Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Not so Wordless Wednesday

One week ago today we had a record high of 98 degrees......
Last night it was 25.


Today I wore a coat hat and gloves to do chores..... I don't think I'm ready for winter.



Updated: 4:00 am PDT on September 30, 2009
Active Notice: Local Storm Report (US Severe Weather)
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Today
Partly cloudy. Highs 52 to 57. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Gusts around 30 mph in the afternoon.

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Tonight
Partly cloudy. Lows 22 to 31. West wind 5 to 15 mph and gusty in the evening becoming light.
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Thursday
Partly cloudy. Highs 61 to 66. Light wind.

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Thursday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 25 to 34. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light.
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Friday
Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 54 to 62. Light wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

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Friday Night and Saturday
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows 26 to 36. Highs 46 to 54.
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Saturday Night and Sunday
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and snow showers. Lows 19 to 29. Highs 47 to 54.
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Sunday Night
Partly cloudy. A chance of rain showers and a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 19 to 29.
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Monday
Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and snow showers. Highs 53 to 58.
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Monday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows 21 to 31.
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Tuesday
Partly cloudy. Highs 57 to 66.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wednesdays Word of the Week



Biophilia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.

The term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital.Wilson uses the term in the same sense when he suggests that biophilia describes "the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He proposed the possibility that the deep affiliations humans have with nature are rooted in our biology. Unlike phobias, which are the aversions and fears that people have of things in the natural world, philias are the attractions and positive feelings that people have toward certain habitats, activities, and objects in their natural surroundings.

To many people, "nature" means plants as in a park or forest, but the weather and animals are also closely involved. In the carefully structured book "Children and nature: psychological, sociocultural, and evolutionary investigations" edited by Peter Kahn and Stephen Kellert , the importance of animals, especially those with which a child can develop a nurturing relationship, is emphasized particularly for early and middle childhood. Chapter 7 of the same book reports on the help that animals can provide to children with autistic-spectrum disorders.Product of biological evolution

Human preferences toward things in nature, while refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. For example, adult mammals (esp. humans) are generally attracted to baby mammal faces and find them appealing across species. The large eyes and small features of any young mammal face are far more appealing than those of the mature adults. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that the positive emotional response that adult mammals have toward baby mammals across species helps increase the survival rates of all mammals.

Similarly, the hypothesis helps explain why ordinary people care for and sometimes risk their lives to save domestic and wild animals, and keep plants and flowers in and around their homes. In other words, our natural love for life helps sustain life.



I encountered this word today while looking at aquarium information. I have an aquarium, I've had it for many years and I have a catfish that I have had for over 16 years. The other 6 fish in the tank are Giant Danios.

They are comical fish, I have had them for about 2 years they are rather long lived and easy to care for, they are hardy and tough.

I guess having pets and certainly horses fit into the definition of biophilia.

I learned something new today.



Biophilia, The Human Bond With Other Species,
Edward O. Wilson

Monday, September 14, 2009

Public Service Announcement


Surgeon General’s Warning on Horse Hair


In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance in the hair of horses. This substance, called "amobacter equuii" has been linked with the following symptoms in female humans:
1 reluctance to cook,

2 reluctance to perform house work,

3 reluctance to wear anything but boots,

4 reluctance to work except in support of a horse,

5 physical craving for contact with horses (may be an addiction, Beware!)

If you come in contact with a female human infected by this substance,
be prepared to talk about horses for hours on end.

Surgeon General's Warning: Horses are expensive, addictive, and
may impair the ability to use common sense.------ --

I have been suffering with amobactor equuii for decades!!

I have also been known to wear the most disgusting clothes (beet pulp splatter, green slobber, eye boogers, etc.) around the barn and house and then forget I have them on and go to town!
I have been known to eat corn from their feed and drink water from their buckets.

I have been known to haul excessive quantities of hay and chop ice in bitter cold for their comfort while drinking cold coffee and eating stale candy bars for sustenance.
I have been known to drive for untold hours through the night to feed them so they didn't have to wait til morning.

I have been known to budget for dental care and footwear for the horses while I skip the dentist and wear second hand boots.


I'm sure that I'm badly infected.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009