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NOTE: Three...count 'em THREE tropical storms developed Friday. Wilfred in the Atlantic, Alpha made landfall in Portugal of all countries, and BETA could make landfall as Cat One in or near Corpus Christi! But, it may go a whole different direction...it's a bit unsettled as I type this up.   Flooding is sure to happen with many inches of rain (predicted 6-21 inches). So, I may not be online at all for days. I do have a few posts pre-scheduled long before these storms showed up.

To begin, since I don't do emails other than family ...it just takes up too much of my time and I don't want to be on the phone or computer all day...this is for Ginny [or anyone else interested]: Amazon is not the only site that has jigsaw puzzles. I wanted to tell you that there are other businesses online that have them. Here, most are unique to those found anywhere else. Lately, tho, with this pandemic, several puzzles are "out of stock"...but you can still visit the site and request their free catalog. My sister and I buy puzzles from BITS AND PIECES often [anywhere from 300 pieces to 1000+]. Prices are reasonable, staff is courteous, reviews are always positive. AND you don't need a credit card or PayPal. They accept money orders and checks as well!! When you open the site, go to the search button and type in a category. For instance "Cats"...Everything they sell [not just puzzles] will come up for viewing and/or ordering. Christmas, Halloween, Dogs, Fantasy, etc. Just choose your own theme. Or, just click on jigsaw puzzles!
 
puzzle seen here is courtesy of Bits n Pieces, not my image .


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I can't say if it's old age, or just so anxious to get outdoors in the cool part of the morning or what, but I drove the 30 miles to Port A the other day and stopped at my first birding area.  Parked the car...reached over to the passenger seat to get my camera...and NADA.  I forgot to put the camera in the car!!!  It was still on the hutch at home, being charged for the next outing!  So, I just walked, birded with the cellphone [which the photos taken are so distant, you can barely see the subjects spotted!].  Other than getting my steps tallied up and getting fresh air, the morning was a bit wasted in regard to birding.  Once I got to the jetty [a favorite spot for dolphin watching and taking in the ships passing through] the fishermen/women were out in droves, the channel was quiet for ship traffic, and the county or port authorities were busy with two barges loaded with granite boulders....they are working on refurbishing the jetty breakwater that was damaged three years ago with Hurricane Harvey!!  I was mesmerized watching the heavy equipment operators moving the granite [weighing TONS EACH] into the channel.  I took a video of a couple of them being placed precisely where they were mapped to go.  If you wanna watch the 2 minute video, click here.  Keep in mind, even tho they look mini-sized they are about 6x4 feet or larger!!


...and here are a few photos off the cellphone from that same morning:


They are all of Great Blue Herons


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One more thing, then I'll let you go. I found this book at Barnes and Noble the other day when I stopped on the way to the grocery store, for Bud. A book he ordered had arrived, and I picked it up for him. I was gonna be out and about, so instead of having them deliver it, I figured I might as well. Good thing. I found an autobiography of Helen Keller! She is a subject of interest to me ever since seeing the movie The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke from years past.

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  1. Thank you for the website for puzzles! And here is the crazy thing...I used to order from Bits & Pieces decades ago, I got their catalogs. But I had forgotten about them! I can't wait to check out their website. That will be tomorrow, as it is now after 1:00 A.M. Usually when I forget my camera, I see something really good. The most frustrating time when I did not have my camera was when a mama raccoon and her two babies walked in front of our car and stood and posed for a long time.

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    1. I thought the very same thing...I'd see a special bird & no good camera.

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  2. Good luck with the hurricane! Stay safe.

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  3. Barnes & Noble... one of my very favorite places to go. Usually I go every time I have my quarterly routine blood work drawn (which was today-Friday) but I resisted today because of starting my Christmas shopping & having limited funds to "play with". But I love that place & so do the grandgirls. We'd usually take them once during their stays with us. We haven't gone with them since last year. I wonder if those days will ever return. *sigh* Please stay safe from the hurricanes. It seems such a busy season for them this time around. *hugs* Love~Andrea xoxo

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    1. I realize the norm will never be to our liking. At least that's what it seems these days.

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  4. Hope you stay safe during the storms. I've done something similar with my camera. I did remember to take it but forgot to put the SD card in it and my camera has no internal memory.

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  5. Hello Anni,
    I hope you stay safe during these storms. I have gone out without a charged battery, I try to be more prepared for my outings. Love the views and the GB Herons. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I try...I don't know what was occupying my mind before I left home.

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  6. I remember years ago when we also went through the entire alphabet and had to start naming storms like this. Stay safe, friend! :-)

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    1. one time only...2005 (I think that was the year of Katrina too)

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  7. Sure hope you get through all of the wrath of Mother Nature at this time. Forgetting things is normal as we age. The frustrating part is when you misplace eyeglasses for several days until they magically show up!

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  8. Sorry you forgot your camera. My boys are in Austin this weekend for the eldest's bachelor party trip (against my better judgement). I said it would be such a 2020 thing for them to get grounded in Texas for a hurricane! I hope it doesn't get too bad, stay safe Anni and keep us posted as best you can! Oh and enjoy the book :)

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    1. For our generation, I think fear of the unknown is much more prominent. And we all know that common sense has gone out the proverbial window these days with the young ones. Just oray they all have fun & remain virus free!

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  9. We are watching the same storm you were watching because at this moment it is right out in the middle of the gulf between you and me. All the activity with these storms has made us watch storms now for weeks and weeks I'm ready for them to all go away. Hope it doesn't plead you and I hope it doesn't flood me and I hope it doesn't go towards New Orleans since they're already underwater and the Panhandle is to. I never forgot my camera but not once but twice I took the camera without the battery in it I had the battery charging and of course that was the day that I left the bag home that had the extra battery. The Celtics came out really good but I know how frustrating it was to not be able to zoom in on a bird. I don't do puzzles but I'm going to take a look at that site just to see what they have

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    1. It took me a while to figure out your talk to text on the CELTICS...cell pics?

      Ya, it's predicted to be a huge rain maker!

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  10. Ohhhhhh Annie!!!!!!!!!! Be safe!!!!!!! Be well!!!!!!!

    I'm sure you are as prepared as you can be.

    Knowing someone in the path of these storms, makes them so much more REAL.

    Be safe!!!!!

    I am, right now, composing a post, with my Autumn/Halloween decorations, finally up.

    And showcasing my Besom! Which you asked to see. Putting a link to your blog, in there. Came over to get the correct link, and found this post.

    Well, if you miss my post now... I will give the link to it, to you again, after it is completed and after you are back to normal.

    Repeat, be safe and be well...

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    1. I hope we have no power outages...but, it's almost a given. I'll find your post, be sure of it!!

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  11. 2020 needs to just stop giving so much and make like fall and 'leave'!!
    Hugs Cecilia

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  12. Like everyone else has said, Thinking of you and all in harms way. Be safe.
    I guess we all have done the same thing and either forgotten the camera or for me it's more likely to be an uncharged battery. Perfect photo op and the camera won't snap!!
    Beautiful area taken with your phone.
    Sue

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    1. I don't think I've ever forgotten to charge phone...yet!

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  13. Was a bit shocked that you forgot your camera. That is so much a part of you. The good thing is today the smart phones will take decent pictures.
    I sure hope you are not in the path of Beta and are spared any torrential rains and possible power outages. Stay safe.

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    1. I'm spoiled with my zoom lens. I can get good close-up photos.

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  14. 2020 has not been very kind to so many. Please stay safe! I get lots of my puzzles off ebay.

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    1. ...that's another good site for jigsaw puzzles

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  15. It becomes a challenge to capture those images with phone, but it is better than nothing.

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    1. It's just like I want to kick myself for leaving without tho!

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  16. Oh no you forgot your camera. I wish I had a camera to forget. :) The only one I have is my phone.
    Hope you will be safe from all the storms. That's one thing we don't have to worry about up here!
    Helen Keller, she was amazing. I would enjoy that book!!

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  17. Praying BETA goes elsewhere. I know you don't need it, and LA. and AL. and Florida don't need it, so it just needs to disappear! Your pictures were still good even with the cell phone. I know I hate to go anywhere without my camera, but am finding the cell phone to do pretty good up close. Just can't get those good long distance shots. I put my camera around my neck even to go outside to get the mail. As sure as I don't, some amazing photo op will be there and I will miss it! So it has become pretty much a staple item on my "jewelry" that I put on when I go out anywhere! Have a good night. Stay safe.

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    1. Ya, they're only good for short distance photos.

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  18. I bet puzzle sales are up. The place we gander about is grocery store about once a week. Every so often into a non food store. And myself to work. Between fires out in my area and storm down where your at, the weather been crazy.

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  19. That with walking out without your camera is so something I would do...but still, I would have enjoyed that walk. Every storm that comes, I think of you and Sandra...

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    1. I've forgotten to re-insert card sometimes too.

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