Monsters Come in Many Forms

I just saw a great movie, which I feel will become a classic.  It's 10 Coverfield Lane.  To avoid spoiling the plot I won't say much about the movie except that it has many surprising changes.

  • Summary: Waking up from a car accident, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) finds herself in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.

Just Not Sure

Are they too small or the most practical?

Seems okay or maybe not.

I like the keyboard.

I like my desktop but it's not portable.  Maybe just a regular laptop would be best.

I'm just not sure.  But I'm in no hurry.  My desktop works fine.

Fitz and the Tantrums

I first heard this song at the end of a movie during the credits.

Hand Clap

Here's another song I like.

Did you ever feel like this?

Hummingbirds Prefer a Basic Feeder

This is the bird feeder that the hummingbirds prefer. When I tried a fancier model not one bird came to feed.

I think it was the shiny metal copper top and feeding holes that they avoided. The metal became hot from the sunshine and the shiny reflections must have scared the tiny birds.



I cleaned the cheap plastic feeder that I bought at Walmart and filled it with sugar water.  I used 8 rounded tablespoonfuls in a cup of water.  Hot water helps dissolve the sugar.  Then I let it cool before hanging it on the pole.  There is no need to add a red coloring to the water.

The birds were back showing they prefer the cheap plastic jar-like feeder to the expensive metal and copper feeder!

My Car Failed Inspection 2016

Chrysler Concord 2001
125,000 miles

Our 15 year old car failed inspection.  The problem was the driver's side window no longer opened and the headlights were out of alignment.

The headlight alignment cost $58.50 for labor.  I might have been able to do it myself but I wasn't sure if I had the tools and I'd rather spend the time doing something else.
The window motor only needed to be opened up and lubricated for $117.

Why do I want to keep the car?  It's the best investment I could ever make. It has little if any depreciation left.  There are no monthly payments.  Very low property tax.  Starts up right away and runs smoothly with a comfortable ride. 

There are a few rattles and it needs some body work; mostly scratches, dings, door rubber seals, etc.  That's not so bad.

I spoke with someone at the garage who told me one of their customers has a 2008 hybrid with over 400,000 miles on it!  It needed a $2,000 battery but the man was happy to pay it. 

I'll have some bodywork done and keep it for a while. 

Apple Strudel Day June 17

One of My Favorite Deserts

"According to some people, every day should be ‘apfelstrudel’ day, to give it its proper Austrian name. A dish that dates back to 1696, Apple strudel consists of a centre of apple, cinnamon and raisins, wrapped in crispy layers of pastry, that puff up in the oven; served with a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of thick cream, comfort food at its finest.

The German meaning of strudel is vortex or eddy, which aptly describes the way the pastry layers circle the filling. When creating the dish these layers need to be worked until they are thin enough to read through."

There Is Always One More Time

If your whole life somehow
Wasn't much 'til now
And you've almost lost
Your will to live
No matter what you've been through
Long as there's breath in you
There is always one more time

And if your dreams go bad
Every one that you've had
That don't mean that some dreams
Can't come true
'Cause it's funny about dreams
As strange as it seems
There is always one more time

Oh turnin' corners
Is only a state of mind
Keeping your eyes closed
Is worse than being blind

If there's a heart out there
Looking for someone to share
I don't care if it's been
Turned down time and time again
And if we meet one day
Please don't walk away
'Cause there is always one more time
There is always one more time

Which Browser Do You Use?

I use both. Most of the time I use the Chrome browser because I'm used to it. It feels easier and faster.

But when I want to be very private I use the Firefox browser.  I've read that Firefox does not make money by following where you browse while Chrome may.

I use the Ghostery application on both browsers to see and control who's following me. I've noticed that sometimes when you block a follower a function on my weblog will stop working until I allow it to follow.  But at least I'll know about it.

Ghostery Download Browser Extension | GHOSTERY

I know there are many other browsers but I'm more familiar with these two.

Which browsers do you like to use?

I Hope This Tick Did Not Carry Lyme's Disease!

Early this morning Lynette called to me from upstairs so I could check the back of her neck near her hairline.  She felt something strange and wanted me to make sure it was not a tick. But it was a tick that had embedded itself under her skin.
(The photo is not of Lynette.  It was taken from the web.)

I put a little petroleum jelly over the tick as a sort of lubricant.  Then I carefully and gently pulled it off with a pair of tweezers.

I used witch hazel to soothe the area then alcohol to disinfected it.  I'm sure it felt good to her, especially knowing that the tick was gone.

Now I'll have to keep an eye on it for a while to make sure no bulls eye rash develops.  If it does we'll have to see a doctor to check it and maybe get a prescription for an antibiotic.

Here's a video on how to remove a tick:

I hope this information will help if it ever happens to you.

Garden & Clothespins June 2016

Instead of tying the plastic net to the wire fence I used clothespins.  At first it was an easy way out but when I thought about it, it just made sense.  Now I can easily remove the netting to take care of the tomato plant.  When the time comes it will be easier to pick the tomatoes.
Hopefully the net should keep out deer and other animals.

The two pumpkin plants are in the center, the ones from a pumpkin I just threw into the garden last Halloween.  Lynette thinned most of the plants to avoid crowding.
She also planted the smaller sunflower plants from seeds.  
Usually she takes care of our flowers, trees and bushes while I help a little. But she wanted to give me a hand with my project and I'm happy she did.

    Some wild clover with imaginary turtle and snail guarding them.

Internet Connections

For some reason I pictured the internet as a modern wireless collection of computers somehow linked to each other in an almost spiritual way.

But the internet is still partly connected by undersea cables, where telegraph cables were laid in 1854.

From our homes the signals travel through wires where telephone lines were set up.

"In describing the system of wires that comprises the Internet, Neal Stephenson once compared the earth to a computer motherboard

From telephone poles suspending bundles of cable to signs posted warning of buried fiber optic lines, we are surrounded by evidence that at a basic level, the Internet is really just a spaghetti-work of really long wires.

But what we see is just a small part of the physical makeup of the net. The rest of it can be found in the coldest depths of the ocean. Here are 10 things you might not know about the Internet’s system..." 

10 Facts About the Internet's Undersea Cables | Mental Floss

Here's a video that explains how it works:


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