Get Off My Chest

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“There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”

Garson Kanin

Relieve stress by taking pictures, coloring, painting, drawing, writing, reading, writing haiku, taking walks, exercising…

Bloody Deer Antlers

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My husband photographed these deer in our back yard. He was especially thrilled to get a shot of the whitetail buck deer with bloody antlers. A fuzzy velvet covers the whitetail’s antlers. The deer removes the velvet by rubbing his crown on saplings and shrubs, thus the blood. Ick.

I had to look up the whole bloody velvet antler process on the Internet. I did not just automatically know this. I’m a city girl. Don’t you forget it.

Our Self-Importance


“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” –Carl Sagan

Additional info: A Pale Blue Dot

  • Title: [The Earth with the Milky Way and moon]
  • Creator(s): Benda, Wladyslaw T. (Wladyslaw Theodore), 1873-1948., artist
  • Date Created/Published: [1918?]
  • Medium: 1 drawing : charcoal.
  • Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress

Wealthy and Great


Let the wealthy & great roll in splendor & state. I envy them not, I declare it.

I eat my own lamb, my own chickens & ham. I sheer my own sheep & I wear it.

I have lawns. I have bowers. I have fruit. I have flowers. 

The lark is my morning alarmer.

So you jolly boys now, here’s God Bless the plough.

Long life & success to the farmer.

– From a 15th century song

Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress

Luna Moth #lunamoth

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The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America.

Although rarely seen due to their very brief (1 week) adult lives, Luna Moths are considered common.

The adults do not eat or have mouths.

They emerge as adults solely to mate, and as such, only live approximately one week.

They are more commonly seen at night.

My son and I came home late one night to find this Luna on our kitchen window screen. It was beautiful!

Garnet Hill Sheets #GarnetHill

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I really love my country scene Garnet Hill flannel sheets.  I bought these sheets over 10 years ago and use them sparingly.  All of my guests love them.  I made the deer pillowcases – appropriate for New Jersey and Wisconsin – they are 100% cotton and cozy too.


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Faux Hunting #deerhunting

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When in Wisconsin, do as other Wisconsiner’s do!  

Would we have done this when we lived in New Jersey?  NO!  Anyway, we “faux” hunt.  The gun and jacket are borrowed.  The first and last time we will do this.  We like being in nature.

We are not fond of deer – they are very dangerous.  Have you ever hit one with your car?  And they are full of tics.  Have you ever gotten lyme disease?  They are very pretty and everything, but add extra stress to our lives.

p.s.  Jasmine, this is my backyard.  See how good that green picnic table would look?