May Day

By: BriarCraft , 8:20 PM GMT on May 01, 2014

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When I was a child, it was the day when we picked whatever flowers were on hand, even including dandelions and buttercups, and quietly left bouquets on the doorstep of anyone we loved.



This bouquet is for my special WUfriends.


While on walkabout, I discovered the joys of unfettered blogging at wordpress, where I can explore any topic I like. More recently, I discovered that Flickr, which used to be slower and more difficult than WU, is now both easier and faster, and uncensored, as well. I will continue to use both of those. This page is to facilitate communication with my WUfriends, especially those whose life is too busy and hectic to mess around with other websites.



For those who are interested in my blogs and/or photos, I hope you'll visit me when you can at:

my blog: briarcraft.wordpress.com (WU won't let me enter a link for briarcraft to any place else!) or click on the shortlink: http://wp.me/4w3EK

my photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53470892@N08/

Interestingly, I found a group at Flickr called (W)underground Refugees where you can find other people who do or have posted photos at WU but chafed at the weather/outdoor restrictions and the use of "approvers". The rules there are simple:
There are no rules for this group.
The administrator for this group has not set up any rules. However, please play nicely!

I like that!
https://www.flickr.com/groups/wurefugees/

Let's get inter-connected so we never lose touch with each other!



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47. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:37 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
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46. BriarCraft
8:09 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Thanks, WTS, for researching the answer to Sandi's question. I figured some homesick person had caused startlings, house sparrows, and rock pigeons to be imported, along with creeping buttercup and several other noxious weeds. Interesting that Shakespeare's works were the inspiration. Now I find myself wondering whatever prompted someone to bring creeping buttercup across the pond!

WW: Like you, I do my yardening in cool mornings and shady evenings. No way am I going to be out there in the intense mid-day sun.

Although my garden area still resembles a rice paddy, I have been busy tending flowerbeds which are on slightly higher ground. Even those are so wet that the mud clings to the weed roots. Yesterday, I transplanted a volunteer foxglove into a flower bed, and also about 30 starts from the greenhouse. One flowerbed down, 9 to go!
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45. WeatherWise
7:21 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Hi Briarcraft, Hope your are doing well. I got my new veggie delivery yesterday but saved them in the fridge overnight and waited until today to deal with them. So a lot of washing of greens and strawberries. All are washed except the broccoli and the salad mix of lettuces. Getting ready to cook a bunch of them for tonight's church supper.

Sandi got me thinking about what I need to do out in the yard. Think I will wait until a cool morning to work on it especially since I am busy in the kitchen today.

Have a great rest of the week!
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44. WatchinTheSky
4:33 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Hi sandi - some info I found per American Scientific and Wild Birds Unlimited - The European Starling was introduced into North America when the "American Acclimatization Society" for European settlers released some 80-100 birds in Central Park (New York City) in 1890-91. The head of this particular organization, Eugene Scheiffelin, desired to introduce all birds ever mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare.

Since its introduction into North America in 1891, European Starling populations have grown to over 200 million birds and they can now be found coast to coast and in Alaska.

That was more than one hundred years ago, but the same sort of "good intentions" are happening now - sometimes people don't think it through, even if they mean well.
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43. sandiquiz
12:40 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
My car is delighted to have a starling named after him! lol

I wonder how the European starlings got to the US? The Jet stream and Gulf stream both go in the wrong direction, which is how we get some of your birds landing on our shores...so they must have stowed away aboard a ship...if not taken there on purpose?
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42. BriarCraft
7:42 PM GMT on May 13, 2014
Poppy and WW: I'm with you in that starlings are intelligent and pretty and interesting in many ways. My grandmother saved a baby starling that fell out of its nest and fed it the same special food she gave to the canaries she raised, along with the occasional piece of raw hamburger. Grandma named her starling Oscar.

Starlings are related to Mynas. They can and do learn to talk if they are around talkative humans enough. Over the years, Oscar learned to say, "Here kitty, kitty. Come on." and "Did you hear me, Joe?" (Joe was my Grandpa). He not only said the words, but Oscar did an excellent impression of Grandma's voice, enough so that Grandpa often yelled back from the other room and the cats outside got up on the window sills waiting for food to be delivered.

On the down side, starlings are not native to North America and they aggressively force smaller birds and their eggs or babies from nests. They are one of only three bird species in the U.S. that are not protected by law. The other two species are house sparrows and rock pigeons -- also imports from Europe. Because they are non-native, very prolific, and compete with native birds, birders and naturalists can be passionate in their dislike for them.

And now you know why I have very mixed feelings about the starlings using the flicker house.

Data: I'm sorry to learn that you are dealing with multiple crises. I do hope they get resolved as well as can be and that no lasting harm or sadness was done.

Thanks for the info on Windows 7 and Chkdsk. That link contains some additional info I didn't know. I tried the Command Prompt method first and then accessed Error Checking through Properties. The latter refused to schedule an error check with a restart.

I have bookmarked that link for future reference, just in case I need it someday.

Thankfully, the problem is with a (relatively) cheap external USB drive and not the internal hard drive. I'm going to pick up a new external drive next time I go to town.
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41. DataPilot
12:30 AM GMT on May 13, 2014
Briar,

Sorry for not being around for the last week or so. I was out of town during the weeked of May 2-4, then came home to face multiple crises. I'm still kind of in throes of dealing with them all. :(

Insofar as your question about chkdsk on Windows 7 goes, here's a good article about it, plus other helpful links. It looks like you were trying to use chkdsk on a live disk. Were you ever successful at using the Win7 utility to schedule the chkdsk for the next reboot? You mentioned that you had Webroot antivirus running in the background, which would probably make Windows consider your hard drive "live" and not eligible for a chkdsk /r. Once you've ensured that your machine cannot connect to the internet, you should be able to temporarily disable antivirus long enough to fix the disk.

How to use chkdsk on Win 7


Another thing you could try is booting from the Windows CD, if you have one. That will ensure that your antivirus doesn't interfere with your hard disk repair.


Good luck!
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40. WeatherWise
12:12 AM GMT on May 13, 2014
Well, A GIRL can DREAM! I was so excited that it was a flicker but am still happy there are babies in there! When I have posted starlings on WU folks have said unkind things about the starlings I was thinking....like pests or something. I thought they were kind of pretty.

I like your latest photos and just so you know, I am still seeing everything as it was - still have your four latest photos, still have the community activity as always.



Where's Lunch? Black-Billed Magpie Lower Crab Creek Coulee Lower Crab Creek 

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39. calpoppy
11:47 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
I hope it is a flicker though I do like starlings. I have a couple of friends who have starlings as pets (found nestlings) and they adore them. One of the gals who had one worked at a pharmacy and took him to work everyday. He was such a clown!!!! I just saw the other one a couple of weeks ago as he belongs to a good friend of mine.
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38. BriarCraft
5:41 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
Sandi: It is amazingly hard to tell which our nestling is. I googled images of juvenile flickers and starlings and they are remarkably similar in appearance. Here is a photo I found of a Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker and juvenile:

http://carolmattinglyphotography.blogspot.com/201 3/06/northern-flicker-and-juvenile.html

Judging by the shape of the beak, I think my juvenile bird is more starling than flicker. Bummer.

WW: I think Sandi called it rightly as a pesky starling. :- (

YCD: I was rather surprised and put off by the star drive screws. Always before coated deck screws have been square or Phillips head. This time, no choice. At least the manufacturer included a star bit for the drill/driver.

GG: I can just see me or DH climbing up there next spring to pop the top and put in new pine shavings and forgetting all about the "screwy" head on those screws. Two trips up and down the ladder instead of one.



The sky is blue! The sky is blue!

The TV weatherman last night announced that, as of May 9, we are more than double the normal rainfall for the month. And January thru April is the 3rd wettest ever. That is especially remarkable since January and the first half of February were much drier than normal.

The mowing job I did yesterday looks like I had too much to drink, as I mowed 2-foot tall grass in some places and skirted around standing water or soupy mud in other places. It really looks a hodge-podge out there, but nothing else for it at present.

Meanwhile, in the greenhouse, my cucumber and basil starts, which were looking wonderful just two weeks ago are now all gone. Fungus damped them off in just a matter of days, as stem after stem just turned to mush about half an inch above ground. Blame the mild wet weather. It was just too humid for too long in the greenhouse. Thankfully, everything else is doing fine and I'm going to take advantage of this nice weather to transplant as many of the flowers as I can. It'll be awhile yet before the garden soil can be worked.

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37. sandiquiz
4:08 PM GMT on May 12, 2014
Your juvenile flicker looks just like our juvenile starlings. They are funny looking babies, much bigger than their parents. They have just put in an appearance at the feeders, and what a noise they make shouting 'Feed me, mum'!!



I hadn't noticed your star headed screw until ycd pointed them out, but they are much easier to insert, I have found, if you are using a power screwdriver... they spin out of the driver much less!



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36. GardenGrrl
10:16 AM GMT on May 12, 2014
Hey, good catch Ycd, I did not even notice that about the star screws.
Briar, are there a lot of birdie vandals that run around un-screwing things with phillips heads?
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35. ycd0108
11:59 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
Yup, that's a fine photo.
I notice you used "star drive" screws to hold the birdhouse together.
I only use those drivers on my Chev. pickup - rarely see them in construction here.
We use Robertson screws.
Good on you for trying to herd this bunch of cats together!
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34. WeatherWise
12:10 AM GMT on May 10, 2014
How exciting, Briarcraft! A BABY Flicker! Wow! Thank you for sharing this photo! Oh, my! Are you going to post this on wunderground photos? You must be so proud and excited as you built this house yourself! I am excited.
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33. BriarCraft
11:28 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Mike, Sandi, and Ylee, thanks for dropping by. I hope the coffee wasn't stale.



For the last couple of weeks I have noticed more and more "dirt" around the entrance to the new flicker house, so I knew somebody had taken up residence. Today, I spotted Junior impatiently waiting for lunch. I'm pretty sure Junior is a young flicker, but since Mom didn't show up before it started to rain again, I don't know that for a fact.

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32. Ylee
2:50 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
I was going to shout out that you had a new WP blog up, but you already did that! :' )
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31. sandiquiz
7:42 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
I think every time WU, or Flickr, update their system, something "drops" out"! It's so annoying!!

As my dad used to say ..."if it ain't bust, don't fix it"! lol

The sun is shining today.. I'm going out to play!
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30. clearlakemike
1:43 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
Beautiful escarpment. Nice composition of it, Briar. Like the colors also.
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29. BriarCraft
11:48 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Now, suddenly, half of the comments on this blog are hidden and I have to click the Eyeball symbol to get them to show. Once I do, there is no option to Plus a comment. Just checked on WUclassic and they are hidden there, as well. Have to click Show to see them, but WU doesn't remember that and hides them again when I return to the page. What gives with that?

ADD: Problem fixed. Somehow my preferences, found in Edit Blog Profile had gotten smooshed to Show Average. I reset it back to Show All and all comments are back to showing up like they are supposed to.

Sandi: I'm sorry you're all achy, but glad that you accomplished your project. Since you don't like soaking in the tub any more than I do, you might try my solution. I swapped out the standard shower head with a hand-held massaging shower head. Mine as a "beat me to a pulp" setting that really does help with those achy spots.

GG:
Really don't do too much with the crystals, I just like sitting in dirt piles all day finding shiny things :D
Can't beat that with a stick! I can spend hours happily sitting in the dirt and I never find anything shiny. So who cares if you don't do much with those shiny things. It's the quest that's fun.

WTS: And you are spot on about CO2 and ocean pH.



On April 27, I went on a photo shoot. Photos were posted on Flickr awhile back, but I never got around to blogging about it until today. Find it at http://briarcraft.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/the-sc ablands-washington-photo-trek-part-iii/

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28. WatchinTheSky
8:36 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
I don't recall if I read the same report or saw it on the news - but dropping ph of the oceans is bad news for creatures with calcium homes, their shells are being dissolved away. People that are not worried about CO2 emissions 'because the oceans can absorb it' are not thinking clearly!

You are spot on regarding the new drives, in my opinion :D
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27. GardenGrrl
4:04 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Good Morning, it is raining here HOORAY! Funny how different we view rain in drought areas. I guess the big test today will be wiping Roxie off before she can track onto the new carpet...And possibly the spouse when she gets home from work.

Hey great catch on the magpie. That alone would make the trip worth it for me. Am trying to see if time off can be arranged to go crystal mining in Arkansas towards the end of May before it gets too hot again.

Really don't do too much with the crystals, I just like sitting in dirt piles all day finding shiny things :D

Also, what has happened with the black screen of gibberish? If you find a work around please post it in case some of us come up against this.
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26. sandiquiz
8:27 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
I still can see four photos in the side bar if I go to classic... I went to check after reading WW's comment this morning.

Also, after writing to you in my blog that I was going to buy a couple of plastic planters for my free seeds, I changed my mind! (It is a woman's prerogative, they say!)
I wandered out to the garden and saw an area where the euphoria had spread, and spread to much, so I decided about a metre square could come out. I donned gloves and jacket, and began pulling ..... then I dug over the area, raked it, topped it with a bag of top soil I had in the garage, then sprayed it with water, sprinkled on the seeds and raked it again, before finally planting six nasturtiums I had ready to go out, along the edge.

After spending over an hour putting together a new stronger climbing tree for Max after he destroyed the previous, a much more inferior model, yesterday, and then two hours physical labour in the garden today, I am really stiff and achy. I would love a soak in a hot bath, but dislike bathing, as I find it difficult to get out, so I will go and stand under a hot shower for 15 minutes before bed!

Hope you are OK, and the rain has stopped.... I am behind with everything!
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25. BriarCraft
7:41 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
WW: That display of pink in awesome! Are those evergreen azaleas?

Mike: I was astounded by the rainfall totals, too, -- gobsmacked is maybe a better word.

One thing I found notable about the latest US climate report was the prediction that there will be more heavy rain events, so where 2 inches of rain in a day in certain areas has been considered a torrential downpour, redefine that now to 2 feet. Although drought will be more prevalent, when it does rain, it's likely to rain more and harder.

Another thing I found interesting about yesterday's report was the local impact on shellfish. The ocean is not only warming, but at least in local bays and inlets, the pH is becoming more acidic. And that negatively affects shell formation and shellfish populations, even in oyster farms, is plummeting.
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24. YelloworangeRose
10:26 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Quoting 19. BriarCraft:

Good questions. Here are the answers:

Plenty of room on the external drive.
The backup error occured multiple times yesterday and today.
Nothing but Webroot Anti-Virus running in the background.
I did restart the computer a couple of times, trying to get Chkdsk to schedule.
The external hard drive was purchased in 2010, so not that old, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.




I you are having windows XP - its causes us to lose our marbles... something is wrong with it and its like on a berserk. My PC got affected too.
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23. YelloworangeRose
10:23 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Quoting 22. WeatherWise:

Oh, and forgot to say, Briarcraft, that for some reason, I still have the four photos in my side screen as I type. I really don't think I see what everyone else is seeing with the new WU.

Here are your four latest photos from the sidebar:

What a lucky Blogger! ha ha ha that's good. i haven't checked if mine shows too though. i love the bird pic look at how gorgeous the thing is and the color combination.. Perfect.
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22. WeatherWise
3:47 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Oh, and forgot to say, Briarcraft, that for some reason, I still have the four photos in my side screen as I type. I really don't think I see what everyone else is seeing with the new WU.

Here are your four latest photos from the sidebar:

Black-Billed Magpie Lower Crab Creek Coulee Lower Crab Creek Columbia River
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21. BriarCraft
3:20 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
WTS: I've got the time, but not the patience to deal with tech frustration. My inclination is to pick up a new USB drive. They cost half as much and hold five times more now, than what I got in 2010.

Backups are kinda like insurance -- you only win when you lose. Hopefully never need it, but I wouldn't be without it. Been there, done that, didn't buy the T-shirt, don't plan to go back.
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20. WatchinTheSky
2:44 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
I am of two minds on theses types of problems - first, no dang hardware (or software in some cases) is going to get the best of me! Gotta get to the root of problem no matter what - or - hmmm.. a new USB drive is pretty cheap and easy. Depends on how much time I have as to which way I go ;D
At least you are dealing with that problem before a backup is needed!
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19. BriarCraft
11:35 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Good questions. Here are the answers:

Plenty of room on the external drive.
The backup error occured multiple times yesterday and today.
Nothing but Webroot Anti-Virus running in the background.
I did restart the computer a couple of times, trying to get Chkdsk to schedule.
The external hard drive was purchased in 2010, so not that old, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

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18. YelloworangeRose
9:57 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Quoting 15. BriarCraft:

Hey, all you Tech Wizards:

I was trying to be a good girl and do a periodic backup to an external hard drive, using Windows Backup on a Windows 7-64bit system. After backing up my selected folders and about 75% through creating a System Image, the backup failed


Chkdsk requires exclusive access to a volume when it runs. Therefore, if one or more of the files are open on the disk that you want to check, Chkdsk prompts you to schedule the disk check for the next time that you restart your computer
Did you try to restart/reboot the Computer? have you tried control alt delete to show the task Manager and kill the running program? Good Morning by the say ^_^ Hope you had a nice day.
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17. WatchinTheSky
9:41 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
You didn't say if there was plenty of room on the external drive for the backup and image (I'm guessing that's a yes) or how old the external is. If some program is looking at the external (file manager, windows explorer, Word....) - chkdsk may not want to run. For my taste, if a drive requires chkdsk- I start thinking about a new drive. ID-tenT, I recall that one - PEBKAC is a new one for me LOL, maybe I am more challenged than I thought!!
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16. WeatherWise
9:15 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
I have run into that but figured perhaps my files were bigger than the space available where I was trying to back up to. Perhaps someone else has an idea that explains why it stops 3/4 before finishing.
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15. BriarCraft
9:06 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Hey, all you Tech Wizards:

I was trying to be a good girl and do a periodic backup to an external hard drive, using Windows Backup on a Windows 7-64bit system. After backing up my selected folders and about 75% through creating a System Image, the backup failed and suggested I do a chkdsk/r on the backup drive. Problem is, the danged thing won't let me.



Is this possibly an ID-tenT or maybe even a PEBKAC error? Any hints, clues, or suggestions? Or should I just give up and buy a new external hard drive?


P.S.~ for those even more tech-challenged than me, ID-tenT is also ID10T, and PEBKAC means Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair
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14. clearlakemike
9:05 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Interesting observations about family and friends, Briar. Yes, I think it automatically created a gravatar for me. I just haven't linked anything yet. I was gobsmacked by the Pensacola area in Florida getting two feet of rain in just about as many days recently. I am wondering how much and big this alleged El Nino may be. I remember how horrific it was in San Francisco during the last big one back in '97-98. We were living in a ground floor apartment at the time. The rain came down so hard the sewer system couldn't handle it. Water came gushing up through the shower drain and toilet. I had to build a dam with towels to keep it out of the rest of the apartment. Cleaning up the bathroom afterwards was nasty!! Now, I am up on a perch of blue rock surrounded by very porous lava. Flooding isn't an issue on my property no matter how hard it rains...it just disappears into the a'a lava.

Glad you enjoyed photo of Pu'u Ku'ili.
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13. WeatherWise
8:28 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Hi Briarcraft! Thanks for leaving those lovely May flowers for me and being FIRST to visit my new blogpost!

The May flowers are quite lovely here!







Thanks for the links to your WP and FLKR blog and photo sites.
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12. BriarCraft
6:23 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
Bug: Your family reunion sounds fun. My family disintegrated once my grandmothers were both gone. Aunts and uncles are gone, too. I don't even have a clue where my cousins are. And there are no children, so my entire family consists of my parents and brother. It seems like some of your family mambers don't appreciate what they've got. Or maybe your family has lost the "glue" of those one or two older relatives who held it all together.

So many people today don't seem to care at all for family, preferring the company of their chosen friends and associates. The problem with that is friends often vanish when times are tough, whereas family can't or won't. Or at least that's the way it used to be. Not so sure any more.


With your family gatherings, the ones who show up really do want to be there. And the others? You have a better time without them, since they can't be bothered with you. Quality does count more than quantity, and I hope you had a quality time with your family.

Mike: Yes, the weather is very confusing. For a lot of us. Unusual seems to be the new normal. Seattle just logged their average total rainfall for May in just the first four days. Just yesterday, there was standing water in my garden, er, rice paddy. Now, it's just very sloppy mud -- the kind that would pull my shoe off if I was dumb enough to step into it.

I like that photo of Pu’u Ku’ili. There's a lot of stuff going on in that scene besides the cinder cones.

I forgot where/when, but someplace I went insisted I set up a Gravatar. At first I thought it was silly and useless, but then I realized if it catches on, it could be handy to have just one avatar and one profile that I don't have to keep entering every time I want to comment or post on some new website. I suppose one could even have multiple Gravatar personnas for work and fun.



While there is a slight chance of rain today and the ground is soggy, I'm going to head out and see what mischief I can get into. There must be a flowerbed somewhere that isn't too soggy to work. Tomorrow has 0 chance of rain, but then the rain is back. With moderate temps and plenty of water, everything is growing like crazy. It's starting to look like a jungle out there.
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11. clearlakemike
9:31 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Good to learn that WP has that kind of storage also, Briar. Spent a little time reviewing the Gravatar just now. I see you have one. I got some likes/followers from the Flickr photo book entry, mainly from Europe and one from Russia. I will probably set up a Gravatar soon. I did tag that post with Photography. Photos are a universal language. Will have to focus more on getting them on WP also, especially with that great storage.

Well, if the heat is helping the yardening than I guess it is a good thing. Historically, I think El Nino brings drought to Hawaii which the last thing we need here. Although, I enjoy the warmer ocean temperatures. Seems cloudier and cooler here to me than past early Springs. The weather is very confusing. Yesterday and the day before, I drove through many microclimates: torrential downpours into bright warm sunshine. Had to stop along the road and very quickly put my convertible top up before getting drenched.

On one stop I got a photo of Pu’u Ku’ili, a 342-foot high cinder cone before the rain started

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10. palmettobug53
8:34 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Happy May, Briar!

I've been busy at work and busy at home.

Just got back from the grocer. There's a family dinner tomorrow at the community center in Lone Star, SC. (I've never been able to find out how it got named that.) This is my paternal grandmother's side of the family.

The group gets smaller and smaller each year, as the older generation continues to pass and fewer of the middle and younger generation bother coming. There's some cousins I haven't seen in 30 or 40 years or more. Not since they moved away from home and mom and dad could no longer drag them there. Many of them still live within easy driving distance. Closer than us. Some even attend services at the church next door and still can't be bothered to come after the service. The minister does, even though he's not related!.

Pretty soon, it won't be worth our while to rent the community center and bring potluck. We may have to resort to meeting at a restaurant once or twice a year.
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9. BriarCraft
7:25 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Hey there, YOR, Ylee, and Skye!

WTS: While I found it easy to read a linked blog on WP, it does take a little effort to figure out things like commenting. One nice thing about WP is you don't have to create a login to comment. If you don't want to login, you just need to give your handle and an email address -- part of their efforts at discouraging trolls. Flickr, on the other hand, does require you to create a login to leave a comment.

Do you really have temps in the 80s?? Nice! Is the paddy drying out?
Oh yeah! Two, count 'em, two record-breaking hot days: Wednesday 85° and Thursday 87°. With the saturated ground and those temps, the humidity was way higher than usual. The high end of the rice paddy looks dry-ish but is still soggy under that dry crust. And it just started to rain again. Ack! I wish that wet stuff would go your way, where it would be appreciated.

GG: Good to see you! I've been reading that you're on walkabout, too, enjoying the outdoors and lots of activities along with new carpet. I know we'll see more of you when that Texas summer settles in with a vengeance.

Poppy: I have joined several smallish groups on Flickr, in addition to the WU Refugees: PhotoScape Users, 2 Washington groups and 2 PNW groups for birds and landscapes. It's also fun "following" other WUfolk, such as you.

Sandi: I much prefer the version of May Day that you and I follow to the protests and anarchists who have attached themselves to our pagan rite of spring and made it something else entirely. The only May Poles I have seen are on TV and the interwebz. I do wish I could see one in person some day.

Mike: The amount of free storage at Flickr and also at WP is nothing less than amazing. 1 Terabyte at Flickr and 3 Terabytes at WP. Don't know if I can ever fill up that much. (My desktop computer has 916GB, of which 835GB is unused.) Then again, I remember thinking the same thing when I graduated from a dual-floppy PC to one with a 20 Megabyte hard drive.


Despite the hot weather, which drove me indoors both afternoons, the place is looking a bit better than it did at the beginning of the week. A latex-based deer repellent has been applied generously to tasty and vulnerable new shoots. As much grass as can be mowed has been mowed. The rest is tall and lanky but there is nothing to be done about that unless and until it dries out in those areas. The grass around the raspberries and blackberries has been clipped. And this morning, just as I prepared to weed the worst of the flowerbeds, it started to rain.

I checked the NWS Climate Prediction Center and learned that May is likely to be both wetter and warmer than normal here. The 3-month outlook is for drier and warmer than normal. Translated into western Washington terms, that means, IF it will just dry out enough to get the garden planted in May, all the warm weather crops, including tomatoes and corn, should do great.

Guess that means El Niño is coming? If so, California might see an end to the drought courtesy of El Niño, but the rest of the country and much of the world will see conditions not nearly so favorable.
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8. clearlakemike
3:45 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Happy belated May Day, Briar. I thought this was going to be a blog celebrating worker's rights but I am not dissapointed. Charming tradition and thank you for leaving a bouquet on my WUdoor. Glad you are enjoying the unfettered freedom at Flickr and WP. And that you are still visiting here at the People's Republic of WU too.

Yes, after uploading lots of high res photos for my photo books I discovered Flickr's capacity as a cloud backup! Is it really in the 80's there? I know that there is a heat wave going on in California and I guess it might be a total West Coast event then. They usually do occur about this time of year before the dreaded summer fog settles in. I see that Palm Springs is getting up to that delightful 100 degree zone that I loved so much. Cooler and overcast here in Hawaii.
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7. sandiquiz
2:35 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hello.... Great to see you open up again, albeit briefly?
May Day here in the UK is always the first Monday in the month of May, so it is this coming Monday, and is a Bank Holiday.
For generations, May Day was a time for celebrations - the May Queen, the May parade, dancing, parties, new clothes and the start of summer.
My favourite part of May Day is the May pole, and the incredibly intricate patterns made by the ribbons, which are wrapped around the pole as the dancers weave in and out.


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6. calpoppy
2:06 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hi Briar! Glad you reopened your blog here! I have been enjoying your wordpress blogs, they have been very thought provoking! I joined flickr not to long ago, I joined to use that huge storage that they have for photos. But I joined a couple of groups too, one is So. Cal. Wildlife and of course Deserts. But they aren't as active as Sandi's groups are!!! But I haven't had a lot of time to do much with flickr. Maybe when it is to hot to work outside.

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5. Skyepony (Mod)
3:51 AM GMT on May 02, 2014
Love what you've done to the background in here:)

Happy May Day!!!

White Rabbits X 3...

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4. GardenGrrl
12:30 AM GMT on May 02, 2014
Pretty Flowers, Happy May Day.
In Minneapolis, a lifetime ago, I so looked forward to the May Day Parade and celebration in Powderhorn Park.
All the Lefties showed up for the parade with their signs. All the old and new hippies. It was fun, colorful and peaceful.

While at work I periodically pull up both Thought Steaders and your WP blogs. I gives me a nice thing to fill my head with and think about. Some thoughts heavy and deep. Nourishment for my brain. Thanks.
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3. Ylee
11:41 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Hi, Briar! You've been busy! ;' )
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2. WatchinTheSky
9:03 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
It looks as if your walkabout is going well! I will check out your landing zone on Flickr, I don't find WP easy to browse (yet, anyway). Interesting about WURefugees, I have been frustrated a time or two with not being able to upload a 'non outdoor' image to use in the blog (until I finally remembered not to try!), suppose that is what PhotoBucket or Flickr is for ;-D

Do you really have temps in the 80s?? Nice! Is the paddy drying out? Happy May Day!!

back again, just cruised around a bit on Flickr (didn't realize that was a Yahoo brand) and WP (your blog only) and almost left a comment but got tripped up on loggins and passwords and signups 'sharing info' between apps. Sounds like the paddy may be a little wet still!
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1. YelloworangeRose
8:31 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Nice flowers.
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