Thursday, November 30, 2017

Night Music ~ Celtic Thunder - 'My Land'

Throwback Thursday

My grandmother had this quilt.  I had it for a long time and I decided that my sister should have it as she was the quilter of the family. 
Our Great-great-grandmother Elvira Rossman sewed this quilt in 1887. Ginny said she looks at this quilt and wonders what she was like, why she chose to sew what she did. She did find her obituary and plans to search for more information before donating it to the Ames Historical Society.

Five generations from my Grandmother's family...My grandmother -(Sadie Augusta (nee Underwood) Cole (Wife of Clarence Gordon Cole) Sadie) is holding her daughter (Frances Augusta (nee Cole) Dawson) with Elvira Rossman bottom left and my Great great great grandmother Augusta Ames Underwood (Mimi)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Night Music ~ Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune (from The Concert in Central Park)

Toad Tuesday

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (/kˈrɒptərə/; from the Ancient Greekχείρ – cheir, "hand" and πτερόν – pteron, "wing")[1] whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrelsgliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats are less efficient at flying than birds, but are more manoeuvrable, using their very long spread-out digits which are covered with a thin membrane or patagium.
Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialised and largely fruit-eating megabats, including flying foxes, and the highly specialised and echolocatingmicrobats. About 70% of bat species are insectivores, and most of the rest eat fruit. A few species feed on animals other than insects, with the vampire batsbeing hematophagous, or feeding on blood. Almost all bats are nocturnal, and many roost in caves or other refuges, causing zoologists to wonder whether bats have these behaviours to escape predators, but the evidence remains equivocal.
Bats are present throughout most of the world, with the exception of extremely cold regions. They perform the vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds; many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds. Bats are economically important, as they consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides. The smallest bat, and arguably the smallest extant mammal, is Kitti's hog-nosed bat, measuring 29–34 mm (1.14–1.34 in) in length, 15 cm (5.91 in) across the wings and 2–2.6 g (0.07–0.09 oz) in mass. The largest bats are a few species of Pteropus (fruit bats or flying foxes) and the giant golden-crowned flying foxAcerodon jubatus, with weights of up to 1.6 kg (4 lb) and wingspan up to 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in).
Bat dung has been mined as guano from caves and used as fertiliser. Bats are natural reservoirs of many pathogens including those of rabies; since they are highly mobile, social, and long-lived, they can readily spread diseases. Bats are sometimes numerous enough to serve as tourist attractions, and are used as food across Asia and the Pacific Rim. In many cultures, bats are popularly associated with darkness, death, witchcraft and malevolence.

Link - Mexican Fishing Bats.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Night Music ~ Marty Robbins... (Long Version) "El Paso" 1959 with Lyrics

Molly and Todd on Monday

 Molly here,

   We have not had much to talk about this week.

Jon sent us a photo of Miles.  We miss him.

He is living with a friend of Jon's in Arizona.

He is excited because Jon and Liz are going to have a baby.  We can't wait to meet the baby.

His name is Owen.

 BG brought the big bed out of the spare room so I can use it.  Todd does not like it so I get it to use it all the time.

So Todd uses the pad and I get the big round bed for myself.

Then after our photo shoot we rested.

Later we patrolled the fence.

There was a new puppy in the back yard.

The big dog was interested in who was living under the shed.

But he did not get a photo of the puppy.  He was just too fast.

Then (as usual) we napped.

Thanks for stopping to see us.  WOOF!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Night Music ~ Mike Oldfield - The Bell


"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

I have no desire to move mountains, construct monuments, or leave behind in my wake material evidence of my existence.
But in the final recollection, if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart…then in living–I have made my mark.
~ Thomas L. Odem, Jr.

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. ~ Harold Kushner

If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.
Lao Tzu

When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.
~Anthony Douglas Williams

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another."
Thomas Merton

"I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light."
~Barbara Brown Taylor (b.1951)

"Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can."
~Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
~ Buddha

"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life.
Silence is a place of great power and healing."
~ Rachel Naomi Remen (b.1938)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Night Music ~ Nick Et Samantha - On The Beach (Café del Mar XX)

Found for Friday

Mercy Hospital in Orlando was founded and is still staffed by Australian nuns. Over the years they have maintained ties to their homeland. There is a large map of Australia in the reception area, they have native meals in the dietary choices and the gift shop carries a full line of teas in tins decorated with Koalas.

One of the nuns was giving the patient satisfaction survey to a patient and he was giving "excellent" to all the questions asked. He loved the nurses, quality of care, the dietary choices and even the housekeeping staff. The nun asked if he could recommend any changes to the hospital or if he had any complaints. He replied that the only fault he had found was that his daily tea had leaves in the bottom of the cup. The nurse replied that

"The koala tea of Mercy is not strained"

Two horses got married yesterday.

They've had a stable relationship for years.

Very little is known about the salivary glands because they're so secretive.

An opinionated but cheap person never truly gives their two cents.

Turducken is such a fowl creation.


I'm very excited. They are going to televise the World Origami Championships!

Unfortunately, it's only on paper-view.

Calves take well to bottle feeding
because one nipple is as good as an udder.

There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you to take for it.  

Now example, I am sitting here thinking how nice

it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.

If you can’t be kind at the least have the decency to be vague.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Night Music ~ Cafe Del Mar - I believe in you

Throwback Thursday

This is a little red schoolhouse that my mother gave to me.  I am not just sure when.  Probably for Christmas one year.  Mom did not have a lot of money but she shared all that she could...and it is very special because she gave it to me.