Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Odd Plants Along My Driveway

I tried to post these pictures yesterday, but for some reason, they would not post.  But guess what, you all ain't getting off that easy, they posted today.  Yep, didn't change a thing, didn't do anything different, just tried again today.  Therefore, I believe it was my internet provider acting up.  OK, I am glad you all waited to see the missing pictures, but it may be a let down for you.

The first thing I noticed were some tiny plants growing on the leaves of other larger plants.  Have any of you seen this before?

Then I got a little bit closer and took another picture.

This next picture shows at least three different kinds of fungi.  The ones from the picture above are in the lower right of this picture.

A few steps further along and this clump of fungi came into view:

And a little closer look at it.  Is that a grape laying on the top of it?

Then around the bend this fuzzy stuff that looked like cotton to me, came into view. 

And then another clump of it.  What do you think this one is?  It reminds me of the fake snow we used to put around our Christmas tree.

Well, that is it for today.  The computer and/or internet is working somewhat better today but am still having problems with blogger.  I
kept trying to get the alignment set to the left edge.  It worked at the beginning of this blog but then it just switched to the centered alignment.  Oh well, I guess it is still readable.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Can Not Post Pictures.

I had some pictures that I wanted to upload and put on my blog but for some reason, I cannot figure out why they will not cooperate.  I have tried different ways and different pictures.  Heck, I have done it before, so why can't I do it now?  I can choose the files and they show up in the upload window but they will not insert in my blog.  I am really POed about it.

I will keep trying but if I don't post a blog, you know I threw my hands in the air and said "forget it"!!  Hope you are having a better day than I am. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sorry For The Delay.

Sorry I have not posted for awhile.  My new computer was doing good and then, poof, it wouldn't go on line.  I kept trying and gave up.  I finally got a chance to take it back to the store and have someone check it out.  Since I purchased it at Best Buy, we went back to that store and their "Geek Squad" took care of us.  Well, they would have but when I turned the computer on, it worked perfect.  I guess it is something like when you finally make an appointment to see a doctor about something that ails you, the ailment goes away on the way into the doc's. . .

Oh well, it is working for now.  This has been long process trying to replace the one I had for the last few years.  The first replacement wouldn't recharge and this one wouldn't get on the internet.  Well, since it fixed the trouble on its own, we will never know what happened.

The dinner bell just rang so gotta go.  After lunch, we will make a grocery run.  Got to have groceries, right?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

PS -  I guess I should explain a little more.  The computer didn't just start working by itself.  The Geek Squad found the problem.  There were two anti-virus programs on it and they were working against themselves.  They took them off and put a new one on and now everything seems fine and dandy.  There, that was the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

And Another New Computer

Back on the 12th, I posted about junking my old HP Pavilion laptop and buying a new one.  Well, that new one wouldn't take a charge.  I plugged it in but a warning came up that said "plugged in, not charging".  So, I took it back to the store and they said they took the charge off my American Express card.  Well, I bought another one, this one is an ASUS.  They kept it for twenty-four hours to set it up and make sure it would charge up.  I picked it up today and headed home.

On the way home, an unusual looking warning light came on and my Jeep started running rough.  It smoothed out, but on the way home we stopped at an auto repair shop and left it there.  They brought us home along with the stuff that we had in the Jeep.  There must be something jammed up in the Jeep's cooling system because it was bubbling out the reservoir and running down the pavement.  Then, of course, it started running hot.

Well, at least I am sitting here writing this blog on my brand new computer.  And to top off the benefits, this computer was triple digits cheaper than the HP and it has the same 17.25" screen and all the whistles and bells.  I think that it will be just perfect for me.  So far, so good.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Walk Around the Driveway.

As most of my readers know, part of our drive way has a loop.  This loop creates an island in the middle of the loop.  My wife and I walk around this island.  She does it for exercise, health, and to feel good.  I do it because she tells me to do it.  I usually put my camera in my shirt pocket and take pictures of the things I see that interest me and as you know, I put these pictures on my blog from time to time.  We walked around the driveway this morning.  It was a little on the warm side, mostly because of the extra high humidity.  It is surely going to rain today.  I can't see how the air can hold so much water without doing so.

Anyway, if you are interested in the pictures I took, keep reading.  If not, well, just go check out someone else's blog.  Let me warn you, there are sixteen of them.

This first one is of some dried flowers or seed pods.  I thought they looked pretty:

The next six are of the fungi growing in the "island" area:

The next three are of some leaves that have started to change color.  We don't get much fall color here until the first two weeks of December, but the efforts of these few trying to brighten up my world warranted a picture and that picture posted on my blog:

As you can see, the "island" has a lot of leaves on the ground, but most of them are from years past.

 Then there were these bushes with a lot of small, round, green berries on them.  They sure did produce a lot of them:

The sumac is putting on a show of red leaves:

There were a few of these flowers blooming.  They remind me of lilies of the valley, but they are not, but another beautiful offering of nature.

This is part of my driveway that we walked.  This part runs east to west and borders the back of on of my neighbor's properties.

OK, I hope you enjoyed our little walk and that I didn't tire you out.  Now you all take some walks and make sure you take time to look down, up, to the side, and all around.  You would be surprised at just how much beauty you will be able to find.  Have a great day, you hear? 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Sunset and an Unidentified Growth

We had another pretty sunset last evening.  Where I live, I can see the sunsets but way too many tall trees in the woods on the East of my property to allow me to see sunrises.  To the west is a different story.  My neighbor has a wide open field which allows for a good view of sunsets.  I happened to be outside walking and saw this sunset.  Took a couple of pictures.  This first one of the sunset shows the expanse of the field:

 I zoomed in on it for a second picture and think this one shows it much better:

This picture does not do it justice.  God is quite the artist and the sky is his easel.  Sometimes I just stand in awe and enjoy all of nature's beauties.

While I was walking around my driveway loop I found this object.  I could not find any more of them, just this one.  I was hoping to find one still attached to what ever it was growing on but to no avail.  Is it a fungus or a seed pod of some sort?  It looks like those little circular cups may have held some round seeds.  As a reference to size, I laid it on my knee.  If anyone knows what it is, please let me know.

Now, you all take time to glance at natures beauty and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I'm Back!!!

My computer bit the dust again and this time I let it lie.  You know, what you do with sleeping dogs.  When I went to pull out the plug on the charging cable, the female plug that was suppose to be a permanent part of the computer pulled out along with it.  It wasn't very long ago that I had it repaired.  This time, I tore it apart and for some unknown reason, there was no where to plug or connect the female charging plug into the computer.  There was a about a four inch long wire from the plug's mount on the side of the laptop to the plug where it was supposed to plug into the computer.  There were also little guide slots for the wire to lay in.  So it was easy to see where it had been or should have been but doing so, there was nothing for it to plug into.  I was stumped.

I decided that I had spent enough money and time on repairs and this was the final straw just after an expensive repair not long ago.  Therefore, I decided to get a new one and I found another 17" HP laptop almost identical to the one I had, so there was no hesitation and no more shopping around, it was purchased.  I had them install the operation system, and some other important programs to keep it running. . . hopefully.  I went back today and picked it up and so far so good.  I like it, and although it is the same size and looks the same as my old one, it is much lighter and it seems to be running just great.  Knock on wood.

I also got me a wireless mouse.  I have a lot mouses (or is it mice or mices or??) but this is the first wireless one that I have had and I really like it.  No more of one of my pups getting tangled up in the wire mouse.  This new one takes only one double A battery and time will tell how long it will last.  It also has a very small receiver that plugs into an USB port.  It is so small I hardly know that it is there.

They only had one in the box and one on display.  I guess that they are fazing out these 17 inch laptops.  People, especially the younger crowd seem to prefer smaller more compact laptops.  Hay, I got a tablet if I want small and compact.

OK, that is why I have been absent on blogger, although I doubt if anyone missed me.  But like it or not, I am back (grin).  Now, you all have a great evening, you hear?