Friday, March 23, 2007


Ok, this creature makes me just laugh out loud! I can't help it... WHAT WAS GOD THINKING??? This critter was created using a (terrific) reference photo from
MELANIE... thanx Mel! Any of you out there in blogland got more??? I would love your photos of animals of ANY KIND - high quality and preferable they be well posed! You can email 'em to me (along with permission) at I will credit you on that day's blog!

  • Here are some interesting facts about Ostriches:

  • Ostriches cannot fly.

  • The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometres per hour.

  • The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed.

  • Ostriches skeletons and fossils have been found which date back over 120 million years; ostriches are a true dinosaur.

  • Ostriches produce the strongest commercially available leather in the world and some of the most beautiful feathers.

  • Ostrich meat is a red meat and is very low in cholesterol, calories and is almost fat free. Ostrich meat resembles beef in its appearance and is cooked almost the same way. Ostrich meat tastes just like... well, it tastes just like ostrich meat.

  • Ostriches have the best feed to weight ratio gain of any land animal in the world. They are successfully farmed in at least 50 countries; from the coldest climates of Alaska to the equatorial areas of central Africa.

  • When fully grown an ostrich has one of the most advanced immune systems known to mankind.

  • Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal.

  • Ostriches stretch out their neck and lay their head on the ground to keep from being seen, hence the myth that ostriches hide in the sand.

  • An Ostrich will live to be 50 - 75 years old.

  • Although an ostrich egg is the largest of all eggs, it is the smallest egg in relation to the size of the bird.

  • Females sit on eggs by day; males sit on eggs by night.

  • To soft boil a fresh egg would take one hour. To hard boil would take 1 1/2 hours.

  • An Ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month until it is 7-8 months old.


(click HERE to find out more!)


Mel's coming to celebrate with us tonight!

Yesterday was a very busy one again... Miles and I drove up to Oliver where we had some business to take care of, and he took me for a killer 2 hour, 12 km brisk walk along the hike/bike path. The day was cold and grey and overcast but I managed to snap off a few photos of some things. Its funny how that goes... at the beginning of our walk I'm all gaga about any little thing that moves, in regard to taking photos, but by the end of like the 10k mark it has to be something pretty durn special to make me want to stop from getting my tired bumm back to the van...


Do you use FotoFusion? I have freinds who rave 'bout it.. and there seems to not be an awful lot 'out there' in the way of templates and such for it... so, if you do use it, you will welcome the following site! My friend Sonya and Katy are playin' around with creating FF and PS templates and have some for you to download at their blog site! Don't forget to leave 'em some lovin' for their generosity!



Now, out there soooooooooomehwere... a friend of mine is stuck in a stuffily little office... now I don't exactly know if you are in a cubicle or not, I don't remember you are if you told me.... at any rate, dear friend, the following is for you - an emergency backup for if you fall 'sleep in your section. (p.s. thanks for the great caffeine fix yesterday - I was so wired up when I arrived home my husband did not quite know what to do with me - kiddin' )

Best Excuses If You Get Caught Sleeping In Your Cubicle

* It's okay... I'm still billing the client.

* They told me at the blood bank this might happen.

* This is just a 15-minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to.

* I was working smarter, not harder.

* Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid paper.

* I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!

* This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!

* I was testing the keyboard for drool resistance.

* I'm in the management-training program.

* This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!

* I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga?

* Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.

* The coffee machine is broken....

* Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot.

* Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won't wear off!

* I was cross-training for telecommuting.

* Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!

* I wasn't sleeping. I was trying to pick up my contact lens without hands.


by Victoria Finlay

(what I'm reading now)

Part travelogue, part narrative history, COLOUR unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, COLOUR lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.


Lewis & Clark reached Pacific coast

1840 - 1st photo of moon taken

1929 - 1st telephone installed in White House


Get Thinkin' Easter!

I know I've featured this particular site in the past, but you know how that goes... and the content on this site is relevant and ever changing, same as my reading population is too, I imagine. There is an absolute WEALTH of fun Easter ideas here. See, even though our kids are grown and gone I still like to stay current for my readers (and my BIGGEST kid, my sweet husband) so I check out issues and back issues of this magazine, amongst others and glean the best info for you! Don't miss out on the fabulous VIDEO PODCASTS of recipes and projects. Enjoy!



  1. Good Morning Barb:)
    I was just reading your blog when messenger alerted me to let me know you had left a comment on mine.LOL.
    I want to thank you for the ostrich and the info about him.Very ineresting.:)
    I don't have any plans today except to dust the house and mop floors.The dusting seems useless since we have had the attic fan on the last few days and it draws dust in real fast.You should see it in here when the flowers are blooming and the pollen is heavy.Everything in the house is greenish yellow.But my dh insists we save energy.I do that by not dusting during those days.LOL
    Have a really great evening.I use to make pizza from scratch until I found out Dominoes has a Tuesday special.Buy one get one free.Can't beat that when you have four grown people in the house.:)So..Tuesdays has become our pizza night.And it sure is more fun letting someone else do the cooking.LOL


  2. What a beautiful ostrich! Thank you so much! Connie

  3. thank you so much for all you do!!!

  4. Thank you so very much for the awesome ostrich & seal & the info on them!
    Fantastic photo's too!!!!!!

  5. Great Ostrich facts. I feel enlightened. I saw some real ones in Africa. Beautiful & gangly at the same time. The males had the dark bodies & the females were more of a pale brown. Guessing your ref for this one must've been female. They look pretty funny when they're running!

    Thanks for the 'sleep at work' tips. I may need them one day. Just a small office, not a cubicle. Still ZERO on the personal space scale! Have fun with Mel tonight celebratin!

    I thoroughly enjoyed our visit lastnight. Even the hot cocoa left me buzzing too. But it was well worth it to visit & sit on the comfy couch.

  6. I'm just lovin these zoo animals! Thanks sooooo much!

  7. I'm just lovin your zoo animals....thanks so much!

  8. Thanks Barb for the newest freebie.
    And all the good reads...Always a pleasure to sit here and read at your blog...All the fun facts and the blurps if you get caught sleeping in your work space...



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