Saturday, July 30, 2016

Visited my daughter in Olomouc, Czech Republic a few weeks ago. Public transportation always available, and beautiful cobblestone streets everywhere! She is there teaching English and making wonderful, sensitive, compassionate friends. So proud of her, and happy she's becoming a thoughtful global citizen.
So much of this country looks like Virginia: low, forested mountains and farmlands throughout the countryside. We saw solar panels and windmills as we traveled by train. We ate very well in local restaurants. Tasted local beers and wines as well! Lovely trip, thanks to our local tour guide!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


A few things I am thankful for during this holiday season:
 Family, a home in the great outdoors, plenty of food and warmth, a best friend who also happens to be my life partner, a beautiful daughter who is making her way in the world, animals I enjoy, a job that allows me to have a life outside of it, good health, and friends who are fun to hang around with.

  So, Glori got a little close. I love the trails around our home.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mars, here we come!

Today was the Virginia Science Festival in Roanoke. I really enjoyed listening to the research being done to get humans to Mars. There is a special, light-weight material called zylon that can withstand very high temperatures (for entry) and is built into stacked rings to help with landings. This astronaut-model was present, illustrating the new and improved spacesuits. The material was strong but lightweight as well. So much STEM and STEAM taking place today with kids everywhere. It was GREAT!!!! Thanks to all sponsors for making this happen.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Snakes are not enemies!

This is mole kingsnake, left. It is a skinny, 2'-3' long snake that usually remains underground and eats insects, a few mice, and maybe some frogs here and there. Sure, if cornered it may bite, as any animal might. It is NOT a copperhead. I stopped a couple of men from killing one today because they said it was a copperhead. Please realize that copperheads (shown below) have distinctly triangular heads, an obvious pattern, and is much fatter/thicker around.

This guy, right, is a copperhead. These pictures are fairly to scale, so you can see how much fatter the copperhead is, plus the pattern and head that are very distinct.

Snakes are good to have around!!!! Please don't kill one just because it's there. I know, I know, some of you are terrified of them. Not sure why that is, but just leave them alone out in the world, and they'll leave you alone.

I've had black snakes in my barn. They keep the mice under control.