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Appetizer - Name something you think is “the best.”
My Canon S3 IS camera.
Check out the birds at the feeder pictures below. They were taken on "auto", point and click, through a window spotted with suet flecks and other smudges.
The camera ignores the dirty window, ignores the background, and focuses in perfectly on the bird. Total magic. It's the best.
Soup - On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?
Salad - What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?
Kirk's Castile soap. For decades I've used it for everything except my hair.
It's inexpensive, lathers up great in our hardwater, leaves me feeling very clean, and doesn't smell.
It used to be called Kirk's Hardwater Castile, until the marketing department took a turn at the label.
From the label:
All natural, hypoallergenic skin care with no animal by-products or synthetic detergents. Pure botanical coconut oil soap. Ultra gentle with no drying residue.
Main Course - Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”
Once in a blue moon I spot a bird at the feeder I can't identify. It happened yesterday with this one.
Looks like a Grosbeak but the only Grosbeaks I've ever seen here are the Rose-breasted. This bird has a yellow breast. After thanking Bob again for the camera, I headed for the birdbook.
Conclusion: This is an immature female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The yellow on the breast fades as the bird matures.
This is a mature female Rose-breasted Grosbeak taken several weeks ago. She looks like a large sparrow (about 9 inches) with an obvious white line over her eye and an awesome, cream colored, seed cracking beak.
This might even be the mother of the yellow breasted young in the top picture.
Dessert - When was the last time it rained where you live?
One day this week we had a few sprinkles, too few to get the ground wet. Since I can't remember which day it was, we're not going to count that as rain.
The last good soaking rain we had was last Sunday morning. We do need more.
There's a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, which is why I'm posting this early in the day. When it thunders, I unplug my laptop and dial up connection.
Have a great weekend everyone!