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About sageryder

Animal lover, advocate and rescuer.

Squirrels’ Nuts and Passwords

Squirrels are masters at hiding the nuts they collect for winter. By the same token, I am a master at hiding my passwords. Fully 90% of the nuts hidden by the furry little Einsteins are recovered. The squirrels operate by … Continue reading

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“It’s Always the Quiet Ones…” Proverbs 21:23…”Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (New International Version) There are a couple of more like proverbs that caution against “open mouth A, insert foot B.” I can … Continue reading

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NOT. ONE. WORD.

So, to supplement my retiree’s income, I substitute teach from time to time. Luckily, I can be a bit picky in choosing the jobs I want to take, and I only sub at the local school. I NEVER sub in … Continue reading

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Kittens….(Tumbling Toms, cont’d)

It is a typical, no frills, no character, 1950s, ranch “style” house, perched on a bump  flanked to the northwest by alfalfa fields,  expansive doorways opening up into inhospitable, rocky, cave pocked, desert foothills. Under the house is a crawlspace … Continue reading

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Tumbling Toms……

~Our first meeting took place on the front porch in the cold, obsidian black of a starless, moonless, November night. The one and only outside light bulb was broken, as well, and I had charged, screaming like a drunken banshee, … Continue reading

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FINALLY……!!!!!

Thanks be to the wizards of the computer world, I am, after nearly a FOUR year hiatus, able to write again!!! Any variation on the word “frustrate” doesn’t begin to cover my screaming, swearing and the near destruction of my … Continue reading

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La Ciega….

She knows I’m in here, sitting by the open windows. She’s yelling at me, again, STILL! She is incorrigible and I blame myself. I created the problem with my chronic, over-the-top style of mothering, or rather, “s’mothering.”  When she lost … Continue reading

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Spring is a’knocking…….

…..the only problem being “spring” used my “S’more” kitty as the door knocker! A microburst of wind lifted the poor fellow straight up off his little paws and flung him into the glass window of the front door while I … Continue reading

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Suicidal Jackrabbits.

“Hit’em! Hit ’em! You’re SUPPOSED to!  THAT’S what they want!”  Admittedly, they do have an uncanny knack for jumping out of the sage and chaparral at just the precise SECOND one’s thousands of pounds of vehicle is hurtling along at … Continue reading

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It’s Officially Spring…….Winter Has Finally Arrived!

Welcome to Nevada! I’m often asked by friends, family and acquaintances who have never visited our stunningly beautiful and diverse state if we have the standard four seasons. “Yes,” I assure them, “we do…..usually within the same day.”  Last week, … Continue reading

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