Picture of the Day

July 21, 2019

Toad on my shoulder

Taken July 4, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

Raindrop Reflections

July 20, 2019

Today, I figured I’d do something a little bit different – A Common Phrase With Historical Origins! The info is still coming from THEFACTSITE.COM, just a little bit different!

Well, I guess it’s not all that different, but just different than what I normally post! Just one fact and one strange quote!

Hope you enjoy…

“Close, But No Cigar”

“I had always thought this saying stemmed from the failed CIA assassination attempt on Fidel Castro where they tried to plant some exploding cigars in his person, which would blow his head off when he lit them up.

“As the CIA failed to get the cigars into Castro’s possession I had always assumed this is where it came from: close but no cigar.

“However, I was massively wrong as I found out this weekend.

“It stems back from the 1800’s and more specifically from the traveling fairs and carnivals that were common across America at this time.

“Back then, the prizes for the fairground games weren’t big cute teddies, but rather cigars or a nice bottle of whiskey. You see where this is going?

“So when you were at one of these fairs on, say, the coconut shy, and you nearly knocked that high and mighty coconut off its lofty platform but just missed it, then the carnie folk would shout “Close! But no cigar!””

(thefactsite.com)

So, now you know where the phrase “Close, but no cigar” comes from!

I hope every one has a great day and stays cool!

“He who sees nothing strange has never looked at a lobster in the face.”

—Auguste Villiers

Picture of the Day 33

July 20, 2019

Smile!

Taken June 22, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

Black and White Dragonfly

Nov 5, 2019

This is by far my most popular photograph I have posted yet, so I decided to repost is today!! I have no idea what makes it so popular or interesting…but I have to say thank you!!

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“Dragonflies symbolize the change in perspective of yourself. ”

~Anonymous

Could it be that I have changed? My perspective of myself has changed?

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

~ Aristotle

The Dragonfly

Having flown the earth for 300 million years

dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome

times of hardship.

They can remind up to take time to

reconnect with our own strength,

courage, and happiness.

Tomorrow is national stress awareness day, national nachos day, and national saxophone day!

Hope you have a great day, night or evening,

where ever you may be!

Thanks for stopping by!!


I caught this image of a dragonfly today…just as I snapped this shutter he took off. I’d like to know what you think…

I didn’t have it on the action setting or anything.

Thanks!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

NIGHT PHOTOS JULY 19, 2019

Wow! I didn’t realize it’s been almost a month since I posted a night photo…just short by 10 days!! I knew I’d been busy, and posting other things, but I had no idea.

So, here are some night photos for you…

Some disturbing facts…hope they don’t keep you up at night!

  1. A cockroach made himself at home one night inside a woman’s ear. She was awakened by intense pain, driven to the er where the staff was able to kill the insect but couldn’t remove it. She had to wait until the next day when she could see an ear specialist.

2. German tourists complained about a foul smell in their motel room in Atlantic City. The stench turned out to be the decomposing body of an elderly man found underneath the bed.

3. Since 1948, about 90 commercial airliners have disappeared, without leaving any evidence to what happened to them.

4. In Toraja, Indonesia, the deceased can wait several months or even years for burial arrangements to be made and to allow distant relatives to pay their respects in person. During that time, family members will still treat their departed loved ones like valued members of the household.

5. In 2012, a Bumble Bee Foods employee was cooked in an industrial oven with 12,000 pounds of canned tuna. Fortunately, the contaminated fish never went to market.

(cracked.com)

So, their you have it! Hope these disturbing facts haven’t disturbed you too much!!

Hope you enjoyed the photos and at least somewhat enjoyed the facts I shared with you today!

Until next time, have a great day!!

“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.”
― Poppy Z. Brite

Picture of the Day 32

July 19, 2019

Carpenter bee on birdhouse wind chime

Taken June 10, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

AND THEN…

…it was gone! The tree branch, that is!

July 18, 2019

  • I just wanted to put in a side note here that this is a continuation of my StraightWinds post.

My boyfriend was off work today, so we were able to take care of the fallen branch pretty quickly. If he had worked today, I would’ve trimmed it back as much as I could using the loping sheers and possibly the pole saw.It took us about an hour and a half.

surviving pole and sun catcher

I don’t know how, but this pole has survived an ice storm and now this tree branch. We used to have a clothes line here, but when we had the ice storm back in 2014, part of a tree took it out. This pole is all that’s left!

the first load

My boyfriend got to use his new Stihl chainsaw today for the first time!!

the second load
almost done!

Well, that’s it for pictures! After this photo was taken, I held the branch so my boyfriend could cut it without the chainsaw going into the ground and to keep it from moving.

I’m still amazed at how lucky we were yesterday! It could’ve been really bad. The storm came up on us that quick! One minute the sky was gray and there was a slight breeze but no worries! The next… we were running for the house! And it was all over before we knew it. I’m glad no major damage was done and no one was hurt.

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

– Claude Monet

Hope everyone has a great day!

THINGS WE FIND

July 18, 2019

I’m not sure exactly what this is, I think it might be a Rose of Sharon. What ever it is, it’s persistent…it’s growing in a trailer!

the original

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” – Isaac Newton

Straight winds

July 18, 2019

This happened yesterday (the 17th).

My son and I are two lucky people!

I know it doesn’t look like much…but it just barely missed the pool

My son and I had just gotten out of the pool!

We were in the pool, enjoying the cool water…the sky was getting darker and darker and the wind was picking up. Everything happened so quick.

It’s hard to describe exactly what happened as it happened. It seems like one minute we were enjoying ourselves, the next – running for our lives!

I mean, my son was on the ladder, getting out of the pool, I was still in, waiting for him. I had to tell him to get moving. I was concerned, if not scared!

We were headed into the house – rather quickly – when I heard the tree start to crack! I looked back to see exactly where the noise was coming from! I knew it was near the pool area…I watched as it came down, at the same time I’m running, telling my son to run!

It really looked like the branch was going in the pool, but somehow it missed it!

The tree at the center of the image…if you follow it up, you can see where the branch broke off!

I don’t know if I really conveyed the danger, but it was scary! This is the second time in my life I’ve personally seen/felt a straight wind, but the first time I’ve been outside! I really thought we were getting a tornado. Of course, I didn’t say anything to my son, he was scared enough!

Wow!!

Anyway, I’m going to be busy today pruning back the branch so my boyfriend can cut it up.

Add it to the wood pile!

Picture of the Day 31

July 18, 2019

Snow covered lane

Taken February 5, 2018 with LG cell phone camera

Just a reminder that it isn’t always hot out…won’t be tool long and we’ll be seeing white stuff on the ground again!

JULY SNAPSHOTS

July 17, 2019

Here’s a few photos I’ve taken this month…

Our frog came back…he’ll disappear for a while, then he’ll show up again.

Trampoline Spider

On my facebook page, Holly’s World, I have a video of him in action…

My glads are in bloom!!

Sorry this post is so short, my brain’s not working properly…actually, my brain’s going a hundred miles a minute right now and I’m trying to figure out exactly what I should post about. My boyfriend and I aren’t getting along at the moment, but I don’t want to write about that…not right now anyway. I don’t want to bother you with our/my problems. All I really want to do is put it behind us right now, but that won’t happen. Not until we work things out… so, if I don’t say too much in my posts, you know why!

Thanks for listening (to the little bit I had to say)!

“Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better.”

  • Albert Einstein

1420 PHOTOS Picture of the Day

July 17, 2019

scarred tree

Taken June 7, 2019 with Canon Rebel t6

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