Thursday, November 26, 2015

My Cousins And I Do Another Challenge

Warning - this one gets a little gross at the end. We do the Tin Can Challenge after eating a big Thanksgiving dinner (bad idea).

Monday, November 16, 2015

Three Gross Girls (a.k.a. Me and my Cousins!)

My cousins Erica and Sarah did a YouTube video with me for my channel. We did the disgusting Bean Boozled challenge. I challenge you to watch it through to the end!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Celebrate America Cruise with the DAR

Jerry and I recently returned from a cruise to Canada and New England aboard the Regal Princess. It was part of a group cruise with other members of Daughters of the American Revolution. It was fun to see friends from my Kodiak chapter! We left from the Brooklyn NY terminal, sailed the entire second day, landed at Halifax Nova Scotia, next day St John New Brunswick, next day Bay Harbor Maine, then Boston Massachusetts, next Newport Rhode Island before returning to Brooklyn.

The first night in New York we stayed in Times Square area - boy has that changed! We saw the Broadway play "The Book of Mormon". Upon our return to New York we visited Ellis Island and stayed lower Manhattan. We could see the 9/11 memorial from our room.

Maine coastline in Acadia National Park

New England foliage

Bay Harbor, Maine

Leaving Boston

Welcome cocktail party

Old State House site of the Boston Massacre

Lighthouse outside Halifax?

Lighthouse outside Halifax?

We had about 200 DAR cruisers on board. One night we wore our blue Pashmina scarfs included in our goodie bags and gathered for a photo. 

Me and Jerry with President National

Me and Jerry in Maine

Names around the 9/11 memorial. I was so moved when I saw flowers inserted in some of the names.

Old Granary Burial Ground in Boston - the grave of John Hamilton where we had a wreath laying. There are three signers of the Declaration of Independence buried here.

Lower Manhattan

More Kodiak DAR friends

Paul Revere house in Boston. Local daughters held a nice reception for us in the house.

Hubby takes great photos - this is our ship behind the sailboat in Newport, Rhode Island.

Jerry in Times Square

Lighthouse near Boston - did not appear to be working.

The bull on Wall Street - so crowded with people could not take a good shot.

The Statue of Liberty

New England clam chowder in New England!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Texas Barn Owls

I have become addicted to a bird web cam. My drug of choice is the Texas barn owls available through Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
You can also follow them on Twitter (official)  and YouTube (there's official and viewer content).

When I first discovered the cam, early June, all four owlets were hatched. They all still had down, none had branched, and the youngest was very small and immature. As of a couple days ago all have fledged! I've learned so much and believe it is great family entertainment.

They still associate the nest with feeding so they hang around the vicinity of the nest box during their nightly fly arounds. Plus, they continue to roost there during the day. It's strange how a group of strangers have come together to cheer on both the small and large accomplishments of 4 little birds and to worry about them as well. This was probably helped by the fact that the youngest was a bit of a runt having had a lean start and no one was sure he was going to make it.

Here are some photos from Twitter (they are not all mine):

Their home

Sometimes it seems they know they are being watched

Huddled together sleeping

The day a female wood duck landed on the nest box and then snooped around. the owlets were on alert for the stranger!
Mid July when all had branch but the youngest had yet to fledge

Mid June waiting for someone to feed them