1269 PHOTOS: Picture of the Day

August 22, 2019

Purple eye

“Bloom where you are planted.” – unknown

1269 Photos: Praying Mantis

August 21, 2019

Praying Mantis Facts:

  • The Praying Mantis can rotate its head 360 degrees!
  • Praying Mantis’ are carnivores! They mostly eat other insects, but larger mantis’ can eat small frogs and even birds. I’ve watched a praying mantis attack and eat a stink bug!
  • There are over 2000 species of Praying Mantis’ and they are closely related to cockroaches and termites.
  • When capturing pray, they typically bite their head off, this way they (the prey) can’t get away. The female will bite the males head off after mating! Siblings often eat each other.
  • Praying Mantis’ typically only live about a year (spring to fall, really).

I know this photo looks like the same photo as one earlier in the post. It is not – the praying mantis is further away in this photo!

  • Seeing a praying mantis may be a symbol of good luck!

Today is Brazilian Blow Out Day and National Senior Citizens Day! Have Fun!!

Hope everyone has a great day, night or evening where ever you are!

“Anything can be a weapon in imaginative hands.”
– Jane Prowse, The Revenge of Praying Mantis

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1269 Photos: Picture of the Day

August 21, 2019

So Happy To See You!

Another photo of our tree frog hanging out on the hummingbird feeder!

I’ve Been Sleeping In

August 20, 2019

The heat and humidity has been causing me to take a nap in the afternoon. We don’t have AC at the moment, so getting things done in the morning and/or evening is important. And then rest in the afternoon, during the hottest part of the day. Having a pool helps! But I normally don’t get in it until after 3, unless I’m taking a quick dip!

With having taken a nap, I can stay up a little later, which means I sleep in! Not by much, but I do sleep a half hour longer (give or take).

I just wanted to let you know why my posts are a little later than normal. Once the heat wave is over, things will probably get back to normal.

Have a great day where ever you are!

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is National Pecan Pie Day and National Radio Day! Enjoy a piece of pie while listening to the radio (I give you permission!)!! 🙂

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100 Word Sentence

August 20, 2019

Two Little Bees

The two little honey bees loved to fly around looking for pollen, always by each others sides and checking out every pretty flower they came across, when one bright and sunny day they came across something that smelled way different than what they were used to, they flew close to check it out and realized it was sugar, something they had never tasted before in their short, busy lives and boy did they love the sugar and from that day on that was the first place they always went to, to get their sweet, sugary fix, no matter the weather.

1269 Photos: Picture of the Day

August 20, 2019

Kissed by the Morning Dew

Two strawberry plants with dew drops on them.

READING: Old King Cole

August 19, 2019

Nursery Rhymes and Family Ties

First, I have to tell you I absolutely love old books! I’m not sure what the allure is, but when I see an old book, well, it’s hard not to stop and take a look at it!

This book is the 1973 edition. Not sure exactly what that means, but there were apparently more editions.

Why did I pick Old King Cole? Keep reading and you will find out!!

So, on to Old King Cole. Everyone knows the nursery rhyme, I’m sure. In this post, I’m not going to talk about the nursery rhyme, but about who the nursery rhyme is about, or based on. There are a few theories out there.

According to Wikipedia, there is much speculation. One theory is the Coel Hen Theory, another is the Cole-brook theory. There is also a theory that he wasn’t a king at all, but “Old Thomas Cole”, a wealthy merchant. I will try to get into all the theories, but it might take multiple posts (I don’t want to bore you to much).

The Coel Hen Theory

I’m going to try to make as much sense of this as possible. In the article by wikipedia, it is noted that the name of the legendary Welsh king Coel Hen can be translated “Old Cole” or “Old King Cole”. This often leads to the speculation that he is the model for the nursery rhyme but there is no documentation that would connect the two. According to the article there is also a dubious connection of Old King Cole to Cornwall and King Arthur, found at Tintagel Castle that there was a Cornish King or Lord Coel.

This is the theory I find interesting. Supposedly, if I made the connections right and everything is right, I am a direct descendant of “Old King Cole” or King of the Britons, Coilus (Cole) of England. Yeah, I know! Crazy!!!! How could I be related? It’s really mind blowing, but it pops up in my family tree…so, of course, I have to go with it! King Cole was born in the UK and died 0170 in Colchester, Essex, England. His parents were Marius, King of the Britons and Julia. He was married multiple times, most unknown women, but one wife was Strada Britian, who had Atheldis De Britian. He is also known as Coel of Britain, Old King Coel, Old King Coilus, Coel “Old King Coel” (Coilus) King of Britain, Coel of Siluria, King of the Britains Coilus (Coel) of England. The Ancestral File Number I have is 8HR8-M2. (Does that number help any? I don’t know.) This is going WAY BACK. I honestly don’t know how true it is. I do view it with some speculation. But I also find it very interesting!

According to Wikipedia (I have this in my family notes), “Coel (Old Welsh: Coil) or Coel Hen (“Coel the Old”) isa figure in prominent Welsh literature and legend since the Middle Ages. Early Welsh tradition knew of a Coel Hen (Coel the Old), a leader in Roman or Sub-Roman Britian and the progenitor of several kingly lines in the Hen Ogledd (“the Old North”), the Brittonic-speaking part of northern England and southern Scotland. Later Medieval legend told of a Coel, apparently derived from Coel Hen, who was the father of Saint Helena and the grandfather of Roman Emporer Constantine the Great. Other similarly named characters may be confused or conflated with the Welsh Coel. The traditional “King Coel” may be the historical basis for the popular nursery rhyme “Old King Cole“.”

The wow factor doesn’t stop there, but I will stop here. Next week, I’ll delve into the other theories. I think I’ve bored you enough!

Have a great night!

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1269 PHOTOS: Catfish

August 19, 2019

Some facts:

  • catfish are a diverse group of ray-finned fish, named for their prominent barbels
  • catfish are carnivores (meat eaters)
  • the smallest species of catfish is known as the banjo catfish and is only .39 inches long
  • catfish can be silver, gray, white, tan, green or yellow depending on the species
  • we’ve caught Blues (with a blue tint to them, like the one above and below) and Muds (the last photo)
  • The entire body of catfish is covered with taste buds that can detect chemicals in the water and respond to touch. the greatest concentration of sensory organs are located on the whiskers

Catfish John

“Mama said, ‘Don’t go near that river,

Don’t be hanging around old ‘Catfish John.’

Come in the morning I’d always be there,

Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.”

  • written by Allen Reynolds/Bob Mcdill
  • released in November 1972 as the fourth single from the album “Catfish John”/ “Chained”
  • also been performed by Jerry Garcia, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Russell and other artists (wikipedia)

Ok, that’s enough facts for today. Later, I’ll do my READING post. I’m actually thinking about tweaking it – more than about reading, but also mythology, folklore…more about knowledge than about reading! So, we shall see. This weeks will be about Old King Cole. I’ve just got to figure out what to call the series…READING won’t work. Any ideas?

I guess that’s all I have for now!

Hope everyone has a great August day, night or evening where ever you are!

Today is International Bow Day and National Soft Ice Cream Day! Go tie a bow on and have some ice cream! You deserve it!!

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“One catfish does not make a creek, nor one hero a nation.”

  • William Cowper Brann

1269 PHOTOS: Picture of the Day

August 19, 2019

Abstract Flower – Inverted in PhotoShop

Carefree Saturday 15

August 18, 2019

My day in Pictures…mostly!

Country Roads

On the way to get my boyfriends truck…I wanted to get a picture of the fog on the mountains, but it didn’t happen!

Burkittsville, MD

This is the town where The Blair Witch comes from… it’s just a legend though.

two shadows?

This is an oops photo and I wasn’t going to include this photo, but there’s two shadows coming from my leg. Can’t figure it out!

On The Move
Just A Jumping Spider
Yucca plant seed pods

I did a little bit of gardening…not much, it was so hot! When I do my gardening during the summer months, I usually try to get out as early as I can – like daybreak when it’s so hot and I can get more done.

A yellow cricket?
Cicada shells

Hope everyone has a great day!

“Find a way to relax that takes you to a joyful level, a level that quiets the nerves and allows thoughts to be calm.” – Byron Pulsifer

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Sunday’s Prayer and Inspiration

August 18, 2019

Not the best photo I know! So, in case you can’t read it…

“God grant that I may live to fish

Until my dying day.

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray,

When in the Lord’s safe landing net

I’m peacefully asleep,

That in His mercy I be judged

As big enough to keep.” – author unknown

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

– Joseph Chilton Pearce


August 17, 2019

I’ve got three this week! I can’t decide which one I like the best…

Tree Frog and Spider Plant
Hummingbird at the top
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Bright eyes at the top
  • Gray Squirrel

The hummingbird photo and the squirrel photo were taken with the zoom lens.

Which one do you like the best?


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