Bedford Ramblings by Steve Mills en-us An exciting personal note: After weeks and weeks of my health downspiraling, it seems to have bottomed out and might be on an uptick. Yeah! For over 20 years i have had undiagnosed chronic pain, exhaustion resulting in a pretty dim view of life. My family, faith, friends and a love of gardening and photography kept me going but each day was getting tougher. When gardening took a hit it became very obvious to my friends and gentle questions were asked. You've seen it as well here by my declining activity in... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:03:29 -0600 Any ideas why an apparent increase in multi-person the gun violence? I still think it is the notoriety the shooter gets. Sadly this is the only way they see to get their minutes of fame and make some sort of statement. without a suicide note the statement may be garbled bit but what else are they gaining. If it is jihad, that is being lost as well, so....? Most do not seem to have elaborate escape plans so they dont expect to escape or survice. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:04:33 -0600 Why do doctors prescribe an over-the-counter OTC medicine? Be gentle. 😬 For some reason it is not obvious to me and i am trying to warm up my posting activity again. I am guessing that they are trying to help is since we may not nees a while box and this way insurance pays or at least it decreases your deuctible in time? Am I close? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:57:52 -0600 Your thoughts? What do you think? I saw a different Trump. A controlled, reserved Trump, but I could not help but notice that the talking heads were quick to say no one else agreed. While he showed a willingness to work on ”fixing” what he thought was wrong, the talking heads were quick to point out that it was not what he said in the campaign. The man shows signs of doing WHAT THEY WANT (re-evaluate his stance) and they jump on him for not doing what he said in a heated campaign. Are they... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:28:30 -0500 Starbucks started a second season of its "Upstanders" documentary series Monday night. When I first heard about it I was immediately looking for ways to view the episodes since they sounded like inspirational profiles of every day Americans. Great! We definitely need that. But as I researched the first season, I started to wonder if it was not in fact something else. The second season is worthy of the hype, but read on. There were disclaimers in EVERY interview I read that this was not political, not anti-Trump. I took Schultz for his word giving the benefit of the doubt... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:14:06 -0500 For titan's fans There is always talk about the "thirteenth" man being the crowd or team supporters. In today's game against Miami the referees were the thirteenth man with their crucial penalty call and wacky fumble ruling. Absolutely astounding. Someone better not have a sudden influx of cash in their accounts and if I were the NFL, I would definitely be looking. Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:32:14 -0500 No words can express the loss and sadness today. A sick, helpless feeling to wake up to this news. While many are already putting words to describe this heinous act, I can not find enough of them to describe the feelings I, and I am sure many of us are experiencing. The first act I would like to see from the news is to remove the persons name from everything. No fame, no notoriety. Like some societies, the name is never spoken again. The second is to stop calling it the "worst" anything. Again, no notoriety for the... Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:25:38 -0500 Yes Virginia, I am still here. Thank you to those who have written and even called to see if I am OK. It was encouragement at a time when I am in “neutral” with my blogging efforts and somewhat with life I general. Encouragement from the fact that someone missed me and in their own way appreciated my efforts. I am still mulling over my direction right now but maybe it would do others well for me to do some thinking “out loud”. In fact, I mentioned to a friend visiting my mother-in-law that I... Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:06:19 -0500 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