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weekly critter, December 21, 2020

December 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Linda and I wish everyone a wonderful and happy holiday season and a new year.  I know Linda and I are certainly looking forward to a much healthier new year.

I plan on getting back outside on my recumbent trike as soon as my hip is better.  I was using it inside as a stationary exercise trike but haven't been able to do that in over a month.   I've been enjoying the gator cruising around the neighborhood, hoping I don't get a ticket.  The fastest I've been is 35 mph.  The manual says it will do 45mph.  I'm more of a 15 mph guy.  Linda also wants to learn how to drive it, which is good.  I already have lots of projects lined up.  It's time to get this lot cleaned up again.

Look for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, which is the closest since the middle ages, low in the western sky about an hour after sunset tonight.  We're going to drive up to the Buckhead cemetery where we have the best chance of locating it.  In our area the 'seeing' will be poor (like looking through an aquarium) but I may still try and take some photos.

I have two photos for you today.  The flower was the last of the season for Linda's deck.  What's amazing is that this photo was taken from 16 feet away.  The second photo is of a pine siskin. We usually have dozens to over 100 each year but this year I only saw two.

enjoy and stay safe

Dan

 

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weeklt critter, December 8, 2020

December 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving and stuffed themselves.  Linda and I feasted on a crispy roast duck served peking style.  I made some crapes onto which I spread some hoisin sauce added scallion, crispy skin and some meat.  Rolled it up and yum.

 

Other than that it seems like the last month has been difficult.  Our internet was down for a week.  Our email was down for two weeks, got it running again a week ago and now it's not working again.  Thank you att.  I had a weekly critter ready to send three weeks ago.  Needless to say, it did not happen.

 

We took Phoebe to the vet last Friday for her shots and instead of sitting in the car waiting we went over to the local Agpro to look at a deere gator.  They only had one new xuv835m in stock.  We wanted the smaller xuv590 but looking at a used one we realized it was way to narrow.  I wanted something more stable.   I drove the 835 and it was very nice.  Unfortunately,  it had a lot of extras which I wasn't interested in.  However, Linda wanted some of those extras so I had them work up a price for us.  Talk about sticker shock.  I told Steve we needed to go home and talk about it.  Guess what.  It was delivered this morning.

 

Here are three  photos of our new toy.

 

enjoy

Dan

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weekly critter, November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

There hasn't been much going on at the Thoman household lately.  Seems like all we do is go to doctors appointments or Linda goes grocery shopping.  I was supposed to have an eye exam in Madison on Wednesday but they refused to see me unless I let them copy my drivers license.  I don't let anyone copy my license because it's just invites identity theft.  And no, there isn't any law that requires they copy a license.  We had been going to that optometrist for over 25 years.  It's time to move on.

 

Phoebe nailed me about two weeks ago.  We were headed out to observatory to check on things and wanted to take Phoebe.  She was on the leash heading for the truck when Stash (our cat) made a mad dash right in front of us.  Of course the dog gave chase and before I knew it I was on the ground landing on my already damaged right hip.  So, I've spent most of the last two weeks sitting on ice packs and reading.  I think it's time for a CT scan.  What fun.

 

I have a photo of Linda's last flowers of the season. It's a stack of about 60 photos.  The blue(ish) flowers are a Mexican petunia and the color is what the photos from my October 2 critter should have looked like.  The second file is a short pepsi video sent to us by our brother in law.  I about rolled out of my chair laughing.

 

stay healthy and enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, October 17, 2020

October 17, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The weather has certainly been nice this week but the mosquitoes are still terrible.  I was worrying about the anoles and skinks this summer because I wasn't seeing very many but since the weather has cooled they are everywhere.  So I'm happy.  They are bug eating machines. 

 

I'm still working on carving the alabaster but think I'm going to have to change to something other than a wave.  The stone isn't what I was expecting because unlike other alabaster I've carved this piece has very large grains which won't allow fine detail and won't support the curl in a wave.  Oh well.

 

I have two photos for you this week.  The first is a ring neck snake about eight inches long.  Linda took the photo for me because I shake to much to photograph anything without a tripod and this guy had someplace to go.  The second photo is of an American green tree frog.  He was sitting Linda's car doing what frogs do.  Eating bugs.  He stayed on the car for several hours so I had time to get my new camera, new lens and tripod.  Once again the animal eye focus worked like a charm.  My percentage of perfectly focused photos has increased dramatically.

enjoy and stay healthy

 

Dan

 

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weekly critter, October 8, 2020

October 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Well, it's been a week.  We had Phoebe spayed on Monday and the poor girl has been sick ever since.  The vet said to give her some pepto bismol and that she should be better by tomorrow.  At least the house has had a good cleaning.  Add to that our ancient cat Lily has been sick.  Fortunately, the bathroom is easy to clean. Then I was in the shop carving my alabaster stone and the compressor died.  I'm hoping it's an easy fix.  What isn't easy is getting it out from under the stairs to try and repair.   The good thing that happened is that my new 'birding' lens finally showed up after more than six weeks of waiting.

I have two photos this week taken with my new lens.  Both photos were taken from 12-14 feet away.  The first is of a cardinal and the second is of a toad lily.  Can you see the three ants on the flower?  I was using the animal eye auto focus mode when I took the cardinal photo.  It was amazing how the camera kept the birds eye in focus as it turned and jumped around the feeder and deck.

enjoy

Dan

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