Monday, July 24, 2006

Cat Garden Glove Thief

Now *this* is a resourceful pet!

I have a red eared slider turtle and two zebra finches - they're pretty cool - but confined to their enclosures. Willy - a one year old cat - seems to bring his owner gardening gloves from the neighbor's yards! And takes two trips - to make sure that the owner gets a matching pair!

The owner is quite pleased that the cat doesn't bring dead birds home. I'm not sure I'd be happy getting dead birds dropped off at my front step - especially since I have birds! The cat's owner places the gardening gloves on a clothes line so the neighbors can stop by and pick up their pilfered gloves.

Here's Willy and his clothes line of gloves:

(From AP news story July 21st, 2006 - Photo is AP as well)


Wednesday, July 19, 2006



It makes you feel like the little duckling here

But often there's a someone/something who is like the duck watching over the duckling - so you can feel better. Like a parent, a friend or even a higher power!

Money is green. Like leaves on trees I guess. But debit cards and credit cards don't tend to be green. What colour is yours?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Heat wave

Seems like we're having a heat wave!

All the green grass will likely go yellow. I always think of water conservation when it gets hot outside. Actually - I wonder all the time about the kinds of things that we can do to conserve water - and about how we can purify water. I think about nations that have so very little clean drinking water - and how vital water is to humanity and the economy. Wars have been commonly about land, religion, social and political differences, and even sometimes about women! It will likely one day be about water and other critical natural resources!

Here's a few water conservation tips:

-Run your washing machine and/or dishwasher only when they are full
-Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks
-Get a water efficient shower head
-Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet
-Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
-When it's time to replace your washing machine - choose a front loading machine

The web is replete with tons of sites that have additional tips. If you can do one of these a day - then you've joined the group of people who believe that every single drop counts!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Nifty idea involving cows

Vermont has cow power!

CVPS Cow Powerâ„¢

So should we! Why don't we?

"Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport is the first farm to provide energy through CVPS Cow Powerâ„¢. Several other farms are expected to begin Cow Power production late this year or in early 2007. Blue Spruce has 1,500 cattle, enough to produce 1.75 million kWh a year."

I don't think it would work if you had lots of cats. Or people. But who knows! It seems like a good green idea.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Emails from beyond the solar system

I received this email from someone I do not know from an address I don't recognize at all:

for every empty, I could have sent Ernest packing a long time ago.
about a creature that thinks as well as a man but not like a man." (The
it. They say even a bullet can't get through. Of course, fire and mustard
place as heaven?"

And that's it! I guess it's spam. But - it's not clear to me what is being sold or pushed - other than... perhaps Hemingway novels or mustard. I like mustard. Is it a subliminal message that will make me have mustard with my sandwich at lunch? Maybe it's a secret code for the activation of some kind of interstellar communication device to finally allow us to speak with the fuzzy little green sentient beings from the Pleiades cluster?

Monday, July 10, 2006

kitten in a frog costume


So on one of my fraternal sibling's urging I have created my first post on my first blog.

Here's the burning issue of the month for me :

Why are campers (those which are towed by cars, stationwagons and trucks) not green? Are there green campers? Not so much as in color - but mostly in self sufficiency. I don't see any rain water collection and filtration, I don't see any solar panels on those slow campers I have to follow on the highway!! Why not? I'll look into it.

Is it a burning issue for you? Or just a lukewarm one?