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weekly critter, April 6, 2018

April 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We had the plumbing poltergeist visit last Saturday.  I was drinking my coffee while trying to get my laptop to work.  Microsoft had just updated windows and of course I was once again staring at the black screen of death.  Then I heard a commotion in the bathroom.  It seems the float hung up after the last flush and water was pouring out of the tank.  Luckily Linda heard the water and got the supply line turned off.  Ok, problem fixed and I was back to the computer.  Linda was in the kitchen and called “Dan, come look at this.”  Yikes what’s the problem now?  The problem was that the dishwasher was leaking all over the kitchen and dining room floor.  So I pulled the DW out and find that the drain hose had failed.  Great.  Next, I was in the powdering room washing my hands and water started squirting out from the spigot handle.  Damn.  And finally, I was in the kitchen cooking (we were having friends over for dinner).  As I started to clean up my mess the sink wouldn’t drain.  Really...I couldn’t make this stuff up.  By the way, have I said recently that I hate plumbing. 


As a followup we decided to install a new dishwasher since the old one was 16 years old,  were going to replace the toilet (it never really worked right),  and the leaky fixture is 30 years old so it's time for a new one.  It took me three days to get the computer working again.

I have two photos of wild flowers taken at the observatory. The first is a wild beach pea and the second is an onion flower.


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weekly critter, March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I finally received all the paperwork I needed to finish my taxes and they're now done and ready to file.  Since Linda is over 65 and I'm slightly under we had no state tax to pay.  Yea. 


I spent a couple of days at the observatory, not observing but as usual working on the drainage problems.  Hopefully, the grass along the road will grow quickly and will take care of one problem.    It's been hard to do any grading because of all the rain which turns the Georgia red clay into muck that wants to suck the tractor in up to the axle.  I haven't been stuck yet but very close.


I have two photos of wildflowers for you today.  Both were taken at the observatory.  Last year I had over an acre covered with wildflowers and I hope they bloom again this year.  Not just because they're beautiful but that's an acre I don't have to mow until the flowers die.  The first photo is of a small dandelion.  I know most people don't like dandelions but I do.  The second photo is of a bluet.  A tiny but pretty flower that's less than 1/4 inch across.  I know these aren't the sharpest photos but the wind was blowing like crazy.








weekly critter, March 9, 2018

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I've put 50 hours on my tractor and it's time for the first service to change the transmission oil.  All six gallons of it.  I think I'm going to let the dealer do it.  I wonder how much that's going to cost.  The transmission oil is over $20 a gallon.  But it's worth it,  I'm having a blast moving dirt and digging up things.  I might think different when it's 100 degrees and I'm mowing grass.


Make sure you go outside (and freeze) tomorrow morning around 6a and look south toward the moon.  You' see Saturn, the moon, Mars and Jupiter in a line from south east to south west.


I have two photos for you this week.  The first is a  stonecrop sedum.  I really liked the complex pattern.  The second is a flowering quince.  A beautiful flower with long thorns on the branch.  Yes, it got me.





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weekly critter, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's already the last day of febu-ugly.  Actually, the weather here the last several weeks has been beautiful temperature wise.  We've had several days in the low 80's but way to much rain.   Everything is saturated.  I hope we don't go straight into a dry summer again.  The trees are starting to turn a beautiful shade of green and flowers are starting to bloom.  Our driveway is lined with daffodils.   Before too long I'm going to have to start cutting grass at the observatory.  What fun...not.  At least I'll get some tractor therapy time.


I have two photos for you today celebrating spring.  The first is a viola with a bug on it.  The second is a tulip Linda has growing on the deck.





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weekly critter, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A friend of mine sent me this and it made me smile.  I couldn't resist passing it on:


Study of folks living longer than 90

Subjects who consumed about two glasses of alcohol, whether beer or wine, were 18 percent less likely to suffer from a premature death. In comparison, daily exercise of around 15 to 45 minutes only reduced the risk of premature death by 11 percent.

Moderate drinking, however, was not the only activity reported by The 90+ Study that had a positive impact on longevity.

The study also found that those who spent about two hours daily on a hobby lowered their risk of premature death by 21 percent. Meanwhile, subjects who drank two cups of coffee each day saw the risk fall by 10 percent.

In another surprising result, 90-year-olds who were a bit overweight, but not obese, reduced the chances of premature death by 3 percent.


    Have a couple of drinks a day of alcohol
    Drink coffee
    Exercise some
    Have a hobby.
    And a little chubby isn’t bad.  Pass that cheeseburger over here my friend.



I'm definitely living past 90 if this study is correct. 


The result from my question from the last critter about whether you like the color or black and white version was surprising.  Only one person said they liked the B&W version better than the color.  I expected just the opposite.  I guess I overdid the processing.


I have two photos of Linda's currently blooming amaryllis.   The first is named 'apple blossom'.  I don't know the name of the red one.





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