Thursday, August 29, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that plants and trees don't need oxygen so they expel it for us to use? They do this through photosynthesis when they take in energy from the sun and convert it to chemical energy. Plants are great.

Happy Birthday to my lovely, ninety-one year old aunt. You wear it well.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


The Swallowtail population is flourishing. Including the Black Swallowtail, I counted six. Unfortunately, three was all I could get in the picture.
AND... Other species.
 If anyone is curious about cat fencing, it's the black mesh over the privacy fence.


A view from the window.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that in later years George Washington rode around Mt. Vernon with an umbrella tied to his saddle to protect himself from sunburn?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Our Grands are such generous little souls. They even shared their colds with us when we went in to visit last week.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that L-lysine is used for eye and upper respiratory health in cats? When I was in rescue, it was one of the first things we gave kitties that came in with upper respiratory. It was only recently that I discovered that it has many benefits for humans too. It's an essential amino acid that is used for treating cold sores and herpes; may be helpful in strengthening bones and the immune system, reducing anxiety,  heart health and reducing diabetes complications. It is necessary for production of proteins.
*Side affects, particularly if taking too much, may include GI tract upset, kidney or liver disorders, or gallstones.
I've been giving my kitties L-lysine for a long time. Now I take it too.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


I took Belle to the vet to get a lump on her spine looked at. Luckily it turned out to be arthritis instead of cancer. While we were in the waiting room, a white terrier kept barking at her and wagging his tail, making quite a racket. His owner told me that his good buddy, that was a cat, recently died. When we left, he just went crazy, I could still hear him barking when I was outside. Evidently, she reminded him of his friend.
AND...If this picture looks blurry it's because it was drizzling rain. Frank was oblivious, just chilling:)
AND...Since this seems to be turning into a cat post, I'm including a pic a friend of mine sent me. He's a dog person, but he keeps trying to convert:) Heh.
AND...For my veggie pals. Have you tried this? Faux bacon and pepper jack cheese melted on a potato bun. It's pretty tasty.
Quote from a crying child whose father was taken by ICE. "Government please have a heart. My father is not a criminal."

Friday, August 9, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that fully grown trees help fight global warming by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire. The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, my bud Jacqui Murray (who writes awesome prehistoricals😊) Tamara Narayan and LG Keltner. Thanks folks.
The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.
The August 7 question-Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
It wasn't an ending, but I didn't see it coming...I was contacted by an entertainment company inquiring into the availability of film/TV rights for Love, Lattes and Mutants. Of course, that splatted, but it was a nice momentary glow😊
Always the bride’s maid never the bride.
Read this month: Hoosier Dad and Past Due
I’d seen Elizabeth Seckman on the IWSG circuit off and on for quite some time but, until recently,  I had never read anything she’d written. My loss. She’s an amazing author and tells an equally amazing tale. She is great at character development and worldbuilding. If you enjoy HEAs, I highly recommend her.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Life in the garden...
 The butterfly bush has all kinds of visitors. Three of these guys were fluttering and swooping together. I love watching them.

 The HH has trimmed back the bushes. Yay.

My little helper. Thank goodness he's lost interest in butterfly catching, but he and the dog are putting a serious hurt on the locust community.

Our hearts go out to our fellow brothers and sisters, and their families,  whose lives were violently and senselessly ripped from them. It is still hard to reconcile what our country was a few short years ago and what it has become.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know, Charles Darwin performed experiments on Venus Flytrap plants that included anesthetizing them with ether? These plants take four to five years to mature and can reach thirty years of age.