Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

True ramblings from the hill. (not Capital hill)

Posted Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 9:02 PM
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  • If those litter boxes are outside...find a central area away from the house to dump them, and the cats will eventually go over to it to take care of their business and you might not have to deal with it at all when they start using the natural dirt...i trained a bunch of feral cats at one time to go out by the barn...I did have to sprinkle lime and change the location a few times just for sanitary reasons that kept my sanity more then those barn cats....I was one of those lucky Target shoppers...I have really had to watch that account...thank goodness I had a red card and didn't use my debit or I would have had to close it and deal with direct deposits, and all....what a pain...the now are saying it was the Russian mob.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Jan 18, 2014, at 9:20 AM
  • This new clumping litter makes a pretty slick mess when it gets wet. I am not sure our guys would re-use it. I've seen them just go out in the grass but we always have to have proper facilities anyway.

    I have always heard people say what great things the creative talent that finds new ways to steal from us could do if they used it for good. I wonder if they really could "create" or if they just know how to pick apart programs and security nets?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 18, 2014, at 9:02 PM
  • I came up on a pack of buzzards in the road today working on the latest road kill at the same time a truck was coming from the other direction. The birds saw the truck but did not notice me and flew straight at my car barely getting up high enough to clear the roof.

    Do you think it helped that I ducked? Nah, probably not.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 18, 2014, at 9:06 PM
  • I thought sure that I would be smelling skunk for the next week or more. When I came out it was thick in the air and two of the dogs were nowhere to be seen.

    When they came back I watched them for that sheepish look they get when they know they did something bad. I was pleased to see no "look" and even more pleased to smell no skunk on them.

    I am not sure if skunks use their special cologne for mating season, but maybe there was an amorous tryst last night.

    I am finding a heck of a lot of unopened sunflower seeds below our feeders lately. I expect some fallout as a way of sharing the bounty with their friends on the ground but this is getting ridiculous.

    Could I be causing it by mixing other goodies in with the sunflower? In other words, are the birds digging through the sunflowers to get the prizes? Maybe I should separate the other nuts and fruit, or maybe not do it at all?

    That would be OK since the extra goodies are expensive.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 19, 2014, at 9:43 AM
  • Great picture!...I heard a long time ago that a skunk is female, and a polecat is male, the skunk has a slightly sweeter smell then the polecat...you reckon that's just an old tall tale?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 12:26 PM
  • Target is just the beginning of the problem. But I have to say that at least they are being proactive. I'm sure that it has (or at least will) be occurring at the other big stores such as Wally World soon enough. Cash is the only way that we pay for anything. My husband does have bank acct in order to pay bills and receive his paycheck. With society relying more and more on technology this should not be much of a surprise. I read recently about televisions and refrigerators are even being hacked into. Why? Because the hackers can use those computers to send spam or other horrific uses. Hackers can be used for good and bad. However, using it for negative reasons apparently pay more than positive reasons.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 1:03 PM
  • chefgrape, have been within inches of several live skunks or polecats. Can't say that I've noticed a difference and did not stay around long enough to check their orientation. Sound reasonable to me though. :-)

    I can't remember the last time I had spam in my refrigerator but it sure would be horrific to send that all over the world. Seriously though, I can't see enough value to justify putting a computer connected to the internet in my refrigerator.

    Besides the "wow" factor, does it really save time or improve the value of life?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 2:30 PM
  • By the way, thanks for the "Great picture" chefgrape. In case anyone is interested, we have four more long-hair kittens and mother available for adopting. :-)

    My buddy was supposed to be "fixed", or at least we paid for it years ago, but I suspect he has been fooling us (and fooling around). These are carbon copies of him and we have no others like him.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 2:34 PM
  • I heard the definition of spam was **** posing as meat.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jan 21, 2014, at 7:19 AM
  • In my college days, Spam was a treat to my macaroni and cheese meals, but I NEVER tried to determine what was really in it.

    I figured it was classified as food, so leave well enough alone. If it was "posing", I went along.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 21, 2014, at 7:55 AM
  • By the way cherokee2, good to hear from you!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 21, 2014, at 7:56 AM
  • Steve . . . I know this is unrelated but have you heard any complaints about people not being able to make payments on Ebay through PayPal? I seem to be running into that issue.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Jan 21, 2014, at 12:53 PM
  • Sorry I am late in answering, I missed the email that said someone had responded here.

    We hear issues off and on about payment issues, but I have not heard one recently. I will do some checking inside and see what I can find out.

    It is the buyer who says they cannot pay, correct?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 22, 2014, at 8:16 AM
  • Thinking back tot he few times I have had trouble, it is when they are paying with a credit card, not their own PayPal account, and something is not quite right with their information.

    They were not being dishonest but something was not quite right and the account could not be accessed. As I remember, they all worked out, but sometimes the customer can get a little "huffy" about it. They think the seller is messing it up. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 22, 2014, at 8:30 AM
  • Cherokee2,

    In Hawaii spam is a delicacy. Has been since WWII.

    -- Posted by Wolf Clan on Wed, Jan 22, 2014, at 10:51 AM
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