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May. 27th, 2013

honey forestweather

Happy Bday samwinolj

Happy birthday, THUD, etc., samwisesamwinolj!

Aug. 22nd, 2011

honey forestweather

TV sound

Lately our TV sounds really "burbly" whenever a "s" sound is spoken. The set is maybe 5 years old, "enhanced definition" not HDTV, and not widescreen. We use a box from ATT for their UVerse product. My questions are:
Is it time to replace the TV?
Recommendations for type?
LCD, plasma, LED?
size?
(I think we have between 22-25")
Brand?



Can we spend under $500 and get something decent?

Aug. 3rd, 2011

honey forestweather

K3 Wind and Solar Mobile Charger

http://www.amazon.com/K3-Solar-Mobile-Charger-Black/dp/B002RL88YK
Does anyone have any experience with this? Reviews are good. Amazon has it in black for $55 (green goes for a lot more - the power of marketing, I guess!).

Jul. 31st, 2011

honey forestweather

The Wikkeling

Interesting that just after I read an article about how too-safe playgrounds lead to stunted creativity/intellectual growth, I read The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson. It addresses teaching/learning to the test, the overuse of technology to keep track of children, the plasticizing of society, and the obsolescence of the book! Paradoxically, it is a fun dystopian novel. There is a good review here.

Jun. 13th, 2011

honey forestweather

Pachelbel's CANON de PAgagNINI

Jun. 4th, 2011

honey forestweather

Cerulean warbler weekend!

OK, so I didn't go to the actual festival, but I did go with an experienced birder to Barry Co. I saw a hooded warbler, yellow-throated vireo, yellow-throated warbler, Amer. Redstarts, an Indigo bunting, female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a Tanager (wow!), Eastern wood Pewee, a Baltimore Oriole, and the elusive Cerulean warbler (Otis Lake Road, just north of the lake). I also heard ovenbirds & Veeries (is that the plural of Veery?) Interesting quote from Cornell's Birds of North America: "Song resonates as if singing into a metal pipe. Ethereal quality of Veery’s song has been celebrated in prose for more than a century. 'Their song consist[s] of an inexpressibly delicate metallic utterance...accompanied by a fine trill which renders it truly seductive' (Baird et al. 1874)." Reminded me of the Pied Butcher (aka Organ) Bird in Australia


Gorgeous morning.

May. 28th, 2011

honey forestweather

Kirtland Warbler Festival, Roscommon, May 21

We went on a guided walk at the Margarethe Gahagan Nature Preserve on Friday evening. Our guide, Tom, explained about Ovenbirds nexting on the ground, which is why we don't have them at Blandford or Aman--dogs! [We saw one in our backyard on 5/26, however!]

On Saturday we got up at 5:30 for the 7:00 bus trip to view Kirtland warblers. Noisy, large group, but I finally did see a couple of the warblers singing on the tops of snags. We got t-shirts and buttons. There is a lot of poverty in Roscommon and signs of the economic downtown, and very poor soil. The landscape reminded me of St. Croix, WI.

Drove to Grayling for breakfast, and to Torch Lake, which is spectacular. This is where isherempress  spent her high school years. It is about 38 miles long and 3-4 miles wide. In Elk Rapids, we stopped to see her old friend & artist/illustrator Betty Beeby (remember Whistling up the Bay?) I saw a lot of her art in her house, and she showed us a painted box of stories about her children, which has been incorporated into a book called A Book of Hours. On the way out of town, we stopped at a cairn made of rocks from various MI counties. In Traverse City, we stopped at Pathfinder school, which seems like exactly the kind of school I would have enjoyed. Or maybe would enjoy even now!

Stopped in at Northwestern Michigan College for the BBQ buffalo burger fund raiser, then visited the Music House Museum in Acme, with automated musical instruments like music boxes, a "piano player," player pianos & organs, jukeboxes, phonographs, radios, nickelodeon, a Worlitzer organ for silent movies, etc. Two hours wasn't enough time. Poppycock's is my favorite restaurant in TC & we enjoyed a delicious dinner, then adjourned to the jacuzzi in our room at the Cherry Tree Inn.

May. 15th, 2011

honey forestweather

@K minnehaha - violets

I took a few minutes on Friday to admire the magenta violets, a gift from minnehaha  - K & exchanged at T&K's wedding. They are really gorgeous! Then I began to see all of the weeds around them & went back to work....

May. 9th, 2011

honey forestweather

Birds & flowers

What isherempress  said.
My bird list: Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, Wood Ducks, Ruddy Ducks; Yellow Warbler,  Yellow-rumped Warbler; Spotted Sandpiper; Bluebirds; Baltimore Oriole; Tree Swallows; White-crowned Sparrows; Belted Kingfisher; and a Green Heron.

The birds we spotted were in a mix of habitats: Reed’s Lake, in East Grand Rapids–a small, shallow, freshwater lake; our backyard (suburban Grand Rapids); Blandford Nature Center Community Garden–open field near marsh & woodland areas; a wooded backyard in Ottawa County near the Grand River; and the Muskegon County Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Wildflowers: marsh marigolds in profusion, a few short geraniums, and one phlox.

May. 5th, 2011

honey forestweather

to self-publish, or to pdf? that is the question...

Two years ago I had edited my memoir manuscript and was sending out queries/proposals to publishers. Lately I have been wondering what to do with it. Let it go entirely? Try one more publisher? Pay to self-publish/print on demand? Convert it from MS Word to pdf or something and put it up on my website for free? (If this, then what open-source/free alternative to Adobe do you recommend?)

I'd like to hear what you think, friends!

If you want to know more, here is the book website.

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