Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Is Popping Up Something New

Well two weeks ago I, Sweet William The Scot, had temperatures in the 60 degrees and all the wonderful flower buds started to open.  Then last week the temperature fell into teens and all the flowers were frosted and turned ugly brown like the magnolia tree above.  No beautiful magnolias, forsythia, white blossom trees all are brown and the daffodils are mush this year.
But instead of flowers popping out we have these signs popping up all over my community.
They say LOVE your neighbor.  No matter where you are from, we are glad you are our neighbor.
Your Black, Brown, Immigrant,
Disabled, Religously Different, LGBTQ, Fully Human Neighbor.
They are blooming like flowers.
Maybe because Lee got assaulted in December by a man who was against women's right to vote and women working, but we are feeling these signs more.
Maybe it is because of the hatred that has reared its ugly head with our last political election.
Ugly groups have risen and efforts are being made to speak out against them small like the signs and large like the Women's March on Washington and in other cities like my Nati City, a Sanctuary City.
We had a Ku Klux Klan sign left on our car.  Lee shredded the dam thing.
Last week us in America got to hear what cuts might be made in our government budget.
A lot of those cuts are aimed at the poor, weak and elderly.

We have a sign blooming in our yard!

And to be honest we don't LOVE all our neighbors but we tolerate (allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference
For Lee it is the woman who always yelled "Love You More" to her now ex husband or the woman who still has the Sarah Palin sign in her yard.  But hey whatever floats their boat.
Yep and for me it is that darn cat next door he gets on my nerves. 

But we are not having tweet storms in the night against anyone (if we have something to say we have the facts to back us up) nor kicking the crap out of them like what was done to Lee.  My Lee is having a hard time adjusting to all this hatred but I am helping her.
"See ya!"

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and aback again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

EF1 ~ Tornado

The weather siren sits on the school not more than four blocks from me.  But did the siren go off ~ no the darn thing was silent. 
Lee says she does not believe people when they say the weather is not changing.  While she was growing up she only remembers one tornado but since we have been blogging we have had three tornados. 
Yep in the wee hours on Wednesday the 1st Lee and I, Sweet William The Scot, was having a nice snooze when we were awoken by the front of our house rattling and being pelted by hail.
We did not hear a freight train sound but rather what sounded like someone wadding up bubble paper into a ball but louder like a thousand times decimals drowned in sound.
What we heard was trees cracking like match sticks.

First they said it was straight line winds that had hit going by at 82 miles an hour.
I walk this corner.
Then the weather authorities took a look at the radar and they saw what was circular winds had just sat down on my community.  Then puff it was gone.
Why we never had time to make it to our basement.
There is a house behind and under those tall cedars!
We got in the car as soon as it was getting light to assess the damage.  An this is why our electricity was off for a day. There were a whole row of electric poles that looked like this one.  At least it was a warm day.
It is strange how one side of the street can be a total disaster and the other side just a little mess. 
We had debris to clean up but our house held together and we suffered no major damage.

The weather authorities said the winds got to over a 100 miles an hour and that we had sustained a EF1 tornado.  An EF 1 has winds of 86-110 mph.
I'm going to sleep with one eye open and one ear up from now on.

Or maybe I will just have one more green beer then I won't care.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More Mini Vacation

I, Sweet William The Scot, seldom break a sit and stay command.  Lee has not had to worry I would take off while she takes my picture.  But while she was taking my picture at the cannon in the last post I took off like a banshee and before Lee could even scream the DOWN command I was where I wanted to be.
See my eyes showed me there was a Reader Student in front of the library who needed me.  I love reader students.  But when I jumped up on her lap did I get fooled.  I sniffed and sniffed why she just did not smell right.  But oh well I did what I am suppose to do I sat down next to her for her to read to me.
Lee did not scold me for I love doing the work so much.  It was late afternoon so Lee and I just sat and everyone who came out of the library petted me.
The 1870's were probably the peak of Ripley's heyday.
Right across from the Ohio Historical Marker we found a nice home cooking restaurant where we ate.
We were able to sit on the lower porch to the right of the blue door. 
They had two specials of the day and Lee ordered the flaky chicken pot pie.  Lee always carries in our tote a plastic toss away container for Wills to eat leftovers in but on this day the waitress asked if she could bring Wills something.  She brought him a small bowl of the other special which was roast beef over mashed potatoes and he inhaled his food to fast for a picture.
We could see our car across the street and watch the barges and boats go by on the Ohio River.
Wills was interested in watching the people with a dog go by.  Wills just stayed in his chair being a good boy.  Will's bum is sitting on my sweater at the table.
We noticed that people were taking pictures of the tree next to our car and when we went back to the car we saw that this was a Witness Tree.

This Cottonwood Populus Deltoides has been sitting here for more than a century as a witness to river history and many seasons of change.
It gave us pause to think.
Would you like to stay here for the night?

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Psssss ~ We had an EF1 tornado here in the wee hours of Wednesday morning last week.  I will show you the pictures next week.  We have been working hard cleaning up.
I still have one more post on our mini vacation.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Squirrel Men

 More on Lee and my, Sweet William The Scot's, trip last Fall up the Ohio River.
Squirrel Men were civilian men who assisted the federal government in defending Ohio from Confederate attacks in 1862.
Confederate forces captured Lexington, Kentucky, in the second year of the American Civil War.
They were then ordered to capture Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Martial law was declared in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan and for a volunteer militia.  All business owners were to close their shops, and civilians were to report for military duty.
The cannon and the Historical Marker sits in front of the Ripley, Ohio library.
Men in the regular army would fight on the battlefield, while the civilians would prepare trenches and other defensive features to prepare the communities along the Ohio River for the war that was reaching us.
Civilians from sixty-five counties numbering 15,766 men reported for duty along the Ohio. These volunteer men became known as the "Squirrel Hunters" or "Squirrel Men".
"They called them 'Squirrel shooters'; farm boys that never have to shoot at the same squirrel twice."
Yep these farm men came and answered the call!
All were given a discharge certificate, and the sum of $13 (a month's pay).
This is small town Ohio.
These men provided for their families with one shot guns.  They had to be able to take down game with a single shot.
These were the true men of history!
Our Second Amendment provides U.S. citizens the right to bear arms. Ratified in December 1791, the amendment says: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

O.K. Lee is going to get into deep crap here and we will probably be shoveling out for a long time.
But we believe that the Second Amendment means the type of guns people used in the time the Amendment was written. 
Our forefathers never pictured these weapons of mass killings.
Lee's Dad took his NRA stickers off all the farm equipment and his truck when Charlton Heston, former president of the NRA stood up for these semi automatic weapons.  Lee's fathers quote was "if you kill an animal with those semi automatics why you won't even get a piece of tenderized meat to cook".

Oh and yes my Lee knows how to shoot, she has never shot an animal but she now has her Dad's two guns.  Lee was better at skeet shooting than her Dad.  Yep that really made him mad.
So between me and Lee if we need to get a squirrel to eat well we will have more than a rock in our pot to flavor our stew!

See you next week.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Show & Tell

I am going to show you something if you promise not to tell Lee!
Yep I, Sweet William The Scot, am going to open a drawer and show you her pajamas that she bought before Christmas.  She usually sleeps in night gowns but when she saw these she had to buy them.
Scotties and bones on this pair but wait!
The second pair has all sorts of dogs from Blogville on them.
Why Frankie is here with his name no less.
Why here is George.  Do any of you remember George The Lad and his world tour?  He put up my pictures of my city when I did not have a blog.  So many of our friend's blogs are gone.
 
Here is Mabel from the Idaho Pugs.
Why here is a pair who look like Murphy and Stanley dogs but they have their names wrong!
Why every breed is represented on these pajamas and probably half of the names are right.
My new toy matches the stripes in the Scottie PJs.
My red scarf is the Sunflower Bandana which Samuel and Wallace sent me for Christmas in a box full of wonderful things.

I have to get a new leash and collar and tags.  When Lee got assaulted in December and I broke free of my breakaway collar to help they got left under our car as we drove the hell away.  We did not have the time to get them and when a friend drove back to see if she could see them well they were not worth picking up as to many cars had driven over them.

I think I am going to take a nap now!

We have more places to show you about our trip outside of Nati City but first Lee has to find the disk.  We got to show you where we stayed ~ the witness tree ~ the squirrel men ~The Parker House.


Have a great week.
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LOVE SONG 2016 BEST LOVE SONG 2016

NO NO NO!
I just looked at the calendar Wallace and Samuel sent me and today is Valentines Day.
I got to get up to the roof and turn on the air waves.



Gosh these darn waves are getting so hard to turn on with all the fake news.
Crank Crank Crank ~ there the station is on the air!
Hello Blogville this is your DJ Rockin Wills The Music Professor you are listening to the Non Serious Radio Station Howl that is 469.5 on the dial.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
all you pupsters and kittenistas
You know what I love about February.
February being a short month, I won’t be nearly as skint in the last week as I usually am. That is what makes February great ~ forget about all the love crap.
Let me hear you HOWL!

Now I call my girlfriend Bella my little Sponge you want to know why?
Well Sponges are female because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.  And can she retain water after a swim in the river.  I hear you Howling!

~~~~~Well it's time to spin the vinyl~~~~



That was the best Love Song of 2016???

Well I think someone at the radio station is working on alternative facts!
I bet the DOGS were HOWLING during that song.

Taking the first steps to love someone requires courage.

Love is not about how much you say "I Love You" but how much you can prove that it is true.

Your DJ is going to quote a famous person
Dr. Seuss

WEIRDNESS

"WE ARE ALL A LITTLE WEIRD AND LIFE'S A

LITTLE WEIRD, AND WHEN WE FIND

SOMEONE WHOSE WEIRDNESS IS

COMPATIBLE WITH OURS, WE JOIN UP

WITH THEM AND FALL IN MUTUAL WEIRDNESS AND CALL IT LOVE."

there you have it.

Your DJ Rockin Wills has been handed this Proclamation.
It came from the Office Of Kismet.


That bird is out in front of my station wanting to smear his ordure and trying to tie the tails of innocent pupsters and kittenistas in the name of LOVE. 
This is worse than Fifty Shades of Gray revisited.

Yes your DJ Rockin Wills is giving it to you straight.

I am going to sneak a peak out the window to see if anyone is in line to get swaddled, pooped and tied!  Oh No I see Ernie and Roxy
Ernie is handing Kismet his leash! 
Why is that darn Ernie knocking on my window now? What you want Ernie I'm on the air.  You need witnesses?  I'm on the air and I could only be a witness!  Yes my name is Rockin Wills, Sweet William and Sugar Billy.  Ernie I am only one pup so I can only be a witness. Ernie get a fact checker! You will pay me?  How much money you got?  You will write me a check!  I only take cash!  And besides your paws are tied up.  Ernie I got to finish this broadcast so I can go to the party at Murphy & Stanley's.  Roxie you need a ride since Ernie is a little tied up? My car is around back.  Okie Dokie meet you back there.  Attorneys!

I always have problems.

This has been Blogville's one and only Non Serious Radio Station Howl that is 469.5 on the dial.

Well this is never going to be podcast!

Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love

Happy Valentines Day

"Do what you want, dig what you do, 'cause that's what life is all about"

Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot


See you at Murphy & Stanley's Party.  I think Bella and I might be over dressed.




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Liberty Hill

Late November we started a post about our mini vacation outside Nati City.
Then our computer crashed.
But today perhaps the post is relevant for our city became a  "sanctuary city" today.
We have Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport just 14 miles away and we are the home base for Procter and Gamble.  We are a diversified city which believes in freedom for all.
In 1861 Ohio sided with the Union and became a free state.
Our mini vacation took us on the Freedom Trail.  If you were a slave and you made it across the Ohio River (which is to my right in the picture) you could have some help in making your way North. The further North the safer you were.
I, Sweet William The Scot, and Lee are going to climb that hill just like the slaves escaping the South.
At the top of the hill sits the Rankin House, the house has great history.
It was one of many Underground Railroad Stations.
It commands one of the most beautiful views on the Ohio River. Seven bends may be seen on a clear day.  Can you grasp running for your freedom from the other side of the Ohio River.
The climb took Wills and me most of the morning.
One hundred steps led from the town of Ripley to the house on the hill.
A minister, Rev. John Rankin  felt with the houses proximity to the river and its owner's fierce opposition to slavery, the Rankin home was a perfect choice to become a stopping point on the Underground Railroad.
Lee is going to interject here that her Quaker ancestors were also a stop on the Underground Railroad at Lebanon, Ohio.
The Rankin family (which included 13 children) was proud of never having lost a "passenger". Most of the 2,000 escaped slaves who traveled through Ripley stayed with the Rankins.
Harriet Beecher Stowe heard Rankin's account of a slave who carried her child across the thawing ice of the Ohio River and was saved from the bounty hunters that chased her when the ice broke up. Stowe later included the story in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Six of Rankin's sons and one grandson fought in the Civil War, all survived.
Under this porch floor many hid.
The Rankins would keep a light burning in the front window as a beacon for runaway slaves to guide them to their home.  His wife and thirteen children protected the home from bounty hunters and escorted slaves to neighboring stations.

Although slavery was never legal in Ohio, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made aiding escaped slaves a crime.
Allies aided the escape of more than 100,000 slaves along the Unground Railroad.
Rev. Rankin aided more than 2,000 being one of the most active conductors.
Lebanon, Ohio where Lee's ancestors had a stop would be the second dot on the left from the bottom.
Our next stop was the Parker House which I will tell you about next time.
We said goodbye to this stop and climbed back down the hill to our car.
We will show you where we stayed and ate in another post.
Some day we will take you on the barn quilt tour.

Lee has never said what our politics are and we won't but we are humanitarians and have deep roots in believing and promoting human welfare for all.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot