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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Moon and the Bees.

Yes, I got the title right.  It is "The Moon and the Bees", not the "Birds and the Bees".  Hey, I'm sorry, but you do know the moon has been the cause of the other.

I am going to start with the moon.  My son suggested that I should get my telescope out because it was going to be a clear night and that I hadn't had it out in a long, long time.  I thought that was a great idea.  The telescope is broke down into three pieces that I can handle; the mirror, the tube, and the base.  It is a Dobsonian and without any drive motors, you just have to push and shove, to find the target you are looking for.  Since the moon was directly over-head, it became the primary target.  For some reason, even though I have seen the moon many times, it doesn't get boring.

The last time I had my big scope out and looked at the moon, I saw the mountains coming up over the curvature.  This time it was mostly all creators and plains.   I got my camera out and took pictures of the moon?



 
Then this morning, a short time after I put the hummingbird feeders out, the bees invaded them:

There were a lot more than just three or four.

They were trying to empty the feed as fast as they could.
 
Then a lot of them started showing up, so I went in the house and got a water bottle with a spray top.  They didn't like being sprayed and at one time it looked like a swarm of them circling me and the feeder.  I kept pulling the trigger on the water bottle giving them a mist of water.  They finally all disappeared but as soon as I went into the house, they were back.  Oh well, bees are having a tough enough time trying to survive in this day and age of insecticides, that I shouldn't mind letting them feed on the feeder.  A couple of hummingbirds came by, circled it, and flew off.  I guess they didn't want to compete with all those bees.
 
If anyone can give me a hint on how to discourage the bees without harming them or the hummingbirds, I am open to suggestions.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?


Saturday, March 28, 2015

First and Last and Answer to Question

I am going to list a couple of things, one was a first and the other was a final thing.  The first:  On this day back in 1928, Charlie Chaplin's voice was first broadcast on radio.  Dang, you know I missed that that. . . oh wait, I wasn't born yet.

OK, now for the last.  Back on this date in 1962, Jack Paar made his last appearance as host of "The Tonight Show".  He didn't go off the air but rather he moved to a weekly prime time broadcast on NBC.  I remember him on "The Tonight Show" but not on any other weekly show, do you?

Now, to answer the question that MsBelinda author of the blog Terlinqua Dreams asked, "how you lucked out and found your perfect property".  Well MsB, when I started a new job in this area, I enlisted the help of a great lady who was a real estate broker and dealt mostly in vacant land, farms, and ranches.  She was a real Texas Gal who told me a lot about rural life in this area.  She also told me how the old timers "shot a well" that seemed to have gone dry.  They actually shot down the well with a rifle, a 30-06 caliber was the gun of choice.  She sold us the property we still live on today.  At the time, I only worked a few miles from there and after we moved on to this property, I could come home for lunch every day.  After talking to us, she knew exactly what I wanted and she delivered.  MsB, I hope that answers your question.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Friday, March 27, 2015

To Town and Back the Scenic Way.

My wife and I had to go to town this morning and on the way home, we stopped at the post office to check our mail box.  It was such a pretty day, we decided to take the back way home, which we often do after stopping at the post office.  I thought that all the different shades of green caused by the different levels of new growth, was really pretty.  These pictures are taken through dirty glass, remember the yellow cars?  This first one is not very far behind the post office.  Notice all the shades of green?  The picture doesn't do it justice.

What I am trying to show in the next three pictures is the different shades of green that we saw as we drove home:



Here we are approaching the bridge over the creek:

And a picture of the creek.
 
And the other side of the bridge.
 
 After crossing the bridge we again saw all the different shades of green.

Oh yes, and blue, too.  There was a beautiful blue sky and a field of blue bonnets to top off our little ride.
 
I hope you all enjoyed riding along with us from the post office and I want you to have a great day, you hear?



Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Suffer From Lethologica

Yes, I suffer from "lethologica" and I have for many years.  It is especially troublesome when I am trying to write my blog.  It is not an uncommon ailment, and I am willing to bet that all of you have had a bout with lethological at one time or another.  I seem to have it most of the time, it is a good thing I am quick at coming up  with alternative words.  Lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want at the time.  So, now, how many of you have had it?  I was just thinking that we should . . . ahhh. . .ahhh. . . oh forget it, I have.

On the other hand, I have to get over my bout with lethologica and go ahead and write and publish my blog to prevent all you readers from coming down with "abibliophobia"!!  Oh, you don't know what that is?  Neither did I so I had to look it up.  It is the fear of running out of reading material.  Now that I have got that out of the way, I have forgotten what I wanted to write about today.  Way too many interruptions, do you know I started this blog this morning, and here it is, already 15:22.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Just three clippings.

 I am getting disgusted.  I found a bunch of things while searching the internet today that I wanted to post but after downloading them earlier, I can't find them on my computer.  Oh well, I found three of them, so they will have to do.  They are just clippings of funny things but I believe that they are also true.  What do you think?

And the next amazing fact was a surprise to me, I didn't know that, of course I have never used a roulette wheel.  It is a little spooky, don't you think?
 
Speaking about spooky, this following is really creepy, just like its title:
 
 
Now tell me, wasn't that a little strange, to say the least?  Now, I hope your day isn't at all creepy or spooky or scary or. . . you know, but rather I want you to have a great day, what's left of it, you hear?
 

 
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Idiot Test.

Have you ever been called an idiot?  Well, go to this site and prove to yourself that you are:  http://www.idiottest.net/

I took this test this morning before we left for Wal-Mart.  I wanted to fit in (grin).  If you take the test, tell us how you did and if you are really brave, you can tell how much of an idiot you are.  I bet ole George Carlin would have something to say on that subject.  Well here are a few statements that I found and are clean enough to post on my blog:

 


Well folks, that is all for today.  Now, you all have great day and you can be an idiot if you want to, I know I am a lot of the time. . . at least that is what I have been told.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just For "TROUBLEnTX" - My Swamp.

Trouble, who writes the blog, "just a little bit of TROUBLE", asked me awhile back to post some updated pictures of my swamp.  So, today, I took a walk down there and snapped a few pictures for her.  So, Trouble, here are your pictures.  This first one is looking south out to the deep hole that I dug out with  a big tractor a quite a few years ago.  It is a lot bigger than it looks:

I moved down to the east to get a different perspective of the same area in this next one:

The picture below is of the old original deep area.  It has filled in over the years from all the vegetation:

 I walked around the corner and a little to the south and took this next picture:
 
This is on the lower side of the dam.  Even though this is a low spot, it will dry up later on in the summer:


OK, Trouble, I hope that is what you wanted to see.  Now, I want all of you folks to have a great day, today, you hear?