We are just at the beginning of our year. Who knows? Maybe it will get better. It could also get worse. It might stay remain exactly the same, which ain’t great but frankly, at this point? No change is almost good.


Ricky “The Pious” Raccoon asks a two parter: (12-2-2021)

What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin (crime)?  And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?   

First of all, electronic answering machines should be banned. Every company can hire one underpaid human to answer the phone, especially someone who can answer basic questions. Next? If they put you on hold anyway, it had better be really good music. Never ever tell me how important I am while keeping me on hold until you finally disconnect me.

ALL electronic answering systems should start with the reason you are really calling: changing, breaking, making, or confirming appointments. Driving directions, COVID (endless COVID) data belongs at the end unless this is a place where you actually can GET a vaccination or test. Otherwise, use some brain power and PUT THE INFORMATION EVERYONE NEEDS AT THE BEGINNING!

No one should have to sit and wait through five minutes of prattle so he or she can press “1” to confirm an appointment.

Do NOT tell me I’m important. It’s so obvious that I’m NOT.

Mary “The Poster Lamb For Cute” (12-9-2021) asks

Sheep and lamb

Imagination, impracticality, and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think it might very well be a flying squirrel. They are great pets I hear, but I can’t quite wrap my head around the flying — well, gliding — thing. House training a flying squirrel could present unique issues.

The Sponkies (the result of an unusual pairing of a donkey and a sparkle pony)  12-16-2021

Bright unicorn (as close as I could get)

Do you have any siblings?  If so, where do you rank in birth order?  And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became?

I had an older brother and a younger sister, putting me right in the middle. It’s the perfect spot for the household communicator.

“Tell your mother…”

“Tell your father…”

“Tell your sister…”

“Tell your brother…”

And there I was, right in the middle, trying to remember exactly how to tell each family member what he or she needed to hear from someone they weren’t talking to. I finally told everyone to talk to each other and moved to Israel. Yes, this really was a major impetuous to get my ass away from the state where everyone else lived.

12-23-2021 – ZAC (short for Prozac because his somewhat maniacal grinning face is rather creepy)…

We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy?

Cannabis chocolate and gummies. Pass the cheese and Triscuit, please. I’m not sure if it makes me bubble with giddy enthusiasm, but at least it shuts the thinking part of my brain down for a few hours. And that’s pretty good, all things considered.

Evil Squirrel (and the final question from E.S. “Nest” o’ fun!)   12-30-2021 

If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be?  Describe some fun or interesting things about them!

I think I’d like to be the young Mel Brooks. He had a lot of fun, even before he became rich and famous. Also, I think it would be absolutely great to make the world laugh.


What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?

I’d like to see the big nations(like us) do SOMETHING to make the world better place. Start seriously cleaning up our oceans. Stop cutting down every last tree. Help those who have nothing find a way to improve their lives. Ban military-style weapons from the morons who currently use them to slaughter our last remaining wildlife or, for that matter, elementary school children and concert goers.

There’s so much more, but this would be a good start.

As far as I can tell, ain’t nothin’ getting done worth doing. I keep looking, but I don’t see anything happening about which I should to be optimistic. And really, truly, I want to be optimistic! I want the hope of my youth to come back again.


You’re pretty wonderful yourself!

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10 replies

  1. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World! I am sorry you had such a tough time finding this post, I checked all the obvious malfunctions that WP visits on my blog on a semi-routine basis and found nothing wrong. I didn’t make a note of it but for some unfathomable reason they dumped ten of my longest watched blogs in the spam folder this week! O_o John Holton gets the boot about every three to four weeks, and Lauren has begun to get booted routinely too. I think it’s an evil plot to drive me more insane. . 😉 But it could be my paranoia about WP too. I loved the photos and the Sponkie pic was fabulous, E.S. ought to borrow it sometime for one of his skits. 🙂 Having a raccoon might be interesting, but they sort of frighten me, there were a lot of rabid ones in Salt Lake, and pets were in danger of getting bitten and getting rabies from them. Plus. I never knew there were any around my house there, but apparently there was a large colony that took up residence behind the chimney stack on my roof. The pile o’ raccoon poo was massive! 😱 Those flying squirrels are adorable and I’ve always been impressed that you were able to get those night photos of them! Thanks for the nice compliment too, you do know I fully return it? Have a great week, and maybe things can still turn the page? You never know. Keep the candle burning!


    • This is an OLD problem that they seem to have solved, but this is WordPress. Nothing is solved. It’s on a wheel and will roll around again. You don’t have a way to look up posts on your site. You should add one AND a “comment” block so people can get in touch with you without you giving out your email. You’d be surprised how many contact you will get.

      We have a serious rabies problem here, too. They’ve even found deer with rabies. But that’s life in the big woods and why animals don’t live long lives out there. Rabies is just a very scary disease. I don’t approach them. These pictures were all take by an installed camera while we slept. And that’s entirely normal behavior so I didn’t have to worry.

      I wish more people would clearly show the link in their blogs. A few do, but many don’t, so it can be hard to find you. But — I DID find you 😀


  2. Nothing makes me angrier than those robots and their inane answers after asking me to leave a message and then giving me a few answers I might use. Like I don’t know why I called but these are your only choices we wil accept. By the time they shut up I’ve not only forgotten my reason for calling have also forgotten my name. \

    Great post, Marilyn. We are not only killing our world but we are also killing ourselves by inches each time we kill a tree.

    As for the exotic pet? Definitely a raccoon. I had one when I was first married a century or so ago. She fell out of the nest in a tree in our woods and my husband brought her home to me. I think he expected me to be afraid of her but no way, She stayed with us until after her second litter of kits and then disappeared into the wild.


  3. It’s time someone did something to improve the state of our world.


  4. great answers Marilyn!
    I would like to see similar changes in our world, but I won’t hold my breath!


  5. Racoons are great and funny posers. I saw them our deck and they caught my attention. Let’s hope we will have a much better time in our World. Thanks


    • They make excellent pets too, but are not legal in this state (no wild animal is legal in Massachusetts), but raccoons with physical problems that make them unable to live in the wild frequently become pets. They live MUCH longer as pets than they do in the wild. — 3 to 5 years in the wild, 15 to 20 years as pets. They are highly intelligent and have hands that can open pretty much anything– which get sthem into serious trouble. For me, that’s a good reason to NOT keep one. The dog is crazy enough!

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