Last of the Sunflowers 2015

The last live flowers.  Maybe they're a different variety. 

I watched a squirrel climb up one of the stalks.  He looked puzzled then climbed down.
I missed a photo of a cardinal on one of the still yellow flowers.  The color contrast of deep red and bright yellow would have made a great image.  But by the time I got my camera he had flown away.

I know the birds enjoyed the seeds.

Gluten Free Popover Recipie

I don't really cook but I can make popovers.  The recipe is gluten free because my wife Lynette has Celiac Disease and can't have anything with wheat in it. Even so, they turn out to be delicious.

It takes about 20 minutes to mix and 40 minutes to cook.
Makes  6  popovers

Here's the recipe.
Flour     1 cup  (I use "Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour)
Milk       1 cup
Salt       pinch
Whole Eggs 2
Egg Whites 2
Coat ramekins with oil, butter or "PAM" (I use Pam)
Preheat to 425 degree and put empty ramekins in oven.  Place them on a cookie sheet to make it easier to move around.
~Mix the flour with the milk (consistency maybe a little thin with a few lumps, don’t worry).

~Slightly beat the whole eggs with the egg whites and the pinch of salt.

~Fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

~mix well (until have only a few small clumps)

Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees

Reduce heat to 325 degrees(don’t open oven door)

Bake 20 minutes more.

Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel

"Solsbury Hill" is a song by English musician Peter Gabriel about a spiritual experience atop Solsbury Hill inSomerset, England
Gabriel has said of the song's meaning, "It's about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get... It's about letting go."

Solsbury Hill
Peter Gabriel

Solsbury Hill
By Peter Gabriel

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing, stretching every nerve
I had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
I just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you home

To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Though my life was in a rut
Till I thought of what I'd say
And which connection I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you home

When illusion spin her net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
So I will show another me
Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Hey, I said, you can keep my things they've come to take me home

Come back home
Come back home
Come back home

Plural for "You"

From Wikimedia 
A map of the United States indicating regional variation in the word(s) one uses to address a group of two or more people

Here's something I found interesting that I'd like to share. 

1. Y'ALL

Used primarily in the Southern US, this is a shortening of the phrase "you all," which is also used in its full form as a plural address. It may have been introduced to America by Ulster Scots immigrants who used the phrase "ye aw." Y'all also has a possessive form, as in, "How was y'all's day?"


This one is a hallmark of the dialect known as "Pittsburghese." People who speak this dialect are referred to as "yinzers."


Yinz originates from this form, also used in the Ohio River Valley around Pittsburgh. It's a shortening of "you ones," a usage that goes as far back as Chaucer.


In the parts of the U.S. where they don't use "y'all," they use "you guys" instead, as shown on the map above.


The "you guys" of Britain.
This one is found all over the English-speaking world, from Ireland to South Africa, to New Zealand, to New Jersey. It makes a lot of sense. How do you make something plural? Add an 's'!

7. YE

When English had a plural form back in the Renaissance, this was it. It is still used in Ireland.


Sometimes a plural is simply not plural enough. That's when it's time to pull out "yees," "all y'all," and "youse guys."


Toad Is Still In Flowerpot

First, here are a few flowers from my backyard.

I did not see the toad for several weeks (July 27, 2015) so I thought it was gone.  But today I saw it again!
Maybe the toad was always there but so well camouflaged that I could not see it.

Here are a few photos:

Here you can see the hole it dug in the flower pot.

See him in his hole?

This is a closer shot.

Here is an up-close photo.

A Hamster in Disneyland

Many years ago I had a pet hamster.  I named him Meatball.  I bought him for an experiment in my introduction to psychology class.  I kept a record of how I taught him to do something. I forgot what it was.

He was very smart and figured out how to unlock his cage and explore the house.  He never bit me.

Here's a video from Disneyland

I found it on the Mashable website ( Mashable )


I never knew about this:
"Man-Spreading, or man-sitting, is the practice of sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than one seat." 

I found out about it from an article on the web. I'm not sure what the site was. Then I searched for more images.

It's not new:

They even have signs  about it:

But women can do it with her bags:

Is she pregnant?


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