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Finally getting a day off here and there to catch up with life (although not quite the break I was hoping for, since my volunteer coordinator resigned so taking over a lot of her duties and starting the hiring process all over again, hurrrg). Things accomplished: kitchen cleaned, carpet shampooed, laundry, grocery, and outside opossums cleaned out. Yet to be done: mow the grass.

It's been a really good month for monarch butterflies, at least in my area! Very heartening to see them after their lowest overwintering population ever.

Baby things and hey I found my own perfect birthday card )

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The usual story - found out in the woods by a visitor, there are no nearby homes for miles, so most likely dumped, not a stray. She'll hang out in my office until I can get her a home or an appointment with the local rescue.

she was very shy and scared, until I brought out the string and noms )

Oh my...

May. 26th, 2014 10:33 am
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Look what I found in the bee balm this morning! It appears to be not quite fully erect, so to speak. I'll keep you updated :P

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I've been experimenting at work with keeping a colony of zooplankton going, so I was dismayed when I checked today and almost all of them were gone. And then I looked a little closer and saw why: I must have introduced some hydra into the tank along with that last batch of pond water, and there were about two dozen little blobby dudes capturing zooplankton with their little wavey stinging tentacles and voraciously devouring them and budding off little hydra! :D

A bunch of them settled right on the air stone. I always thought they preferred non-turbulent water, but they're all sitting there getting buffeted about, seeming happy as clams! A couple of them were riding on a bit of plant that kept wheeling around in the current - they had their arms out and waving around like kids on an amusement park ride, lol. They're just the most adorable little blobbies, yes they are *squee*

I fed them several more net-fulls of zooplankton today, and they're all so fat they look ready to burst. I'll have to try to get some more pictures with my macro lens tomorrow.

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I was starting to think I'd made a terrible mistake in deciding to overwinter the yellow-bellied slider in my backyard pond - I thought she'd be happier there than in a dinky tank in my basement, but if I'd known we were going to have one of the coldest, longest winters in decades I might have reconsidered. Still, my pond pump kept running even through the harshest days and I had a heater that kept some of it ice free, so it should have held oxygen, and the closely related red-eared sliders at another park that lost power in a snowstorm for four days and ended up frozen solid in blocks of ice thawed out and were just fine, so I wasn't too terribly worried, but I kept checking the pond every day for her as things warmed up and turtles were emerging and basking in all the ponds in the park...and still no turtle. I wondered if maybe she'd crawled out into the yard earlier in the year before I'd noticed her and frozen to death?

and then Saturday I noticed some funny holes in my water lily )

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Two whole wheat pitas - made one into a mini pizza with a layer of tomato paste, broccoli bits, dried onion bits, oregano and shredded mozarella cheese. The other one is apple butter and bits of sliced apple. Baked at 425F for 8 minutes and tada! Om nom nom.

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Half an inch of snow last night, although most of it melted right away, and a freeze warning tonight - my daffodils are looking a bit frosty!

It was a good day to stay home - managed to catch a cold, so spent most of the day cuddled on couch with kitties, reading and watching tv and coughing and sniffling. And lots of sneezing! I half thought I might be developing pollen allergies, since it's supposed to be a rough year for them, but this definitely seems to be progressing in a cold-like fashion, and I was fine all weekend outside gardening.

more plants and critters )


Mar. 8th, 2014 08:57 pm
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They weren't there yesterday morning!

I've optimistically put away the Wookie coat and snow pants, although not the emergency sleeping bag and blankets in the car. Still snow and freezing temps in the forecast, but the sun just feels warm now, more intense. I want to PLANT SOMETHING 8D

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Meant to put this up some time ago, but work dramas intervened - Six-strand Protectobot bracelet by helpfulcatcreations :D. She's got all kinds of fun TF character-themed bracelets and can do custom designs for just about anyone - this one was a custom job and I couldn't be happier with it.

Here we have Groove and Streetwise, and I was so delighted when she came up with the idea to add the "Hey" charm for Defensor, makes me smile every time I see it <3

And then of course we have to have the rest of the team! )

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Next time don't leave the water molecule models on the lab tables during the snow program with a group of 6 to 12 year olds - by the time we got to the part where each table was supposed to assemble a six-sided ring of frozen water, hydrogen and oxygen had had their covalent bonds taken apart and twiddled with and there were long strings of hydrogen all linked together (H22? Is that even possible?) and I'm not sure I even want to know what those oxygen atoms were up to...XD

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Have some festive holiday sweet potatoes - they've gone from tentacle beast to quite decorative, actually, in my glass punch bowl that was my betta fish house in college but is now unsuitable because kitties.

I've been the family techie today, lol - successfully taught mom to Skype and we did mutual house tours with out-of-state relatives, which was quite fun, and then helped uncle set up a Chromecast widget and Netflix, and reset the region on a laptop so it would play a DVD.

a few holiday kitty pics... )


Dec. 20th, 2013 04:17 pm
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With all the staff turnover this year, I ended up inheriting someone's office fish - a lovely little bright red betta:

I had a betta many years ago - one of my favorite fish; they've just got so much personality! This one's a happy, curious little guy - he already knows I'm the food lady and comes right up to see me every time I go near the tank.

and then I got a little carried away... )


Dec. 5th, 2013 08:31 pm
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Snowstorm! Anywhere from 3-7 inches by tomorrow night. Kettle's already been out frolicking, although even she didn't much like the heavy sleet the storm is starting with.k

Destruction and mayhem! Worms and tentacle beasts and meditative hula hooping! )

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Roasted veggies! Lets begin with some lovely fungus (not a veggie, technically, I suppose...)

Portabella mushrooms, spritzed with olive oil and a bit of salt.

pww's basic cookeries within )

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Managed to go two years between haircuts this time, so it was long enough to donate, w00t! My head feels 10 pounds lighter. Not sure if I like all these layers in the new cut - my head looks very round, lol - but I think it'll be very cute in a month or two.

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Halloween has actually been rescheduled to tomorrow night in my area due to epic rain and wind - they're even talking tornado watch later on, so probably a good call.

My phone storage is getting full, so have some random pictures before I delete  )

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Kettle suspiciously sniffing my second-newest resident, a yellow-bellied slider someone brought us at the park. Poor thing had been living in the washbin she arrived in in our office - we don't have anything big enough for her at work, so I brought her home last week.

Beasts and bugs and present! )


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