Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Sweet Albie

My sweet little Albie went to "doggie heaven" on Monday December 15.  He lived a happy life for 16 years.

Rest in Peace my sweet little boy
I love you Albie and will miss you so much

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Ain’t it the Truth….

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Joe Biden on WFTV in Florida

Old Joe is too accustomed to being interviewed by CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC and CBS ... they ask all those "softball" questions.

This interview proves what a liar Mr. Biden really is! He cannot handle the "tuff" questions. Can you imagine what CNN, NBC, etc. would have done if Sarah Palin had responded to a question with "Are you joking" ....

Barack Obama’s campaign killed all interviews with a Florida TV station after Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, faced tough and critical questions from a reporter at the Orlando station, the Orlando Sentinel reported .

During a satellite video Thursday, WFTV’s Barbara West quoted Karl Marx and asked Biden how Obama’s comment to “Joe the Plumber,” about spreading the wealth wasn’t being Marxist.

“Are you joking?,” Biden asked.

West replied, “No.”

Later in the interview West questioned Biden about his comments that if Obama wins the election next month, he would be tested early on as president and wanted to know if Biden was implying America was no longer the world’s leading power.

“I don’t know who’s writing your questions,” Biden asked her.

The Obama camp then killed a WFTV interview with Biden’s wife Jill

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Obama CRAP!

This guy is so full of himself .... an egotistical idiot!

I never knew that the press had to pay big bucks for election night coverage!

Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets

Sarah's spin on Biden's warning

Monday, October 20, 2008

Northern Flicker (yellow shafted) - Colaptes auratus

"Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its favorite food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants."

Female Northern Flicker

Male Northern Flicker

I've waited a long time to get a decent shot of the Flicker. The female landed on a branch right in front of me. If I would have been an inch closer, I wouldn't have got the shot with the lens that I was using (Canon 400mm) The male landed on a pole right in front of my house :o)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Whitetail Deer


Isn't she a little beauty

This image is from March 2008.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gray Catbird & Brown Thrasher

catbirdsmallI heard this little Catbird “meowing” across the road yesterday morning so I went over and looked for him.  He wouldn’t come out of his dark hiding place and I didn’t want to use the flash and scare him off.  Photos are kinda dark but you can still see what he looks like.


GRAY CATBIRD/Dumetella carolinensis

"A secretive, but curious skulker of dense thickets, the Gray Catbird is heard more than it is seen. Its rambling song contains imitations of other bird songs, but the characteristic "mew" that gives it its name is not an imitation and sounds only vaguely cat-like."


This Brown Thrasher was in the Maple tree in the backyard so I had to shoot him through the window!brownthrasher







BROWN THRASHER/Toxostoma rufum

"Brown Thrashers leave the nest at only 9 to 13 days old, earlier than either of its smaller relatives, the Northern Mockingbird or Gray Catbird.
An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood."

source of information: Cornell Lab of Ornithology/All About Birds

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin Acceptance Speech

Here is the “PALIN” speech for anyone that might have missed it last night.  Sarah is a fabulous speaker!


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Now this is funny!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ebony & Ivory ... what a pair!

found here

"Change" you can laugh at ......

 Biden will always give us a good "belly laugh" ... what a dork!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Farmers' Almanac says cold winter ahead

Households worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.

"Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80 to 85 percent for its forecasts that are prepared two years in advance.

The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder than average temperatures, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.

"This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger, noting that the frigid forecast combined with high prices for heating fuel is sure to compound problems households will face in keeping warm.

The almanac predicts above-normal snowfall for the Great Lakes and Midwest, especially during January and February, and above-normal precipitation for the Southwest in December and for the Southeast in January and February. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions should be getting an unusually wet or snowy February, the almanac said.

Article link

Most people wouldn’t  like a  forecast of cold snowy weather but I would love it!  I’m a cold weather person.  So now I’m sitting here dreaming of snow, ice and freezing temps.  Here is an image from Feb. 12, 2008 …. everything was encased in ice!  The little birdies were freezing!



Monday, July 28, 2008

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Early morning sunlight action ……….





Friday, July 25, 2008

Baby Robin


Opened the front door to take Albie out for a walk and this guy was sitting on the porch  …. good thing Albie had on a leash or this baby would have been history!  I put Albie back inside and grabbed the camera to take a few quick shots ……















He finally made it across the road and was hiding in the field.  If you look closely, you can see him.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The “NOBama” T-shirts

Michelle Malkin is having a contest …. The Obama World Tour T-shirt

One of the best entries portrays the biased media … I LOVE IT!


Take a look at Michelle’s blog … she always has great things to say!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

2 Florida Men Will Spend a Year Prison for Killing Goose

Breaks my heart when I think of what they did!

…. these morons are getting exactly what they deserve!  Except I think they should be receiving a more severe punishment.


LAKE WORTH, Fla. —  Two men will spend a year behind bars for killing a goose in South Florida while a 17-year-old will serve his time under house arrest.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Mullan, 18-year-old Anthony Karney and a 17-year-old were sentenced Friday. They pleaded guilty to felony cruelty to animals and will also serve three years' probation.

The judge required that they earn high school diplomas during their time, perform community service working with animals and undergo psychiatric evaluations.

The goose, Lily, was killed in December. Authorities say the three defendants chased the goose around a Lake Worth yard and took turns swinging an aluminum bat at her.

A tip led to their arrests in March. The three apologized in court.


Go Broke with the iPhone 3G .... LOL

Video tutorial: unlock iphone

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A True Redneck

We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, farmfamily, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of.  I hope I know several of those. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends. Ya'll know who ya'll are.

You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a redneck if:  You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when anyone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

I guess this means that I’m a “rednecksmile_wink

Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary and FOX News Anchor, Dies at 53


  • Breaking News ... FOX

  • Spike Lee … his NOBAMA prediction

    His predictions are foolish, unintelligent and stupid.  Wait … there is one word that describes him … asinine.  However, in the case of Spike Lee, the spelling should be “ASSinine”


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Spike Lee says the Rev. Jesse Jackson's crudely phrased criticism of Barack Obama won't affect the Democrat's campaign, which the filmmaker expects to succeed at bringing ``seismic'' change to the world.

    ``I don't think his (Jackson's) comments help anybody. It's just unfortunate,'' Lee said after taking part in a Television Critics Association panel.

    Lee predicted Obama would be elected in November.

    ``When that happens, it will change everything. ... You'll have to measure time by `Before Obama' and `After Obama,''' Lee said during the panel. ``It's an exciting time to be alive now.''

    The presidency of the first African-American will ripple throughout arts, sports and more, said Lee, whose films include ``Malclom X'' and ``Do the Right Thing.''

    ``Everything's going to be affected by this seismic change in the universe,'' he said.

    the rest of the article

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    John McCain TV Ad: LOVE

    Wednesday, July 02, 2008

    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

    I was sitting in the front yard watching for the Catbird to pay a visit to the Mulberry Tree or the Blackberry bushes and this little guy flew right over the top of my head and landed up on a wire. He sat up there and peeped and peeped until mom finally came over and sat by him. She made numerous trips over to the Mulberry Tree … trying to get the baby to follow her. He wasn't having any part of it!

    Mom gave up on trying to teach the baby anything and brought over a couple of berries for him. She sat there for several minutes before he realized she was close by.

    Then he saw her! I'm sure he was thinking …. "wow I hope those berries are for me" ;)

    How sweet is that …… mom feeding him the berries. Just look at that little wing … haha
    You will want to click on this image to view it larger … too cute!

    Friday, June 27, 2008

    Sunflowers, Cardinals & a Hummingbird Moth


    I took Albie out for a walk and started to come back in when I noticed a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on the shrub.  I was surprised that he was still in the same place when I came back out with the camera (wrong lens of course).  I could only get a shot of him from one angle so you can’t really see him very well.



    Decided to take a few shots of the Sunflowers while I had the camera in my hands.  Not very good shots as the wind was blowing .







    I only have two sunflowers and they came up voluntarily from the seeds dropping out of the bird feeders …. ha!





    This one just started to open up this morning.








    I was standing close to a feeder and this Cardinal was not to pleased with me …. giving me the look!




    FEEDLY …..

    WOW Feedly is GREAT!  I love Google Reader but this thing is so cool.  It grabs all of your GooReader feeds and puts them into a clean, streamlined interface.

    Just check it out …. you’ll love it!  Feedly is now my new favorite Firefox addon.  And, my new start page …. a cup of coffee and Feedly at 6AM makes a super start for the day!

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    OBAMA … the more I read, the more angry I become!

    They (being the black race) don’t actually care that this man has done nothing for the good of this country. “They” only want a “black” man in the white house!  Of course, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone seeing as how the majority of these singers have the mentality of a “first grader” ……..

    Sean Combs chanting “Obama or Die” …. how intelligent is that?  What does that actually mean?  Either vote for NOBAMA or you die?



    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barack Obama didn't attend the BET Awards, but that didn't stop attendees from talking about him.

    "If we all register and vote, we will have the first black president in the history of America," Sean "Diddy" Combs told the crowd Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium before chanting "Obama or Die" - a declarative remix of his neutral "Vote or Die" motto from the 2004 presidential election, when he attempted to boost the youth vote.

    Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was just a few blocks away at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a fundraiser with a Hollywood guest list that included supermodels Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and movie stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Malkovich. While Obama didn't make an appearance at the BET Awards - either live or on tape - his presence was felt.

    As she picked up her award for best female R&B artist, Alicia Keys told the crowd that it's time for black people to erase the word "can't" from their vocabulary.

    "Together we can do anything," she said, playing on the Democrat's "Yes We Can" mantra before shouting: "Obama y'all!

    the rest of the article

    Saturday, June 21, 2008

    Scarlet and Green Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

    Size:  3/8"

    Life Cycle Eggs are thrust into soft plant tissues in early spring.

    Saliva injected into a plant by this leafhopper blocks plant tubes essential for the transport of sap, causing the plant to wither and drop leaves.

    This beautiful leafhopper is a brilliant green to blue-green, with lengthwise bands of orange-red on wings



    The image below is OOF but you can still see the bubble … so I named him “bubble butt” 


    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

    These are not great images but at least I got a couple of shots of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  I’ve only seen this bird a couple of times before and was not able to get ANY shot at all.  These birds are shy and elusive making them easy to overlook.

    I was sitting at a picnic table eating lunch and saw this guy land in the tree … nearly broke my neck getting back to the car to get the camera.  ha!



    Friday, June 13, 2008

    200kbps Officially No Longer Qualifies As 'Broadband'

    The FCC has shifted the definition of broadband from 200kbps to 768kbps, probably not as high as it should be, but a vast improvement. The agency says they'll also start tracking both downstream and upstream speeds and will scrap the zip code tracking methodology for more substantive census-track level reporting. Carriers still won't be required to release data on the prices they charge for different speeds.

    Today that order officially went into effect.  Broadband Reports

    I had to chuckle when I read this article ….. my connection for years was a measly slow-ass “768kbps".  I won't mention the name of the company that provided the service.  Not once in all those years did they ever offer to increase the speeds and they charged you and arm and a leg for that awful service.  So, now they are at the bottom of the barrel in the broadband world!  Thanks to NewWave Communications, I'm now browsing and downloading at 10MB .... for almost half the price that I was paying for less than 1MB.  The "no name" company that I'm referring to should have been run out of this rural community years ago.  A small independently owned company that has been ripping off this community for YEARS!!  Even though NewWave offers digital phone (comparable to Vonage), the "no name" company managed to block the service in this area!  When will the people in this backwoods joint come to their senses and tell this company to TAKE A HIKE.  The whole idea of a small independently owned phone company in the year 2008 is way beyond my comprehension!  

    Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston


    The book is about creating a shift on both a personal and "big picture" level.  I chose the word "quantum" because I think it is the perfect word to describe making small changes and seeing huge positive results that are even more far-reaching than you may ever have expected. 

    In my experience and from what I've observed, the path to wellness is made up of small, easy to take steps that anyone can take. These steps have not only a positive impact on our personal and spiritual health, but on the environment around us -- this is the quantum leap that is implied!  It's an approach that is personal AND big picture and I think that is the key:  that we look beyond just "me" as we try to make improvements.  Every choice we make effects others.  The sooner we start looking at ourselves as part of a bigger whole and making - for example - purchasing choices that positively effect others, the sooner we can start to feel our spirits lift. 

    I wrote the book because I realized that wellness is not just a matter of being physically healthy.  You can be physically fit as a fiddle, but if you have emotional issues, you simply don't feel "well".  If we want to feel happy, whole and free, we have to address our wellness in a multi-dimensional way, tending to body, mind and spirit.  The way we treat animals who are raised for food, the way we have exploited the environment, and the way we are at war with each other is not sustainable. If there is going to be a change - a healing - it has to start at home, with us as individuals.  I do believe that healing ripples out and creates a shift in a cultural way. 

    What role do you see pets and animals playing in a person's overall wellness?

    continue reading this article at PET TRENDS

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    Healthiest Supermarket Foods

    Interesting ... I've never heard of half of these products but that is because I live in a "god-forsaken" rural community! I wouldn't exactly call them the "healthiest" foods either.

    The 125 Healthiest Supermarket Foods in America

    The only trouble with this site is that you must click on each item to view the product unless you are using Cool Iris Previews An easier and faster way to browse!

    FireFox 3

    The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008

    DownLoad Day

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Wild Roses

    Took a quick drive thru the country and found lots of wild roses.

    Monday, June 09, 2008

    Post Turtle

    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our President.

    The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'post turtle'.'

    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.'

    The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain.

    'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there,

    he doesn't know what to do while he is up there,

    and you just wonder what kind of an idiot put him up there to begin with.'

    Saturday, June 07, 2008

    Oh that silly "wabbit"

    This little guy thinks he lives in my yard. He usually comes over late in the evening, eats all of the birdseed that is on the ground and then stretches out for a rest. I looked out the kitchen window about an hour ago and there he was .... all stretched out in the middle of the afternoon! I don't know where his buddy is today .. they are usually together all the time. The other rabbit is pretty shy and timid but not this guy. I can walk within 4 feet of him and he just looks at me :o)

    Sunday, June 01, 2008

    The "Hoity-Toity" folks ....

    I wonder what these people are hiding in their "private" community?

    Google did remove the images from their "street views" .... silliest thing I've ever heard of.  These people should be banned from using any Google applications on their computers.

    North Oaks tells Google Maps: Deep out - we mean it

    Friday, May 30, 2008


    Just playing with a little program that I have had for awhile but never checked out all of the options.  Actually, it's a cool photo editing program ..... Photoscape   And, it's FREE


    Tuesday, May 20, 2008

    Ted Kennedy

    While the Democratic party is sniffling and boohooing over old Teddy boy and his brain tumor, I wonder if they remember the "Chappaquiddick Tragedy". He should have been in prison years ago! In other words, MONEY TALKS.

    The media is all over this breaking news concerning old Teddy but not once have they mentioned the incident in which he killed Mary Jo Kopechne.

    If any of you have forgotten what a drunken slob this man has been all of his life, read this article.... CHAPPAQUIDDICK:
    A Profile in Cowardice

    Further reading .... Mary Jo Kopechne Biography

    Monday, May 05, 2008

    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

    The GBH is my favorite big bird. He is so graceful when he flies over the water ... he is also very beautiful. My mother thinks they are awful looking with their long neck and long legs. She calls him "old ugly" .. ha!

    I shot this one several times and they all came out decent. You can view the other images in my PICASA WEB ALBUMS

    Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

    This image was taken last year. I'm waiting for them to show up .. they should be here any day now ... YaY

    Sunday, April 20, 2008

    American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

    I'm posting these "Goldie" images just because I like them :-)