Mildly Amusing Missives #8

Naming the Moose (see previous post Another Moose) Thanks to everyone who suggested these names: Wink, Marty and Rudy. Bruce got a thumbs up from a number of people, so I think the moose will retain the nickname (Bruce) but will have an official name that will appear on any legal documents: Martywinkrudy the 1st. […]
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Red Lily Beetle Invades Alberta

I normally do not use pesticides at my place. I’m fairly tolerant of anything Mother Nature invites into my back yard. So, in 2011, when some pretty, bright red, unspotted beetles showed up on my lilies, I welcomed them. There was no question that their intent was to eat the lily leaves, but I had […]
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Another Moose

I told my niece that I saw a moose on the way to work this morning She said, “How do you know he was on his way to work?” – Author Unknown – Not so long ago, a pair of Moose ambled across the field behind our house. The moose (not meese or mooses) stopped […]
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Thanksgiving and Turkey Quotations

Ah! on Thanksgiving day…. When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie? – John Greenleaf Whittier – A lady at the grocery store was looking […]
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Bald-faced Hornet

Bug Bits Common Name: Bald-faced Hornet Scientific Name: Dolichovespula maculata Linnaeus Native to: Throughout North America Date Seen: August 2013 Location: North East of Calgary, Alberta Notes: This is not a true hornet – it is more closely related to yellow jackets. They have striking black and white markings and are a large size. They […]
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Book Folding – Literary Origami

Do you fold down a corner of a book page (dog-ear) to mark you place? I can’t bring myself to do that – maybe because I have so many cool book marks! Or maybe it is just a lifelong habit – I suppose a hold over from a time when books were less available and […]
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Crane Fly

Bug Bits Name: Crane Fly Family: Tipulidae Native to: Crane Flies are found throughout the world, though individual species may have a limited range. Date Seen: July 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: A Crane Fly has a pair of membranous wings, large compound eyes, and very long legs. Many types of Crane […]
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Elections Quotations

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. – George Eliot – A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. – Carl Sandburg – […]
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Chemistry Quotations

A chemistry teacher is recruited as a radio operator in the first world war. He soon becomes familiar with the military habit of abbreviating everything. As his unit comes under a sustained enemy attack, he is asked to urgently inform his HQ. “NaCl over NaOH! NaCl over NaOH!” he says. “NaCl over NaOH?” shouts his […]
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Fueled by Chocolate – Tenth Anniversary

I started blogging Ten Years ago because I was feeling Invisible. I thought that blogging would give me an opportunity to express my thoughts about what it was like to be a woman who is older than all of her kitchen appliances, older than the house she lives in, but not as old as the […]
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