...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732

Monday, October 16, 2017

Molly and Todd on Monday

 Molly here,

Not much happening right now.

BG was going to make a new cover photo for Facebook but it would not work.   So I told him to post it here.

Here is the uncropped photo.

So while we napped BG found a poem which he had written and he is using this photo and here it is.

Nature’s Public Art
You’ve rushed to put on your new dress.
( Are you planning to wear it to the Harvest Ball?)

Some of your neighbors have begun to try on their jewels.
But you stand there – resplendent – alone – in autumnal glory!

Others cling to their summer frocks but, trend setter that you are, you couldn’t wait to show off your newest gown.

Some seeing your splendor, and knowing that they cannot compete, have disrobed and retired to their winter beds.

Soon the rest will put on their colorful Ball finery – but none can match your beautiful display.

BG wrote this a long time ago. He read it to us so we could share it with us.

Then we had a conversation

Then BG caught us kissing....

And there wasn't much else happening.. 

So we waited around and then we quit.  It was a good morning!

Have a good week!   Woof.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Night Music ~ Marcin Patrzalek - Asturias (Isaac Albeniz) - Solo Acoustic Guitar


"Were I to be the founder of a new sect,
I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  

- Thomas Jefferson

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. We have it within our means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
~Norman Cousins

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."
— Mahatma Gandhi

"Every child you encounter is a divine appointment."
— Wess Stafford

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
― Tahereh Mafi

"We must look for a long time before we can see."
― Henry David Thoreau

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
~ Khalil Gibran

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
― Aesop

"I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquil upon tideflats like pieces of broken mirror, then beyond them lights began in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hovering a long way off."
~William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Night Music ~ One Is The Loneliest Number - Three Dog Night (Lyrics)


Found For Friday

A priest and a nun were lost in a snowstorm. After a while, they came upon a small cabin. Being exhausted, they prepared to go to sleep.

There was a stack of blankets and a sleeping bag on the floor but only one bed. Being a gentleman, the priest said, "Sister, you sleep on the bed. I'll sleep on the floor in the sleeping bag."

Just as he got zipped up in the bag and was beginning to fall asleep, the nun said "Father, I'm cold." He unzipped the sleeping bag, got up, got the blanket and put it on her.

Once again, he got into the sleeping bag, zipped it up and started to drift off to sleep when the nun once again said, "Father, I'm still very cold.."

He unzipped the bag, got up again, put another blanket on her and got into the sleeping bag once again. Just as his eyes closed, she said, "Father, I'm sooooo cold."

This time, he remained there and said, "Sister, I have an idea. We're out here in the wilderness where no one will ever know what happened. Let's pretend we're married."

The nun said, "That's fine by me."

To which the priest yelled out, "Great. Get up and get your own stupid blanket!"

Did you know there is an entire order of sleepwalking nuns?

They're known as Roamin' Catholics.

I once lost 50 pounds in two days.

I'm never gambling in Britain again.

The latest drive-by shooting in Indiana was caused by a BB gun.

The case wound up in a pellet court.

The owners tried to grow their sleazy dive into a first class saloon
but alas they had to tear it down.
That's right: instead of raising the bar they razed the bar.

Most people don't know this but Spock (from Star Trek) had three ears.

The right ear, the left ear, and the final front ear.

Life would be easier if you could mark people as spam.

As I age, deafness is getting to be more of a problem for me.

I never thought I'd hear myself say that.


After a few beers on the plane, I am flying high into the wild brew yonder.

A successful Hong Kong businessman left a huge estate when he died. It was the great will of China.

Some people go deep sea fishing for sailfish reasons.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Night Music ~ All-American Rejects: Sweat

Toad Tuesday

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The raccoon ... is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family,... Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates it against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three years. The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.

The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests. As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, raccoons are now also distributed across mainland EuropeCaucasia, and Japan.
Though previously thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behavior. Related females often share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season, and other potential invaders. Home range sizes vary anywhere from 3 hectares (7.4 acres) for females in cities to 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) for males in prairies. After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young, known as "kits", are born in spring. The kits are subsequently raised by their mother until dispersal in late fall. Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years. In many areas, hunting and vehicular injury are the two most common causes of death.
The most characteristic physical feature of the raccoon is the area of black fur around the eyes, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding white face coloring. This is reminiscent of a "bandit's mask" and has thus enhanced the animal's reputation for mischief. The slightly rounded ears are also bordered by white fur. Raccoons are assumed to recognize the facial expression and posture of other members of their species more quickly because of the conspicuous facial coloration and the alternating light and dark rings on the tail. The dark mask may also reduce glare and thus enhance night vision. On other parts of the body, the long and stiff guard hairs, which shed moisture, are usually colored in shades of gray and, to a lesser extent, brown. Raccoons with a very dark coat are more common in the German population because individuals with such coloring were among those initially released to the wild.The dense underfur, which accounts for almost 90% of the coat, insulates against cold weather ...
The raccoon, whose method of locomotion is usually considered to be plantigrade, can stand on its hind legs to examine objects with its front paws. As raccoons have short legs compared to their compact torso, they are usually not able either to run quickly or jump great distances. Their top speed over short distances is 16 to 24 km/h (10 to 15 mph). Raccoons can swim with an average speed of about 5 km/h (3 mph) and can stay in the water for several hours. For climbing down a tree headfirst—an unusual ability for a mammal of its size—a raccoon rotates its hind feet so they are pointing backwards. Raccoons have a dual cooling system to regulate their temperature; that is, they are able to both sweat and pant for heat dissipation.
The most important sense for the raccoon is its sense of touch. The "hyper sensitive" front paws are protected by a thin horny layer that becomes pliable when wet. The five digits of the paws have no webbing between them, which is unusual for a carnivoran. Almost two-thirds of the area responsible for sensory perception in the raccoon's cerebral cortex is specialized for the interpretation of tactile impulses, more than in any other studied animal. They are able to identify objects before touching them with vibrissae located above their sharp, nonretractable claws.The raccoon's paws lack an opposable thumb; thus, it does not have the agility of the hands of primates. There is no observed negative effect on tactile perception when a raccoon stands in water below 10 °C (50 °F) for hours


Though usually nocturnal, the raccoon is sometimes active in daylight to take advantage of available food sources. Its diet consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant material and 27% vertebrates. Since its diet consists of such a variety of different foods, Zeveloff argues the raccoon "may well be one of the world's most omnivorous animals". While its diet in spring and early summer consists mostly of insects, worms, and other animals already available early in the year, it prefers fruits and nuts, such as acorns and walnuts, which emerge in late summer and autumn, and represent a rich calorie source for building up fat needed for winter. Contrary to popular belief, raccoons only occasionally eat active or large prey, such as birds and mammals. They prefer prey that is easier to catch, specifically fishamphibians and bird eggs. When food is plentiful, raccoons can develop strong individual preferences for specific foods. In the northern parts of their range, raccoons go into a winter rest, reducing their activity drastically as long as a permanent snow cover makes searching for food impossible.


Captive raccoons often douse their food before eating.
One aspect of raccoon behavior is so well known that it gives the animal part of its scientific name, Procyon lotor; "lotor" is neo-Latin for "washer". In the wild, raccoons often dabble for underwater food near the shore-line. They then often pick up the food item with their front paws to examine it and rub the item, sometimes to remove unwanted parts. This gives the appearance of the raccoon "washing" the food. The tactile sensitivity of raccoons' paws is increased if this rubbing action is performed underwater, since the water softens the hard layer covering the paws. However, the behavior observed in captive raccoons in which they carry their food to water to "wash" or douse it before eating has not been observed in the wild. Naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, believed that raccoons do not have adequate saliva production to moisten food thereby necessitating dousing, but this hypothesis is now considered to be incorrect. Captive raccoons douse their food more frequently when a watering hole with a layout similar to a stream is not farther away than 3 m (10 ft). The widely accepted theory is that dousing in captive raccoons is a fixed action pattern from the dabbling behavior performed when foraging at shores for aquatic foods. This is supported by the observation that aquatic foods are doused more frequently. Cleaning dirty food does not seem to be a reason for "washing". Experts have cast doubt on the veracity of observations of wild raccoons dousing food.

Raccoons and humans


skunk and a California raccoon (P. s. psora) share cat food morsels in a HollywoodCalifornia, back yard
The increasing number of raccoons in urban areas has resulted in diverse reactions in humans, ranging from outrage at their presence to deliberate feeding. Some wildlife experts and most public authorities caution against feeding wild animals because they might become increasingly obtrusive and dependent on humans as a food source. Other experts challenge such arguments and give advice on feeding raccoons and other wildlife in their books. Raccoons without a fear of humans are a concern to those who attribute this trait to rabies, but scientists point out this behavior is much more likely to be a behavioral adjustment to living in habitats with regular contact to humans for many generations. Raccoons usually do not prey on domestic cats and dogs, but individual cases of killings have been reported. Attacks on pets may also target their owners.

A Florida raccoon (P. l. elucus) in the FloridaEverglades approaches a group of humans, hoping to be fed.
While overturned waste containers and raided fruit trees are just a nuisance to homeowners, it can cost several thousand dollars to repair damage caused by the use of attic space as dens. Relocating or killing raccoons without a permit is forbidden in many urban areas on grounds of animal welfare. These methods usually only solve problems with particularly wild or aggressive individuals, since adequate dens are either known to several raccoons or will quickly be rediscovered. Loud noises, flashing lights and unpleasant odors have proven particularly effective in driving away a mother and her kits before they would normally leave the nesting place (when the kits are about eight weeks old).Typically, though, only precautionary measures to restrict access to food waste and den sites are effective in the long term

Monday, October 9, 2017

Night Music ~ Elton John - Tiny Dancer (HD) Live in 1971 at Old Grey Whistle Test (1080p)

Molly and Todd on Monday

Molly here,

   BG is feeling poorly.  He had to go to the Doctor but he is going to get better.

He is taking another pill.  I feel sorry for him.  He still took some pictures of us for you to see.

I was hiding under the antique chair.

And Todd was in his bed

We are good kids.  Sometimes we run fast around the yard but mostly BG takes us napping....so what else is new??

Theresa came to bring us a treat and give some love.  There is a very short video.

And lots of still pictures of us saying hello.

Then after she cleaned we took a nap.  BG used one of the pictures for our profile photo in Facebook

Then we watched out the window while the neighbor boy mowed.

Thanks for stopping to see us.  Hugs...Maybe BG will give us a treat.