23 Apr 2017 4 Comments
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I don’t use a feeder as large as this, but I have had the pleasure of hummers landing on the feeder while I was hanging it, and have held one in my hand twice. Such charming, lovely little critters!
I’ve noticed that the Hummers go into a feeding frenzy near sunset.I suspect they do it at sunrise too but I’m too lazy to find that out?
I wondered If I could get one them to land on my finger? Hummers have to be one of the most skittish creatures out there! The slightest movement can make them take off in a blur!
So I tried to think of a way I could get one these beautiful creatures to land on my finger?Holding ones arm out is difficult after a few minutes.So you need a brace for your arm.I used a monopod but you can use a tripod or a pole.
I’ve noticed over the last few nights that they go into a feeding frenzy around 7:45pm.So I set up some lights for filming earlier & waited.
Once I saw them starting to “flock”I turned on the camera & placed…
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22 Apr 2017 2 Comments
Today marks Earth Day, the one day per year in which many people pretend to care about the home that we all share: our beautiful planet Earth. There is apparently a “March for Science” going on in Washington, D. C. – throngs of people littering the streets with themselves and their Unicorn Frappuccinos as they make certain to take endless selfies to show everyone how “aware” they are.
If you treat every day as if it were Earth Day, then you would be moved to action, even if only in the smallest means, and that action doesn’t include posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Doing something for our planet doesn’t involve self-absorbed narcissism!
I always maintain that being part of the solution is much better than being part of the problem. Little things like “reduce, reuse, recycle” are important to incorporate in daily life. Instead of always deciding between “paper or plastic” at the grocery store, why not bring your own, reusable shopping bags?
Bees are rapidly becoming endangered, and that means our food supply is threatened. Why not plant bee-friendly herbs, shrubs, and trees wherever possible? Spend a day at an apiary, if possible – learn what you can about those marvelous little critters upon whom so much depends.
When’s the last time you volunteered at a local outdoor cleanup activity which wasn’t driven by politics or making yourself look good amongst your office or personal circle? When did you do something good for our planet, simply because it needs to be done?
This planet is our home. It’s the only one we have, for the far foreseeable future, so we are responsible for its health and well-being as surely as we are our own. We cannot be parasites – we need symbiosis!
That’s my small, soapbox oration for today. I did a little bit of beach cleanup yesterday, since the weather was perfect for it! It always feels good to DO good. My “deer” friend, Spot, just hopped over the fence and headed to the backyard, so Mother Nature is already paying me a visit and saying “thank you!” With that, please enjoy the five songs which, to me, always symbolize Earth Day.
21 Apr 2017 Comments Off on Friday Fun: Miscellaneous Memes & Music!
I think that it’s time for a few Friday memes, followed by a bit of music! The sun is out today, so it’s time to ride over to the beach and take a walk on the sand. Later, ‘gators!
21 Apr 2017 Comments Off on 14-Year-Old Cello Prodigy Ifetayo Ali-Landing Wins Coveted National Music Competition
This is too awesome – this young lady rocks!
article via blavity.com
While most teens are consumed with navigating puberty, Ifetayo Ali-Landing is busy being a cello master. A student at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute in Chicago, IL, Ali-Landing recently took home the coveted 1st place prize in the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition.
Along with a $10,000 cash prize, the young prodigy will also have an opportunity to feature as a soloist with major orchestras and perform with the all black and Latino Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. This, along with a nationally-broadcast radio appearance on the prestigious NPR and PBS broadcasted talent showcase From the Top, the 14-year-old competitive musician is making her mark as a premier cellist.
Ali-Landing began playing the violin as a toddler before deciding to switch to cello at the age of 3. Since then, she has received numerous awards and performed in several showcases…
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20 Apr 2017 6 Comments
in Uncategorized, Various Topics Tags: 2017, crossword puzzles, good mood, life happens, myriad musings, pictures, power outage, random ramblings, reading, relaxed, sepultura13, Thursday Thoughts, unexpected interruption
Well, the post I was writing yesterday will have to wait! The unexpected interruption of a power outage yesterday made it impossible to finish my editing and revising. That post will have to wait until tomorrow, which is good; I’ll have more than one post to publish, this way! I can tell that people are unenthused with my own posts, but that’s fine – my blog isn’t just a hub for spitting out other people’s blogs, especially when they’re disinclined to return the favour. Funny how there’s so much talk about driving traffic to blogs, but one can easily use all of the tricks in the book and still not attain the massive levels that others accumulate. I guess I just don’t have the collector / hoarder mentality, which isn’t a bad thing!
Anyway: back to yesterday’s power outage. It happened at around 1152, according to the time / date stamp on the document I was working on. No warning, just *FOOMP* out go the lights and everything else! I went around the house and unplugged some of the surge-protectors (force of habit), turned off any lights that were on, then opened the sliding-glass door to the front deck and stepped outside to listen.
A few minutes later, the sound of emergency-vehicle sirens were rising, seemingly from all directions. It was as if every one of them on the peninsula had been activated and mobilized, and were all converging in one location. After 20 minutes passed, the beating noise of a helicopter could be heard at a great distance. It slowly got closer, and finally the machine itself hove into view. It moved over the treetops, descending at a low rate of speed, and finally dropped out of sight. About 15 minutes later, the helicopter took to the air again and sped off. Conclusion? An accident of horrific proportions had taken place, resulting in a power pole being taken out. Nothing for me to do but make a quick brunch out of my leftover breakfast and finish my coffee before it got cold.
After eating, I got dressed and walked outside to take a stroll around the property. The hubster has branches stacked by the fire-pit to burn later in the week, and I made note of the shrubs near the house and garage that need to be cut back and cleared. The lawn needs to be tilled; I’m hoping that one of the neighbours will lend us their roto-tiller so we can shred some soil – it’s overdue for some earth-turning!
The sun even came out for a while, just as it’s doing right now. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the silence; the only noise was from a few cars passing on a side-street, but other than that, birds and squirrels were my companions.
After about an hour, I went back inside and checked my phone. At least there was a cellular signal, so I was able to send a few texts and keep updated on the Seattle Mariners game. They beat the Miami Marlins 10 – 5 and won that series after being trounced on Tuesday. Almost a dreaded “no-no” game, there! Since there was nothing else that could really be done, I popped open a bottle of ale, sat down in my rocking-chair, and picked up a Stephen King book which I hadn’t finished: a collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I haven’t quite finished it; I marked some of the stories to save for later so that I have some reading to look forward to, and having a nice stack of crossword puzzles helped me not totally devour the book. My mother-in-law sends me some from time to time, and they’re always a nice form of relaxing brain exercise. Still, I need to order some more books soon! See if Kellerman, Coben, King and Koontz have any new offerings out.
The power finally came back on at 2030, but the cable and internet didn’t return until after 2200 or so. It came on fairly late, as the Conan show was on my DVR this morning, recorded as scheduled – I was in bed by then, since I’d woken up early when the hubster headed out for his own truck-hauling adventure. So, that’s what my Wednesday was: a day without power, but it was perfectly enjoyable!
20 Apr 2017 Comments Off on Midweek Musings…20 April 2016 * Re-Posted *
in Uncategorized, Various Topics Tags: #BlackLivesMatter, #BringBackOurGirls, 4/20, cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, Freddie Gray, George Takei, Music, myriad musings, pictures, random ramblings, reblog, sepultura13
This was deserving of a re-post; multiple factors contributed to the decision! I also put the links of a couple of my past posts here, since re-blogging is only allowed once. I think that bloggers should be able to reblog our own posts as many times as we want, but that would probably contribute to laziness – and there are plenty of people who use that excuse far too often, LOL!
Just a few, random thoughts are going through my head this morning as I sip my coffee. A year ago today, a young man named Freddie Gray succumbed to horrific injuries sustained at the hands of Baltimore police. His arrest was on 12 April, 2015…it took him eight days to die. Sickening, saddening, and maddening. My heart goes out to his mother and father, family and friends today.
It’s been 737 days since the girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Stolen from their loved ones because they wanted an education. My heart goes out to them and their families today.
It is also 4/20, the day celebrating that lovely little plant, cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. A side-note for Star Trek fans out there, it is also the birthday of one George Takei. Interesting little tidbits for people who are curious, LOL –…
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20 Apr 2017 2 Comments
I pay attention to the politics and elections of other countries, too. In this edition, John Oliver talks about the upcoming elections in France. Germany’s happen a few months hence; it will be interesting to see what transpires between now and then.
‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration Katherine Johnson Will Deliver Hampton University Commencement Address in May
16 Apr 2017 Comments Off on ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration Katherine Johnson Will Deliver Hampton University Commencement Address in May
article by Danielle Kwateng-Clark via essence.com
Hampton University is welcoming a living legend for their 147th Commencement this May. The historically Black university announced that Katherine G. Johnson, the physicist and mathematician who worked for NASA and was an inspiration behind “Hidden Figures,” would join them as their commencement speaker this year.
As an African-American woman, job options were limited —but she was eventually hired as one of several female mathematicians for the agency that would become NASA,” President Barack Obama said during her Presidential Medal of Freedom honor.
To read more, go to: Katherine Johnson Will Deliver Hampton University Commencement Address| Essence.com