Hay Haunting!

It is cold outside and we have the first snow of the season.  My daughter is sledding and my husband is shoveling.  I just put the Lion Cub down for a nap, but I’ll probably be out there taking pictures soon.

I just pulled my cozy, soft, hand-knit headband out of the pocket of my rainjacket, and lo and behold, it was covered in hay!  What the —  ??  It took me a minute to figure out it was just some final remnants from my horse career days.  It has been over 4 years since my Blue Dragon was born and I quit my job as the horsemanship teacher at the boarding school.  But there’s still hay in my raincoat pocket!  If you’ve ever fed farm animals, stacked hay, or helping with hay baling, you know how it gets into every itchy nook and cranny of your body and your clothing.  I guess I just didn’t realize how long it sticks around for after that!  Except for the fact that it itchy-fied my headband, it was kind of a nice reminder that somewhere inside the depth of my old jacket pockets, I’m still a wrangler woman.

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Outraged

Have you heard about the new TSA “enhanced pat down” procedure?

Not many people have — the TSA has publicly stated they do not want to let everyone know what the pat down entails.

In fact, here’s the oh-so-detailed official word from the TSA homepage. I don’t see how they could be more vague — they don’t even really talk about the pat downs at all!

Here’s a detailed explanation from a young mom who found out the hard way what an “enhanced” pat down means.  She’s not making it up.  There are too many other similar stories out there.  I chose hers to share since I can relate to the fun task of flying with a baby.

When did we hand over our rights to the TSA?  Who gave them this authority?  Either we must go through these detailed fully body scanners and let TSA see us naked, or we must be subjected to letting them feel our private parts?  How does this keep anyone safe?  All the terrorists are going to do is put the explosives in their body cavities.  Oh, maybe we should require cavity searches to be able to fly too.

It’s a good thing I like road trips.

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