Saturday Scenery: Squirrel & Deer

The Toronto Blue Jays are currently handing the Seattle Mariners their third straight loss in as many days (7 – 2), so I decided to share a few pictures which I snapped on my cellphone over the past couple of months. I’ll invest in a proper camera one of these days, but roof repairs take a much higher priority!

Also, today’s gaming session begins at 1500 PDT – I hope that you tune in for the AvA action!

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Foraging at the fence-line

Striking a pose…

…but she noticed the blinds moving, even though I was being cautious!

“Bob” the squirrel, raiding one of the feeders…

…a chickadee flew in to wait her turn…

…she jumped on the side opposite “Bob” to grab a seed.

“Easy there, greedy-guts! Save some for the rest of us!”

This feeder is just outside of my front door.

“Bob” kept a watchful eye as I got a bit closer…

Ready for your close-up, little buddy?

He finally had enough of me standing there, and gave me the stink-eye before hopping down and scampering away!

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The elegant, majestic beauty of the eagle…I love it!
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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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Eastern Sierra High~

Beautiful landscape – nature’s panorama, perfectly captured by Cindy!
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Today we hiked the Crystal Lake Trail in The Eastern Sierra,

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with a brave friend who led the way and cut in front on high altitude precipices!

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We climbed 1,000 vertical feet starting at a base of 8900 ft,

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passing many pristine alpine lakes,

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and making a few nice friends en-route!
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Tomorrow we go higher starting at a base of 9,900 ft and heading up into Tioga Pass, land of no wifi, so I will hopefully be back in touch the day after tomorrow.
Cheers to you from the high Sierras~

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Finally – A Bit o’ Rest & Relaxation… *** UPDATED 22 July 2016 ***

I can relax and be lazy again, for a bit! No, nothing to do with that dreaded jury duty – at least, not yet! I still have one day tentatively scheduled, which I get to call about tomorrow to see if it’s still on.

I’ve been busy out in the yard and the garden, tending the plants and shrubberies whilst letting the grasses grow tall – the birds, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and raccoons enjoy the shelter and food provided by the abundant overgrowth. The honeysuckle near the kitchen window smells sweetly fragrant whenever I open the window and let the cross-breeze blow through. I’ve planted rosemary, thyme, and lavender near the front door – honeybees and bumble-bees seem to have multiplied since I put them there last month. Tiny green frogs hide in the bushes during the day, staying out of sight of the snakes. Yeppers, there are small snakes in the bamboo and the rhododendrons! I love looking out and seeing if I can spy some critter moving about in the branches…I want to mount a camera in various places around my house sometime, just to see what wanders through.

What else…well, today marks the birth anniversary of the late, great Robin Williams, who is sorely missed these days…I’d love to see his take on the current political atmosphere, for sure! He, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin – it would give me joy to hear their conversation, were they dining in some great feasting-hall in the afterlife, for the true entertainers! Still, I can’t complain about the daily offerings of my faves: Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee have been crushing the politicians left and right…literally and figuratively! I have to search to find the gems that John Oliver and Bill Maher dish out, and I dearly hope that Jessica Williams finds a place where she can really shine – I want to see her comments off the chain and uncensored, LOL! Speaking of comedies, you simply must check out the sitcom “Wrecked” if you haven’t done so already! No description of mine can do it justice – so, if you are able to find the pilot episode, watch it and judge for yourselves…I refuse to give spoilers! I hope that, by now, you are finding and enjoying the hidden links interspersed throughout this post!

Ah, what else…oh, yes – I simply have to say this: Melania Drumpf is a plastic-faced, plagiarist cunt. Period. Yes, she speaks five languages. Guess what? Most people from countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia tend to be multi-lingual, and most Americans are ignorant of that fact. I was fortunate enough to meet a multitude of “foreign exchange students” when I was growing up in Alaska, and their command of many languages – not counting their native tongues – was phenomenal. That anorectic slag is actually a remedial in her home country, when it comes down to it. I mean, seriously: if she were superior, she would be running her own engineering firm! Trust that I am resentful of the fact that my education system didn’t allow for learning multiple languages from K – 12. I despise that my country of birth has been set on erasing the cultures and languages of all non-white U.S. residents since before its inception…and yet, does everything to resurrect, co-opt, corrupt and “white-wash” the very cultures that have been erased and eradicated.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is in full swing, and once again, I am not in attendance…sacrilege! I hold out hope for next year, when holding to my budget will be more feasible. For instance, my son signed the lease to his own apartment so a visit and celebratory dinner was in order! We’ve been cleaning house here and there, and had some things that we didn’t need, so some nice furniture and assorted appliances went for his use: a dining table, computer desk, four chairs, and a bookcase. Copper-bottomed pans, coffee cups, eating utensils, and a nice Seattle Seahawks blanket were also appreciated – his bachelor pad is fully-functional!

I save a bit of money by doing my hair at home, for the most part. I still need a decent touch-up now and again, and am sorely overdue for one, but I’m able to keep my hair done with the purchase of a top-quality steamer / dryer. It helps me keep my dreads soft and smelling great, and I bought it on Amazon for an excellent price.

Last but not least, my fitness goals are now much closer in sight than they previously were: I’m the proud owner of a very high-quality home gym! I hate going to fitness clubs, because they seem to be quite unsanitary and are far too time-consuming. I want to work out and go, not sit and wait for some sweaty hairbag to quit talking to some she-male’s implants. People never wipe the equipment when they’re done, either – you ever notice that? That right there is the biggest time-waster: cleaning up the weight machines after everyone else, because the so-called “gym attendants” are way too busy posing for their imaginary magazine cover, to actually do the job of equipment maintenance.

Digressing…I have been beaming all week long. I’ve been looking for the perfect home gym and finally have it – I can plan my perfect workout and fitness regimen! I have my elliptical, bicycle, and kettlebells…now, I have my circuit-training machine. I’m elated and ecstatic, especially now that I have an excuse to buy some nice workout gear, LOL! I might even do some posts about my progress, especially if I can surpass how fit I used to be. Working out is something that I’ve always enjoyed; I’ve always maintained that just because I’m a gamer, doesn’t mean that I have to look like the stereotype of one! I’ve never been content with “average” – it might be a blessing; it might be a curse, but I am an overachiever and probably always will be. I set my own high standards for myself…which is how it should be!

Musical Monday…18 July 2016!

I’m relaxing after a nice, busy weekend of gardening, house-cleaning, cooking, and beach-combing, and I’m catching up on reading some of my favourite blogs. It looks as if I have another award to address; in the meantime, enjoy these three songs for my musical Monday! Bonus points to those of you who REALLY know what the first song is about, ROFL

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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Friday Fun…Random Screen-shots

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Yes, indeed…it’s far more peaceful than the chaos of the interwebs! I’d rather play with cobwebs.
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Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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