I’m King of the Mountain!

IMG_3602Goldie and her brother were playing on a heavy stack of lumber and she made it to the top of the pile. She acted as if she were teasing him, calling,  “I am King of the Mountain!”

He acted nonchalant, but the minute she got down, he climbed his way to the top and looked down on her in the same manner. It was funny.  They are so cute to watch as they grow each day and learn new behaviors. I can’t think of better entertainment.

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Photos are from the private and copyrighted collection of Nancy A. Jones.

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Loving Hands

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My friend, Barb with Little Gray who is the mother of two boisterous kittens. She took a moment away from mothering to eat – and for a little cuddling.

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Meet My New Grandson

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Meet my new grandson, Wyatt Alexander. He was born at 12:43 pm Eastern time today – and already he has his eyes on the world. I wonder what he is thinking there? I had to take this picture from my computer as my son’s family lives 14 hours away. But – I will get to travel down next week to meet the little guy face to face. What a treat that will be!

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Gorgeous Lilies

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I found these beautiful lilies at the Days Inn in Auburn, New York a couple of years ago when I attended my son’s wedding. He and his wife are having a baby tonight as I write this. I am so excited!

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Mama Goose and Her Goslings

 

I found Mamma and Daddy Goose swimming upstream with their goslings (or maybe it was two females – there were so many  little ones.)  I was concerned because the river was cluttered with debris, but they did not seem at all phased by it.

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Gracie

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Gracie is a Zebra Finch at a local nursing home. She broke her wing last year when she flew into a perch, but instead of brooding because she can’t fly, she takes great interest in the birds above. They, in turn, take an interest in her and join her either to pick at bits and pieces on the bottom of the cage, or to stand shoulder to shoulder with their bodies touching. She truly in an inspiration as she seems to have adapted well, including throwing a leg out forward to balance herself. I get the message that everything will work  out no matter how hard life seems.

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The Friendly Dandelion

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As I look around Napoleon, I’ve noticed many people having their lawns sprayed to get rid of Dandelions. In some ways I just don’t understand it; Dandelions are a great source of Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K.

First, it is an excellent source of greens – for salads, soups, and even to make nice, light wines. For recipes for dandelion soup, check out care 2.com and allrecipes.com.

Second, dandelions are an excellent herbal source for:  diuretics;  and for healing the ‘ mouth, stomach, and other areas [ ‘The New Holistic Herbal’ by David Hoffmann]. When you check it out, you  will be amazed at the host of problems helped by the simple Dandelion.

So, I encourage you to stop killing the Dandelion, but instead, to harvest it for a tangy refreshment to your salads and soups. Yes, it is bitter, but soak it for an hour in salt water and that should remove some of the bitterness.  Other ways to prepare and cook Dandelion greens can be found on wikihow.  Bon Apetit!

Note: This dandelion was harvested for my salad. Yum! It gave my salad a more tangy flavor.

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