Archive for September, 2011

Fall Color Flowers


These nice spider mums are in the vase on my desk this weekend. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Meet Beethoven

On an impulse, after seeing an item in the local newspaper that featured a “Pet of the Week” item, we went to the Humane Society of Wickenburg (NOT affiliated with HSUS) and adopted Beethoven, another Miniature Pinscher. Now, Cabela has a new little brother.

Beethoven (AKA Bay Bay) is a little underweight and has been through several adoptions that did not work out, but we have had him here all day and think that he will be just fine with us and our other two dogs. He is about eighteen months old and at this time, he is on my lap enjoying a nap and back rub.

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Another Grueling Day of Retirement

high-ph.jpgMy biggest problem today is getting the water chemicals adjusted in the spa. I have the MPS (monopersulfate) and the alkalinity in range, but the PH balance is a little high. I went on-line to find out how to lower the PH. The answer is to add a mild acid to the spa such as white vinegar or a commercially-available granulated acidifier.

I took a photo of a couple of water test strips showing the before and after results when I added chlorine today. You can see that the second strip (closest to the container) matches colors for in-range condition for the top two pads only.

The plan is to see if our local discount store has a granulated acidifier in stock. If not, plan B will be to order some on-line.

We have had spas in the past in California, but we never worried very much about the chemical composition until now. We want this spa to outlast us, so we better take care of both it and us. ;)

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Purple Sage

There are many purple sage shrubs that grace the landscapes of homes and businesses. Now that “second spring” is here, many of the shrubs are in bloom. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Sixth Blogiversary

GardeniaIt has been a little over six years since we converted our old webpages to the WordPress publishing platform and started to blog. We try to have a new post up every day - some of them conservative political content, some of them about family activities and some of them posting Damsel’s photos. In fact, the first three posts from September 2005 were one of each type of post.

The image at the right is the first of Damsel’s lovely flowers posted here.

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Arizona Sunset

Last night was just beautiful. We had a few showers and a gorgeous sunset. Click on the image to enlarge.


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Red Bird Seed Pods

We did two things today (other than watching football on TV): we attended Smithsonian Day at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum here in town (free admission) and we dropped by our landscaper’s new store to ask about trimming and planting seeds from my Red Bird of Paradise shrubs. In the last few days, seedpods have sprouted from the flower stems. He gave us advice on how to trim back the shrubs for winter and how to prepare the seeds for planting. Maybe next spring I will have several more of the red birds in the garden. Click on the image to enlarge.


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