If you have been following PetsitUSA’s blog, then you are probably familiar with Archie and Lucy. They are Therese’s dogs. There will be brief updates on Archie and Lydia on this blog, but you can find more details at her new blog, www.lucygirl.net.
If you want to find the newest information, then head to Archie and Lydia: both are happy and doing well. You’ll find more information on Lydia’s condition and her treatment. Overall, the title of the blog post shows the good news for both.
New location – New task…removing as many chipmunks as possible from this property. The land owner was frustrated with the damage done due to the rodents’ swelling numbers. She wanted them gone, but did not want to use poison to do it. I was happy to help. Equipment Details: The Camera Mount I used to record through the scope can be found here: www.amazon.com The slow-motion camera I use to film the shots through the scope is the Casio EX-FC150. That camera is no longer made, but you can buy its successor (which is actually a better camera than the one I use) here: www.amazon.com The Exact same Hawke Scope that I use in this video (Sidewinder TAC 30 6.5-20x) can be found here: www.amazon.com
I’m not someone who gives a traditional “welcome wagon” gift. Years ago, I was famous for taking a bowl of the cereal, Lucky Charms, to new move-ins in my college area.
So when I found out this morning that a dear friend was just diagnosed with a nasty blood cancer, lymphoma, what did I do? Well, first I cried. Several times throughout the day, in fact, as I told my co-workers about it.
But then I thought, well, she has dogs and cats. I’m not ANY good at taking meals. But I can take her some dog food?! Right?! I mean, I *am* a rep, I get the stuff at cost. Maybe I could boost my sales just a bit so as to dedicate a little bit to keeping her in dog and cat food.
And I can run. By the way, in case you didn’t know, I run marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It’s their Team in Training program, which was started 20 years ago by a dad who lost his beautiful daughter to leukemia. I blog about it over at http://SheCanRun.wordpress.com.
Last week we introduced them to their new coop. Around the coop is an enclosed pen, but we have to keep a watchful eye out for hawks while they are in the enclosure. I have already spotted a Cooper’s hawk swooping into our yard trying to get to the chickens (luckily they were in the coop at the time and safe). For this purpose, we bought a fake owl. Yes, an owl. Can’t miss it, it is like they Eye of Sauron! Check this thing out:
They are supposed to deter hawks, as long as I keep moving it around every few days so the hawk doesn’t figure out it isn’t real.
The chickens are loving their new home! At night we cover the coop with a blanket for warmth, though since it is summer here it doesn’t get that cold at night.
When we are outside, we let them free range and they love to eat the bugs in the yard and slurp up blades of grass like spaghetti! I am hoping they eat all the nasty spiders.
Well, I won’t make you wait any longer- here is a gallery of the chickens, they are getting BIG though they still chirp like babies Click on the first thumbnail to view the whole gallery.
Image by Lennart Tange
As soon as you take your time laying in your garden, you start to see more and more small creatures. This mite is scary as well as beautiful with its bright red colour.
Image by mgjefferies
This is a very small part of the robber-fly seen HERE to show the mite on its second abdominal tergite.
This is extracted from the original stacked photo and the field of view is less than 1mm from top to bottom. As can be seen this is at the limit of resolution of the camera sensor, we are running out of pixels! This is approx 400 pixels square.
Photo compiled from a stack of 35 photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac.
This is a guest post review and giveaway from my friend Amy, from over at The Fibro Frog!! I think this is actually pretty awesome and I can see me doing this in my kitchen on my boring white counter tops.
The Fibro Frog is excited to bring you this review and giveaway compliments of Giani Granite! I was not paid to provide you with this review and giveaway, but I did receive a free granite paint kit in my own color choice to use and base my review off of. I chose the Chocolate Brown kit. Let me tell you, when I received my kit I was sooo super excited to try it, but then I was also sooo scared that I’d mess it up LOL. I kept procrastinating using it, for fear I’d have a really messed up bathroom sink! Finally, I forced myself to set a date for the review and giveaway to go live, so that I’d have to use the paint and stop procrastinating LOL. See, I’m not a “crafty” person, nor am I a “handy” person around the house. All of my anxiety though, was for nothing! This kit was so easy and fun to use! My daughter, Courtney, helped me to sponge on the minerals and even she said “Wow, this is actually fun to do”!
Looking at the kit, I thought that there wasn’t any way in the world that I’d be able to make my plain ole white bathroom vanity top look like the granite looking countertops in the photos. I’m actually really impressed though! Here’s a photo of what My bathroom sink looked like before the Giana Granite Paint.
My daughter and I walked into the bathroom and looked at my clean, nice whit vanity top, then looked at each other and kind of giggled. We had the can that said Step 1 Primer and shook it up. When we opened it, we both peered into the can, then looked at each other. Courtney said “It’s black?” Yep, it was black. As we were applying it, we kept giggling and saying how we better not mess it up or we were going to be in big trouble! Here’s a photo of it after we’d applied the primer:
We had to let that dry for 8 hours. After the 8 hours it was time to apply the 3 cans of minerals with the sponge. We had the option of doing all one color and letting it dry, then doing another color and letting it dry, then finally applying the last color or we could just do small areas and apply one color right over top of the other color. We chose to do the latter. Courtney hit on one side of the sink, and I grabbed the other. Here’s what it looked like before we applied the final top coat:
We had to allow this to dry for at least 4 hours before applying the top coat. Two coats of the topcoat is pretty standard to use, and you can’t do over 3 layers. We chose to do 2 coats. I absolutely can’t believe it, but it looks GREAT, it looks like GRANITE, and I did it myself! If you love the look of granite countertops but you don’t love the price, then the Giani Granite Paint is most definately the way to go! Here’s a photo of the finished product. -And I want to apologize to you all that I can’t get a full shot of the sink as in the very first photo. I sold my backup camera and had to let the kit lens go with it. Therefore, all I have a big zoom lens to use and my bathroom is pretty tiny. I couldn’t get a full shot.
On the far corner, I believe you can easily see how shiny the top coat made it. It truly does look like granite! Like I’d previously stated, I chose the Chocolate Brown kit to base my review off of. What is so great about any of these kits though, is that you can totally customize how much of each color you want to show through. You can even go back and add some more of the black primer to have it show through more. So someone else may purchase the same Chocolate Brown kit that I have, but there’s may look lighter or darker then mine. It’s totally up to you how heavy you apply the colors! I highly recommend the GIANIgranite Kits!
Now, if you’d like to enter to win a FREE kit of your own, enter on the RaffleCopter form below! This contest is open to U.S. residents and the prize will be shipped directly to the winner from Giani Granite, once I provide them with the winner’s name, address, phone number, and the color of the kit they’d like to receive!
All entries will be verified so please make sure that you do what’s asked of you, if you hit the “enter” button!
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