26 August 2016

Dog Days

In celebration of National Dog Days, here are pictures of the dogs in my life. I'm sure Anon was missing his daily dose of Corgi pictures . . . .

The faces that launched a thousand photos.

The faces, all grown up but still very photogenic.
I'm ready for my close-up!  And to explore all that open space behind me.
Ready, willing and able to supervise all your activities, food related or not.
Flashback Granddog - when we could still pick him up.
100 pound granddog that still thinks he's a puppy.
Granddog 2, complete with bat ears and eye spots.
Granddog 2, wondering when supper is served. Look at that sweet face - so hard not to give in.
Dogs of days past - My Basenji. I have a thing for radar eared dogs, okay?
And finally, here's to Anubis, the cat that thought he was just one of the dogs.

19 August 2016

August Fun Facts

August is watching you from the side of the road.

Fun Facts about August

respected and impressive.
"she was in august company"
Synonyms: distinguished, respected, eminent, venerable, hallowed, illustrious, prestigious, renowned, celebrated, honored, acclaimed, esteemed, exalted; great, important, lofty, noble; imposing, impressive, awe-inspiring, stately, grand, dignified.
"our august guests"

From the Latin augustus ‘consecrated, venerable

Or you know it by its common form:
noun: August 
The eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer.
Named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor.

Did you know that today is National Aviation Day?
National Aviation Day is observed each year on August 19th.  
This day is dedicated by Presidential Proclamation to those who helped pioneer aviation in the United States.

Established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this holiday was issued a presidential proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. 

It is also National Aviation Week – August 15-21

And finally, it's National Coffee Month. I'm down with that. In fact I think I'll have another cup of java to celebrate.

50 Years Ago 
Sixty-one years after Hawaii's annexation by the United States, President Eisenhower proclaims it the 50th state, August 21, 1959. 
100 Years Ago
In August 1909, one hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln goes into circulation—on the penny. It is the first time a portrait appears on a regular issue U.S. coin. 

August Birthstone - Peridot
Peridot is an olivine, one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow to olive to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green.
Olivine in general is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rather rare. This is due to the mineral's chemical instability on the Earth's surface.

Dog Days of Summer
The Old Farmer's Almanac explains that "the phrase 'Dog Days' conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer," coinciding with the heliacal rising of Sirius, the dog star, in the constellation Canis Major.

Homer, in the Iliad, references the association of 'Orion's dog' (Sirius) with oncoming heat, fevers and evil, in describing the approach of Achilles toward Troy:

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.

And with that bit of poetry, I bid you a happy remainder of your August days. May they be less sultry.

12 August 2016

County Fair - Animate Objects

Can't have a fair without the animals, including bleating goats.

Dairy cows hanging out doing their thing - which included chewing, relaxing, chewing, twitching, chewing and contemplation along with assorted mooing. And chewing.
Plenty of sheep at the fair from which woolly goodness like yarn comes. I was calculating how much fiber I could get off while said sheep was calculating the odds of me having food.

This goose did not lay any golden eggs. I am sorely disappointed. Even a parting HONK did not appease me.

Across the aisle this rooster was looking at me with a calculating eye. I bet he was wondering if I could hook him up with the hens in the next row.
Neither noise, nor cameras, nor the blast of fans kept this lamb from his appointed nap.

In another section were bunnies bigger than most small dogs. They did not look enthused by their surroundings, or everyone poking their fingers in to pet them.

This llama had attitude a-plenty. I took my picture and skedaddled before I could get spit on.

06 August 2016

County Fair - Inanimate Objects

Flower from the gardening section.

Grand Champion Peaches. The ribbon is purple, but my camera insists it's blue.

Another flower, with greenery. Hope I didn't scare it looming over the top like I did.

Yes, I petted the Best of Show fleece. I have 4 fleeces at home waiting to be made into yarn, so maybe next year.

I liked the tarp background for these flowers. Looks like it's adrift on the ocean.

These are what Grand Champion Carrots look like, people. They'd end up roasted in my house.


Grand Champion Quilt. I love the color and movement in this one. Different than the usual quilts.
Lots of Rose entries. I liked these the best.   

This flower was all alone in its category.

So how is your county, state or local fair going? Has it started yet? Things to see, do, pet, covet?

Next Week - County Fair - Animate Objects

22 July 2016

Summer Heat

Here are some summer pics for you to enjoy. 
How are you holding up in the heat??

The sunflower seems to be enjoying the heat.

Even the clouds seem to press downward to avoid the heat.

Unless of course the clouds are gathering for some evening rain action.

Bees keep right on doing what they do best.

Even the rocks seem to be cracking under the pressure of a dry, hot summer.

Speaking of hot, almost time to make another batch of kimchi.