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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 5:48 A.M. All we hear these days is Swine Flu. Now granted, it could have a lot of potential becoming a world wide epidemic --- which, with the now more popular word used through the media since bird flu, a pandemic...I still question the coverage. Sometimes, I take it seriously what I hear and read, while other times I question the severity. I do know from what I've heard through CNN, the world wide concern for this flu virus is that there is no immunity....it's a new strain of flu. Which in all reality, through the eyes of a scientific research lab, that would scare scientists/CDC, right? Then, on top of that, there is a total shutdown of schools if only one student is infected...and staying HOME? It's like a child...when they first get dirty...the dirty actually helps BUILD immunity. As with measles...once you have it, your body has built a huge barrier naturally, and you then are no longer susceptible to measles. At times, it'
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Wednesday April 29th, 2009 1:50 A.M. Join -Wordful Wednesday Being that I went searching through my photo albums [hard copies] for a photo of the farm from yesterday's posting, I spotted some photos of some beautiful wild flowers that I took from the desert southwest. Tucson, to be exact. When we had a rainy winter, the wildflowers really put on a show for us in the Springtime. And the desert landscape is actually MORE beautiful [you really have to learn to appreciate the desert] than it is any given day. So, I thought I'd take a moment to scan these while I had the scanner turned on...to show and share with you: some plants you're seeing - the pink blossom on top left is prickly pear. the yellow to the right is brittlebrush I believe the blue in the background is Baby blue eyes...or commonly known as desert bluebell. the pink in the bottom photos, I believe is Parry's Penstemon along with a species of agave [think tequila!]...the white blossoms below the
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 5:15 A.M. Join Here "Down On The Farm" eeeeeigh, eeeeigh, oh! And on this farm............ My grandparents were farmers. Does that surprise you? In Nebraska? What else is there to do in that state? If you're not associated with the Nebraska Cornhuskers [college] then, you're farmers. [kidding!] Anyway, they had a gazillion kids. I had aunts and uncles galore. All were birthed to help around the farm. My maternal grandparents had a section of land on both sides of the country road...that's equal to 1280 acres. On one side of the road there were fields of corn. On the other side...where the house, barn, chicken coop, windmill, creamery house, a smoke house, and wood shed, the land was fenced in and cattle was raised. There was also a pig pen for their own consumption [what I mean is, the hogs were raised for pork...not for marketing/selling as the cattle was]. They raised chickens for eggs and poultry. They had sheep
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 4:02 A. M. Doing a Google Search today on the newest outbreak of Swine Flu, I came up with this as the page header... ...thinking I was being alienated from our own world, I had to figure this out. I'm always that way. Something puzzling me, I tend to research. As I clicked on the header, I read that it's Samuel Morse's birthday today. And then, I type in my new search "Morse Code"! Well, behold....I see that there is an Online Conversion for codes. I typed in the above code and came up with letters...only letters --close to Google itself, but in error - [G G E O O L] Spelling Nothing in Particular. Spelling Google itself would look like this: --. --- --- --. .-.. . [stop] Okay then, I had to see just what Hootin' Anni looked like in Morse Code. Here is my blog title: .... --- --- - .. -. .----. .- -. -. .. Wanna use it for fun then, for yourself? Here's the link for the conversion. PS...I forgot for a mome
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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 6:32 A.M. Join Here Sunday Stealing: On with Sunday Stealing Meme...but first: Sorry I wasn't around to visit a lot of you yesterday...we were getting the house ready to paint the exterior. The trim around the brick, the eaves, the front porch, cleaning hurricane shutters, and power spraying around the patio...now that the covering is off the patio...being that that is done, we can move forward and do some much needed painting! So, after that was done, we went and picked out some exterior paint and all the implements needed to begin that. It was a long day for us. But now we can begin. I've been wanting this done now for about two years, and having Bud take all the dark roofing down, around the patio and living room and dining room...it is time to move to the next step before hurricane season begins. In doing so, going around the house I spotted that the huge tree in the front yard is insect damaged...it's beginning to split from the
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Saturday, April 25th, 2009 12:40 A.M. Join Here PHOTO HUNT 2009 THEMES PROTECTION I had a very, VERY difficult time with this prompt! I just couldn't come up with any ideas at all. Something unique. I thought of cactus needles...which protect the plant. I thought of rose thorns, cat's claws and teeth, a lock, the alarm system keyboard in our home...things like that. But they just didn't really appeal to me for the subject this week. Too common, I think. Tho, still...what do I do? Well, I came up with an idea while going through my photo album and realized it was looking me right in the face...literally. So, here is the pair [one of three pairs] that we have in our yard/inside our home. They're called: FOO DOGS [or Fu dog] Foo dogs are really lions. Behind their aesthetic appeal is a rich history of legend and tradition. The lion is known as the proud mater of the feline race. It is not indigenous to China, although lion artwork and sculptures were
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 12:10 A.M. My 55 Fiction today is _ _ _ _ _ Becomes You. Scroll down below Show N Tell, or CLICK HERE Join Here I just finished her this week! I've been working on her since about Halloween of last year. I actually started for one purpose. To send it off to my daughter, Irene. But she got pushed to the back burner [the doll that is, not daughter, lol], and I stuffed her away for a while...nearly forgetting about her all together. The main pattern I used for her was one I found online and had them send it to me. It's for a kitchen witch. You know? Those little charmers that are supposed to keep your kitchen and your dishes and cooking from any foul/harm? Ya, those are the ones. Then, instead of making her a 'flying witch'...when I completed her with her yarn finishing touches the other day, I thought she was cute, just sitting there with her basket. I do have the broom for her in case Irene wants her to hang somewhere...but
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 12:39 A.M. Have you ever found yourself sitting and chomping away at food, or a snack, and you end up reading the label or the backside of a box/package...all the while, as you chew? Me too. And for today, I thought I'd let you play along with me. From the back side of a cereal box, I read this: 1] A fruit, by definition, is the fleshy part of a plant that is protecting the seed. Which by definition then, tomatoes, olives, avocado, and even cucumbers [which we call vegetables] are actually fruit. [true: at least according to this box] 2] The 'fruit' of the cucumber, when squished, explodes to scatter its seeds up to 25 feet away. 3] Which fruit does the gorilla sleep on? 4] Fill in with the correct country, these New Year's traditions: In _____, red is a lucky color so it's wise to ead red apples & cherries. To ring in 12 months of good luck in _____, eat a grape on each stroke of the clock as it chimes midnight
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My Wordful/not so Wordless Wednesday You Tube post is HERE [a slideshow video of a WWII aircraft carrier walking tour] ---or scroll below this entry for Earth Day. Today is Earth Day... If we as a group do not respect and take care of our own planet, we would not be able to stand on the firm land and view such godly, inspiring views of our trees silhouetted at dawn or dusk; as I am showing here today. We would not be able to continue survival as we know it today...it's our responsibility for now and for future generations. So, what better way to show off our world than to show you what you can see standing [Northern Hemisphere] in your yard, looking East before/and just after sunrise.... Venus & our MOON... taken from my cellphone: Moon & Venus @ 5 a.m. from our garage...framed in the window. Looking to the horizon over rooftops...the moon & Venus [to the left of the street light] 5:15 a.m. From our yard Looking East... at ju
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Wednesday April 22nd, 2009 12:04 A.M. Join -Wordful Wednesday Last Saturday for Bud's birthday I surprised him by taking him on a walking tour of a special place that he's been wanting to see. Granted, we have toured this before, about 7 or 8 years ago when we stopped by the city on a vacation...and as yet, living here in the city for nearly 5 years, we haven't gone back 'til this past weekend. It's more for tourists or WW II Naval enthusiasts, and oftentimes they hold special privileges to cub scout and boy scout troupes. It's always crowded. And quite a fascinating place to visit.... Enjoy the slide show video I composed and published with You Tube---- [if you click the enlargement option for full screen view you can read the small print on them better] A photo tour of the USS Lexington Aircraft carrier of World War II era...now a museum permanently dry docked in Corpus Christi Harbor, Corpus Christi Texas. The Flight Deck, the Bridge, the bow
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 2:05 A.M. Join Here Once Upon a Time.... ONCE UPON A TIME I had a lot of these miniature gnomes and fairies that enchanted our garden. Now, with the erosion and time, only a few are left to make our world a bit more magical. On some days, when the winds are still and all is quiet, I can hear the faint giggles and carryings-on of such whimsical ventures they have; flitting around the flowers and playing tricks on one another...Shhhh, be real quiet and perhaps you can hear the bewitching antics and feel the thrill of the sunny day here in our imaginary, mythical and mystical world in the Hootin' Anni's compound called a back yard.... Once Upon a time in the land of mine Fairies were aplenty and Gnomes were hiding Now their wings are kept together with bubble gum and twine Fairy friends down to 6 but once were twenty... and the Gnomes? The gnomes're still residing. ~ The End - - - I was pretty upset yesterday