Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Recycled-content felt at Joann

I was shopping for yarn at JoAnn, and I found recycled-content craft felt there (it's from the Kunin Group). Most of the colors are 100 percent postconsumer (PC) plastic (the red is only 50 percent PC). What is really cool is that, of the pre-cut craft felt choices at the store, almost all of them are recycled products. Another great use for old soda bottles.


Here are a couple of things from a walk that we took yesterday.

On our way to the river parkway, we found this hummingbird nest on a neighbor's lawn.

Umbels please me.

Ta ta for now,

Saturday, March 21, 2009

At the Coast

We birded along the coast today -- we saw the Yellow-billed Loon that's been hanging out in Tomales Bay.

The Horned Grebes and Common Loons are coming into breeding plumage -- very pretty (I didn't get any decent photos of them).

The Brant numbers were high, and we really enjoyed watching them feed on eelgrass. The Coots like the eelgrass too, and this one has a bunch of it on its back. Hope the Brant doesn't try to eat it!

Same photo as above

We saw the most adorable French Bulldog puppy at The Tides in Bodega Bay today. While this tiny puppy is very cute (in a bat-like, gargoyle-like sort of way), I must say that I don't approve of most animal breeding -- especially breeding animals that are prone to health problems. French Bulldogs have serious respiratory problems, and their heads are so large that they are usually born via C-section. Plus, there are so many cats and dogs that are already here that need good homes -- we don't need to make more. If you want a pet, please rescue one from a shelter!

Ta ta for now,

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Vernal Equinox

Today is the Vernal Equinox. It is also NASA's Sun-Earth Day -- the theme for 2005 was ancient observatories. Cool!

Monday, March 16, 2009

One more thing

Oh, and I am aware that Pullman borrowed ideas from authors who preceded him :-)

Good books

I just finished the last book -- The Amber Spyglass -- in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I don't usually care for fiction (I prefer to learn things when I read), but this trilogy was some of the best fiction I've ever read. Pullman deserves every award that he received for these books. I've read the first two Harry Potter books, and while they were entertaining, they cannot hold a candle to this trilogy.

Ta ta for now,