Thursday, December 25, 2008

annoying things....



We are very happy to be in our house. But we still have problems, not the least of which is a leak from the upstairs bath.
I remind myself how lucky we are to have a house, albeit with unresolved construction issues which I believe will eventually get fixed.

demographics research a success?

John received this unrequested magazine sample, when I stopped laughing, I realized it is for real. And it actually has some fairly good writing in it.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pamlico sunset


weird weather, thunderstorms yesterday, lots of rain, brief cold front today, then tomorrow highs in the low 60's.

Am I distracting you?























John went to a flea market yesterday and forgot his hat, so he bought one at the flea market. No mirror to see what the hat looked like, but his head was warm.
Could not figure out (until he got home and looked in the mirror and I began to laugh) why people were looking at him a little oddly.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Childhood is short.....


Childhood is short, immaturity is forever.

I just have one thing to say.....


To the people who took my Obama yard signs..... I just have one thing to say....(well maybe more than one thing)... this was the sign I made and put up after 3 had been stolen. An excellent example of how venal too many(not all) republicans are.

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah.....
But seriously everyone in the country really won, our president elect is the right man for the times.

Monday, October 27, 2008

moving to a share economy


I discovered/rediscovered ways to live cheaply or using no money this week.
New discovery, a place on the net called Freecycle where people post things they want to give away or post things that they need. We have been trying to get an old, but still working freezer a useful home, but without success. I signed up for our local freecycle and within a half hour the freezer was picked up by a young father who wants to have a place to put his vegetables from a fall garden and hopefully some venison that he will hunt or have given to him. It was so gratifying to be able to give something away that as the mission of the national organization says"t's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills."
Only down side, once you register you get the postings sent to your email, and that can be several or more a day depending on how busy the local freecycle is, but I just use the delete.
And the picture? Well not connected, really just that feeling of free...floating..recycling?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

a person could almost live here






latest pictures, very hopeful....showing the built in bookcases, built in dresser, both in "my" room, the bathroom, and the kitchen with microwave installed, waiting for stove to be installed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

working for social justice, cada dia


Don't have a photo of me, but that is not important. This picture is of the artwork that Nancy Scobles, the art teacher at a local school brought of her children's art. The children were studying Molas an textile art form practiced by indigenous people in Panama;we thought it added a nice touch to the setting.
I was fortunate to have played a small part in a forum that we held last Friday (Oct 17) in the local Episcopal Church. The reverend to quote" I interpret our work with the recently migrated Latino population as a non-negotiable Christian moral value. After all, as a child Jesus himself was an immigrant to the foreign land and culture of Egypt. As an adult, Jesus did the vast majority of his work crossing cultural borders to work with those who were considered to be "outsiders."
As you know I am not a believer in the traditional sense, but I believe with all of my spiritual being that we must live the moral values that the Rev. refers to.

Here is the text of my opening speech, si te interesa....
Soon you will hear from our esteemed panel members who will share with you their extensive research about the realities of our immigrant population, but first I would like to share some personal reflections. My name is Ann Crew and when I retired in 2002 I had a goal of learning to speak Spanish and travel to Latin America. I am still working on the language skills but in the process I have made many trips to parts of Mexico that tourists never see. I have always traveled alone and was initially motivated to attempt to help our Latino population to return the favors of the generosity, kindness and courtesies I was shown in my travels.
I have never been to Cancun but I have been to Ixmilquilpan. Ixmilquilpan is a small town in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Many of the people living here in Washington are from the rural area around this small town. I feel fortunate to have the experience of seeing some of the culture of the descendents of the original inhabitants of North America; cultures that have struggled to retain their traditions under centuries of oppression and struggle. This centuries’ old way of life is being destroyed by the winds of a global economy that leaves the small villages and farms struggling to exist. This is the human side of globalization which our policies such as NAFTA-facilitated corn exports make it all but impossible for subsistence farmers to make an even a poor living for their families. Many of our latest immigrants come from towns with no future and are lucky to avoid rape, murder, or starvation on the way to our community. When I meet people from this part of Mexico who now live in my community I know how motivated they are to make their lives here a success. These hard working families are trying to live the American dream, and if we do not stand in their way, their children will follow the same general upward movement, the same as other immigrant groups, the same path my immigrant predecessors followed. If we do not stand in their way, by the second generation most will have moved from the fields to the universities and into the professional ranks of the U.S. workforce and by third generation like other immigrants will not be able to understand the language of their grandparents. When I volunteer or substitute in our elementary schools I see the children of these immigrants who come into kindergarten speaking only Spanish and see most enter first grade, comfortably bilingual. These Latino children are often the most serious, hard working children in the room, a reflection of the parents desire to succeed.
I have never been to Acapulco but I have been to San Pablito, high in the remote mountains of Puebla state. Most of the people in town spoke Otomi, but the only fluent English speaker in town learned in Durham, North Carolina. In this isolated place I talked to people who had been to my town and had family living here. The only product this town made was fiber paper made from the bark of a fig tree, the same process and type of paper that Cortez observed being used by the Aztecs. Since the hardening of our borders the people in this tiny village, no longer go back and forth as freely. This means that people living here in Washington are going to settle and stay. The boss of the subcontractors that framed my house was from this town, started work at 11 and worked his way up, now as a success in this country he cannot go back to see his aging parents.
I have met so many hard working Latinos in my community, with the kind of values that I want members of my community to have, the Latino culture places the highest importance on the family with the motivation to work hard to provide and succeed for their family. When I see these vibrant families here in our community I am confident that all they have all they need to succeed and enrich our community, if we simply allow them to.
I want to clarify that I am not courageous, far from it; my life has been a privileged and easy one, compared to the most recent immigrants in my community. We chose the subtitle Beaufort County Testaments of Courage when the steering committee was in the early stages of planning for this forum we thought it would be dramatically effective to have personal testimonies from immigrants living in Beaufort County. We wanted you to hear personal stories of courage, sacrifice and perseverance. But we found out time after time that the climate of fear and intolerance promoted by some in our community had a chilling effect on anyone we asked to tell their stories. We talked to employers of Latinos, we talked to various Latino members of our community, we talked to people who we knew were legal and those whose status was unknown, the answer was always the same, No puedo, I am sorry, I cannot. Sadly, our experience was an education for us in how persuasive is the general climate of fear affects all Latinos, and demonstrates the critical need for forums such as this.

Monday, October 20, 2008

deep immersion


From the latest nature newsletter, Jim Conrad, now in the Yucatan, Mexico

When one moves through various cultures, eventually
the question arises as to what keeps people behaving
one way and not another. Why do the Maya keep acting
like Maya, but never even for a moment assume the
habits and outlooks of Arabs or Polynesians? When I'm
back in Mississippi or rural Kentucky, why are most
but not all people socially conservative Republicans
with high cholesterol levels believing that global
warming is mostly bleeding-heart-liberal propaganda?

A liberating feature of experiencing deep immersion in
very different cultures is that at some point during
the process you begin seeing how the vast majority of
people dedicate their lives to living like people
around them, unthinkingly, even when it may not be in
their own best personal interest, or that of the
community. Since all cultures I've ever experienced
proved to have at least one unsustainable feature,
over the years I've developed the notion that the herd
instinct and the momentum of tradition and often-
repeated routines are lethally powerful agencies.

Yet, each human, I've also decided, has a kind of
"switch" in the brain that can be flicked whenever the
person wants. It's the abandon-this-culture switch.
Having reached a certain threshold or saturation point
in something, just flick that switch, start thinking
of yourself as belonging to another sphere of
influence, or maybe no sphere of influence at all, and
it's done, you're out of it.

Recognizing the presence of this switch is important
because herd instinct, tradition and habits aren't
going to save Life on Earth. Only people with their
abandon-this-culture switch flicked, thinking
rationally and behaving decisively -- always at some
point working in conflict with some elements of the
surrounding culture -- can save Life on Earth.

However, reality is strung together so that you never
get by with just abandoning something. Something else
must always take its place -- fill the vacuum. What
should take the place of an abandoned culture?

Intimacy with Nature is the most appropriate
substitution. Nature experienced firsthand, Nature
reflected upon, Nature interpreted the way you
personally interpret it. Nature provides the paradigms
needed upon which ethical, sustainable, loving lives
can be built. Nature fills the human spirit's vacuum
when old, unsustainable, dead-headed manners of being
are flicked OFF.

Monday, October 13, 2008

perspective

What if the candidates lives were reversed?

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said "I do" to?
What if Obama were the candidate who left his crippled first wife after she no
longer measured up to his standards?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama were a member of the Keating-5?
What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If the above questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up,
rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities
in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities
in another when there is a color difference.
You are The Boss.. which team would you hire?
With America facing historic debt, 2 wars,
stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time
high prison population, mortgage crises, bank
foreclosures..............

Educational Background:
Obama: Columbia University - B.A. Political
Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
Biden: University of Delaware - B.A in
History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law -
Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Versus:

McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters -B.A. in Journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire?

PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter...?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Iguana rescue.....not


Fire fighters are well used to being called out to rescue kitties in distress from trees that prove too scary, but a lizard? That’s a new one.

Firemen were summonsed by the RSPCA, in the UK, after some distressed residents in Cove, Hampshire, reported an iguana stuck up a tree. After arranging an aerial platform for the rescue and the presence of an animal rescue expert the fire brigade started their 45 ft ascent up the tree to find… a branch.

Bemused rescuers realized by the time they were 25ft up that the green-colored ‘iguana’ was nothing more than a weather-beaten algae-covered branch.

The animal rescue advisor at the scene Colin Horwood said: “The branch bore a striking resemblance to an iguana when seen from the ground.

“I have never seen anything like it.

“We take all animal rescues seriously but in this case it was a good intent false alarm.”

Firefighters attending the rescue had thought the call was entirely credible as they knew the RSPCA had rescued another iguana in the area just the week before.

Source Great Green Lizard Frozen in Time

Thursday, September 25, 2008

beginning bathroom tile....


waiting for grout, I really think putting the tile down on a diagonal makes it appear larger.

finally some real kitchen progress




Roughed in kitchen cabinets, finish work needed, but you can get an idea.(you can click on each picture to see more details in a larger view)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dear American,


Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson

Sunday, September 14, 2008

an ancient and revered basil


below is what some of the proponents say, I say from personal experience that the tea (no caffeine) is delicious and seems to have an immediate effect on my state of relative calm, in other words it seems to help me stay more centered, stronger emotionally, and better able to resist the fears and worries that we are presented with daily.
The unique chemistry of Tulsi is highly complex. Tulsi contains hundreds of different beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals.

For example, the essential oil in the leaves of Tulsi, which contributes to the fragrant and refreshing flavor of Tulsi Tea, is a particularly rich source of valuable phyto-chemicals.

Working together, these compounds possess strong anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body's natural defense against germs, stress and disease.

But the best part is that tulsi is one of the most effective adaptogens ever known. An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress. Adaptogens reduce the intensity and negative impact of the stress caused by mental tension, emotional difficulties, poor lifestyle habits, disease and infection, pollution and other factors .

Holistic Health Promotion.
Enhances general health and well-being, having positive overall effects on the body and mind.

Stress Resilience.
Increases the capacity to cope and adapt to changing and challenging environments, and reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress (adaptogenic).

Energy and Performance.
Improves stamina and endurance, and increases the body's efficiency in using oxygen. Enhances protein synthesis and strength.

Anti-Aging Effects.
Helps retain (and regain!) youthful vigour, and slows the biological aging process by reducing the impact of physiological aging factors.

Antioxidants.
Provides significant antioxidant and free radical scavenging protection. Neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to premature aging, cancer, and degenerative diseases.

Radiation Protection.
Reduces the cell and tissue damage caused by harmful rays of the sun, TV, computers, X-rays, radiation therapy, high altitude air travel, etc.

Immunity Tune-Up.
Strengthens and modulates the immune system. Reduces allergic histamine, asthmatic and other adverse immune reactions.

Anti-inflammatory Action.
Reduces the painful and dangerous inflammation that plays a key role in various forms of arthritis, cancer and degenerative neurological disorders.

Antibiotic Protection.
Offers significant natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and is, thereby, helpful in treating many serious systemic diseases, as well as localized infections.

Heart and Vascular Protection.
Lowers dangerous cholesterol and stress-related high blood pressure, protects the heart and blood vessels, and has mild blood thinning qualities, thereby decreasing the likelihood of strokes.

Liver Support.
Generally contributes to healthy liver function, improves the metabolic breakdown and elimination of dangerous chemicals in the blood, and counteracts various liver diseases.

Lung and Bronchial Support.
In addition to contributing generally to respiratory health, Tulsi has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inflammatory and infectious disorders affecting the lungs and related tissues.

Nutrition.
Contains vitamins C and A, and minerals calcium, zinc and iron, as well as chlorophyll and many other phytonutrients. It also enhances the efficient digestion, absorption and use of nutrients from food and other herbs.


And, as if that weren't enough, among its many other benefits, Tulsi also lowers fevers, reduces nausea, vomiting and cramping, protects against gastric ulcers, lowers dangerous blood sugar levels in diabetics, diminishes "bad breath," and repels mosquitoes!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dis-Ode to Republican veep


I actually know everything I need to know when I found out that she thinks it fun to shoot wolves from planes. But this really says the rest quite eloquently.
Excerpted from a essay by Eve Ensler complete essay here

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution.I take this as a metaphor.In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not.
Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name,when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil,strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and health care or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.
Consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.
Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

beautiful, abundant, but...poison

Scientific Name
Chlorophyllum molybdites
Common Name
Green-Spored Parasol, Green Gill

Highly poisonous and producing severe gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea,is the most commonly consumed poisonous mushroom in North America. The nature of the poisoning is predominantly gastrointestinal,and can be so severe as to be fatal.
This time of year, they are springing up everywhere and can get quite large. I have read that one reason for some poisonings is that Asian immigrants are used to eating a mushroom that looks like this in the Asian Indonesian countries they come from, so make the assumption this look-alike is good to eat.
I have been watching the squirrels eat this mushroom quite avidly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008



Shoes are the only thing I cannot find at my Goodwill/Salvation Army/Used Clothing stores, so the few shoes that I buy I order oline from Zappos.
Zappos Free Shipping & Free 365 Day Returns..this is really true, that is free shipping both ways, and no questions asked on returns. I have actually ordered different sizes in the same shoe just to make sure I had the right size and returned the other. Huge selection, and usually shipping in 2 days.
However, I have gone to the dark side, that is the Croc shoe side, made in China, from some petrolum based synthetic material. I now have two pairs, the extremely comfortable slides that actually have some arch support and now, even worse, I now have a pair of high heel crocs (actually my only pair of high heels)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

lucky one more time



the most storm swept through never attained hurricane status (but only by a few miles)
the street next to the water had a brief period of water, but it left quickly with no damage to any one's home

Saturday, August 30, 2008

How will you describe....

Kinda glad at this point in my life that I do not have children or grandchildren.
How could you possibly describe how magical a night of fireflies was or how hauntingly beautiful the call of the whipper will was?

Our world is so losing so much every day, so inexpressibly sad. Not enough people care enough to stop this daily loss.

Vanishing fireflies

Disappearing whippoorwills.

Kitchen floor, now and then



finally got someone to sand, stain, and finish our kitchen floor(buried under layers of 70's era linoleum and glue.
I love it!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Debbie's Hawk


Debbie has a pair of young Cooper's Hawk that have taken up residence in her yard.
This one let me get close enough for a good photo.

my kitchen, now



I took these pictures a while back, and as of today, nothing much has changed. However, I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks, I can post some things that will show a dramatic change.

Monday, August 11, 2008

my favorite living naturalist


Looking to for this plant that grows in my garden, I found out this a native indigo. I found this information on the plant form Jim's backyard natue site. Below is an excerpt from perhaps my favorite naturalist who is writing about the envoronment, as he explains why he is headed back to Mexico, as opposed to staying here and work for change.(Click here for full entry)
Here is an excerpt from his latest entry. All of his Newsletters are archived at http://www.backyardnature.net/n/
Jim’s backyard-nature site at
http://www.backyardnature.net
WHY HERE, NOT THERE? "Here" being the Yucat√°n, "there" being the US.
Nature is varied and dynamic enough in North America
for me to be content forever up there as a naturalist.
Also, with regard to my environmentalism, I've always
felt that my fight should be in the US, not here, not
only because I am native of there, but also because no
civilization in the history of humanity has ever been
as destructive of Nature -- with its unrestrained
appetites -- as US society. I should really stay up
there "thinking globally, working locally." So, why
have I come here, and didn't stay there?

More than anything it's because in the US public
transportation infrastructure is so poorly developed.
When I'm up there in the kinds of places I like to be
I'm grounded unless I hitch a ride with someone or
bike, and it's simply dangerous in backcountry US to
bike most roads. In Mexico, in contrast, I can get
almost anywhere paying an acceptable fare. It may be
in the back of a pickup truck or in a rickety micro
van, but at least the option exists.

By the way, just during the few weeks I was in the US
my Greyhound ticket doubled in price and service was
reduced dramatically. What used to be an overnight run
between Mississippi and the Mexican border, with two
stopovers, now takes 22 hours with three stopovers,
and each stopover is miserable. Twice in the US I had
to leave the bus because I saw my baggage being
removed in the wrong place, though clearly marked. In
Mexico, prices haven't changed, and first-class
service remains as professional as ever, which is very
good.

A second reason I'm here, not there, is political.
Twice last year nature-oriented organizations invited
me to visit them as naturalist-in-residence and twice
I was disinvited when they read my Newsletters
directing readers to the Union of Concerned
Scientists' documentation of how the Bush
Administration consistently and destructively
manipulates scientific information, and simply lies to
the US public on important issues. It seems that
professionally I have no future in the US. Here people
are glad when I can advise them on this or that
technical matter.

A third reason I am here, not there, is because at age
60 I'm anticipating needing medical services. I can't
afford basic services there, but here I think I can
get what I need at costs that even I can afford

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

baby bunnies





still waiting for something to happen with our house, After a flurry of activity to remove everything and then the demolition of the upstairs rooms we now seem to be in a waiting pattern, to be expected I guess. We are aware that this will be a long process, this coming Friday will be one month since the night of the fire.

So...baby bunnies. These babies were playing just outside the window of the health club pool where I was exercising. It was late dusk and the lights were on inside the pool so I think the bunnies could not see anything but a dark wall, they were actually pressed up against the window. I was not able to get the shot of the babies nursing with their monter, that would have been great, but I was able to get these pics.

Monday, June 16, 2008

gardenias



it's been a slow week for house restoration, but we go by several times a day to pick gardenias to take back to our temp house and check on kitty. The gardenias are the most prolific we have EVER seen them, the bush is absolutely full and the yard is full of fragrance.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Smoke gets in your eyes..and nose, and throat....


We are waiting for the framing to come for the roof...watching the weather so that once the roof is removed they will have time to cover before the next rain. Even if we have to delay our house, we desperately need rain, things are already looking parched and even more threatening, there is a large, still not contained fire burning in the Pocosin Refuge east of us. The smoke here looks like a medium to dense fog, not healthy for venturing outside.
Here is the link to the local paper's article on the fire,which is currently the largest active wildfire in the United States. The fire started with a lightning strike June 1 in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

all in all, a positive experience, really!



Even though the picture, taken yesterday of the second floor of our house looks rather shocking, we are not unduly stressed. This picture shows the work being done to remove all the walls,taking everything down to the studs in order to repair and remove all traces of burn and smoke. In the end our house will be cleaner, better, brighter, have a new roof, all interiors replaced and/or repainted. We also plan to do lots of upgrading, new kitchen, new bathroom upstairs and more.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

got skink?


a male broad head skink in red headed breeding mode. He disappeared when our one-eyed kitty came strolling by. Also saw a nice little garter snake, but (do not worry, Jerry, no pictures here!)
Last year I found a five lived skink in a nest with her eggs, this was around June as I recall, here is the link to my post showing mama and her eggs.

Monday, May 19, 2008

what a waste.....



from the NY Times....articles on how much food we waste. I try to waste nothing, but I am sure I can do better.

Click here to see the the slide show.

Monday, May 12, 2008

views from Nags Heads Woods




this small hilly wooded area between the sound and the ocean is owned by the nature conservancy.

a few more beach pics





Here are a few more beach (Nags Head) photos from our April "leave the allergens behind month"
These are from the Charles Kuralt trail that goes around a wildlife lagoon, lots of wading birds and I saw a baltimore oriole, but impossible to get a photo. I did get this turtle with a beautiful design on his back, have not tried to identify yet.