Friday, May 29, 2009
Baffle Those Squirrels!
Then while at Lowe's Home Center, what to my wandering eyes should appear but a 48" clear polycarbonate tube lamp guard! It's intended use is as a shatter guard for T-12 fluorescent bulbs. It cost a whopping $3.68 plus tax, much cheaper than any of the products I found online. All I had to do was pull my shepherd's hook out of the ground, slip it into the plastic tube and place it back in the ground. I was hoping to catch a squirrel trying to climb it - that would have been a YouTube moment - but I didn't. Now "Squirrel Nutkin", as I call him, has been baffled.
. . . . . and some additions from other HP readers:
I learned about the Geranium Farm from the cover of Jesus Wept, loaned to me by a friend.
I joined your email group only today, probably a couple of hours after I photographed this squirrel helping himself to my bird seed.
I intended to send the photos to a friend of mine who enjoys bird watching for his advice.
Before I could do that, I received my first Hodgepodge with advice on stopping squirrels from eating your bird seed!
I just thought that was pretty cool.
God sure does work in mysterious ways!
I have been in a very serious mood, searching for "connections."
What a humorous "connection" I have found here instead!
Thanks for the laugh - and the advice.
- What a great idea!
I had a bird feeder on just such a shepherd's crook a while ago. After one particularly single-minded squirrel continually ravaged the feeder I got provoked and slathered Vaseline on the pole. I then found a comfortable spot from which to watch the fun, and settled down for the wait. It didn't take long. That little stinker fairly flew up the pole, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed his comical distress as he slowly slid down, looking all around and trying to figure out what was happening. It worked for a while, until the rain and heat melted the Vaseline, and then he was back in business again.
Well, it was fun while it lasted!
If you have the type of Shepherd's Hook that is attached to a tree or a building - you can cut 3 inch sections of PVC pipe and put them on the hook in the same fashion you have the clear pole cover - because they are segmented the squirrels cannot get a foot hold and cannot walk on them to the feeder - it was the best piece of 3 foot PVC pipe I have ever bought! ~~~ Fran
My story about the persistence of squirrels is a good one too.
I was living in a house with a picture window in the kitchen. I had put a small suction-attached feeder in the middle. I was sitting in the kitchen one morning when I noticed a paw, followed by most of a squirrel, streeetching down to snag the feeder. Then there was a bushy crash as it overbalanced. I thought that was that, but five minutes later the bush started shaking and our friend climbed onto the sill, from where he was finally able to hoist himself into the ( much too small) feeder.
At that point I intervened, of course. I figured he deserved some free seed for all his efforts!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A David Moment - The Teddy Bear
Last week David won a teddy bear playing Bingo at his day program. He was thrilled with his prize. Later Paul came home from a visit to the dermatologist. As David went to hug him he told him to be careful, pulling up his shirt showing him some stitches. David went off to his room and brought back his bear and handed it to his dad and said, "This is 'cause you hurt." A minute or two later he passed David in the hall smiling, cluching the bear to his chest. David cracked up. Paul placed it on his night table. The next day David decided he needed his bear back but was quick to substitute a little stuffed dog in its place!
Labels: A David Moment
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Finding Free Stuff
How to Find Free Stuff
How to Find Even More Free Stuff
Labels: free stuff
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Update on the Chicken Panini Sandwiches
Friday, May 22, 2009
Animation: Recession Sing-A-Long
Now comes the remix, "Worst Slide Story."
Put your sound on and click on the link:
(Thanks Joan for sending this along.)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
9 Natural Remedies That Really Work
Click on the link and take the quiz to see how much you know:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Homemade Chicken Panini Sandwich
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Helping a Vine Along Its Way
Monday, May 18, 2009
Try To Do
Friday, May 15, 2009
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
What Do You Believe?
A Birth Certificate shows that we were born
A Death Certificate shows that we died
Pictures show that we lived!
Have a seat . . . Relax . . .
And read this slowly.
That just because two people argue,
It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
It doesn't mean they do love each other.
That we don't have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.
That no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
That you can do something in an instant,
that will give you heartache for life.
That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
That we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude
or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That my best friend and I,
can do anything, or nothing,
and have the best time.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down,
will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them
and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
That no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
But, we are responsible for who we become.
That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.
Two people can look at the exact samething
and see something totally different.
That your life can be changed in a matter ofhours
by people who don't even know you.
That even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you -
you will find the strength to help.
That credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.
That the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.
The happiest of people don't necessarily
have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.
Thank you God for all the wonderful people
who help us throughout the journey of life..
May Angels guard you and guide you.
(Thanks Pat for sending this along.)
Labels: what do you believe? I believe
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
True Duck Story
Joel worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching. Tuesday morning, Joel watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off. Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.
The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Joel watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below. Joel couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall. Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.
As the second one took the plunge, Joel jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap.
(The momma must have sensed that Joel was trying to help her babies.)
One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Joel hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill. Time after time, Joel was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.
At this point Joel realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the Spokane River. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies. They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the Spokane River. The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.
As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly. At the water's edge, Joel tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.
All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Joel said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward him beam, and proudly quacking.
At last, all present and accounted for: "We're all together again. We're here! We're here!"
And here's a family portrait before they head outward to further adventures...
(Thanks to my cousin Kendall for passing this one along.)
Snopes link: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/amazingduck.asp
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Josie and Mary Visit with Barbara & Q in Florence
St. James Church is celebrating their 100th anniversary and the highlight is the organ that was just installed to replace one damaged in floods of Arno River years ago. We met the 3 gentlemen from Liverpool, England who who constructed the organ that was made and shipped from Liverpool. We enjoyed sitting and listening in the church while they were fine tuning it. Barbara and Richard put Mary and me in charge of cooking several evenings because they had meetings, classes, etc. Cooking with an Italian stove/oven was quite an experience. The "organ grinders" as B & R called them stayed at the rectory while installing and tuning the organ which added to the experience of cooking for all. B & R opened the rectory to 3 other guests also so we never knew just how many would show up at dinner about 8:30 each evening. We ate and treasured the time at the long table with everyone. A glass of wine always added to the festivities and I can't forget to mention the expresso ! Richard made each evening for us (decaf expresso for some of us).
St. James' Church sponsors an opera group so on the weekends we got to see and hear La Boheme and Tosca. The church also sponsored a college/university student art show on Wednesday evening which was judged and awards given. The church has 3 choirs. The 11 AM service choir sang a gospel hymn. They actually have a gospel choir and they were fabulous. Gospel music is much loved by the locals. Both English and Italian are spoken there.
One afternoon B and R drove us to the hilly Tuscan countryside where we saw grape vineyards, olive groves, the famous cyprus trees and many poppies along the road and stuccoed homes/barns with tile roofs. We had a wonderful dinner at a little inn in Impruneta. I would love to go back and spend time in that countryside. Another day Barbara drove us to the hilltop to see the view of Florence that is so famous. We enjoyed relaxing in the church herb/flower garden back of the rectory next to the church where B & R's two cats, Ben and Santi joined us often but more so while we were sitting or napping in the afternoons inside. I've taken lots of photos and will send some of my favorites soon.
And as I said to dear Mary "I'm so glad we did this while we're young".
Love to all - Mom, Grandma, Josie
(Josie and Mary are long time parishioners from St. Luke's - Metuchen, NJ)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Another feature is "Event". Enter the distance you'll travel within 25, 50, or 75 miles and you'll get a listing of the current events for the area you entered.
Go to this link to get started:
National Wildlife Refuges
Natural History Museums
Wildlife Mgt Areas
Friday, May 08, 2009
Help Send a Kid to Camp
"Rainbow Village is a place where lives are transformed. The rainbow has always been the symbol of a covenant of promise and hope between God and humankind. Since 1991, Rainbow Village, Inc. has honored that promise, entering into covenants with homeless families, making it possible for them to stay together while developing the skills they need to stand on their own again. Rainbow Village means security, stability, a place of many resources and opportunities, support and understanding."
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Funky Fabrics Made Fabulous!
On 12/11/08 I posted some "Funky Fabric" I had started to collect. Well, that collection grew even more after that posting. Then my quilting buddy Helen found this adorable print made exclusively for Jo-Ann Fabrics ("We Are Family" -Heidi Grace Designs) and I just knew I had to combine it with the funky fabrics. So, what you see above is a hint of what's to come. (Oh, not all of the collection is there. Some was set aside for something else I have in mind.)
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
"Founded on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.
We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions."
The site was launched in January 2007 and is run by Sarah of The Delicious Life and a small group who just likes to be called "The Team."
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Great American Bake Sale
Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale helps to raise funds to end childhood hunger in America. At the website you'll find tips and tools to help you hold a successful bake sale.
Why Should You Hold a Bake Sale?
1. 100% of the funds you raise help feed kids.
2. Funds you raise from your local bake sale stay local, supporting after-school and summer feeding programs in your community —food programs that hundreds and thousands of kids depend on.
3. It's a fun solution with a large impact.
4. You can host bake sale based on your schedule and in your community. You don't have to train for six months to run a marathon or make a large donation to make a huge difference!
When you sign up for your Participant Kit you'll get: Official Bake Sale poster, Participant Brochure with recipes and tips, and valuable coupons from their sponsors.
You'll also gain access to your own team Web page to promote your bake sale and collect donations online.
An email from a HP reader:
We signed up as a site for the Great American Bake Sale at the Moravian Theological Seminary. For a final presentation in our Christian Ethics class, I spoke on Greed and Hunger. Wanting to conclude with something concrete to actually address the problem (specifically of hungry children in America, I baked and sold goodies to my classmates. Thanks for passing along this information to Farmers. - Judy
Monday, May 04, 2009
American Camp Association
If you are looking for a camp, a job at one, or to see if one is accreditated, you can find out that and more at this website:
Just some of what you can find here: Quick Links to . . . .
Find a Camp
Find/Post a Job
Camps for Sale or Lease
Here's some ways to find ACA - Accreditated Camps: