Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mom & Dad Bluebird “Take Turns” Feeding the Kids


The little ones are so noisy when a parent shows up with food that it’s easy to get pictures of Mom & Dad arriving with goodies. The parents kind of take turns, but I notice that Mom makes about three trips to Dad’s one. We haven’t seen any of the babies yet, but judging from the racket, there must be at least four of them in there. Once they start their flight training we’ll have to keep an eye out for the neighborhood cats.

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White Squirrel Festival


The intersection of Main & Broad streets will be blocked today and tomorrow for a street fair, live music, even a “Squirrel-Box Derby” race down Jailhouse Hill – all in honor of the local population of leucistic rodents. This is one of the only times during the year when one can experience a parking situation in downtown Brevard and there is even the possibility of witnessing an actual traffic jam.

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View from the Tree-Swing on a Perfect Summer Day


The laundry needs washing, the bookshelves need dusting, the floors need mopping and the tub needs scrubbing, but not today.

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My New Solar-Powered Dryer


Bob is so awesome! In addition to cutting down on kilowatt hours, it saves on Ann-o-watt hours too: I don’t have to carry a basketload of wet laundry downstairs and outside – I just reach out the laundry room window and hang stuff up.

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For Mothers’ Day…Baby Pictures!

Claire was actually delivered by three Beverly, Massachusetts,
police officers who responded to Bob’s 911 call even before the EMTs. So, her very first baby picture was taken by the local newspaper:

And here’s a scanned Polaroid of Claire’s first visitor, Grandma Fran holding Claire at the hospital:

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Books, Books and More Books

Whew! I just finished cataloging all my books. 906. I would never even have attempted this without some excellent collection management software I found in the Ubuntu Software Center. It’s called Tellico and it makes cataloging things like books, music and movies a snap. For every book with an ISBN, I typed in the number and it goes out to any of several different online book databases and retrieves information about the book: the title, author, publication info, even a picture of the book cover. This had the added benefit of helping me locate quite a few duplicates which I packed up and took over to the Friends of the Library bookshop. (Why do so many Agatha Christie books have two different titles?)

I found two collection packages that did the online lookup and retrieval; the other is called GCStar, but I settled on Tellico beccause it allows you to add additional fields to the database which I found kind of handy. I’m wondering if I want to start in on the movies now. Maybe it will be easier; I don’t think we have more than a couple hundred.

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Moonrise

Full moon
Bob took several pictures of the almost-full moon yesterday evening. It looks almost like it’s rolling down the ridge.

In this one, you can see a lot of the features; the seas of Serenity and Tranquility, the Tycho and Copernicus craters, even some of the rays coming out of Tycho to the northeast. It looks so close….

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