Thursday, July 28, 2022

Glacier National Park Wildflowers
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95 Responses to Thursday, July 28, 2022

  1. swanspirit says:

    Wow just breathtaking!

  2. elliesmom says:

    Good morning! Not off to a great start today. I was awakened pre-dawn by Ellie having a panic attack. The power had gone out. If the power has gone out before we go to bed, I can settle her in before everything gets pitch black, but if she wakes up and there are no lights on anywhere in the house, she panics. The power was out for exactly an hour. It’s hard to believe that it was “unplanned.”. The incident report said the outage covered about 2600 homes. There are about 2600 homes in town.

    If we’re going to lose power in a rolling blackout, advance notice would be great. If the power company had said the power would be out from 4:30-5:30 am, I would have set an alarm, put the pups outside to pee while I could still turn the floodlights on, and turned on a battery-powered lamp for Ellie. As it was, I was still awakened, but instead of Alexa saying good morning and giving me the weather report, it was Ellie running into a wall and barking. The sun is up. Both dogs have gone back to sleep, but I guess I’m up for the day.

    • swanspirit says:

      Poor Ellie, I hope her day improves, and yours too. I am a slow awakener,; I just hate rude awakenings. I have never been one of those leap out of bed bright eyed and bush trailer folks. I envy them, just can’t do it. I do remember more of my dreams though.

    • DeniseVB says:

      We found night light type things that work when the power goes out. We needed them to find the surge protectors that triggered alarms on the flat screen and kitchen desk top. They’re pretty cheap on Amazon.

      • Somebody says:

        GMTA Denise, we’re on the same page a lot today😘

      • 1539days says:

        I used to disable the alarms on the UPS. One of them, I just yanked the piezo speaker, the other one I had a programming cable to turn off the audible alarm.

    • Somebody says:

      EM would nightlights work for Ellie? We have power failure nightlights. Here in FL we get thunderstorms that can cause power outages, lightning hits a transformer, etc. So we have those placed about the house. They’re not particularly expensive if they would give off enough light for Ellie.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Nothing like a good conspiracy theory with a morning cuppa …. if you can’ read the thread, that’s where the real fun is by CGI “experts” 😀

  4. lateblum says:

    So beautiful! These landscapes of our national parks are breathtaking for certain❣️

  5. elliesmom says:

    Last night my beach buddies and I picked up a picnic and went to a local church for an outdoor “Beach Boys” concert. The band is a group of 30-somethings who have been playing together since high school. One of the guys does a really good “Frankie Vallee” so there was a little Four Seasons thrown in. A real family night. The old folks knowing all of the words to the songs, and the kids dancing on the lawn. The weather was perfect, and the mosquitoes stayed home. The concert was free. Not even a way to make a donation. Families brought their dinner with them. Affordable and fun. This is what small town America looks like. It was a great attitude adjustment for me. The country I grew up in is still there. ❤

    • lateblum says:

      That sounds lovely, em. At least something good happened this week.

      I’m sorry about the power outage. I hope no one who is reliant on ventilators or other mechanical appliances was harmed by the hour the electricity went missing. What in the world are these people thinking when they cut off power?

      • elliesmom says:

        If you have medical equipment that needs to run all the time, around here you’d have your own generator. We can lose our power for a week or so in a storm.

        • 1539days says:

          Are there natural gas lines where you live? I was thinking about that kind of generator, because they automatically switch over and the power supply is almost completely reliable.

    • DeniseVB says:

      What fun, I love local bands.

    • votermom says:

      How annoying! I hope your power stays on tonight

  6. lateblum says:

    Remember the planting that I did last week? The one that seems to have damaged my right arm more than I thought? Well nearly ALL of the beautiful blooms on those plants have been chewed away despite my spreading a most powerful coarsest ground black pepper around the entire area. I am so disappointed and truly detest whatever creatures are destroying the garden. My neighbor and I planted the coneflowers and other flowers whose names escape me at the moment, to attract bees and butterflies, NOT rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, etc. And worst of all is that they simply chew of the blooms and then leave. So there is debris in the way of flowers and leaves lying about. Those blossoms were pretty while they were still attached to their stems. 🥺😢

    • DeniseVB says:

      Try Cayenne Pepper, it keeps the squirrels from digging in our flower pots. 🙂

      Did I hear the Bears are leaving Chicago ? I read they turned down money to upgrade Soldier Field to move out to the suburbs ?

      • elliesmom says:

        They’re moving out to Arlington Heights NW of the city. It’s a lovely area.

      • Somebody says:

        Peppers, good idea Denise. My daddy used to plant peppers in our flower beds for that reason. I’ve never done that because I have bad memories of thinking those peppers looked yummy and then FIRE! As I got older if I cursed I was forced to either eat or break them open and rub my gums and tongue with those damn things. Pro-tip, avoid cursing while being punished for cursing🤣

      • lateblum says:

        Thanks, Denise. I guess I’ll have to try that next. I had actually gone to the Spice House and bought the second-hottest black pepper they have to use to protect the flowers. I guess I should’ve used the cayenne pepper I already had.

        If the Bears are smart, they’d leave Chicago. With Lightfoot as mayor, the criminals rule the streets. My brother has been a Bears and White Sox fan since infancy. He won’t go into the city for either teams’ games any more.
        Speaking of Lightfoot . . . She’d rather spend billions of dollars on a roof than half that on stopping the gangs and creating a school system that respects students and parents. She’s trying to entice tourism with her billion dollar dreams. But until crime is controlled here, those tourists are smart to choose other places to visit. It is truly sad, because Chicago is a beautiful city. But even now, major criminal behavior has crept past the city limits into my town. We’ve had more murders here this year than ever before.

        Last week a father was playing Pokémon Go with his 6 yo daughter in a public park and was shot to death. Then, over the weekend a 13 yo girl was in a private residence backyard and was shot by someone who reached over a fence and fired a gun into the party. The girl is still alive, but barely. Welcome to Evanston. Or as I like to call it – Wokeston.

    • Somebody says:

      Well it’s too late to worry with it this year probably, but maybe research plants the wildlife finds unpalatable. I’ve heard lavender repels wildlife, as well as peppermint. It’s too hot here for lavender, I’ve tried and failed.

      I can speak to mint. I’m surrounded by woods, oh my goodness at the critters🙄 we have oodles of rabbits that have literally eaten large sections of our backyard multiple times🙄 During the lock down, spring 2020 I had a lettuce patch out back so we could have fresh salad. I went into it knowing I was potentially creating a wildlife buffet, so I grew various mint plants amongst my lettuce with a full row facing the woods. Maybe they just preferred the grass?? All I know is my lettuce was never bothered.

      Pungent plants like Lantana or marigolds also deter critters, they won’t eat either. I’ve heard they don’t like daffodils and a number of lilies.

      I have no idea what might grow well in your area, but a breeze of lavender and mint sounds lovely to me. Bottom line, if it’s bunnies or squirrels you should be able to research plants and find something. It could be some kind of insect too.

      Maybe if you feel like it spray some lavender and/or peppermint oil about.

      I’m sure you’re quite unhappy after all that work. BTW, how is your arm and shoulder doing?

      • lateblum says:

        Thanks for those great suggestions, em. I nearly bought marigolds to edge the front of the flower bed when I was out shopping for the plants. I think I’ll go out this morning and get some anyway.

        My arm is still very sore. I don’t want to think it could be more than muscle soreness, but anything is possible. By the end of the day I have difficulty lifting my right arm at all.

        • swanspirit says:

          Sorry to hear about your shoulder, you might have to let it rest and heal for a few weeks. Sending some healing for you.🤗🙏🙏
          For the plants try coffee grounds. Just sprinkle some around your olants. They are keeping the spoiled squirrels from digging in my planters and containers..Ant they work as fertilizer too.

          • lateblum says:

            My grandmother used to use coffee grounds! I never asked her why she did that. She also used tobacco from the cigarettes my aunts and uncles smoked. In f@ct, I used to help her to peel the paper from the tobacco when I visited there. (I really hated that chore.) But I loved my granny. 🙃

      • lateblum says:

        Btw, that explains why the lavender growing here is flourishing. I wish the people who planted it were still around to ask them what their plans for the rest of the area were. Nearly everything – except the coneflowers that were still blooming last time year – are alive and well. I’m going to do more investigating of the other butterfly gardens around here. There are plenty of them. (Autocorrect just changed the word “plenty” to “planets” twice.)

        • Miranda says:

          So far, my active and plentiful wildlife have ignored the Bee Balm (which is a mint) and the hyssop. BB brings in the hummingbirds, and finches love the hyssop for the tiny seeds.

          • lateblum says:

            You are now the second person to mention bee balm. A good friend since 1987 mentioned bee balm just a few minutes ago. TY 💕

        • Miranda says:

          Also, they seem to ignore zinnias and marigolds on the annual front.

  7. lyn5 says:

    Love Glacier National Park! We went to Glacier on family trips at least once a year.

  8. votermom says:

    I love looking at mountains

  9. helenk3 says:

    would that be considered an insurrection or is only when Trump supporters protest that it is an insurrection?

  10. helenk3 says:

    but but it was ok when they were in Texas and Arizona

  11. SHV says:

    Great Glacier NP photo….walking those trails, the most memorable thing for me are the Mountain Goats sitting or resting on rocks next to the trail, just watching the World pass by. BTW, they are quite large and not really goats.

    • SHV says:

      Denise’s National Park photos recall go0d memories. 18 to 14 years ago (were does the time go?), between marriages and semi-retired, I decided to see the Country on the ground and not from the air. Over about 3-4 years, drove a total of about 350,000 miles around the US. Multiple trips to West and South West NPs. I made it to 47 States, somehow missed Vt, even though I had been there skiing many time when living in Boston.

  12. helenk3 says:

    just wondering. bid-on spouting about the most jobs created since forever, while he is in office. how many of the jobs were returning after the covid shut down? not really NEW jobs but old one returning?

  13. helenk3 says:

    do you think this guy gets headaches since he had the lobotomy

    • 1539days says:

      Dems can’t believe that someone in a prosecutorial role wouldn’t automatically violate their principles for a personal friend or their party, much like the DOJ is doing right now to help Biden.

  14. helenk3 says:

    can’t use tax money to protect you. but will use it to protect us. (private security)

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  16. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, via Charles Glasser’s FB page …

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