World Environment Day

Here are a few pictures of the great outdoors to celebrate World Environment Day.

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A Feathered Friend

I hear these birds every morning, but they have always been hard to locate. The plants and trees in my yard are flourishing and the birds are nesting, so all of the shrubbery will stay thick and full until autumn.

Anyway, after a few weeks of “talking” with this specific species, one finally decided to strike a pose for proper identification:

It is a white-crowned sparrow – very pretty!

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Happy Earth Day

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. 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. Said action isn’t solely posting some tired quote on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or everywhere else the selfish and the self-absorbed congregate.

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 you can, and learn as much as possible 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.

That’s my small, soapbox oration for today. Now that I’ve stepped off of it and put it away, please enjoy the five songs which, to me, always symbolize Earth Day.

Tender Moments For Tuesday: 15 August 2017 (Re-blogged)

’tis a busy week, so enjoy this “Tender Tuesday” re-blog of music and some local scenery.

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Eyrie Of An Aries

I need a break from all of the hate. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking shit and nonsense. I see people doing nothing but ensuring that they are part of the problem, and doing nothing to be part of the solution. The lunatics have officially taken over the asylum, from what Iโ€™ve seen. At least my sanctuary in my little corner of the world remains solid, fortified, and secure. The royal fortress in the meadow stands tall!

Apologies for the quality of the pictures; theyโ€™re the best that I could take on short notice, with only my cell-phone camera!

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Tender Moments For Tuesday: 15 August 2017

I need a break from all of the hate. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking shit and nonsense. I see people doing nothing but ensuring that they are part of the problem, and doing nothing to be part of the solution. The lunatics have officially taken over the asylum, from what I’ve seen. At least my sanctuary in my little corner of the world remains solid, fortified, and secure. The royal fortress in the meadow stands tall!

Apologies for the quality of the pictures; they’re the best that I could take on short notice, with only my cell-phone camera!

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Tuesday Tunes & Soothing Scenery…13 June 2017

To counter the ugliness that is rampant here in the USA, around the world, and everywhere on the Interwebs, I offer up some soothing scenery of beautiful people and beautiful places, along with some relaxing music. Enjoy…

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Random Pictures…13 September 2016!


Fishing on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. The Astoria-Megler Bridge is in the distance.

I’m currently attempting to get my webcam to work…Windows 10 interferes with things that used to be simple plug-and-play, it seems! I could at least get some of the programs to (barely) function on my old computer, once I cranked it up and made it cooperate; this new rig has its own mysteries for me to solve, with or without the computer tech guy! I will figure this shit out…trust me on that!

In the meantime, enjoy these random pictures I took over the past few months, while I maintain an even temperament whilst dealing with frustrating technology. Mercury retrograde isn’t going to thwart me, LOL!

We saved this little frog! He was hiding in the “sun-room” area of the shop, which should be the workout room since it has most of the gym equipment in it. Notice the colouring? All speckled like the concrete that lines the floor – just a tiny strip of green on its back:

The day after rescuing the frog, this interesting-looking beetle decided to say “hello.” I’m not sure if it’s a ground-dweller, a tree-dweller, or a swimmer!

There is a small “water feature” in a corner of the property. Two years ago, we went out and dug up a big hunk of water-lily root that had three leaves on it and put it in the feature for a bit of greenery. In June of this year, right around the Summer Solstice, it looked like this:

During the small heat wave we had at the end of August, it looked like this:

Did you count the leaves?
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Speaking of plants, check out this cool little cluster of flowers! One of my happy indoor plants, that I never knew bloomed, has been sprouting these like crazy – I have no idea what the plant is called, but I like these little stars:

Finally, some shots of food…just because!

Now I’m craving sushi…but it’s a two-hour drive away!
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My computer died!

I drove that poor old beast into the ground, I fear. I have to use a loaner and a laptop until my shiny new “Maximum Overdrive” is built.

It was a 6-year-old “Franken-puter,” which had a RaidMax (TM) Thunder V2 735-W power system, an AMD Radeon GPU, and a 500 Gb hard drive which was all slapped onto the original Acer (C) motherboard and using the original “green drive.” It ran on the quad-core Intel (C) i3 processor and the memory had been expanded to the maximum of 16 Gb. The new one I’m having built will make my old one look like a slug.

Anyway, we had to driveย two hours to Vancouver to drop the dead CPU off and retrieve the data and then decide if I wanted to have a gaming powerhouse built, which was pretty easy. I can’t wait to see the new model since it will be attached to a shiny new curved-screen monitor. I’m tired of fighting glare from the window since it’s been far more sunny here the past two summers. I just might even get a new mouse and some better headphones. If I’m going to be live-streaming then I need proper gaming gear.

After discussing, debating over,ย and finalizing the specs for my new computer, it was time for lunch and I had a hunger for some sushi. My husband and I ate at a place that I used to go to after work on Fridays, which is only two blocks from where I used to reside. Plenty of leftovers to bring home and I am happily snacking on them as I type this. Sushi for brekkies is good stuff!

I hung my Wheel of the Year on Sunday and realized that I wouldn’t be able to do my Lughnasadh / Lammastide post, but I think that the pantheon forgives me for that unavoidable lapse of attention.

That sums up my weekend adventure. The weather has been fantastic so I’ve been taking advantage of the heat: out in the garden, out on the beach, or out in the sun-room sweating on the elliptical and the home gym.

Life is sweet.

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Songs on a Saturday…

I’m out running errands, in doing some housework, then back outside to do some gardening and planting! I’ll get around to reading and catching up with the blogs I follow tomorrow, when I allow myself a day of laziness on Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy these five, soothing, Saturday songs!

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Stormy Weather…Stormy Thoughts…

It’s stormy here. The rain has been non-stop for a few days now, and the wind has picked up considerably. I like stormy weather, though…especially when it seems to match my mood. I feel tempestuous again – hurt and angry and irritated and annoyed and tired all at once. Ugly emotions that randomly surface like bloated bodies from the dank mulch at the bottom of a lake. Feeling this way for no reason at all, and yet for every reason under the sun…pick something and I’m sure I can find something to snark about. I hate feeling this way…but I love it at the same time. Go figure.

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