R.I.P. Daisy Brown

I am utterly devastated.  If you’ve followed this blog for a period of time, you’ll know that last year we added three kittens named Penny, Scout, and Daisy to our family after our longtime family members Athena and Orion passed away.  Unfortunately, Daisy passed away suddenly this morning due to what was probably a heart defect.  She was much smaller than Scout and Penny but more than made up for it in spunk.  Her purr was twice as loud as Penny and Scout’s.  She was the first out of the carrier when we originally brought them home – and she didn’t just slowly ease out – she burst onto the scene!  Read more »

Oct 2016 – Sept 2017 Hours Tally

Salvador Dalí sums things up pretty well.

In a continuance from my earlier October to May 2017 Hours Tally post from earlier this year, here’s the FINAL numbers for the 2016-2017 year (Oct 1, 2016 – Sept 30, 2017).   As I’ve done in past posts, I calculated time based on these categories, which was the same as last year, except I included a late arriving National Delegate category:

  • Troop
    • Trips, Events, Cookie Booths
    • Paperwork and Planning
    • Meetings
  • Service Unit
  • Delegate (SU)
  • National Delegate
  • City Slickers (our service unit’s summer camp)
  • Other (Scout Sunday related and random meetings)

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Proof of J-Low and a Letter from Rudyard Kipling

Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to Juliette Gordon Low, or as I affectionately call her, The Original J-Low.  I was once admonished in a comment about how disrespectful I was to refer to her as J-Low instead of Daisy.  Well, I have proof that she even referred to herself as J-Low!  I once highlighted the The Juliette Gordon Low Papers Collection from the Digital Library of Georgia in a previous post, so I’d like to refer back to it for a glimpse at how she signed some of her letters:  Read more »

Rename the Savannah Bridge!

There was a display in the Hall of Experiences at the G.I.R.L. 2017 Convention about renaming the Savannah River bridge in Savannah, GA to the Juliette Gordon Low bridge.  They had an enormous banner that everybody could sign, plus they had laptop stations set up if you wanted to electronically (and OFFICIALLY) sign the online petition.  And then you got a G.I.R.L. Agenda pin!

Here’s the link to the petition:


2017 National Convention: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

The OFFICIAL G.I.R.L. Convention patch!

Whew.  I’ve already covered what happened during the 2017 National Council Session, so here’s my experience with the rest of it!  This was my first convention, so going into it, I had no idea what to expect.  It was definitely sensory overload, but a good kind.  Like going into Willy Wonka’s factory but it was all Girl Scout related.  But there were no oompa loompas.  Or Everlasting Gobstoppers.  OK, maybe it was nothing like Willy Wonka’s factory.  Nevermind.  I’m really not sure what to equate it to.  But can I just say OFFICIAL Scarfapalooza??  I’ve never seen so many in one place!  Anyway, here’s a few highlights!  Read more »

2017 National Council Session Wrap Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I walked in the door from the 2017 National Council Session and Convention a little after midnight Sunday night, and it will probably take me a number of days to recover.  Things are still a blur.  Plus I’m old.  😉

At first, I had planned on combining both my convention and session experience in one post, but I realized they each need to stand alone.  I was also going to let a week or so pass in order to let things settle in my mind.  However, I believe I need to at the very least get the business out the way first so that my recollections are as fresh as possible.  Feel free in the comment section to add to this commentary or correct any mistakes you come across.  Read more »