Thursday, July 20, 2006

Groundhog Day

These little folks are not really ground hogs - something out here known as "Prairie Dogs." (Pup, I know you will have really cool names for these guys, gals? too!) I think they are cute. Some people don't like 'em. They shoot 'em or drop bubble gum down their tunnels into their homes (boundary issues - I think so!) (The bubble gum is eaten by the little fellows and it blows up in their tummies and they can't poo and they die a slow agonizing death.) What some people do for fun.

Anyway, back on the subject. Why do I think life is like the movie, "Ground Hog Day?" Ummm, I can't remember.....

Ah, doing the same day over and over and over again. I guess I've had two many deja vu's lately. And I need a vacation back to Florida again. Already.

I used to like doing personnel - but we had to dismiss someone the other day. It was a rough go, and I felt bad, really bad, although the person did deserve it. We aren't in the business of rehab for various compulsive issues, but in the business of running a business without getting lawsuits from offended people. And it wasn't my decision. But the "confidentiality," the high emotions on both sides, the meetings to "decide what to do," all bought me back to my days working in personnel at the City. Sigh. I just wanna go home and be a Nana.

I want to be a housecleaner, a cook, a "nan," a chauffer, a flower garden cultivator. A volunteer at Church. A sewer of wonderful things, a painter of wonderful pictures, and a sculptress of wonderful sculptures. I want to be in my family's life, chaotic as it may be.

Oh yes, I am counting down the days.....business world, bye bye.

16 comments:

LWords said...

You know I did not know ground hogs were not the same as prairie dogs. Hmmmm I cannot believe people would do such a mean thing as to put bubble gum down their holes either. They are as cute as a bugs ear. I have sugar gliders and have to be careful what I feed them. Anything that makes them pass gas they cannot have because their digestive systems are not designed to do that.

As far as terminating people at work, that used to be one of the most difficult things I had to do in management. Sometimes it was just easier to pick up the slack than to deal with the confrontation of termination. Watching someone sit there and cry because they lost their job, deserved or not, used to tear me up.

Hope you get to go home for Vacation.

Hattigrace said...

The struggles of life, huh?

Gardenia said...

I have been informed that these guys spread plague. Two domestic cats in the mountains contracted plague from the fleas off the gophers I am told. They bite an owner, and well, I don't think plague is a very good thing to have. Well, I'm an animal advocate - not a popular stance in Wyoming with so many hunters, etc. Maybe its true Wyo would be over-run by disease and wolves were they not controlled. Even after so many bad experiences with a crazy uncle's menagerie of wild animals (they aren't meant to be pets) I am still a sucker for the wild things. I have been told by those higher up to put away my "save the wildlife" biogems bag, and shut up. Maybe I will. :)

Vicki said...

Plague, eh??

Let's kill 'em all, the dirty buggars!! Don't they know not to come into the homes of people in the mountains and drag their fleas with them to share with the little puddy??? While we are at it lets kill the damn bears, they have fleas and flies. UGGHH. And lets kill all the buffalo, they pass brucellosis to the poor cattle, altho' a case of aborted cow fetus has not been docomented. Yikes, I hope no one wants to start killing children because they pass colds, flu, meningitis, worms and head lice!!!


If the cats were in their homes and not roaming around using other peoples yards and flower beds for their defecating pleasures, would have great difficulty, I think, picking up those pesky fleas. Ever heard of a flea collar or the many popular flea treatments offered by all vets?

I can't imagine wolves, coyotes, buffalo, elk, or prairie dogs,sage hen, butterflies or sparrows over-running the country. I am pretty sure that nature, without human intervention by the desires of men (and women) seeking the thrill of killing an animal in it's own territory and habitat, would take good care of herself.

We trek to the mountains to get away (from each other!), build our cabins, mansions, so we can drink our drinks and socialize with the others that wanted to get away,too and then gripe becouse we can't let our cats and dogs run free with out being disturbed by the animals which have been displaced?

Sorry, I won't shut up about human intrusion on the ecosystem then the whining about how out of control everything becomes. Free roaming domestic pets are always going to be at risk if left to run at will.

FOUR DINNERS said...

Groundhog Day is a brilliant moveie

FOUR DINNERS said...

Groundhog Day is a brilliant movie

FOUR DINNERS said...

Groundhog Day is a brilliant movie

FOUR DINNERS said...

Groundhog Day is....oh bugger this

They're cute can I have one?

Vicki said...

Ya might get the plague from those stinkin' fleas, mate!

Gardenia said...

Oh, me - I opened a can of worms (fleas) - my friend who lives up in the Snowy Range who hasn't commented in the blog left me her side on this via email - twice - in the meantime I'm wondering what in the heck County Weed & Pest is doing with their time and money? I think there are sprays out that kill fleas...i think. There are two very polarized views out here in regard to wildlife, both thinking they are right. Re: cats = Doesn't the story go in the middle ages that it was the cats who eventually saved the human race from plague? I want to know how come the cats didn't all die then. Here in Wyoming these little fellas surely have some natural predators...but then the wolves & coyotes are killed off because the ranchers think they eat sheep - the other side says they only eat sick sheep too weak to fight them. ?? Anyway my guess is natural predators are gone....It was amazing looking in the catacombs in Vienna Cathedrals, seeing the twelve foot high piles of bones, skulls, skeletons of plague victims. I wonder what kind of meds are out there now to treat such? Vicki - you're in the medical field...????? remember when our cousin was shooting coyotes from the air and the plane went down and he laid in the wreckage for quite a while before he was found, then laid in the hospital a long time trying to get his legs working again? Oh...the wild West.

Vicki said...

Oh Crikey!!
The air is so thin up on that high soap box I must have become weak faint and boink!! fell right on my head!! Oh, by the way, I am sorry if I offended anyone. My haid hurts.


I will research the meds used for plague, but what kind of plague are we talking? Black, I guess, (still a little woozy after my fall).
Oh, my yes I do remember the Coyote Hunt. Isn't it amazing left overnight hurt, trapped, broken pelvis and backs and legs and those coyotes and wolves didn't surround them both and gobble them up!! Missed a tidy sup, they did. ;)

Gardenia said...

oh, my Vicki, I'm laughing so hard at your post it is making me forget I have a server down, 168 people waiting to have their paychecks generated, two other computers down and two employees can't work, and today is the last day for primary voter registration and I'm short handed. Is Black the same as Bubonic? Anyway, I hope your haid is better. Mine is swooning because of lack of oxygen. Another dirt storm last night, plus my swamp fan broke down and poured about 12 gallons of water onto the 2 inches of dirt that blew in on the kitchen floor and LR carpet. Dang breeding ground for mosquitos, my apartment now. I swear I saw frog eggs this a.m.

Gardenia said...

hahahah - that war' an expensive coyote hunt, warn't it?

Vicki said...

Bubonic plague is also known as Black Death/Plague.
Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it gets its name. The disease also causes spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black.
Disease is passed by rodents hosting plague carrying fleas.
Vaccines are no longer avaialable in the USA.
The preferred antibiotics for prophylaxis against plague are the tetracyclines or the sulfonamides.
Such experts also recommend that antibiotics be given if a person has had close exposure to a person or an animal (for example, a house cat) with suspected plague pneumonia.
So that is a little of the basic poop, oops sorry, info on the plague. Keep the kitties indoors, vet visits to prevent flea infestation and sanitation!! Wash those hands.

OOhh, I am swooning again, is it the heat or all those nasty little things? I must have a sip of Bee-sic-clay tah stifle mah fluttahs...

Gardenia said...

uh oh - about everyone up there has dogguhs, which don't go in littah boxes. I told my friend to call in Weed & Pest - they should know what to do.....I'm not sure spraying yards with pesticides would work....so which comes first the rodent or the egg, er....flea? I gotta beesic-clay in refridge.....marlow type. Not as good as others. Yes, a glass and a more sunny subject....

Vicki said...

Cheers to us, Dear Sisty!