Oh How Times Have Changed

Somehow I don’t think All In The Family’s Archie Bunker would be “socially acceptable” in today’s world. I also admit therefore that I must be a throwback to the cave man days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Share Your World โ€“ July 16, 2018

Share Your World – July 16, 2018

Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, whatโ€™s your favorite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavor?

Rocky Road

How often do you people watch?

Not nearly as often as I used to. As I get older I get more crotchety and dislike people in general. I’d make a good hermit.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

Fresh water lakes

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I really enjoyed the ice cream social after church last Sunday. I think it’s a great way to get people outside with a cordial way to chat and meet folks.

Doing The Math

If 40 pieces of gum cost you $4 and 100 pieces of the same gum costs you $4.29 in a bag what, if any, is the savings? Buy two bags at 100 pieces each and you’ve spent $8.58 and wind up with 200 pieces of gum. That same 200 pieces, if bought in a plastic box/container would be 5(40) piece boxes at $4 each orย  200 pieces for $20. You therefore get the gum at less than 1/2 price buying it by the bag. Ta Da! Modern math strikes again!

I have saved at least 24 of those empty boxes for nails, screws, drill bits or small items I use around the house. I simply fill a few with the bagged gum for half the price and I’m good to go. I had to explain all this twice to the store clerk who sold me the bagged gum. It’s exactly the same brand gum by the way, just less than 1/2 the cost of those flip open plastic dispenser boxes.

Ice Cube Gum

Ice Cube Gum Bag

 

4th Of July Question

Here’s one that troubles me. We show news clips stating that one in five children in the United States is considered obese. The news shows plenty of people waddling down the boardwalk of a beach that are so fat it grosses me out. It’s said to be an epidemic. The very next news clip is showing the annual 4th of July world hot dog eating contest with folks cramming as many dogs in their mouth as they can in the shortest period of time. What are we trying to tell those obese kids we just talked about? DUH!

A Male Grey Headed House Sparrow

All birds are beautiful to me. The markings and coloration of the tiniest birds fascinate me. I should be a birder but never went that way in my photography. I simply love animals to much to dedicate the extra energy to become an expert. I’m NOT an expert!

The sharper I nail the focus on birds the more detail there is to enjoy. I nailed the focus on the shot seen below, fading out the background with my 55-200mm Fuji zoom set at F/8.0.

Male Grey Headed Sparrow 01

Share Your World โ€“ July 2, 2018

Share Your World – July 2, 2018

I’ll answer about my 1st car as I can’t remember anything about my first bicycle. My first car was given to me by my dad, a 1955 Buick Special. He had totaled the car in an accident and the insurance company told him to keep it after the settlement. It was a classic family Buick with a big V8 engine and automatic transmission. I drove it to high school my senior year and my first year to college. I had to replace it relatively quickly as the “A” frame had been bent in my dad’s accident and the car ate tires since it didn’t track straight.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Oz would be a lot of fun I think. The characters seem interesting although quite dangerous.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

That’s a tough question as I’m a pretty independent soul. I guess drive me to my destinations might help.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I simply appreciate the nice Summer weather we’re having this year. It hasn’t been too hot or humid yet so I like the warm sunshine.

A Red White & Blue Day

Happy 4th of July everyone! This holiday usually culminates in parades and family picnics for Americans. There is a lot of flag waving and fireworks before it comes to an end late at night. When I lived in South Carolina the illegal fireworks would continue late into the night as if some were trying to blow up the world. That’s typical for males with way too much testosterone for their own good. Here’s praying that no one gets hurt or burns down their home this year. Sadly there are always stories about deep fryers burning grandma’s trailer to the ground. Be safe and have fun all!

The red color in my new hummingbird feeder reminded me of the 4th of July celebration this year. I don’t know if the bright colors are to attract the birds or the humans who buy the feeders. LOL The red food dye in the nectar isn’t really necessary for the birds. In fact I’ve heard it can actually harm them. This is my first hummingbird feeder so when my supply of food runs out I intend to make my own with just sugar water and leave out that red dye.

We’ve been in a heat wave this past week so they’ll be plenty of sunshine for today’s activities. Here’s hoping that we all survive the celebrations. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hummingbird Feeder 02

Do You Love All Birds?

These days everyone around me has prejudices against animals. If they have gardens of any sort they hate deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and birds. Those who have bird feeders hate squirrels who climb their poles and rob the birdseed. Those with flower gardens hate chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels. Vegetable gardens are fair game to everything with four legs. Wild animals need to be wary of most humans it would seem. That is, but me. I love them all, just the way they are. Most get in trouble just seeking out food. Glad we’re not on the endangered list!

Then there’s the “invasive species”! These critters are hunted and killed by people who feel it’s their right to shot, kill, trap or torture any animal or bird that they deem has “crossed the line”. I told a bird killer recently his ancestors all were invasive species. Native Americans were here when Columbus landed, stuck his pole in the ground and declared that he claimed America for the queen. He did this as Native Americans watched and wondered where that left them?

I hold that “All men are created equal, with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”! Live & let live! It’s a shame that only men kill for pleasure. I hope they will have to answer for their crimes at some point in life or in the after life.

Below are a few pictures of my local birds. They live right outside my front door and visit me on a daily basis. I think they’re all beautiful and deserve to live a happy life. Enjoy the pictures of my little friends!

Birds