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By: clearlakemike , 6:30 PM GMT on December 03, 2013

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Kardashian family reveals 2013 Christmas card: Kim Kardashian and sisters get glam

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My last Christmas tree (with a collection of German Christmas ornaments) December 2004, San Francisco




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Santa Fe Farolito Walk

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Carol Channing and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet wish the crowd a Merry Christmas Thursday during the annual tree lighting. Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun


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If you want to buy a Bugatti, better hurry

Anyone with a Bugatti Veyron on their list of holiday season gifts be warned: only 50 examples of the multi-million dollar hypercar are left and when the final one is sold, production will cease forever.





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And now for Christmas in The Ghetto of Ocean View (no insult meant to the 'hoods in LA)









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Double Rainbow GLebowski Thursday September 17, 2009 Simpson Bay, St. Martin




Meanwhile, back in Ocean View, on my way to the Ocean View swap meet aka Barter Town to finish up my Christmas shopping!!




Merry Christmas from The Ghetto of Ocean View !!

(Santa, please bring iPhones to all the good girls!!)


(No offense meant to the Mojave which IS a beautiful place!)

Winter Storm (CameraDiva)
Woke up to snow this morning from the winter storm.
Winter Storm
Zenith (katy99780)
I have to find just the right open spot to see the daytime sun these days, and that window of time is very brief. This is about 60 exposures, 30 seconds apart. Facing due south, the sun is at it's highest point when it is just over the center of the road.

'Heavy' traffic while I was out there, three vehicles drove around me; I was right in the middle of the road. :)

Official day length is just over 5 hours today, only loosing 4 min a day now. About -30F while taking these shots.
Zenith
Witness (teach50)
Witness
Sun Dogs (lugers)
Sun Dogs seen in the sky over Park Rapids, MN
Sun Dogs
Magnolia (bcomet)
Magnolia
White Saprrow!! (quickeye)
A White Sparrow?? I have never seen one of these in Gold Beach or any ware. Have you?
White Saprrow!!
Winter art (zoominandout)
Ice along the West Branch of the Delaware River in Delhi N.Y. High water, then frigid temps, makes for very interesting ice as the water recedes.
Winter art
Festive Frost (YouKnowWho)
It was cold enough out there today that the frost stayed on our windows all day and night.
Festive Frost
Ponderosa Pine on Sandstone (cheldric)
Blue sky - but only for a few minutes, then back to grey.
Ponderosa Pine on Sandstone
Sunset Shimmer II (Biskitten)
Just another lovely evening in Paradise!
Sunset Shimmer II
The Moon tower (Altred)
The Moon tower
Stuffed Lace (YouKnowWho)
We got some fresh snow yesterday to make our world a little prettier this morning.
Stuffed Lace
Swanrise (Jakeof)
Swanrise
Pacific Beach Sunset (mike92109)
Nice sunset tonight in San Diego. Crystal Pier in the foreground with a big Christmas Tree at the end. Merry Christmas!
Pacific Beach Sunset
Moonrise over Waiheke Island. (fotomacc)
The cloud layer meant I did not get a good view as the full moon came over the horizon. But it made for some nice colour.
Moonrise over Waiheke Island.
Easterly outlook with moon and tower (barbamz)
As I see the world these days mostly from the windows of my office ;-) this was the outlook this evening with the raising moon. To the right the so called Holzturm (wood tower), 15th century, part of the former city walls in Mainz on Rhine River. The tower isn't made of wood though, but got its name because in former times wood was piled up nearby. Photo sure is nothing spectacular, because snow is lacking :( And no snow to expect for the next fortnight ...
Easterly outlook with moon and tower
TreeLights (kristinarinell)
of a different kind in holiday times, a foggy afternoon along the coast
TreeLights
SUNRISE BEHIND A TREE (Ralfo)
SUNRISE BEHIND A TREE
Double Rainbow (GLebowski)
Taken from my doorstep
Double Rainbow
Giant Christmas Pyramid (barbamz)
Giant Christmas Pyramid is greeting the statue of horse riding Saint Martin on the roof of Mainz Cathedral.
Giant Christmas Pyramid
Peace on Earth (observing)
Merry Christmas every one!
Peace on Earth

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50. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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49. clearlakemike
11:29 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
LOL, no this place is WORSE...

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47. palmettobug53
8:45 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
Kinda like the mailman in that Chevy Chase movie, 'Funny Farm'?? LOL

Not a very good clip but....

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46. clearlakemike
5:55 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
Quoting 45. palmettobug53:
WAKE UP, MIKE, WAKE UP!!!!

It's Christmas!

Hope Santa was good to you.


Happy Christmas Bug!!

No, Santa just flies over Ocean View, too dangerous to stop here in the wild west. He just throws his garbage out on us, laughs and moves on to nicer places...:(
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45. palmettobug53
2:39 PM GMT on December 25, 2013
WAKE UP, MIKE, WAKE UP!!!!

It's Christmas!

Hope Santa was good to you.
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44. sandiquiz
11:01 PM GMT on December 24, 2013
Well, it is time to light the last candle. It is late on Christmas Eve here in the UK. All that is left to do is to wish you a VERY HAPPY and SAFE CHRISTMAS :)

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43. GardenGrrl
11:13 AM GMT on December 24, 2013
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42. calpoppy
2:53 PM GMT on December 23, 2013
Merry Christmas!!!

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41. sandiquiz
9:19 AM GMT on December 22, 2013
Good Morning and a Happy Fourth, and final, Sunday in Advent.

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40. BriarCraft
1:15 AM GMT on December 22, 2013
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39. clearlakemike
10:43 PM GMT on December 21, 2013
Quoting 38. sandiquiz:

Ooh, yes please Santa - I have been a good girl!!


Santa asked me if I wanted one for Christmas but I declined...maybe next Christmas as I am holding out for the iPhone 6 (probably out in the autumn of 2014 if Apple sticks to their usual marketing plan.)
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38. sandiquiz
10:40 PM GMT on December 21, 2013
Quoting 33. GardenGrrl:


only six more days to send Sandi a picture of an Iphone under a Christmas tree.

Ooh, yes please Santa - I have been a good girl!!
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37. palmettobug53
10:36 PM GMT on December 21, 2013
....new computer screen operated car.

Oh, dear Lord. I broke out in poose gimples just thinking about having to deal with something like that.

Give me a car with an ignition, gas pedal, brake pedal; you know, the basics. I can't handle anything more complicated.

Besides, the fancier things get, the more parts they have that can break down, thus generating more repair bills. It's a conspiracy!
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36. clearlakemike
5:34 AM GMT on December 21, 2013
Merry Christmas Mimi :) , Pros and yours from Lili and Mike!!
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35. Proserpina
7:48 PM GMT on December 20, 2013
Mimi @Maria photo cXmas_zpsa77dcb03.jpg
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34. clearlakemike
6:29 PM GMT on December 19, 2013
Quoting 33. GardenGrrl:


only six more days to send Sandi a picture of an Iphone under a Christmas tree.


LOL...
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33. GardenGrrl
5:16 PM GMT on December 19, 2013


only six more days to send Sandi a picture of an Iphone under a Christmas tree.
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32. clearlakemike
4:00 PM GMT on December 17, 2013
Quoting 31. sandiquiz:
Did you decide which camera to tell Santa to bring you?

Well, I think you have clouded my decision....I may just wait until my iPhone contract runs out and price up the iPhone 5. I have two decent cameras and just want one to have in my bag, for emergencies..... You know - the sunset that suddenly appears as I drive home from the shops, or the bird I haven't seen for years suddenly alights in front of me in the garden. I never go anywhere without my phone, so a decent phone camera might be the answer??


Dear Ms. Quiz, if that is all you want this proposed new camera for, then, yes, I would suggest investing the funds into a new iPhone 5. You could use the extra (insert BSP sign here) into more memory for your new phone/camera. I think I know that you are a practical and frugal British woman and might agree? N'est–ce pas?
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31. sandiquiz
3:05 PM GMT on December 17, 2013
Did you decide which camera to tell Santa to bring you?

Well, I think you have clouded my decision....I may just wait until my iPhone contract runs out and price up the iPhone 5. I have two decent cameras and just want one to have in my bag, for emergencies..... You know - the sunset that suddenly appears as I drive home from the shops, or the bird I haven't seen for years suddenly alights in front of me in the garden. I never go anywhere without my phone, so a decent phone camera might be the answer??
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30. clearlakemike
6:00 AM GMT on December 17, 2013
Quoting 28. calpoppy:
You also have the coffee berry borer which can really destroy the Kona coffee crop and other coffee on the islands. This was another invasive species that have invaded Hawaii, I wonder if the bark beetle is an invasive species also?

We have the same type of juicer as you do. Our friends in Pahoa have the cold press juicer. I just can't justify the price either right now or in the future. Mine is easy to clean which was a huge selling point for me. The remains of the juicing go to the chickens or the compost, depending on what goes into the juice.


Yes, calpoppy, the coffee berry borer is here too. So far so good for the Ka'u coffee, I think. I like the Ka'u coffee better as it has a bolder taste which I prefer. I will have to ask my botanical specialist about the bark beetle as I don't know if it is invasive also.

Yes, I can't justify the price either for the cold press. I have the Jack LaLane juicer that Costco has been selling for years now and it is still grinding week in and week out five years going now. It is easy to clean too. I make a lot of juice for two of us and it puts out a good volume in one session. We compost the pulp also and give some to our one chicken, "Mrs. Lincoln", although she prefers to eat the cat food with all the cats :) She hangs out with them like she is one of them. I am not sure if she even knows she is a chicken. They just sit there with her also like she is one of the gang.
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29. clearlakemike
5:50 AM GMT on December 17, 2013
Quoting 27. BFH:
Aloha, Mike, "Mele Kalikimaka", from my house to yours....

(the spell check doesn't like that one)


Aloha and Mahalo, BFH, Mele Kalikimaka back to you and yours (yes, the spell check only liked 'Aloha' :)

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28. calpoppy
10:34 PM GMT on December 16, 2013
You also have the coffee berry borer which can really destroy the Kona coffee crop and other coffee on the islands. This was another invasive species that have invaded Hawaii, I wonder if the bark beetle is an invasive species also?

We have the same type of juicer as you do. Our friends in Pahoa have the cold press juicer. I just can't justify the price either right now or in the future. Mine is easy to clean which was a huge selling point for me. The remains of the juicing go to the chickens or the compost, depending on what goes into the juice.
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27. BFH
7:34 AM GMT on December 16, 2013
Aloha, Mike, "Mele Kalikimaka", from my house to yours....

(the spell check doesn't like that one)
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26. clearlakemike
12:31 AM GMT on December 16, 2013
Sorry to hear/read about your Ash trees, Sandi. Yes, I remember your blog about that and how it opened up your view to the street, I think. I remember that there was a problem with trees in Northern California also but can't remember the details now. The whole living world seems to be under assault...even the planet itself.

Are you getting excited as we near the big day :)? Did you decide which camera to tell Santa to bring you?

Bug, I just use parts of these new fangled gadgets. I have frequent emotional meltdowns when they don't work or I don't think they are working. My in-house IT specialist has to take over and then accuses me of 'user error' and tells me I need to see a shrink. My mother and step-father, who are in their 80's, are trying to figure out how to drive their new computer screen operated car. They went on their first long distance drive recently with it after just driving around the neighborhood for awhile. I haven't experienced that yet and am not sure I want to either.
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25. palmettobug53
6:25 PM GMT on December 15, 2013
Hi, ho, Mike.

So much Iphone/Ipad talk. I barely manage my laptop.

I tried to open my Paypay statement and I got some weird warning that if I continued to try to access the Adobe PDF file, it would damage my computer. I forwarded it to work and I'll try to open it there.

I haven't had any problems with pdfs before.

When my therapist suggested I listen to a particular radio station in my truck, as part of my therapy? I had to figure out how to work it! Too many buttons to suit me. I like volume (up and down) and the twist dial to find a good station. They don't make those anymore! Plus, I have to remember to turn the radio off, before I get out of my truck. It no longer turns off when you cut off the ignition.
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24. sandiquiz
9:30 AM GMT on December 15, 2013
Following on from the interesting conversation between you and Briar....do you remember I had some of the tall trees alongside my garden chopped back early last year?

They were Ash trees, because we have got something called "Ash Dieback" happening here. It came in from Europe, and is decimating the Ash tree population in the UK.



Today is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent.....only ten days to go:)


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23. clearlakemike
11:56 PM GMT on December 14, 2013
Oh that is so good...love the sunglasses too, lol.

Interesting map, thank you, Briar. Fortunately, we don't have the snakes here...yet. But with the budget cutbacks with the plane inspectors who check the wheel wells of the flights from places like Guam, that is over ridden with brown tree snakes, that might not be always the case either. The very annoying coqui frogs that were stowaways from Puerto Rico were allowed to get totally out of control.

Climate change? Oh, yeah. What I heard in regards to the bark beetles spreading chaos in the northern woods and even here is that fewer, shorter deep freezes to kill the beetle larvae. That can't be the case in Hawaii. Maybe a better theory is that changing weather patterns stress the trees and stressed trees are more susceptible to bark beetles? Makes sense to me, and that theory would apply to your drought-stricken trees as well as those in the northern woods.

Yes, makes sense to me. Studies back to early 90's, I believe, have shown that the trade winds are carrying less and less moisture annually to these islands exacerbating the already dry sides of the islands, the leeward sides, into chronic extreme drought conditions.
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22. BriarCraft
7:18 PM GMT on December 14, 2013


And another quote, this time from a song title, "I don't like spiders and snakes," even though many of them are beneficial.



Climate change? Oh, yeah. What I heard in regards to the bark beetles spreading chaos in the northern woods and even here is that fewer, shorter deep freezes to kill the beetle larvae. That can't be the case in Hawaii. Maybe a better theory is that changing weather patterns stress the trees and stressed trees are more susceptible to bark beetles? Makes sense to me, and that theory would apply to your drought-stricken trees as well as those in the northern woods.
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21. clearlakemike
6:32 PM GMT on December 14, 2013
Quoting 20. BriarCraft:
That's interesting about the bark beetles. They are attacking the water-stressed non-native pines here, and there are a lot on our property. We had to have four dead ones taken down in June and there are three or four more that are looking sickly. Nothing to be done for it. Those bark beetles are creating havoc from the Yukon to Yellowstone and now even Hawaii. That is sad.

Then again, as Morticia Addams once said, "What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." It just happens that the chaos is for our beloved trees. I don't like that at all.



Briar, when I lived in Palm Springs about a decade ago, the bark beetles had devastated the drought weakened forests up and around Big Bear. Then the horrible fires came and burned it all up in a colossal inferno. Sorry to hear you have it there also. Don't know for sure, but it might be related to climate change?

Well, leave it to Morticia Addams to put it in perspective for us.

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Hawaiian Brown Recluse Spider and friends



The American brown recluse spider, seen here, is cousin to the pesky Mediterranean recluse. The Mediterranean recluse looks very similar but has distinctive genitalia and eyes.
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20. BriarCraft
6:13 AM GMT on December 14, 2013
That's interesting about the bark beetles. They are attacking the water-stressed non-native pines here, and there are a lot on our property. We had to have four dead ones taken down in June and there are three or four more that are looking sickly. Nothing to be done for it. Those bark beetles are creating havoc from the Yukon to Yellowstone and now even Hawaii. That is sad.

Then again, as Morticia Addams once said, "What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." It just happens that the chaos is for our beloved trees. I don't like that at all.
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19. clearlakemike
1:04 AM GMT on December 14, 2013
Quoting 18. BriarCraft:
Well, I can't contribute anything to the iPad-iPhone discussion, since I don't have any of those new-fangled gadgets.

I was thinking about posting the Kmart Jingle Bells video you put on your last blog into my current blog, but then I thought maybe you'd like to do that. It was kinda cute in a mildly naughty way.

So whatchya been up to lately?



I would be happy to post the Kmart Jingle Bells video into your blog, Briar! Yes, it was very cute, lol.

I took a friend and my dog for a lunch time hike through a nearby Hawaiian dry land forest trail today. Very nice, but sad to see how many trees have died since I was last there. My friend said that bark beetles have infested and killed the drought weakened trees. They are falling like dead flies left and right, literally. Had to climb over some that fell into the trail itself. Did see one golden orange King Kamehameha butterfly (looks very much like a Monarch butterfly.) Use to see lots of them but along with the bees they are a rare sight these days.
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18. BriarCraft
11:51 PM GMT on December 13, 2013
Well, I can't contribute anything to the iPad-iPhone discussion, since I don't have any of those new-fangled gadgets.

I was thinking about posting the Kmart Jingle Bells video you put on your last blog into my current blog, but then I thought maybe you'd like to do that. It was kinda cute in a mildly naughty way.

So whatchya been up to lately?
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17. clearlakemike
9:22 PM GMT on December 11, 2013
Quoting 16. sandiquiz:
The camera is also much better on the 5 too......

I know that, C has the 5 and the photo he has taken are as good as my Panasonic!!!

I want to ask Santa for a small point and shoot camera but can't make up my mind which one to get.... So many different makes and models... Too much choice, really! lol

Glad your day got better...it is much worse when the day goes down hill!!!


Still have the afternoon here, Sandi...the day is rife with potential, lol. I have heard that people have actually made movies with the 5's camera. Amazing. Yes, I made the choice for a small point and shoot easier when I was back in California last Spring by limiting myself to what I could get off the shelf at Costco at that time. But even then I was standing there comparing all the features, pros and cons, etc on my iPhone browser; it took me awhile to decide. The wide angle on the Lumix I bought and its truly pocket size is what sealed the deal. Good luck, there is a lot out there to look at. Maybe, just wait till you get the new iPhone!!
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16. sandiquiz
7:10 PM GMT on December 11, 2013
The camera is also much better on the 5 too......

I know that, C has the 5 and the photo he has taken are as good as my Panasonic!!!

I want to ask Santa for a small point and shoot camera but can't make up my mind which one to get.... So many different makes and models... Too much choice, really! lol

Glad your day got better...it is much worse when the day goes down hill!!!
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15. clearlakemike
4:28 PM GMT on December 11, 2013
Thank you k!! :-) Happy Holidays to you and yours also!! You made my day (and more!) I woke up feeling a bit 'negative' and now that has gone away :)

Quoting 14. sandiquiz:
Yes, Mike, cold rain, but not cold enough for ice:)

Oh, I love my Ipad, don't get me wrong, but its occasional habit of updating an open webpage when i update the tab next to it is most annying!

Have you upgraded to ios 7?? It is strange to begin with, but I have got used to it. Unfortunately my Iphone is only an 4S, and only an 8gb at that.The upgrade requires 3.3gb so not enough space on mine... the contract runs out in May next year so I can upgrade then!!



Sandi, Yes, it does have some annoying quirks. I didn't like ios7 at first but like you I have got used to it...remember our mantra, "Change is good" LOL ("Bring back Classic WU...grumble grumble lol)

I delayed for awhile in updating to ios7 on my phone, a 4s, and my Camera Pro app is unstable now...lost a few shots I thought I had, one of which I almost tumbled down a lava field for! Thank goodness there was little Ohia tree to grab onto the top of to adjust my balance, and my years of surfing reflexes, saved the day!! Otherwise, I would have been cut up by the lava which is sharp as razor blades.

My contract runs out next May also and I think I will wait for the iPhone 6 if it is not released by then. I read that it is going to have a bigger screen like the Samsung S4. A friend has the bigger screen S3. He likes the larger screen but misses the Apple software. Another friend and G have the iPhone 5 (and 5s) and it has a longer screen as I am sure you know. The camera is also much better on the 5 too.
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14. sandiquiz
12:55 PM GMT on December 11, 2013
Yes, Mike, cold rain, but not cold enough for ice:)

Oh, I love my Ipad, don't get me wrong, but its occasional habit of updating an open webpage when i update the tab next to it is most annying!

Have you upgraded to ios 7?? It is strange to begin with, but I have got used to it. Unfortunately my Iphone is only an 4S, and only an 8gb at that.The upgrade requires 3.3gb so not enough space on mine... the contract runs out in May next year so I can upgrade then!!

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13. srqthymesage
3:48 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Mike, lovely, beautiful natural gifts you share..my first viewing. Thanks and all the holiday greetings to you and yours, including all responding - or lurking - here. k
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12. clearlakemike
2:44 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
But the clarity of the iPad is wonderful! And I will have to look at your Artistic Rain again on mine. Glad it is rain and not ice!! Everything still looks green outside too. I went to the beach today and went swimming :) The warm sun felt good too.
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11. sandiquiz
9:53 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
Oh, fiddlesticks!!
I really dislike the IPad when I have two tabs open!
I had written a long comment, then went to get a photo from Flickr for you....and the comment I wrote, vanished !!!!

Anyway, here is the photo.... Artistic rain!

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10. clearlakemike
3:03 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
Interesting, Bug, I didn't know any of that. I think Miss Piggy is mostly Siamese. She has some brown and has blue eyes. I wonder about her hearing, however, as she is the loudest in the bunch.

Briar, I like "Witness" very much also. Great image and great name for it. Very expressive photo. Thanks for the addition of "Snowy Rio Pueblo". I had missed that one. Very nice. I was fortunate to travel through that area once at this time of year and it brought back some nice memories.

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9. BriarCraft
1:03 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
Good collection of videos and images in your header. My favorite so far is that Amish buggy "Witness".

I can't think of anything thought-provoking to say, so I thought I'd add a little something to your photo collection.

Snowy Rio Pueblo

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8. palmettobug53
12:15 AM GMT on December 10, 2013
I never thought about whether white on dogs or cats is considered leucism or if their fur can naturally be white. Either totally or partly.

I think that's a question for a geneticist.

I have seen pictures of albino cats and dogs. And there's that business of white cats with blue eyes or different colored eyes being deaf.

Add: well, what do you know? I think Wiki has the answer, so there's no need to find a geneticist!

This is their article on Deaf white cat.

I don't know if the same info about dominant coloring and the color white applies to dogs or not. Or if blue or bi color eyes result in deafness in dogs.
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7. clearlakemike
12:50 AM GMT on December 09, 2013
Hi Sandi and Bug, the lava rocks seem to be working, although, I have still not cleaned the affected (or would that be effected, Sandi?) leather shoes/belts yet. Maybe sometime in 2014. And we have been in a relatively dry period. So, I can't really say for sure. The rocks don't seem any whiter so maybe the dry conditions are helping keep the mildew away also.

Thanks for link about leucism and the explanation about the white sparrow, Bug. Wasn't familiar with that term before. I am now wondering if our cat, Miss Piggy, is leucistic.

I am OK, thank you for asking and hope you are also. Why don't you get the full circle sun dogs there? I wasn't familiar with them either till I saw them here on WU. They are beautiful.
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6. palmettobug53
2:20 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Hi, Mike.

Yeah, are the lava rocks working? Or not?

I do like that shot of your tree in 2004. Love that table behind it.

That white sparrow? It is not an albino. No red/pink eyes. It is a color aberration called leucism.

One of my coworkers had been seeing a leucistic ruby throated hummer in his yard this fall. His neighbor snapped a shot of it at his feeder. It was lovely.
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5. sandiquiz
1:00 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
I love that "sun dog" photo!
I once saw a very small section of one here in the UK, but we do not get the full circle...more's the pity!

Hope you are OK .... how are the lava rocks doing in the shoe cupboard?
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4. palmettobug53
7:44 PM GMT on December 07, 2013
Hi, Mike!

I see you finally succumbed to the 'too long to scroll' situation and put up a new entry.

Thought I'd leave my current one up until tonight. I've an idea for a new header. A brief one but timely.

Nice selection of pics!
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3. clearlakemike
5:58 PM GMT on December 04, 2013
Yes, I want that Porsche 911 convertible featured in my last blog, lol. I already have plenty of kitties :). Although, Kitty Santa is cute.

Yeah, what up with Apple...I get the same problem on my Ipad.
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2. sandiquiz
4:43 PM GMT on December 04, 2013
Hi Mike, I had to wait whilst I was on my laptop as half of the images and videos etc do not show up on the IPAD.

Hope you are ready for Christmas...have you sent your letter to Santa yet??

Here is a kitty Santa for you:)

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1. BriarCraft
8:39 PM GMT on December 03, 2013
Nice APOD selection. Somehow, Solstice and APODs seem to go together.

The custom of burning the Yule Log goes back to, and before, medieval times. It was originally a Nordic tradition. Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe, such as Germany.

The Yule Log was originally an entire tree, that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony. The largest end of the log would be placed into the fire hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room! The log would be lit from the remains of the previous year's log which had been carefully stored away and slowly fed into the fire through the Twelve Days of Christmas. It was considered important that the re-lighting process was carried out by someone with clean hands. Nowadays, of course, most people have central heating so it is very difficult to burn a tree!

from http://whychristmas.com/customs/yulelog.shtml


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