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Praying Mantis on the side of our Garage

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw him.  He’s three to four inches long.  Biggest one I’ve seen in years.  The picture doesn’t really represent his size.  He was giving me the once over, I’ll tell you.

Dan O. De Ment

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Waiting for Spring

When you find yourself closed in during the winter months Spring is foremost on your mind.  The flowers in bloom, the new life, people having the ability to walk or ride in shirt sleeves and shorts, and, we move the clocks forward.  (Spring ahead and Fall back.) “Daylight Savings Time,” begins in th U.S. March 12th.

All the outdoor jobs need to be started, ie; scraping and painting the deck, replacing or painting windows on the home or garage, replacing trim on the garage, raking the yard to allow the new grass room to grow, caulking here and there around the house and garage, and cleaning out the garden for new growth. (to mention a few.)

Everything feels different in the Spring, doesn’t it?  The birds are singing their Spring songs, the air smells fresh and clean, at first – then the locust trees blossom with a fragrance that some love and others hate. Then, in the Central U.S., the honeysuckle blossoms with another powerful fragrance.  (allergy sufferers beware!) Meanwhile, many floral species have already bloomed and we’re enjoying their beauty. Downpours happen regularly to help everything grow to its full potential, while we hope the rains don’t plug our gutters with falling tree buds.  (I finally got smart and bought a utlilty pump that sets down, halfway, in my deck, and pumps out the water through a garden hose so the eight inch deep area under the deck doesn’t overflow and allow  water to find its way into our kitchen.

So, get ready, be prepared, and enjoy it.  Don’t forget to have your allergy medicine close at hand.  Oh yes, one more thing, why does March always feel like it lasts forever?

Dan O. De Ment

 

Facebook Messenger Made Easy

I’m going out of the Photography Genre here in case there are those of you out here that have been having the trouble I have with Facebook Messenger.

The App for Messenger specifies it is for PHONES.  I don’t use Facebook or Messenger on my phone, I use The Facebook App on my Nook HD and have tried the Messenger App on my Nook HD.  Messenger will not work on a Nook HD.  So I did some investigating using Google and found where this other man was having the same problem with his IPAD.

Another man picked up on it and said to use only your browser to log on to Facebook and Messenger will work fine – It does!  If you’re having trouble forget the APP.  Go to your browser and type in facebook.com and see what happens.  When Facebook opens it will look different than the APP version so take a minute to look around.  Up along near the top will be a row of clickable menu types…one looks like a folder and should have some numbers on it like 1,2,3, etc. depending upon how many messages you’ve received and not opened.  Click on it and, walla, you’re in Messenger.

Remember you may have to sign up for Messenger…or it may sign you in using your Facebook Login and Password…you may not have to actually log in at all.  You’ll need to check it out.

Give it a try and I hope it works for you.

Dan O. De Ment