Monday, June 10, 2019

It's a Bit Nippy for June

Things are green here at the homestead.  It's been a particularly rainy spring. 

The frog population has exploded.  They've  even wandered into the inner perimeter.

They'll have plenty to eat.  The mosquito population has exploded too.  A certain ranch hand, always popular with the blood suckers, has been mercilessly tapped.

There's been some night time temperatures in the forties.  Had to cover the tomato plants!

Wild violets don't mind a nip in the air.

Neither do Great Pyrenees.

Alas, neither do mosquitoes.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 78

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Last week, a Florida man suffered an injury while using the bathroom in his apartment.

What happened?

Toilet paper cut?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

Erectile Dysfunction?

Viagra claims another victim!

Hostmaster:  darn those four hour erections!

He was struck by lightening? 
 You know, water draws lightening.

A low flow toilet saved his life!

Hostmaster: incorrect.

An alligator came up the drain and bit him?  

Hostmaster: close.

A snake?

Hostmaster:  correct.  The guy was in his bathroom doing his business when a Ball Python appeared under his, er, business.

You can't make this stuff up.

Round 78
Fluffy/Molly   38
Bryan/Cyndi   37

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  -John 15:13

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Now that Tree is Cherry

A couple years ago, a big wind blew down a tree.

It landed, in part, on a nearby cherry tree.  The cherry tree suffered some damage.  Not only that.  For months, the cherry tree suffered the indignity of having a fallen tree lying on it.

 Eventually a ranch hand removed the tree debris.

Some ranch hands are easily distracted.

In spite of all that dillydallying, the cherry tree rebounded.

With gusto.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Today is Saint Matthias day.  He was the one chosen by the apostles to replace Judas.  Peter and the others understood the importance of maintaining the office of the twelve witnesses to Jesus. Thus, they asked the Holy Spirit to tell them which guy He wanted to fill the opening.  (Acts 1:15-26)

We don't know a lot about Matthias.  We're told in Acts that he was a disciple from the time of John the Baptist through the ascension of Jesus.  In other words, he was on the bench all along ready for the call to join the twelve.  He was eventually martyred while giving witness to The Word.

As we move through the Easter season let us remember what Jesus said to the apostles on the night Judas betrayed Him.  I give you a new command.  Love one another as I have loved you.   
(John 13:34)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Stuff

Some interesting things going on outside.

Baby dove

Apple blossoms

The Orioles are back.

Green grass is back.

These little finches are back.

The hummingbirds are back.

All is well.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lenten Reflections

We are about half way through Lent.  It is a time to slow down and get closer to God.

We remind ourselves of what is truly important in our lives.  We cut down on or give up things like dessert or the eye candy of the internet to take more time to ponder the sweetness of Jesus.

We strive to be more charitable.  Give to those in need.  Be grateful that we have abundance to share.

We pause more often to pray.  In prayer we grow closer to God, we learn to know Him better and thus love Him better.

Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  We recall when Mary was visited by the archangel Gabriel.  Her response was, "behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word."  Mary was willing to do God's will.  It is a good reminder to us that God's plan is always better than ours.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy the promises of Christ.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 77

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Today's question involves an incident that recently occurred at an Arizona zoo.  A woman had an encounter with a female Jaguar that resulted in injury.

What happened?

She tried to pet the Jaguar?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

She took a picture?

Hostmaster:  close.

She took a selfie with the Jaguar?

Hostmaster:  correct.  She leaned into the enclosure to pose with the big cat for a selfie.  The Jaguar made it clear she did not want to participate.

There  must be a way to help stupid people avoid getting hurt.
  How about warning signs?
  Do Not Enter!  Kitty Safe Space! 
Caution Maul Zone!

How did they get the woman away from the Jaguar?

Hostmaster:  from what we are told she leaned into the enclosure but did not fall into it.  In any case, the cat reacted to her.  It isn't clear if the Jaguar bit or clawed the woman.  Whatever was happening, another zoo guest helpfully threw a water bottle at the jaguar.  The selfie woman fell to the ground outside of the jaguar's enclosure and exclaimed that "it hurt".  There's a video of her lying on the ground.  It shows a nice juicy laceration on her forearm.

Did the selfie ever happen?

Hostmaster: the news report leaves that detail out.   NO PICTURES PLEASE.  ahem

Maybe the Jaguar retained the cell phone for her own use.  
At the very least she should post a copy write notice.
  After all, Ms Jaguar did not give permission to
the idiot zoo guest to share her image. 

Zoos should be banned.

Clearly.  Let all animals be free to take their own selfies.
  Tragedies like this can be avoided.

I'm telling you.  We need more signage at zoos!
  Trespassers will be Gashed and Eaten! 

Will the woman be charged for bothering the Jaguar?

Hostmaster:  unknown.

Will the Jaguar be punished?

Hostmaster:  the zoo says they won't euthanize her.

I should think not!  
A stupid visitor shoves herself in
 the cat's face and was rebuffed.
 Why would the cat have to die over that?

This could all be avoided if there were no zoos.

A picture of the woman's wound from her encounter
 with the Jaguar should be posted along with the warning signs.
  Visuals are always helpful.

Hostmaster:  a cautionary tale to be sure.

Yep.  Cat fights are dangerous.

This round is over.

Read about the Jaguar incident here and here.

Round 77
Fluffy/Molly   38
Bryan/Cyndi    36