Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Warm in here...

Sending love to Mommy!

These rubber pants!

Keep Barb dry and I bet she would not get hit by a car either... Love the dog walkin' walkin' outfit!

The baby bugs...

They call me "special". 1 Taco shy of a combo plate, 1 beer short of a 6 pack... kind of "special.

Now the poor darling has to figure out how to get out. So sad...

Oh well at least they are warm!

Another weather moment from Willard Scott (AKA ME!)

This just in... it is a hot mess outside!
Well - not hot mess but hot mess.
Lets make it a great day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back in bed...

We walked, yelled at some other dogs and now we are going to take a big nap!

LASPCA - E Cards for Valentine's Day

Great way to support LASPCA!

Valentine's Collection

These sweet notes are sure to make your intended smile. Your $5 donation to send the card will get tails awaggin' at our Animal Care and Rescue Center. You can send each card to up to 5 recipients. E-Cards

Look what I just found...

My favorite photo of Remy and Mommy! Look how tortured he looks. I miss my little man so much.

Scratch my back...



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The best part of my day...


Text from Sawyer (I know... 2 Sawyer's in a row!)

"Ice balls keep falling on my head".

Memo from Sawyer:

To: Clients
From: Sawyer
Date: Today
Re: Traveling

Please schedule vacations ASAP so I do not have to start working the pick up window at Mc Donalds on St. Claude Avenue.

Thanks in advance.


Crescent City Vet Professional Dental Cleaning

This is gross but a good reminder to brush, brush, brush! I need to schedule my babies...

Sexy Max...

Bradley is working, the babies are at school and Max is helping me work! Very productive day...

I wish I had a home...

Please give me a home... I will love you.

Winter outfit #2

How about this one? Does my butt look big in this one?

Rockin' my winter outfit!

T Boy Nutria on his float...

T-Boy Nutria predicts early end to Winter & great Mardi Gras!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Got Rain?

Raining cats & dogs!

My spend the night party...

Well - I am looking for another home y'all.

Taylor's overnight was going just fine until Taylor decided to "beat up" (no one was hurt) the other dog in the house. Taylor is a very good girl but needs lots of one on one attention and we need to switch gears and start looking for a family with no other dogs.

So, we are still looking for a home for this sweet girl.

Markey Park/Bywater (from NOLA.COM)

New Orleans officials on Friday shuttered a newly rebuilt Bywater playground and ordered a new round of soil samples after recent tests commissioned by parents showed high levels of lead in the dirt.

markey_park_lock.jpgView full sizeThe city has closed Markey Park in Bywater due to elevated levels of lead.

Markey Park will remain closed until results come back from soil samples sent to a lab, said Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

If the findings indicate dangerous levels of toxins, the city will move quickly to remediate the area, said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the city’s health commissioner.

How officials would pay for the work is not clear, but DeSalvo said it would be done. One method would be to cover the contaminated soil with an impermeable barrier and top it with a layer of fresh soil and sod, she said.

The city also has hired Paul Lo, a local environmental health specialist, to take samples from other parks and playgrounds, DeSalvo said. The testing schedule will be posted publicly soon, she said.

Parents whose children play at Markey Park became concerned when routine tests by pediatricians showed higher-than-normal levels of lead in their children’s blood. They formed an educational group, NolaUnleaded, and consulted with Howard Mielke of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

Mielke’s research showed eye-popping lead levels in the dirt around Markey Park, where some of the kids play nearly every day, said parent Claudia Copeland, who is a molecular biologist. The levels were about 30 times the recommended figures.

Exposure to lead, a neurotoxin known to disrupt development of the brain and central nervous system, is especially dangerous for young children.

In 2008, the last year for which data are available, more than 6 percent of Orleans Parish children younger than 6 tested at or above safe levels of lead in their blood. The rate was the highest for any parish in Louisiana. In Jefferson Parish, 1.6 percent of children tested above the standard. In Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes, fewer than 1 percent of children had elevated levels.

Soil in New Orleans has historically contained unusually high lead concentrations. In 2000, 15 of the 46 neighborhoods sampled in a census survey had soil lead levels exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory standards.

Remnants of leaded gasoline, used from the 1950s until it was banned in the mid-90s, are one culprit. But lead-based paint, which was banned in the United States in 1978, seems to be the primary cause.

The city in 2001 passed a law requiring safety precautions before contractors can sand or scrape houses covered with lead-based paint, but that ordinance seems to be largely ignored, spreading invisible lead dust and chips across town, said Mielke.

He has found dangerous levels of lead citywide and in about 80 percent of children living in parts of Central City, the Irish Channel, Bywater and Treme, he said.

Statewide, according to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the most common causes of lead poisoning for Louisiana children were paint, soil, dust and vinyl miniblinds, which can form lead dust when they deteriorate in sunlight.

When blood tests for lead came back high for Copeland’s 16-month-old son, Diego, she immediately thought their house must be the cause. She began steam-mopping the floors, washed her kids’ hands more often and insisted that everyone take off their shoes at the door, she said.

While NolaUnleaded leaders are pleased that the city has moved so swiftly — “the fastest we’ve ever seen the city of New Orleans do anything,” Copeland said — they don’t agree with the park’s closure.

They preferred to keep it open while posting signs saying “The soil in Markey Park is toxic,” and telling parents to keep their children away from the soil and wash their hands after they’d played there.

“If the park is closed, kids will be playing somewhere else contaminated,” Copeland said, adding that she doesn’t allow Diego to crawl around in their own backyard, which they can’t afford to remediate. She’s also glad to hear that the city will be testing other parks.

“Lead can really affect learning, even more than socioeconomic levels,” Copeland said. “A lot of kids might be labeled as dumb, but they’re actually brain-damaged from lead.”