HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN:

HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN - city of big bottoms and small minds.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Update on our furry friends

Ah - the weekend! More time to spend just kicking back around the house and a chance to catch up with the latest quirks of our two furry friends, Hammy and Stella.

Hammy loves it when we get a nw DVD to watch. As soon as he sees us mount the stairs to the loft with a big bowl of popcorn, he tears up the stairs ahead of us and takes his position between the Bose speaker and the Sony Blu-Ray DVD player and wats for one of us to pick up the remote and push the "open" button. As soon as the loading gate starts to protrude, he lays a paw on it as if to stop an intruder in its tracks.
Even more exciting is when we push the "close" button as he vainly attempts to stop the gate from closing and then he turns around to look at the back of the player. Logically, to a cat, since it disappeared in front, it should make it's traveling appearance coming out the back, right?
Then Hammy will sit next to the machine, head cocked as it makes tiny little whirring sounds that only he can hear. Of course, after the movie is over, we go through the reverse procedure in removing the DVD.
stella has her own "thing". She has discovered a brand new toy and it occupies much of her day. Quite accidently we found a large rubber and bracelet - they're making them now in different colors to put on your company's beer cans so that they can identify their beer by the color of the rubber band when they get too drunk to remember which beer they set where. Well, Stella loves these things. She will walk around the house carrying one in her mouth, suddenly drop it on the floor and play "hockey" with it for a while, then grab it with her nouth, jump up on the bed, toss it into the air and catch it on the way down.
One of her favorite moves is to slide it under Kim's dressing room door, then sit there looking forlorn until Kim come and opens the door so she can pounce on it. She does the same thing by sliding it under the refrigerator to see if she can fish it back out - most of the time she ends up sitting with the forlorn look.

Every day we thank the powers that be that e went out to the shelter and found these two lovelies. They are the very best companions anyone could ask for! We love them more each day!

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A HIGHWAY SAFETY MESSAGE:



How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.

This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful...even driving at night.



Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......



In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.



Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..



Try it yourself and share it with your friends!??? Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.?



You can see where the rain bounces off the road.? It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too.?



Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain.?



They ought to teach that little tip in driver's training... It really does work.
*************************************************************************** This warning is a good one !



I wonder how many people know about this ~



A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore , Texas she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!



When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain.. But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.





The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.



The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.



NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life.



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