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Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat…Is Your Light On?


Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

by michelle w. on October 31, 2013

If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TREAT.  

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Will your light be on for the trick or treater’s who pass by your house this year?

Will you be like a few of my friends who turn all of their lights off and pretend like they are not home so that they do not have to open their door?

I have often asked those friends why they hide in their homes and do this, as they give to a lot of various charities so I know it is not about the money.

Their answers are all about the same… “I just do not like this season”.

It seems that there must be an easier way to handle the situation than become a prisioner in your home and reading by a flashlight so that no one will know if you are home or not.

I also have several friends who are on the other end of the spectrum and plan for an entire year for this day.  They have an elaborate yard with special effects that are not too spooky for the little ones.  They are also the friends who decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as several other Holidays…

Since we live way out in the country, we have only had one year where we had two children who stopped and visited our home.  They were really happy that they did too…

We took all kinds of pictures, gave them a ton of candy and really made a big deal about their costumes and how great they looked.  Sadly they moved.

If you are visiting my blog then I will give you a treat…

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Stay safe this Halloween and please keep your animals inside where they will be safe…

Check the childrens candy as there are some sick people out there or just go where you know the people…

Check to see what is going on in your area that is inside and safe… a lot of malls are putting on functions as well as fire stations and Churches.

If using candles in your pumpkins please watch where you place them and be sure that if they get knocked over that a huge fire will not be started.

Tammye Honey

 


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Bad Experiences With Side Effects Of An Allergy


Simply walking into a room and taking a few pretzels from a bowl to eat.  
Adding mascara to my eyes.
That is all that it took.  

Inhaler, allergy meds, they did not help.  A small amount of relief but not totally.  I did not want to do the epi pen.

When do you decide enough is enough and give in and see a doctor?

Left eye swollen to the point where it was almost shut.
Itching across the abdomen.  
This all started on Saturday.

By Monday, with no signs of improvement, the doctor was called.

Feeling like I was being dragged behind the truck, I went in to the doctor’s office to get a shot.  Now I had pain in two places.  His suggestion was to place a hot pack on my eye to reduce the swelling so I could at least see out of it.  I had been doing ice packs prior as a home remedy.

I came home, took a new Dish towel that I had just washed and dried and attempted to sew up all the sides, leaving a small opening on one end.  I turned it right side out and proceeded to fill it with long grain rice.  I then sewed up the opening and placed it in the microwave for four minutes.  

From there I headed to bed.  My hubby was amazed that this little project worked.  

It is wonderful.  It was something that I had at home.  I did not have to stop anywhere to make a purchase.  It was quick and easy to make on my sewing machine and I had instant relief.  

The trick is to not over fill the bag or it will burst.  Do not heat over four minutes in the microwave or you will burn yourself.  

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For more information about corn allergies here is some insight:  http://tammyeandhubby.wordpress.com/about-corn-allergies/ and also at http://tammyeandhubby.wordpress.com/about-corn-allergies/how-to-rule-out-an-allergy-to-a-food/

If this information can help even one other person from having to go through the week I have had, it is well worth sharing.

Benadryl has Corn Syrup in the liquid or Corn Starch in the capsules so before you reach for that for relief…read the information.

My best to all.

Tammye Honey


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Daily Prompt: Show and Tell 5 Minute Presentation


Daily Prompt: Show and Tell

by michelle w. on March 16, 2013

You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation. 

This has to be one of the hardest Daily Prompt Choices yet.  I think that mine will be on “How important it is to care for your animal”.

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You Can Help Local Shelter Pets

If you’ve tried to volunteer at a shelter, you might have been told you’re just too young. But that’s no reason to get bummed out! You can do so much more for shelter pets than you might think. Check out some of the cool stuff kids have done at shelters across the country.

  1. Go Viral
    These Hawaiian kids created a promotional video and a mega-catchy song for the Lana’I Animal Rescue Center.
  2. Fill ‘Er Up
    Take a tip from kids in the capital. They helped the Washington Humane Society prepare Busy Buckets—buckets filled with stuff like toys and treats that help, you guessed it, keep shelter dogs busy and happy.
  3. Toy Story
    Check out these awesome cat toys kids made out of extra collar material at Sacramento County Animal Care. Your local shelter might have some extra stuff lying around that would make a great cat toy—all you have to do is ask…and get crafty.
  4. PB & J? Make That PB & K…
    We’re betting Girl Scout Troop 40892 had as much fun stuffing Kong toys with peanut butter as the dogs at McKamey Animal Center had unstuffing them!
  5. Join a Program Just for Kids
    It’s true, some shelters have awesome programs made especially for kids. At the Bay Area Humane Society in Wisconsin, kids even get to help teach shelter pets new tricks.

These are awesome things for children to do that can help pets in each childs area and can spread the word that animals are important.

What would you say to a group of school age children for five minutes?

Would love to hear….leave me a comment.

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 Thank you for reading and have a great weekend,
Tammye Honey


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Are Your Pets Really Safe?


Here are 5 things to check for in your home thanks to the ASPCA and their warnings for the household.

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In 2012, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled more than 180,000 cases about pets possibly exposed to poisonous substances—and some breeds seemed to make up a lot more of those calls than others.

Nearly 14,000 of APCC’s 2012 calls were from worried pet parents of Labradors.Domestic shorthair cats were involved in approximately 10,000 cases (the second-most popular breed involved in APCC calls).Mixed-breed dogs (8,000 cases),Chihuahuas (4,833 cases), Golden Retrievers (4,819 cases) and Yorkshire Terriers (3,800 cases) rounded out the top six.

No matter what kind of pets they had, thousands of pet parents called us about the same products last year. Here were the top five poisons that caused pet parents to call APCC for help in 2012:

1. Prescription Human Medications

APCC handled 25,000 cases regarding human prescription medications in 2012. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to were: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications (opioids and prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

2. Insecticides

While just 11% of all calls to the APCC are about insecticides, more than 50% of the calls to APCC involving cats pertain to felines exposed to insecticides.

3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications

This group contains acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as herbal and nutraceutical products (fish oil, joint supplements).

4. Veterinary Products and Medications

Veterinary products made up nearly 6% of APCC’s case volume for 2012. Both OTC and prescription veterinary products are included in this group. Watch out for flavored tablets!

5. Household Products

APCC fielded more than 10,000 calls about household products in 2012. Household toxins can range from fire logs to cleaning products.

For numbers six through 10, check out the full list of the top poisons of 2012.

Think you know your poisons? Take the ASPCA’s I Can’t Believe It’s Poisonous Quiz on Facebook!

And remember: If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

This is just too important not to share with everyone who owns a pet.

Please take the quiz and keep your animals safe, no matter if they are pedigree or are a shelter animal, they are part of your family now.  They are your responsibility.


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Sugary Substance Ban in NYC – What is Next?


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It is rare to find a can of soda pop in our home so this came as a surprise for me to read that a Mayor would take such a drastic step in his city to try and control the obesity.  There are very few of the diet soda’s that I can consume due to my corn allergy.  I do drink a ton of coffee, however when we go out to eat which is rare, a diet soda is what I will order if they do not have sweet tea.   Will coffee be next on the hit list?

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Here is what the news had to say on this subject.

By  | March 01 2013 2:46 PM

http://www.ibtimes.com/soft-drink-ban-new-yorkers-deeply-divided-bloombergs-16-ounce-soda-ban-set-take-effect-1109068

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on soft drinks larger than 16 ounces gets set to take effect later this month, Gotham residents are deeply divided over the controversial initiative.

Soft Drink Ban: New Yorkers Deeply Divided As Bloomberg's 16-Ounce Soda Ban Set To Take Effect

Photo: ReutersAs New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on soft drinks larger than 16 ounces is set to take effect later this month, Gotham residents are deeply divided over the controversial initiative.

A little more than 50 percent of New Yorkers oppose the ban while 46 percent support it, according to a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Under the mayor’s plan, which goes into effect March 12, soft drinks larger than 16 ounces cannot be sold in restaurants, movie theaters and other places regulated by the city’s health department.

Bloomberg, a lame-duck mayor who is nearing the end of his third and final term, has unveiled initiatives aimed at making New Yorkers healthier throughout his tenure, including banning smoking indoors, doing away with trans fats and urging restaurants to cut back on salt. The mayor’s other health-conscious proposals have been warmly received.

While the mayor doesn’t have to worry about the next election, those vying to replace him would be wise to side against the soft drink ban, according to the poll.

The Quinnipiac survey found 29 percent of voters are less likely “to vote for a candidate who backs the drink ban,” while 21 percent said a candidate’s stance on the controversial policy won’t factor into their voting decision.

The survey found New Yorkers were divided as a whole, but Republican voters and black New Yorkers — two groups with generally very little overlap — largely oppose the ban. The poll showed 65 percent of registered Republicans don’t like the ban while 33 percent support it. A majority of Democrats – 52 percent – support the ban, compared to 46 percent who don’t.

While whites and Hispanics were roughly split on the ban, black New Yorkers are largely against the ban. Six in 10 blacks oppose the soft drink ban and 38 percent support it, according to the poll.

The survey also showed that Bloomberg’s job approval rating still hovers above 50 percent, although his popularity has dipped since taking office in 2002.

“Mayor Bloomberg maintains his pretty-good-for-a-third-term job approval,” said Quinnipiac poll spokesman Mickey Carroll.  “No more of those 70 percent numbers that were routine in his second term. But, as his tenure winds down, we still like him.”

The poll’s respondents were also asked whom they think did the best job as New York City mayor. Bloomberg ranked third at 24 percent. He was followed by late Mayor Ed Koch (25 percent) and Rudy Giuliani (31 percent.)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283889/New-York-soda-ban-end-childrens-pizza-parties-mixers-bottle-service-Mayor-mandates-soft-drinks-sold-16oz.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

New York soda ban could be the end for children’s pizza parties and mixers for bottle service as Mayor mandates no soft drinks can be sold over 16oz

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 16:57 EST, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 EST, 24 February 2013
Next month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sodas and sugary drinks larger than 16oz will kick in for all bars, restaurants, cafes and delis in the city.

The new law could have the unforeseen effect of killing pizza parties, children’s birthday parties and taking the fizz out of bottle service at high-class bars.

Family tradition: Pizzerias will be barred from delivering 2liter bottles of soda to families who order pizzasFamily tradition: Pizzerias will be barred from delivering 2liter bottles of soda to families who order pizzas

New Yorkers were furious to learn that the soda ban will prevent pizzerias from delivering 2-liter bottles of soda with pizzas – thus putting the kibosh on a time-honored family meal.

The New York Post points out that most pizza joints charge $3 for a two-liter. Six 12-oz cans – a roughly equivalent amount of soda – will cost $6 to $7.50.

‘It’s not fair. If you’re gonna tell me what to do, it’s no good,’ Steve DiMaggio, of Caruso’s in Brooklyn, told the newspaper. ‘It’s gonna cost a lot more.’

Representatives from city restaurants have been lobbying hard against the mayor’s new law and they say the ban on delivering 20 oz bottles with pizzas makes even less sense than the other provisions.

‘It’s ludicrous. It’s a sealed bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why can’t they deliver what you can get in the supermarket?’ Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance, asked.

Fun without the fizz: A 2liter bottle of soda costs $3 at most pizza joints - the same amount of soda in 12oz cans will cost $6 to $7.50Fun without the fizz: A 2liter bottle of soda costs $3 at most pizza joints – the same amount of soda in 12oz cans will cost $6 to $7.50

It’s not just pizza parties that would take a hit. Bowling alleys and other spots that serve soda in pitchers to large groups of kids are also going to have to change their tactics.

The ban applies to sodas and surgery teas and juice drinks. Diet sodas and 100percent juice are exempt.

The mixers available for customers who buy bottle service at high-class night clubs will also be restricted.

Currently, unlimited amounts of soda, cranberry juice, tonic water and other popular mixers are offered for anyone who pays for a bottle of liquor at clubs across the city.

The law counts all of those a sugary drinks – they can only be served in 16oz bottles – even though they are meant to serve several people and not just one.

Bloomberg says too much soda consumption is resulting in obesity problems – especially for low-income New Yorkers and children.

The ban aims to reduce the amount of soda that New Yorkers consume.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283889/New-York-soda-ban-end-childrens-pizza-parties-mixers-bottle-service-Mayor-mandates-soft-drinks-sold-16oz.html#ixzz2MNbUdntx
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How would you feel if the mayor of your city placed a ban on soda pop in your area?

Is this a step too far?  Or is this a step in the right direction?  Tell me what you think.


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The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!


The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge sounded like a great idea to try for my readers…

How do you participate? It’s easy! Just write a blog post about something you do in your daily life and how it impacts animals.

The idea behind this challenge is simple: A change in action is the result of a change in thinking, and this challenge is designed to make you think about what actions you take in your daily life that negatively impact animal welfare.

For instance, we all know that when humans shop in pet stores that sell animals, they are indirectly supporting the breeder mills that sell these animals. Or when humans eat pork they support the inhumane practice of gestational crate usage.

But there are other things we do or eat that we don’t think of. In many processed foods and restaurant foods are additives we don’t question. Like raspberry flavor in sweets? You might be eating castoreum, which comes from the anal glands of beavers. That’s gross enough, but it’s HOW the castoreum is harvested that is the most gross.

Even if you eat nothing but tree leaves and dirt, your choices could have an impact on animal welfare. For instance, when humans choose to build out “away from it all,” they are also choosing to take habitat from animals for themselves.

Now this is NOT a challenge designed to get you down on yourself.However, there are little changes you can make that makes all the difference in the lives of animals. But before you make those changes, you have to be aware of what you’re doing.

One other rule: This has to be about you. No preaching! Well, except for June Buggie…. hard to tell him anything.

Are you up for the challenge?  Great! Here’s your Challenge Button:

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Get to writing!

We are Tupperware consultants and we have found a twist on how to recycle our Tupperware returns from customers.  http://www.pawswithacause.org/

We send the returns that do not have to go back to Tupperware directly to this local chapter in our area to help with the animals who are awaiting adoption.

We support this cause and donate blankets and pillows from our customers also.

Our branch is in Hopkinsville, KY and they are so glad to come and visit us with their huge truck and volunteers who come and pick up what we have collected.  A cereal keeper that might have gone to the land fill because it had a chip out of the top will store dog or cat food just fine.

As for the food end of the spectrum…since I cook from scratch due to my allergies, it is easier for us to be more cautious of what we purchase.  That was the easy part for us.  Our animals do not seem to play with toys so the pet store purchase is out of the question.  All of our animals originally were from shelters not the pet stores.

What are you doing to help the cause?  I would love to hear.

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Take the Challenge and make a difference.

Tammye Honey


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Daily Prompt: Dear Leader


In our local newspaper there were the following stories posted today about the Tragic Deaths that occurred in Connecticut at the Elementary School.  Our Prayers to all the Families that it involved.

Here is an article that I found rather interesting in our local paper that may change the way that guns are sold and what guns are sold.

Cerberus to sell gun company that makes Bushmaster

Written by
Joshua Freed And Michelle Chapman
Associated Press

 

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The company that makes one of the weapons used to kill elementary school children in Connecticut is being put up for sale by its owner, which called Friday’s tragedy a “watershed event” in the debate over gun control.

The private-equity group Cerberus Capital Management said Tuesday it will sell its controlling stake in Freedom Group International, the maker of Bushmaster rifles. Investors also continued to bail out of other gunmakers while the retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said it would stop selling military-style rifles.

The activity comes as the political winds appear to be shifting. Some Republicans now say they’re willing to discuss the issue of gun control — along with mental health issues and violent video games,

Cerberus cobbled Freedom Group together by buying Bushmaster, Remington, and other well-known gun brands starting in 2006. On Friday, a gunman using what is believed to have been a Bushmaster military-style rifle killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S history.

“It is apparent that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level,” Cerberus wrote in announcing the planned sale. Cerberus owned 95 percent of Freedom Group, according to a year-end 2011 filing for the gunmaker on its website.

Freedom Group said it’s the largest firearms manufacturer in the U.S. It sold 1.1 million rifles and shotguns last year, along with 2 billion rounds of ammunition. Its products are sold to law enforcement and military customers, as well as retailers who sell them to hunters and gun enthusiasts.

The so-called Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004 restricted the sale of some types of guns like those made by Bushmaster. Freedom Group noted in its filing that new laws along the lines of the expired assault weapons ban “could have a material adverse effect on our business.”

Cerberus attempted to distance itself from that debate on Tuesday.

“We are investors, not statesmen or policy makers,” the company said in its statement. Firms like Cerberus are basically privately run pools of money that invest in companies on behalf of pension funds including those for teachers, police officers, and other institutions. “It is not our role to take positions, or attempt to shape or influence the gun control policy debate. That is the job of our federal and state legislators,” the private-equity firm said.  The sale may have been influenced by one or more of those clients. The announcement comes one day after the California State Teachers Retirement System, a large pension fund, told The Wall Street Journal that it was reviewing its $500 million investment commitment to Cerberus because of the firm’s stake in Freedom Group.

Cerberus is best known for its investment in Chrysler. It ended up walking away from that investment as the U.S. government bailed out the car company.

Money made from the Freedom Group sale will be returned to its investors, Cerberus said.

Meanwhile, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. said in a statement that it suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of its stores. The company also removed all guns from sale and display at its store closest to Newtown.

Shares in publicly-traded gun makers were dropping for a third-straight day.

Shares of Sturm, Ruger & Co. dropped $3.74, or 8.5 percent, to $40.26 in afternoon trading Tuesday. They’re down more than 10 percent since Thursday, the day before the shooting. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. fell 11 percent to $7.70, and are down 19.3 percent from their Thursday close.

Outdoor goods retailer Cabela’s Inc. fell $1.58, or 3.8 percent, to $39.63.

A Cerberus spokesman did not return a phone message left on Tuesday. A representative for Freedom Group could not be immediately reached for comment.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/viewart/20121218/NEWS01/312180060/Cerberus-sell-gun-company-makes-Bushmaster

Dick’s stores suspend sales of certain rifles

Written by
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A sporting goods company says it’s suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut.

Dick’s Sporting Goods also says it’s removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place.

Authorities say a gunman killed 26 people, mostly children, with a military-style rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday. He then killed himself.

A statement posted on Dick’s corporate website expresses sympathy for the victims’ families. It says sales of modern sporting rifles will be suspended during “this time of national mourning.”

It’s not clear how long the suspension will last. A spokesman for Dick’s did not immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh-based Dick’s operates more than 500 sporting goods stores in 44 states, including at Governor’s Square Mall in Clarksville.

The sad fact still remains that with all of these efforts, the shooters in the past few shootings Nationally were not the owners of the guns.  Forcing a gun control on stolen guns should be interesting.  I have never heard of someone walking into a police station and handing over a gun that they stole before they used it.

Perhaps our leaders need to take a different approach to their “gun control” and look at the picture from a broader view.

Our News Channel 5 last night broadcasted that Tennessee is proposing a bill to allow all teachers to carry a weapon on their person during school hours.  This will come with the stipulation that they must attend classes on gun safety including hours at a firing range and will have to keep the guns in a safe environment on their person at all times free from access to the children.

Education Department Planning School Safety Summit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit next month.

Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier said the meeting is a result of concerns following the deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut last week. Twenty children and six adults were slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.

Gauthier said the summit will gather hundreds of district and community leaders from across Tennessee to discuss how to ensure the proper training and implementation of safety measures in schools.

The summit will be hosted by Williamson County schools.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/20381356/education-department-planning-school-safety-summit

Perhaps we will become like other countries and decide to deal with this problem like they have for years.  Israel has had guns in the classroom for years.  Those children are not having to seek professional counseling by Psychiatrists or Psychologists.  That is just one Nation that I have named. Just a thought.

Tammye Honey

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