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Those Balloons Outside the Windows

 

 

It is the last weekend of the 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This event has happened every year since the early 1970’s and it is the largest of its kind on the planet. It is not unusual to see hundreds of balloons in the sky all at once, and the launch field often has close to 100,000 people watching the early morning ascent. One year we hosted a balloon pilot and hit the field every morning. No sleep that week!

I usually manage to make it to one of the balloon glows in the evening, followed by some great fireworks. Did not make it this year, but that does not stop me from feeling the week’s effects. I get to see a lot of balloons in the sky each morning on my walk. Yesterday, while near the mall just a few minutes from my house, I snapped this picture of the many school buses lining up to offer park and ride for the evening’s balloon glow. It was a quick moment and does not show the total picture. There were probably 3 times this many. Balloon week in Albuquerque is a huge deal! Even the weather was accommodating this year, the overnight temperature was above 55 degrees last night, sandwiched between two 80 degree days

If you have never been to the fiesta, make it a point to put it in your plans. Albuquerque is beautiful in the fall. Check out the official site for the BALLOON FIESTA to learn more. Start planning now because it gets crazy toward the actual event.

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BLOGGER’S FOG

Sign outside shop in Pioneer Town near Yucca City, CA sorta fits my vacation blogging!

Well, I am not sure how leaving town for a week turned into not blogging for 2 weeks, but it did. If I was really efficient, I would have some ready to publish while I am gone, or even better, be inspired every morning by sites on my trip. Neither happened, so now it is time to get in the mood, or mode, I should say. I started by jotting down a few ideas for future blogs, which means they are not represented in this one.

To get in the proper mode or mood, I will just share a picture I took on my way into town last Wednesday, a day before the full moon. Fortunately, we made it back prior to sunset, our usual goal. I glanced through the car window and wondered what the heck was that large object sitting on the mountain. The picture is not perfect, but you can see how large the moon was coming up from the east. It was huge!

The fog is lifting in proportion to my list of ideas. I will be back to normal soon with ideas for Fall and things that make sense.

And, please visit one or more of my affiliates to the right >>>> because that always makes sense.

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LABOR DAY SPECIAL

Tomorrow we recognize Labor Day here in the USA, a day dedicated to honoring American workers. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest that meant it was time for school to start and time to put away all the summer clothes.

Well, so much for those rules when one lives in New Mexico! Kids returned to school in mid August and who wants to put flip flops away when the temperatures are still reaching 90? Although I will say that when I took a walk this morning with that dog that lives at my house, it felt a lot like fall.

One thing that probably no one retires after Labor Day is sunglasses. I know I need them all year round, and I even did in the Pac NW. If you want to stock up in style be sure to check out SunglassWarehouse.com over this Labor Day weekend. All of there sunglasses are 40% off. This offer is only good until midnight ET on 9/4/17. Orders over $25 are shipped FREE!

 

WESTWOOD

Happy Labor Day! 

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HUMMER VISITS NAKED LADY

Every year the naked ladies return. Just as September arrives, the pond outside my sunroom/office windows welcomes the lovely Lycoris Radiata aka Spider Lily aka Naked Lady. This morning I was so lucky that a wonderful hummingbird chose to hang around a while. I was amazed he stayed for about 5 minutes and had a feast. Thank goodness for a handy cell phone camera!

These beautiful flowers are actually part of the amaryllis family. I love their color. 

If you want to add some color to your yard, porch, patio or pond, head over to BloomingBulb.com and check out all of their fall planting ideas. They have many Amaryllis and Lilly selections.

Blossom Peacock Amaryllis

$16.45 marked down to$11.52 for 1 bulb

Marilyn Lily Flowering Tulip

$13.95 marked down to $8.75 for 10 bulbs

No way I can do the selection justice with a couple of pictures. They have hundreds of choices on sale. And, they even have a zone finder so you know the whens and wheres of planting. Someone you know love gardening? BloomingBulbs sells gift certificates.

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WHOSE FEEDER IS THIS ANYWAY?

I can usually find ways to keep ants away from the hummingbird feeders. But, I have not figured out how to stop the woodpeckers from checking them out. This one, and ones like him, enjoy taking over the feeders whenever they feel like it. Probably is a lot easier than pecking away at the bark of a tree to find sap. As I was shooting a few pictures, a hummer tried to visit. After all, it is her feeder, or at least it was. There is tree just a few feet away in the front yard, but Mr Woodypants chose to sit on the feeder for at least 5 minutes.

If you enjoy watching the birds outside your windows like I do, consider heading over to myPotsandPlanters.comThey have some great bird feeders.

 

EDWARDIAN

Marked down to $44.95 from $64.95

Beautifully detailed feeder welcomes a variety of songbirds

Outer cage excludes squirrels and large birds

Fill with any type of bird seed

Powder-coated steel, aluminum alloy, polycarbonate ​

9-1/2″ in diameter x 14″ H (not including hanger)

Weighs 2 lbs.

           Holds 3-1/2 cups of seed

And, I love this bird bath! Those frogs are adorable.

ARCADIA TRADITIONAL

    Marked down from $99.95 to $84.95

Creates a relaxing atmosphere on your patio, deck, balcony or in your garden

Constructed of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)

Has an olive green finish

Water capacity of approximately 1.5 Gal.

1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $49

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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INSIDE OR OUT SPECIALS!

Sometimes we just need to know the deals. And, it’s up to me to keep you posted.

 

besthomefashion.com   Site wide sale 20% off   FREE SHIPPING ON ORDER OVER $50

                                   

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com   fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  OVERSTOCK SPECIAL – Frosted Glass Film from $15.98

blindsexpress.com  Graber Blinds 25 % off Sale – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com     20% off your first order – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And, if you want to have clean windows, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

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The Green Mess


 

Considering I live in New Mexico, where it can look brown and dry a lot, seeing all this green as I look outside my sunroom/office window is sort of refreshing. Our pond is overrun with water lilies. About 5 years ago a fellow bought almost all of them from us to put in a new housing development. As you can see, it did no permanent damage. I think I need to promote that happening again soon! Yes, there are fish trying to swim amidst that green mess. And, there are even flowers hiding somewhere. I did manage to get a pose from one of them.

 

Things to do:

             Remove many lilies as soon as possible.

             Find the fish.

             Head back over to myPotsandPlants.com to shop for pond and fountain goodies.

They have some amazing creatures to keep the fish and lilies company.

Hanna, the Hippo Spitter

Or how about …

Quack, The Duck

These two are only an example of the great selection of accessories you will find at myPotsandPlants.com. My work is cut out for me, and I will be sure to blog any progress.  Watch out Green Mess! Here I come.

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Shady Spectacles

 

Harlem

Blocking out the sun’s glare is almost as old as the sun itself. Exposure to UV light can increase the chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, conjunctival growths and certain cancers in the eye. New studies show that high altitude, mid-day exposure and some medications can make things worse. Why take that chance? Get some polarized protection at Sunglass WarehouseYou can buy them with prescription lenses, to wear over your normal glasses or just for fun. Even if you love to buy a top brand pair, having extras or substitutes is a great idea.  

Sunglass Warehouse is the place to visit!  You can get both protection and fashion. Their prices are so affordable you can have a pair handy anytime. Right now, they have many styles for under $20, and a code to use to get 15 % off your order. You will be amazed at the wide selection, and the options for protection and style. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25!

                                                           

        SUNGLASS WAREHOUSE

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THOSE DOG DAYS…

 

 

 

If asked, the dog that resides at my house would certainly agree that the dog days of summer have arrived.

It has been hot and humid (even here in Albuquerque) for days. Afternoons call out loud for a person to nap along with those dogs. Before I heed to that invitation, I want to remind all readers that the online places we refer you to have great ideas for summertime.

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  privacy and decor for your windows

blindsexpress.com blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And if your windows are dirty, I always suggest that you HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. 

If you insist on washing your own windows, please use a squeegee and a wetbar. And, the suggestion of using vinegar and wadded up newspapers that you see in a lot of “how to” info is really not a good one.Best tip…HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. They are not expensive and it really does improve your outlook on life!

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