Cowart's Common Room

The feeling of autumn has reached this "colony across the pond." Trees are beginning to change their leaves. The ominous phrase "frost warning" has been uttered. Geese are starting to gather, and we saw a few small Vs forming up over the weekend, when we were out in the country.

Meanwhile, millions of seeded acres are waterlogged, and many, many farmers cannot get on the land, to cut or combine what has grown.

And I hear things have been a tad damp in Britain, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Is this wetness catching like the 'flu? I hope not.

I'll be here for a bit, then off to do a whole lot of "stuff" before yet another significant meeting at the university tomorrow afternoon.

If you're in the mood to sit and natter, there's not a better place than here, on the Purple Coo's "Owl Perch."

Posted at 8th Sep 2010 - 01:55AM   Posted by Rob-bear   WHERE BE THE OWLS? Comments: 17

And here's something which might be fitting, given the weather.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 01:59AM

Frances's Avatar Hello Bear, and thanks for setting up the owl perch.

I am definitely in the mood to sit, after standing up for the better part of 9 hours today ... just have to complete the pasta.

Be back soon.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:00AM

What sort of pasta was on the table tonight, Frances?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:09AM

Frances's Avatar Hello again, Bear, and thank you for sticking around until the pasta cooked.

Thin spaghetti has been sauced with a mixture of olive oil, shallots, mushrooms, parsley, basil, rosemary, julienned ham, tomato, and a bit of broccoli. Pepper, parmesan, toss it about ... and the feast is ready. Shiraz at the side.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:19AM

Oh, Frances; you make such exquisite meals!

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:20AM

Frances's Avatar And, may I say how much Camilla and I have missed seeing you here. Hoping that you have been feeling better, and have busy doing interesting things, thinking interesting thoughts.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:21AM

My kettle's just boiling. Need to pop the bag in the pot, and wait for the tea to steep.

Back momentarily.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:21AM

Right. Tea is doing it's thing.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:24AM

Frances's Avatar It is so interesting to have this perch available to a wide span of time zones.

I am hoping that the UK owls might be closing their eyes, and imagine that you, Bear, might just be thinking about what's for supper.

We have got to find some owls who are near the Pacific Ocean to really have an over night perch.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:25AM

I've missed being on the Perch. I haven't been blogging either. (I've blamed my "Editorial Committee" for that.)

I wish I were feeling better, but I'm not. I feel like I'm almost back to where I was five years ago when I started on this wretched disability nonsense.

Of course things are different. He Ladyship keeps me going. And I'm able to work in the yard, even if only an hour or so a day but each day. And those physical activities are helpful.

How are things with you?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:29AM

I've also been thinking about other Perch-dwellers.

Owl time is about the time I'm usually finished supper (but not done the dishes).

We've got Sumarell and Samantha (our "Cowgirl") both in New Zealand, if I remember correctly. They're about 12 hours or so ahead of me. And is Tiggywinkle's Palomina (in Oz) a member of the Coo?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:35AM

Frances's Avatar Bear, please don't let me keep you longer on the perch than is confortable for you. For myself, I have to report that tonight's pasta is quite delicious.

I continue to work much longer hours than I would wish. Reading about the strikes in France about upping the retirement age from 60 to 62, I wonder what they'd make of how my country has gradually upped the retirement age that entitles us to our Social Security funds.

Social Security is a bit of a pyramid (Ponzi) scheme, based upon there always be a younger generation with many more workers.

Lots has, is, will be written about the baby boomer generation. I am marginally older than that generation, and am beginning to feel a bit concerned about just how long I will have to work, having "played by the rules," and saved, and participated in various employers' retirement benefit plans.

When you ask how I am, right now, I am fine, yet wondering just how many more years I will have to work the long hours that I now work. I want to paint, draw, and pursue other interests before arthritis or something else sets in.

Well, you did ask. xo

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:40AM

Frances's Avatar Another thought, Bear, as I read your comment about the folks on the other side of the Pacific.

It might be fun to have some sort of Purple Coo map made up ... hoping that WW might take note. We could then see how widespread the realm might be.

No Camilla yet, and I think that we might have missed having her here tonight.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:43AM

Indeed, I did ask. And I feel sad for you. You're working brutal hours.

In a couple of weeks I turn 65, and am eligible for two different government pensions, and a pension from the Church. I'm a bit of a loser there, because I've only worked part-time for quite a few years, so will only receive a de facto part-time pension.

Oh, before I forget, happy birthday to you!

Anyhow, just within the last few years, the requirement for normal retirement at 65 has been bashed by courts and government. Age discrimination. So one can still retire on full pension at 65, but it's easier for those who need to keep working.

My wife and I are both getting multiple pensions, and can tap into some savings. We will be above the poverty line (as long as we stay healthy) but are well below median income. And we have noticed how the cost of everything has risen significantly in the last few years particularly food.

So, what's to become of us? Not quite sure. Confused

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:49AM

Frances's Avatar Well, Rob-bear, it's been grand sharing the perch with you. I see that it's almost 10 here and I will have to start to wind down.

Hoping to see you, and other owls, here again tomorrrow night.

Of course, you know that if any of tonight's topics are worth exploring, we always have that pm route.

Nite, nite, and regards to the cat, clock and ... Max.

Posted by: Frances on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:49AM

Well, good night, Frances. Everything is in good order.

Coo map is something I thought about once. Splendid that you raised it.

I have work to do, so I had best get at it. Busy day tomorrow.

Sleep well, good Owls.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 8th Sep 2010 at 02:53AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Bear, there is a member Palomino, but my daughter is Palomina. This is her pet name, after a Palomino horse I used to ride, the colour of her hair, and she is my pal.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 8th Sep 2010 at 09:06AM

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