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Zoo – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Z

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Zoo – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Z #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter Z

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Today is the last day of the A to Z Blog Challenge. It’s been a long month of letters and posts, but I’ve enjoyed it all.

Thank you all who’ve stopped by for a visit, your comments, and likes. I appreciate it very much. Hope you found some entertainment from my posts this year. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “We wish you a happy spring!”

Zoo

We don’t have a zoo here in our town, but I’ve been to several over the years in other places. The first one I remember going to was when I was a kid. We visited my relatives in Enid, Oklahoma, and made a short day trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo. That was fun. We have old home movie film of that trip to the zoo.

Next one I remember was the San Antonio Texas zoo, back in the 60s. It was included in our vacation to the Hemisfair that year. We also traveled to Austin on that trip.

Then, I’ve been to a zoo in Japan, and in Germany. Don’t remember much about these, and can’t find any photos we took at the time.

I’ve also been to a wildlife park in central Texas, called Topsy Ranch. We drove through the area, and the animals would come up to the car.

A few years ago we went to the zoo in St. Louis Missouri. That one was really nice, with lots of landscaping, and things to look at.

Last year in May, we visited my daughter and her family in Kansas City Missouri. While there we went to the zoo, which is just down the street from where they live. It is a beautifully landscaped zoo, with lots to see and do there. We did see lots of animals, and most were in their area recreated to be their natural habitat.

We took a boat ride through the zoo, and also a cable car/seat ride over the area, too. Below are some photos I took.

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The photos are:

  • Green & white sign – Kansas City Zoo
  • Sign arched over entrance to zoo with the name & a lioness on it
  • The boat we took a tour on a river through the zoo (white with a tan roof)
  • A penguin standing on ice/snow
  • Two elephants with jungle type greenery background
  • A white stork & baby standing on a log
  • A large green, red & blue parakeet/lorikeet
  • Two giraffes by a tree
  • A gray stingray in a pool (we could pet them)

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Peace, love & Zee End”

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Tie dyed paper background of pink, green, blue, yellow…Peace Love in colorful foam letters …fuzzy toy chickens & a toy giraffe with the mystery box

 “See ya next April”. ❤

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Yard Sale Tale – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Yard Sale Tale – a to Z Blog challenge 2019 – Letter Y

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Buy us something good.”

As promised, here’s a funny yard sale tale.

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Bookshelf fiasco – This yard sale was a couple of blocks from our house. I’d been to a lot of sales that Saturday morning, and this was the last one before heading home. We had an old Chevy van, and there was quite a lot of items in there that I’d bought. Some of those were potted plants…a lot of these, and I needed to get them home before they wilted in the heat of the day & being in the van for so long.

Well this sale…I spied a cool bookshelf for sale in these people’s yard. I was in a hurry to get out and buy it. I went up to the lady holding the sale, asked her how much ($15.00), gave her the money, and proceeded to get the bookshelf. However, some other customer was standing there dismantling the bookshelf, and about to haul it off to her car. I said, hey…that’s mine…I just paid for it. Well, she argued with me, but finally gave up. I mean, I had already bought it.

So, I get it in the van, and what do you know…it wouldn’t start. I tried starting it over and over, and it just wouldn’t. So I walked home and told the mister he’d have to go fix the van, and where it was. Well, he did, but it didn’t really need fixing. That’s because I’d been in such a hurry to get out, I’d just turned the engine off, and didn’t even put it in park. It wouldn’t start because of that. Yeah. He drove it home, and I was able to unload the plants, bookshelf, and other things. You know, we had that shelf for many years after that. It was worth all the trouble in the end. 🙂

Well, now I see how long this yard sale tale is, I think I’ll end it here. I do have some more stories, though, so plan on sharing them in separate posts soon.

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photo of books on a bookshelf found on pixabay

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© 2019 BS

 

 

 

X-tra Special X – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter X

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X-tra Special X – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter X

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X-TRA SPECIAL X

The letter X is such a versatile letter. You see it in all areas of writing. I think it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If you look in the dictionary, the words listed for the letter x seems to be one of the shortest entries. Most of the words are hard to pronounce, and the meanings are a bit technical. In the real world, using the letter x is very common. It takes the place of putting ‘ex’ in a word. It serves to shorten it, and make it stand out. Some examples in advertising would be…X-treme, X-tra, X-terior, and X-ams. The x is usually a big, capital one, to draw attention.

One of the earliest uses of the letter x, was found in the Middle Ages. People would sign an X for their signature. The X is a form used for the cross, in Christian religion. Sometimes, people would sign a document with the letter X, then kiss it, showing they were sincere, their faith, and honesty.

Some other examples of the use of the letter X, are in games, such as tic-tac-toe, in math, as an unknown number, in treasure maps, as in X marks the spot you can find the prize, and in cartoons, as depicting a dead person.

Xeriscaping, is a word that is used in lawn care. If you xeriscape, you are using drought tolerant plants and grasses in your yard. We have a lot of that here where we live, where we are in a severe drought most of the time.

Xenophobia, is the unreasonable fear of strangers, foreigners, or customs. I wonder if people have that about me, as my name means strange and foreign, from a foreign land! I hope not!

Other times you see the letter x used, is in sizes, such as X, XX, XXX, meaning extra large, 2X, or 3X. Three XXX can also indicate something is poison when it is on a bottle of something. Movies use X-rated, to let people know it includes adult content. Sports such as football use the letter x to map out strategies on the playing field.

As you can see, the letter X is used in many ways. It is not only the scary letter that begins those words in the dictionary. Well, unless you think about how sometimes the letter X at the start of a word is sometimes pronounced like the letter Z! I’m not sure who deciced on that!

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Teleportation – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter T

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Teleportation – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter T  #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Let’s fly away.”

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Today we have the letter T. It would be strange if I didn’t tell about teleportation, since my blog is titled teleportingweena! So, here’s my story…

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A True Tale of Teleportation

As promised, here is another of my true tales of teleportation. At least, that is what I call these incidents. We were totally bewildered by the whole incident.

Have you ever been at a certain place, and then suddenly, without knowing how, you are at another place? This happened to me and my daughter, one summer day, not long ago.

We’d been out and about town, going to yard sales, on a Saturday morning. We’ve done this off and on for years, and we know the streets and areas pretty well. Once in awhile, we drive around an unfamiliar neighborhood, trying to find the advertised address, without too much trouble.

This morning was about the same, and we did find the yard sale. It was in a little housing area just to the south of the city. To get there was no problem…just one turn from the main road, then into the residential streets. We did our shopping, then got back in the car to go find more sales.

We pulled back onto the main road we’d come in on; that much I know. It should have been the one turn, back the way we’d come. I know we turned in the right direction…north. However, nothing looked the same at all, now. The housing area where we’d just been, was not there anymore. It should have been off to our right, but there was no sign of it at all. We didn’t see any of the landmarks we’d noticed on the way there, and even the dip in the road and the stop sign, we’d taken note of earlier, was not there, now.

We kept driving straight, along this road, hoping to see something we recognized. The whole time, we kept remarking about how weird this was. We couldn’t figure it out. We felt really lost…in our own town, and were getting nervous about it.

Finally, finally we saw a street sign that told us where we were. But, it seemed impossible that we were at this place and on this street, now. We’d only made the one turn, back toward town. Now we were miles away from where we’d been, and in a completely different area and on this different street. We’d have had to make even more turns to get on this one.

We were relieved to know where we were, now, but still had no explanation of how it happened…except that maybe, just maybe, we’d been through a time/place/space warp…or something!

There could have been a portal that swallowed us up, moving us to the other place. We didn’t feel anything, we didn’t see anything…we just found ourselves in a completely different place in that split second.

I don’t have any idea why, or how this happened, but since it did, and we were eventually able to find our way back, it seems pretty amazing. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, but would like a warning that it was going to happen, first!

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© 2019 BS

Raggedy Rags – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter R

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Rags to Riches – Chickens are Cool.”

The evolution of a rag…

You know, where do we get the rags that we use to wipe up stuff, or polish things? How do the fabrics eventually turn into a rag?

We all have them – we all need them.

But where do they come from?

Sure, there are specialized rags you can purchase for certain jobs. There are those usually red, square rags called shop rags. There are terry cloth wash rags, or maybe you call them wash cloths, and you also have the ones for the dishes, called dish rags.

But what happens when these become worn from so much use? Do you just throw them out, or do you re-purpose them for the dirtier jobs you have around the house?

One time I heard that well-worn rags were a good extra wedding gift. That’s because most everything a couple receive for gifts are brand new, and they probably won’t want to use the pretty ones for a really messy clean-up job. It takes awhile to use the new ones so much that they become tattered and raggedy rags. So, a bundle of already broken in rags might be a thoughtful gift. Kind of unusual, but very useful.

Some things you may have will make good rags. These include old T-shirts cut into squares, old towels that have seen better days, and no longer needed cloth diapers all make great rags.

Anyway, here’s some of my rags, showing different ones and how they progress from sort of new to the oldest raggedy rags.

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© 2019 BS

 

Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Chickens are Quite Quirky”

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Quirky Definition = Quokka – The sound a trained parrot makes.

Sentence = I taught my pet parrot to talk. He can say, “Polly wants a quokka,” all the time.

Real Definition = A Quokka is a small marsupial animal found in Australia.

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Quirky Definition = qualmish – A breakfast cereal, served hot.

Sentence = Every morning, Timmy added raisins, brown sugar, and cream, to his bowl of qualmish.

Real Definition = Feeling qualms; nauseated; overly scrupulous; squeamish; of, relating to, or producing qualms.

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Quirky Definition = quidnunc – The name of the most famous sled dog in history.

Sentence = As winner of many sled dog races, Quidnunc was in high demand for stud service.

Real Definition = One who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip; a busybody.

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© 2019 BS

Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “We like French fries!”

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I always check my potatoes for green poison!

POISON POTATOES?

Are your potatoes poison? They could be. The potato is in the family of the deadly nightshade plant. All  green parts of the potato is highly toxic, including leaves, stems, sprouts (eyes), and even any green parts on the peeled potato.

If eaten, it will cause, at the very least, an upset stomach…and at the worst…death!

In the past, this alkeloid toxin was used as a remedy for ailments such as, pain relief, an anti-inflamatory, and to ease the symptoms of rheumatism. I would hope these were not administered orally! If they were, I wonder if the doctor wondered why his patients were not getting any better, or even died!

Cooking the potatoes will remove and destroy most of the alkaloid concentrations, so they are mostly safe to eat. Try not to use any potato that shows even a hint of green to the white part, just to be safe. Exposure to light will also cause a potato to turn green, so store in a dark place.

There are many varieties of the potato, and are a staple food source all over the world. I’m not going to stop eating them, but I am careful to cut away any green I see on them.

For a look at this information on the potato, and 9 other common foods that are a bit poisonous, follow this link. http://listverse.com/2009/01/06/top-10-poisonous

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“Poison”, by Alice Cooper, was released from his album, “Trash”, in 1989. It was written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, and is on the Epic label.
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Odd-ball Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter O

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Odd-ball Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter O

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “I’m not odd – I’m just like you!”

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Odd-ball Definition = omicron – A camera used in the film industry, combining the special effects of Omni-max and specific shadings of chrome.

Sentence = Jason graduated film school with a MDOT degree …Master’s Degree in Omicron Technology.

Real Definition = The fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet.

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Odd-ball Definition = oolite – A workable, toy flashlight, that projects images onto a ceiling.

Sentence = The trademarked name ‘oolite’ was coined by children who tested the prototype. They all exclaimed “oolite” when the on button was pushed.

Real Definition = A rock consisting of small round grains, usually of calcium carbonate cemented together.

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Odd-ball Definition = oneiric – A lesser amount and lower quality than that of generic.

Sentence = To save even more money, Beverly only purchased oneiric groceries.

Real Definition = Of or relating to dreams; dreamy.

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© 2019 BS

Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Sometimes you feel like a nut.”

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Nutty Definition = nobble – To take a nibble of an apple while playing the apple bobbing game.

Sentence = At parties, Janie was the best apple nobbler.

Real Definition= To incapacitate, esp. by drugging; to win over to one’s side; steal, swindle, cheat.

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Nutty Definition = nimiety – A truce between enemies; amity.

Sentence = After a fierce battle on the field, the red team and the blue team finally called for nimiety.

Real Definition = Too much; excess; redundancy.

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NuttyDefinitionnon troppo – Opposite of tropical; a cool, dry climate.

Sentence = After living in the tropics for many years, the Jones family were re-located to a non troppo region.

Real Definition = Not too much; without excess – used to qualify a direction in music

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© 2019 BS

 

Lost and Found – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L

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Lost and Found  – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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Mystery Box Chickens ask, “Where are you?”

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 Do you have reason to believe that actual objects can be teleported from one place to another, by paranormal means?

If you’ve read my other posts, on this subject, you already know that I believe it is possible. It happened to me and my daughter, and to my cat, Weena.

There are a few more incidents of this kind, involving non-living objects, too…right here in the house.

This first one concerned a recipe I was looking for. It was for brownies…a favorite recipe I’ve used for years, because they always turn out great, and are easy to make.

It had been written in a little notebook, on blue paper, probably a little larger than an index card. The notebook had come apart a long time ago, but I still had the little blue pages of recipes. This one was hand-written by my mother, so I didn’t want to lose it. She had passed on quite a few years ago.

Anyway, I wanted to make a pan of brownies, so I looked in the kitchen drawer, where I keep recipes, but couldn’t find it. I found lots of those blue pages, with other recipes written on them, and several books, and other papers, but this brownie one was not there where it should have been.

I did look in one more place, just in case it had been put in there. It was a clear, plastic storage bin of drawers, that held kitchen items. It wasn’t there, either. I mean, I took everything out of both places, going through each bit of paper, and book, more than one time.

Finally I gave up ever finding it. It was lost.

I sat down at the table, for a few minutes, just thinking, where could it be? So, I tried something…I spoke out loud, asking my mother if she knew where it was, and could she help me find it. After another few minutes, I got the funny feeling that I should look over to the clear, plastic cart of drawers.

I look, and immediately see the recipe in the bottom drawer, in the front, in plain sight. There was no mistaking it, and it was not there, before.

I go over and get the recipe…yes, it’s the brownie recipe I’d been searching for. I got to make the brownies that day, after all.

Now…how do you explain something like that? I think, with my mother’s help, that it was able to re-materialize here, from some other place…another dimension? a parallel universe? I’ll never know where it was, or how it came back, I guess. But, I believe it was teleported from somewhere.

Maybe, it was the power of believing that helped it to manifest back over here, in our reality, because I really wanted some brownies!

This is the original recipe page. It is old, faded, and worn out. I covered it in plastic, and it looks a mess, but I’m so glad I still have it.

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