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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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July 17, 2024 at 3:09pm
July 17, 2024 at 3:09pm
Prompt: Tornado warnings. Storms. Power outages. Have you experienced these this summer? Write about this in your Blog entry today.

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Congratulations on your virtual blogging adventure! Hi from Apondia.

There are more tornado warnings around then I ever remember from 30 or 40 years ago. They have always been a possibility but more rare than now.

As a teenager I was visiting an Aunt and a tornado blew by us. The tall trees were bent clear to the ground. The actual tornado came down a ridge and demolished a neighbors barn. We watched it cross the road and go down into a lower part of the ;landscape. It missed my aunts house when it changed directions and we watched it go.

A couple weeks ago a storm blew across my farm from the west to the east. It was high winds and heavy rain. I thought the maple tree in the front yard was damaged but, later on inspection there were some smaller limbs down. No major damage to the tree. The rain was so thick you could not see across the yard to the road which is about 500 yards away. Some of the rain storms we are having are extreme this year. Much more powerful than ordinary.

As for power outages they are few. Even if the power goes out so far it has been for short periods of time. I keep my kindle, phone, and power storage full just in case. Also have battery operated strings of lights that can be hung in an emergency. Also have some lights that are operated by solar. They can be purchased around here for $1.00 in the dollar stores so I keep a couple handy. Will usually run for 12 hours on a charge.

WE used to have heavy snow storms in the winter. We have not experienced one for at least 5 years. There is a lot of extra electricity in the atmosphere. It keeps everyone on edge. Really heavy foliage in the woods. The apple trees are full of apples.

MY WIFI doesn't work if the rain is heavy. It surprises me how much we might miss if we can't run our tech now.

Just yesterday I was thinking about how different life is now from 15 years ago. I can stock up on Kindle books and read through most storms.

I'm going to say bye now. It is suppose to rain this afternoon. The sky is overcast but no rain yet.

July 16, 2024 at 4:01pm
July 16, 2024 at 4:01pm
Prompt: Scammers and Hackers
What do you think of today's scammers and hackers? As species, are we losing our moral hold on life? And/or write about a time you or someone you love was scammed.

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Congratulations on your virtual blogging adventure! Hi From Apondia!

I'm 79 so I guess I don't yet believe we are losing our moral hold on life. I think it seems that way to younger people. I have seen this kind of evil raise up against the World before. It is a pretty regular occurrence just not in every place at the same time. Now, it is especially a strain because of the uncertain political outlook within the USA, Russia, and Israel.

With in the USA we maybe should be happy, that anyone and everyone is voicing their views and dissatisfaction. It means the freedom of speech is still in palace. The new violence is unfortunate. Even that has occurred at times when extremism was trying to take over the USA. Spain, France, and the United Kingdom also have had a bout with violent extremism in the last few years. And Russia attacking Ukraine is just wrong. Often it is the political scene that is raising the ire of many people.in the USA and abroad.

I once read that Jewish people have music they can play to help peace take control of some types of unrest. If that is true it would be nice if it were playing the music everywhere on the earth. After all this Polly Anna writing I have to say I wonder why some of the world leaders don't think more of what kind of impact some of their decisions make on the general populations of the world.

The people who count every day are the ones who get up feed the family breakfast make sure the children go to school and do homework. People who fill the garbage collection jobs and the car mechanics jobs, street sweepers, building janitors, farmers who plant, harvest and market the food crops, fireman, policemen, nurses, doctors, dentists. Life for a multitude in a country take many types of maintenance workers to keep a country running at it peak production ability.

We are right to be concerned and to voice those concerns; it keeps people vigilant. Praying for peace does not hurt either. I wish every church on the earth would pray for peace on a specific day at a specific time Christian, Muslim, Jewish, anyone who believes there is only one God.
July 2, 2024 at 10:14am
July 2, 2024 at 10:14am
How do you feel about fireworks? Should they be available to everyone or only professionals?

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I'm not fond of fireworks. They frighten livestock, wild creatures, and tame creatures. They are a big bang with a spray of hot sparks. The majority of fireworks are also boring. Some fireworks can be entertaining but the really fascinating ones are rarely used. I'm guessing it is because the more intricate they are the more expensive they are.

I'm not in favor of individual fireworks displays because it is dangerous to allow just anyone to set off fireworks in a back yard without consideration for the neighbors within your neighborhood. So, better to keep it in the hands of professionals and be sure they are regulated to provide the most safety possible.

I'm pretty sure this will be an unpopular attitude. I have had some experience with this every year on July 4th. Or near the 4th. I'm also not a fan of the bombs they set off around this time of year. The atmospheric percussion can actually shake houses.

There is a reason they are called FIREWORKS!

Look forward to the July 4th picnics though. Just family fun.

June 17, 2024 at 10:28am
June 17, 2024 at 10:28am
Prompt:The doorbell rings and your character answers it – finding nothing but an envelope with nothing on it. They open it and follow the instructions....

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Coral looks around. There is no one at the door. Laying on the floor of the porch is a 5 by 6 inch red envelope.

What on earth is this, she exclaims.

She stoops to pick up the envelope. It is blank and sealed. She looks around again. Hesitatingly, she walks out to the edge of the porch and scans the yard. A breeze is moving the leaves on the maple tree. A squirrel chatters at her from a high broad branch in the tree. Otherwise, there is nothing unusual to see, no human in sight.

She walks back across the porch into the door and closes it behind her. It must be meant for me she mentally muses to herself.

She walks across the room to the desk in the corner of the living area. Coral chooses the bone handled letter opener from the pen holder. She very carefully slides the thin bladed letter opener under the envelopes glued down flap; Trying to make as little damage to the envelope as possible. With her eyes on the envelope she carefully reaches out and lays down the opener with the elaborate handle. The contents of the envelope are stiff and have a slight amount of weight. She slides out a $25 Amazon gift card. A small slip of paper also slides out and falls to the desk top. She picks up the paper. There are typewritten words on it. THINKING OF YOU, HAPPY SHOPPING!she reads.

Leaving the note and the envelope laying on the desk top Coral moves across the room and sits down in an easy chair. She turns the gift card over in her hand with a contemplating look on her face.

I haven't the slightest idea who left this here or why. , she thinks. Or if I should even use it.


June 14, 2024 at 12:21pm
June 14, 2024 at 12:21pm
prompt:And you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling plus laughter.

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I just want to share what I'm reading today because I'm only into it by 4 chapters and it is really interesting. First, I've already written somewhere that I started a course in Anatomy and physiology. I've always been interested in my own health. I've taken a couple of courses in anatomy over the last 70 years so this is not exactly new to me.

Over the years I only found one book on aging that really understood the aging process. There are probably more out there now. Since the information age came in we are getting more aging facts.

Anyway--my interest has grown toward natural ways to stay as healthy as possible. I believe our doctors have more knowledge than I've tapped into. So, I keep reading the off the beaten path ideas. I've discovered that ancient people meditated, used stretching exercises and herbs to keep their bodies functioning on a daily basis.

The book I'm reading is from the local library but it can be found on Amazon. It is titled Breath by James Nestor. I went into Amazon to find the book and found there are several authors writing about the same topic. So my new fun thing is to read books about how we breathe. So far in the chapters I've read it explains how our nose works. And there is the entry to laughter. Sometimes your nasal passage closes up on one side or another. There are real reasons for that. And breathing with your mouth is a no no. Even though some of this sounds funny it is a very serious topic. I can't wait to delve into a new chapter.

I remember studying English assignments with a cousin. We were in the same English class. We could find all kinds of serious topics to laugh about. sometimes we would laugh so long we could not stop. I have not laughed that extensive in a long time. Nevertheless, it was very laughable to find out the ways our nose responds to orgasm and other bodily functions.

A fact that is stated in Genesis, how God breathed the breath of life into the nose is also mentioned. So today I have to say read on. *Laugh* Happy Summer Reading to one and all.

Apondia reads. You know what? Somewhere out there is the answer to almost any question. Someone wrote the answer in a book. The search for treasure. .Write ON.
June 11, 2024 at 1:00pm
June 11, 2024 at 1:00pm
Today, I'm going to stop:

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Congratulations on your virtual blogging adventure! Hi from Apondia:

Honestly? MY days are so set. I keep doing what I do every day. I can change my schedule whenever I want to do whatever needs done on any specific day. If I have bad habits they are pretty well a part of my lifestyle. So, if I change anything it would have to be my whole life style. This isn't to say I would not change something if it needs changing. I would. But, I would have to find the why in the change before I made the change. Happy Trails
June 5, 2024 at 11:43am
June 5, 2024 at 11:43am
Prompt: What makes you believe in the impossible?

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How do you know what is impossible? Somewhere I read this quote. I don't remember where it is from. "A miracle is something that occurs, which you never experienced before."

After I read the prompt I tried to remember something in life that is impossible. It is probably something in life that has a possibility of occurring but is blocked so it cannot occur. The solution is to remove the block.

Here on WDC we talk about dragons and fairies. There are people in places on our planet who believe they have actually seen fairies. I know there are different species of dragons on the earth I've seen some in pictures.

I guess that is why individuality in humans is so important. Where do you live? What do you experience? Are your experiences real or made up? Do you want to fool someone for a laugh or do you live in a world of reality where real things can happen you did not expect?

There is a belief out there that says if you believe it will happen; it will. The trick is to really believe something. Faith is a necessary component of the impossible becoming possible.

"But Thomas […] said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails […] I will not believe. [...] then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and […] saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands […] and be not faithless, but believing." Quote copied from Google Quotes by way of New Testament.

What do you mean by the word impossible?
June 3, 2024 at 1:54pm
June 3, 2024 at 1:54pm
Prompt:Let this quote inspire your writing today: “June is a love song written by nature.”-Patience Strong

Group Image" June is busting out all over"

I immediately thought of the lyrics to Rogers and Hammerstein"s song. "June is busting out all over/ all over the meadows and the hills."

The song was written for the play Carousel. It is certainly appropriate, because everything here is growing fast. Where things were grey, brown, or black it is all green. This year it seemed to me that the green was taking a long time to show itself. Then one day there it was all at once. I tried to get the song from You Tube. Here is the link. I'm not sure it will work.

Happy Trails, Apondia
May 29, 2024 at 9:27am
May 29, 2024 at 9:27am
Prompt: How are you making the world a better place for those that come after you? Write about this in your Blog entry today.

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Geography and Environmental studies taught me about the term footprint on the earth. Now I look for ways to make our footprint smaller.

One way I discovered is Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent. The packaging is better than plastic bottles. The county I live in does not recycle so we have to find good ways to recycle. Less plastic is better. Plus,for every one of the product sold Earth Breeze donates laundry Detergent to worthwhile causes.

I accomplished some research about plastic waste; when I wrote some articles for Journalistic Intentions on *WDC*. Plastic waste is a major concern to planet Earth. It is causing extreme havoc to the waterways of the planet.I was personally startled by the real threat to lifeforms that live in water ways, both saltwater and fresh water environments. There is a plan in place to clean the oceans which is good news. Nevertheless, using fewer plastic bottles will help.

Then, we tried out a corn burning stove to replace our wood furnace. Corn burns hotter than wood and is also a faster renewable resource than wood. It also burns cleaner than wood putting less pollution into the air. Another plus, it is a money crop for farmers.

Over the years I have been trying to recycle useful articles from my home that we no longer need. We began insulating strongly to make the house easier to heat. This will still be an ongoing work effort in the next few years.

Just a few of the practical ways to be helpful to the Earth and leave a worthwhile legacy. Spend some meditative time in nature today. It's good for your health.

May 28, 2024 at 10:55am
May 28, 2024 at 10:55am
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Milodon Cave

Once again the Hotel we are staying in has many floors and my room is up high, which gives me views of the tops of many buildings. The bed are comfortable and the pillows soft. They serve a very nice breakfast. Breakfast is a favorite meals. It is a nice place to rest from our travels.

The Milodon Cave tour was really interesting. It was declared a historical monument in 1968; then declared a National monument in 1993. Inside the cave is stored the historic find by Captain Eberhard in 1896.

The Captain found the skeleton of a Giant Ground Sloth. Giant Ground Sloths once lived in both North and South America. The ones in North America became extinct before the ones in South America. Even after they became extinct in South America some of them remained living on the Island of Cuba until about 4200 years ago.

Because of their height, 12 feet tall, they were able to reach high into trees for food by standing on their hind feet. They were herbivores. Giant Ground Sloths weighed about 4 tons.

They are given some credit for the dispersal of avocado seeds. They were able to swallow avocados whole. If you have ever eaten an avocado you know the seeds are quite large. As they traveled around they would distribute the seeds.

The USA imports about 80% of grocery avocados from Mexico. Agro-forestry is used in the growth of avocado trees because they need extreme amounts of water to grow the trees. Each tree uses about 60 gallons of water to keep it growing per season. There is a knick name for avocados. They are sometimes called alligator pears. Like the Sloth they need help to keep growing and not become extinct.

I found a song on YouTube "You Call Me Slow." It is the Sloth Song. It can also be found on Spotify. It is a song to examine the blight of Sloths by WR-Song Music. Very interesting lyrics but not really too musically slow.

Another memorable visit to a special place. See Ya Later.

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