Flicker

Jayne asked me to “come out and play” so I thought I’d pop my head up for a minute and post a Flicker I saw last week eating ants in my lawn. Photos aren’t that good because she was far out in the lawn. I figure it’s a she because I don’t see the little black mustache in the photo!

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And here’s her pretty backside:

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I apologize for taking a blogging break, and a commenting on your wonderful blogs break, but I will be back soon!! I promise!

I’ll leave you with this gazing ball that’s in my Mom’s fern garden. I love how it shows her Sycamore tree!

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Peregrine Falcon

I just read an article on Peregrine Falcons and their fluffy babies in the Adirondacks, along with keeping my eye on the Peregrine Falcons in Rochester, and remembered I have some photos of one up close taken at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona. This bird is being taken care of by the wonderful people at The Wildlife Center at Adobe Mountain. I don’t know the name or the history of this beauty because people were in my way of the informational sign, but I was in awe to be so close to this powerfully beautiful bird:

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It would look left, then right, then left, etc. and when it would look at me I didn’t have the camera ready to take its photo. But I like its profile view anyway.

P.S. Sorry I’m not posting regular lately, I’ve got a lot going on this summer!

Cool Stuff Happening Around My Home!

Yesterday when I woke up at 5:30 the light coming into my house was a really pretty orange (my favorite color)! Before I hopped into the shower to get ready for work I went out to the kitchen to get a drink of water and lookie what I saw out the window! A lucky Friday the 13th rainbow!

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(The spots on the window are rain, honest)!  Once again I was limited on how much of this rainbow I could capture, but it sure was pretty!

Fast forward to today. I was working around my house, and had to go to the bathroom, and I looked out the window to see a lot of splish splashing at the bird bath. A Baltimore Oriel had just taken a bath and was fluffing its feathers on the Rose of Sharon. I took this photo through the screen and from far away, so it’s lousy, but it was fun to see so many birdies taking their baths today! (I wish I had seen the Baltimore Oriel taking its bath)!

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When I went to take the garbage out and get the mail, this little guy was hanging on the side of my house:

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Then I saw my yellow lilies are in blossom:

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And my Echinacea is blossoming, too, even though something ate them all down earlier! Yay for the butterflies and later the chickadees!

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One of my favorite herbs of all time is lavender – I simply adore the smell of fresh lavender:

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This thistle is in blossom in my backyard:

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I don’t give a crap if the neighbors don’t like this type of stuff, it’s my yard, and there are always tons of birdies hanging out in my back yard. In fact the birdies get pissed when I come out to take photos!

Of course I had to capture a photo of this little orange flower!

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I was going to go to a new to me state park today, but I’m glad I ran errands and then stayed home and worked around here so I could see the things that go on when I’m at work!

Life Is Good!

I mentioned the other day at the end of my Skaneateles post that “Life Is Good” and now I’ll tell you what I meant by this! My older brother had a lifeisgood.com hiking T-Shirt sent to me, and I received it today!!

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Isn’t this the cutest shirt!!

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On the back of each T-Shirt near the neck is this logo:

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And the shipping box had the following really cool things on it:

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And the coolest thing is I bought a T-Shirt exactly like this one for my friend Jim over three years ago. I found it in the Arizona Highways store in Scottsdale (now closed) and they only had them in mens’ sizes so I never was able to get one for myself. And then my brother told me they have a website and now have women’s clothes, and he ordered this one for me! They also have really nice, fuzzy socks, mmmmm.

And this is for you 😀 that’s me smiling at you hoping that my simple smile is doing some good!

Eight More Things. . .

I’ve been requested by Lynne, Susan and Sherry to do the eight things meme. I’ve done this before, so I’m having a hard time coming up with anything new, but maybe for the sake of my new blogging friends, I’ll repeat myself.

Here are the rules for Eight Random Facts:

  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I hate wearing shoes. I’ve walked out of the house before to drive somewhere in my bare feet, and had to go back to get my shoes. Seriously, I do not wear shoes unless they are absolutely necessary. That said, if I have to wear shoes, they have to be really good shoes because my feet are very picky (don’t get my Mom started on that subject, the poor woman and what I put her through when I was a kid when she was trying to buy me shoes).

2. I’m a vegan vegetarian, not because of the animal thing, but because meat actually was making me really sick, but I’ll spare you the details.

3. I get bored very easily so I keep very busy all of the time, in fact, I have *too* much to do!

4. I am my own best company, I don’t mind hanging out with myself! Which is a good thing otherwise I’d be hanging out at my home all of the time instead of getting out and doing things! That doesn’t mean that I don’t like to be with my friends and family, though!

5. Orange is my favorite color. It turns out it was my Grandmother’s favorite color, too.

6. I am like my Dad, I miss my Dad beyond words, and I try not to inflict my grief on others (well, not too much) and I don’t think I’ll ever get over not seeing him, talking with him, and hugging him again in my lifetime here on earth.

7. I don’t have many close friends, but the friends I do have are *very* special to me. As is my immediate family (Mom and brothers and niece).

8. I am typically happy all of the time. That’s not to say I don’t have my share of getting torqued, but I get over it and move on.

That’s it for today! If you want to do this and you haven’t been tagged already, please consider yourself tagged because I’d like to learn more about my blogging friends!

And since I don’t like to do photoless blog posts, here’s a Lily in bloom in my Mom’s garden this week:

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Skaneateles, Skaneateles Lake & Sherwood Inn

Friday night my older brother, my niece, my Mom and I went to Skaneateles to eat at the Sherwood Inn. I drove separately leaving right from work, which gave me time to look around Skaneateles. My Aunt Ruth and I used to hang out here quite a bit when she was alive, as did my parents and I, so being here by myself for a while made me miss her and my Dad. My Aunt and I used to go the Old Stone Mill Restaurant which is in definite need of major repairs and looks like it is getting some (even though the guy working on it was just sitting around).

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Here’s the front of the Mill (I opted for this view with the garbage thing as opposed to the guy lounging on the front stoop):

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Dad, Mom, Aunt Ruth and I took a dinner cruise around the lake on the Judge Ben Wiles. Here it is backing out for another dinner cruise:

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Even though the town I grew up in had a public pool which was full of natural, non-chlorinated water (can you imagine) which my Mom dropped us off at quite often (for lessons and free swimming), she would also bring us to Skaneateles Lake to swim here:

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This is a wonderful lake to swim in because the water is so clear, you can see the bottom with no trouble (well, at least in the shallow part)!

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This lake is the water source for the City of Syracuse, and my Dad used to tell me the route in which the water took to get uphill to Syracuse. I lent my brother the pamphlet I have on the subject since I didn’t memorize what my Dad told me (hey, he was always supposed to be around to tell me again and again, which he loved to do), so I can’t expound on it here (aren’t you glad)?

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Orchestras and bands play at this gazebo (in fact they did at 7:30 on Friday night and we heard it while eating). I remember my parents bringing us for the concerts when I was quite young:

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I walked down a side street to get to the The Creamery, now home of the Skaneateles Historical Society, but it was closed:

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Shotwell Park is a memorial park located on the lake to remember the veterans of Skaneateles, and there are plaques with the names of the people who served in the various wars:

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Here’s one of the plaques:

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There were lots of ducks on the water, but people aren’t supposed to feed the ducks here (I apologize for these photos, I didn’t want to lug around my Canon, so it was tough to get good photos since the ducks were out pretty far). Here’s a momma duck and her ducklings, oh my, such fluffy sweetness there:

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And a bunch of ducks hanging out together:

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And the reason why we came here, Sherwood Inn, celebrating its bicentennial this year:

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It’s hard to get a full photo of the Sherwood Inn without cars in front of it, because, well, there’s always cars in front of it.

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We ate on one of the porches, with a beautiful view of the lake. After dinner we went down to the water again, to see the lake at dusk:

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And I looked into the lake:

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I love Skaneateles. New and wonderful memories made at Skaneateles with my family.  Ah, life is good, but that’s a subject for another post!

What Could Be Nicer. . .

than coming home from work after *not* wanting to be at work because it still feels like a holiday, only to find a package hanging on my door, and knowing I didn’t order anything.  I knew right away who it was from! Thank you so much Jayne, you totally made my day! The big decision is which room to put the lovely fragrance of the shore in!  Yummy!

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Sorry for the glare on the really pretty card Jayne sent!  Thank you so much Jayne!

Happy Independence Day!

As I’m sitting here thinking of what to write to wish you a happy day, my mind runs in a million directions, but it comes down to what this day really meant back in 1776, and what some of my ancestors and many, many other people’s ancestors went through to win independence for this country. So here’s a photo of a favorite tombstone of mine, one of my revolutionary war ancestors, who in his Rev. War Pension Application stated when he was an older man, among many other things, that he remembers seeing General Washington at Westpoint and General Huntington at VerPlanks Point.  Jabesh Cole is buried in the South Onondaga Cemetery in South Onondaga, Onondaga Co., NY.

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BTW, we worked our butts off three years ago to scrub his tombstone clean like it shows here. It was almost black, and with quite a bit of hard work, we uncovered a beautiful marble stone. And it still looks this way today!

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy July 4th!

Niagara Falls State Park, Whirlpool State Park

My younger brother, my niece (her first visit to the falls), my Mom and I went to Niagara Falls yesterday. It was in the 70’s here which was perfect for going to the falls. We drove over to Goat Island and first saw the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side:

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Video Note: The water and the wind were very loud, so please be careful if you play the videos!

Here’s a Maid of the Mist headed for the falls. We’ve done this boat ride during a previous visit:

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I used to love hearing my Dad tell me about the the old power plants and the huge turbines. His father used to work at Niagara Mohawk, so we always heard interesting stories.

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We then walked over to see the American Falls from Goat Island:

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And from Luna Island. It’s cool how those logs stay on the very edge:

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Looking down at the bottom of the American Falls was a complete rainbow, but I couldn’t capture it all!

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Here’s the top of Bridal Veil falls from Luna Island:

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My niece wanted to go down to the Cave of the Winds:

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She and my brother had to wear special sandals and plastic rainbags:

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While they were doing this, Mom and I walked over the bridges that cross over the Niagara River:

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After we met up again, we shopped, then left. I couldn’t get a photo of the Tesla statue or the arch entranceway (soooo many people crawling all over Tesla – poor guy). But here’s a sign on the wall of the arch entranceway:

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Next we headed to the Whirlpool State Park, down the Niagara River from the falls. They need to cut down some trees so we can get a better view of the whirlpool!

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People can hike on the Canadian side along the whirlpool. Okey dokey – not me!! And here’s another thing you wouldn’t catch me doing! Riding a cable car over the whirlpool. Turns out my younger brother thinks the same way I do about how things can break and why *not* to do something like this!

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I want to go back to Whirlpool State Park because they have a Niagara Gorge National History room that I would like to go through. I also would like to go to the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center.

I didn’t get to spend time looking at the plants on Goat Island like I wanted to, but I did spy this big ginkgo tree:

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I never get tired of visiting Niagara Falls State Park. It’s amazing the attitude I received from people when I said what I was going to do yesterday! “Why would you want to do that?” is one response I got. My answer is “Why wouldn’t I want to do that?” And I want to do it again, too!