Friday, April 28, 2017
The teacher asked if anyone could tell the class a story with a moral. Little Johnny volunteered the following:
What's the difference between a dirty old bus stop and a lobster with breast implants?
One is a crusty bus station the other one is a busty crustacean.
(that means I talk down to people)
Husband returns with 12 loaves of bread.
I said "40"
This is my step ladder. I never knew my real ladder.
So what if I don't know what Armageddon means?
It's not the end of the world.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
My Teachers were Miss Rogness(sp) and Mr. Cole and I was given a gift from one of the students. His last name was Sellers. It is a shot glass filled with sand from the painted desert.
The gift that this student gave to me is truly a treasure because it reminds me of him and of all of the students that passed my classroom.
You can find one like it on e-bay for about $25.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of aquatic mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic. The dolphins comprise the extant families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins), Iniidae (the new world river dolphins), and Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese river dolphin). There are 40 extant species of dolphins. Dolphins, alongside other cetaceans, belong to the clade Cetartiodactyla with even-toed ungulates. Their closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses, having diverged about 40 million years ago.
Dolphins range in size from the 1.7 m (5.6 ft) long and 50 kg (110 lb) Maui's dolphin to the 9.5 m (31 ft) and 10 t (11 short tons) killer whale. Several species exhibit sexual dimorphism, in that the males are larger than females. They have streamlined bodies and two limbs that are modified into flippers. Though not quite as flexible as seals, some dolphins can travel at 55.5 km/h (34.5 mph). Dolphins use their conical shaped teeth to capture fast moving prey. They have well-developed hearing which is adapted for both air and water and is so well developed that some can survive even if they are blind. Some species are well adapted for diving to great depths. They have a layer of fat, or blubber, under the skin to keep warm in the cold water.
Although dolphins are widespread, most species prefer the warmer waters of the tropic zones, but some, like the right whale dolphin, prefer colder climates. Dolphins feed largely on fish and squid, but a few, like the killer whale, feed on large mammals, like seals. Male dolphins typically mate with multiple females every year, but females only mate every two to three years. Calves are typically born in the spring and summer months and females bear all the responsibility for raising them. Mothers of some species fast and nurse their young for a relatively long period of time. Dolphins produce a variety of vocalizations, usually in the form of clicks and whistles.
Dolphins are sometimes hunted in places like Japan, in an activity known as dolphin drive hunting. Besides drive hunting, they also face threats from bycatch, habitat loss, and marine pollution. Dolphins have been depicted in various cultures worldwide. Dolphins occasionally feature in literature and film, as in the film series Free Willy. Dolphins are sometimes kept in captivity and trained to perform tricks, but breeding success has been poor and the animals often die within a few months of capture. The most common dolphins kept are killer whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Dolphins are descendants of land-dwelling mammals of the artiodactyl order (even-toed ungulates). They are related to the Indohyus, an extinct chevrotain-like ungulate, from which they split approximately 48 million years ago. The primitive cetaceans, or archaeocetes, first took to the sea approximately 49 million years ago and became fully aquatic by 5–10 million years later.
Archaeoceti is a parvorder comprising ancient whales. These ancient whales are the predecessors of modern whales, stretching back to their first ancestor that spent their lives near (rarely in) the water. Likewise, the archaeocetes can be anywhere from near fully terrestrial, to semi-aquatic to fully aquatic, but what defines an archaeocete is the presence of visible legs or asymmetrical teeth. Their features became adapted for living in the marine environment. Major anatomical changes include the hearing set-up that channeled vibrations from the jaw to the earbone which occurred with Ambulocetus 49 million years ago, a streamlining of the body and the growth of flukes on the tail which occurred around 43 million years ago with Protocetus, the migration of the nasal openings toward the top of the cranium and the modification of the forelimbs into flippers which occurred with Basilosaurus 35 million years ago, and the shrinking and eventual disappearance of the hind limbs which took place with the first odontocetes and mysticetes 34 million years ago
Dolphins frequently leap above the water surface, this being done for various reasons. When travelling, jumping can save the dolphin energy as there is less friction while in the air. This type of travel is known as porpoising. Other reasons include orientation, social displays, fighting, non-verbal communication, entertainment and attempting to dislodge parasites.
Dolphins show various types of playful behavior, often including objects, self-made bubble rings, other dolphins or other animals. When playing with objects or small animals, common behavior includes carrying the object or animal along using various parts of the body, passing it along to other members of the group or taking it from another member, or throwing it out of the water. Dolphins have also been observed harassing animals in other ways, for example by dragging birds underwater without showing any intent to eat them. Playful behaviour that involves another animal species with active participation of the other animal can also be observed however. Playful human interaction with dolphins being the most obvious example, however playful interactions have been observed in the wild with a number of other species as well, such as humpback whales and dogs.
Dolphins sometimes get high on toxic blowfish.
Dolphins are known to teach, learn, cooperate, scheme, and grieve. The neocortex of many species is home to elongated spindle neurons that, prior to 2007, were known only in hominids. In humans, these cells are involved in social conduct, emotions, judgment, and theory of mind. Cetacean spindle neurons are found in areas of the brain that are homologous to where they are found in humans, suggesting that they perform a similar function.
Brain size was previously considered a major indicator of the intelligence of an animal.
Monday, April 24, 2017
BG went to the store and he got me a new bed. Todd chewed the other one. He doesn't like to get on this one so this is just for me. I like it. So I have it and my couch. Life is good.
It fits just right.
Brandon was gone but his "guys" came out and powerwashed the porch. We like it. BG lets us go in and out. When he gets done working on his blog he will go out and read. He started a new book this week.
BG was not very good at getting this picture. Someone was in our backyard. She was reading one of the meters so we had to get in her face and do a little barking.
We like having green to enjoy in our yard also.
BG says we have Creeping Charlie in the yard. Wants to have it gone. I think it is soft.
Thanks to stopping to see us.
Ginny wrote this for Facebook it. We are hoping he heals so he can come play with us.
Scamp joined our family St. Patrick's Day. Saturday, April 15 he was alone in the living room for few minutes before he let loose a blood curdling yelp. We took him to ISU small animal clinic where it was determined he had broken his leg. Monday they called and said that because he was only 12 weeks old and that the small bone is acting like a splint to the large bone he broke, he didn't require surgery. We had his bandage changed today and everything looks good. If all goes as hoped we will find out next Monday that the leg is healed.Trying to keep him from running, chasing the cat, jumping is like herding cats
Sunday, April 23, 2017
"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
Whether we live in poverty or prosperity, we can still live generously.
- Dillon Burroughs
Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
"Blessed is the season
the whole world
in a conspiracy of love!"
Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed."
~ Mary Oliver
Truth is truth.If you hurt someone, you hurt yourself. If you help someone, you help self. Blood and bone is in all people. Its heart and intent that is different.
"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor."
― Charles Dickens
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
~ Sufi Saying
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
“If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.”