WE ALWAYS KEEP A CLOSE EYE OUT FOR COYOTES ON OUR MORNING WALKS
I don’t know who is in charge of the big wind machine in these parts this year but they can turn it off any time!! Had to hang onto our front door this morning as I stepped outside. Mats off the porch again & our wind sock was straight out indicating the gusting winds were coming from the North. Back it off will ya Canada we’re trying to enjoy our great Arizona weather down here!!
<<< PHEEBS KNOWS KELLY IS HIDING A TREAT FOR DALLY UNDER HER COAT THIS MORNING
Started my day off with a big scoop of Cookie Butter. Not too darn smart I’d say. Figure I should have listened to a fellow shopper Monday at Trader Joes. I was standing in the aisle looking over the Peanut Butter & Cookie Butter selection. A lady beside me casually mentioned she liked the Almond Butter far better than the Peanut Butter. I replied I had been looking at the Cookie Butter. She reached over to the shelf lifting off a jar & started reading the ingredients label. With a loud audible ‘AWK’ she quickly returned the Cookie Butter jar to the shelf saying, “I would never eat that”. With that resounding endorsement I quickly dropped a jar right into our cart. Oh Dear………
HEY THAT’S NOT A HUMMINGBIRD ON THE FEEDER….IT’S A GILA WOODPECKER
First order of business this morning was moving furniture & re-arranging things in preparation for our loveseat & recliner arriving Wednesday. Trying out some different table & chair combinations. I always enjoy re-arranging things from time to time. Nice to change things up & keep one’s perspective on the move.
PEERING OUT OF A SAGUARO CACTUS IN OUR FRONT YARD
Kelly sure had the house smelling great this afternoon with all her chocolate chip cookie baking. If I ate one cookie I ate 500. I am so doomed to never see my shoes again.
IT IS THE EYES ON THESE CURVE BILL THRASHERS THAT ARE SO INTRIGUING >>>
Just remembered Donna from TRAVELS IN THERAPY had a few photo questions in which she asks, “ Just wondering what ISO and shutter speed you use to get the stop action on the birds? Are you shooting through a window or outdoors”? ……… I generally use an ISO of 1000 or 1600 & my shutter speeds vary but are often around 1/2000th of a second. And the majority of my birdshots here in Congress are taken from outside & not through glass. In Bayfield it is the opposite as many of my bird photos are taken through glass from inside our sunroom.
THIS PHOTO TAKEN AT 300mm TODAY IS ISO 1600 F 5.6 AT 1/2000
Humorously enlightening & right on the money for me is Debra Argosy’s latest post over at FIND AN OUTLET. I went right down my mental checklist ticking off & agreeing with absolutely everything she had to say about smart phones. We do not have a smart phone for the very simple reason we do not need a smart phone. I have never sent a text message to anyone & it is unlikely I ever will. Wouldn’t know how for starters & I have no interest in learning how. But rather than me telling you my opinions on smart phones I’ll just let you go read Debra’s post. She’s got it nailed………….
I SUSPECT THIS MAY BE A COOPERS HAWK…IT CRUISED THROUGH OUR BIRD FEEDERS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME & I WAS ABLE TO GET A COUPLE QUICK SHOTS OFF AS IT LANDED IN A MESQUITE TREE FOR A FEW SECONDS
A post by klbexplores entitled ‘STRADDLING TWO WORLDS’ caught my eye this morning as well. Not all RV’ers who are able to travel….are able to travel. Could be medical, could be financial, could be family obligations, etc. How would we feel about that if we had to change plans & remain home. I know how I would feel about that!! But check out how klbexplores feels about that.
WE HAVE LOTS OF GAMBLES QUAIL SKITTERING THROUGH OUR YARD EVERY DAY
Some days are just lazier than others. Some days start out that way & other days just seem to get that way. Today I had one of those day’s that just sorta got that way. But I guess I kinda got it that way myself. No doubt about it, my tummy today was suffering from dough overload also commonly known in the medical profession as……Cookie Clutter of the Tummy Nutter:((
HERE’S PHEEBS ENJOYING ONE OF HER TRADER JOE’S TREATS TODAY
GROANER’S CORNER:(( And here is an extremely important tip which applies to absolutely everyone regardless of who you are….'Don't believe everything you think!!'
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.
Hey, don't be blamin' Canada for yer wind. It's not doing anything here. Kinda mild actually, but that other shoe will drop in short order.ReplyDelete
Hold onto your hat.
Well no wonder my pictures are blurry - I have been using an ISO of about 320 and a shutter speed of 1/400! Gonna bump both those numbers up and see what happens. Thanks!! Hope your cookie cutter nutter butter clutter whatter mutter...ah heck...hope your tummy feels better soon.ReplyDelete
Ahhh I baked chocolate chip cookies too, but I sent half of them to work with Steve for his coworkers to gobble down. Less laying around the house to get snitched by me!ReplyDelete
Karen and Steve
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Al, TOO MUCH of a good thing !!!! COOKIE BUTTER now on restriction !!! We must admit the endorsement came with addiction warnings !!!!!! You are a riot, Al .....
You should have told the LADY at the peanut butter shelf that multitudes of your best friends consider COOKIE BUTTER a private stock item; very highly recommended !!!!!
Sorry you don't have the new recliner to relax in .........
Tomorrow can't come sooooon enough .......
Ah....warn chocolate cookies ! One of my favorites......ReplyDelete
I am so confused about taking bird pictures....I just put the camera on auto and delete a bunch! .
I love texing.ReplyDelete
I can see if the person is busy before I call them so I don't interupt if they are busy.
I can pass along information that only reqiures a few words.
I can ask or answer question if I am busy when I receive a text.
When I fly into an airport I can sent a text "I'm here" so my cousin can drive from the cell phone lot to curbside to pick me up and not have to come into the terminal.
I don't really like to talk on the phone so texting is wonderful for me.
Well, Al, sitting here on the bay in Corpus Christi, the wind is blowing so hard it blew the power cord right out of the receptacle in the middle of the night and all the beepers started up. Had to bungie the thing in to keep it there.ReplyDelete
I need a Smart phone because I have Smart phone kids who often text a lot. And young friends who text a lot. I would miss out on those connections if I didn't jump into their world.
And...thank you for the ISO and shutter speed thingy...sheesh...so much to learn
Watchn out that cookie butter, if it has all those nasty ingredients is just has to taste awesome.ReplyDelete
You are so funny Al--we have wind here in Montana too--just about blew us off the freeway going to Billings!ReplyDelete
Dolly is going to try your camera settings to try and catch a bird in flight. I wish we could do that and we will try.ReplyDelete
I also thought I would never text till I got a smartphone. Now that is all I do with the kids anymore. They are so busy, phone calls are disruptive but they can answer a text at their convenience.
Dang Wood Peckers, pretending to be Humming Birds now.ReplyDelete