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Dusting off my blog for a bit…

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Can’t help it.  I’m posting about the Butterfly Challenge over at the MuddyFeet blog.  Great cause, and how cute is that play set?  Join me in entering the challenge…

And guess what?  I just got our yard NWF-certified!  We already met all the criteria.  I ordered a sign, too.  Hopefully this will start some conversations with the neighbors, or get them thinking.  I feel like our yard is an oasis in this chemically-treated neighborhood — all the worms in the area seem to be congregating in our yard to escape chemical deaths.  It’s like a little worm Los Angeles around here.

Recent wildlife spottings

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

In our fish tank: A half-inch long caprellid amphipod.

Out the window, in the beautiful autumnal-blazed dogwood tree: A pair of red-shafted Northern Flickers.

A snappi tune

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

So for at least four days now I’ve had the Schnappi theme song running through my head at least part of the day, after discovering it on YouTube. When will this end?

Ride on, peace horse!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

The customary 4th of July boat parade on the lake behind our house included this unusual equine sporting a green peace symbol, which garnered the most cheers and applause from our lanai:

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(Note also the rare absence of flag/swag — another unusual aspect of this boat compared to the standard 4th of July boat parade fare.  A closer look does reveal that one person is wearing a red shirt, one a white, and one blue.  And then there’s a black dog as well!)

$880 and 70 years…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

I just tried the Nature Conservancy’s online calculator for estimating your carbon footprint and determined that, while our footprint for this household of 4 is supposedly much smaller than the US average (44 tons versus 110; the world average is 22), to offset that with the Nature Conservancy’s offset program (mainly planting trees, I believe) would cost $880 and take up to 70 years. And that’s just for one year’s worth of carbon.

sixth anniversary

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Six years ago, we were in Maui.  O Maui no ka oi.

Some “facts” about the sixth anniversary, from the un-lovely anniversaryideas.com:

“Traditional 6th wedding anniversary gifts have a theme of Candy, Iron and Sugar.” (Jaemon suggested molasses.)

“A contemporary or modern Sixth anniversary gift has a theme of Wood.” (What’s with their capitalization scheme?)

“The flowers associated with the Sixth anniversary are Calla lilies” (No punctuation here.  Calla lilies, genus Zantedeschia, are said to signify beauty.)

“The Gemstone list shows Amethyst and Garnet are the gems associated with this Anniversary” (I guess they ran out of periods.  Anyway, I’m not really into gems.  Interesting to note, however, that the name “amethyst” comes from two greek roots meaning “not” and “to intoxicate”, which is exactly what we will be doing on our sixth anniversary.  I mean, not getting intoxicated.  At least, I speak for me.  Maybe Jaemon has other ideas, come to think of it.  Hmm.  Garnet, on the other hand, comes from the Latin word for grain, which may bring to mind grain alcohol.  I’m not sure where I’m going with this.  I should have stopped at amethyst.)