I don’t text.
It seems crazy to do all that thumb typing when you can leave a voice message instead. I talk faster than I thumb type. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned. I don’t want to develop big muscular thumbs either.
Thumb typing is an arduous activity, and it takes a long time to become proficient enough to do it while driving. (Don’t look at me like that – I’m kidding!)
But, there is something to celebrate in everything.
Because thumb typing is so arduous, and because Twitter limits tweets to 140 characters, and because we are a ridiculous people who must make a hurry-up version of everything, acronyms have been created for many common phrases. You’re all familiar with LOL and BFF, of course.
My absolute favorites are OMG and WTF.
They have wonderfully rendered my favorite expletives harmless, while retaining all of their expressive power.
Face it – “Oh My Gosh!” just never did the job.
And uttering the F word as often as I felt it was called for, was no more ladylike than having big, muscular thumbs.
But I can pull out an OMG or WTF any old time without offending anybody.
However you choose to interpret it is up to you, but all I said was O.M.G. or W.T.F. (Both of these acronyms are even more potent when separated with periods, BTW).
Now, of course we had acronyms before smart phones and email came along.
We had the PTA and FBI and AAA, to name just a few.
But, IMHO, they weren’t good for much. No punch, no emotion.
I mean, you can’t get a big surprise and then exclaim “P.T.A.”, can you?
So, I am grateful to the texting trend for this gift.
Now, WITW (what in the world) does any of this have to do with that beautiful Asiatic Lily at the top of the post, you might be wondering.
Well, I’ll tell you.
Every rain we get this year seems to come with ice cubes.
We crave the water – our gardens love it.
We hate the hail – our gardens become salads because of it.
I have been such a clever girl devising protective cover for what is planted in the ground (will share in a later post), but for the containers, I use the old fashioned way, which is to carry every GD (gol darn) one of them into the house or green house – and out again after the danger of getting mulched has passed.
I watch the RADAR, dontcha know, and when it looks like this . . .
The plants come in. See the Red pin in the middle? That’s me.
Sunday night, the plants were in the house – all over the place.
Monday morning, one plant was partially mulched on one side anyway.
“WTF?”, I said. It had to be the cats.
Then, I realized it was the Asiatic Lily.
Better look it up – just in case.
Then, it was time for “OMG!” And a call to the vet.
Most lilies are highly toxic to cats, and this Asiatic hybrid is one of them. In fact, don’t mix your cats with any lilies because there are only 3 or 4 that are not toxic to them (Calla being one).
This is serious toxicity – can cause kidney failure and death.
Luckily, my cats did more mulching than actual eating and did not develop symptoms.
Now I know – and now you know – and the lily stays outside from now on.
This was my second poisoning scare of 2013.
Back in March, we came home from a party to find that one of our three dogs had emptied a package of sugar-free gum containing Xylitol, which can cause severe liver damage in dogs, and also critical drops in their blood sugar. Who knew?
We did not know how many pieces of gum were in the pack, nor which one of our pack had eaten them. The most likely culprit got blood tests right away.
And we lucked out then too, because nobody consumed enough to make trouble. They are big dogs. But a little dog could be in big trouble from just one piece of gum.
That’s something else that few people know. Xylitol is all over the place – used as an artificial sweetener. It is in most sugar-free gum and candy and also any products made to treat dry mouth. Make sure any product that might contain it is kept out of reach of the pups.
Here is a very helpful link for the Pet Poison Help Line
If more people were aware of the everyday things that are harmful to animals, our furkids would be a lot safer.
Gotta go take the plants out. The sun is shining.