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Sep 10, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at
Sep 10, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Great name!! Big Yellow Grin
Sep 10, 2015 6:59 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Hope you got appointments and are feeling better, Andi.

Hope the sore throat's gone, Vic.

Sorry about the appointment mix-up, Oma.

Love the alternate-universe-old-lady-cat cartoon, Mary.
Congratulations to your granddaughter.

Find the problem's not the printer but the cost of the black and colour cartridges.
Find i-photo very easy to use and works very well for handling pictures.

Some useful appointments, Toni.
New floor sounds interesting.
Lovely pictures of fall.
Something for us to look forward to.

Very attractive blue flowers video, Sharon.
Said it before but it's interesting to note that some (all males and some females) see more blue than others;
namely, than other females (viz. those with a fourth type of colour receptor in the retina (for red perception)).

Went to the Zoo today.
Tim's weekend.
He's off to England for his holiday in a couple of weeks.

Very popular there: two panda bears.
Female (pregnant) resting

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Male looking for more biscuits (have vitamins) and apples in barrel.

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Then back to the bamboo.

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On to the Autralasia area:
Tree Kangaroo

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Victoria crowned pigeon

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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Barrier Reef

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Moon Jellyfish

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Komodo Dragon
(The collar around the tree is to prevent it from climbing up and managing to spit on the visitors).

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Carol with her kind of Komodo Dragon.

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Sumatra Tiger (endangered)

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Africa and some other Primates tomorrow.
Sep 10, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Great pictures, Charlie. Funny about the tree skirt so the Komodo can't spit on its company. Sounds and looks as if you had a great time. Carol looks happy and comfortable too.

Oh, the blue video was courtesy of Dianne (FleuDeLis) who lives in Australia.
Sep 10, 2015 9:03 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Dianne's video is so peaceful... I'd probably make something like this:
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!!
Buy some of my photos!
"I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies!" - Calculon
Sep 10, 2015 10:07 PM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
yes Toni, I imagine you would. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Sep 11, 2015 3:09 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Morning!

Awww on Lamoo indeed! Lovey dubby

Great photo's Charlie Thumbs up You had so much fun!

Toni, I haven't opened your link yet but I know it will make me laugh. Big Grin
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Sep 11, 2015 5:44 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Up late last night watching the Patriot's game. The tennis was canceled do the rain; so we will see the semi finals today.

62° & prediction missing 70. It will be a chance to be moving some iris plants today as I had a notice that my new peony is in the mail. the plants are not very big.
Sep 11, 2015 11:50 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Shuffling plants is like rearranging a room, and just about as hard to do, maybe harder on the back. Be careful out there, Lucy!

Andi, I hope this is a better day for you and Winston.

It rained this morning. Not much but I can still see the rain drops on roses sparkling in the sun. Sunshine, of course, associates thunder with rain, so she began shivering and whimpering before I even got her attached to her cable. Potty-ing took all of 12 seconds. Now that the sun's out again, we might have to start all over. I don't think we've had a plain ol' rainy day without thunder all summer long. Poor thing, but a motorcycle brings the same kind of reaction and somebody way back behind us must have a new motorcycle. He tries it out every night just before dark. Drives Sunshine crazy.

I hope you have a good day, I think I might stretch a canvas or two.
Sep 11, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Charlie, I enjoyed the pictures. Interesting that the zoo has it's animals arranged by area rather than the way we normally see them. I've never seen a pregnant panda before. She is ROUND! Where is the zoo? I suppose they have a webpage where we could find a birth announcement.

Bunny #5 has been captured and relocated. I reset the trap, this time near the corn patch, hoping to double my chances of catching the raccoon who visited again last night and dined on our corn! I don't grow that for him. I suspect that it is a male wandering alone, as only one ear of corn was pulled down and not even the whole thing eaten. A female would probably have babies with her, resulting in more damage. We will eat corn again tonight, as we did last night. Corn with butter is not exactly on Hubby's weight loss diet, however, corn season doesn't last long. So we are calling it a treat!

Today is the day that our front door is getting new clothes! The clear finish on the outside has been needing an upgrade for all the time we have been here. When we added the storm door it was more or less out of sight and out of mind except in the summer when we open the door and it stands there in the living room looking ugly. Like a wart on one's face, we got used to it. When we repainted the outside of the house, I mentioned that it needed to be repainted. Hubby said he had enough to do to get to all the trim and didn't want to also have to be dealing with a door that needed to be sanded first. Ok. Let's see.... We painted the house in 2010. No need to rush into these projects! It's in the shop, and has had a rectangular opening cut in to to house my stained glass piece that I made in a class about 1980 when we lived in Alaska. We moved 3 times after that, so I am glad we didn't leave it somewhere in a door. Anyway, we have been here since about 1994, and aren't likely to move anytime soon, so it's time the thing was installed.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at
Sep 11, 2015 3:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I can't wait to see your finished masterpiece, Mary. I love stained glass in doors.
Sep 11, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
I may have, with Andi's suggestions, managed to login and possibly may have most of my info back.

I tip my hat to you. Thank you Andi.. Group hug

I thought y'all might like this cutie
What I don't know is why books are written.
Sep 11, 2015 6:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I have been reading about Pinky! Amazing. And beautiful.
Sep 11, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
the site was giving me trouble so I came back here.

Vicki: The flyer on the Battle at Cowpens arrived to day & was very interesting reading. I went over information of my ancestor's brother & it does not say for which side he fought. I was going on the information about exchanged prisoners of war. My ancestor was married shortly after he returned home, which would give him the idea of staying there. He enlisted for 2 months during the battle of 1812 & I would guess he was on guard duty rather than being active. He was 18 during the battle of Trenton.

If your husband has a picture of the American dead' look for Nathan Hoyt. If his name is not there, he would have fought on the British side. I think that was one of the reasons he would be given parole from the NY prison. If British It would probably be the 'Legion Cavalry'? I can't see the British Army regiments welcoming any 'colonials.'
I also enjoyed the cocker spaniel sticker on the envelope. Watched the tennis this afternoon. So sorry that Serena Williams lost the match.
Sep 11, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks, Mary, Sharon, Vic.
I quite like the arrangement of the zoo, Mary.
It's in north-east Toronto.
Attendance has been quite low this year: among other things, the traffic has been very bad in Toronto this summer (Pan Am. Games)
and it's been periodically so hot that the animals understandably have tended to remain inside.

Hope you can remove the racoon, Mary.
They can be very destructive here too.
Had a dead one under our old deck; apparently they can do themselves in by chewing on decks.
Newer deck is not made of the toxic pressure-treated wood; but also there's no way of them getting under this one.

Interesting pink dolphin, Jean.
should match the pink flamingos in Florida.

Two African areas/pavilions:

Some of the 300 species of Cichlids in Lake Malawi.

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Pygmy Hippo

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Sweet little things.
Previously I skeletonized one (in faunal archaeoosteology),
It had unfortunately died (apparently been sat on by it's mother) at the zoo.
Also wrote a paper on Plio-Pleistocene hippotamids.
At that time, the hippopotimids were believed to be relatives of pigs (suids),
Now apparently they're being associated with whales.
More human deaths are associated, In Africa, with hippos (the main (big) species) than any other animal.
They can be very aggressive (the males fighting), attack boats as other males, etc..and
(2) if you get between a frightened hippo (along their runs) and the water you've likely had it.

Egyptian Geese.

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Red River Pig

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What I really knew was the primates (our order).
Taught Physical Anthropology.

Ring-tailed Lemurs (grooming) (Madagascar).
Madagascar was isolated from the mainland before higher primates (monkeys) appeared.
Consequently, lower primates there (lemurs) do things lower primates do nowhere else in the world.
(e.g. live in social groups).

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The Western Lowland Gorillas are another big favourite at the Zoo.
Afraid the pictures are not the best.

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Two-year old female (born in the zoo).

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She was very funny thumping on the window with the human kids on the other side and bringing up and throwing straw bedding in the air.

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Asian primates.

Orangutan (a Great Ape). They're solitary.
Was eating something, then pulled more of cover over self.

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Gibbon. Pair-bond and territorial.
With Siamang (Lesser Apes), the true brachiators.
(walk with their arms, while suspended under branches).

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Sep 11, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I was disappointed for Serena too, Lucy. And I find your ancestry so interesting. My grandfather started the research on ours years and years ago, before there were collective records easily found, but he did some great compilations based on census records and things like that. Later my mother and my uncle picked up where he left off using his records as a base to start on. My brother and I seem to be the only ones left in our generation who have interest in them and we continue to share info with each other.

We are lacking about 4 long ago generations but based on travel and war and other historic records they've unveiled, we can tentatively reach back to William the Conqueror. I say tentatively because of that big void just prior to Medieval times. And since the Native Americans kept no written records, we also get a little bit lost on the maternal side in the early 1700s. Anyway, there were always storytellers in our family so those written accounts are sometimes truly funny, but the original handwriting is truly beautiful, even though the writer couldn't spell worth a nickel.

Charlie, I love the pictures and if I were ever to go to that Zoo, I would want you with me to tell me about so many things. I didn't realize that about the Madagascar lemurs, never even thought of it. Odd that alone a single species of animal would seek company within itself, and then eventually no longer have that trait when other species are present. How does that happen? Somehow I only know 'people cultures', not so much 'animal cultures'.
Sep 11, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Mary, I've had goat as well and was surprised how good it was. It was cooked on an old set of bed springs. Sharon, it was right across the river from Louisville in Indiana.

Lovely video, Sharon/Dianne. The background music was just the right piece for the "Video in Blue."

Loved the zoo pictures, Charlie.

Didn't know about the pink dolphin. Amazing!

Just got back a short time ago from a quick get-away to Amish Acres in Nappanee, IN. About a five hour drive, but worth it. Had a great time. Pictures later.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.

Sep 11, 2015 8:09 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Can't wait for pictures, Larry.
Sep 12, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
I've never seen this thread so quiet. It's in the 60s this morning, I thought everybody would be jumping for joy, even Mary since she's been getting some very cool mornings. It was odd to feel the change when I took Sunshine outside. I think she was surprised too.

Y'all OK out there?
Sep 12, 2015 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Hey Sharon Lunch time in the eastern time zone. Ancestry can be funny: My great great grandfather migrated from England to Canada for a job as a bookkeeper. the ship put in at Falmouth to escape Nepoleanic pirates. He was 21 & I bet he found it to be an adventure.

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