Tuesday, February 18, 2014

View From The Bridge 2/19/14

“VIEW from the BRIDGE”
By Muncie

The Dedman Foundation, in the beginning, had seven (7) traps. When the new manager took over there were only two (2) traps available to the public.  Now those two traps have disappeared. Unfortunately there are no records as to who borrowed them.  As a result, if you have a feral cat in your yard, there is no way to trap it.

So on with this request to you readers.  Please check your basements, garages, or any other storage places to see if perhaps you have one of the missing traps.  They are very expensive at prices today to replace. When you find a trap, please return it to the Dedman Foundation.  There is no penalty or a slap on the hand. They would be just happy to get the traps back.

I feel very sorry for the cat, that I named Run-a-way, who lives under my deck.  What does it eat and where does it get water?  I wish that the cat knew what a nice home I have for it if I could trap it.  A friend of mine who lives on a farm has said that she will take the cat where it can enjoy three meals a day in the barn.  I wish I could convince Run-a-way how lucky it would be to have a home like that.

How romantic to have the full moon on Valentine’s Day.  As we drove home from Loma, we could have shut our lights off, (if there was no other traffic,) and we could have followed the road with the light of the moon.  I was afraid that we would not see the moon because as if got darker it seemed to be overcast.  But there it came up as beautiful as ever.  It still seems impossible to imagine that our country landed on the noon 45 years ago.  It was one of those days that you remember where you were when you heard the news. Other days like that were for we Senior Citizens, the day WWII ended and when J.F.K. was assassinated.

Thinking about the days remembered reminded me of a TV show we saw a few weeks ago.  It was about people who remember every single day of their lives.  There are only 6 or 7 people in the world, that scientist know of, that have that ability.

I am not really sure about the plus side of this ability.  There are some days I do not want to remember.

If you own an almanac you can check the moon names for yourself. For those of you who do not own an almanac and are interested,  I give you the following information.

The full moon names and their meetings date back to the Native Americans.  They kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the moons.

Since I could not print out the descriptions last month, for some unknown reason my computer revolted, I will explain January’s full moon.  “Amid the cold and deep snows of mid-winter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside the Indian villages.  Thus the name Wolf Moon was created for January.  It was also known as the Old Moon, and Moon After Yule.”

“February’s full moon was known as Snow Moon as the heaviest snow usually feels during that month.  It was also known as the Hunger Noon as weather conditions make it difficult to hunt.”

Friday is Pie Day.  I just checked with Carol Larsen and as of today no orders for a special pie had been called in.  I hope that the word got around about ordering a whole pie, (if you want one,) a week ahead. It would solve the problem of having enough pies to go round.

You know that as much as most of us gripe about the weather, we are actually very lucky.  The people back east are having the worse winter of their lives.  Places like Atlanta, who never have even seen snow, are faced with learning to drive in it, and the cold.  There are people in Florida who do not have a furnace in their homes.

I have “kin” back east in New York.  The snow is up to their roof top and they have to dig a tunnel from their front door to the street. They cannot get out of the house for a week at times.  At least we can get out but choose not to if it is not necessary.

So cheer up and realize that it is three (3) week to Daylight Savings time and four (4) weeks from Thursday to Spring.  We have made it through another winter.

This is a Charlie Russell question since this is his 150th anniversary celebration year.  Q.  How many works of art did Charlie Russell create?  A.  Below


A. About 4,000, ranging from sketches, drawings, and paintings to sculpture.