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( Sep. 20th, 2016 09:54 pm)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lbilover!!!!! I hope it is a wonderful one, my friend! I bring you turtles (various sliders and snappers) and wood ducks from Greenbelt Lake to help you celebrate. May your year be full of love and happiness.



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( Sep. 20th, 2016 09:54 pm)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lbilover!!!!! I hope it is a wonderful one, my friend! I bring you turtles (various sliders and snappers) and wood ducks from Greenbelt Lake to help you celebrate. May your year be full of love and happiness.



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( Aug. 27th, 2016 09:32 pm)
For the last 20+ years that I've been walking around Greenbelt Lake, more often than not there has been one Great Blue heron about. I think for many years it may have been the same one. A year or so back it wasn't around much, and since then we've had a smaller more rumpled looking one around. Now it's been joined by a Great Egret. A regular I see by the lake said he's seen 3 of the egrets, But so far I've only seen the one.


Great Egret (for some reason this pic isn't showing up on DW--link on the link to LJ below to see it)
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( Aug. 14th, 2016 07:05 pm)
So I did go out to grocery shop yesterday, but since the water was almost too hot on Thursday night, I flaked on going to the pool this weekend. Not a lot done, but thank you so much to my friends who help me to not feel too bad about that.

Here's some critters I've seen by the lake over the past month for you:


I believe that is an American Painted Lady butterfly.

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First off, here's the green heron pic I promised [livejournal.com profile] lbilover. I took this pic at the swampy entry pond by the lake the other week. It's such a different looking bird when its neck is all tucked in.



It's way too hot this weekend to be walking around the lake, maybe too hot to go to the gym to swim. So I saw Ghostbusters yesterday--it was a fun piece of fluff.  Seeing a group of women working together in a zany way without being objectified was much more important than it felt to me while viewing it. The feeling was an "of course, no big deal that women are people."  The big deal was the hunger I felt all these years for the depictions that should have been there all along. Once it’s set right, it’s just normal and to be taken for granted. 

This is why it's hard for leftists, liberals, and progressives to generate enthusiasm.  It's hard to celebrate something that should be taken for granted because it is so obviously the right way things should go according to values based on the notion of equality. That is the challenge--it only becomes visceral in comparison to the past--it's a two step process to re-ignite the enthusiasm that got burned up getting to that point.  It involves reflection, not just immediate feeling.

Backlash is fueled by the visceral excitement of tearing down, while projecting the feeling of fighting back. It generates its own enthusiasm--we have our work cut out for us in pushing back against it.

I hope the Dem's can put on an inspiring convention this week. I hope it is made clear how much more progressive Sanders has made HRC’s platform—that isn’t lost with the choice of a more moderate VP—and one of the only choices whom removing from Congress would not lose a seat to the Republicans; Virginia has a Democratic governor who will designate a Democratic replacement. And it’s not lost by the revealing of the bullshit the party partisans plotting against Sanders had to say, as if we didn't know this already. Like Obama, the HRC/Kaine ticket is still to the left of where Bill Clinton and Gore stood—not a lot, but I’ll take it—it’s progress I am happy to get after years of Reagan and Bushes and in the scary face of what the Republicans are fielding now. Throwing into the mix the first woman president is not a consolation prize and not a Thatcher/May pyrrhic non-victory—HRC is far better than them and on the moderate left and will continue the hard won progress Obama achieved, more so if we can move the court and Congress left, which, unfortunately, would have been harder to achieve if she removed Warren from the senate to be her VP.

Untrustworthiness is a misogynist meme, maybe the most ancient woman hating meme, being used against HRC to dampen our enthusiasm for her. “Lock her up” shares the cadence of “Burn the witch.” It’s just as violent rhetoric, and as repellent and dishonest as appropriating Michelle Obama’s words and saying it is no big deal, while bashing everything she stands for. Notice the Republicans made sure women were responsible for that oh so unimportant lie they perpetuated--you can't accuse Melania or her speechwriter of plagiarizing, as they were set up to do, without furthering the "women lie" meme. I don't know if they were clever enough to stick them with it deliberately, but they are clever enough to make hay with its results.

The thing that HRC can’t say about the email issue is that we have a long way to go to making government email secure because no one can keep up with the hacking of the changing technology at this time and government systems are large and, therefore, harder to secure. Look at the big OPM breach of personal data this last year. In light of this, and with security on the internet being an ongoing problem for everyone everywhere piecing it together as best we can, the email issue is such a non-issue. And I would not be surprised if HRC’s private server was more secure than the government servers could be made at the time and kept vital information more secure. However, she can’t say this without giving the Republicans more fuel to put down government, the only imperfect instrument we have to defend us against corporations (such as arms manufacturers) through regulation and to put our money to use for services to benefit everyone, including those corporations, but only if we vote.

It's still up to each of us to inspire ourselves and push forward and believe we deserve a better government than the sad vision the Republicans presented last week. We must do this. Go Democrats for a great week!
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( Jul. 18th, 2016 08:59 pm)
A very happy birthday to dear [livejournal.com profile] mews1945!!! I hope today is filled with love and all good things and that you feel a little stronger each day. Here are some pretties and fuzzies from around Greenbelt Lake, and thereabouts for you.


A sweet william in all their variety of colors that was blooming in May by the lake.


A deer in the woods behind my apartment building who was very fascinated by my talking to him in baby talk--so many critters seem to just love that.


A squirrel by the lake feasting at a lakeside house's yard where they put out bird seed.

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( Jul. 18th, 2016 08:59 pm)
A very happy birthday to dear [livejournal.com profile] mews1945!!! I hope today is filled with love and all good things and that you feel a little stronger each day. Here are some pretties and fuzzies from around Greenbelt Lake, and thereabouts for you.


A sweet william in all their variety of colors that was blooming in May by the lake.


A deer in the woods behind my apartment building who was very fascinated by my talking to him in baby talk--so many critters seem to just love that.


A squirrel by the lake feasting at a lakeside house's yard where they put out bird seed.

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A very happy birthday to [profile] dreamflower02!!! I hope it is full of hobbity goodness!!! Enjoy!


These are sweet williams and daisies by Greenbelt Lake that were blooming tin May.
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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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( May. 16th, 2016 08:57 pm)
For [livejournal.com profile] lbilover. This is a terrible pic--he don't got no head--but he is indeed a scarlet tanager and I'll be surprised if I ever get a better pic because they flit fast, but I got this view today:


This scarlet tanager boy was high up in a tree by the path around Greenbelt Lake. I think I saw the tanager girl nearby--olive with a light chest. And the most gorgeous bright tangerine oriole flit by about 4 feet in front of me. We were all very happy for sunny cool weather. It was a gorgeous day to take off from work.

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( May. 16th, 2016 08:57 pm)
For [livejournal.com profile] lbilover. This is a terrible pic--he don't got no head--but he is indeed a scarlet tanager and I'll be surprised if I ever get a better pic because they flit fast, but I got this view today:


This scarlet tanager boy was high up in a tree by the path around Greenbelt Lake. I think I saw the tanager girl nearby--olive with a light chest. And the most gorgeous bright tangerine oriole flit by about 4 feet in front of me. We were all very happy for sunny cool weather. It was a gorgeous day to take off from work.
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( May. 14th, 2016 09:48 pm)
Life's been calm the past few weeks. I could do with some more of that. I saw a scarlet tanager out my living room window twice in the past week, and saw some Baltimore orioles down by the lake. The skinks came out when the sun peeped out today, and the mountain laurels are just starting to open up. Some of my hobbit posse here is coming out for a moot in a couple of weeks and I am very much looking forward to that.

Here's some pics from around the lake the past week in between the rains:


Lady slippers by my favorite mossy stump in the woods outside my apartment leading down to the lake.


American bullfrog down by the entrance pond of the little creek that leads down to the lake.

Reptiles by the lake . . . )
Most Happy Birthday to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] shirebound!!! I hope it is full of love, fun, and puppy snuggles and as sweet a day as you are, dear friend!!!! Here are some pretties that have shown themselves around the lake here the past couple of weeks that I hope you will enjoy seeing. ((My apologies on the lousy formatting of my posts of late--for some reason DW or LJ is not allowing me space between paragraphs and pictures and I haven't figured out why or how to reset it. *grumbles*)) Redbud tree blooms: Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/194255.html with comment count unavailablecomments
Most Happy Birthday to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] shirebound!!! I hope it is full of love, fun, and puppy snuggles and as sweet a day as you are, dear friend!!!! Here are some pretties that have shown themselves around the lake here the past couple of weeks that I hope you will enjoy seeing. ((My apologies on the lousy formatting of my posts of late--for some reason DW or LJ is not allowing me space between paragraphs and pictures and I haven't figured out why or how to reset it. *grumbles*)) Redbud tree blooms: Read more... )
It's unusually warm today for March--upper 70's. So when I took a walk around Greenbelt Lake on my lunch break, I expected I'd see these guys emerge: But I didn't expect to see this adorable garter snake already in the season: Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193762.html with comment count unavailablecomments
It's unusually warm today for March--upper 70's. So when I took a walk around Greenbelt Lake on my lunch break, I expected I'd see these guys emerge: But I didn't expect to see this adorable garter snake already in the season: Read more... )
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( Feb. 4th, 2016 05:31 pm)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301!!! I hope you get some good cuddle time with your sweet kitties to celebrate.

Here's a sunset by Greenbelt Lake from last December to relax by:

lavendertook: (lavender candle)
( Nov. 20th, 2015 06:01 pm)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se!!! May the evergreen magic of the natural world be with you today in full and always. Here's some pics of it I hope will brighten your day:


From a more brilliant autumn a couple of years ago, down by Greenbelt Lake.

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lavendertook: (peacock glow)
( Nov. 19th, 2015 10:12 pm)
Happy Birthday to my dearest [personal profile] mererid!!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend full of fun and relaxation to make up for having to work on your bday. *hugs*

And here's the Greenbelt Lake Blue Heron last week sending birthday wishes.


I'm not sure if it's the one who has been around for 20 years, or a new one. But apparently they're like Highlander--there can only be one.

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( Nov. 13th, 2015 05:47 pm)
Happy Birthday, [profile] zblaya!!! I hope you're having a great day! Here's some pics from our beloved lake:


This was autumn a couple of years ago--a brighter one than the last 2.

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( Nov. 13th, 2015 05:47 pm)
Happy Birthday, [profile] zblaya!!! I hope you're having a great day! Here's some pics from our beloved lake:


This was autumn a couple of years ago--a brighter one than the last 2.

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( Nov. 10th, 2015 09:25 pm)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit!!! May the move go smoothly and bring your best year yet!


Autumn leaves reflected in Greenbelt Lake 2 years ago.

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( Nov. 10th, 2015 09:25 pm)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit!!! May the move go smoothly and bring your best year yet!


Autumn leaves reflected in Greenbelt Lake 2 years ago.
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( Sep. 20th, 2015 10:11 pm)
This little squirrel by Greenbelt Lake has come to wish you a happy birthday, [personal profile] lbilover!!!



I hope it's been a good one!
lavendertook: (b/s waterfall)
( Jul. 19th, 2015 12:08 am)
Happy birthday, dear [personal profile] mews1945!!!!!

Here's some summer flowers from Greenbelt Lake to celebrate your birthday.



And now here's some fuzzies:



Ms. Moo is all boxed and ready to come to be delivered for your birthday!



And here's the Comeback Kid, Ms. Saki, who is 3 lbs more than she was a couple years ago and did her cardio exercises running up the hallway stairs today, here to say Happy Birthday to you.



And here is Mr. Tuxie Tinuviel, dressed in his best for your birthday.

We hope it has been a lovely one. *hugs* <3
A very happy birthday to my dear friend, [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine!!! Here's what's currently blooming and hopping around the lake:







Click to embiggen each pic.

I hope your day brings you a year filled with beauty, love, and fulfillment. *hugs*
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se! I hope it's been a beautiful and magical day!

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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se! I hope it's been a beautiful and magical day!

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lavendertook: (autumn bright)
( Nov. 10th, 2014 09:16 pm)
A very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit from autumn at Greenbelt Lake.

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I hope you have a lovely day to herald a lovely year, bb!!! It's time! *hugs*
lavendertook: (meezer fishbait)
( Oct. 25th, 2014 10:25 pm)
I'm going to catch up with everything outside of work the last couple of months in this entry. I'll save work stuff for another entry. So, outside of work, besides adjusting to the new work schedule, with my new normal of body maintenance tasks, the last 2 months have brought more challenges, which is why I've been so scarce here. I've really missed sharing stuff with ya'll, but I'm working hard on trying to get enough sleep to keep me healthy and I just keep running out of time each evening.

CAT HEALTH

Tuxie was losing weight this summer and he needed to, but it was faster than his diet could probably account for, and I was worried about him. He was diagnosed with diabetes the end of August, so along with Saki's usual maintenance runs, I've been at the vets more weekends than not the last 2 months. He is doing well now on the insulin and diabetes diet food. It was very hard in the beginning because I was terrified of sticking him with the needle, and our practice session at the vets was rough on him, but it's easy on both of us now. He is doing really well, has gained back some weight, and looks filled out again. In fact, he seems to enjoy the whole needle ritual--he's just that kind of boy. I give him a sprig of catnip with it, so that helps. He is mostly liking the special diet food, and with any luck we might get him into remission in the coming months.

More whinging and stuff yonder . . . )
lavendertook: (Captn Saki)
( Sep. 19th, 2014 09:20 pm)
Ye best not forget what day tis is, mateys . . .

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. . . or ye be walking the plank in wooden undershorts like this pair yonder . . .

ADDENDUM:

Then you'll be having an intimate understanding of the true origins of the most hallowed saying, "Shiver me timbers," as the most wise [personal profile] grey_wonderer reminds us.
A very happy birthday to my friend[personal profile] saraqael!!! You've been busy as a bee getting your home ready for market, and may this mark the beginning of a time in which you get to soar and flutter where you will in peace and joy.

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Tiger swallowtail and bee snacking on butterfly weed by the lake.

*hugs*
Happy birthday, [personal profile] wordweaverlynn!!! I hope it is a day filled with love and all good things to open a wonderful year for you!

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Late afternoon light on a summer's day down by Greenbelt Lake. Below the cut are some pics from last fall there . . .

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A very happy birthday to [personal profile] mews1945!!! For your birthday, Saki has decided to deliver herself to you.

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SAKI: I'm all bagged up and ready to visit Mews. It's kind of weird, though, that I'm in a bag and can still see you. It's like I'm in the Bag World. And you must be a Bagwraith.

Enter the bag here . . . )


And next we'll take a stroll around the lake:

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Here's that corner of the lake with all the wildflowers, earlier in the season before the gallardia and black-eyed susans took center stage.

And there's more to see. . . )
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Jul. 4th, 2014 04:34 pm)
Happy 4th to all who celebrate it and a Happy Friday to all!

This is being the prettiest 4th I can remember, thanks to Hurricane Arthur being good to my area and giving us breezes that have chased out the sweltering humidity of the past week.

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I got out to the lake for a beautiful morning walk. Every couple of weeks there is a different assortment of wildflowers beginning to bloom in this spot.


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A little skink peeking out from his bunker in a fallen log. He is around 50 yards from the spot where they are going to be setting off the town fireworks so I hope he will be safe, and I hope his bunker makes him feel safe during the booms.

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Saki says, "Have a Happy 4th of July!"

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I hope you all get to roll around in one of your favorite perches today, too, my dear flisties. <3
A very happy birthday to my dear friends [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71! I bet no one's brought you a skink for your birthday before, so here's something new for you on your birthday--little smauglings to light the birthday candles. Knowing you are both fond of bright blue things, I hope you enjoy their neon blue tails as much as I do.

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This little skink brings you the letter "C". C for companions, clever, charming, caring, and for celtic knot work. You can see where those scribes got their ideas for illuminated fanciful creatures forming letters, can't you?

More skinks lurking under here . . . )
lavendertook: (owl in rain)
( May. 20th, 2014 06:30 pm)
A very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hanarobi from me and my kitties!

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We send our birthday greetings from up the hill from here.

Kitty spam ahoy! )
It's been raining since Friday night and all the grass suddenly turned green yesterday, though the Bradford pears haven't gone into bloom yet--probably because they knew what would happen today: it started snowing again a couple of hours ago, heavy, and some of it is sticking, goddammit!!!! The temps have really dropped with it. It's March 30th. It's just so wrong--so very, very wrong.


So here's some pics of snow from around here back in January, when it was still pretty, and had a sense of propriety, unlike the current snow that respects nothing and no one:

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A very happy birthday to my fellow cat-owned friends [personal profile] monkey5s and (belatedly) [livejournal.com profile] i_o_r_h_a_e_l.

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Blue Globes Watching the Snow

[personal profile] monkey5s, evidence shows that this long winter has to end:

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When interviewed, a snowdrop said, "I'm blooming now, dammit. To hell with all this winter crap."
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