February 26, 2015

  • SNOW DAY!!!

    Hello!

    I just wanted to drop in and let anyone still out there that might be interested that I'm still here and doing fine.  I've just  really been busy at work and home.

     

    Also - it's snowing here in NW Georgia, it's been snowing for almost twelve straight hours now...We are not accustomed to snow like this here, but don't worry - we have plenty bread and milk.

     

    Stay safe and warm...ILYM

February 13, 2015

  • Birds Birds Birds

    Today started the Great  Backyard Bird Count - his is my fifth year to participate.

    Here's some details....

    GBBC 2015 Has Landed!

    Data entry is open and we're waiting to take in your bird checklists from every corner of the world. Watch the dynamic map on the GBBC home page lighting up as the lists come in!

    Not sure how to begin?

    Download our "easy as 1-2-3" instructions which describe how those new to the GBBC can create their free account, how to go about counting birds, and how to enter tallies into the website.

    If you've already participated in the GBBC in the past two years or already use eBird, you don't have to open a new account--just use the same login name and password you chose when you created your account.

    Handy Resources

    As you’re counting birds and submitting your checklists this weekend, we want to remind you of the wealth of birding resources that Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada have to offer.

    • Head over to the brand new Audubon.org to explore the new mobile-friendly online Guide to the Birds of North America, featuring illustrations from David Allen Sibley and exclusive content from Kenn Kaufman.
    • Also be sure to check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds, which has photos and details on nearly 600 North American species, as well as thousands of amazing audio and video recordings from the Macaulay Library.
    • If you’re participating from outside the U.S., head over to Avibase, a world bird database hosted by Bird Studies Canada, with information on nearly 10,000 bird species and 22,000 subspecies.
    • Too busy birding to sit down at your computer? Then check out these great birding mobile apps to help make this GBBC the best one yet!

    Have a Love-ly Valentines Day

    ILYM

     

January 30, 2015

  • Hope

    Michele Fauquet posted a picture of his snowdrops from quite a few years ago, mine are just starting to push up through the soil...it's such a reassuring sight. Actually mine don't look exactly like Michele's, they may not be snow drops at all...if any of you know what the might be if they aren't I would love to know. Anyway, here's a photo of my snowdrops from quite a few years ago also.

    dinosaur caught the clippers (2)

    and a legend too!

    A legend about the origin of the snowdrop tells us that after being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Eve sat weeping. An angel comforted her. Since the Fall, no flowers had bloomed, but snow fell ceaselessly. As the angel talked with Eve, he caught a snowflake in his hand, breathed on it, and it fell to earth as the first snowdrop. The flower bloomed and Hope was born. In Germany there is a different snowdrop legend. When God made all things on the Earth, He asked the snow to go to the flowers and get a little color from them. One by one the flowers refused. Then, very sad, she asked a snowdrop to give it a little of its colour and the snowdrop accepted. As a reward, the snow lets it bloom first whenever spring shows.

    Hope - it's a good thing

    Have a great weekend

    ILYM

    and another photo of Nova Rae:

    wheres my supper 1-28-2015

    she's always hoping for supper =))))

January 13, 2015

  • Dog smiles =)))

    My precious nephew sent me a bunch of old pictures...about 500 of them!  Lots of them made me smile, some made me cry and some made me laugh out loud, like the one below.

    Darrell

    This was one of our pups, his name was Darrell

    he belonged to the same nephew that sent me the photos,

    If only I'd bought stock in nerf balls...I'd probably be a rich girl today =))))

    We did all learn to put our shoes up and out of reach though.

    Have a great week everyone....It's still cold, only now it's damp too.

    ilym

     

     

January 8, 2015

  • Two Great Smiles =))))

    Three Smile Days in a Row - I'm so thankful to have so many reasons to smile and be happy!

    Braylon and Brodie

    These are our Great Grandsons Braylon and Brodye.

    Braylon is on the left, he was born December 20, 2013. He was about three months premature but is doing fine (the first six months of his life were real scary though).

    Brodye ( on the right) was Born December 21, 2014.  He was only four weeks early and is doing great, so great that he got to come home from the hospital today!  YAY!!!!!

    Our Grand daughter in law, Jaclyn's birthday is December 22nd...Our Grand Son Reece is in the Army, their stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, Co.  He will be deployed to Kuwiat in a couple months for nine months and Jaclyn and the boys will come home to Georgia while he's gone.  I hate for him to go but I sure look forward to seeing the great grand babies1

    It only got down to 8* here last night, it hasn't been above freezing all day but the wind hasn't been howling and the sun has been shining all day so it was actually very nice....It is Winter after all, and the good thing about clear cold nights is it makes for starry starry nights.

    comet-lovejoy-12-23-2014-Gerald-Rhemann-e1420545811894

    Speaking of stars, if your out tonight you should look for the comet Lovejoy.  The constellation Orion is rising, with its three prominent Belt stars pointing straight up. Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is at the upper right of Orion now.   Alan Dyer, who took this photo, said, “The comet was obvious in binoculars and a very careful look revealed it as barely visible to the naked eye, even in moonlight. But you had to know just where to look!

    comet-lovejoy-chart-january-2015-ST-e1419931846538

    Here's a map if your interested!

    ILYM

     

January 7, 2015

  • More Smiles =)

    I got/stole this photo from my daughter Sarah, she lives in northern Virginia.

    Sarah and Nates Driveway

    This a picture of their driveway this morning....How lovely!

    If your in the Purceville, Va area you should drop by Sunset Hills Vineyards for a visit.

    poopers on a picnic table

    Bundle up everyone - it's gonna be a four dog night anywhere you go!

    ilym

     

January 6, 2015

  • makes me smile =)

    Fellow Xangans, Moniet and Crystalinne are posting a picture a day ( or a hunnerd days) that make them happy.  What a great idea, I think I could do that, especially since the hubby sent me this photo: nash and big moon 12-20-2014

    Nova is 9 months old now and Barry is much older =)))

    These two make me smile.

    Life is Good!

    ilym

December 30, 2014

  • Happy New Year

    best geminid meteor

    I did not personally see any geminid meteors, although the sky was clear and bright,  the above is the best photograph I saw, a shooting star with lightning, how cool is that!.

    Next up … the Quadrantid's, best seen from northerly latitudes. Expected peak is from late night January 3 until dawn January 4.  I hope it's stopped raining by then..we are quite waterlogged here in the southeast, I predict a snowy winter, Nash hopes to too.

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      Nash December 10 2014

     Speaking of Nash, he helped me hang ornaments like a pro, mostly on one limb of the tree however, it was comical when Barry came in the next morning and asked why I'd rearranged the tree...to keep it from toppling over I said.  Our Christmas was great and magical for the young and old alike! I sincerely hope yours was also.

    Sleeping Nash 11-2014

    I think we all felt like this by the end of the holiday!

    new years card

    Have a great New Year, be determined to be Happy!

    Nadine Trixie and Me 10-2014

    I'm spending the eve with these two girls, well a whole lot of others too but I don't have a picture of them.

    ( I'm wearing the ray bans )

    ILYM

    Be Safe whatever you do!

December 4, 2014

  • somewhere

    I'm still here....my computer is all fixed and loaded up with new programs I haven't quite figured out yet.  But I'm learning....you can teach an old dog new tricks sometimes.  Here's a couple of pictures of a rainbow that filled our sky the Sunday before Thanksgiving.....WOW!

    double rainbow 11-23-14 rainbow 11-22-14

    it was so big Barry couldn't get it all in one photo, if I could figure out how to  line up the green and red trees it would be perfect.  I was at Church helping fix our annual Thanksgiving feast and missed all but the fading glorie...Thanks Barry for getting the shot.  Speaking of Church, Barry also took this picture for our new directory:

    FBCS church family 11-9-2014

    We don't have a huge congregation but I sure do love it here at Cave Spring Baptist!

    I'll try and get back in the grove of posting soon....yeah I know I've said that before, it's just been a busy time for everyone.  Someone asked me the other day if I was ready for Christmas - I told them I wasn't even ready for Halloween yet - they just looked at me like I was a crazy person....hahahaha...maybe I am.

    ILYM

     

November 12, 2014

  • The Taurids are Falling!

    N. Taurid meteors peak in

    moonlight on November 11-12

    north-taurid-meteor-november-12

    or perhaps they've fallen =(((

    It was cloudy here last night and somewhat warm for the season...tonight is suppose to be clear and crisp, in fact the crispiest day of the season so far, down in the 20's.  I'll bundle up and try my luck at spotting any straggler Taurids - I'll not get my hope up though, I haven't had much luck spotting shooting stars this year.

     

    Meteor forecasters are calling for November 11-12 to be the peak night of the North Taurid meteor shower. On a moonless night, this shower is usually best viewed for several hours, centered around midnight or 1 a.m. However, in 2014, it might be more advantageous to watch at evening, or before the bright waning gibbous moon rises into your sky. This is a somewhat rambling – and sparse – shower, offering perhaps five meteors per hour. Yet these slow-moving meteors are known for producing fireballs – exceptionally bright meteors – that may well overcome tonight’s moonlight glare.

    You can also try observing this shower in the dark hours before moonrise! Want to know the time of moonrise in your location? Try this custom sunrise-sunset calendar, and be sure to check the box for moonrise-moonset times.

    The meteors tend to be few and far between in the early evening hours, but if you’re lucky, you might catch an earthgrazer meteor – a slow-moving and long-lasting meteor that travels horizontally across the sky. Worth a try!

    The photo at the top of this post, by the way, is a Taurid fireball captured on November 12, 2012, by our friend Mike Lewinsky.

    The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, marks the radiant for the North Taurid meteor shower.  This cluster is part of the constellation Taurus the Bull.  Photo by Dave Dehetre on Flickr.

    The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, marks the radiant for the North Taurid meteor shower. This cluster is part of the constellation Taurus the Bull. See the little cluster on the chart below? It’s easy to see in the night sky. Photo by Dave Dehetre on Flickr.

    The radiant point of November's North Taurid meteor shower.

    The radiant point of November’s North Taurid meteor shower.

    The North Taurid meteors are named for the constellation Taurus the Bull because the meteors appear to radiate from this part of the starry sky. In fact, the radiant for this shower is not far from the famous Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, in Taurus. Taurus rises over the northeast horizon around 7 to 8 p.m. at mid-northern latitudes. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, Taurus rises a few hours later.

    Taurus climbs upward as evening deepens into late night, and soars highest for the night shortly after midnight. The higher that Taurus appears in your sky, the more meteors that you’re likely to see (on a moonless night). Because Taurus is a northern constellation, it climbs higher in the Northern Hemisphere sky than for our cousins in the Southern Hemisphere.

    You don’t need to find the constellation Taurus to enjoy the North Taurid meteor shower. But you do need to find a dark, open sky and to be mindful of the rising time of the moon. Be sure to take along a reclining lawn chair for comfort.

    Bottom line: Meteor forecasters are calling for November 11-12 to be the peak night of the North Taurid meteor. However, in 2014, it may be more advantageous to watch in the evening, or before the bright waning gibbous moon rises into your sky. Or watch for bright meteors scooting along in the moonlight.

    Good Luck and Stay Warm!

    ILYM

    Ken Christison posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook and wrote:

    Watching the moon set behind the trees. I always liked to get clean images of the moon, but this morning I just kept it running through the trees. I think it does add to the whole atmosphere.

    We agree, Ken! Thanks for posting.