Over Easy; Friday

Wheat field in the Morvan by Corot

Wheat field in the Morvan by Corot

Morning, pups, have a lovely Friday and this is a place for conversation.

Tomorrow, of course, have Saturday Art, so this is a preview.

It’s also National Donut Day, and I have free donut at the local convenience store.   Hope you enjoy yours, or your other breakfast.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.


  1. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Hello pups, anyone who wants to do a post, with our new programming, I’m able to do it in under five minutes, pls feel free anytime that you like.

  2. Canyon2
    June 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good morning Ruth and all pups yet to arrive.
    Thank you for the post Ruth. You keep us going and you are a gem for doing it.
    Much appreciated.

  3. Boxturtle
    June 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Ah, national donut day! A holiday I can definitely get behind.

    Story: There was a failing donut shop near the Dayton Mall. They were located tat the only exit from a large apartment complex and they had really good pastries, so you’d think they’d do well.

    The owner went up on the roof and redirected the oven vents toward the apartment complex. Now, LOVELY smell permeate the parking lots and the open windows of the residents as they sleep.

    He’s had to expand.

    Boxturtle (The power of “free samples”)

  4. Boxturtle
    June 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Just didn’t have time today. They’re making me work for a living, it’s awful.

    Boxturtle (eating and living indoors are important, however)

  5. Marion in Savannah
    June 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Brooks and Krugman. In “The Separation Strategy on Iraq” Bobo has the cojones to whine that it’s time to shift course on Iraq. He gurgles that the current approach from the Obama administration isn’t working. In the comments “uwteacher” from Colorado (among many others) pointed something out to Bobo: “Once more, Mr. Brooks and this time pay attention. The departure date was set by Bush, not Obama. The Iraq government was not willing to extend the stay of US forces under terms that were acceptable to the US.” In “Lone Star Stumble” Prof. Krugman asks a question: Remember how Texas was supposed to have the economy that couldn’t falter?

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got your favorite omelet this morning. National Donut Day? There’s a Krispy Kreme store that’s too close to the house for comfort. They’re SOOO bad for you, but they’re SOOOO good… I’ve gotta get outside and fill the bird feeders again. (Did it yesterday, but they need topping off today. You’d think I had condors out there instead of cardinals, redwings, finches and titmice…) Have a great day.

  6. Marion in Savannah
    June 5, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I feel for you. I recall that I really resented it when my former employers wanted me to actually, you know, WORK. Lord knows I was born for finer things… (Maybe if I’d picked the right parents…)

  7. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Morning all – yesterday some of us were talking about falling apart in later life. I just wanted to send an alert about the dangers of a BLT sandwich (hold the bacon and mayo). I was having one yesterday morning as I often do and I broke a tooth. Dangerous mix that bread and romaine!

    Other than that, unless it rains I will be looking for another excuse to not do any yard work today.

  8. Boxturtle
    June 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I do not understand why we can buy Krispy Kreme by the dozen over the counter, yet heroin is illegal.

    Boxturtle (Ah, the cronut!)

  9. tjbs
    June 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Good morning all, far and wide…

    Went from ten+ days in the 80s to the 50s here in Eastern Pa.

    Went from thirty+ rainless days to 4″ in two days.

    Strange days indeed.

  10. joel
    June 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Where is Harry Anslinger when we really need him?

  11. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    thanks, it’s five minutes I can spare, and always great to visit with all the good pups here.

  12. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    thanks, Marion, what? Bobo blaming the financial crisis of 2008 on Obama hasn’t penetrated everyone’s conscious mind yet? oh, yes, the ratwingers are all about the Obama economy, as if he hadn’t actually brought us back from Shrub’s Pitfall.

  13. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:44 am

    ouch. that happens, but I will not blame the meal before me at the time, just the times I didn’t brush after meals in the past.

  14. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I’ve heard of that Work for a Living Stuff, but don’t believe in it.

  15. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    here in NW PA, my little garden seedlings mostly survived, but since Mother’s Day when I’m used to planting, it’s been weather madness.

  16. joel
    June 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Not to worry, the private jail industry is on the case, gonna need to replace those weed eaters with doughnut traffickers

  17. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    When the practice of private jailing cellphone driver/talkers starts in, I’ll have mixed feelings.

  18. Boxturtle
    June 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Alas, the mortgage does not care if I believe in it or not.

    Boxturtle (If you think nobody cares if you live or die, try missing a mortgage payment)

  19. oldhippiejan
    June 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Here in Indiana last week, I went from a/c to furnace in a matter of 48 yours. In the evening, from fan to electric blanket. My poor hummingbirds are so confused.

  20. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The time to put away winter clothes just never arrives for me here. It’s always one hour away from freezing again.

  21. oldhippiejan
    June 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

    As with everything else, the aging process takes a toll on the old grinders. In my case, I think my medication is partly to blame. Dry mouth is bad for the teeth. Owe the dentist an assload of money to fix things up. I have a cavity nearly every time, Hardly used to get them.

  22. Boxturtle
    June 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Boxturtle (IMO cellphione users are nearly as dangerous as drunks)

  23. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Maybe my tongue in check, or was it tongue in broken molar, was somewhat opaque. Before coffee, nothing is easy.

    Actually it was a complete crown that hid the crack in the back of the tooth. So floss and water pik never could prevent what would happen.

    The tooth broke right off. The dentist can do another crown (with only fair to poor prognosis) or an implant. Big $$$ for me either way. Medicare doesn’t cover dental. Medicaid does but ????? The people I have been going to for twenty years are excellent. Very high tech (the only 3D xray around) but expensive.

  24. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for good company, have to get a coupla errands run now.

  25. Ruth
    June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Damned if you do, gaptoothy if you don’t.

  26. joel
    June 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Been waiting for the price of cellphone jammers to come down. Be a lot of accidents with people trying to redial at 80mph, some innocent people killed, but in the long run it will be worth it.

  27. Canyon2
    June 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good morning oldhippiejan.
    The weather this spring has been just crazy. Cooler than I can remember and as you say “ac to furnace, fan to electric blanket…” Two days bad one day good. Maybe by the 4th of July we will have summer.

  28. Molly
    June 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good morning, everyone. Busy day as usual but wanted to say hello. I rode 16 miles on my bike yesterday and then came home and power-washed my screened porch, including the house wall, the 3 walls of 12 ft. high screens, and the floor. By the end I was feeling my age, fer sure.

    Speaking of dentists, I have an appointment this afternoon. My dentist (a group practice) offers free cleanings if you come every 6 months. The exam, x-rays, and any dental work needed aren’t free, but I’m pretty lucky with teeth so it keeps cost lower. And they give a small discount if you pay with cash or check. I have 3 or 4 gold inlays in back molars, courtesy of living next door to a dental student in married students housing in 1963. Took forever because the professor inspected every step, but I still have all of them more than 50 years later.

  29. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Same mix here near Detroit.

    In general if it will be hot the next day overnight I put an exhaust fan in a window and open several others to cool the house. I try not to use the AC. Then I leave it closed all day. I have have lots of insulation in the attic (R46). But no money for extra energy bills

    Similarly if it will be cool I leave the house closed at night.

    I still have my seven winter blankets on the bed.

  30. June 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good morning.

    Actually, setting up OE isn’t tough. You can do it days in advance and it will run at the proper date and time. The trick is being here to host and welcome. Not likely I’ll be doing that even if I would schedule it. I would have to be here at 5AM, sometimes possible but not always. My Sunday post has me here at 9AM my time, a civilized starting time .

  31. oldhippiejan
    June 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Good morning Canyon 2. I guess on the upside, my utility bills have been tolerable. Not much furnace, not much a/c. As Ruth mentions below, I’d put my winter clothes away only to drag them out again.

  32. oldhippiejan
    June 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hope you are feeling better, Lawrence, and good morning to you.

  33. Molly
    June 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

    While setting it up is simple, for a topical post it takes thought and writing and editing and finding an appropriate relevant photo and sometimes also other sources to quote. And then hosting, of course. It is why I had to give up my Fridays, at least for the time being. A one or two line post is simple. A longer one is not more difficult, it just takes more time.

    I do wish others would take the opportunity to post, even if not every Friday. From the beginning of Over Easy I had hoped for a variety of other voices. We have so many intelligent commenters with meaningful things to say, that it is a shame they confine themselves to a few comments.

  34. Molly
    June 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    And Lawrence, I read every one of your Camera Work posts, and I read all of Fred’s and Rachel’s posts too, even if I don’t always comment.

  35. Beverly Lawson
    June 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning All, Late start…too much packing & lifting….(sigh) TX heat is arriving, 90s yesterday. Will be here for a very long spell. Lone Star state is soooo proud of Perry (ooooops)

  36. oldhippiejan
    June 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    While cronuts are hardly considered health food, got to wonder if they’re any worse than our antibiotic, growth hormone laced meat, or pesticide laden produce, or GMO enhanced everything.

  37. June 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I was thinking more in tune with at least a place holder, as Ruth does when she runs the Friday post.

    It takes 2-3 hrs to write the Camera Work post, and many times, I don’t even start writing until I wake up Sunday morning. However, I start thinking much earlier, like now.

    To that end, those who follow Camera Work, what would you like me to cover? Photography these days seem replete with photojournalist work, human interest etc, which I do not cover.

  38. June 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Woke up this morning less than jumping for joy. Supposed to get hot the next few days, so I am cooling off the computer room to avoid having to hook up the AC.

    The sun is streaming into the room, and the window faces north.

  39. June 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I recall as a teen in Chicago getting on my bike to visit a friend about 5 miles away, wearing shorts and a T, then turning around, putting on jeans a sweat and windbreaker then starting over again. The temp dropped 15-20 degrees in about 1 mile riding time.

  40. Canyon2
    June 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Good morning Beverly.
    There are a lot of states that are not proud of their Governors or ex-Governors.
    Perry jumping into the clown car is going to make for some extra good entertainment.

  41. Canyon2
    June 5, 2015 at 10:34 am

    That is a good upside without having to run the a/c. When it gets warm the a/c has to run constantly here for my wife’s asthma as she has trouble breathing with the heat and humidity. The electric company loves it, but me, not so much.

  42. Canyon2
    June 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

    That is one smart donut shop owner. Good for him on the expansion.