Perpetual Care

Barn Owl This barn owl looks healthy and full of life, but it wouldn't last long in the wild. He was hit by a moving vehicle, taken to the Raptor Woodland Refuge at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and saved. He is healthy now, but can't fly well enough to feed himself. This is one … Continue reading Perpetual Care

Morning Swim

Cedar Creek - May, 2022 The Canadian Geese finally got their new brood into the water. Spring was three weeks late this year, mid-May, and the proud parents couldn't wait to show off their beautiful offspring. I counted at least nine goslings I never get tired of this sight. Thought for the Day: The snow … Continue reading Morning Swim

1975 Tornado

Omaha, 1975 On May 6, 1975 an F4 tornado (wind speeds between 207 and 260 mph) touched down in Sarpy County around 4:30 PM. It entered southwest Douglas County, close to where I lived at the time, and continued northeast, cutting a swath 8 miles long right through the city of Omaha. The billboard in … Continue reading 1975 Tornado

Back Scratcher

Blue Heron - 2018 How do you get to that itch on your back that's just beyond your reach? Back up to a wall's outside corner and do the "Hokey Pokey". But, Mother Nature gave the Blue Heron a long neck so he could avoid the Hokey Pokey. Thought for the Day: I believe in … Continue reading Back Scratcher

Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum - Sarasota, FL The Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling), located in Sarasota, FL., was founded in 1927 by John and Mable Ringling. It is now the official State Art Museum of Florida. Also located on the 66 acre estate overlooking Sarasota Bay is the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum and the Ringling Ca' … Continue reading Ringling Museum of Art

Choke Cherry

Choke Cherries are aptly named. Fresh off the "vine", they are a "Wake-Up!" Their flavor is sharp and long-lasting as it sticks in the back of your throat. But, I thought they might mellow over the years and make a decent wine. WRONG! While the clarity is excellent, the color is uninviting. The aroma was … Continue reading Choke Cherry

Copious Sea Shells

Sanibel Island If you like sea shells, Sanibel Island, Florida is your little piece of heaven. Every high tide deposits another thick layer of sea shells of all colors, shapes and sizes. Another wonder of Mother Nature. Thought for the Day: In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.Aristotle

Last But Not Least

Easter Egg Hunt The 30th Annual Chapel Hills Easter Egg Hunt drew a big crowd this year. In spite of the chilly weather, people were eager to embrace a sense of normality. When the whistle blew, the surge of participants looked like a rendition of Bunker Hill. This patient four year old let the sugar-seeking … Continue reading Last But Not Least

What!?

Siesta Key Mailbox The beautiful bougainvillea in full bloom caught my attention in a quiet neighborhood of Siesta Key, FL. But, the mailbox through the wall is what kept my attention. The driveway entrance to the property is 50' to my left, and the wall continues to my right as well. The house inside the … Continue reading What!?

Bubble Room

Bubble Room - Captiva The Bubble Room is a tourist attraction disquised as a great restaurant. Located in an old 3-story house on Captiva Island, the decor started in 1979 with a Christmas theme. The Christmas lights are still on but hardly noticed, being upstaged by the thousands of framed B&W photos of celebrities from … Continue reading Bubble Room

Peach

Another batch of home-made wine started in the summer of 1970. Preparing peaches was much easier than the dandelions. My review: Beautiful color and very clear. Virtually no aroma, forgettable to the palette with a spiritless finish. Hardly worth the effort. Thought for the Day: Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.Babe Ruth

Spring Planting

First Planting March came in like a lamb with several warm days in the high 60's, tempting all the gardeners to put something (anything) in the ground. As usual, March has a little something for everyone, and it went out roaring like a lion, ending with several blustery days in the 30's. Oh well, it … Continue reading Spring Planting

Closed!

Joslyn, 2nd floor looking east Beginning May 2nd, Omaha's popular Joslyn Museum will be closed for two years. A $100 MM expansion project is already underway. This photo was taken from the second floor, next to the giant Chihuly glass sculpture. Omaha's Central High School can be seen in the background. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Closed!

Pear

Pear wine was my third attempt, hoping fermentation would relieve my general dislike for the fruit. My review: A rich amber color and obvious clarity, matched with aroma hinting of light butterscotch, teases the palette's anticipation. However, the lack of any bold flavor makes for a timid finish. Thought for the Day: I cook with … Continue reading Pear

Dandelion

After sitting for over 50 years, you can imagine the nervous anticipation of "popping the cork". My review: Delicious amber color, very clear, and decent viscosity ("legs" ... with crutches). Delicate aromas ... of dust on the bottle. Drinkable, but ambiguous to the palette. Conclusion: Dandelions are better for making wishes. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Dandelion

Thumbs Up!

LRTI Surgery My thumbs don't work anymore -- no cartilage left in the basal joint, the one that connects the thumb to the wrist. Anti-inflammatory medication hasn't worked, and cortizone shots are only temporary. So, I decided to have LRTI surgery --Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition. The operation was two days ago on my right … Continue reading Thumbs Up!

Care Giver

St. Petersburg - 2017 In my sheltered part of the world, mid-west America, I would be hard pressed to find a scene like this. A "care giver" smoking. Ughh, well, at least he's outside. Twenty-eight states have comprehensive "No Smoking" laws, which prohibit smoking in all government buildings, private workplaces, schools, health care, bars and … Continue reading Care Giver