That’s me, and David this AM. We’re having a heat wave and neither of us slept well last night. The temperature in the living room (coolest in the house) reached 70 at 6 AM, the coldest part of the night.  I turned on the air conditioning and the blower, and will walk on the treadmill today as it was 80 degrees outside at 9AM.

Now you probably think we are heat wimps, and you are probably correct. But, remember David and I are both descended from Northern Europeans, you know the kind who have sleds for their dogs. Our dogs, descended from sled dogs, lie prostrate on the floor if the temps hit 80 and we are not far behind. Lord deliver us when August arrives.



English: Peonies, detail.


The bad thing about the heat is that once more the peonies will burn up before they have a chance to fully open. My tulips fare slightly better, but the late tulips were not designed to withstand scorcing sun. Goodness knows what will become of the Hellebore plants in full splendor at the moment. The good news is that a Hellebore I thought dead has thrown up one long unopened leaf. It sits in the darkest part of the yard, next to the shed on the side of the house.


I’d go outside and take photos of these plants, however, I am suffering from seasonal allegies and spent most of yesterday complaining about the weather and the fifty million flowers blooming at present. As I mentioned above, today will be a day for walking the dog inside, on the treadmill. NO, I haven’t done it before, but if the Dog Whisperer can do it with his pet pit bull, so can I.


Given wonderful coverage, including a glowing report by the Canadian Prime Minister, the PBS News Hour gave Margaret Thatcher last evening, it seems fitting to make a comment or two about her. I know many never liked her, but I did. I knew she knew just how tough it was for a female working in an all male environment as I did for much of my corporate career. I also knew as the daughter of a grocer, she was not a member of the priviledged class  (More like Zoie in the BBC series, May to December). 

Margaret Thatcher proved that women can be leaders as well as men.  Margaret set the stage for women like Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, two other women I admire.


One day, my boss teased me about being an Iron Maiden because with my steely composure I had stood up to an overbearing union steward.  Although I was scared to death on the inside, the steward told my boss I was the toughest woman he ever dealt with. Of course he didn’t tell my boss he showed up for our parley wearing jeans torn in the crotch and sat with his legs spread apart and underwear, filled with junk, exposed for the whole meeting.

Our meeting was about several complaints registered by our office steward concerning the use of the photocopy machine by the secretary. A frivolous complaint if I ever heard it, registered by a novice union member. 

The office steward worked for me so my boss assigned me the task of dealing with his complaints which meant dealing with the clerk’s higher-ups.

As it turned out, there were 14 different complaints, and all but one, where I followed the company lawyer’s instructions to the letter, were eventually dismissed. This experience and others with union officials led me to have a negative attitude about the overreaching ways of the union.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a sociology major or was and had many long hours of classes and read with great sympathy many books on labor in the US and Britain and unions. I also got “Good Marx.” Plus, both of my grandfathers were union men, and I know unions did a lot of good for a long time. But in my opinion, some of unions got too big for their britches in the latter part of the twentieth century. And they were infiltrated by Communists.

Margaret Thatcher took on the unions in Britain, brought Socialism to a screeching halt, and made the UK a better place for it. I’m not saying she did everything perfectly, but she showed courage where others (mostly male colleagues) failed. “Make a U-turn if you must, but this lady’s not for turning,” she famously said to her colleagues when things got tough and most of them wanted to give way. 

Ronald Reagan's Cabinet and Margaret Thatcher'...

Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet and Margaret Thatcher’s Ministry meet in the White House Cabinet Room. A large jar of jelly beans sits prominently on the cabinet room table during Reagan’s presidency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wrote a graduate history research paper on Margaret Thatcher, and in reading the requisite historical material, including her autobiography, I learned much about her.  She was a wonderful leader, and many things that work well today can be attributed to her tenacity. My 2 cents.




10 thoughts on “Cranky

  1. I have to agree with Friko, Since MT died on Monday last, we have had our airways filled with everyone but the Downing Street cat giving their views on the woman. The Houses of Commons was recalled the other day so that the MP’s could pay tribute. It went on for SIX hours??? Mind you a good portion were not favourable. When Churchill died the tributes lasted forty five MINUTES. Unemployment dramatically increased during her years in power.

    Margaret Thatcher did little to further the cause of women, she rarely spoke of women’s rights or indeed enacted pro-female legislation. In 11 years as prime minister between 1979 and 1990, she failed to promote any women members of parliament to her cabinet – the government’s senior ministers – rejecting positive discrimination and complaining about a lack of talent in the female ranks. The one woman was appointed to the cabinet was an unelected peer: Baroness Young, who served as the first female leader of the House of Lords between 1981 and 1983.

    Seven years ago she planned her own funeral, right down to who would read what. There are rumblings that the cost will be between eight and ten million pounds Sterling! She is not Royalty and the country can ill afford such waste of money at this time. Pensions and benefits are being cut at every possible chance from those most at need while decisions are made by millionaire members of Parliament.


  2. O dear, all I can say (and most of our friends) about Thatcher is: Dingdong, the witch is dead.
    Nobody in the many tributes to her in this country had a friendly word to say about the woman/person she was, although everybody says that she was a powerful conviction politician who bulldozed her way through, regardless of the damage she did. She was determined to get her own way.
    She was never a feminist, did less for women than many male politicians and had only one other woman with her in the Cabinet. But she made good use of her femininity, getting away with things which would have destroyed a male politician. When her own colleagues finally stopped being scared of her they got rid of her in the nastiest, most back-stabbing way. Something she never expected and which made her burst into tears.

    We hope to get into double figures at the weekend, about 50 F. That is, if we’re lucky. I might even do a spot of gardening. Peonies? They’re about an inch tall!


    • Too bad so many people are misinformed about what MT accomplished. A whole segment of the population represented by the Prime Minister of Canada have a different opinion.
      I admired Margaret for her courage under fire. She might not have been a leftist crazy, but she was a role model for many women like me.

      MT’s colleagues got rid of her owing to many factors. It happens sooner or later to most people who dare to attempt change. She was a Free-market capitalist in a world that wanted things to be different than they were. Wishing never makes a difference. Sometimes we must take the harsh medicine to survive. That was certainly the case for Britain.


  3. Me, cranky and truly depressed about this pack out combined with my hip. I’m acting like a little spoiled brat. You are, btw, one of the few to say anything positive about her. I know there will be an upswell in positivity. Not yet tho. All one grown man could say was that she took away his milk.


    • Yes, I think she did many things right. You should have heard the Canadian Prime Minister (a woman) speaking about Maggie last evening on the News Hour (PBS). In her case the good she did led to an economic boom in the 1990s. London was unbelievable last time I visited. And, unlike some of their European counterparts the UK is not on the verge of bankruptcy today.

      Yes, I was concerned about all your work with that hip. Be sure to take your BP. You don’t need a stroke.


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