Despite the tedious days of cold and gray — from which we’ve only recently received a break in my part of the country — the neighborhood cardinals have been singing lustily. I suspect it is the lengthening of daylight, rather than the (absent) warmer temperatures, that governs this. (Plus that lust business.) I understand that cardinals are expanding their range across North America. Good for them!
Friday past was the deadline for submissions to the next Festival of the Trees being hosted at The Voltage Gate. You can look for the 45th Edition to come up there tomorrow. Be sure not to miss it.
If you’re interested in subscribing to the Festival via email, clever Dave has installed a new widget that will allow this. (The old Feedblitz function will still work if you are using that.) Go to the coordinating blog and click on the Subscribe by email link in the left sidebar near the top to get started. This new function has several advantages over the old:
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- There’s no advertising at the bottom of the email.
- It’s easier to subscribe via a form right in the sidebar (or for logged-in WordPress.com users, a single click), and it’s easier to unsubscribe via a link at the bottom of every emailing.
For more information, head on over to the Festival coordinating blog.
One year ago I was talking about sucking toads.
Two years ago I revisited a fallen giant. (Time to visit again.)
Three years ago I offered pecan plat palaver.
Four years ago I got to the heart of the matter (again).
Back in the evil days of absinthe, a substance known as thujone was identified as the cause of all of the supposed bad effects of the drink. While this is valid, the amounts of thujone present, even in the unregulated versions of the drink, were found to be minute, especially after the distilling process. So enjoy your absinthe.
The Nature Blog Network continues its quest for world domination. As of this reckoning, they are only seven blogs shy of an even thousand members.
The realtor called yesterday while we were out to say that the buyer for the remaining half of Fallen Timbers was down to make his personal inspection (all the way from Chicago) and approved the land, so as soon as the title company can get the paperwork together, it’s a done deal. We reaped many years of wonderful use out of that property, and we made a fine profit from the sale. (Plus the improvements to the dam and the road at Roundrock are not going to be cheap.) Also, remember that timber trespass we had there years and years ago? It was along this half of the land, and the survey we had done to prove the property line cost more than a thousand dollars. It turns out that we can deduct that from the profit of the sale. At least some good came of that.
- Purim (begins evening before)