rights!!

*Prompt 11 March: Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.  Set It To Rights

Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday.  Yep, surgery.  I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is.  He doesn’t mess around.  Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing.  As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her.  Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it.

Waiting for Dr. Appt
Waiting for Dr. Appt

After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap.  That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm.  At 3 she was still in the recovery cage.  A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life.  I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet.

At about 4pm she was ready to go home.  I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours.  She really was thirsty too.  I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her.  Now the dilemma!  She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head would just be too dangerous when she is not sleeping.

Steve told me to not bandage it as it needs air to heal but i was also concerned about the amount of dust and other dogs out here so I wanted the surgery protected from sniffing noses including her Socked tail!own and from the dirt and dust.  I came up with an idea.  I had an old tube sock which I had cut the elastic out of in an attempt to protect my cast when i was wearing one. I cut the other end off and was able to easily pull Sky’s tail through and then use the medical tape that sticks to itself wrapped around the top and the bottom of the sock.  The incision still gets air to heal and now it is protected.  I still have to watch her because on occasion she wants the sock off her tail understandably so.

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Photo101: Day Six: Connect & Tags

 

Living in a marina I looked around
for local connections….

Abandoned railroad tracks previously used by Belt Line Railway & Standard Oil
Abandoned railroad tracks previously used by Belt Line Railway & Standard Oil
Abandoned ramp previously used for one of the docks
Abandoned ramp intended for one of the docks
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Dock six ramp with Sky exiting
electrical
Electrical connection to my boat
Dock 1 ramp
Dock 1 ramp

With my Orange Glasses on …everything looks..orange

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange

Scoop is really a white dog but I thought it might be fun to play around with the image a bit in photoshop.
Orange in my life
Orange in my life

 

Orangish Red an important feature of our new logo here at Southwest Airlines!!
Orangish Red an important feature of our new logo here at Southwest Airlines!!

Raising kids .. with an iguana life lesson

iguanaI was talking with one of my friends today and listening to her recount some experiences in babysitting and child care when she was younger.

First story was of her iguana.  She was explaining to me how cool it was to have an iguana.  I was doubting her I must admit.

One day her son was questioning why it was that all his friends at school had dads and why didn’t he have a dad to talk about.  He knew he did and she asked him if he wanted to call or when he wanted to see his dad. I don’t know anything about the father but the prospect of calling his dad didn’t sound as cool as what everyone was talking about in school.

He was bummed.  Then his mom pointed out an important fact.  ‘They all have dads’ she said but you have an iguana!  How cool is that…

The next day he went to school and when the subject came up again he told everyone he had an iguana!  The class was excited and the teacher asked his mother if the iguana could come to school.  “Absolutely!”  So the iguana went to school and he was the coolest boy in the school because sure enough, nobody else had an iguana!

I just thought it was a clever way to resolve an awkward situation!

 

in response to the Daily Post: Imitation/Flattery
Write a post about anything you’d like — in the style of your favorite blogger. (Be sure to link to them!)
(I’ve linked to storyshucker -be sure to check the blog out!)

Community lost without swift response (Daily prompt use it or lose it)

Use It or Lose It

Communities are seeming like a lost art in the hustle and bustle of daily life in this ‘civilised world’.

How civilised are we if we don’t know our neighbours. Do you know yours?

We need one another all the time but sometimes it is only in an emergency when we truly feel and recognise the neighbourly love and care that could be felt every day.

harbor_ovrlkI’m grateful to live in a close nit community where we do know and care about one another on a daily basis. We have no security here, no emergency services within close reach. We do have one another and the care and compassion and challenges of this knowledge.

Use it or lose it is the subject of this daily prompt and I for one find that it relates to using or losing our sense of community. Love is meant to be shared and if we don’t use and express the love and caring for our neighbours and neighbourhood before you know it though we have people living next door we have lost our real neighbours and community.

It was a quiet night. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was at my computer working on some sort of mindless project or perhaps a mindful project… then I thought I heard the distinct sound of two cats at each others throats wailing their dominance. It was high pitched and brief but enough of a commotion in our quiet harbour community for me to go to my door and look out and listen … nothing. Nothing at all. My neighbour Ike in his boat berthed next to mine looked out at the same time and we commented that we had heard this commotion and then went back to our respective activities.

308266850_2404aab0e7_oWithin moments -we both heard it again. My view faced my neighbour, Ike so I was looking at one half of the harbour and his view looked the opposite way towards me and faced the other half of the harbour. This time the high pitched call remained long enough for us to hear it while we had our heads outside. Ike’s view suddenly brought perspective. He could see a few docks over and saw the flames erupting into the air as one of our neighbours floating homes was clearly on fire.

Ike yelled to me fire and we both immediately dropped what we were doing and raced out of our boats and over to the dock where the flames were engulfing the floating home. Seems at least 10 of us in the harbour had risen to the occasion and we were all scrambling to hook up hoses and get in position to battle the fire down. The emergency services had been called and were on their way but we are in a remote area and know that our first defense was in one another. I think we all felt the sense of emergency and the very real urgency. Wooden boats and docks are no match for an out of control fire so we could not let this fire get out of control.

I don’t think I ever really felt that we might never come back form this if not handled professionally and swiftly.  Somehow we are survivors out here so that frame of thought isn’t in the cards!

The fire had been started by a chimney fire and the residents of the house hadn’t even realised they were on fire till all the commotion began. They were still inside trying to round up their animals. My neighbour, Ike, had grabbed a few fire extinguishers from the dock and was inside the house dousing the flames at the source. Meanwhile our harbour master and owner Eric, had climbed up on the roof of the house and we had passed hoses to him so he could get the fire out from outside and keep it from spreading. With the team work on hand the fire was extinguished within probably 20 minutes though I think for all of us it felt more like a couple of hours.

firefighters2The fire department showed up in a timely manner considering our location and took over with the investigation and ensuring no further sparks etc. The fire department was there for a couple of hours probably but there were no more flames to extinguish and all was safe now.

The events related are true and took place about 12 years ago .. in 2002 or 2003