Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Found on YouTube - Jack O'Lantern and the Squirrel


This is a really cute video I found online.  Better enlarged to your full screen.  Enjoy!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Is It A Ghost?
~Joel Bjorling~ 

Is it a ghost I hear
Down the basement stairs,
Creaking, rapping, 
Hooting everywhere?
It could be the washing machine
In need of repair,
But is it really 
A ghost down there?
Is it a ghost I see,
Crawling up my bedroom wall?
Its body, with thin, bony fingers,
Must be over ten feet tall!
It could be tree branches
Bending in the wind,
But you can't fool me,
The ghost is back again!
Ghosts must enjoy
A devious lark
Because they save their scary havoc
Until it is dark;
Have they nothing better to do
Than haunt my house?
It's getting too frightening
For man or mouse!


You can read more Halloween poems here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Update...

Hello everyone, thanks for all the good wishes throughout.  All is quiet this morning.  We had wind and rain and our electricity was cut for several hours, but I think our friends further up north got the brunt of it.  When we woke up this morning we were surprised to see how quiet it was and it's a lot brighter than the last couple of days.  Gregg went up to get his newspaper and he only saw one tree down in the neighborhood.  I haven't turned the news on yet and am worried about all who saw more of Sandy's wrath than we did.  We may be having company soon and I'm going to be getting round to some housework today.  Not much to do thank goodness, but enough to keep me off the computer for a while.  I will be back in a couple of days or so.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Still on line....

and not going anywhere today thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  I just got this off the Google public alert system.  You can enlarge it to read and see more clearly.  

The last time we had really bad weather was several years ago when a tornado touched down two miles away.  Our trees out back just about bent double, and those are pretty darned big trees.  We'll see how they do over the next couple of days.  

For all those out there who are in its path I am sending good thoughts your way, please stay safe.  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leaves For Leontien


This is for Leontien, a sweet lady who is battling cancer.  Many in the blogging community are posting "Leaves for Leontien".  I wanted to add mine to let her know that she has my love and  prayers.

Please click HERE to visit Nancy where you can see others who have added their blogs in support, and thank you Nancy for being there for Leontien.

As we're coming up for Halloween.....

I thought I would share a graphic I found on Pinterest.  If you click on the names below it will take you to their collections.


With Hurricane Sandy heading our way I am not sure if I will be on line tomorrow, it all depends on whether our electricity is cut off.  We have been without when we have had storms in the past.  Consequently I maybe a bit scarce for the next few days.   

A blizzard warning has been issued for the mountains of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, with up to two feet of snow possible.  It doesn't look like we will be getting any snow but have been told to expect 4 to 7 inches of rain starting tonight, going through to Tuesday, with sustained winds of 35 mph and peaked gusts up to 60 mph.  All Federal Offices are closed to the public and I'm sure there will be many school closings tomorrow.  That means Gregg will not be going into DC tomorrow.   Looks like we will be battening down the hatches instead.  He has already been outside  taking things inside that might become flying objects.  All our neighbors have been doing the same.  

I have not had much computer time lately and I apologize if I am not getting round to your blogs to say hi.  This evening I will be trying to catch up with as many blogging friends as I can.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS #218



If you enjoy participating in memes we are always looking for new participants, and I hope you will consider joining us this week.  For those of you who have been supporting us already, thank you!  If anyone would like to share your photos on our home page, details are below this post.

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.



You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise

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If you would like to be a guest on our home page, please send me one or two of your favorite flower photos at luvinwildlife@hotmail.com, with TODAY'S FLOWERS in the subject line.  Letters occasionally find their way into my spam folder and the clarification will help prevent accidental deletions.  Your photos will be added to our list of Guest Friends in the order they are received, and I will let you know their appearance date.  

This address can also be used for any concerns or problems you may run into.  Occasionally there are hiccups in running any meme and we would like to be made aware of them.  Also if you have any suggestions for improvement, we would be very happy to hear them.

If for any reason you should not be able to access my hotmail address, by all means please feel free to use luvinwildlife@gmail.com.

Today's Flowers has always been a family-friendly meme and we do not have too many rules but please, no business advertising.  These will be removed when found.   

Thank you very much, your support is always appreciated.
Denise
Team Member

Friday, October 26, 2012

CAMERA CRITTERS

I am still sharing photos from my trip to the zoo in Norfolk several weeks ago.  I discovered this rather lovely statue and was very interested in how it shone so brightly in the sun.  I couldn't quite capture the effect in these photos but it absolutely glistened.  I tried to find some information about it on line but had no luck.  I would love to know the material that was used to make it shine and also find out who created it.  The whole effect was very effective, it was beautiful!


As the tigers were being a little shy, I didn't see them and consequently took no photos of the live kind, I took shots of the statue instead, which was at the entrance of the Asia Trail at the Virginia Zoo of Norfolk.




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Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters.  I always look forward to it each Saturday.  
To see other fun critters you can click here or on the badge below. 

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

SkyWatch Friday, Season 6, Episode 16



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A mini road trip to Baltimore

Yesterday afternoon around three we headed over to Baltimore.  It's a nice journey, long enough to feel you are going on a mini road trip and yet short enough to get there and back without too much hassle.  There is always the traffic of course.  Going we had to deal with rush hour but it wasn't so bad really.  Coming back, even though there was still a lot of traffic, it was all free flowing and the journey home went faster.  Before we knew it we were rolling into the garage.


Gregg's brother and our niece were in town overnight and they asked us if we would like to meet up for dinner.  We said yes of course and we had a lovely time visiting with them and chatting over our meal.  We picked them up at their hotel and drove the short distance to the restaurant. There were several we could have walked to from where we had parked our car. but we chose the closest one which was McCormick and Schmicks.  The link is right here if you want to take a look.  The food was great and our waiter was very friendly.  He would definitely be someone we would go out of our way to ask for again if we went back.


We don't get to see the family nearly as often as we would like, so when these opportunities arise we consider them as true gifts.  I dearly hope we will get another one in the not too distant future.


The first three photos are the only shots we took yesterday near the Inner Harbor.


Today Gregg went into the office, even though most days he works at home, that is unless he is spending time with clients and might have to drive into Washington DC.  He got all his work done and arrived at our house in the early afternoon.  We had some dry-cleaning to pick up and as it was 2.00 p.m. and I had not eaten yet, and Gregg had not had anything since breakfast, we decided to drive over to Noodle & Company for lunch.   

By the time that was all done it was again rush hour and we took the back roads, which is so much prettier with hardly any traffic.  We always pass an equestrian center on this route and as we had no cars behind us I asked Gregg to stop so that I could take a couple of pictures.


Not only do they have regular riding lessons but they also give classes for children with special needs.  We sometimes pass by when the horses are being put through their paces, but today they were busy munching on grass.


One last photo of our neighbor's friendly pumpkin, and that's been our day so far.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Heroes


Some days you just read a feel-good story you just can't keep to yourself.  You may have read about it before but just in case I decided to share it on the blog.  You can get a more detailed version here.

These heroes dressed up as comic book characters while cleaning the windows at a children's hospital in Pennsylvania.   Way to go!  They brought excitement into the lives of a lot of sick kids.  And way to go to the window cleaning company that decided to do this, not forgetting the one in Great Britain who gave them the idea in the first place.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Linking up with Anni's Bird D'Pot today - Mr. Crow arrived this morning....


Decided to link up to Anni's Bird D'Pot and to see other entries you can go here.


"It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see."
~Henry David Thoreau~


Normally one crow arrives and you hear him up in the trees calling to his family.  They turn up shortly afterwards but not today, he was going solo.










Saturday, October 20, 2012

TODAY'S FLOWERS #217


If you enjoy participating in memes we are always looking for new participants, and I hope you will consider joining us this week.  For those of you who have been supporting us every week, thank you!  If you would like to share your photos on our home page, details are below this post.





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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.



You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise

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If you would like to be a guest on our home page, please send me one or two of your favorite flower photos at luvinwildlife@hotmail.com, with TODAY'S FLOWERS in the subject line.  Letters occasionally find their way into my spam folder and the clarification will help prevent accidental deletions.  Your photos will be added to our list of Guest Friends in the order they are received, and I will let you know their appearance date.  

This address can also be used for any concerns or problems you may run into.  Occasionally there are hiccups in running any meme and we would like to be made aware of them.  Also if you have any suggestions for improvement, we would be very happy to hear them.  (If for any reason you should not be able to access my hotmail address, by all means please feel free to use luvinwildlife@gmail.com).

Today's Flowers has always been a family-friendly meme and we do not have too many rules but please, no business advertising.  These will be removed when found.   

Thank you very much, your support is always appreciated.  
Denise
Team Member

Friday, October 19, 2012

CAMERA CRITTERS

When I was at the Norfolk Zoo back in September I came across these cute little animals, two Fennec Foxes.  They are the first ones I have ever seen except for those on the TV or from a book.  The first two photos are of the same animal.  This little fox was very skittish and didn't want to show itself.  I didn't hang around too long as it obviously wanted to join its companion asleep under the bushes, as you'll see in the third photo.  


I was at the African exhibit, Okavango Delta, housing Eliza and Roxie. 


According to what I read at Wikipedia, the Fennec Fox or Fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa.  Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat.  


You can read more about them here.


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To see other fun critters you can click here or on the badge below. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Skywatch Friday: Season 6, Episode 15

Interesting skies taking outside my local supermarket late this afternoon.






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A poem....or two....or three....


"Stray birds of summer come to my window
To sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of Autumn
Which have no songs,
Flutter and fall there with a sigh."

~Tagor~


The Cardinal sun-catcher was a gift from one of my friends.  Anne gave it to me for my birthday a while back and it is much loved not only because of the thought behind it, but it protects any feathered friend who might think of flying into the window.  There have been near misses but not so many now that my pretty sun catcher is standing guard.  You can also see the shape of one of the transparent hummingbird stickers I have strategically placed for extra protection.  

Those yellow autumn leaves are falling onto the deck every day.  No sooner are they swept up, you turn around for a few minutes and there they are again.  I love this time of the year and I love to watch the leaves falling.  

"The North Wind is calling, is calling
And we must whirl round and round,
And then, when our dancing is ended,
We'll make a warm quilt for the ground."

~Anonymous~

No north winds here yet.  In fact we have been having some beautifully sunny days this week, in the 60's.  Today it is supposed to be getting up to 70, with a fifty percent chance of rain.  I am going to make hay while the sun shines.  Time to get out of here and enjoy the day, but first I will leave you with a couple of lines from one more poem.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the Autumn Tree."

~Emily Bronte~

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Bird D'Pot and Wild Bird Wednesday 14

Today I am signing up for The Bird D'Pot and Wild Bird Wednesday 14. You can click here for Anni's Bird'D Pot and here for Stewart's 'Paying Ready Attention' blog.  Thanks for hosting these lovely meme Anni and Stewart.

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I get this little Grey Tufted Titmouse in my garden regularly.  Today I saw him taking a drink out of the water dish.


More photos from the Norfolk Zoo

Several weeks ago when we were in Virginia Beach, my niece called and asked if I would like to go to the zoo with her and her little girl.  Of course I said yes and the three of us had a wonderful time walking around, and for me it was an even greater pleasure seeing all the animals as if through the eyes of my sweet and adorable great-niece.  She was particularly interested in the tortoise.  


It is the first time I have heard of Aldabra tortoises.  They are the second largest land tortoise in the world.  They arrived at the zoo in August of 2010 and it is a very interesting story which you can read all about here.   I obtained all the information for my post at this link.


Aldabra tortoises are native to the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean.  The cluster of coral islands is part of the Seychelles' Islands in the Indian Ocean.


They are the only modern day survivor of 18 large tortoise species that once lived on these islands. The other species were rendered extinct by humankind's impact on their habitat (sadly an only too familiar story).  They were over-hunted and their eggs were eaten by predators such as cats, rats and pigs that were introduced to the islands by sailors.


The Aldabra is the only species left and it was near extinction in the late 1800s when Charles Darwin and other naturalists signed a petition to protect it, making it the first protected species.  They are still protected by the Seychelles government and the wild population has soared to 100,000 to 150,000, although they are still considered to be threatened, in part because island eco systems are delicate and sensitive to severe weather.


Our adorable newest member of our family is enthralled.










It was such a lovely visit to the zoo, made the more enjoyable because of the company of my niece and great-niece.  I have been to the zoo before but not in years and years, since our own son was about our great-niece's age, and there have been so many exhibits added since then.