109-year-old Alfred “Alfie” Date has witnessed some momentous events in history, including the sinking of the Titanic and the declaration of World War One. But when the caring elder is not visiting with one of his seven children, 20 grandchildren, or “about the same amount” of great-grandchildren, he dedicates his time to knitting tiny sweaters for penguins affected by man-made disasters.
The Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting the tiny sweaters to aid the survival of little penguins after oil spills in 2013. Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a singular colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island. In the event of an oil spill near the Phillip Island’s colony of penguins, wildlife clinic workers put oil-covered birds in sweaters to minimize the amount of oil they ingest while preening themselves. The substance also matts the penguins feathers,preventing its regulation of bodily temperature and reducing the animal’s buoyancy in water, according to the Philip Island Penguin Foundation.
Isn’t it sweet of WordPress to remember our anniversary?
How well I remember the old days of composing in Word, then doing FTP- upload to FrontPage online, then trying to correct all the formatting errors that crept in and trying not to blow a proverbial gasket before Scott could get around to fixing whatever I couldn’t track down.
WordPress and I have had a few scuffles — the pixel spaces around pictures still don’t stay after they are saved, carriage returns don’t stay put and widgets that work in blogger don’t here but generally, every new version shows continual improvement and I am very happy. It has been a rewarding relationship that has enabled me to keep in touch with old friends, meet new ones and most importantly, allow me to focus on sharing my interests instead of worrying about publishing tools and methods. Thank you for a great three years, WordPress!
No, not outside. It is snowing on my blog! Do you see the snowflakes? WordPress does this each December and I think it is the cutest! If you have a WordPress blog and you want to turn on the snow, click the link below!
Well, It has tried hard but this little old laptop I am borrowing this weekend isn’t up to the task of modern blogging. It is just too slow for uploading photos and refreshing web pages, and keeps timing out. I should be back on my own PC on Monday if Dell is able to fix the socket for me. They decided to honor the service contract and end someone out, YAY!
My favorite genre as a pre-teen were mysteries, how-to books and what were known as the Housewife Columnists, Jean Kerr, Phyllis Diller and Erma Bombeck. I think part of my fascination was that their lives with multiple children, household disasters and extended family sometimes seemed more “normal” than my own. They were Americana in contrast to my second-generation Chicago background. My parents were white-collar but still urban and still European in family structure and humor and I found A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to feel more “familiar” than these writer’s stories.
It wasn’t until I was in High School and read Betty Frieden’s The Feminine Mystique, that I came to understand the culture that created these Housewife Columnists. These women found in writing a way to express themselves and to find the humor in the midst of a very peculiar time in American History. They were the misfits in the cult of the nuclear family, the ones who didn’t vacuum in high heels and have perfect children with straight teeth. But what they were was so much more, they were smart and funny and Bearded Iris is one of their clan. Enjoy!
Because we have the good fortune to have a wonderful house sitter, we were able to take the dogs camping this weekend. We like Olympia Campground because it is wooded and close to where we keep Chinook, our boat. We don’t plan dog activities as such, they just lie around, chase pinecones, beg snacks, bark at stuff, really the same things they do at home but it is more fun because they are outside. I spend most of my time inside, this trip I’ve been working on my tattoo-story that I’ll have posted soon. I took a break this morning for some exercise, left Scott and the dogs at the campsite and drove to the state Capitol to walk the trail that circles Capitol Lake. It is partly paved, partially gravelled and busy without feeling crowded. However, it was crowded enough that the only blackberries that were ripe were too far away to reach. All the easy to reach vines were picked clean. I did see lots of tiny ducklings but I am bummed that they don’t show up in the photo, sorry about that. I made an extra loop downtown to lengthen the walk a bit and then stopped at Taco Del Mar to bring home tasty vegan burritos for lunch, yum!
I am remodeling the website and blog again. I am keeping the overall color scheme but that is about all! Scott is working on making a new banner for me and we’re using Thesis for WP as a theme. I am changing the site structure so that you, and I, can get into the info pages more quickly. To do that I got rid of the “library” and put the page links in the sidebar.
So far, the Table of Intentions is up, as is the Referral and Recommendations page and the Candle Ritual. The What Gemstones Should I Wear and Moon Phases pages will be next. I made a new Keep in Touch page with all the places you can find me on the web and it also has a widget you can use to book an appointment with me. Tell me what you think!