Canadian Geese Shop in Powell

We frequently see groups of Canadian Geese milling around neighborhood ponds or golf courses. Sometimes they stop traffic as they decide to cross a street, seemingly unaware of the potential to become roadkill. Yesterday I saw a group – gaggle? – of 25 geese at an unlikely place. They were leaving the Chase Bank parking lot, walking toward the construction on Powell Rd. There’s no water nearby as it is all parking lots and stores. Being geese, I wondered if they left “deposits” at the bank.:-)

Canadian Geese in Powell

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#BlueLivesMatter

Count me in on the #BlueLivesMatter crowd. Our law enforcement officers have a tough job. They never know when they might die from the most innocent of calls. Their pay is low and some people give them little respect. Disgustingly, Don Lemon of CNN said he didn’t understand why he was expected to say “Sir” when speaking to officers. He’s a symptom of the problem.

This week two officers were videoed having to shoot law breakers. Naturally, the media and groups blamed the cops. Info has since been revealed that showed the shootings justified. The Baton Rouge guy had a rap sheet as long as your arm going back to the late 90’s. He had previously been charged with resisting arrest, was a sex offender, failed to register as a sex offender twice, charged with illegal possession of a gun, etc. He had a gun in his pocket, which could have been used to shoot the officers. (you can shoot a gun while it’s in your pocket – see video ) The guy in Minneapolis was stopped because he matched the description of a convenience store robber, not because of a broken tail light as his girlfriend said. He had a gun but the Sheriff checked and he does not have a Concealed Carry License as his girlfriend said.

Even though these stories have proven to not fit the narrative of Obama, Loretta Lynch and the liberals, they didn’t bother to learn the facts before stirring up trouble. Because of that 5 Dallas police officers lost their lives and 7 others were injured.

Over the years I’ve had very little interaction with the police. I’ve had some car accidents – none my fault – and a few speeding tickets – my fault. I’ve always found them to be professional and/or caring in the case of the accidents. It had been many years since I’ve had a speeding ticket but I got one last December. (whoops!) In this stop I noticed a major change in the officer’s actions.

I was on my way to the shooting range to take my 8-hour Concealed Carry class so I had my gun and ammo in the Jeep but separated as we’re supposed to do when we don’t have a CCL. I quickly got my driver’s license out to have it ready. I watched the officer approach my car via my side mirror. He had his right hand on his holstered gun. I thought how sad that he must do that, even though I’m an “over 70” grandma and it’s 9:30 in the morning. No matter, he can’t take a chance because his life depends on it. Before he said a word, I told him where I was going and the details about where the gun/ammo were so he would know I wasn’t a threat. That’s what we’re supposed to do.

While I didn’t like getting a ticket right before Christmas, it was my fault. I mostly felt bad that officers must assume that everybody they interact with may cause them harm. How would you like to have a job where you were in constant danger just by doing your job! It’s really sad what we’ve become.

Americans Still Exercising 2nd Amendment Rights

I’ve updated the NCIS Background Checks charts for June 2016 (see far right side bar). The National Checks are up 32% YTD, while Ohio is up 35% YTD.

As I was reviewing the YTD numbers for other states, I noticed some rather interesting results:

  • For Midwest states: Ohio’s YTD total is 442,360. Michigan’s YTD total is 303,537. But Indiana’s YTD total is 945,071! Those “quiet” Hoosiers are getting armed.
  • California is a well-known anti-gun state with even greater restrictions just signed by Gov Brown. Even so, there were 1,147,934 checks done so far this year. By comparison, Texas only has had 859,659.
  • The real surprise was Kentucky. 1,878,787 background checks have been done so far this year!

It should be noted that Background Checks are done when a person buys a gun but, depending on state laws, also when they apply for a concealed carry permit.

It’s been said that Obama has been the best gun salesman EVER! It appears he’s still doing a good job.

Are you safe mowing the lawn?

Are you at risk of a criminal attack while doing yard work? The Buckeye Firearms site just asked that question. (click to read)

I live in a very safe neighborhood and seldom worry as I work outside in the yard. The one thing I do do that’s mentioned in the article is to shut my garage door when I’m working in the back yard.

However, last year something happened that caused me to pause as to how quickly an undesirable situation can occur. I was chatting with a neighbor in front of my garage. Nearby another neighbor who is a policeman was home, as was another neighbor who is an EMT supervisor and former military guard.

All of a sudden a teenager came running through one of the yards, just as the policeman’s wife was arriving home. The kid ran up to the wife’s car then to her window. We could tell the kid wasn’t ‘acting right’ so we became alert. Soon her husband came running out of the house. By that time the kid was up to my drive and staring at me. I’ve never been around people who are on drugs, but I could tell by his eyes that “the lights were on but no one was home”. I grabbed the first big tool – a shovel – in case he proceeded up my drive. He continued on up the street, stripping off his clothes along the way.

Now the EMT guy was out so he and the cop chased and ultimately caught the kid and held him until the police arrived.

Later we learned he had been to a party another teen held since his parents were out-of-town for the weekend. They had multiple types of drugs. This kid tested to have several different drugs in his system.

This event was a wake-up call for me. I realized that someone on drugs does not act rationally and I’ve heard that they are difficult to ‘take-down’ because they don’t feel the pain. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was an example of this. He was a very large man under the influence of drugs. Even though the policeman shot him several times, he wasn’t stopped until he was shot in the head.

Whether watching the Boston Marathon, attending a movie, sitting in a comapny meeting or dancing with friends in a bar, we don’t know when our lives might be in danger. Our lives can change in an instant. We each have to decide how we want to handle that danger – be a victim or be a survivor.

The Murph has a birthday!

My little guy had a birthday today. It’s his 12th! He’s now an “old man” but that’s OK since we’ve grown old together.:-) Over the years he’s never lost that “little man attitude”. He still thinks he tough stuff!
Murphy, the dachshund

Take A Chance With Your Landscape

Last May I wrote about putting in a new landscape bed next to the back of my home. I selected some plants that I wasn’t familiar with so was eager to see what they looked like this year now that they’re more established. The middle plant is a Butterfly Bush which I had had at another home.

Landscape bed

Two of the shrubs were Ninebark Coppertina. They are living up to their hype, changing colors seemingly each month. They will be large shrubs, 8-10ft tall, if unpruned. Since they require more sun, I put the two plants at either end of the bed to get either morning or afternoon/evening sun. The one that gets the afternoon/evening sun is slightly larger than the one that mainly only gets morning sun.

The other plant I selected is Ligularia ‘Midnight Lady’. It likes shade and moist soil. It is said to be a good plant near a pond if shaded. I don’t have a pond but the hose faucet is nearby so I can keep it moist if needed. It is doing VERY WELL in this spot. So well that I think I misjudged it’s eventual size and will have to divide next year. It is sometimes referred to as elephant ears and the leaves definitely fit that description. (Compare the leaves to the birdbath bowl.) It’s supposed to produce tall daisy-like flowers midsummer to fall, but it didn’t do that last year. Hopefully it will this year.

Ligularia dentata 'Midnight Lady'

ligularia with flowers
Here is a photo from the Internet of what the Ligularia looks like with flowers. I hope mine eventually looks this spectacular. ⇒⇒⇒

I love trying “unique & unusual” plants. Over the years I’ve had successes AND I’ve had failures but it’s fun to experiment. Time will tell whether  this landscape bed will be a success or need to be redone.

Related story:
Follow-up to May 2015 planting