Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Little Bird Music

The hours of daylight keep growing longer, concurrent to increased bird activity. 

The chorale is warming up. 
There is a road that leads to love.
A red winged blackbird male is on top of a nearby tree
 waving his wings around, screeching and squawking.
  Surely this female is only pretending not to notice.  

This fellow has been singing a sweet simple melody.
He sounds somewhat like a canary.

Snow happens.  It's still winter, after all.  

Flickers have been active for some weeks now.
  It takes time to carve a nest in a tree truck. 
 The early bird gets the first brood.

Bird online. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 57

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Today's question involves a tax funded study on asparagus.

What exactly were these Harvard brains looking for?

The nutritional
value of asparagus?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
Growing techniques?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
Why tinkle smells funny
after eating it?
Hostmaster:  correct.  Researchers asked a bunch of people if they noticed the unpleasant odor of their own urine after they ate asparagus.  They learned that a large number of them could not smell it.
I've noticed that, in general,
 people don't smell their
urine all that much.
That's true, but the asparagus
odor is such that you
can't miss it.
Hostmaster:  the study found that over half of the people they asked, can't smell the asparagus smell.  
So,  what is the significance of
 being able to smell your urine?
Hostmaster:  they aren't sure.  They already blew through the 3 million dollars they were given to ask people about their pee.  Now they want to do more studies.
Here's a Valentine's Day
gift idea!
An asparagus

This round is over.  Read about the asparagus
 study here.  You might as well, you paid for it.
Round 57
Fluffy/Molly   24
Bryan/Cyndi    21

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Garden Dreams

At this time of year I begin to get just a little antsy.  Thoughts of growing things start, well, growing.  It's too early to do anything about it.  That won't stop us from looking back, though.

These are the last of the tomatoes from last year's harvest.  It was November, frost was becoming a regular occurrence.  Thus, I picked all the fruit off the plants.  Most of them ripened on a plate inside the house. 

The Praying Mantis remained outside.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Taxing Fluffy and George

Here's a sort of good news/bad news
thing.  I've been gathering receipts for
income tax, including the receipt for
last year's State of Michigan refund.

Why the receipt from
your refund?

So they can tax it.

That hurts my head.