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Apr 17 Reblogged

malformalady:

Rhinoceros beetle hitching a ride in Costa Rica. These harmless beetles reach the size of 6.75 inches (170 mm) in length

Hmm, what’s that buzzing around my head? Why it’s an enormous flying beetle with a spear for a nose. I hope it lands on me.

malformalady:

Rhinoceros beetle hitching a ride in Costa Rica. These harmless beetles reach the size of 6.75 inches (170 mm) in length

Hmm, what’s that buzzing around my head? Why it’s an enormous flying beetle with a spear for a nose. I hope it lands on me.

Apr 17

TUMBLR and KIVA

A few years ago Jake started a Tumblr group on KIVA.In June of 2010 I joined the fun. Today I made my 60th/61st/62nd micro-loans by reinvesting the money paid back into my account.

There are 103 Tumblr members in the group and they have made 885 loans to people all over the planet. It’s pretty impressive - take a look.

http://www.kiva.org/team/tumblr/loans

The way it works is this - each share of a loan is $25. You choose the loan that you want to fund from a big group of available loans. When the loan is fully funded you are notified, and you are notified monthly about repayments.  Out of 60 loans I’ve only had one default (in Afghanistan) when the backing company dissolved; and one non-payment (a guy in Costa Rica), but given that these are folks that would not qualify for a conventional loan otherwise and who have very little chance of growing their businesses without a little help, they have a tremendous record.

https://www.kiva.org/portfolio/invites

You can try the process for free. The reward is well worth it. The $25 is fronted on the loan, and repaid to the lending institution…it’s a good thing and I am so proud of every borrower who is able to grow their business, or send their child to school, and for the first time, have a little independence as well as fulfilling a dream

Apr 15 Reblogged

libutron:

Dipsadoboa aulica - Marbled Tree Snake | ©Tyrone Ping   (Hluhluwe, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)
The Marbled tree snake is an attractive colubrid native to Southern Africa. Dipsadoboa aulica, as it is scientific named, can be identified by its large eyes (with vertical pupils), a head which is distinct from its body, a white tongue and its nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 60 cm and a maximum length of 85 cm [source].

I miss the animal blog I used to do, I’m glad though that I’m still following rhamphotheca so even though my blog is dormant, I can still keep up to date on odd and unusual species. Thanks, Paxton!

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libutron:

Dipsadoboa aulica - Marbled Tree Snake | ©Tyrone Ping   (Hluhluwe, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)

The Marbled tree snake is an attractive colubrid native to Southern Africa. Dipsadoboa aulica, as it is scientific named, can be identified by its large eyes (with vertical pupils), a head which is distinct from its body, a white tongue and its nocturnal lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 60 cm and a maximum length of 85 cm [source].

I miss the animal blog I used to do, I’m glad though that I’m still following rhamphotheca so even though my blog is dormant, I can still keep up to date on odd and unusual species. Thanks, Paxton!

Apr 15 Reblogged

Very often we don’t go elsewhere because we are looking for another person. We go elsewhere because we are looking for another self. It isn’t so much that we want to leave the person we are with as we want to leave the person we have become.

Esther Perel (via thatkindofwoman)

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WOW, how true is that?!

(Source: lakanen)

Apr 14 Reblogged


The water at Lake Superior froze, but the water beneath it was still moving causing the pieces of ice to stack on top of each other once they hit the rocks.

A friend and I attended a silent retreat that included talks moderated by Madeleine D’Engel, a fabulous human being as well as the author of “A Wrinkle in Time”.* It was held at an old brick monastery along the banks of the Hudson River. 
It snowed overnight and the landscape was a winter wonderland to my friend from Louisiana and I. There were animals tracks criss crossing the snow but little else.
The Hudson Rive had frozen, like Lake Superior (above) the ice would heave upward and top layer would shatter. The sound was loud like breaking glass and the little bits would skid across the ice. I loved it.
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*I grabbed a copy of her book "Many Waters" for her to sign for me. At the appropriate time i stood in line with everyone else and when my turn came for her to sign, I handed her the book, she opened it and laughed. I had, in my haste purchased a copy that was already signed. So, without skipping a beat she turned to the next page and signed it again. :)

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The water at Lake Superior froze, but the water beneath it was still moving causing the pieces of ice to stack on top of each other once they hit the rocks.

A friend and I attended a silent retreat that included talks moderated by Madeleine D’Engel, a fabulous human being as well as the author of “A Wrinkle in Time”.* It was held at an old brick monastery along the banks of the Hudson River.

It snowed overnight and the landscape was a winter wonderland to my friend from Louisiana and I. There were animals tracks criss crossing the snow but little else.

The Hudson Rive had frozen, like Lake Superior (above) the ice would heave upward and top layer would shatter. The sound was loud like breaking glass and the little bits would skid across the ice. I loved it.

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*I grabbed a copy of her book "Many Waters" for her to sign for me. At the appropriate time i stood in line with everyone else and when my turn came for her to sign, I handed her the book, she opened it and laughed. I had, in my haste purchased a copy that was already signed. So, without skipping a beat she turned to the next page and signed it again. :)

Apr 13 Reblogged

malformalady:

Impression of a bird left on a window. The imprints are caused by the bird’s powder down, a special type of down which helps feathers to grow. In some species, the tips of the barbules on powder down feathers disintegrate, forming fine particles of keratin, which appear as a powder, or ‘feather dust’. When a bird strikes a glass pane, the power is shaken lose and adheres to the glass. The effects are simply amazing.

The more you know… I had no idea. 

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malformalady:

Impression of a bird left on a window. The imprints are caused by the bird’s powder down, a special type of down which helps feathers to grow. In some species, the tips of the barbules on powder down feathers disintegrate, forming fine particles of keratin, which appear as a powder, or ‘feather dust’. When a bird strikes a glass pane, the power is shaken lose and adheres to the glass. The effects are simply amazing.

The more you know… I had no idea.

Apr 13 Reblogged

GIRAFFE MANOR
This photo shows up from time to time on Tumblr, it’s Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. I was fortunate to be invited to dinner here by a writer I was working with who was related to the owners. It was just the 4 of us at the time and a bit overwhelming. We drank wine from goblets watching warthogs grazing on the lawn and saw the giraffes wander out of the sanctuary late in the afternoon. We fed them from the second story and it was a wonderful experience. The building is an old hunting lodge full of stuffed game animals.
You and up to 24 others can stay here for $500/night these days.

GIRAFFE MANOR

This photo shows up from time to time on Tumblr, it’s Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya. I was fortunate to be invited to dinner here by a writer I was working with who was related to the owners. It was just the 4 of us at the time and a bit overwhelming. We drank wine from goblets watching warthogs grazing on the lawn and saw the giraffes wander out of the sanctuary late in the afternoon. We fed them from the second story and it was a wonderful experience. The building is an old hunting lodge full of stuffed game animals.

You and up to 24 others can stay here for $500/night these days.

Apr 12 Reblogged

monkeyfrog:

paintedgoat:

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

The last of the goat milk for a whole year was used in this soap. I’m really regretting not getting the girls bred.

where u get the mold?

wholesalesuppliesplus.comIt’s where I get all my packaging, molds, lye, droppers, etc.
lotioncrafters.com for organic butters and oils.
Also, mountainroseherbs.com for essential oils and other hard to find oils.
My garden for random flowers and infusions.
Now you know my secrets!

Keeping your secrets. Here. In public.

Me too…

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monkeyfrog:

paintedgoat:

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

The last of the goat milk for a whole year was used in this soap. I’m really regretting not getting the girls bred.

where u get the mold?

wholesalesuppliesplus.com
It’s where I get all my packaging, molds, lye, droppers, etc.

lotioncrafters.com for organic butters and oils.

Also, mountainroseherbs.com for essential oils and other hard to find oils.

My garden for random flowers and infusions.

Now you know my secrets!

Keeping your secrets. Here. In public.

Me too…

Apr 12 Reblogged

monkeyfrog:

paintedgoat:

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

The last of the goat milk for a whole year was used in this soap. I’m really regretting not getting the girls bred.

where u get the mold?

wholesalesuppliesplus.comIt’s where I get all my packaging, molds, lye, droppers, etc.
lotioncrafters.com for organic butters and oils.
Also, mountainroseherbs.com for essential oils and other hard to find oils.
My garden for random flowers and infusions.
Now you know my secrets!

Keeping your secrets. Here. In public.

Me too!

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monkeyfrog:

paintedgoat:

hqcreations:

paintedgoat:

The last of the goat milk for a whole year was used in this soap. I’m really regretting not getting the girls bred.

where u get the mold?

wholesalesuppliesplus.com
It’s where I get all my packaging, molds, lye, droppers, etc.

lotioncrafters.com for organic butters and oils.

Also, mountainroseherbs.com for essential oils and other hard to find oils.

My garden for random flowers and infusions.

Now you know my secrets!

Keeping your secrets. Here. In public.

Me too!

Apr 12 Reblogged

kenobi-wan-obi:


Ghostly Zodiacal Light Glows Over Death Valley

The zodiacal light appears roughly triangular in shape in this view. It is caused by sunlight scattering from dust particles lying in the ecliptic, the imaginary plane that contains the planets orbiting the sun. Zodiacal light sometimes goes by the name of “false dawn.”






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kenobi-wan-obi:

Ghostly Zodiacal Light Glows Over Death Valley

The zodiacal light appears roughly triangular in shape in this view. It is caused by sunlight scattering from dust particles lying in the ecliptic, the imaginary plane that contains the planets orbiting the sun. Zodiacal light sometimes goes by the name of “false dawn.”

Apr 12 Reblogged

3wings:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

I tend to think of Mackintosh as an architect / industrial designer but he’s really an artist all the way around. These are beautiful.

Apr 11

Friday Five - crossroads

  1. My sister was awarded guardianship/conservancy of Dad - good, bad or indifferent - it’s over. Life forward.

  2. My accountant took too long to do my taxes, so now i have to start the loan modification/refi process over, from scratch. I gave her plenty of time, I really did, but as passed the weeks so much the busier she became. She’s been my accountant for 25 years, so I know, now if the worst time to get mad at her.

  3. I re-posted my resume on Monster last night. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, it’s a great fit for me, a wonderful place to work, the team is terrific, the products are high-quality and the design work is fun. However, everyone seemed aghast at what I wanted to be paid, I needed the work, so I took the job at less than wanted / needed to make. Do not do this children, ever! Now, I either need a salary bump, a second job, or a different job. The nice thing is that I have the freedom to pick up and go anywhere since my ties to Dad are minimized; already being employed I’m now operating from a position of power, so I can be choosy; also, I’ve worked as a contractor most of my career and can return to that if need be.There are possibilities out there. I’m just opening myself up to the universe…

  4. When practicing austerity measures, it sure helps to open the deep freeze and find a whole turkey you forgot you purchased awaiting you. Even after freezing the dark meat - it reheats better, I’ve been able to manage Turkey Chili, Roasted Turkey, Broth from the bones (into the freezer), Turkey pita sandwiches with hummus and the works. And there’s still enough to sneak a bit to the dogs/cats. It’s a good thing.

  5. I realllllllllly need to clean my house. I mean total Spring Cleaning top to bottom. But on weekends I just want to relax and kick back and that means things get put off. Tomorrow I want to accomplish something…yes, maybe having a plan and following the plan is a better way to go. :)

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Apr 11 Reblogged

wandering-samurai:

I don’t know where this is but I want to drive it!

Route to Castle Mountain

By Dominic Kamp

August 22nd, 2009
Castle Mountain is located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately half-way between Banff and Lake Louise. Visitors usually only pull over to take pictures of wild animals, so they were kind of distracted when they saw me kneeing in the middle of the road, aiming towards Castle Mountain.

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wandering-samurai:

I don’t know where this is but I want to drive it!

Route to Castle Mountain

By Dominic Kamp

August 22nd, 2009

Castle Mountain is located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately half-way between Banff and Lake Louise. Visitors usually only pull over to take pictures of wild animals, so they were kind of distracted when they saw me kneeing in the middle of the road, aiming towards Castle Mountain.

(Source: uswatcher)

Apr 11

GPOY - Chick Edition

Top: Blue (Splash) Andalusian Rooster lends a wing to an errant chick the literally flew the coop. The rooster is fully feathered, the little one is not and needs the warmth.

Center: Three of the many

Bottom: Partial shot of the many, this hatch. 31 or so of 47 hatched successfully. There are still one or two in the incubator working on hatching. The dark chick in the foreground was not fully dry when I took the photo.

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These are from one day’s worth of eggs - so while some of the chicks may share a Papa’s DNA, each is from a unique hen.

Apr 11

Motorcycle, where?

I got a call from the receptionist - could I please move my car? It is parked next to a motorcycle…?

Hmm…being a creature of habit, it’s the same spot I’ve parked in since October. Today there was a very nice Harley in the center of the three spaces. I parked in the left space. I’m in between the lines as is the bike.

I’m not sure what the problem is. I suspect it’s the new HR guy’s motorcycle…

These are shorter spaces that HR is now calling “Motorcycle Parking?” This is the first time I’ve ever seen a motorcycle in the parking lot at all.

I moved the car, no big whoop, just a weird thing to note…

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