Attention

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My picture of the soup I made was the first one taken for all recipes and so now if you go to find the recipe…viola, there is my picture!

Tube

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I thought this video was well made.

Awwwwww

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Look at the lovely roses Roland got for me! Aren’t they pretty?
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Shutter

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I hope ya’ll like the nature pictures because I’ve got more. I snapped this one of some sort of bird of prey (hawk, eagle, osprey?). I thought it was cool because the sky was so clear and blue.

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Update: Some help from a fellow scuba-boarder and my mystery is solved. This is vulture…probably a turkey vulture.

I also got a few of a neat tree in bloom that is along the route I normally take in the morning. I thought it was just lovely with the pink flowers and green leaves contrasting with the blue sky. I couldn’t decide which picture I liked better so I’m putting in both and you can decide.

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Mini-marshmallow

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While looking around online today, I saw this. If you want one for your very own, click here.
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My question is…why? You can’t leave an ice cream cone with the ice cream in there, and if you used it as cone storage they would all go stale. There isn’t a handle so that you could use it to transport four cones to your family waiting out on the deck either. So…why?

Your Suggestions Needed – What else could you use this for?

Tick Tock

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When I was out walking I thought I would just take some pictures of the area around where we live and this was one. This canal runs along one edge of our aparartment complex (ours is on the right). There is another canal the runs perpendicular to this one that hems in the back of the complex.

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Soup for everyone

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I made soup! And it worked!! I made some Spanish Style White Bean and Sausage Soup from allrecipes. It took a long time because you start with dry beans, but after it was simmering I was able to do other stuff for a couple of hours while it cooked. We had it for dinner and it was delicious. I did change the recipe a little because I didn’t have some of the things in it. I switched out a green bell pepper for the red one (another reason for this is they taste the same, but red peppers are comparatively expensive). I also used turkey sausage instead of andouille, and instead of adding in sweet paprika I browned the sausage in some cajun seasoning that my sister gave us. It’s good on just about everything. I especially like at little in my scrambled eggs. Oh, one last thing, not really a change so much, but Roland got this chicken soup base for Christmas and man is it good. I used that to make the chicken stock for the soup and I highly recommend it to anyone. And if you don’t dig that flavor they also have beef, turkey, seafood, and even vegetable. Just drop a teaspoon in the water for your rice and, voila, simply divine. Here is a picture of my wonderful soup.

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I think I’ll go for a walk

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I came upon this tree and from a distance I thought, dead tree.

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But then I got closer and behold…it’s not dead yet.
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Belated

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In our stockings for Christmas my sister and I both got a bookworm. I really love this idea and some of the others are really awesome. My current favorites include:

White Blood Cell (leukocyte)
Giardia (Giardia lamblia)
Sea Sparkle (Noctiluca scintillans) – I actually experienced these during a night dive, very cool!
Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosoma brucei)
and
The Pox (Treponema pallidum) or Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) – they are pretty similar, both being spirochetes.


Petapalooza

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Yesterday Bleys and I trekked over Petapalooza. It was a good time and there was a lot of dog related fun to be had. There was an off-lead dog play area, booths for rescue organizations, people who make and sell dog food and treats, and doggie day care/boarding centers, a Frisbee Dog demonstration, and a flyball tournament. Since we just tried out flyball for the first time last Sunday we wandered over to watch for a while. For anyone who doesn’t know what a flyball course looks like, here’s one.
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In case people were interesed in what a flyball run looks like I took a video (although keep in mind the course is longer than my camera is wide – each side has 4 hurdles…and my video isn’t very good).

A lot of the dogs that run flyball are Border Collies. They are very, I repeat, very fast, extremely smart and incredibly focused. All the traits that made them fantastic herding dogs make them superlative flyball dogs (and are all reasons I wouldn’t own one). The hurdles’ height are set by the shortest dog on the team though, so many teams have one small dog on them to lower the bar for the rest of the team. Yesterday there were all sorts of breeds out running.

Border Collie and Miniature Australian Shepherd
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Schnauzer and Westie
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Sheltie and Rottie
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Weimaraner and AMBOR
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Some other cool shots I took include this one of a dog turning at the box.
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And one of two dogs jumping hurdles at the same time.
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And one of a cute little ruby Cavalier who was also visiting the park.
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