Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Meowy Christmas!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hi everyone!
     Well, guess what my 'Hurricane Molly' did today!! She tried to jump from the toilet onto the windowsill above it and knocked one of the planters over! She must have done it when I was out this morning because I didn't hear anything. But when I went into the BR to use the toilet I was shocked beyond words!!! Even when Speedbump was a kitten he never caused the chaos Molly does!
"Who, me? No way. Not me! It was like this when I came in here."

You can see the windowsill above that she tried to get on.

It started out overcast again today but by noon the sun was shining and it was warming up. 

Happy Turkey Day! Let us not forget to give thanks for all our blessings! 
Here's a little piece of trivia. Maybe some already know this. Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted to have the wild turkey to be the official bird of the United States instead of the bald eagle. He felt that the characteristics of the eagle such as stealing the food that other birds caught didn't represent what we wanted our country to stand for.

Good night! Don't let the bedbugs bite. If they do beat 'em till they're black & blue!!! 


     Back to the Zoo! This first one is Savanna Blooms Garden. Every time I go there it looks different depending on the seasons.
Savanna Blooms Garden, Jax Zoo, FL

     The next 4 are in the diet kitchen. We didn't get to see all of it such as where they keep the bugs. She said they buy thousands of crickets and other bugs every week. There is so much involved in feeding the animals. The lady that runs the kitchen has so much to do, organize, buy, budget, etc. etc. etc.  . . . .
. . . . and everything has to be spic 'n span clean!
     This is one of the rooms that holds the dry food - bags and bags of it for all different animals from anteaters to zebras & everything in between!  

The dry food.

It's fun to feed the Giraffes! Try it when you go to the zoo!
   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~        These are bottles of popped Popcorn for the animals! It provides them with a different activity. They do all kinds of things to keep them occupied and interested. Besides things like this they throw in toys for them to bat around, they hide food for them to find etc.

Bottles of popped Popcorn for the animals!
     Short one today. It's late and I have to go to bed. This is supposed to be Monday's post but it is already Tues!!
     Today was another completely gray, overcast day! They said we would have sun, but they were wrong again!
     All of you who are going to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holidays please be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hi all, are you ready for your zoological lesson?

     It took me longer than I thought to get back to you. Took me forever to weed through my zoo pics. It was a terrible day for photography, totally overcast, damp, & chilly so the pics aren't good. I still had a great time, though! I took a total of 163 photos & ended up with 83! I deleted almost half of what I took. We got to go into the zoo diet kitchen and see all the foods hear all about it. I rented an electric scooter - a life (or back) saver!!! I could have never done all that walking.

     I took the 1st pic while riding on the St. Johns River Ferry and shows the kind of day it was. And even though I live right across the street from it I missed it & had to wait for the next one which was less than a half hour. It's a short ride!
Riding the ferry across the St. Johns River, Mayport, FL
      The 2nd pic is of the Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus). It's range is Ethiopia and south-central Africa, with the largest populations occurring in southern Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana.  On the endangered species list they are listed as Vulnerable and they are on SSP which is Species Survival Plan. 
The Wattled Crane from Africa
      #3 is the Goliath Heron (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and it's range is Africa south of the Sahara; Pakistan; Syria; Iraq. As you can guess by its name it's the largest living heron at 4.9 feet tall. A bit of folklore: the name “heron” is related to the Greek word “krizein.” which means, “to cry out or shriek.” And it's not endangered, but regional populations are relatively small.  Exposure to pesticide residue in prey may be a threat to its survival. 
The Goliath Heron from Africa. Looks something like our Blue Heron.
      #4 seems to be having 'a bad hair day' and is the Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and it's range is Sub-Saharan Africa; vagrant in Israel, Liberia and Spain. The species is evaluated as Least Concern on the Endangered List. The marabou stork is sometimes called the “undertaker bird,” due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes, a large white mass of “hair.”
The Marabou Stork from Africa.Yup, I spelled it wrong on the pic.

And the last one for today is a snake - the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica). I didn't get any good pics of snakes. The Green Mamba was too active. She was constantly moving & I will never get a better photo of them than the one I posted previously. The Viper's range is Central to South Africa in forested areas. 
     The Gaboon viper is venomous and their bite can be fatal. Its body length can approach 6 feet. It can weigh up to 25 pounds. Females tend to be larger than the males. The head is triangular. 
     On the largest individuals, the head can be nearly six inches across its widest point. They have the longest fangs of any snake, reaching 2 inches in a large specimen.Yikes! Hope they never get loose up here!!! It's not endangered but is more severely threatened by agricultural development than by natural predators. 
The Gaboon Viper from Africa. 
All these except the 1st one were taken at the 
Jacksonville, FL Z00 and Gardens. 

Hope I didn't bore you with all this info, but I think it's absolutely fascinating. More tomorrow.

Oh, the sun finally came out today after a week of overcast & sometimes drizzle!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good Morning! This will be fast because I have to leave by 9:15 a.m. I'm going to the Zoo! I'm going to the Zoo! I'm going to the Zôô!!! Yippeeeee! Today is the Ed-venture for the class 'Wild about Jax Zoo'! Even though today is an overcast, drizzly day I'm so excited! 

Anyway, yesterday I had a disaster sort of - not major but stupid on my part. The new cards I made at Stamp Club got ruined. I had my ice water held between my arm & body and lots of other stuff in both hands. I dropped something, bent over to pick it up withOUT thinking and spilled my water on my brand new cards! stupid, stupid, stupid!!! Mostly because I have done the very same thing before! And because I didn't put my cards away safe & sound!!!! So I salvaged what I could from them to make over again. At least I took pics of them before this happened. Here they are before. They were designed by my instructor, Sharon Field

This is ALL I salvaged!

"What do mean 'Don't touch it?!"  


"Aren't I just the cutest kitten you've ever seen?!"
Yikes, it's 9 already & I'm not ready! I also get to ride the Mayport/St. Johns River Ferry today!
 By for now. 

You are welcome to leave comments! They brighten my day! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hi! Thank goodness the election is all over!!! I've had all the back-stabbing, mud-slinging political ads I ever want to see!  I did go and vote and was very lucky to live in a small precinct  so I didn't have to wait at all.  

My cold is still lingering on a bit. I can't get rid of my cough. But I'm sure it will pass in time.

Today I went to my stamp club class. We made 3 cards. I can't post what I made yet because I didn't finish. I had to leave to go to my class at UNF. I love this class. It's called 'Wild about Jax Zoo'. This was the 2nd one & unfortunately there's only one week left. But that will be a 'field trip' or as the school calls it 'an ed-venture'! Next Wednesday we meet at the zoo and will get to tour the diet kitchen where they fix all the food for the animals. We will also have a talk by the Zookeeper. I can't wait! I love the zoo!!! I don't go in the summer because it's so hot. And I've was laid up all last fall & winter from my knee & ankle surgeries. And I have a membership so I get in free all the time. Those who know me know I just have to post some of my fave photos I've taken over many trips to the zoo! I have hundreds of pics! It's really hard to pick out just a few!
Sandhill Crane

Komodo Dragon
Komodo Dragon
Feeding the Giraffe
"Go ahead, Make my Day"

 Quito, the Silver-backed Gorilla
Me feeding the Giraffe
"Give me a little kiss, will ya, huh?"
Green Mamba snakes - Highly Venomous

Wood Stork with babies. They don't belong to the Zoo,
 the storks just took up residence in the trees at the zoo!
Quito is a ham! He sat there and posed for me!
 It's so much fun to watch him-maybe he thinks the same about us!
This is a Ground Leadbeaters Hornbill. He's got a big bug I guess.
I have a pic of one with a mouse in his mouth but it's not a
  good photo plus I love how the eyelashes gleam in the sun.

 I'm off to bed now. Have to go to T.O.P.S. tomorrow & I've probably gained weight :(

Good night!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hi all,

Sorry I haven't been around for awhile. I've been sick with a miserable cold. And today is the first day I've even been feeling well enough to be at the computer. And I'm not going to be at it very long. You know, I get sick down here way more than I ever did back in the cold north!!!

Here's the pics I was going to post days ago. The first ones are of the St. Johns River at the Little Jetties in Mayport after Hurricane Sandy went by us. It was beautifully clear & sunny but the river was still quite angry! These were taken 10/30/12
St. Johns River, Mayport, FL
St. Johns River, Mayport, FL

The Little Jetties, St. Johns River, Mayport, FL

Usually there's many people fishing here but this was the only person braving the wind and 'cold'.

It's not often there actually waves washing up on shore!

The poor birds could hardly stand still & when they flew they were blown sideways!

When I left he was still fishing!! Now, does he look like he's in hot sunny Florida?  
On October 29 we took my daughter's gentleman friend out to eat at El Potro in Jacksonville Beach for his birthday! I'm not that fond of Mexican food but they love it! And I found out I absolutely hate guacamole! Ick! But we had fun!
The birthday boy, John

My beautiful daughter, Michelle

My beautiful granddaughter, Kaytlin

And me in my handmade Halloween shirt.

My food.

Well, toodles for now. I'm going back to my lounge chair watch TV with Molly on my lap.