Picture of the Week

Oct, 19, 2019

October Rose
taken Oct 13, 2019

Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.

~ Chinese proverb

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goofball

Oct. 19, 2019

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Picture of the Day

My son, he was about 2 years old in the photo.

“You don’t have to be crazy to hang out with me. I’ll train you.”

~ anonymous

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Praying Mantis

Oct 18, 2019

facts and quotes

all info comes from treehugger.com

just a little off the top

They have great vision
Given the look of those peepers, is it any surprise that they have stereo vision? They can see in 3-D and their eyes each have a fovea – a concentrated area that allows them to focus and track with acuity. Aside from those two large compound eyes, they also have three spare simple eyes located in between.

I can take you!
She actually did attack my camera! I don’t think she liked me being so close.

They are agile like cats
To the surprise of scientists filming them, mantises have been found to jump with extreme precision, contorting their body midair to land on a precarious and specific target.

They make swift work of their prey
Praying mantises wait to ambush or patiently stalk their prey; but once they’re ready to strike, they do so with lightning speed, attacking with those big front legs so quickly that it’s hard to see with the naked eye. In addition, they have spikes on their legs to skewer and pin the victims into place.

I guess you won’t hurt me after all!

They are masters of disguise
Praying mantises are supremely gifted when it comes to camouflage. They come in the form of leaves and sticks and branches, like many insects, but also take it a bit further. Some mantises molt at the end of a dry season to become black, conveniently aligning themselves with the brush fires that leave a blackened landscape. The flower mantises are crazy; some wildly ornate, others looking so convincing that unsuspecting insects come to collect nectar from them … and become dinner in the meantime.

is this close enough for you?

They only eat live food
Mantises like their food still moving, apparently. Which makes them helpful in pest control as they sup on all kinds of insects, including crickets and grasshoppers.

They disrupt the food chain
But they don’t stop at eating insects. As mentioned above, they commonly target hummingbirds! Not to mention warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins, in addition to frogs and lizards. And then there’s this nugget from the New York Times on the topic: “In two reported cases, females feasted on birds while copulating with males.” Now that’s moxie.

Orchid mantis
NOT MY PHOTO!!
Thought you would like to see it!

They go zombie
Well, in their taste in body parts, that is; when they capture birds, they go straight for the brains.

run away!

They do have predators
Even though they stalk hummingbirds and are masterful hunters, they are also the hunted. Their predators include frogs, lizards, and birds, and spiders.

They do battle with bats
Praying mantises are also preyed upon by bats, but they are no easy victim. They can detect the bats’ echolocation sounds and when they are approached, they dive to the ground, often executing spirals and loops on their way; if caught, they try to slash their way to freedom by use of their big spiky front legs. Bam! Pow!

“Be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve.”

~ unknown

Tomorrow is National Seafood Bisque Day, National Kentucky Day, and National Sweetest Day!

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where ever you may be!

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Even Now: Did you know?

Oct 18, 2019

I was going to make this post about my cat, since I showed you his dinner. But he snapped at me a few minutes ago, so I decided that he didn’t need any more publicity! LOL!! At least not today!

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  • Without your pinky finger, your hand would lose 50% of its strength
  • Talking to yourself is a good way to maintain focus while completing a task
  • If the human eye were a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels
  • you can survive entirely on a diet of potatoes and water, which provides all the necessary nutrients the human body needs
  • human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
  • a cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off
  • 25,000,000 of your cells died while you were reading this sentence

“This is the strangest life I have ever known.”
~ Jim Morrison

That’s about all for now!

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Even Now: A spoiled cat’s dinner!

Oct 18, 2019

Picture of the Day!

a spoiled cats dinner

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.

~ Ellen Perry Berkeley

Ingredients:

  • noodles (here is Angel Hair pasta, cooked)
  • dry cat food ( I use Meow Mix hair ball prevention)
  • water
  • Parmesan cheese

Mix it all together and serve!

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Another straight wind?

Oct 17, 2019

I totally had something else up my sleeve for today, but this happened. So I figured I’d post it!

The wind has been howling all day!! With gusts up to 50MPH!

I was laying in bed, resting for an hour or so when I heard what sounded like a trash can rolling on the ground. Or something like it! I got up and looked, didn’t see anything and laid back down.

When I got up, I took a walk around to see if I could find what it was that went thump.

Didn’t take me long…

I’m just glad it fell the way it did…could’ve hit the house, as you will see…

It could’ve fallen the other way, and if it had, we would’ve had a problem.

the top…
or what should be the top

That’s the tree the top came out of, probably about thirty(?) feet from the house. Maybe less than that. So…how to get it down the rest of the way. I doubt my boyfriend’s truck will be able to pull it down. Maybe…

So thankful someone is looking out for me!

On a positive note, all of my house plants are finally in!

Today is National Legging Day, National Chocolate cupcake Day, and National No Bread Day!

“Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Humbert Wolfe

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Warm and Cozy

Oct 17, 2019

I wasn’t going to do this, but it couldn’t wait!! Yeah, we fired up the wood stove late yesterday afternoon! We probably didn’t really need to, but we figured with the wind chill last night and today…we probably should. At least keep the chill off!

It’s going to be a short post…who know what will happen later (you know I’ll post at least one more later this afternoon…or evening, depending!).

no chill in the air

Right now, it’s 50 degrees outside (minus the windchill) and 83 degrees inside! I’m sitting here in shorts and a tank top!

“Some women are lost in the fire,

Some women are built from it.”

~ unknown

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Back When

Oct 17, 2019

Picture of the Day

button, button
who’s got the button
taken Feb. 27, 2011

“She would rather walk alone in darkness than follow someone else’s shadow.”

~ r.g.moon

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It’s Official

Oct 16, 2019

My last day is Oct 31, 2019. They didn’t give me a hard time at the office…they know what Caregiver burnout is, and know not to push someone. Albeit, they have pushed me into working when I really didn’t want to. But…when this is far enough behind me, I will tell you more of my experiences there (mostly good).

I think you will see my posts change for the better from here on out! I won’t be stressed like I have been for the last couple of months. That’s my hope anyway! I don’t plan on going straight into another job either. Take some time and get back to myself, and really focus on my art.

My boyfriend doesn’t know that this is my plan. He wants me to go straight into something else. I just can’t, not right now. And with winter coming… maybe by Christmas. But I’m thinking longer. We will get through this…for the better!

But anyway, on to what this post is really about…

a while ago
but not so far
as to be called a
distant memory

I told you I had this and here it is! I know I put the 2019 copyright date on it, but it was taken probably somewhere around 2003. I’m guessing my son is 4 or 5 in this picture (when he was in 1st grade I started letting him grow out his hair – and he hasn’t had short hair since!).

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
~ Groucho Marx

Tomorrow is National Pasta Day (while we find noodles all over the world, pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine. The first reference dates to 1154 in Sicily and was first attested to in English in 1874), National Mulligan Day (in golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. The day offers an opportunity for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”), and National Edge Day (promotes a movement of youth refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs).

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Even Now: Carroll Creek, Frederick Maryland

Oct 16, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I went to the library (almost a weekly thing now, again) and afterwards we walked along the creek so I could get some pictures.

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outside the library… I’ve got another photo of the statue, but it’s not ready yet. It’s from when my son was younger. The words on the book are the lyrics from “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, or the most popular lines/stanza.

  • Carroll Creek is a 8.3 mile long tributary of the Monocacy River, with it’s headwaters located on the eastern slopes of the Catoctin Mountains

Carroll Creek Park began as a flood control project in the late 1970’s and was an effort to remove downtown Frederick from the 100 year flood plain and to restore the economic commercial district.

Public Art is incorporated into the fabric of the park

You can find art like this all over downtown Frederick! It looks real, but it’s a painting!!

I’ll be doing more on Frederick and the Civil War in the future, as/when I get more info.

Frederick County Public Library

THe main entrance to the library is actually on the other side.

McClintock Distillery was named after McClintock Young, who was an inventor in the 1800’s. In 1848 he developed a fire engine that would shoot a stream of water. Before he retired he held an excess of 100 patents and owned one of the first foundries in Frederick.

The original memorial stood 12 feet high and had two small demi-lune (in the shape of a half moon) basins for dogs, a large trough for horses and a basin for humans. The restore statue is now located in the garden of the Steiner House, the headquarters of Frederick Civic Club.

fountainworks
the original memorial where it stood at the corner of Church and Court Streets

As you can tell, this is a general overview of the creek/park. As I get more info, I will post it. To read more on the Carroll Creek Flood Plan, Baker Park and some other info of downtown Frederick click here.

There is so much info I could share with you, but it will have to be a post for another date!

Laid out in 1745 as Frederick Town, it was presumably named for Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore, although it may have been for Frederick Louis, prince of Wales

The British Stamp Act received its first repudiation from jurists in the Frederick County Court House on November 23, 1765.

During the American Revolution, Frederick sent two companies of minutemen to Boston and supplied 1,700 men to support George Washington at Valley Forge.

britannica.com

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Even Now

Oct. 16, 2019

Picture of the Day

a footbridge over Carroll Creek

“Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”

~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D. Discoverer of Vitamin C

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Oct 15, 2019

It’s been a busy, mostly productive day! I have decided that Oct 31 is going to be my last day at work. I haven’t found another job yet, but I’m so exhausted…I just can’t keep up with everything! All I want to do right now is cry…or sleep! But I’m here, and I will be ok! Gotta stay positive, no matter how grim things look at the moment! I go in to the office tomorrow after work – one on one/face to face meeting – and will be handing in my resignation at that time. Wish me luck!!

But anyway, on to the post. Here is a sample of what is to come in the very near future.

I hope you enjoy!!

Painting along Carroll Creek in Frederick

One of my posts tomorrow will be on this. Actually, two of them will.

Wanna fight?

Another tease! I will tell you, this praying mantis attacked my camera! She wasn’t too happy with me being so close.

feed the birds

A scanned photo I manipulated to get half way decent for prying eyes! (I could say this is another tease, because it is, but I’m not going to play like that!! 🙂 )

green and purple leaves

You may remember the abstract I showed you not so long ago?

Bug hotel

Ah, this photo is available on Pinterest. Minus the spot I just noticed! Uggg… well, at least I think it is gone! The bugs are aphids, ants and cuckoo “spit” (Cuckoo Spit is caused by the feeding of the light green nymph or Spittlebug stage of the brown Froghopper insect. The white froth protects and hides the insect).

That’s about it for today…my brain has about had it!

Tomorrow is National Fossil Day, Global Cat Day, Bra Day USA, and Department Store Day.

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“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade you conviction to match your destiny.”

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