The Wisdom of Cats!

One day an old alley cat crossed paths with a younger cat frantically trying to catch its own tail. The older cat watched carefully for a while. When the young cat stopped for a breather, the older cat asked, “Would you mind telling me what you are doing?”

The young cat said, “Sure thing! I went to Cat Philosophy School and learned that happiness is in our tails. So I am going to keep chasing my tail and someday I will catch it and get a big bite of happiness.”

The older cat responded, “Well, I have never been to Cat Philosophy School, but I agree: Happiness is in our tails. However, I have found that when I just wander around enjoying life, it follows me everywhere I go.”

A Psychological Tip

Whenever you’re called on to make up your mind,
and you’re hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you’ll find,
is simply by spinning a penny.
No — not so that chance shall decide the affair
while you’re passively standing there moping;
but the moment the penny is up in the air,
you suddenly know what you’re hoping.

Piet Hein

Rules to Live By…

A few of us created these “rules” to share with our JQ and Members as we work together.

  1. Take a buddy with you! (Boys with boys, girls with girls.) No Quota member should ever find themselves alone with one of our JQ members and vice versa. No JQ should ever go anywhere during a Quota activity without taking a buddy and letting a Quota member know.
  2. Ask before you hug/touch someone. Not everyone is a “touchy/feely” person so respect them by asking first and if they say no, understand that it is their prerogative (and nothing against you).
  3. Try it first. Whether it’s a taste of something you have never tried before, or an activity, give it a try (a “no-thank you” bite) first.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Respect each other.

“Hear”‘s an interesting fact


 the number of competing

sounds it takes to

confuse the female ear.


Heard Mentality

You’re at a party when someone calls your name from across the room. You look around in confusion, trying to pinpoint the source. For help, try asking the guy next to you. A study in the journal Cortex found that women are less adept than men at zeroing in on discrete sounds in noisy environments. Next time you need to hear above the hubbub, tune in to these tips from Bruce Vircks, Au.D., President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology:

  • Stand close to a wall – the center of a room is generally the loudest spot.
  • At seated functions, choose a high-back chair to block unwanted sounds from behind.
  • In conversation, try positioning yourself next to the speaker so her voice goes directly to your ear. If that’s not possible, move to a well-lit area. Watching a speaker’s lips can provide clues to what she’s saying, even if the racket persists.
taken from BH&G, December 2011, pg. 190

Garden Party


We always hope for the best weather, and it doesn’t always cooperate. We’ll weed in rain or shine (just not downpours) and this year it was cloudy. The rain held off and while the ground was still wet from the rain overnight, that made our job easy! We pulled lots and lots of weeds and beautified the courtyard at Shawnee!

Maureen and Pat

We had lots of help: Anna Moore, Cathy K, Kathy F, Maureen, Pam, Pat, Emily, Mary Kay (Principal at Shawnee) and her two grandkids. The kids brought laughter and joy to the task which motivated us.



Pam donated beautiful geraniums that we planted.


Some parents came in last fall and planted some beautiful tulip bulbs.

I promised no “butt” pictures; these made the cut.