AARP Is Good. #8

By: GardenGrrl , 4:09 PM GMT on August 21, 2014

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So it is the end of August and weather here is hot. The big news was 6 count 'em, 6 inches of rain the other day. Truly amazing. My yard is pretty again.

It's my short weekend and I have a lot of errands to run so not much going into the blog this time around. Was thinking about rainbow pictures but can't find mine in the vast storage of Flickr. That'll teach me not to put my shots in albums to find later. Hint; if you are new to Flicker, group your photos into albums so you can find them again. After the 2000th photo it is kind of laborious to go page by page to find that photo you are looking for.

So today it's about wood peckers. I love these birds. They are beautiful and also really hard to photograph because they tend to be up high and don't stay still on the tree.

Here are some of my favorite photos of wood peckers. Feel free to add your own. If you have any good rainbow pics add those too.



Okay, these aren't wood peckers but just thought the seasons of my rain gauge are interesting.

Texas Ice Storm 2013 (GardenGrrl)
Texas Ice Storm 2013
Six Inches of Rain Today! (GardenGrrl)
Wow we finally got some big rain. Just about twelve more of these and the drought could be lifted.
Six Inches of Rain Today!

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27. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:59 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
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26. Ylee
11:50 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
How did the food court adventure turn out?
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25. WeatherWise
5:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Hi GG, Well, the special outing will make that mandatory meeting a bit sweeter. I always resented the term mandatory meeting when I was teaching and it was not about safety just same old same old.

I was thinking I had never eaten anything Korean cuisine but seems I am wrong. Guess what I found in my refrigerator when I was reaching for teriyaki sauce at lunch. You guessed it - Tsang Made With Natural Ingredients Stir Fry Sauce Korean Teriyaki.

One day when I was at the store, I decided on a whim to go for the higher price specialty teriyaki sauce and the same with the Worcestershire sauce instead of the regular old brands. I promise you it made all the difference in the world....both would be great eaten right out of the spoon. For Worcestershire, I chose all natural Lea & Perrins The Original Worsestershire Sauce. I think perhaps I may had tried the latter before. Both are items I do not use that often but great to have on hand. I am embarrassed to say but my most heavily used recipe with Worcestershire is Party Mix.

I hope you find something neat. Enjoy your time there. It is heating up here, today. Perhaps it is just me but the heat is not pleasant out there. Almost 89 and probably much higher in the sun.

Hope it cools down late today for a sunset walk - Perhaps I will spot the deer even.

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24. GardenGrrl
5:20 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Okay have to run out the door in minute.
Having an ARRRGH moment. Just spent two hours with the fancy photo editing program trying to do some things I can't do with Pic Monkey on a photo. Well, turns out I like the untouched original soooo much better.

Hi WTS and Calpoppy, we will just have to leave the light on.

Hi Sandi, your grandad sounds like he was quite the guy with the different stories you have told about him. I imagine he gets a starring role in the book you are making.
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23. WatchinTheSky
4:51 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
cp, Yay for the first! oh well for the second.. We'll see sp soon, I'm sure. Maybe that new computer is consuming all sp's time.
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22. sandiquiz
4:46 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Every time I see your blog title I think of a whistle! Lol. Why? You ask.

Well, during the Second World War my grandad was an Air Raid patrol officer, and had a whistle he had to blow as he rode around the village on his bike warning the villagers there were planes coming over. The whistle has the letters ARP engraved on it.
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21. calpoppy
3:28 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
iI got a wumail from SP a couple of weeks ago about a book. So I do believe that SP is alive and well!!! Just not here :(
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20. GardenGrrl
2:32 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Good Morning, it is only 83f right now. Am tempted to run out to the walking park with Roxie but imagine in another half hour it will become HOT.

Hi WTS, lets all sing together, "Oh where O where has our SP gone? Oh where O where could SP be?"...

Hi Shirley, glad your son came back safe and sound from the Congo. Today have to go into work for two hours to attend a mandatory fall safety class. As work is a bit far from here and my partner also works in that area I thought it would be fun to explore restaurants around there. Saw the Korean Market and Food Court in a google of the area and thought Booyah! this could be fun. Not sure about bringing a camera. Don't want to be rude. Will see.
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19. WeatherWise
12:20 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
We have a fairly new Thai restaurant in town. My friends and I went Saturday night. It was quite nice with good food. I had them to put my hot spicy sauce on the side. My son came to visit on Tuesday and we went there for lunch. I thought he might enjoy it as he made two business trips to Thailand quite a few years ago. We had a great visit - I got to hear all about his two week trip to the Congo and all of his experiences. I look fwd to hearing about your Korean store and food court. Have a great day!
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18. WatchinTheSky
9:15 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
I see you are have a cool day! We are 98 at the moment with crispy blue skies :) But if you say fall is coming, woohoo! Have a fun weekend, sounds like a Korean meal soon.
Should we all send vibes out to sp?
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17. GardenGrrl
8:25 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hi All, thanks for coming by while I was toiling away at work. It's fun to see comments even when I can't comment on them.

Hi Calpoppy, yes today has definitely been a goof off day. Went to bed with grand plans, slept late and then took another nap. Guess my grand plans were to catch up on sleep.

Hi Sandi, I do have an adventure planned for tomorrow that involves a Korean food store with a food court halfway across the metroplex.

Hi Briar, we are still in drought status. Need quite a few more rains like that. Considering my other insurance doubled for no apparent reason, they were a good deal. The big plus was the mobile home insurer says through AARP they have a no drop policy for homes that are over 10 years old. I like the Flicker, they are my favorites of the woodpeckers. Have never got a good pic of one.

Hi Shirley, great flicker shot. Even better is the shot of the corgi and snake chaps (lol). Too hot for any real hiking still. Come fall will be putting those on and marching through the brush with camera in hand.
Don't know how you sneak up on those birds to get such great shots. I must look at things very loudly. Even standing away and peeking out the window the birds will look up and make eye contact with me.
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16. WeatherWise
2:00 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
Oh, yes, Briar, I did forget about the northern flicker - a beautiful woodpecker. My best shots of flickers were on the ground but have had a few fast photo ops with them high up in a tree.





Hi GG! What do you have exciting on your agenda for your long weekend off? Maybe it is time to pull out those cute rattlesnake chaps from back in March for an outdoor advenutre! HOpe you have a fun weekend planned if not have a fun staycation with all of the comforts of home.


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15. BriarCraft
11:52 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Northern Flicker female. And yes, flickers are woodpeckers.

She wasn't on a tree, but was mud-pecking, looking for bugs. This has been the only occasion that I managed to shoot one. Otherwise, I hear them and I see their tail feathers as they fly away.


Interesting that AARP actually saved you some money. My experience with them is they claimed to do all sorts of wonderful stuff, but they just wanted to peddle Hartford insurance products. I quit my membership with them many years ago. Nice to know they are actually doing something worthwhile for someone.


So 6 inches of rain?! What is the drought status for your area these days? Are you still considered to be in a drought?
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14. LakeWorthFinn
9:54 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Hi Grrrrrrrl, thanks for AARP post!
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13. sandiquiz
8:59 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
My new brother in law has to have prescription safety glasses. When I see him at the weekend I will ask him if he has to buy them himself, or provide some funds towards the cost of them.

A short week, so you can play at the weekend!!

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12. calpoppy
1:36 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
Have fun goofing around on your weekend!!!

Today is hiking (of course) a trip into the big city and the Farmer's Market. Plus trying to figure out what to have for dinner??
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11. GardenGrrl
10:31 AM GMT on August 24, 2014
Hello all, it is the short week so I may do some fun things in a few days or at least goof off.

Hi Sandi, welcome back. Your trip pics are great. Our work places have to provide us with safety gear as well. The safety glasses being prescription had to be shopped for by me. They pay a partial part. The least ugly safety glasses generally cost more out-of-pocket than what the company will pay. In this case all the vendors on the company voucher had really hideous styles. I settled for the cheapest, lightest and most protective. It would have been free but I wanted the anti glare/reflective coating. That was $85 extra! The pair cost the vendor $523. Crazy expensive.

Hi WTS, amazing what insurance costs now. Last year it was very reasonable. Generally the AARP hasn't found me great deals but the insurance savings this time was huge.

Hi Barbamz, Hi Prose.


Hi Mom!

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10. WatchinTheSky
12:46 AM GMT on August 24, 2014
Waiting for our membership to pay off. They couldn't help our home insurance either. Something about two big wildfires in the last 11 years. Seems like if we didn't burn before, we must be safe! I'm sure that's how it works ;-)
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9. sandiquiz
10:33 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Hint; if you are new to Flicker, group your photos into albums so you can find them again. After the 2000th photo it is kind of laborious to go page by page to find that photo you are looking for.

Or even quicker....make sure you give each photo a title, or a tag! Then all you need to do is 'search' your photo steam for a photo called, or tagged, woodpecker....or rainbow! Only the woodpeckers or the rainbows will appear on the page:-)

Hope you got some safety glasses... Does your work not provided them, if they are for work? H&S here makes each company provided all the safety equipment that is needed to keep employees safe, from hard hats, safety glasses, right down to toe protector boots.

PS. I am back! Lol
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8. GardenGrrl
6:47 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Okay, my AARP membership has paid off. My car and home insurance nearly doubled from six months ago. Just got a promo in the mail for an AARP vendor and saved $434. They couldn't do much for my home insurance because they said rates have been significantly raised in my area due to claims. Thanks neighbors :p Anyhow, two hours later of phone, computer yada yada... I have a headache but have saved money. Still have to go finish getting safety glasses today. Shopped all over yesterday then bailed to go have dinner with friends. Now off to safety glasses part deux.

Hi WTS, did you get the dust storm that produced that rainbow? Very pretty.

Hi Mike, oh yes, the evil house pecker. They can be pests when they get a taste for siding.
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7. clearlakemike
11:39 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
We had wood peckers up in the old oak trees at the park in Clear Lake. They were interesting until they started pecking holes into the wood siding of the house.

Good tip about Flickr.
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6. WatchinTheSky
5:17 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Hey, looky what I saw today!

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5. GardenGrrl
2:12 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Hi WTS, like my rainbows, the wood peckers are hid throughout my files. Thought they were more accessible. Gosh I need to get organized. I also need a unicorn and winning lotto ticket. Vegas will give you better odds on the live unicorn than the organized part.

Hooray For Shirley! You came through with some great wood pecker shots. The pileated and red-head shots are total 10's! Thanks.
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4. WeatherWise
11:02 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Hi GG, You are right....Woodpeckers are quite evasive and forever more moving more like jerky movements - their head and body...often in the drumming mode, plus they keep scaling the tree higher and higher. I hear them but still too many leaves on the trees to spot them. I have heard the pileated woodpecker several times this week - I would oh so love to see them for a photo op. I hear your red-bellied one too....but can't spot them. Saw one on a light pole but it quickly flew before I could think of a photo. I have not seen many downy wdpkrs this year at all or any of the smaller ones.

Did you really mean share photos? I do have some woodpecker photos. If you did not mean share just delete my post. I should probably do my own sometime as I do love to get an op with a wdpkr of any type.

My most exciting woodpecker photo ops this year - 2014 - Was with the Red Headed Woodpecker!









My most exciting one for 2013 was the pileated woodpecker.





Before I met up with the pileated and the red-headed woodpecker, my most exciting was the red-bellied woodpecker.


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3. WatchinTheSky
5:28 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Okay - braggarts! hard for me to compete with the .02" we got yesterday!
Hey, you said 'some of', I only see one ;-) Woodpeckers are a little rare here, have never been able to catch one. Very cool salmon color do on yours!

Enjoy the 'weekend'.
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2. GardenGrrl
4:38 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Ylee is 1st!
Yeah the one down side of rain is that darn grass growth. We need pygmy grass that only gets so tall but just gets greener with rain. Gosh I'm ready for a nap already. So, time to get out the door. Will get over to you blog to follow the next chapter of Dakota's journey in chapter five very soon.
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1. Ylee
4:33 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
1st! We had about half that in the past week, which also greened up our grass. Now, with a weeks worth of +100 heat indexes forecast, it'll more than likely go into overdrive!

Enjoy your short weekend! (Still three days, lol!)
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