Archive for June, 2010

Cleaning the Hawg

cleanup.jpgWe went shooting today. Since we have been arranging for our new Arizona home, we have been remiss in going to the range. When we came home, it was time to get out the gun cleaning toolbox and scrub off all the crud.

I took this picture of my Warthog after I got her all cleaned up. The .38 special rounds are for my other gun. Click on the image to enlarge.

We shot our .38 special S&W 442, our .357 magnum S&W 686, our .45 ACP Glock 30, this gun and our Remington 870 12 gauge security shotgun. We were a little out of practice but we both felt better about shooting.

We had a lot of fun but today was our last trip to Sharpshooter.

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Pencil Cholla Flower

I got this image from the archive. When we went to Arizona in May to buy our property there, a lot of the cactus were in bloom. There is a pencil cholla in our new back yard that will have flowers like this one next spring. Click on the image to enlarge.


From Todd’s Desert Hiking Guide:

The Pencil Cholla is a member of the Cactus Family. It is a shrubby cactus which can grow to 9 feet in height and has many cylindrical, smooth, jointed sections which are up to 6 inches in length and 0.5 inches in diameter. The plant typically grows in the southern portions of Arizona in sandy plains and washes at elevations between 1000 - 3000 feet. The Pencil Cholla gets its name from the many narrow jointed segments which comprise the cactus.

The Pencil Cholla typically blooms between May - June and produces yellow, greenish or brown flowers to 1 inch in length, followed by a spineless red tinged fruit to 1.5 inches in length.

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Political Hourglass

Replacing McChrystal with Petraeus won’t help the Democrats in November according to Ramirez . . .


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R. Lee Ermey - Therapist

Does a former drill Sargent make a TERRIBLE therapist? We just started seeing this commercial for Geico the past couple of days. It is just hilarious.

Disclaimer: the intent is to entertain - not to endorse auto insurance.

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Aeonium Arboretum

This subtropical succulent, Aeonium Arboretum, has been growing on our patio for years. I don’t think I have ever posted an image of it. Click on the image to enlarge.


Wikipedia offers this additional information:

Aeonium is a genus of about 35 species of succulent, subtropical plants of the family Crassulaceae.

The name comes from the ancient Greek “aionos” (=immortal).

Most of them are native to the Canary Islands. Some species are found in Madeira, Morocco and in eastern Africa (for example in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia).

The rosette leaves are on a basal stem. Low-growing Aeonium species are A. tabuliforme and A. smithii; large species include A. arboreum, A. valverdense and A. holochrysum.

Aeonium are not frost-resistant. They are related to the genera Sempervivum, Aichryson and Monanthes, which is easy to see from their similar flower and inflorescences. Recently, the genus Greenovia has been placed within Aeonium.

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Warning Signs Don’t Secure the Border

Captain Kickass and the jackals in the Administration in D.C. are still holding our border security hostage for “comprehensive immigration reform” (amnesty, actually). Arizona Governor Jan Brewer posted this on her website today:

PHOENIX –– Earlier this month, Governor Jan Brewer sat in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama to discuss the critical issue of border security. The Governor personally related to the President the concerns of millions of Arizonans over the lack of security on Arizona’s southern border. During their visit, President Obama committed to present details, within two weeks of their meeting, regarding his plans to commit National Guard troops to the Arizona border and commit to spend $500 million in additional funds on border security.

Two weeks have come and gone and still it’s all talk and no action. (more)

Watch the one minute video below.

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Lovely Lily

I am so pleased with the late spring/early summer Asian lilies that I planted in pots on the front porch. These are not only colorful, but prolific in flower production. Click on the image to enlarge.


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