This and That – Olive and Mabel #1, #2 (Videos)

Happy Easter All! 

Hope you had an excellent time (in whatever social distance way you chose) with family and friends… Also hope you had some close up encounters with chocolate bunnies.

More Thoughts About Chocolate

A while back I did a blog post full of Chocolate Quotations.

Here is another one I found since then:

They say every piece of chocolate you eat shortens your life by two minutes. I did the math. Seems I died in 1543.
– I Might be Funny, via Reddit –


Update on Toilet Paper!

The Car Guy brought home an early Easter present – a 12 roll pack of Charmin toilet paper! It is a huge improvement over scratchy single ply – now I know why the bear on the package looks so happy.

A creative use for toilet paper rolls

I’ve been saving the empty cardboard toilet paper tubes since the ‘Great TP Scarcity’ started. I thought some creative soul would come up with a great idea of what to do with the tubes – which someone did. A Wreath. Theirs (photo on left) looks more Eastery, don’t you think?

So I got busy and started my wreath. I’m going to do a two layer Christmasy one.

My Christmas Wreath

Indian Hills, Colorado

The Indian Hills Community Center has a very famous notice board that changes quite frequently. (Look it up on the internet.) The keeper/s of the sign posts notices like this:

Police car loses wheels to thief! Cops are working tirelessly to nab suspect…

Animals at the Keyboard

I once had a cat that looked almost exactly like this one.

Chevy Vs Mopar

The Car Guy is a mostly Mopar man. He sent me a cartoon of a man standing at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter consults his laptop to determine whether he will let the man in, then remarks “Says here you put a Chevy Engine in a Mopar.”

Backyard Birding


Here in Arizona, spring means flowers and turkey vultures. We often see them circling overhead. With a wingspan of 67-70 in (170-178 cm), they can be just a little bit unnerving when they decide to check you out. It is even more unsettling this year, given the Covid crisis and the fact we are in a senior’s community where the average age is well north of 75…

Very Funny Videos from Andrew Cotter
Game of Bones

The Dog’s Breakfast Grand Final

Other Stuff

This and That – Happiness Is Marble Machine, Tucson Police Dept (Videos)

Not Too Serious Politics

Albrecht Dürer and Parti Rhinocéros
Logo used by the Rhinoceros Party of Canada in the 20th century. Taken from the 1515 ink drawing by the German painter Albrecht Dürer.

The Parti Rhinocéros or Rhinoceros Party, was a Canadian political party from 1963 to 1993.

Informally called ‘The Rhinos’, the party was started  by Jacques Ferron, a Canadian physician and author. The rhinoceros was chosen as their symbol  because politicians are: “thick-skinned, slow-moving, dim-witted, can move fast as hell when in danger…”

The organizers said they were Marxist-Lennonist, which was a tip of the hat to Groucho Marx and John Lennon. The party platform was described as being ‘two feet high and made of wood’.

Music from a Marble Machine

Isn’t this just about the most amazing machine you have ever seen?

More from Wintergaten.

A Clothes Dryer

I saw a cartoon that showed two women standing in the backyard, admiring a nicely pegged line of clothes on a clothesline. The one woman remarks, “It dries the washing using the very latest technology – a combination of solar and wind power.”

How many of you remember using that technology? There was little to nothing blissful about it. It was brutal in the winter, wicked on a windy day, useless when it was raining and shitty when some birds landed on the lines.

I love my dryer…

Watching a Snow Video in the Summer

This Video was especially funny the first time we saw it because we were in Arizona during the storm.

Things That Tell The Truth

Small Children
Drunk People
Yoga Pants

What would you add to this list of things that tell the truth?

Line Riders – Blue Danube (Video)

DoodleChaos has a new Line Riders upload on YouTube. Be sure to watch to the very end – best chuckle of the day!

The DoodleChaos artist, Mark Robbins, draws with Line Rider, an online application that allows you to make videos by drawing lines on which, Bosh, a little person on a sleigh, slides along the path you draw.

Mark matches the movement of the Line Rider with the music he has chosen. If you want to understand just how difficult and time consuming this is, go to the Line Rider site (click play to start) and try drawing a few lines! See if you can keep the little sledder from crashing!

This is the track I drew (after a lot of tries…)
And this is what happened to the Line Rider as he attempted that last climb…

Crash…

Saying Good-bye – James – Moving On (Video)

Extremely moving video, especially if you have lost someone close to you or are caring for someone who is near the end of life.

Moving On

Walking down this road
When my pulse beats slow,
Hope to have you close at hand.
When this cycle ends,
Will it start again?
Will we recognize old friends?

I’m on my way,
Soon be moving on my way,
Leave a little light on,
Leave a little light on.
– James Lawrence Gott, James Patrick Glennie, Mark Hunter, Saul Davies, Timothy Booth

‘Moving On’  is a song from the album La Petite Mort by James – an English rock band from Manchester.

The song was inspired by the death of lead singer Tim Booth’s mother as well as the loss of his best friend, Gabrielle. Tim described these deaths as also feeling like a potential for rebirth.

The Video animator, Ainslie Henderson explained the motivation for the video: “Some days later this [death-rebirth] conversation echoes around my mind while I’m listening to ‘Moving On.’ I walk past a typical Scottish woollen knitwear shop. My eyes flit over a ball of wool in the window while the word ‘unwinding’ is sung.”

Video Credits:

Directed by ainslie henderson
Animation by ainslie henderson, Michael Hughes
Model Making by Tobias Feltus

Mountain Bluebird – Attracting Bluebirds (Video)

Male Mountain Bluebird, Arches National Park
Female Mountain Bluebird, Alberta
Male Mountain Bluebird, Alberta
Male Mountain Bluebird, Alberta

The Feather Files
Name: Mountain Bluebird
Species: Sialia currucoides
Native to and Migration: Mountain Bluebirds breed in western North America as far north as Alaska. They winter as far south as central Mexico
Date Seen:  May 2016;  May 2017
Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA;  North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Notes:  Mountain Bluebirds will use man made birdhouses if the location is to their liking.

Dragonflies and Damselflies – Sky Hunters (Video)

Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Bug Bits
Name: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Order: Odonata
Native to: There are about 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Alberta.
Date Seen: 2012 to 2016
Location: Alberta
Notes: Both are long, narrow insects that are brightly coloured. They have small antennae, large eyes, and six legs located near their head. Two pairs of wings comprised of small criss-crossing veins add strength and durability.

Damselflies are small and slender with large separated eyes. Their two pairs of wings are of equal size. They hold their wings over their back when at rest.

Dragonflies are generally larger, and their eyes can be either separated or placed close together. Their hind wings are wider than their front wings. When at rest, they hold their wings outright. Dragonflies live on every continent except Antarctica and about 3012 species of dragonflies were known in 2010.

Have I ever learned a lot about dragonflies since I started writing this post! The first thing I realized was that I had photos of both dragonflies and damselflies! The second thing I learned is that it would take a whole lot more time to figure out what family, let alone species, each of these photos represents.

Here is an excellent YouTube video about Dragonflies.

This and That – Michael McIntyre- Man Drawer (Video)

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them, I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Facebook Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

The Man Drawer

The Car Guy has more than just a Man Drawer – he has a whole Man Cave!

Tupperware is forever.

I had the square cake container and the lid finally cracked when it was about 25 years old. I contacted a Tupperware person and they got me a replacement lid – for free.

Tupperware® brand products were introduced in 1946. The first Tupperware Home Party was held in 1948. By 1951, the Tupperware Home parties were working so well that all products were taken off store shelves.

Tupperware advises that Vintage Tupperware (made before March 2010) is not BPA-free so should not be used for food prep or storage. It is, however, up to individuals to assess whether BPA is as big a health risk as the media made it out to be.

Health Canada’s Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children. This conclusion is consistent with those of other food regulatory agencies in other countries, including notably the United States, the European Union and Japan.
– Health Canada –

And What Are Plastics Made From? OIL!

Canada – 2018 was dominated by the Oil Pipeline Story. It continues in 2019 and the fall out could affect two elections this year. Alberta could turn their backs on the Left wing NDP party, while Canada may turf out the Left wing Liberals.

So to recap: Trudeau’s replacing the Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built with the one who couldn’t get any infrastructure built, and replacing his former Trade Minister who couldn’t get any trade deals done with his former Natural Resources Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built. That should make everything better, right??
– Conservative MP Blake Richards –

The issue is how to get Alberta’s Oil Sands product to market. Alberta wants to expand the capacity of existing pipelines and build new ones. They are not allowed to do this under today’s political climate. Until pipeline capacity is increased, oil is increasingly being transported by rail and truck, both of which are less environmentally friendly than a pipeline.

Environmentalists and activists, frequently funded by American money, have played a large role in blocking new pipelines. They have been highly effective in gathering public support and electing governments that support their anti-fossil fuel agendas. They live in a fantasy world…

Unfortunately, with two distinct functions in the economy, the misperception that more wind and solar (used for electricity) will displace oil (used for transport) feeds an ignorance that hinders sound energy policy.
– Jude Clemente, JTC Energy Research –

What would happen to the US today if the fossil fuel industry went on a strike of indefinite duration? What would happen if we gave the environmentalists what they want? Instead of nibbling around the edges, what if we just went all the way? What would be the consequences if Atlas shrugged?
What If Atlas Shrugged? By David Deming, February 7, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps on federal land in North Dakota, hauling away 835 dumpsters of remaining trash and debris. The site, once occupied by thousands of environmental demonstrators, is now vacant.
– The Washington Times –

Speaking of Fuel

Last fall, 20 combines and drivers  joined forces to harvest Brian Williams’ crop of durum wheat near Milestone, Sask. Williams died right as harvest was getting underway.

The World Record – a total of 303 combines were working all at once in a field of winter wheat south of Winkler in Manitoba in 2018.  This event raisies money for Children’s Camps International (CCI) through its Harvest for Kids event.

I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small!
– Steven Wright –

Every Day is Nude Day with Nudinits

Mike Rowe: “I’ve just been informed it’s National Selfie Day. Something to think about…”
David Vitti “It’s also international “Hike Naked Day.” It really bothers me that these two days coincide…”

About a Frog

A lonely frog, desperate for some form of company telephoned the Psychic Hotline to find out what his future held. His Personal Psychic Advisor told him, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.”
The frog was thrilled and said, “This is great! Where will I meet her, at work, at a party?”
“No” says the psychic, “in a Biology class.”

Experiences from ‘The Good Old Days’

Question: Name a struggle you had growing up that kids today will never understand. – Matt Whitlock –
Answer: Fixing a typo involved pushing back your typewriter a character, inserting the white-out strip, re-typing the wrong character to place the white, removing the whiteout, pushing back the typewriter a character and typing the new character. You did this for each wrong character. – Blair King –

Literary Perspectives

When finding a new word, I tend to look it up before reading the rest of the written work to gain a full understanding. ‘Incel’ was such a word. After finding the definition in the urban dictionary, I couldn’t find the ambition to read the rest.
– Harold Sleeper –

Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one’s view’s and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one’s valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to say.
– Daniel Zimmerman –

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. For example:

Knowing well the hand signals of his platoon leader, Private James Dawson silently dropped to the dirt, concealed and motionless for what seemed an eternity, a move that he had learned, coincidentally, from his parents whenever the Watchtower ladies would ring the doorbell.
– Peter S. Bjorkman, Rocklin, CA –