Scotties Toy Box

January 16, 2020

A pleasant and wonderful surprise.

Filed under: Children, Family, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Things I like — Scottie @ 17:05

A couple days ago when texting with our son he asked if we would be home today and he would stop by.  Ron worked last night so he would catch a few hours sleep so he could also visit with James when he got here.  It was nice when the boy moved out making his own way in the world, but we do miss him.  He works so many shifts and crosses shifts to work any time they need him.   It is hard on him and hard to plan anything so our visits are fewer than we would like.   But it is expensive for young people these days and give the boy all the credit he is doing well for someone his age in today’s expensive world.   I am really proud of him and the way he has turned out, the man he has become.   After a few hours visiting he asked if he could take us out for lunch.   We agreed to go to lunch but told him we would pick up the tab.   We were his age once and know how hard it was for us then.   So we all went out to eat.   James took us to a pizza place we have never been to before and it was grand.  It was really nice with unusual decor and artisan menu.   It was a grand time and an older couple in the booth behind us with their grand child stopped to talk with us.   The woman said I looked very failure to her and wondered where we may have met.   I get this occasionally from my days working in the Surgical ICU at HealthPark Hospital.    I explained to her I had worked there in the 5th floor ICU, and sometimes helped out in other ICU units.  She started to smile broadly and laughed.  She had worked on the 6th floor.   She and I had left the hospital about the same time but she remembered me.   Seems I had gone up and helped them out a few times and she remembered that.   She had to come to the ICU a few times and remembered how ( in her words ) kind and nice I had been.  It is nice to be remembered.    James , Ron, and I all shared a bunch of appetizers and a large pizza.     We talked to him about him and his girlfriend would like to go to Busch Gardens with us as we often went to the theme parks when he lived with us.   We told him we would pick up the tickets as his birthday present.   He was excited and would work out a date with us.   He offered to drive, which I thought was wonderful as at our age a day walking around a theme park in the Florida heat is very tiring.   James was worried about me being able to do it and remarked we should look into a scooter for me.   Smarty pants I scolded him, but I was pleased he realized the difficulties and was thinking ahead.  James did react quickly when the bill came taking it from the server before I could reach it.   Ron tried to tell him we would be more than happy to get the bill, but James was firm, it was his wish and he wanted to do it.   As he had the bill in his hands we gave in.  I was in a lot of pain by the time we left, my back was wrecked and when I went to stand up I couldn’t get my legs to push me upright.   Ron helped me up.   I could see James was worried.   So we are home, Ron has gone to bed, both cats were waiting for us when we got home and Milo is sacked out on my desk.   I found the PBS video of the impeachment trail and have it set up to see what I missed.   Yes I know I just am addicted to knew but this is a historical event.  I will now look at the comments I love that came in while I was gone.   Be well everyone.   Hugs

January 12, 2020

A new video from me about my marriage and Medicare For All.

Filed under: Bigotry, Drugs, Economics, Family, Greed, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Love, News, Political, Questions, Sex — Scottie @ 15:54

December 26, 2019

My Christmas

Filed under: Family, Food, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, Ron — Scottie @ 04:16

I slept through most of Christmas day.   I have not been able to get much sleep / rest for months.   I go to bed so tired I can not function and in less than four hours of fitful sleep I am up again.   Some nights I wake up in pain or in spasms with in a hour of going to bed.    There is not more they can do for it, but give me more spine shots.   So Christmas eve I went to bed at 6 right after Ron left for work.  For some reason Ron texted me repeatedly over the next hour waking me a few times.  Then when I explained to him to please let me sleep,  some asshole with a blaring car stereo drove up and down the streets, stopping occasionally and then starting up again.   Just as I was about to call management and complain they left.   Yea.   I tried to drift off again.   Then joy of joys, drunken people on golf carts wailing something vaguely resembling a Christmas song and ringing bells decided to parade up and down the street.  I though seriously of asking Satan to deliver drone strikes but felt the now started local fireworks would drown them out well enough.   So I lay there listening to the pop pop of people in the park thinking they were showing Christmas spirit by setting off rows of fire crackers and occasional larger fire works.  Pop, pop, phff, boom.   Repeat.    But the real noise makers were the local government fire works of the cites around us, who competed until midnight to see who could make the loudest booms.   At midnight peace reigned on earth, or at least in my park and I hope I could get a few hours of sleep.  It was not to be because my laying in bed had upset my spine and the spasms in my legs and feet started.  After a half hour of fighting them I got up, started the coffee and went online grumpy, tired, and with about 2 and a half hours of broken sleep dished out in about 20 minute segments.   I sent Ron a merry Christmas wish at work.   Yea!    Ron got home at 8, took a nap, and got up at noon to start the turkey and stuff.   I struggled to stay up but I couldn’t and went to bed about 2 PM.  Ron woke me around 4, I stayed up long enough to eat a little of the food he worked so hard to cook, with all the trimmings.  I did not even make it to the pies.   I went back to bed.   I slept until 8 PM, woke up, realized Ron had come to bed and I had not woken up, something really rare that I do not notice when he or even the cats enter the bedroom.   I then fell back to sleep.  Glory of glories.   Woke at midnight, took some pain and muscle medications and fell asleep again.  Maybe there is a god?   I woke up at 2:30 AM with muscle spasms so I got up.  But I feel great, better than I have in a long time.   I can not remember when I got that much sleep.   I feel bad that Ron cooked all that food and I barely tasted it.  But the left over will be grand.  So that was my Christmas.   I hope everyone else had a great day also.    Hugs

December 14, 2019


Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 14:54

Milo has been with me since 2010.   I say me because it is clear he thinks I am his special pet.   He is the one that sleeps on my pillow and is next to me most of the time on my desk.   Ron and James used to lament that while Milo will swipe at them claws out and has bitten them he won’t do that to me.   

I think a few minutes ago I sort of got the idea why I do not fear him biting or cutting me.   I sleep with his paws on my face so if he was going to hurt me he could at any time.   Earlier today we got a delivery from Amazon and I put the box on the floor for Milo, he loves boxes, he gets in them and claws the cardboard all to heck.   This time when he went to do that something went wrong.   

I was sitting at my desk reading the comments on Nan’s blog and heard Milo start to cat scream.  I quickly looked over and he was in the box and his claw(s) was caught.   It clearly was painful and he was upset.   I rushed over to him and he was telling the whole world it hurt.   I reached in and went to put my hands around him.   He started to thrash his head back and forth.   Don’t touch me it hurts he was crying.   I knew I had to even if he bit me because it was the only way to help him.  

Trust.   A wonderful thing.  I reached in and wrapped my hands around his chest, his head dashed to the left hitting my left hand hard with his mouth.   His closed mouth.   He never opened his mouth.   I gently pulled him up and forward releasing his claws.   He stopped yelling and I set him on the ground.   He started doing the cat I love you bumps on my hands and legs.   Trust.   I trusted he wouldn’t bite me, he trusted I would help him.   Trust.  It can be a good thing.   Hugs

December 2, 2019

Trying to start my morning blogging

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 04:54

December 1, 2019

Three Utah Girls Stood Up To a Teacher Who Condemned a Boy For Having Two Dads

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Gender, Hate, Love, News, Political, Questions, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 09:18

Three Utah Girls Stood Up To a Teacher Who Condemned a Boy For Having Two Dads

A group of girls knew exactly what to do when they heard their fifth-grade substitute teacher at Deerfield Elementary School in Utah castigate a classmate who said that, for Thanksgiving, he was most thankful that he was “finally going to be adopted by my two dads.” The teacher launched into a 10-minute lecture on why “two men living together is a sin,” so the girls protested. Several times.

When their efforts failed to deter the teacher, the three girls left the room to get the principal and the teacher was escorted unceremoniously out of the classroom.

Courtney Tanner of the Salt Lake Tribune tells the story:

Students later said that the substitute snapped, “Why on earth would you be happy about that?”

For the next 10 minutes she lectured the 30 kids in the class about her own views, how “homosexuality is wrong” and “two men living together is a sin.” She looked at the boy, too, and told him: “That’s nothing to be thankful for.”

“She also tried to blame our son,” said one of the boy’s dads, Louis van Amstel, “and told him that it was his fault that she went off.

The saddest thing about this story may be that the boy at the center of it all was reluctant to challenge his teacher out of fear that it might hurt his chances of having the adoption finalized, after two previous unsuccessful attempts. That process is scheduled to be completed the week before Christmas.

Wisconsin Church Hosts Thanksgiving for LGBTQ People Rejected By Their Families

Wisconsin Church Hosts Thanksgiving for LGBTQ People Rejected By Their Families


It’s a reminder that a family you choose is no less important than the one you’re given, and that churches can indeed play a role in promoting love and inclusivity instead of being a force for divisiveness.


“Having someone not accept you is really hard but when it’s someone as close with your family it’s much harder,” added Yellow Brick Road leader Marilyn Schuh.

We all deserve a place at a Thanksgiving table where we feel loved and accepted. Thanksgiving is about coming together and giving thanks for those people we love in our life. We couldn’t think of anyone else we would rather spend this day with than you!” reads the event’s description on Facebook.

As The Advocate notes, these kinds of events can’t be under-appreciated:

Events like these can help LGBTQ people feel connected and supported in the face of ostracism. In a 2013 Pew survey, about four in ten LGBTQ people reported being rejected by a friend or family member. LGBTQ youth are at a much higher risk of becoming homeless.

Having a community like this goes a long way to minimizing those risks.

November 22, 2019

Some pictures I took of Milo the other day

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Pictures — Scottie @ 11:08

My blog helpers are napping

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, News, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 11:02

November 17, 2019

Presidential Candidate Fantasy Camp 2020

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Greed, Harm, Ideas, Love, Memes, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 19:12

November 15, 2019

My night

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 07:49

Hello my wonderful friends and Toy Box viewers.  I had another bad night with muscle spasms.   I went to bed at 7 PM just beat.   I have not been sleeping much so I have been going to bed early.   By 8 PM I was awake with painful spasms in my right leg.   I tried for about 20 minutes to shift enough to relieve the pain and stop the spasms, but it did not work.   So I got up and walked around the bedroom for a while.   So got back to bed about 8:40 PM.   I slept on and off fighting the building spasms and shifting to get them to subside.   At 11:30 PM I jolted awake with horrible pain my my right leg.   The foot, calf , and the back of the upper leg was on fire and spasm so bad my leg bones were hurting.   I struggled out of the bed and tried to stretch the muscles and stumbled around putting pressure on it to help stop the spasm.  I ended up in my office in my chair which is really helpful with these things.   At 12:30 I tried to lay down again.  I drifted off and in less than an hour was back up with both legs in spasms.   I gave up knowing I wouldn’t get any more sleep.   This is how my nights have been going lately.  So the reason I share my attempt to sleep story is both cats were with me in bed, followed me walking around the house, and came to the office with me.   When I got up for good both cats walked in front of me to the coffee maker and then to my office.   I gave them their breakfast treats and set down to set up the computers and do my blogging.   I had help.   Hugs

Milo and Odie on my desk 11-15-2019

November 8, 2019

You grand wonderful people.

Filed under: Love, Magic, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 17:20

Hell everyone, draw up a chunk of that internet while we still have it.  Tonight for the first time in forever we ordered a pizza to be delivered.  I am stuffed.  I have also been up since 2 AM and I am tired now.  So I will be closing both computers down, taking my evening pills, and turning on the TV to finish watching the movie I never finished.   Best wishes to all, let me know the wonderful / horrible news in the morning.  Hugs and loves to all.  Scottie

Milo in the sunlight on the end of my desk

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 07:29

For Jill and Ollie

Filed under: Cartoons, Funny Stuff, Love, Memes, Things I like — Scottie @ 07:11


November 2, 2019

Towels are magical and this one captured Milo

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:55


November 1, 2019

Milo just going to sleep in front of my keyboard.

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 17:47

I woke Odie from his nap by taking his picture

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 12:27

October 22, 2019

Pure joy on the face of a child

Filed under: Children, Family, Health, Love, News, People I like, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:59

October 20, 2019

Cats In Therapy

Filed under: Animals, Family, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Love, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:29

October 19, 2019

Look at it through their eyes

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Family, Love, Memes — Scottie @ 06:10
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