Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us Church Bells, Bombs and Lilac trees Now that's a title, but I guess it is the most defining memories an author had of growing up as a child in war torn Germany during WWII. The author, Susanne B Teuber passed away this week and her friend had never been able to find the book. The death of Mrs Teuber prompted them to see if I could locate a copy in the area (Shelbyville) because they do not feel comfortable using the internet and would prefer to buy it the old fashioned way, in person. Does anyone know someone who has a... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:10:50 -0500 A dilemma of a coyote kind. Why the picture of KitKat on a post about coyotes? Because we think that KitKat was a victim of coyotes three days ago. That fear was solidified yesterday morning when I saw a coyote on the edges of our lawn. I shot into the ground, but not at it since I have a problem with killing an animal that is just doing what it does. However, shortly after the coyote ran, our next oldest cat slid out of a tree and continued to lay there so I knew something was wrong. It turns out that Big Boy had... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:56:39 -0500 Suicide An article in the T-G started me thinking. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month I started wondering if suicide attacks/bombers and their victims were counted in the figures they use to calculate lost or traumatized lives that cost a state $1 billion a year in medical treatment, lost wages, and lost productivity, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention". I suppose that is an overall cost to all concerned , but I get their drift. I guess it is a reality but... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:24:58 -0500 It's fig time in Tennessee!! Well, at least on our hill in Tennessee. We usually have two batches of figs each year but this year they just sat there and sat, but NOW, they are coming in fast. I am determined to do more than just pick 'em and freeze 'em. They eventually end up in a smoothie but this year we are doing something more. I am looking at a fig preserve, candied figs, roast figs and dried figs. Does anyone have a favorite recipe? I am going to go out to pick some now since Deb is out shopping. I... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:17:28 -0500 Who knew? No really, who knew that some hummingbirds stay with us through the Winter? A post came up on a Facebook group (Tennessee Naturalists) that referred to an article in the Tennessean three years ago about some hummingbirds that are cold-hearty and stay with us. I always thought they were late or early travelers and never considered they might actually not be going anywhere. By the... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:19:27 -0500 September 11, 2001 For many of us, nothing more needs to be said, but in case you were not "in this world" at the time, physically or mentally, it is a sad day in the history of mankind. It is hard to imagine how a small child who has such innocence can grow up to hate, kill and bring so much sadness to so many. We are not the only ones to have suffered such a loss of innocent people, but that makes it no easier. War starts with some form of insanity, but so many innocents are drawn in.... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:01:34 -0500 How does sound travel to be picked up by an amplified microphone touching the ground? As you might guess, I could not come up with a succinct, short question, so here is the background story to the question. A while back we had a leak in our water line from the meter to the house. It was not surfacing so we borrowed a listening device from our water department to see if we could hear the water "hissing" as it left the leak. The listening device is basically a sensitive microphone that is encased in a cup that you put to the ground and a headset to listen. While... Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:04:56 -0500 Has Congress passed a bill WITHOUT any attachments? Soooooo many bills are submitted and passed with attachments that have NOTHING to do with the main bill. And they are attached for so many reason like to slip a controversial bill on the coat tails of an emotional or much needed project. Or, it could be added to KILL the original bill, even though the original had much support, or to force Congressional members to vote no on something that they really support, to then be used as ammunition against them at a later date. This spawns a lot of... Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:23:07 -0500 Could or should Bedford County throw its name in the pot for Amazon? Amazon is looking to build a second headquarters "Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs – it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and... Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:06:52 -0500 Can employers hire whomever they want? Sure, but can they NOT hire someone? Some of you will catch on where I am going with this quickly, but to make a point, I would like to ask a few questions. If I have a restaurant and one of my employees insults or alienates my customers, do I have a right to say goodbye? If I know in advance that hiring this person will cause me to lose business, should someone be able to tell me I have to anyway? Is it absurd to call and organization that employees 68% +- black or non-white employees a white, racial organization? That is... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:26:55 -0500 Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh? If you guess we have a new batch of kittens, you are wrong. We have at least FOUR batches of new kittens. I heard some more in one of our cats houses and found four more that are about 2-3 weeks old that I did not know about. In the Summer I don't keep the houses up because weather is mild and their water does not need to be kept from freezing so I feed and water outside. Deb asked me if the inside needed tidying so I looked and voila. Four little ones greeted me at the door. Mom had not... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:49:41 -0500 Watch out for headlines, they may not mean what they seem. I know it is playing with semantics but the news always seems to call reducing of future escalations a cut and I have a hard time understanding why. If I don’t get a salary promotion (a future increase in earnings), did I get a pay cut? I never had it and I should not be spending it before I get it so how is a cut? When I hear that there is a Social Security benefit reduction, I expect that instead of $1,000 per month I will be getting something less, but that is not necessarily the... Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:15:55 -0500 The US Post Office is all about Buzzzzz With our pollinators always being threatened I always get pumped when something comes up that creates more awareness. The USPS has done that with some new stamps. No big post about it but everyone should know how important this little ones are to our food production. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:48:01 -0500 On this first day of school What an appropriate day to share my opinions of teachers and education. The first day of school. Just this morning I received a Facebook communique from my eighth grade teacher. Eighth as in 8th grade Science teacher who not only taught me a lot about science (duh) but got through to me at a very tumultuous time in my young life. My parents did not understand me (they did but I did not think so) and I was very rebellious. In comes a new teacher who is not only new to our school but it... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:57:47 -0500 Youth power working while learning. Another project that the Lord keeps putting in my head is to develop a company that teaches as well as pays young people ages 16-21 to run a business. By 21 they should have graduated from college and/or had enough training to go out and start a business of their own, or be a strong contributor to someone else’s company. While they are in school the emphasis will be one their education and how it relates to the real world. So while making money will be a side benefit, the results we... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:40:52 -0500 Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you. It's been a while since I talked of coffee. Well, we got one of the Keurig coffee makers recently, so my regular “pot of Joe” has been semi-retired. I could not cost justify buying the fancy little variety packs that are in the store, so we have a reusable cartridge where I put my ground beans. I have experimented and found that if I add about 8 seconds to the VitaMix it makes a finer grind that gives me an espresso style texture and more flavor out of the brew. One loading... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:37:46 -0500 Fundraiser for Bedford County Spay and Neuter clinic Friday August 11th. There is a luncheon fundraiser for the Spay and Neuter clinic on Friday, Aug. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall with a silent auction and guest speaker. Coming to Bell Buckle should be exciting enough, but doing it for a good cause? Wow! PLEASE support them. We are waiting on funds to work on the outside clan. My birth control literature is not being read and we have a new batch being born as I wrote this. I used to put the limit of getting them fixed based on... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:28:35 -0500 What is the real reason for the crack down on pain medicine? Please understand that I am writing this as I am weaning myself from the prescription that has helped me maintain a semblance of normality, so if I seem a little edgy, I AM AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY! :-/ Surprisingly, not because of withdrawal of pain medicine, or at least not as I was lead to believe it would be, but because the reason for taking it in the first place is starting to creep back into my life. I was taking the least amount possible and every doctor visit we would explore reasons... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:34:35 -0500 Get up, Get Up, GET UP! Is it time to retire? I usually start waking up in the 5:00 o'clock hour (later not earlier) but this morning around 4:45 our cats decided to play hard and knocked a box off in our ebay packing room. We are used to that kind of bumps in the night but this time our alarm heard it and all heck broke loose. I must have been half awake anyway because I heard the box before the alarm but they were bang, bang so I knew what was happening. Regardless, we had to reset the alarm, talk to the alarm folks who had... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:03:02 -0500 What about the administration's request for voter information? In case you are not aware of it, here is a post fro the T-G Assuring an accurate voter registration is always important, but I am not sure all the information being requested will help with that objective. As I understand it now, I agree with Tennessee's balking at the request. Anyone? Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:32:56 -0500