Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheers and jeers

We are back from a quick trip to see my dad. Not only is he doing better, I finished knitting one Christmas present and started on another; "Yay!" for road trips! And "Yay!" for getting to pick up our excited dogs on our way home tonight; Rick's office manager was kind enough to dogsit them for us while we were gone, but I always miss them – and the rest of our critters. And a big "Whoop!" for learning upon our return that Brian has been awarded a generous partial scholarship by the salle; thanks to them he will be able to continue taking fencing lessons!

As for jeers, I just do not get why people destroy the very community infrastructure they need and depend on – businesses, public safety equipment, etc – when they get angry. What, pray tell, does destroying your own community do for you??? Tonight in Portland, someone went stall to stall, releasing five of the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol horses, possibly in response to the grand jury's decision regarding the Ferguson, MO case. Fortunately, the horses were recovered without sustaining – or causing – any major injuries, but it could have turned out much differently. Like so many others have quipped, the more I see of human nature, the more I like my dogs.

That's it for now from . . .

9 comments:

Mama Pea said...

You're so right. The act of destroying or harming property and/or lives makes no sense at all. So glad to hear the horses were returned safely.

I used to have a plaque in my kitchen that read, "The more I see of people, the more I like my goats."

JMD said...

I see this as a moral divide and not a racial one. A sense of entitlement for vandalism and crime because they have decided to justify it.

Susan said...

I am a big fan of dogs. People? Not so much. Congrats on the good news about your dad and for finishing a Christmas gift! And that is wonderful news for Brian!

farmlady said...

We have a lot to be thankful for but Ferguson, Missouri is a sadness in our country. I would never pretend to understand what blacks go through in this town... but all of this rioting and destruction is being instigated by anarchist that have more issues than race and everyone suffers for it.
Glad you had a good trip to see your father. Wish mine was still here, but he's in a better place. He would be 99 years old.
Congrats Brian...

Nancy Kay said...

I don't get it either. We need lots of prayers for peace.

Mary Ann said...

I was stunned at the devastation in Ferguson, and can't believe the actions of the rioters put business owners out of business, and their own townspeople out of jobs. Please pray for peace!

Glad you dad was well and kudos to Brian -- wow!

Lisa Smith said...

Hello Michelle ~ I am a new subscriber from Portland (Lake Oswego); found you through Sara's blog (Punkin's Patch). I'm embarassed to say this, but I did not know about the horses being let out. Thank you for the "local" news. . . :-) I'm so glad to hear that there were only minor leg injuries on several of the horses. Things could have been so much worse. I'm looking forward to reading your blog, thank you again!
Warm Regards, Lisa

Michelle said...

Yep, Mama Pea . . . and my sheep, and horses. ;-)

You may very well be correct, JMD.

Yes, lots of good news, Susan!

Yes, farmlady; anarchy is the word for it and history has not proven its worth. (Recently watched The Scarlet Pimpernel - one of my favoritist movies - again, and was reminded of a period of historical anarchy. The French Revolution has been overly romanticized.)

I'm sure God desires peace more than any of us, Nancy Kay and Mary Ann, but He will not FORCE us to make peace....

Welcome, Lisa! Funny how we find each other in blogland. :-)

Maggie said...

That good to hear the horses were ok. There's nothing like seeing the dogs again when you've had a trip away. X