Monday Thoughts: Today’s Jokes

Why does an inspiring sight like a sunrise always have to take place at such an inconvenient time?

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Bride to new husband:  “There you are, Darling … my first meal cooked just the way you better like it!”

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Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.  Women somehow deteriorate during the night!

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Monday Truth:  The repairman will never have seen a model like yours!

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Help stamp out and eradicate superfluous redundancy!

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My favorite oxymorons:

  • temporary tax increase,
  • tight slacks
  • twelve-ounce pound cake,
  • exact estimate.

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“Morning Glow” used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 1:47 am  Comments Off on Monday Thoughts: Today’s Jokes  
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Sunday Special: Gorgeous Scenery Rear Window Graphics

This week, I’ve added a number of new scenery rear window graphics and thought I might share them with you.

 

'Evening Call' by Vantage Point Grahics

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‘Night Light’ by Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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‘Flying Free’ by Vantage Point Grahics

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‘Summertime Eagle’ by Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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Fly Fishing at the Ruby Anthracite Mine Lake in CO (Vantage Point Graphics)

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'Winters Work' by Vantage Point Graphics

Remember

the Month of February

My NRA Graphics are on Sale!

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Come Back Monday: For an exciting article on hunting, fishing or camping.

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More than 1050 Rear Window Graphics in 28 Categories!

 

Published in: on February 27, 2011 at 12:09 am  Comments Off on Sunday Special: Gorgeous Scenery Rear Window Graphics  
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A Few More Words About Wolves

This is a continuation of my reminiscing about our big Siberian Husky, who lived with us for most of his 12 years.  We miss him still.

Part 1 is:   A Few Words About Siberian Huskies and Wolves

Who Can Forget the Lonely Howl of a Wolf?

Akula and Singing

Most evenings at dusk, our Husky Akula would start to sing.  He would howl with gusto!  The other dogs we had then joined in the singing, including our Chow, Wendy.

Wendy has carried on his habit.  Every evening about dark, she starts the schorus and our Lab and Bassett Hound chime in!

Akula has been dead for more than 5 years, and still they continue.  Neither the Lab nor the Bassett Hound ever met Akula, but they love to sing.

Wolves are Fascinating

Howling is part of a wolf’s pack behavior.  In spite of what humans belive, wolves do not howl at the moon.

To the wolf, their pack is everything.  A pack is a group of 8 to 15 wolves; usually they are an extended family.  There is the alpha male and alpha female, the pups and assorted subservient wolves.

Food is always an issue.  The alpha wolves are often assisted by the lower-level wolves to find enough to keep the pack fed.  Other lower-level wolves baby-sit the pups while the alphas are out hunting.

When a Wolf is Shunned

We often hear of the ‘lone wolf’.’  What is that?  It is a wolf that is shunned by its pack — perhaps for being a runt or one of the lower-level wolves who tries to take over the pack and survives (the fight).

This wolf can not join another pack but must create his own.  He may have to range more than 600 miles to find a mate and create his own pack.

While he is roaming, he is careful to circle around the marked territory of other packs.  If he doesn’t, they will kill him because he is not one of them.

When the Alpha Male Dies

Biologist Gordon Haber (of Alaska), compares the death of an alpha wolf to the death of a respected elder of a clan.

“Removing the depository of the group’s knowledge — for wolves the den-sites, trails, hunting strategies and interpack behavior — incapacitates the survivors.” *

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* Excerpt from Wolves, by Daniel Wood.  1994:  Whitecap Books, Vancouver, page 13.

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“Howling at the Moon” used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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More than 1000 Rear Window Graphics in 27 Categories!

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 9:35 am  Comments Off on A Few More Words About Wolves  
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A Few Words About Siberian Huskies & Wolves

Ever since our son brought home a Siberian Husky, I’ve been fascinated by wolves.  I think Huskies are (only) slightly more evolved wolves.

 

Siberian Huskies are Domesticated Wolves!

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We live in south Texas and one summer we had daily temperatures in the 100+.  Akula, our Husky, kept dropping weight and looked awful; I took the fateful step of moving him inside with us.

And our World Changed

Akula (Russian for ‘shark’) regained his lost weight and showed us what a ‘sociable’ dog can be.  He followed us into the bathroom … peeked at us from under the kitchen table … slept on his floor rug beside our bed.

After Akula died a few years ago (of old age – 12 years-old), he left a huge void in our lives.

My husband and I agreed it is unfair to bring a ‘cold-weather dog’ to such a hot climate.

When I get nostalgic about Akula, I take wolf and husky books out of the library.  I thought I’d share with you some of what I’ve learned.

Facts About the Wolf

 

Wolf Howling at a Full Moon

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About 12,000 years ago, man domesticated some wolves.  They are the ancestors of  all our dog breeds today.

It’s rather hard to see any wolf in a Pomeranian dog but no problem at all when you are looking at a Siberian Husky.

Huskies still have the howling trait of their forefathers, while most dogs bark.

When the 17th century colonists arrived in America, wolves ranged over all of North America from Canada’s Arctic tundra to central Mexico.

The only areas wolves did not inhabit were:  the southeast corner of the US and coastal Mexico and California.

The only other mammal that has adapted to such a range of climates and terrains is man!

More tomorrow!

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‘Teamwork’ used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics.

‘Howling in the Snow’ is used by permission of Restyler’s Choice.

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More than 1000 Rear Window Graphics in 27 Categories!

Published in: on February 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm  Comments (1)  
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Short Video: Elk Fight in Yellowstone Park

The Billings Gazette has an unusual video — “Bull Elk battle in the middle of the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.”

It’s something you don’t see every day!  Thanks to the kindness of

DanSchmidtDeer twittering about this video, I’m able to show this to you.

 

 

Remember

For the Month of February

My NRA Graphics are on Sale!

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We Have 1000+ Rear Window Graphics in 27 Categories!

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Want to Try Camping (On the Cheap)? Here’s How!

Where are the Campers?

States have noticed that ‘going camping’ is a dying art.  State parks especially, have noticed the down-turn in campsite usage.  And some states are doing something about it!

{This article is about Texas parks.  I’ll give suggestions:  how to see if your state has a program.}

The New Wrinkle in Camping: Your Tent Attached to Your Vehicle!

Texas Outdoor Family Program

Chris Holmes, director of the program, Texas Outdoor Family, explains. “We’ve recognized that fewer and fewer people are camping, especially in state parks.

People are becoming more and more disconnected from the environment, and they view the outdoors as a scary place. This new generation of parents never went camping themselves, so they just don’t know how to camp.”

Texas Parks & Wildlife has created a program for folks interested in giving camping a try … but don’t know where to start.

What to Expect

This weekend adventure includes camping equipment, expert help and learning activities.  What does the $55 charge include?

  • Individual car camping site for each family (up to 8 persons),
  • the camping equipment needed for the weekend,
  • professional park ranger-led programs and instruction,
  • a curriculum developed specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park,
  • state park junior ranger certification programs,
  • a “Leave No Trace” certified program,
  • restrooms with hot showers and
  • overnight state park police officer and security.

Before You Arrive

After signing up for the adventure, you receive checklists:

  • a suggested packing list for personal items and
  • special shopping list and menu

What Will You Do When You Get There?

Instructors will teach you how to

  • choose a good camp site
  • set up a camping tent
  • start a safe fire and
  • enjoy family camp cooking

Things that Vary According to Park

Everyone learns the basic skills.  However, parks offer different amenities.  They may include:

  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • equestrian skills
  • wildcrafting:  the art of finding useful and edible plants
  • “geo-caching” a game involving the use of a GPS device to track down a “cache” or a supply box filled with “treasures” for the kids
  • programs are available for minority or special-needs groups

Sounds Great … Where Do I Sign Up?

Check www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoorfamily for dates, locations.

Call the Texas P&W Reservations Center:   512- 389-8903.  Operators answer questions & make reservations.

After registration, a confirmation packet will arrive with directions and more details.

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How about your state?

Google:  (your state) programs + family camping

(ie: ) Virginia programs + family camping

Remember

the Month of February

My NRA Graphics are on Sale!

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Sunday Special: Patriotic Rear Window Decals!

Most Sundays, I show a few of the products from my website.  I may choose the newest additions to an established category (such as today), or show items in a new group (such as last week’s new Native American or First Peoples Window Graphics).

Patriotic Graphics

Since opening my website store almost 5 years ago, I have always offered Eagles & Patriotic Graphics.  They are a very American way of showing one’s support for our country.

On my site, the first dozen photos or so are images of eagles.  The rest of the section is dedicated to patriotic graphics.  Here are some of our new decals.

Starry Night is Illustrator John Rios' Interpretation of Francis Scott Key's words "gave proof through the night that our flag was still there." (from 'The Star Spangled Banner' - our national anthem)

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John Rios has also Created 'Liberty Freedom' Rear Window Decal

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John Rios has been Busy Creating Patriotic Window Graphics this Year! This one is 'Eagles Pride.'

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'Eagle Eye' Rear Window Graphic

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Wings of Freedom Back Glass Decal

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The Most Baffling Graphic on my Site -- 'Vengeance Clown.' Anyone Have any Idea About this One?

‘USMC’ is written on the knuckles of the clown.  I presume this has something to do with the Marine Corps.  However, I’m clueless.  Can anyone shed some light on this graphic design?

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The first 3 graphics are used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics.

The last 3 images are used by permission of Restyler’s Choice.

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Come Back Monday: For an exciting article on hunting, fishing or camping.

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

More than 950 Rear Window Graphics in 26 Categories!

 

Getting Your Share of Smallmouth Bass Action!

Disclaimer: There are many ways to fish successfully.  This is one of them.  There are other ways … but this one works for me.  I expect newbie anglers will be my audience.

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass have enough differences that we treat them separately.  Today– Smallmouth Bass.

 

Small Mouth Bass are Feisty Fighters and Fun to Catch!

Smallmouth Facts

A member of the sunfish family, smallmouths are rather picky about the waters they honor with their presence.  The temperature in streams, rivers, lakes, etc., must be rather cool.

In the spring, the females move to spawning flats * when the water temperature heats up between 48 to 55.   When the water temperature reaches 60 to 65, smallmouths get frisky and start the spawning process.

Smallmouths are also picky about pollution.  They will not live in polluted waters.  Even better, they prefer oxygenated waters.

Using This Info to Catch More Bass

Understanding the paragraphs above will help you catch more bass.  First, let’s talk about oxygenated water.

As water splashes against rocks and other barriers, the water mixes with the air.  This makes the water more oxygenated.

Thus, you will want to fish for smallmouths wherever water can be re-oxygenated – around boulders, in riffles and under/in underwater structures (weed beds, rock formations, log jams, etc.).

Spring Fishing

Try smaller lures and hooks in the springtime.  Look for water with a gravelly bottom.

When you are thinking about live bait, consider the crayfish.  We carefully polled as many smallmouths as we could find and they assured us that they prefer crayfish.

Summer Fishing

Smallmouths are not interested in the heat of summer.  As the water heats up, they move to deep pools (during the day).  They only emerge from sundown till sunrise.  This is the best time to fish.

They will move into shallow areas, rock piles and in reefs.

Fall Fishing

Now the water is cooling down and the smallmouth bass prefer the deep pools because the temperature is steady. Again, these bass will come out of the pools to eat at night.

Winter Fishing

Smallmouths stay in deep pools – where the temperature is constant.  They are not very active.  Mostly, they chase small bait fish (that are also in these deeper pools) during the cold months.

Favored Lures & Bait

Crayfish, Mepps spinners, Rebel, jig and pig, Rapalas & spinner baits.

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* Spawning flats have a gravel floor in 8 to 10 feet of water.

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** Smallmouth Bass Tailwalking Profile is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 1:11 am  Comments Off on Getting Your Share of Smallmouth Bass Action!  
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Today’s Jokes: What Were They Thinking? Part 2

A Personal Note: On Monday, I prefer to have a meaty article to start the week.  However, we got a lovely surprise — our son Chris flew in from California and I took Friday & the weekend off.

This is an article I was holding for later in the week.

I’ve started an article on fishing and lures … and I’m too tired to get very far on it.  I’ll make every effort to get it to you on Tuesday.

Sometimes, you see photos and wonder what was going on in the mind of the one in the photo.  These are the rest of those images (I showed the first 1/2 on Friday).   Enjoy!

 

I'm Speechless!

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Repeat after me: What's Behind You is Not Important!

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What an Interesting Location for a Home!

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Oops!

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I've Heard of Number Crunching, but this is Ridiculous!

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Not One of this Snake's Smarter Moves!

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Somebody with a Death-Wish?

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Don't Try this at Home! What Happens When Some Smartie Decides to Put the Electric Teapot on a Hot Burner!

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O-K!

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Let Me Guess: This is a Blond Joke?

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The Luck of Some People: If I Were Bathing this Cat, What You Wanna Bet It Would Turn Into an Attack Cat?

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Thanks for Visiting!  Come back Soon!

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Don’t Forget: My NRA Rear Window Graphics are on Sale during the month of February!

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We now have 900 + Graphics in 26 Categories!

Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 12:45 am  Comments Off on Today’s Jokes: What Were They Thinking? Part 2  
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Sunday Special: Native American Graphics

Most Sundays, I show a few decals for the rear windows of vehicles.  This week, I’m proud to announce that we have added a new category:  Native American Rear Window Graphics!

 

A Quiet Black Feet Indian Village - Situated Near Mountains

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The Sound of Heartbeats & Hoofbeats

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Three Indians

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The Old Warrior

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Serene Encounter

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The Spirit Seekers

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* Images 1, 3, 5 provided by Restyler’s Choice Graphics

** Images 2, 4, 6 used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Remember

 

For the Month of February

My NRA Graphics are on Sale!

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Come Back Tomorrow: for a new article on hunting – fishing!

This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

We Have 900+ Rear Window Graphics in 26 Categories!

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 12:05 am  Comments Off on Sunday Special: Native American Graphics  
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