Soggy Saturday!

It is sprinkling lightly outside right now, but has been raining since late afternoon. There was a brief respite from the precipitation yesterday – the sun was actually out in the morning! Shocking to see at the height of the “rainy season,” but certainly welcome. Temperatures here have only varied by five degrees between the daytime and nighttime hours since the end of October; that finally changes this week when the lows get down to all of 45F, while the highs stay in the mid-50s. Hopefully it will cool down enough to kill the algae that have stalled the crabbing season!

I’m missing out on delicious Dungeness, which I usually consume while watching football games – and having a nice dish of fresh, steamed crab would have made the Huskies win during yesterday’s Apple Cup that much sweeter! The “big Dawgs” destroyed the mangy Cougars 45 – 17, and I was pleased to see it happen. I always support my purple and gold! At least my football teams are doing well; the Huskies won handily, and the Seahawks have made a good, strong showing so far – I’m hoping that they keep up what they’re doing! Some trades made this week by the Mariners have me shaking my head in disbelief yet again, so MLB’s Spring Training will be something that I watch a little closer than usual – I want to see if those trades were well-made, or if the manager is just throwing darts at trade options and hoping for a hat-trick! So many players who have been traded out end up on teams that win the World Series, while the Ms still struggle to grab that golden ring! Now that the Cubs finally ended their drought, will it be 50 years before the Ms do anything worthwhile? Time will tell…

I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo word-count, but not feeling bad over it. Remember when I said that the local utility district did well with clearing out dead trees and branches before the storms hit? Well, that was true – there have been no power outages related to the weather, at least here…but, there was an outage yesterday that was solely caused by some moron in a pickup truck taking out a power-pole. The idiot must have been “pulling an Anthony,” since he missed a turn in the road that is easy to navigate if you’re actually paying attention to said road, and the road wasn’t wet. The accident happened around 2 p.m., but the power was taken off at 5:15 p.m. for the repairs to be made. I’d say that the power was out for a good 12 hours, so that cut into my writing time considerably! Typing by the light of a candle or kerosene-burning hurricane lantern is doable, but the smoke from the candles and lantern build up after a while. So, it was the perfect time to cuddle, snuggle, and spoon, and then catch up on sleep that has been lost since starting this NaNo challenge! My brain on overdrive causes horrible insomnia and makes me grouchy; combine that with being around family after the election and before the holidays, well…suffice to say, it isn’t a recipe for positivity! So, the blogging award that I was going to post will be deferred until I complete the NaNo challenge. I’m still prioritizing, but the likelihood of getting to that 50K word-count in four days is pretty slim. Good thing I didn’t bother buying any of the merchandise declaring myself a “NaNo Winner!” At the very least, I can give myself an “A” for effort and following the “honor system” of the challenge. I read the rules and stuck to them, and didn’t ask a soul for assistance. I think that’s pretty damned good, right there!

Time for some weekend music…enjoy!

SPLISH SPLASH

Beautiful captures of raging water…perfection!

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“LAZY BOY’S” CLOSE UP

I love this series of photos…very serene!
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He really is lazy.He likes to lay down & munch on the grass close to him. When he can’t find anymore close by,he gets up,moves over & lays down again. He’s a funny but lazy Bruin.

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LIGHTHOUSE SURF

I love lighthouses, and the ocean after a storm…this photo captures them quite well! Excellent.
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The Cowgirls of Color: Black Women’s Team is Bucking Rodeo Trends

I love this – it’s awesome! These young ladies are an inspiration.
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Pinky, Pennie (in background) and KB calm their horses before riding in the grand entry. (Photograph: M Holden Warren)

article by Annalies Winny via theguardian.com

The Cowgirls of Color are frustrated. It’s the final stop of Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the only all-female team has had a difficult first ride, making their chances at a victory very unlikely. “The whole point was to win, not just to be in [the event] because we’re girls,” says KB, a 39-year-old legal administrator who has been riding with the team for a year and a half.

In a sport dominated by white men, the all-female, all-black team is a rarity. At the Bill Pickett rodeo, the only black rodeo in the country, high-octane events such as bull riding and steer wrestling remain almost exclusively male. But every year brings more female contestants than the last.

Since the team formed two years ago…

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Happy Caturday — cat shaming edition

LOL – here are a few “cat-urday” smiles!
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Spoilt Men In the Woods

I agree with the sentiments expressed here. “Real” hunters and fisher-folk aren’t mindlessly slaughtering everything that they can, and posting photos of their “kills” on Facebook. True hunters and fisher-folk are simply feeding themselves and their families – not hanging a “trophy” on their wall.

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A few days ago, I was almost shot. Yes, that’s right. I had a loaded shotgun pointed at me. I was just walking my dog, following the path behind my house when a guy rose up from a ditch, pointing his gun at me. «I almost shot you!» he yelled, and added: «I thought you were a moose!»

I have never been mistaken for a moose before. I don’t have antlers and as a member of the homo sapiens species, I walk upright. The hunter explained that he didn’t see me until the last moment, and he heard me only because he was using some sound amplifying equipment.

This happened in less that a gunshot’s distance from my neighbors’ houses. And he was not the only hunter out there. You see, at least here in Norway, there seems to be a trend among hunters to hunt closer to where they…

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Rocky Relationships~

I’m always awestruck by rock-climbers…they’re phenomenal! Cindy captures these daredevils in all their glory.
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are particularly hard,
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subject to extreme ups and downs,
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making you feel perpetually unsafe,
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like you might, at any minute,
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fall off a cliff.
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People often wonder,
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why be in such a relationship?
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They may not share the love of the challenge, the discipline, the risk.

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Cheers to you from beautiful Utah and the remarkable rock-hounds who choose to defy gravity & win~

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Stunning Street Photography of Chicago

Beautiful photographs of the “Windy City” – fantastic!
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Karl Jason Solano is a talented photographer and filmmaker with a penchant for philosophy, travel, people, basketball and art, based in Chicago, Illinois. Karl shoots a lot of street, architecture and portrait photography.

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