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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Vandalized Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs that I took at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week.

Those photos show just a small sample of the damage done by people whose idea of "fun" is to destroy things.

I came here because I read in the news that persons unknown had vandalized over 40 gravestones here:

"Police say more than 40 headstones were knocked over and damaged at Union Cemetery on Sport Hill Road. The vandalism resulted in around $40,000 in damages. They say it happened sometime between July 4 and July 11."

The Patch news article about the Easton crime said, "There was a similar incident in Milford on June 28" when both a church and cemetery were vandalized. I found that criminal behavior described in this CT Post news article.

I am disgusted by people who enjoy desecrating burial grounds. I was originally going to write an open letter to the people who did this, but what I had to say to them is better off not being documented in writing.

Dragonfly, Cicada Killer Wasp - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs that I took at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week.

I came here because I read in the news that persons unknown had vandalized over 40 gravestones here:

"Police say more than 40 headstones were knocked over and damaged at Union Cemetery on Sport Hill Road. The vandalism resulted in around $40,000 in damages. They say it happened sometime between July 4 and July 11."

The Patch news article about the Easton crime said, "There was a similar incident in Milford on June 28" when both a church and cemetery were vandalized. I found that criminal behavior described in this CT Post news article.

I am disgusted by people who enjoy desecrating burial grounds. I was originally going to write an open letter to the people who did this, but what I had to say to them is better off not being documented in writing.

Flowers, Butterfly, Dragonfly - Photograph

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I took these photographs at the reservoir in Easton, CT this past week.

If you look closely at the first photo, you'll see a butterfly underneath the bottom flower.

An interesting looking light blue dragonfly photo bombed my last photo. Unfortunately the light blue one never landed where I could get a photo of him.

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe - Photograph

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When it's hot during the Summer, I enjoy having cold salads to eat. This is a photograph of the pasta salad I made using the three ingredients shown and listed below:

12 ounce / 340 grams box of Barilla tri-color rotini (elbow and bow tie pastas work well too)

16 fluid ounces (1 pint) / 473 mL Ken's Steak House Creamy Italian dressing

dry weight 6.5 ounce / 184 grams can of Pearls sliced California ripe black olives

Instructions:

1) Cook the pasta per the box instructions. (I like to add some salt and olive oil to the water, to help it come to a boil faster and keep the pasta from sticking together.)

2) After draining the water, allow the pasta to cool completely. (I put the pasta into the container, then put that in the refrigerator to cool. If you don't let the pasta cool first, and add the salad dressing immediately, it gets absorbed into the pasta, resulting in a "dry" pasta salad.)

3) Once the pasta is completely cool, add the salad dressing and black olives, and mix until blended.

4) Store the pasta salad in the refrigerator.

I got this recipe from my Mom. It's a great time saver, and tastes good.

"Dolphin Ship Anchor" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was Summer Fun.

This is my second entry. I reused part of the first tag that I made, because I liked the design.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"A Fish Tale" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was Something Fishy.

I don't usually do this, but I couldn't decide which of these two I liked better, so I'm posting both. I think I like the first one better, but I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks. (The only difference is which side each woman is on.)

Both fishing ladies are from the Duke Digital Repository - Digital Collections - W. Duke, Sons & Co. Advertising Materials, 1880-1910, which I added as another link on my blog, also.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"T Stands For Teddy In Tree" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are more photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Lakeview Cemetery a few weeks ago. Teddy said his new friend told him to climb the tree.

I needed a ticket into this week's T-gathering, so Teddy graciously offered to pose with his cup of coffee, which he added coffee ice cream to, to try to cool down.
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After about two days of comfortable temperatures, the high heat and humidity returned. But July is usually the hottest month in Connecticut. This morning it was 75 F (23.8 C) at 4:52am, which means that was the "low" for the overnight. For the next five days, the overnight temperatures are forecast to be in the high 60s F (20 C), which means the days will be uncomfortably hot.

I didn't take any photographs, other than one of the moon.

I made a Rose Compass postcard and tag, and a Summer Fun tag.

I made several other postcards: Mermaid Music, Maine Tourist Map, Bicycle, The Look, Splotches, Butterfly Wings, and Fall Harvest.

We didn't watch any movies this week.

Monday, July 29, 2019

"Summer Fun" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was Summer Fun.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Fall Harvest" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Orange."

I know Fall is still about two months away, but the other day, when it cooled off after the very hot weather we had, it felt and sounded like the waning days of Summer. There are certain bugs that make a buzzing sound here, as the temperatures start to cool down a little, signalling the end that is coming. The air had that same feel to it. I can't describe it any better than that. (It's like being able to smell snow coming in the air in Winter, before the storm arrives. Maybe it's a New England "thing.") It's hot again, like it usually is here in July, but the waning Summer days aren't too far away now, here in the Northeast United States.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

"Butterfly Wings" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Butterfly Wings."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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She's not had a life
A life of near misses
Now all that she wants
Is three little wishes

Little 15 - Depeche Mode

Friday, July 26, 2019

"Splotches" - Postcard

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This week's Try It On Tuesday challenge was "Splatters and Splodges." (I thought it was Splotches, not Splodges, but they're probably the same thing.)

Make of this art piece what you will. It ended up being a hodgepodge to the point where I don't even know what category of art it is: modern art, shapeism art, who knows art? It's definitely outside of my comfort zone, and not my usual style.

I started with a blank background that had a large brown splatter / splotch stain on it. Then I added the large stained text circles. Everything was too brown, so I added some sea blue colors to the text circles. That led me to want a sea map in the background. (It's there, if you look closely, but it's faint.) Then I added some brown crisscrossing lines, small brown stained text circles, and turquoise diamonds. I wanted a little more contrast, so I added a little purple to the large stained text circles.

I like the end result. What does everyone else think? And what category of art do you think it is?

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Rose Compass Sea World" - Postcard

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I made a tag and postcard using the same images.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Rose Compass Sea World" - Tag

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I made a tag and postcard using the same images.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"The Look" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:8

Then you pass by giving him the other side of you
Like the mystics do
So that every time he moves, he moves for you

The Friends of Mr.Cairo (Emotional Cut) - Jon & Vangelis

"Bicycle" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Maine Tourist Map" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Moon - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the moon this past week.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

"Mermaid Music" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Music."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy On Wood Bench" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Lakeview Cemetery a few weeks ago. Teddy was thrilled to find a friend sitting near him.

I made a tarot card art piece that featured a cup as my ticket into this week's T-gathering:

Eight of Cups blog post link  (<== click on that link to find larger version of below image)


The weather continued to be hot and humid most days. We had severe thunderstorms on Wednesday that saw another person in his car killed when a tree fell on it. According to a follow up news article, despite numerous calls from the Bridgeport and Fairfield Fire Departments to the utility company, a utility truck didn't arrive at the scene to de-energize the power lines until an hour after the accident had occurred. We had a heat wave for the weekend. Severe thunderstorms finally broke the heat, arriving just in time for Monday's evening rush hour commute, snarling traffic worse than usual. (National Weather Service's heat safety tips and resources.)

As some of you know from comments I've left for you, I'm currently engaged in an ongoing squirrel war in my yard. They've been getting into my bird feeder, and as my "war" with them escalates, they continue to win every battle: I got a squirrel baffle and somehow the smart one got past it. (I have yet to see how he did it, so I can come up with a new deterrent to whatever he's doing.)

This past week, I visited two different cemeteries at night.

I made a sun theme tag and postcard, a Metropolis theme tag and postcard, a Moon theme tag and postcard, and a Magic Circle theme tag and postcard.

I made several other postcards: Days Gone By, Glamour, Sorrow, Ocean Depths, and Eight of Cups.

I took some photographs of a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret, and Window Box Plants.

Over the weekend, we watched The Terminator (1984) (DVD), Terminator Salvation (2009) (DVD), and Children of the Corn (1984) (DVD).

"Eight of Cups" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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This is acid
I'm gonna give you acid
Can you feel it?
And once you hear it, there will be no going back

This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze) - Maurice Joshua

Monday, July 22, 2019

"Ocean Depths" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Texture."

I went to the beat of my own drummer with this one. This has a very subtle texture in the background.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Got me out here in the water so deep
Tell me how I'm supposed to breathe with no air?

No Air - Jordin Sparks

"Sorrow" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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In 100 years, it won't matter.

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And when our worlds they fall apart
When the walls come tumbling in
Though we may deserve it
It will be worth it

Halo - Depeche Mode

"Glamour" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Glamour."

I went to the beat of my own drummer with this one.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Great Egret - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took near the shore in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Great Blue Heron - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took near the shore in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Window Box Plants - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took near the shore in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Gravestones At Night - Photograph

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I took these photographs of gravestones at Gilbertown Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week, during a hot, humid, Summer night.

There was a least one bat flying around, eating all of the bugs that were here, including mosquitoes. Any white specs in these photos are the camera flash reflecting off of bugs. It was about 84 F (28.8 C) while I was here, and very muggy.

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It's hot here at night, lonely, black and quiet
On a hot summer night
Don't be afraid of the world we made
On a hot summer night

Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight, tonight

Hot In The City - Billy Idol

Saturday, July 20, 2019

"Magic Circle" - Postcard

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I made this postcard using the same images as this tag, which was my third entry for this week's Tag Tuesday challenge Circles.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Magic Circle" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was Circles.

This is my third entry. I made this using the same images I used for this postcard.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, July 19, 2019

Excessive Heat Warning - NYC, NJ, CT tri-state area


The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area for Saturday and Sunday. There is a Heat Advisory for today. Today temperatures will feel like 95 to 104 F (35 to 40 C), and Saturday and Sunday it will feel like 110 F (43.3 C).

NWS Forecast Office New York, NY

Excessive Heat Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
307 AM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019

CTZ005>012-NYZ078>081-177-179-192045-
/O.CON.KOKX.EH.W.0001.190720T1000Z-190722T0000Z/
/O.CON.KOKX.HT.Y.0002.190719T1600Z-190720T1000Z/
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Northwestern Suffolk-
Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-
Northern Nassau-Southern Nassau-
307 AM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM EDT SATURDAY...
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO 8 PM EDT SUNDAY...

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...95 to 104 today and up to around 110
  Saturday and Sunday.

* TIMING...12 pm today through 8 pm Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-
  risk population who cannot stay cool. The excessive heat may
  quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke. Extreme heat can
  cause illness and death among at-risk population who cannot
  stay cool. The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or
  heat stroke.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when the combination of heat
and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 105 degrees
or greater. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time
outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early
morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat
exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting
clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and
humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees
for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any
length of time.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health
conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning
can be much hotter than outdoors.

Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that
has air conditioning. Check on vulnerable friends, family members
and neighbors.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Blue Moon Music" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was Shades of Blue.

After making this, I realized I could use the same images to create a tag for this week's Tag Tuesday challenge Circles.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Blue Moon Music" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was Circles.

This is my second entry. I made this using the same images I used for this postcard.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)