100-Word Challenge for Grown Up – Week #134- Black Bird Conversation

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"Look at when I talk to you!" "I'm not listening, Kah!"

“Look at me when I talk to you!” “I’m not listening, Kah!”

My first weekly challenge:

“What are you doing?”
“Watching.” “Thinking.”
“We need to talk.”
“I don’t want to talk.” “I’m busy.”
“Busy doing what?”
“Watching.” “Thinking.”
“Remember last week when we talked about sharing?”
“Look at me when I talk to you!”
“I’m not listening, Kah!” His wings flapped furiously as he flew toward the food someone had just dropped on the ground.
She sighed. “Men.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

This week’s photo challenge is a “Work of Art”. To me nature is teeming with works of art! I took these photos this past week at the Saguaro National Forest located in Tucson, Arizona.

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History of the Saguaro Cactus:
The saguaro is pronounced–sa-war-o
The saguaro lives up to 200 plus years. It takes 70 years for the mature cactus to grow it’s first arm.
The blossom opens and lives for only 24 hours. If it is pollinated by the birds and the bees, it will bear fruit.
Native American Indians use the fruit to make Jam. The fruit has 2000 seeds.
The Sonora desert is 1/3 in Arizona, USA and 2/3 is in Mexico.
The saguaro only lives in this region.

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Hush Puppies?

Another recent episode. Easter Sunday.

Is this what you call hush puppies?

I had just bought a 5lb bag of potatoes. I put them on them safely on the counter and then left the dogs in their R.V. to go and run some errands. When I returned to the R.V. about an hour later, I opened the door and instead of my dogs furiously greeting me, all I heard was a hushed silence. I stepped into the R.V. and and discovered why. Potatoes.

There were potatoes everywhere. They were scattered from the front of the R.V. to the back of the R.V. each one with a bite or two or three out of it. One potato was all forlorn sitting in the middle of my chair. The bag shredded next to it. The dogs were hushed and huddled together in the passenger seat up in the front. Every now and then Katie would peak around the corner to see how I was going to react. I calmly picked up all the potatoes and put them in the sink while muttering under my breath “I hate dogs!”  Only after I was done did the dogs come tiptoeing into the room. They just hopped into my chair like nothing unusual had happened. I just glared at them.

It has a long while since their last episode. I have become more “proactive.”  I put a lock on the outside of the bathroom door, thank to Tess’s suggestion. Every time I leave I look at the lock and make sure the door is closed. I try my hardest to keep things put in their proper place but sometimes I guess I just forget and when I do I get taken advantage of every time.

The Dogs are shedding like crazy!  After a cold winter they are discarding their winter coat. It has been in the 80’s for the past few days. 90 in the r.v.. I cleaned and swept the floor on Easter but what good did it do? Nada! I put the broom away and the dogs came back in the room and wala a black fur carpet again.  I have wood floors by the way.

Ah for the love of dogs!

 

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The Texas Desert In Bloom

Spring has finally arrived in the deserts of Texas. The plants are in full bloom.  I made a slideshow of the different species to share with you including a fly and a bird. I hope you enjoy the beauty of Spring where ever you are!

Fields of purple flowers

Fields of purple flowers

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This week’s photo challenge is to show “Monument”.  NASA Space Center in Houston houses one of three remaining Saturn V rockets/spacecrafts. It takes your breath away when you walk in the building that houses it. I took these pics this spring: The info is from: http://www.apollosaturn.com/frame-sv.htm

Saturn V, including the Apollo spacecraft. is 364 feet tall*. Fully loaded, the vehicle will weigh some 6.1 million pounds.  (*that would be about 36 stories high.)

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The 300,000-pound first stage is 33 feet in diameter and 138 feet long. It is powered by five F-1 engines generating 7.5 million pounds thrust. The booster will burn 203,000 gallons of RP-1 (refined kerosene) and 331,000 gallons of liquid oxygen (LOX} in 2.5 minutes

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Saturn V’s second stage is powered by five J-2 engines that generate a total thrust of a million pounds. The 33-foot diameter stage weighs 95,000 pounds empty and more than a million pounds loaded. It burns some 260,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and 83,000 gallons of liquid oxygen during a typical 6- minute flight.
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Third stage of the vehicle is 21 feet and 8 inches in diameter and 58 feet and 7 inches long. An interstage adapter connects the larger diameter second stage to the smaller upper stage. Empty weight Off the stage is 34,000 pounds and the fueled weight is 262,000 pounds. A single J-2 engine developing up to 225,000 pounds of thrust powers the stage. Typical burn time is 2.75 minutes for the first burn and 5.2 minutes to a translunar injection.
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The vehicle instrument unit sits atop the third stage. The unit, which weighs some 4,500 pounds. contains the electronic gear that controls engine ignition and cutoff, steering, and all other commands necessary for the Saturn V mission. Diameter of the instrument unit is 21 feet and 8 inches, and height is 3 feet

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Directly above the instrument unit in the Apollo configuration is the Apollo spacecraft. It consists of the lunar module. the service module, the command module, and the launch escape system. Total height of the package is about 80 feet.
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NASA’s next mission is to send men to Mars. Hmm, that would be Monumental!

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“Remember the Alamo”

“Remember the Alamo!” “Onward!” was the battle cry that helped Texas defeat the Mexican army and win it’s independence. Today it is a shrine remembering those who died. It is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, Texas.DSCF1327No cameras or cell phones were allowed in the church. To view a panorama of the inside click on this link:  http://www.thealamo.org/plan-a-visit/interactive-map/index.html and use your mouse to move around to view it.   (Technology is so cool!)

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Ever Felt Like “I Love Lucy”

Have you ever felt like a T.V. character? Well, I did and here’s why…

I just spent the past few weeks in San Antonio, Texas working for a temporary agency. They sent me to work at Hill Country Bakery.  Hill Country Bakery bakes, packages and ships all the baked goods for one of the largest coffee chains in America, Starbucks. We worked packing pumpkin bread, lemon pound cake, and banana bread. The head chef said they made over 8 million loaves of bread.

Here is  the process. Almost everything is on a conveyer belt system including the oven. The bread is baked and then sent down the line to the cooling tower. The cooling tower is about 4o feet tall (about 4 stories) and holds hundreds of loaves of bread at a time. It moves slowly round and round.  After the bread is cooled, it goes down  the line to get a coat of frosting and then goes into the freezer for about 3 hours. After the bread is frozen, it is ready to be individually sliced, wrapped and boxed for shipping. About 16 loaves of bread are sliced at a time. Then they go down the conveyer belt, where it bifurcates into three conveyer belt lines. There are about 1o-12 production workers on each line. Each line packages and boxes about 120 packages per minute.

Let the games begin…

At the front of the conveyer belt line the work is productive and easy. You open a box, pick up the bread three at a time in each hand and shove it into the box. You do this three times  which means you are putting 18 in a box. Then you take the box and put it on the conveyer belt. Open another box and repeat. Easy enough, that was a job that I could do.  Once the filled box is on the conveyer belt, it goes down the line to the person at the end, who shoves the box through a tape gun machine. They are also filling boxes with bread that is coming down the line. They have to count the bread as they put it in the box. It is not like it is up at the front.
Here is where the fun begins, the manager decided to put me at the back of the line to relive someone for break. Everything started out smoothly, Run the boxes through the machine, open a box fill the box with bread, count it, run it and the other boxes through the machine. Everything ran smoothly for me for about 2 minutes, before all hell broke loose! Bread and boxes are coming at a faster rate than I could handle, Bread is falling all over the floor, Boxes are backing up on the convyer belt, I felt like shoving bread down my shirt and my pants, instead I just started scooping up the bread and piling it up in a box. I shouted out for help! The manager grabbed three other people to come and clean up the mess I had just created. One person, counted and boxed the bread, one person piled up the untapped boxes on a pallet, another one sent the new and old boxes through the machine. I, meanwhile, crawled around on the floor picking up all the packages of bread that fell on the floor.  Geez!

I felt like I love Lucy’s most famous Chocolate episode where she is shoving chocolate in her mouth in her apron, and down her shirt.

This experience makes me appreciate all the hard working production workers in the world. They are fast, hard workers. To them we say Thanks.

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How To Make A Orange Juice Slushie

I adore drinking a ice cold slushie when it is hot outside. It is a fast way to cool off and refreshing too. The other day while surfing the net, I came across a U-Tube video how to make an orange juice slushie. I thought I would post the link. It is a great science experiment for the kids and works great if you are traveling because you don’t need a blender. All you need is a small zip lock baggie, a large zip lock baggie, ice, salt and orange juice. Bon appetit!

 

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A Day At The Beach

What a way to spend the day!

What a way to spend the day!

The Board Walk, Galvaston, Texas

At the board walk in Galveston, Texas

Walking my dogs

Walking my dogs

Baby playing in the sand

Watching babies playing in the sand

Seagull at Sunset

And finally, watching the sunset at…

Point Bolivar Lighthouse, Texas

Point Bolivar Lighthouse, Texas

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Keep a song in your heart!

This red cardinal filled the forest with song this morning at a rest area near Houston, Texas.

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You can hear what he sounds like at:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/northern_cardinal/sounds

Just as the birds sings, we too need to keep a song in our hearts!

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