Wed 3 March 2021... Covid|
Less than ½ a million new cases of covid Again this week,
here in the USA. Yay masks!
The US averaged 65,666 new cases every day.
and 1,980 people died every day.
Active cases in my town are swirling around 180 to 160
people sick with covid...
A far cry from when we were swirling around 400 active
cases in November and December.
and had our high of 526 on 17 Dec.
The local newspaper reports that 5.91% people are fully
vaccinated in my county, on sunday. As of yesterday
we are at 6.13%. We are a bit under the
which is 7.9% of population with both doses.
So that's disappointing!
We have been vaccinating since 21 Dec.
and Mississippi To Lift COVID-19 Mask Mandates And Business Capacity Limits
We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy
for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake,
COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the
recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations,
and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates
are no longer needed.
Huh. No longer needed.
I guess the 1,625 people who died of covid in Texas
in the past week... don't matter?
That's 232 people every day.
I just cannot understand. What is wrong with people??!
Tues 2 March 2021... Spring|
The focus is bad on this pic, but I still love it.
Little bird standing next to a budding Willow branch...
White Crowned Sparrows are winter visitors here.
But where the Golden Crowned Sparrows are wonderfully
human-friendly, the White Crowns are a lot more shy.
I'm glad I got a half decent pic before they fly home!
Mon 1 March 2021... Migrating Birds|
Our Turkey Vultures fly south for the winter, and it's
always nice to see them return! There were four, flying
high, high above the Delta Ponds this past weekend.
Tree Swallows also go south for winter, but I was
surprised to see a group zipping above the ponds... it
seems terribly early for these little bug eaters.
But I got my local Audubon newsletter, over the weekend.
has a list of all the current bird sightings along with
where they've been seen. and it says there have been small
numbers of Tree Swallows at the Delta Ponds since January!
Maybe just our super mild winter. Or maybe they are
starting to move their winter range to the north. It's not
too far... they are seen year round probably less than
100 miles south of the Oregon border.
But the field notes also mentioned that Barn Swallows
have also been seen. And they usually spend the winter
in south Mexico and down into South America... way, far away!
Sun 28 Feb 2021... Botanical|
Oregon Grapes are starting to bloom...
These flowers will turn into small, waxy-blue berries.
They are edible, ie not poisonous, but very tart and
mostly pit. I've never had Oregon Grape jelly, but
apparently it's pretty good.
Sat 27 Feb 2021... River Meeting|
I met someone at the river today...
Yikes! Poor, poor fellow! He's got no tail.
What happened?! Did the feathers get ripped out by a
predator in a very narrow escape? *cringe* probably was
Very painful. or was it
disease or malnutrition when the
feathers were growing? Something else?
He probably doesn't steer well when flying.
And another major problem...
He won't be growing the tail feathers back any time soon.
Probably not until Autumn, if he makes it that far.
Birds molt and replace their feathers on a strict schedule.
It takes a lot of energy to make new feathers, so it
happens before or after the breeding and migration seasons.
Fortunately, he doesn't particularly need his tail in
order to get food... Towhees eat on the ground, they
toss the leaf litter to get at bugs underneath.
They also show up at bird feeders.
So this guy is good for food!
And he was singing his trilling song as I was taking
his portrait... So he apparently has high hopes for
himself during the breeding season! :)
side note. My awareness of bird molts comes from
Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay.
A beautiful book of art with an amazing story...
And relevant here:
Jemima lost her primary flight feathers.
She survived and lived to tell the tale!!
I only hope for the same for my Towhee friend.
Friday 26 February 2021... Floating along in my Rut|
UGH. I'm in a rut.
I'm doing all my favorite things... I'm drinking coffee :),
I'm going out walking every day, I'm being good about sorting
my photos, I'm reading good books, I'm sending out mail
every day, and I'm colouring a tiny drawing most days!
But I feel like I've been floating along, avoiding all the
small annoyances of life.
A good bit of this is because it is physically difficult
for me to do things with my messed up right hand. But I ditched
the wrap protecting my broken finger last weekend, since it
had been 6weeks. I'm doing exercises, and it is healing
tho I still can't curl the fingers to make a fist. But
we're getting there.
Another bit of the rut is stupid writer's block. I am
actively avoiding all kinds of writing opportunities.
And another bit is the rain. I like to walk in different
places. But if it's raining, it's pointless to drive to a
walk... There's not much wildlife out to take photos of,
and raindrops on the lens isn't really ideal!
So I keep to the neighborhood when it's raining. It's not
Always raining. But it's fixin' to rain. Or it just stopped
raining but we're not sure it's actually quit. or it's
misting. or it's 50% rain after 10am, or 40% or 60%, and
it's probably just going to rain anyway!
So I've been walking thru the neighborhoods very often and
I'm a little bit bored of it. Even tho I usually find
something interesting to take pictures of. And the exercise
is good. still. just a little bit bored.
So. What to do?
I think I just need to write!
Well. And maybe do some chores and Space Clearing.
Because I've been avoiding tidying up as well,
and the piles are interfering with my life!
Wed 24 Feb 2021... covid|
Less than ½ a million new cases of covid this week,
here in the US! But we hit ½ a million dead, on Monday
We averaged 67,740 new cases every day.
2,201 people died every day.
Active cases in my town have been swirling around
190 to 160.
Wed 17 Feb 2021... covid|
Over 1.5million new cases added this week in the US,
averaging 224,406 every day.
2,800 people died every day of covid.
Active cases in my town are around 250 to 230
people sick with covid.
Wed 10 Feb 2021... covid|
Less than 775,000 new cases added in the US this week!
We averaged 110,432 new covid cases every day.
3,043 people died every day.
The active cases in my town are wobbling from 350 down
to 270 today.
Sat 6 Feb 2021... Too Quick|
Jeez, these little birds annoy me...
This is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet.
(Their crown is hidden!) They are common here in
the winter. They've migrated down from Canada and Alaska,
or they've moved down from the mountains.
They annoy me because, just like Chickadees, they bounce
around way too quickly. They don't give the camera enough
time to focus and most of the time I'm taking a pic of an
empty branch! ha!
They are def cute... but sheesh, maybe switch to decaf?
Thurs 4 Feb 2021... Red in Tooth and Claw|
Or rather, Nature: Red in Beak and Talon. oh, circle of life.
I saw a Red Shouldered Hawk in a tree on my walk home...
they were giving a hard stare at the ground. Then they
gave me a stern glance, telling me to stay put...
And then they swooped to the ground and obviously got
somebody! Whoa, maybe 25 feet, right in front of me!
They flew back up to the tree, with a mouse-sized
somebody in their talons!
But as I was looking, I could see a tail hanging down.
And that tail looked a lot longer than a mouse's tail. huh?
I had only seen a silhouette as they flew back to the tree, but
it didn't seem massive enough to be a rat with that length of
a tail. so, what the heck?
When I got home, zooming in on the photos...
Oh my gosh! A snake!
Poor little Garter Snake. And obviously still alive in
this pic. ugh.
Yeah, everybody has to eat, even the carnivores.
But I do feel bad for the prey when I have to watch them die.
Dear Snakes: Please stay tucked away in February, no matter
how bright and warm the sun looks! It's just not going to
Wed 3 Feb 2021... rant|
Some flowers for Piper.
Less than 1 million people caught covid this past week in
the USA! There were an average of
142,066 new cases every day and
3,185 people died every day.
In my town, a person died of covid yesterday, but that was
the only death since 22 Jan. Active cases are coming
down from 300, randomly swirling around 280.
So it seems like things continue to improve in covid land.
Fri 29 Jan 2021... sky|
Dang, look at that sky!
ha! It's the rainy season here... almost constant
grey skies and probably sprinkling. So a bit of blue
when we look up is cause for celebration!
Thurs 28 Jan 2021... Feb LetterMo?|
February's Month of Letters
is coming up quickly... and I have zero enthusiasm. :/
A little bit is that the LetterMo web site has almost
no functionality. You can't record your outgoing mail
anymore and you can't post pictures, except publicly
on the forums. You can't DM anyone
on the site. And it looks like Friending on the site is
even an issue this year. I'm sure that most of the action
happens on their private facebook page, but I'm anti-facebook!
And then the other part is my stupid broken hand.
Writing is awkward and uncomfortable... And I still have
over a week before I can take the wrap off and start
gentle exercises. and I'm not sure that the way I write
will be classified as
All that being said... I'm still sending out mail every day!
And I'll continue to send mail out every day. And I might
even send mail to LetterMo friends. I'm just not that
keen on actually participating in LetterMo.
Wed 27 Jan 2021... Covid|
Global Covid cases hit 100 million today... and the USA
has 25.34% of those cases, despite only having 4.22% of
the world population.
The USA added 1.2 million covid cases during the past week,
averaging 171,284 new cases every day.
3,441 people died of covid every day.
I've seen a couple of articles say that we've passed the
peak of the current outbreak in the USA. And it does seem
to be true, cases and hospitalizations are come down across
the country! Yay Masks!
Lots of big coronavirus! haha.
I'm not sure what this tree is... these fruits are not
like the normal Sweet Gum trees that we have around here.
Sun 24 Jan 2021... Rosalie Edge|
The book I'm currently reading is
Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists
A very slow beginning, but I'm almost 40% in, now and oh my
gosh. There is a bit of a history about an early version of
the Audubon Society, then called the National Association
of Audubon Societies... and dang, they were seriously
corrupt and evil!
I am glad that Rosalie Edge will step in and save the day.
In the meantime, I'm so interested, I'm doing a bit of
research online about it...
Nature Lover's Book Club
WHAT?! This is Awesome! How did I miss this? How have I
lived without this? I've not paged thru the entire website
yet, but along with
Edge featured in Sept 2020, I've also recently read
Buzz, Sting, Bite:
Why We Need Insects featured in March 2020.
I recognize only about ½ the titles listed there, and
I am so eager to go thru and read many!!
Wed 20 Jan 2021... Covid Rant|
According to the Johns Hopkins
dashboard, covid has killed over 400,000 people in the USA.
The US can claim 19.5% of the world's deaths by covid, even
tho we only have 4.2% of the world population.
The US added 1.46 million cases of covid in the past week,
averaging 208,939 new cases every day.
3,114 people died every day.
And it looks like total deaths in Texas (32,394)
will be over taking the total deaths in New York (33,224)
before too long.
(California over took NY on Jan 16th,
but I don't have family there,
so I'm not watching their numbers as closely.)
311 people die of covid in Texas every day.
And in my town, active covid cases are still swirling
around 350 to 400. And there have been some blunders?
bungles? with distributing vaccines within Oregon... last
week Lane County Public Health got 100 doses, when they
were expecting over a thousand, right when
they were trying to do a mass vaccination clinic.
ha, the local hospitals shared, and so all was not lost:
1,670 medical people were vaccinated in two days!
And then, even worse, so much worse...
After the federal government promised to release a
stockpile of vaccine doses to states, [Oregon] Gov. Kate Brown
announced early last week that seniors and school
employees would start getting vaccines Jan 23.
However, a few days later, Brown and other governors
found out that federal stockpile did not actually exist.
Did not actually exist. AND AND AND! Someone PROMISED
to send out from the nonexistent stockpile. WTH?
The Biden administration is taking over from that
twice impeached monster,
today. It will take a while to get things turned around.
And they have many many other things to fix.
But I have hopes.
Some happy things...
Leaders Express Hope As Biden And Harris Are Sworn In
The United States is back. Yay! And the image from
China has been deleted, but I laughed when I saw it.
Good Riddance, Donald Trump!
D.C., A Traditional South Indian Welcome Awaits Joe Biden And Kamala Harris
Oh my gosh, this is awesome!
Day More, of President Trump - Les MisÚrables parody
I am such a sucker for anything Les Mis.... but this is
really, actually beautiful! :)
Fri 1 Jan 2021... Review and Revise|
Happy New Year!
Oh where to begin.
Through 2020, I extended my temporary retirement and
I'm still a jobless bum from being laid off in 2019.
There was covid in the world and more covid in the US.
But with all the time I had,
I accomplished a few things.
Walking in 2020
I figure I walked about 1,000 miles! *laughs* that's a
guess-timate, but a realistic one... Walking most every
day between 2 and 5.5miles, usually more than 2.
I discovered the Hidden Trail last January
and added it to my limited
walking places. Besides the neighborhood and the nearby
bike path, I've walked most of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank
trail and all of the Ridgeline at Hendrick's Park.
I blew out my knee in Aug, and I got tendonitis in my heel
in Dec. And so the bike got dusted off and I happily
headed west to the end of the bike trail. Along the way
is a tiny park, Tsanchiifin Walk, with a few new birds!
Photography in 2020
in 2018... 11,570 pics, avg 964/month
in 2019... 15,124 pics, avg 1,260/month
in 2020... xxx pics, avg xxx/month
In the past I've been extremely bad about going thru my
photos to pull out the good ones (or the interesting
ones!) for the web site and the
great ones for printing. But thru much of 2020, I've
been sitting down and sifting thru the days photos. It's
pretty tedious, and I don't particularly enjoy the process.
but it's nice to have pics ready to go for a blog entry.
Mailing and Postcards in 2020
in 2018... averaged 104 bits of mail every month
in 2019... averaged 76 bits of mail every month
in 2020... I sent out xxx total and averaged xx bits of mail every month.
I kept up with the monthly postcard exchange that I host
at GoodReads. I sent 43 PostCrossing pcs. I joined 101
swaps at Swap-Bot and hosted 50 TGIF swaps and 2 Photo and
a Note swaps. I completed another round of the postcard
project I started in 2019... I might chat about that another
The Epson SuperTank Printer
that I got in 2019 is still printing.
And I'm much happier with it, now that I've figured out
how to deal with it's issues.
Community Garden 2020
I guess I continue to be a terrible gardener...
Because of covid, I tried planting seeds last spring.
That has NEVER worked, but I had such hope! A couple
Sugar Snap Peas came up, but nothing else did. sighs.
Also, I couldn't even get the zucchini, or ANY summer squash
to do their usual excessive thing. sighs some more.
But I did have lots of Lemon Cucumbers for a while, so that
made everything good! :)
Experimented with a couple different types of tomatoes...
The Santiam set a ton of fruit, very early, which then
ripened all at the same time. It was good, but too much,
all at once and eventually I got tired of it. And the
Garden Peach Tomato... yuck. heh.
Brandywines are my all time favorite, and I actually grew
my own from seeds in pots! They did well in the garden,
after a long time under row covers... but
I started them too late and not all the fruits ripened before
a couple chilly nights. Will need to time that better, this
Writing and Drawing in 2020
I wrote at the blog a good deal more than I usually do!
Yay! But I quickly get frustrated with
block, and I wish I could be more consistent with
I have continued with almost daily ATC sketches and I've
filled up a 3 ring binder with 9-pocket sheets! Can't
really say that I've improved, tho, *laughs*! But it is
nice to look thru my pages.
I accomplished most of my intentions in 2020...
I'm better about keeping up with my Mail Log,
I blogged more, I kept up with drawing and of
course, I made and sent mail most every day!
The one thing I didn't manage: keeping up with
my GoodReads book reviews. I only posted 19 of
the more than 50 books that I read. Which is
better than the 7 books I posted in 2019.
But I really need to have all my books listed there!
So... 2021 intentions: GR book reviews!
Keep writing at the web site! Keep drawing!
Keep up with the Mail Log!
And keep going thru the photos!
My one major resolution for 2021 is to get more tidy.
I am still thinking about how to implement this, tho,
so I will talk about that later!
Thurs 31 Dec 2020... End of the Year!|
Today's forecast said it was going to be warm enough for
a bike ride, and just a tiny chance of rain. So I was
thinking a ride out to Tsan to see the birds there would
be a wonderful close to the year.
haha! It started misting right before I got out the door!
And it continued misting or sprinkling
for most of my ride. Not exactly
fun, not being able to see because the eye glasses are
beaded up with wet.
*laughs* oh well. I tried to get good exercise, but it's
been a while since I've been out on the bike. hard going!
and I finally decided to bump it down a gear to make it
a little easier. I know: such a wimp! :)
But I did stop at the Tsanchiifin Walk... oh weird, someone
had dumped a little pile of bird food at the viewing area
path. Golden Crowned Sparrows and a pair of Towhees were
Wed 30 Dec 2020... covid rant|
The US racked up 1.2 million cases of covid in the last
week, averaging 183,449 new cases every day.
(Not as much testing during the holidays means cases
2,215 people died every day.
Florida hit 6,000 people currently hospitalized today,
and still climbing. 95 people die in Florida every day.
Texas has 11,775 people hospitalize and 165 people die
there every day.
Of course California takes the cake with 21,240 current
hospitalizations. 229 people die every day.
They don't have enough nurses, and are beginning to
And still nothing from the federal government... that
impeached monster is moping on the golf course.
(haha, remember the stupid old days when monster was
annoyed that Obama golfed ...
Trump Golf Count.
But in better news, the active case count might finally be
coming down in my town!! This wave of covid hit 200 active
cases after the 2nd week of Nov, peaked on 25 Nov with
473 and peaked again on 17 Dec with 526. We're now down
to 250 active cases... but I'll assume it's a temporary
lull before it gets really bad from Christmas travel and
Individualism: Pandemic Politics Driving Health Care Workers From Small Towns
Yeah, good job people. Let's harass and threaten
our health care workers and then be surprised when they quit
and you've got no one to take care of the entire community.
Which reminds me... our local newspaper had an article about
pandemic fatigue and our amazing health care workers...
And it included addresses to our local hospitals where
your can send happy cards of support and encouragement!
How cool is that?! Beginning the postcard proliferation! :D
Thurs 24 Dec 2020... Merry Christmas Eve!|
Been a while since I've had a wildlife photo to show...
I tried another walk today, even tho I've still got a
tendonitis ache in my heel. I'm still pretty slow, I
can't take a full stride yet.
Wed 23 Dec 2020... covid rant|
The USA added over 1.6 million cases of covid this week,
with an average of 239,711 new cases every day.
2,905 people died every day.
And still the federal government does nothing... because
that impeached monster is still -- Still! -- trying to
overturn the election that he lost.
Seditious is a good word, and hopefully someone
will follow up with that.
Texas hit 10,000 hospitalizations yesterday. 209 people
are dying there every day.
New York hald the record for most hospitalizations...
18,825 on 13 April. Bad times. but now California
has broken that record, beginning yesterday, and
continuing to add 100s more people to the hospital every day.
Active cases in my town hit a new high of 526 on 17 Dec.
It's come down since then, but still hovering in the 400s.
Oh, and this...
From U.K. Shut Down As Nations Assess Threat Of New Coronavirus Strain
U.K. officials warn the new variant of the virus could
be as high as 70% more contagious than the various strains
already circulating. However, there's no evidence so
far suggesting the new variant is more deadly.
Um. Yeah. There's this thing called Math. Here's how it
works. 70% more people getting covid, means more people
are going to die of covid.
Tues 22 Dec 2020... Little Free Pantry update|
The tendonitis is letting up a little bit... instead of
the shooting pain, there's just an ache. So I decided to
experiment with a walk today.
Our Little Free Pantry is about a block away and I check
on it every time I walk that way. There's usually some
kind of bread, a couple cans of stuff, potatoes, fruit
like oranges and apples (grapes and dried fruit today!),
pasta, dried beans.
(not sure what's in today's tupperware!)
The things in there that warm my heart...
Dog food that has been packaged in zip locks.
And wrapped servings of homemade cookies, or made up
So far, I've not met anyone else who fills the Pantry.
I dropped off another package of menstrual pads, today.
I'm never sure if I should open the package, to make the
individual pads available, or keep it sealed. Either way,
they are gone in 24 hours, so I know someone is appreciative!
And by the way, Scotland is awesome!
first in world to make period products free
<sing song> Awe-Some!!!
fri 18 dec 2020... Tendonitis, arg|
Yep, Wednesday night I started feeling tendonitis pain
in my left heel. fah.
I've never had tendonitis in my heel before, but even with
that first little twinge, I recognized it and
knew I would not be able to
walk. So I knew I'd need a plan to help me get thru the
usual 2hours I spend walking every day for the next...
few days? week? more? who knows.
That's kind of the thing. Tendonitis is one of those
things where medical science has little to say.
You can take drugs, or you can avoid drugs.
You can do physical therapy, or not.
You can ice it, heat pad it, both, or neither.
And the tendonitis either goes away or it doesn't. There
is no real treatment, except
rest. And, let's get
real here. You want to avoid those spikes of pain at ALL
costs! No doctor type has to tell you that.
So anyway. No walking means I've got an extra 2 hours
every day. And without the exercise, it's really important
to do something ... meaningful and happy.
I decided to dust off my CSS skills and work on some
back-end stuff here at the web site.
Last year I had taken a couple HTML and CSS classes, with
the goal of cleaning up my web site and upgrading from
HTML Transitional to HTML 5. I learned good stuff, and
I finished my classes. But then I didn't actually work
on the web site.
Yesterday, I re-familiarized myself with the codes. And
put the finishing touches on an archive template that I
had started last year, with my class.
I had trouble figuring out how
to place images, those darn floats. But it turned out I
was screwing up the requirements for the Width attribute!
ha, a simple thing I was ignorant of! Being sloppy was
okay in HTML Transitional, not so much in HTML 5!
And today, I started clearing out some of the entries on
this main page. It took a while, for a relatively small
chunk I tackled... There's the physical
cut and paste, and then all those random Transitional
codes to repair!
And again, I am learning good stuff! This project def
keeps me occupied for a couple hours at a time. And
there's plenty to do...
Once I get all the super old journal entries moved to
the archives, in theory I'll be able to clean up this
front page: Moving to HTML 5 and giving it a new design!
I don't know how many millions of years I've had this
sunflower thing. But it would be nice to move on!
A new design is, of course, a lot more involved than just
archiving stuff. So, we'll see what happens...
(and if you scroll to the bottom of this page, you can
see the changes!!)
Wed 16 Dec 2020... Wednesday Rant|
The US added almost 1.5 million new covid cases this
week and averaged 210,374 new cases every day.
2,402 people died every day. And we hit 300,000 total
deaths yesterday, according to the
Florida hit 4,000 hospitalizations at the end of Nov,
has now hit 5,000 hospitalizations. And just over 100
people die in Florida every day.
Is What Happens When Government Does Nothing
oh poor, stupid Iowa. The hospitalizations there have
been coming down... but case count and deaths are starting
to look more like Colorado, a state with almost twice the
population of Iowa.
And the covid in my town has just been hovering around 450
active cases, altho we did hit a high of 500 last Thursday.
We have 55 people hospitalized, which is a current record
Okay, this is kind of funny. My order has been on a
Merry Go Round for a week, coming and going from the
Kansas City Distribution Center! making me laugh!
Except... I kinda need my stuff!
tues 15 dec 2020... Mink!|
Walking along the creek, I saw this mink swim
across to my side! She or he was nosing around so quickly,
I knew the camera didn't have a chance. ha, I just pointed
down and clicked as fast as I could, hoping for the best.
Of course the
best obviously did not happen, laughs,
but that's okay!
Mon 14 Dec 2020... GRRR!|
∞ <Not a link> Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.
Jill Biden should think about dropping the honorific, which feels fraudulent, even comic.
by Joseph Epstein (nope, not dignifying this with a link)
I am fuming over this. Dr Biden has two masters and a
doctorate in education, EdD.
Sexist jerk, JE has a Bachelor of Arts.
Because he's a white man in a position of authority,
he occasionally gets called
And he apparently can't be bothered to correct the mistake,
instead he revels in it.
But Dr Biden shouldn't claim the Dr title for the doctorate
that she actually earned ... because
it sounds and
Just a comparison... A Bachelor of Arts takes 4 years of
collage. After that, it takes 1.5 to 2 years to get a
Masters. (A Masters. as in, ONE Masters Degree.)
and then it takes another 3 years to get a
Doctorate in Education.
And yes. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Bigots
can have an opinion. Racists can have an opinion. Sexist
jerks can have an opinion.
But bigots should not have a platform to spew their opinions.
This should never have been published! And it def should
not have been defended by the responsible editor. (Yeah,
another article I will not dignify with a URL.) (But Wall
Street Journal? You Suck!)
The editor says:
where Mr. Epstein taught for many years, did its part
by denouncing him in a statement and appearing to purge
his emeritus listing from its website.
This is how cancel culture works.
Um. Yeah. Do I have to tell you? Misogyny is NOT a
culture. It's a blight on civilization.
Sun 6 Dec 2020... Heron Yoga|
Okay. This is pretty awesome. I was walking at the
river today, and on the way back to the car, I realized
I hadn't taken pics of any herons, for whatever reason.
So, here's a heron, in the last side pond. And I decide
to take a moment to breathe.
And the Heron decides to breathe with me and
do some stretching exercises!
We start with the left wing and leg...
and then our neck...
and then the other wing and leg...
I am so pleased to be invited to the Heron Yoga session!!
Sat 5 Dec 2020... Another Misidentification|
So. funny story. (um?)
Remember how I mis-identified the
hawk to the mail man
the other day?
Yeah. Well, I did it again!
I saw the flash of yellow, and made my assumptions.
And a person walking on the bike path behind me, asks
what's up. And I'm all, "Oh, I'm just looking at some
And, again, at home, I'm looking at the photos on the
computer. And again, "What the Heck is This??!"
Nobody I know has stripes like that! So I def have to go
And the flower head that they apparently love to snack
on is Teasle, invasive from Europe and Asia. But very
pretty and useful when it's not taking over everything!
Thurs 3 Dec 2020... Heron Hunter|
Walking along the creek today, and found a heron.
For some reason, I pulled out the camera, even tho
it was a terrible angle, looking almost straight down.
And just as I was getting a couple pics... the hunter
They caught a minnow! how cool is that?!
Wed 2 Dec 2020... Wednesday Rant|
Again, well over 1 million new covid cases added this week, at
168,808 new cases every day on average.
and 1,476 people died every day.
Oregon has been in a "freeze" shut down for the past two
weeks, and today we are transitioning to a county by county
shut down based on risk levels.
My town, Eugene is still in the midst of a covid breakout
that started at the end of Sept, so we will continue in the
Extreme risk level... Outdoor entertainment will
open up a little bit, but stores go from 75% occupancy down
to 50%. Socializing remains capped at 6 people from 2
households. It goes without saying:
Masks are mandated everywhere.
Several businesses have been fined for not
following the rules!
The outbreak in Eugene, which topped on 8 Oct with 288
active cases, and then again on 25 Nov with 473 active
cases. Today our active cases have come down to 217...
however we have a record number of hospitalizations, 39.
I wonder if they've expanded the covid wing at the hospital.
And I'm shocked to see the testing positivity rate in
Oregon is 40%. What the heck? This is terrible. What will
it take to get some extra testing in here?!
Texas hit 9,000 hospitalized today. The daily deaths there
are extremely variable -- in the past week it's gone from
22 on one day to 170 the next -- so it's difficult to see
what's going on, except the big numbers are def getting
bigger. And obviously it'll be
easier to die with the hospitals full.
Florida looks ready to hit a million cases here, very
soon. They've got over 4,200 hospitalized and that number
has been steadily rising for a long time.
And back to Oregon... this is utterly shameful:
Oregon nurse bragged on TikTok about not wearing a mask outside of work. Shes now on administrative leave.
Salem Health has the highest employee-related [covid] count of any hospital in the state.
And this lady was contributing.
Found this next to the trail, yesterday! *happy!*
Mon 30 Nov 2020... Hawks are Hard|
So I was staring up at this beautiful hawk... and trying
to figure out what was up with the tail, because from my
angle, it seemed to be missing...
Everything's perfectly fine!
There was just a stick behind her/him, and they were
resting their tail feathers up on that!
The mail man was walking on the bike path behind me.
Well! he says.
What do we have here?
A Cooper Hawk! I replied.
Wow. That's cool. Yes, it is!
Except, no. No, it's not!
At home, I was going thru the photos, and I zoomed in
and saw the colour of the head...
oh shoot. That is def not a Cooper Hawk!
Cooper Hawks have a dark grey hood over their head. And
this one has a stripy brown and red head.
Ah ha. Red Shouldered Hawk, just beyond the very northern
edge of their accepted range!
But dang it! Hawks are so difficult to figure out, even
when you think you know what you're doing!!
Sunday 29 Nov 2020... one more|
Golden Crowned Sparrows are another winter visitor in our
Every single year, I am surprised at how human friendly
these sparrows are. I can get within 4 or 5 feet, and
they give me one "over the shoulder" glance like this...
and then they pay me no mind! :D
Sat 28 Nov 2020... Happy Migrations|
A trip out to the river today, and I was glad to see some
of our winter visitors. There are lots of birds who
migrate down from Canada and Alaska, to spend the winter
in our ponds...
Today I saw Cormorants, Hooded Mergansers, Green Wing Teals...
And some American Wigeons:
I just love the squiggles that the feathers make... so artsy! :)
I tried to stand in the approximate same place to get
this pic of my favorite spot on the river. I should
collect these pics into a single post so you can see the
seasons and the weather! :)
Friday 27 Nov 2020... Show Off!|
These two Northern Flickers were on the other side of
the creek, so I wasn't really sure what was going on
at the time. But they were talking to each other, and
Looking at the photos, I realized they were two males
(they both have a red mustache, which females lack) ...
They are showing off to each other! It's just practice,
at this time of year. But..
May the fittest for survival, win! :)
Wed 25 Nov 2020... Wednesday Rant|
Sighs. The US added more than 1.2 million cases in the
177,541 new cases on average every day, here in the US.
and 1,646 people dying every day.
Oregon has been in
freeze for a week now, but today we
have over 500 people hospitalized for the first time,
and a record 21 people died yesterday.
Eugene has broken records for active covid cases on
last wed (307), thurs (375), friday (420), saturday (450),
sunday (456), monday (469), and we skipped tuesday because
it was the same, and today with 473 active cases.
Wed 18 Nov 2020... It's Wednesday and we're doomed|
Well, the US hit 11 million covid cases this past weekend.
And it seems like just a couple days ago we hit 10 million.
oh. yeah. That's 'cause it was...
Hits 11 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 1 Million In A Week
And Texas hit 1 million cases on the 13th. That's Friday
the 13th. And California followed suit on the 14th.
New York has the most deaths of all the states, with
26,189. A lot of people died in the first wave this
spring because the hospitals were full -- 18,825 people
hospitalized in New York on 13 April 2020 -- and they didn't
have treatment options yet. But it looks like Texas
wants to challenge all this... 7,841 currently hospitalized
and 19,696 people dead.
Poor, stupid Iowa has a 51% positivity rate and they hit
1,000 people currently hospitalized a week ago, on the 10th.
And 1,500 currently hospitalized today.
And they are Finally doing
something about it...
Governor Reverses Course, Issues Mask Mandate As COVID-19 Cases Rise
Oregon ranked No. 45 among the states where coronavirus
was spreading the fastest. But the state has 13.7%
positivity rate and increasing hospitalizations:
445 currently hospitalized, 100 more than last week.
And we are doing something about it! You know,
something a bit more serious than a mask madate,
which we've had in place for a while now.
We've gone back to a partial shut down starting today!
Social gatherings are capped at 6 and limited to two
households. Restaurants are take-out only. Indoor and
outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities
(gyms and more) must close. Etc, Etc. There's a good
list, and there's a fine or arrest for those who aren't
And the little outbreak in my own town continues on it's
merry way. Active cases broke the old record of 288
on Sunday the 15th with 306 active
cases. And again today with 307 active cases.
We'll see how long it takes for the shut down to have
The 7-day average for the US...
159,691 new cases every day
and 1,291 people died every day last week.
The current record stands at 187,957 new cases on 13 Nov,
according to WoM.
Or on the Covid Tracking
site, it was 171,376 new cases.
A few states are returning to partial shut downs, but
there's no reason why we won't be breaking all the records
a few more times!
Sat 14 Nov 2020... Autumn Baby|
After the rain and wind of Thursday night, I woke up and
the trees outside my window were denuded. Poor naked trees.
All the leaves were down in the parking lot.
You know, autumn is my favorite season... But I'm missing
the summer already. The tomatoes from the garden are long
gone and the house is all closed up and it's too chilly for
an early morning walk.
But then I came home from my late-morning walk... and found
a baby squirrel lookin' at me!
*laughs* okay, Not a baby... a
Youngster, and out
on her own. But how cute can you be?
Fri 13 Nov 2020... Steller Jay|
Nothing scary today for Friday the 13th! oh well. :)
Steller Jays are our other blue-coloured jay,
here in western Oregon.
Scrub Jays: blue and white...
are a common theme on my postcards, tho I
don't post pics here very often for some reason.
But the Stellers? They are so beautiful with their black
fading down to blue, with a few decorated bits on their
And they are shy and bouncy. So the few times I do get
to see them... they jump too fast for the camera to focus.
*laughs* What a cheeky look! Ima gettin the side eye!
of course, that look could only come from a teenager! :)
You can tell this is a young one because they've still
got a little bit of gape left at the corner of their mouth.
I fell in love immediately. And then they flew away.
Thurs 12 Nov 2020... Garden|
There's a 100% chance of rain, starting tonight and going
thru tomorrow! So I wanted to get another patch of the
garden forked and weeded and seeded with cover crop.
Yes, I'm still working on that. (Started 20 Sept!)
Did I mention our garden plot is 600sqft? Maybe next year
I'll rent a tiller or something!!
Anyway. There's little baby clovers coming up in patches
here and there. There was also a patch of Nasturtium
seedlings, but they died off on the first cold night. It's
not quite cold enough to kill off the Borage seedlings, yet.
There's also some Love-in-a-Mist seedlings coming up, I
think. Not sure what they will do in the cold.
There's another plant coming up in droves that I feel like
I should recognize...
I just couldn't place the leaves at all. But today I
oh, haha! There's no mistaking that wonderfully velvet
softness! Dead Nettle!
Purple Dead Nettle is an invasive from Europe, but they are
easily chopped down and I don't think they present much of
a problem in gardens. And, since it can survive cool
temperatures, it can act as a cover crop! Yay!
It's quite pretty, I think, with it's greens and purples
and it's little purplish-pink flowers.
And if you ever get a chance to run your
hand thru a patch of Dead Nettle...
Oh, it's totally luxurious! :)
Wed 11 Nov 2020... It's Wednesday|
Hospitals are filling up across the country and
reports records set for new cases of covid on...
∞ Thursday 5 Nov with 123,952
∞ Friday 6 Nov with 132,836
∞ Tues 10 Nov with 144,807
We are adding 123,371 new cases every day on average.
1,018 people died every day.
The covid outbreak in my town is getting worse again.
After dropping to 126 active cases last Thursday,
we've been climing again. Today there are 251 active
Our record is 288 active cases, I suppose that will
be broken soon.
My brain is producing some serious snark when I am out
and see people without masks. It's starting to affect
my well-being, so I need to think nicer thoughts. After
all, if you're too stupid to believe in science (or apply
that science)... well, that's karma that'll
catch up with you eventually.
And that's sad. So my brain shouldn't be so harsh.
There should be some pity. And that's it.
Obscure To Sold Out: The Story Of Four Seasons Total
Landscaping In Just 4 Days
Apparently Four Seasons has an amazing marketing team!!
Ways To Get Your Point Across While Wearing a Mask
And Gold Star Families Granted Lifetime Passes To National Parks
What?! This is awesome! Great idea!
Sun 8 Nov 2020... Political Mail|
My anxiety about the election kept me from forming
coherent thoughts. (laughs) But, now I'm back at it.
I couldn't find an office address for Joe Biden, and
I couldn't get his exact home address. So I put down
what I knew and I'll trust that the US Postal Service
will get my note to where it needs to go.
Because USPS is AWESOME!
Dear Mr Biden,
I know you're going to be busy once you get to the White
House ;) But here's something you don't need to do...
Please do NOT pardon Donald Trump. I'm sure he'll try
to pardon himself - Don't let that happen either. That
guy needs to face the music for all the evil he's done.
Thanks and Happy Day,
Wed 4 Nov 2020... Rant and something cool|
So, as predicted a new record was set for new daily cases.
Saturday 31 Oct we had 101,461 new cases in the US,
according to WOM.
and the next record day... coming soon.
87,492 new cases added every day on average in the US.
874 people died every day on average.
New cases exploding, hospitals filling up, and the death
toll will continue to rise again.
Still coming down from our covid outbreak here in town, but
it's a very slow process... 8 Oct was our highest count,
with 288 active cases. Right now, we've got
142 active cases with 18 hospitalized.
And the results of the election are still pending, but
it looks like Biden will probably win. But why is it
so close? Why are people so loyal to that impeached
monster? I just cannot understand.
Haha, this Cooper Hawk has a close audience!
(11.30 oops! I think this is a Red Shouldered Hawk! ha.
see my 30 Nov, Hawks are Hard entry!)
Crows mob hawks, but the crows aren't so worried about it
right now since they don't have nestlings to protect.
But they are keeping an eye on the situation.
Funny how close they are. But great for size comparison!!
Tues 3 Nov 2020... vote.|
Today is the day. And
I've got some major anxiety about this evening.
AND the next couple of months, because that lame duck
So I went out to the river for a good walk. :)
Sat 31 Oct 2020... Thank You|
Please DONT Say Youre Welcome! Better responses to THANK YOU
The other month, I happened to run into the generous human
who was re-filling their sidewalk food pantry. I gave them
a very enthusiastic
Thank you for doing this!
And they replied,
I'd not heard that response to thank you before, and I
really liked it. It acknowledged that they weren't doing
this for me, even tho I was the one thanking them. And
it implied that their action was inevitable!
Fri 30 Oct 2020... Garden|
I've been going to the garden every day this week to water.
We've not had any rain, and I'm trying to give my little
clover seeds the best start on life... I think they turn the
water off on 1 nov.
The lack of rain is distressing
because our rainy season starts in October.
And we've had nothing but dew and high humidity. Which is
something, but not really... the dry cracks in the dirt that
I don't water are about 2inches wide!
That damn cat is still hanging out at the Garden,
scaring the birds away, and I am
very annoyed at his human family for letting him out.
I like to listen to the Goldfinches twitter while I fork,
and it makes me sad when they aren't around.
Wednesday 28 Oct 2020... Its Wednesday|
Looks like TX and CA are competing to get the first
1 million covid cases. sighs.
So, yep. Covid cases still rising, rising in the US.
says we got a new record of 81,422 new cases in a day
last friday, 23 Oct. (The old high of 79,024 happened
All the websites have different numbers, of course,
but I think they all hit a high within a day or so.
more than 83,000 new cases, they got their
numbers from the Johns Hopkins site.
And these numbers aren't leveling off, they continue to
rise. So will be hitting new records for the next, what?
There are 74,299 new cases added every day, on average, in the US.
844 people died on average every day in the US.
My town is slowly coming down from its outbreak... we had
almost 300 active cases on 8 Oct, and now we're down to 175.
Tues 27 Oct 2020... All the Countries in the World|
Last night, I pulled out my atlas to do some reviewing.
You remember I've made it my quest to memorize all the
countries in the world.
I'm almost done... I'm currently
committing the South Pacific Islands to memory.
Several of those I had to look up pronunciation,
so I'm taking my time to learn them correctly!
But, not all of the islands are actual countries,
so it's a little bit easier than it looks, at first glance.
And then I need to go back and catch all
the island countries in the Caribbean.
And then I'm done!
Anyway, back to my atlas review.
I thought I was mixing up Sierra Leone, in West
Africa and Sri Lanka off the coast of India. But I had
I was def mixing up a couple countries in Eastern Europe,
tho... Belarus is in the north, and Bulgaria is in the south.
Yeah, one of my memory tricks is to think about groups of
countries by their first letter. GINS is a good one:
Greenland (okay not a country!), Iceland, Norway, Sweden,
and then Finland and Russia are easy to tack on to the end!
So you can see how I might confuse the SLs of Sierra Leone
and Sri Lanka. And the B countries in eastern Europe!
But I think I got it, now! :)
195 countries in the world
Very close to having all those in my head!
Friday 23 Oct 2020... Garden|
This one has been stalking in the Community Garden,
this past week...
He is very beautiful, and there's def some mice to catch
in the Garden. But the birds have been avoiding the place
because of him.
We had our first below freezing night on Wednesday, and
the Nasturtium and remaining summer squashes promptly died.
Hopefully the Nasturtium didn't crowd out my baby clovers
too bad... I need those clovers to live!
The tomato plants are mostly dead now, as well. But look
how lovely these last few Brandywines look!
I had 4 different tomato plants this year... two that I
always love: Sungolds and Brandywines. And two new ones:
Garden Peach and Santiam.
The Garden Peach was... okay. but the "delicate" flavor
bored me quickly and I stopped eating it after the first
couple batches. Insipid is a word to use with this one.
The Santiam, on the other hand... set a ton of fruits when
it was still chilly in the spring! That was exciting to
see and I looked forward to them ripening. And I loved,
loved them at the beginning. But, I did get tired of eating
them, at some point.
There was a break before the Brandywine
tomatoes started ripening. The Brandywines are my favorite,
and I wondered if I would get sick of them like the others.
But I did not get tired of
eating those Brandywines, once they started happening.
In fact, I could eat more, and I miss them even tho I've
got a couple ripening in the kitchen!
Wed 21 Oct 2020... usual covid rant|
736 people died every day this past week, in the US.
And we are adding 60,016 new cases every day... that
number is still jumping up from last week's 51,761 new cases.
The covid outbreak in my town has plateaued, and is
not getting better. We currently have 209 active cases
and a couple more people have died, bringing our total
to 26. On monday we had a high of 19 people hospitalized.
I am watching the numbers for several states, and they've
all been going up... more cases, more hospitalizations.
And what are we doing about it? As far as I can tell:
Even in my town, after hitting a high of almost
300 infectuous people on 8 October, then
hovering around 220 active cases for a couple weeks since
then... nothing. We've been put on a "Watch List" by the
governor, and they tell us to wear our stupid masks. But
no actual action has taken place to do anything about the
says the US hit a high on 24 July, with 78,971 new cases.
It looks like we are trying to break that record.
Propublica published an article about how the CDC has
the Fall of the CDC
It's long and it's depressing.
and it just makes me cry for the USA.
It is despicable that this happened!
Of course, that impeached monster has corrupted every
agency of government... from Betsy DeVos destroying public
schools as Secretary of Education to Louis DeJoy destroying
the Postal Service. And soon the Supreme Court will be
added to the list.
Oregon Junco at the community garden.
Mon 19 Oct 2020... Urban Wildlife|
Walking home from the garden today...
A Mom with three children. Not the most flattering pic...
Mom's got her tongue out, and poor human is messing up my
shot. ha. But it's the only pic I got with all four of
I immediately wondered if Mom had adopted one of the kids.
Because 3 seems like a lot to carry to term with crappy
Sun 18 Oct 2020... River|
Walking out by the river today...
This is one of my favorite places to stop and listen to
the river. The water is tripping over some rocks, and
it just sounds so lovely.
I took a pic here, last month as well. The little oak
tree in the front was a bit more green back then. :)
Thurs 24 Sept, River
American Wigeons are winter visitors in our area,
and this was my first sighting of the season.
Fri 16 Oct 2020... pic|
Ha... This one has been greeting me as I walk out
the front door, this week. Not every day,
but it's so surprising when she's there!
We are about three feet apart in this pic.
I've encountered her so often, I decided to name her.
courteous goodwill or as the verb
do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's presence
I am def honored by her presence! :)
Wed 14 Oct 2020... the usual|
51,761 new cases of covid added every day in the US
this past week.
738 people died of covid every day
The new daily cases have sky rocketted this week...
|9 Sept||36,808 new cases every day
|16 Sept ||39,309 new
|23 Sept||42,923 new
|30 Sept||43,845 new
|7 Oct||44,822 new
|14 Oct||51,761 new
And maybe this time the covid breakout in my town has
leveled off? We had a high last Thurs 8 Oct
with 288 active cases and 15 people hospitalized.
Today we're at 210 infectious people, and it's been
steadily dropping. But there are 14 people hospitalized.
Our testing postitivity is down from last weeks 8.6%...
now at 7.6%. Still higher than the state of Oregon at 5.9%.
a pair of sweet Lesser Goldfinches! awww!
(yep, that guy on the left might be familiar if you're
on my postcard list!!)
Sun 11 Oct 2020... Spelling|
It is not generally known that I am a bad speller, but
I don't try to hide it. Since I'm a reader, I know when
I've mis-spelled something. Between the spell-check and
the dictionary I keep next to my bed, I can usually get
Spelling has always been a problem for me. Some of my
not-so-fondest memories from childhood are of me
struggling with this problem... I must have been 7 or 8
years old? Studying for spelling tests with my Mom,
and then getting so many words wrong, despite all the
I am frustrated with myself, even now, 40 years later!
There are words that I consistently mis-spell...
Like consistently!! *laughs* I spell it with an
ANT instead of an ENT. Also label usually comes
out first as lable, I have to look it up every.
single. god. damned. time. (yep, even this time!)
Another good one is
accidentally. I pronounce
it without the Tally, it's accidently and that's not a
word and it's never going to be a word, despite all the
stupid people spelling it that way on the internets.
But, yeah, I still think it should be a word!
∞ Accidently or Accidentally
Oh, wow! this looks like an awesome website... just look
at all those Confusing Words in the right sidebar!
Nice! A good rabbit hole to fall down!
Wed 7 Oct 2020... the rant|
is the word of the day when it
comes to that impeached monster getting covid. He spent
three days in hospital, where the doctors apparently threw
every experimental treatment at him...
And then that piece of shit says
Don't be afraid of Covid.
Don't let it dominate your life.
(I am angry beyond words about this.)
44,822 new cases of covid added every day this past week...
still steadily going up, up, up.
698 people have died every day of covid this past week.
And the covid problem in my town hasn't gotten any better...
We currently have 262 active cases, a new high. But we
a new high every couple of days. And our Test
Positivity rate is up to 8.6%, horrible!
Can See Clearly Now, Singer Johnny Nash Has Died At 80
Aww. :( this is another Rain song that I love and know most
of the words to. There's a video embedded on the NPR page,
if you care to listen. RIP Mr. Nash.
Thurs 1 oct 2020... Draw!|
to Start Drawing
This Pocket Worthy article caught my attention, the
other day! But I don't really follow any of the tips,
except the "Start Small" one.
I have been drawing ATC or baseball card size, for about
a year. I'm keeping the drawings in 9-pocket pages.
My first three-ring binder is mostly full, with 30 pages!
Yep, I draw humans sometimes. I'm not very good, obviously.
But I think I'm getting better. or at least most
of the drawings aren't hideous. heh.
And the Grosbeak was giving me trouble... I just can't get
that big beak right!
Anyway. I usually draw from photos, sometimes my own,
sometimes pics out of calendars, magazines, newspaper.
I probably should branch out and
Draw from life
every once in a while, like the article says.
Wed 30 Sept 2020... the usual rant|
The Johns Hopkins website shows that the world hit 1 million
deaths from covid yesterday. sighs.
Here in the US, we've been adding 43,845 cases every day,
and 775 people are dying every day.
And it looks as tho our little problem with covid here in
town has topped off. Monday we had 202 active cases and
it's fallen to 179 today.
Unfortunately, the test positivity rate has jumped from
1 and 2% that we had thru the end of August,
to 7.1%... this is bad! and
This is the first time that
our percent positivity has been greater than the state
[Oregon], which is at 6.3%
And we've had steady containment on the Holiday Farm Fire...
they've got it 65% contained, and report only 6 minor
I can't remember if I've mentioned, but they did find
all of the 250 people who were unaccounted for. Just
one person died in the fire. Which amazes me, since the
fire blew up so incredibly quickly the first night, which
was Monday 7 Sept 8:20pm.
As far as I know, they don't know the cause of this fire
yet. But I would assume that it was downed power lines,
from the terrible wind storm that happened at the time.
It is standing at 173,094 Acres and has destroyed
over 700 buildings, including around 430 homes.
Mon 28 Sept 2020... Shoes, ha.|
Let me just say, I hate buying new shoes. I like my old
shoes. I don't want to get used to new shoes. I don't
want to spend 60$ on new shoes. I don't want to lace up
Unfortunately, with the amount of walking I do... well,
the comfortable old shoes eventually fall apart. sighs.
These were sooo comfortable! Yeah, they had holes in the
bottoms. Walk thru a puddle and my socks were wet. I didn't
even care! Yeah, dirt got in thru the holes in the sides.
Still didn't even care!
But last monday, the right heel lost it's attachment. It
dragged all the way home. Okay. That's one insult too far.
It's time to retire these.
I pulled out another old pair of shoes while I looked to
order a new pair. These were not so comfortable.
A bit tight, and they gave me a blister on my toe.
And I didn't realize how close to falling apart...
Yesterday, as I was leaving the garden, the tread fell
off the left shoe.
*laughs* Well, this is ridiculous! I had to walk on my
tippy toes in order to keep the inner lining in place!
Thurs 24 Sept 2020... Out!|
After working very hard at the Community Garden plot for
three days, trying to break up the concrete which is the
dirt... there was actual sweat involved and a pulled muscle
and everything! After all that, it rained on the tiny
section of cover crop seeds and I rewarded myself with a
trip out to the river.
I was actually giddy that I was walking in a beautiful
setting, and not forking myself to frustration!!
Unfortunately I didn't really get any good photos.
Sometimes it happens like that, just
gotta go out again another day! No problem, that! :)
There were Red Wing Blackbirds bouncing around all over
and a favorite place to stop and listen to the river!
Wed 23 Sept 2020... the rant|
Deaths in the US have gone down, but cases have gone up...
731 people died every day, and we've been adding
42,923 new cases every day.
Hopkins Covid Dashboard reports 200,000 dead in the
US, as of this morning.
Serious issues in my town... our active case count is 125,
we've been bouncing up steadily with no end in sight.
Newspaper says small gatherings are to blame and there
are now three assisted living facilities involved.
We hit 1,000 total cases yesterday.
White Crowned Sparrows are winter visitors in our area...
and this is the first sighting of one this season!
Mon 21 Sept 2020... Garden Work|
The food coming from the garden is def starting to slow
down. The Cucumbers gave up the ghost ages ago. A couple
of tomato plants died in the cool and smoky weather.
Still some Brandywines ripening, tho. And a couple of
Crooknecks are still on the vine, and some tiny Patty Pans,
I've got my cover crop seeds, and a promise of rain on
wednesday night... Let's see how much of the garden I can
clear, till and seed!
I started in the back corner, where I know the dirt needs
some serious help. Letting the cover crop grow the longest
there, will do it good!
I cleared the weeds with no trouble. Grass goes to the
community compost, as does the bind weed and the other
creeping vine that makes a
bajillion seeds that I've not identified yet.
And borage stays since it will break
down quickly and return nutrients to the dirt.
But when I tried to
fork the soil... haha, it was like concrete! Even tho
we had gotten good rain before the weekend, the dirt
was hard as a brick. sighs. But this is exactly
what I meant: this dirt needs Help!
Well, I finished and seeded a tiny 2 square feet and then
had to call it quits for the day! *laughs*
It's a start. I don't remember how long it took me to
complete the cover crop last year... 3weeks? a month?
I'll have to look it up!
Sat 19 Sept 2020... rip RBG|
I was shocked and devastated to hear of the death of
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, last night.
Our world has lost an amazing woman. And the US has lost
a significant power for good.
I am terrified about her replacement in the court.
Thurs 17 Sept 2020... Maybe...|
There's a 100% chance of rain tonight. So this might be
the last of the wildfire smog photography.
When I headed out this morning, the visibility was so much
better and the air quality was at 260. Still "Very
Unhealthy" but not "Hazardous"!
I was happy to see a little group of Bushtits. They are
too bouncy for my camera... I can't focus before they are
several branches away!
But then a little breeze kicked up. And suddenly the air
is smoky and yucky again. Probably up in the 400 range
The smoggy tree near the center of the photo is my
A White Oak, almost 2 miles from home, at the
end of the bike path, going east.
One of it's branches swoops down and is
horizontal right at a good writing desk level. :)
Yep, I've been known to pull out my little "Idea Journal"
that I carry in my jacket, to write there for a few!
Wed 16 Sept 2020... the usual wednesday rant|
6,735,588 USA cases of covid,
adding 39,309 new cases every day.
199,561 people have died,
913 every day this past week.
(Numbers are from the
and are slightly higher than the numbers from the
Johns Hopkins site,
which were 6,609,770 USA cases and 195,962 USA dead.)
And my town has a bit of a problem... we've got 65 active
cases right now. And 14 people have died, half of whom
have died in the last couple of weeks! Yikes! What the
heck is going on??!
And my state hit 500 dead on Saturday. :(
Official Michael Caputo Admits Warning Of 'Sedition' At CDC, Riots If Trump Wins
So, this guy is obviously not right in the head. Like,
maybe we need some Mental Health time. And maybe we need
to not be in charge of millions of dollars of advertising
money for an agency that needs to be saturated with science!
Okay, this got my goat...
administration has not paid USPS for COVID-19 postcards featuring Trump's name
uh huh. I remember that postcard. In fact, I scanned it
in at the time. The file name I gave it...
Looks like I might need to subscribe to a new magazine...
American Endorses Joe Biden
Back to local news, the Holiday Farm fire, just east of
town is now 6% contained. It covers 166,503 Acres
and we now have a whopping 767 fire fighters!
Aww! Sweet girl at the Community Garden!
:) Plus you don't hardly notice the
wildfire smog in this photo. The air quality was
at 320 when I took this pic!
Tues 15 Sept 2020... Update|
Web site update
It occurred to me that having separate
for the newest blog posts was stupid. *laughs* It was fine
when I was actually catching up with the older posts. But
I quit doing that. And it's dumb to maintain all those
So! This is the place! if I bother with filling in some
older posts, I'll be sure to let you know! :)
I am starting to walk more... further and more often.
Did I tell you? I walked 4.5 miles on Saturday!! Yay!
Since I've gotten used to riding my bike down the bike
path, I really enjoy going out to the Tsanchiifin Walk.
I'm still finding different birds there!
And then I ride the bike a bit further out! The bike
path ends about 5.5 miles away from home... I've not quite
gotten to the end, yet, but got to around 5 miles today!
There's more prairie, and not as many trees. But I can
hear Red Wing Blackbirds singing, so that's something
new and different. :)
Well, let's see... today the air quality is at 330.
Still in the Hazardous category. But still looks better
than it has been.
Mon 14 Sept 2020... still smoggy, but...|
Okay, this is just a fun photo...
I count 12 Goldfinches! I've made this pic a bit bigger than
usual so you can see them all.
(Right-Click for "View Image".
Then hit the back button to return.)
And I think they are eating the seeds of Basil! I had no
idea it was such a popular meal!! I'm not a huge fan, but
apparently I need to have a good patch of basil next year!! :)
This morning's Air Quality is 475 (Hazardous is 300 to 500),
but it actually looks a lot better than it's been.
Thurs 10 Sept 2020... Smog Photography|
Okay, this Smog Sun didn't turn out
as well as the one the other day with the tree leaves...
But this is a new endeavor, so you have to cut me some slack!
Here's a cute smog squirrel for ya...
Wed 9 Sept 2020... Covid Rant and Local Wildfire|
752 people died every day this week in the US
and we're adding 36,808 new cases of covid daily.
My town has 57 active cases, bringing our total count
Three people died recently, unprecedented, bringing
a total of 10 people who have died.
And the wind storm of Monday night has kicked up a
horrific wildfire, east of town. It's huge and completely
uncontained, so they're evacuating the eastern edge
of town. They don't have enough fire fighters, since
they're spread all across the state, and helping California.
Scary stuff. I live on the western side of town, so I
can't imagine that I'd be in danger. But so many hundreds
of people escaping the fire... :~(
Tues 8 Sept 2020... Update|
There was a good wind storm last night. That was exciting.
And this morning we woke up to a dark red sky and ash
The responsible wildfires aren't new, but the wind direction
is. Up until now, we've been very lucky about avoiding
the wildfire smog. But now we've got it in droves.
I walked 3½ miles today!
I blew out my knee at the beginning of August. After
two weeks of trying to take it easy, it felt better and I
started walking again.
But after a 4 mile hike up the hill, the knee was
inflamed again. Back to square one.
So when the knee started feeling better again last week, I
didn't take the bait! I continued biking and only walking
I started walking a bit over the weekend. Oh, it's nice to
walk without having to think about pain! But I'll try not
to push it. Tomorrow I'll bike, instead of walk, and
hopefully I'll keep the knee in one piece.
Sat 29 Aug 2020... Listening at the Tsan...|
Yep, I biked out to Tsanchiifin Walk yet again today...
hoping to meet some new birds.
Yes! There were some! Strange new song, strange new
bouncing around in the tree. And suddenly flying away,
before the camera can focus. heh. oh well.
maybe next time.
Far away I hear another new bird: "La La La, Chew Chew Chew".
huh, that's interesting! I hope I get to meet them soon!
A Spotted Towhee was calling their rusty door, "creeeeaak".
Several Goldfinches twittering, along with some Chickadees
"dee dee dee"ing.
And this scruffy one...
I knew the species when I was taking the pics, but I'd
forgotten when I was going thru my photos. Separate from
my experience, I couldn't figure out what this bird was!
Female House Finch? hum, doesn't really match up. So, not
female... is juvenile! Ahhh! The stripes on the face are
so faint, that's what tricked me!
A juvenile Song Sparrow. And then I remembered what this
one was saying as I took her/his portrait, "jeep. jeep."
Birds say so much! Sure, it's fun to learn their
spring time songs. But knowing their communication
words is much more important!
Fri 28 Aug 2020... A Frog!!|
Yay! Wildlife success at my new Tsanchiifin Walk, on the
2nd day I've been...
Oh my gosh, so tiny! This Pacific Chorus Frog was
teeny tiny!! Around ½ inch! (Adults are normally
almost 2 inches.)
I can't say she was a
baby because of course baby frogs are actually tadpoles!
But dang. So cute.
Plus she let me walk around so I could have the
sun behind me. So patient and kind! :D
So, she's a girl... you can't see it in this pic, but males
have a dark vocal sac on their throat. My other photos show
that her throat is entirely creamy white.
And it looks like she's starting to change into her autumn
brown colours! Summer frogs are bright green, Winter frogs
are grey and brown.
Thurs 27 Aug 2020... the knee and the bike|
At the beginning of the month, I blew out my knee. I
took it easy and after two weeks, it was cured.
Getting back to my usual walking, I started out slow:
I walked less than a mile, for a couple days. I walked
2 miles, no problem. A couple of 3 mile days.
And then I walked up to the Hidden Trail. It's a four
mile walk and the trail is short but steep. And it killed
So, I'm back where I was. Except now I don't have any
hope: as soon as the knee gets better, I will still have to
take it easy. And for how long should that be? *shrugs*
At some point in this saga, my partner fixed up my bike.
I've been biking to the garden every other day... to water
and bring home veges.
Biking doesn't bother the knee at all! There's no pain,
other than the usual ache,
when I'm riding. And I don't think there's any extra pain
in the afternoon, either.
So I've decided to experiment with a longer bike trip...
Yesterday, I headed out with the bike to a park on the
bike path about 3 miles away.
oh it was good to see different things!
But the park itself, Tsanchiifin Walk, was rather boring.
*laughs* This is to be expected...
The park is a wet prairie, which means it's a shallow pond
in the winter and a grassy prairie in the summer. I much
prefer to walk in forest or along water. And since I am
familiar with those ecosystems, I also know what kind of
wildlife I'll encounter, and their behavior!
I am not familiar with the prairie. I don't know who I
will come across, and I don't know what signals to look
for if someone is nearby!
This is fine. And good. I can learn.
Wed 26 Aug 2020... Covid Rant|
USA has had 5,907,397 covid cases as of this morning,
we've been adding 43,095 new cases every day this week.
181,468 people have died so far,
our current rate is 1,000 people every day.
My town has dropped down to 14 active cases, after hovering
at 35 to 40 for several weeks!
That impeached monster is touting his latest miracle
treatment, and has forced the FDA to push blood plasma.
∞ 97,000 People Got Convalescent Plasma. Who Knows if It Works?
treating 98,000 people with plasma and not
having conclusive data if it worked is problematic,
and we should have a more robust data set before we
give 98,000 people a product Yeah, no studies,
no science. :/
Oh, and the CDC and HHS have also become compromised
∞ Officials change virus testing advice, bewildering experts
Good idea! Let's NOT test people who have been
exposed to covid! Yeah!
??? um. GAH!
Thurs 20 Aug 2020... Little Free Pantry|
The park behind our apartment complex got a Little Free
Pantry installed recently!!
At the beginning of July, I learned that we were getting
a Little Free Pantry. And at first I was excited because
the boxes had some amazing art on them.
But then I discovered that the group who is working to get
these food boxes set up... is Vegan!!
∞ Burrito Brigade
providing nutritious vegan meals to hungry
individuals in Eugene and Springfield, and has
since expanded to Portland.
Yay! This is just all kinds of awesome, all the way around!
Our Little Free Pantry is #23 in Eugene. And our artist
is Wendi Kai...
∞ Moon Maiden Tattoo: Wendi Kai's paintings
Aww! she's arted a vulture!! All her art is beautiful!
Anyway. When I first learned about the Little Free Pantries
back in July, I had just finished re-reading
Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.
There is a ton of info in that book, including the hardship
of not including menstruation products in any services
for the homeless, refugees, people in jail, and kids
in school! You'd be hard pressed to find free products
even in specifically womens' spaces like domestic violence
shelters or Planned Parenthood.
It's crazy! Like crazy-crazy, not just plain crazy!
And when I learned about the Little Free Pantry, I knew
exactly what I wanted to contribute to it! :D
Mon 17 Aug 2020... Political Postcards|
I have been sending weekly postcards to Moscow Mitch
ever since Representative John Lewis died.
I've been requesting that
he get the Voting Rights Advancement Act passed in
John Lewis' name.
He's not responded, or done anything.
so I keep sending postcards to him.
I try... I try my best. To be respectful in my writing.
I do not call him Moscow Mitch. I use cheerful language.
I say please.
But, I must admit, some snark has wiggled into my writing.
After I wrote this week's postcard to MM...
I decided to have some words with the Postmaster General...
Update (Tue, 18 Aug 2020)...
∞ Post Office
Chief Suspends Controversial Changes Until After Election
I assume this is a good thing. But I also assume that guy
is a lying sack of shit... so who knows.
Oh, was that out loud? I'm sorry.
(Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2020)...
There have been several reports of mail sorting machines
being broken down and tossed. Wai! How much money is he
just throwing away? How much efficency is lost without
those machines? why, why, why?!
Thurs 13 Aug 2020... Knee|
So it's been a week and a half since my knee started
I've TRIED to rest it by staying home and not walking...
but it kills my soul. So I've been walking a little, not
every day, and less than a mile.
It is getting better. I'm still taking aspirin and
ibuprofen constantly, but it's easier to get around the
house. And the walking pain is no longer "oh no I'm going
to die." It's more like "well this sucks." heh.
And you'd think, oh, not walking 3 or 4 miles in a day means
I get an extra two hours to do stuff! So what have I been
Yeah, like I said, my soul is dying here!
But, my little walk around the neighborhood today lifted
Wed 12 Aug 2020... Covid and rnd|
The USA has 5,262,241 covid cases as of this morning and
we've been adding about 54,692 new cases every day.
167,028 people have died of covid,
at a rate of 1,064 every day.
And my town is still hovering at 35 active cases,
a level we've been at for a couple weeks now.
∞ Florida Sheriff Orders Deputies And Staff Not To Wear Face Masks
any individual walking in to any one of our lobbies ...
that is wearing a mask will be asked to remove it.
We can debate and argue all day of why and why not,
Woods added. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn't.
Oh, Florida. There's this thing called Science.
And from the other end of the emotional spectrum...
oh thank goodness. That impeached monster had rolled
back the protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
back in Dec 2017...
Yesterday a judge upheld the intent of the MBTA...
a law which protects more than 1000 species of birds
and has been on the books since 1918!!
∞ Victory! Federal Judge Rules Administration's Bird-Killing Policy is Illegal
The process of suing to get the government to follow the
laws -- or not change laws randomly -- is tedious and time consuming. And why should we
need to?? But the monster has a scorched earth policy...
so I'm sure this scenario will play out again.
Yay, Kamala Harris!
We need more than a victory on Nov. 3; we need a mandate that proves the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be
Tues 11 Aug 2020... ABCs of the geography project|
A project that I started this year is memorizing all of
the countries of the world and knowing where they are on
a map! I started with Central and South America, then got
Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and now I'm into the rest
It's kinda funny to say, but I love doing this! Sure, it
makes me feel smart. And also, when something happens
in the news, in some random country most Americans have
never heard of, I'm all,
Oh! I know exactly where that is!
*laughs* okay, that might just be me being smug! But,
seriously, having this knowlege really does make me feel
good that my brain is still working!
Another game that I play,
now that I've got over half the world memorized,
is naming countries alphabetically!
The distribution across the alphabet is a little bit
surprising to me.
For instance, there are a bunch of
countries that start with the letter E -- Egypt, El Salvador,
Eritrea, there are 8 altogether. I is another surprising
letter, also with 8 countries.
There are 3 F countries -- Finland, France, Fiji.
And 3 J countries -- Japan, Jamaica, Jordon.
And 3 R countries -- Rawanda, Romania, Russia. This one
seems odd to me, you'd think there'd be more Rs!
There's one Q -- Qatar.
And one O -- Oman. A couple Ys, and a couple Zs.
And there are zero Ws!!
Technically, there's Western Sahara, which is
territory mostly controlled by Morocco. And there's
Wales, but that is part of the UK. (And of course, there
are probably other places like this that I don't know about!)
And, yeah. Since I'm well into Asia, I realize it won't be
long until I run out of countries!! ack!
But there's a bunch of islands in Southeast Asia.
And it turns out I was pretty sloppy when I only memorized
the bigger islands in the Caribbean.
So there's still stuff to keep me busy with this for a
Friday 7 Aug 2020... Sunchoke|
Our left side neighbor, at the Community Garden, has been
a no-show this year. But she did plant a winter cover
crop which has done well. The Fava got nice and tall, went
to seed and is now dying back.
In the back of her plot, I am interested to see some
Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchoke. I've never grown or
eaten them... so I was excited when I saw one of the tall
plants had fallen over into our plot!
Yep, I took it. There were a couple, small tubers that I
nabbed, and asked google what to do with them.
You can eat them raw or treat them like potatoes with
roasting, steaming or boiling. Many people love them
and after the first frost they will have a sweet nutty flavor.
Also thrilled to learn that this plant, a species of
sunflower, is native to
North America and was cultivated by the Native Americans.
I cooked up the smallest ones with my pasta. Literally,
three bites... I have learned my lesson about trying new
veges! ie Fennel Root, meh. Dandelion Blooms, yuck.
I liked the texture of the Sunchoke, but they didn't have
much of a taste. I guess you have to wait for the frost.
And they don't store well, so I'll have to eat the other
They do store perfectly in the ground tho...
so I'm really interested in growing them in my own plot,
next year. Stealing from my neighbor, wasn't very nice
of me, after all!!
Wed 5 Aug 2020... Doom and Gloom|
The USA has 4,879,399 reported cases of covid,
and we've been adding 60,088 every day.
We're Number One!)
159,582 people have died of Covid in the US,
1105 every day.
My town has 40 active cases today, we've kind of leveled
here for a week or so.
This opinion article kind of struck a chord with me...
Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America By Paul Krugman
What they call
freedom is actually absence of responsibility.
With great freedom, comes great responsibility.
Wear your mask!
Tues 4 Aug 2020... Knee|
I have somehow managed to blow out my right knee.
I don't think I specifically injured it. But when I walked
to the garden, yesterday, it was a bit annoying at the
beginning, tho I was able to ignore it after a half mile
And today, every single step was painful.
Contemplating a life without walking in nature, terrified
me. But even taking a few days off, frustrates me to no
I guess I'll do it... I'm taking aspirin and I'm set up
with cold packs... but, gah!
2018... BLOG POSTS|
(Posted 18 Dec 2020...)
I have managed to move all of the 2018 journal entries
into an archive page. I did not write very much in 2018,
so I decided not to divide them up into months, like I usually do.
The new archive is HTML5, and completely validated!
2018 journal entries
2017... BLOG POSTS|
(Posted 19 Dec 2020...)
I have managed to move all of the 2017 journal entries
into an archive page.
And again, I didn't write very much, so the posts for
the entire year are on one page.
The new archive is HTML5, and completely validated!
2017 journal entries
I am rift vegan!|
I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA,
with my Significant Other (SO) and
Piper the Guinea Pig.
I am vegan for ethical and environmental reasons,
my love for animals and nature is
a very important part of my life.
This blog is occasionally about...
∞ Vegan Life
∞ Handmade Postcards
∞ Books, Reading & eBooks
∞ the Paper Journal
∞ Drawing & Art Projects
∞ Randomness :)