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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

CompRehab, 10:07 AM

Robinhood Road

I love biscuits, and I love peaches, but somehow I don't think I'd love this. It's kind of like how a negative times a negative is a positive. Only inverted.

Local Speed Demon


I dread the day either child is licensed to drive. This one actually swears he never will. Periodically he says that while his "regular job" will be as a historian, his "summer job" will be as an ice cream truck man. Then he reminds me that, "You'll have to do all the driving though, Mommy."

Pediatric Therapy, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Monday, August 29, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

I have quite a weakness for old municipal buildings. The only thing this one's missing is a green out front where our city's mayor could issue all statements to the press. The reporters would optimally all be carrying small notebooks and wearing fedoras with little cards imprinted PRESS tucked onto them. And when they asked too many questions, the mayor would mutter, "scalawags, the lot of them," under his breath while walking away from their trench-coated arms and chewed up, lead licked pencils. Adversarial tension makes the evening edition exciting!

Local Please Just Don't

The board is considering an amendment to the Forsyth County Code to make it unlawful for someone to chain or otherwise tether a dog in a manner that can cause potential harm to the animal.

One of my absolute worst memories: being at the Emergency Vet on North Point when a woman came in sobbing. Through tears she told the receptionist she'd gone out to dinner with a friend and left her golden retriever on a dog tie in the backyard so sweet boy could enjoy the nice weather. He'd gotten the tie wrapped around a tree while she was gone and only had a few feet of tie left to move around with. When she came home she'd found him lifeless with a copperhead nearby. Now she needed someone to please come help her carry his body in.

Not until that moment did it ever occur to me that tieing a dog out from time to time could be dangerous for the dog if a hostile creature approached.

I hope that lady has forgiven herself.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Phonophoto of the day


Oh, I spent the afternoon dancing on top of a swimming pool. You?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Burke Street, 5:57 PM

Local proud as a peacock

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and my only regret is that I couldn't find a single, solitary local peahen on etsy. I should have liked to include one. Poor forgotten peahen, the most overshadowed spouse in all creation.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

side wall of BOC


Big Winston Tobacco Warehouse

A while back someone told me this is to be made into an indoor market not unlike Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in DC, a rummagefest of crafts and foods and finds, open three or four days a week. I sincerely hope that's what this work going on is leading to, because that, my friends, would be capital A amazing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Phonophoto(s) of the day

Winston Square Park, 7:09 PM

Whee! I discovered the panorama function on my cellphone! In honor of the fact that one person has a bonus second appearance in the phonophoto above, I'm bonusing you a second phonophoto taken from a different angle. It's... It's... PANOMANIUM! Click on either phonophoto to enjoy biggified goodness.

6:22 PM

Local I'm So Down For This

a juried art & fine craft market
hosted by
The Community Arts Café
Saturday, September 10th
10 AM - 2 PM
lower level atrium
411 W. Fourth
Downtown Winston-Salem

Similar to a farmer’s market, works in numerous disciplines from participating artists around the Triad will be on sale from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The Community Arts Café’s mission is to provide service, support and encouragement to local artists, musicians and performers for the purpose of furthering their work, ultimately enriching life in the local community and impacting the development of economic growth.

The heart of the Community Arts Café is to cultivate an environment for sharing the creative expression of the arts within the local community.

Community Arts Café

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Goodbye, summer.

Local I'm Sad

It's not that I don't have faith that both children will enjoy and do well this year; it's that I just like having them around. And so today I'm labeling school supplies and listening to this.

I'm going to miss my boys.

Local Get Your Green On

Currently I'm practicing what I call "Carolina Gardening", which favors native plants and allows the natural order to establish itself. (In other words, I haven't done a thing all year and weeds wildflowers run rampant.)

Old Salem Museums and Gardens
The Perfect Lawn
A Gardening Workshop
Saturday, August 27th
9 AM
Single Brothers Workshop
10 Academy Street

Fall is the time to work on your lawn. Marc Campbell of New Garden Landscaping & Nursery will provide instruction in turf management, aeration and lawn maintenance. This event is FREE and open to the public. To register please call 336-721-7384. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Community Appearance Commission of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

Old Salem
New Garden Landscaping & Nursery
Community Appearance Commission

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

After elementary school open house, the youngest and I headed to Blue Ridge to celebrate. We're exceptionally excited this year, because his fantastamazing teacher from second grade "looped", and so he'll have her for third grade as well. Feeling festive, I gorged on tiramisu gelato.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Local It's the End of the World As We Know It

Emergency officials asked residents not to call 911 unless they had an actual emergency.

(Made me giggle.)

Local The Shape of Things

500 block of Trade

CarMax for the win!

This is the third automotive shop I've been in today, no joke, and the best waiting room of the three by far.

Monday, August 22, 2011

(Invisible) Phonophoto of the day

(imagine a phonophoto of me here. I'm looking ragged as all get out.)
  • drop the oldest at church so he can he help clean the youth building
  • head over to the middle school to help set up stuff for 6th grade orientation
  • be at the middle school for 6th grade orientation to help as needed
  • pick up the oldest from a friend's house
  • home to grab guitar and youngest's Pack-It* to test it out
  • drop oldest off at Jackson's Music
  • get husband's truck inspected
  • pick up oldest and head back to middle school
  • be at the middle school for 6th grade open house to help as needed
  • drop oldest back at friend's house for sleepover
  • ...and home to Mt. St. Laundry
* the youngest lives for anything sold on TV. 

(True story: one time I found him in my room, sort of vaguely looking about. When I asked if I could help him, he said, "Mommy, where do you keep all your broken, mismatched and unwanted gold jewelry? Gold prices are on the rise, and we need to call for our free envelope!"

This summer he saw a 60 second infomercial for the Pack-It and immediately launched his campaign, which consisted mostly of following me around reciting large swaths of the Pack-It infomercial VERBATIM. Even as I type this, he is reciting the list of foods Pack-It will soon enable me to send for his lunch: "ice-cold milk, deli meats and cheeses, tuna and chicken salads, even smoothies!" 

I'd like to note at this time that the only one of those he will even touch is milk. 

So I caved and bought him one off Amazon, robot print for the record, and so for the last few weeks, every time he opens the freezer, he says, "Pack-It lies flat in the freezer to save space."

Did I mention we aren't allowed to call it a lunchbox? Because as he often reminds us, "Pack-It revolutionizes ordinary lunchboxes!"

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

I have no idea what Baptist has planned for that area under construction, but I think it would make an excellent location for a discotheque. Looks like the ropes are already up for the VIPs at Club d'Urgence!

Local You'll Never Guess

This morning I offhandedly asked the youngest what local etsy love should focus on this week. You'll never guess what he said.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Phonophoto of the (Yester)day

WXII, tonight

Forgive the lateness; we got home about 1 AM. The oldest declares this to have been "the best night ever". It really was pretty awesome.

You can see a video here, if you like. And another one here. Both are original songs. The second one is, um,  "louder".

My boy.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Target, Hanes Mall Boulevard

Esbette and I are in hysterics over the Sweet Talkin' Ken doll. It's incredibly disturbing. We totally want it.

Local Teacher Lady

Through the years, former students sent her cards, updating her on their lives and thanking her for making them memorize definitions, use the dictionary, spell words correctly and, above all, for caring about them.

When my mother died, she left one box unmarked. She knew she had cancer, knew she was dying, so ever my mother she had her entire house, top to bottom, sorted and culled beforehand. She was never one to leave something undone and was notorious for the ruthlessness of her cleanouts. And so, amid the boxes labeled "good china for 12: Hads (her nickname for me)" and "Christmas decorations", the unmarked container stuck out.

Inside: letters and cards from former students, often funny, always grateful and affectionate. The keeping of these marked an uncharacteristic moment of sentimentality for my mother. Or was it maybe a way to know she mattered beyond our four walls? I'll never know, but I read them all.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Pine Valley

I feel victorious every time I pass this, because for one split second I think I've spotted the pineapple on Psych, bar non the best TV show EVAH. It's brilliantly mad and madly brilliant all at once, much like silver dragées, those cake and cookie decors that look like BBs and are supposed to be sweet but threaten to break your teeth if you try to bite down on one.

Local :(

The rain streaking only enhances the :( factor.

Local Show Me Your Jazz Hands

The Carolina Summer Music Festival
Jazz Day
Saturday, August 20th
Old Salem Visitor Center, James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium

Family Concert: Jazz4Kidz Takes the “A” Train!
11 AM
$5 General Admission
An interactive morning jazz concert for the whole family, which will present an entertaining introduction to the music of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with vocalist Martha Bassett and David Ford, host and producer of WFDD’s "Triad Arts Up Close"

Free Film: "Chops"
5 PM
FREE Admission, 88 minutes
A documentary profiling a group of young aspiring jazz musicians as they travel to New York City to compete with other high school jazz bands in the Essentially Ellington Festival

Mood Indigo: Tribute to Duke Ellington
3 PM and 8 PM
$18 Adults/$16 Seniors/$5 Students
Classics by Ellington and Strayhorn such as "Lush Life," "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)," "Take the 'A' Train," and more presented by acclaimed Triad jazz musicians

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Old Salem Box Office by calling 1-800-441-5305 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased at the door of each venue one hour prior to each concert.

Carolina Summer Music Festival
Old Salem
Triad Arts Up Close on WFDD

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Northwest Barber Shop, 3700 Reynolda

Ah, the hallowed rituals of the week before school... Tomorrow I'll begin torturing them by waking them up at a decent hour and not letting them go back to sleep!

3000 block of Buena Vista

If only it wasn't completely gruesome to wear the whole carcasses of dead creatures around town! This gorgeously striped dragonfly would be the bomb on one of those feathery, 40s throwback headbands. It could only be better if 'twere still alive; then it could also eat mosquitoes.

Local Help the Helpers

Kids of Childhood Cancer
Benefit Concert
Bowzer & the Stingrays
Saturday October 8th
7 PM
RJ Reynolds Auditorium

Order your tickets for the Sock Hop with Bowzer (formerly of Sha Na Na) & the Stingrays now! The money raised with this event will help support Kids and their families at Brenner Children's Hospital pediatric oncology ward.

You can also make a donation to purchase a ticket for a Kid to attend the concert.

Kids of Childhood Cancer
Brenner Children's Hospital, Pediatric Oncology

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The children weren't about to let a little thing like the grill being out of gas get in the way of their desire to roast marshmallows. No, sirree, not when there were leftover birthday candles in the house.

Local Get Along Little Dog(g)ie

Hiking Hounds is one of THE most fantastic ideas to hit this area in a while.

Peeps ages 16 and up who can handle a moderate hike of 2-4 miles take dogs from Forsyth County's animal shelter for scenic group walks in area parks.

The reasoning behind it: "We need exercise and socialization and so do they!"

The first hike is scheduled for Sunday, September 11th from 1-4 PM.

Interested parties should attend an orientation session on Tuesday September 6th at 6 PM at the shelter (5570 Sturmer Park Circle, Winston-Salem).

Forsyth County Animal Control

Lowes Foods Sherwood Plaza

The bottle proudly proclaims Boar & Castle Sauce to be "a Carolina tradition", one with which I confess I am not familiar. Anyone?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The oldest's band, Doom$ Day, is practicing up a storm. This Friday, August 19th, they're scheduled for WXII's High School Playbook, and they're playing again at 5:30 on the 27th at Barnhills (811 Burke Street, Winston-Salem). Y'all come hear my boy!

High School Playbook on WXII


Local Do You Recognize This Lovey on the Loose?

I haven't checked bits, but I found him/her/it running down Yorkshire toward Pine Valley. Sweet thing only comes to my knee and is terrible on the leash a kind soul loaned me -- not pulling but very tangly. Anyone?

Update: He's home! I took him on a 4 mile walk, knocking on doors for the first mile. When we looped back around at the end, he clearly pulled toward one house (where nobody was home previously) and voila!

Local This Is Important

How Can Our Community Prevent Teen Pregnancy?
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
invites you to enjoy
Dessert & Discussion
during a
Social Change Exchange Community Forum
Tuesday, August 30th
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Temple Emanuel
201 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem

Forsyth County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. Each year, approximately 800 teenagers become pregnant in Forsyth County - enough to fill over 15 school buses. 

These young women are significantly less likely to graduate than their peers and may face a lifetime of economic hardship.

Please join us for our third Social Change Exchange Community Forum which will focus on the steps our community can take to prevent teen pregnancy. 

Jean Workman, a Trainer with the NC School Health Training Center and Board Chair of The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC, will provide a review of the current status of teen pregnancy in our state and the implementation of the Healthy Youth Act. 

Students will share their perspectives about the issue, and then we will explore how our community can take action to ensure that young people are educated and equipped to make healthy choices about their lives.

Space is limited; RSVPs requested. Childcare provided; see RSVP form.


The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
NC School Health Training Center
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC
Temple Emanuel

Local Baked Goods Feedback Needed

Sometime this past week I realized the oldest will be leaving on his 13th birthday. He's going on his youth group's beach retreat, and so while I will have him from, oh, midnight to 7:30 AM, after that they'll have him.

I really don't think I want to eat cake before 8 o'clock in the morning

and Whereas
I do want him to have cake for his birthday

I need to send a cake large enough to serve 30.

I haven't ever had to buy a cake that large as we've limited the size of his parties, and the one year everyone in the class was invited, it was because it was a joint party with a classmate and the other mother did the cake.

Also does it need to be a sheet cake? Is there a cake I can fit in a cooler? The cake has to make it all the way to the beach.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Happily, tonight's whipping winds and enormous raindrops should take care of the thousands of cicada husks clinging to surfaces all over town.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Sec. 62-11. -Community standards.
Changing leaves in Buena Vista shall be preppy.

(Code 1975, § 18-10)

Local Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and it is a smorgasbord of zesty orange items! Yay, orange!

Even though it's mid-August, I am beginning to feel back-to-schoolish, and because I spent many Augusts during my formative years poring over the back-to-school issue of Seventeen magazine, back-to-school to me means fall styles and fall colors.

I well remember wanting the weather to flip a switch on day one so I could rock chunky sweaters with pencil skirts or smart tweed jackets with jodhpurs or whatever trend Seventeen informed me was de rigueur for fashionable students.

I never had these clothes, mind. I'd have one or two amazing items because I wore my mother down*, but the rest would be nods to fashion but from a strictly sideline position. The right colors but more conservative lines. A more nubby sweater but not truly chunk. But they were new and in a strictly autumnal palette, and I could not wait to wear them.

Obviously no such switch was ever thrown, and so I went back to school typically wearing the same lightweight skirts and spring blouses I'd left with in June, all my new clothes left hanging uselessly in my closet for two more months. Completely disappointing.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

* One such item was a skirt that was red tartan, and it was really thick and sort of wrapped around, not like a kilt though, more like a sarong. It had fringe on the edge that wrapped, and it was held on with a wide brown belt with an inch of the skirt sort of poofing up over the top of the belt. In retrospect it must have looked like I grabbed the blanket off the couch in the den and made do. Man, I loved that skirt, though. I wore it to death. (A very similar skirt was featured going to a football game with friends on the pages of the back-to-school issue of Seventeen that year.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Oakwood Drive

Local Hi-YA!

(Confession: Will and Jada* are my favorite celebrity couple. There. I feel cleansed.)

Kernersville Parks & Recreation 

*Their son, Jaden, stars in this film. His younger sister, Willow, while not in the film is glorious and 50,000 times cooler than I will ever be.


The Donate Movement is a pretty much amazing website which shows you exactly how your donations help Goodwill. The Calculate Your Impact tool allows you to enter the type and number of items you plan to donate and shows you a service your donation helps pay for (on-the-job training, career counseling, etc.) and how many hours or minutes of that service your exact donation would fund. You can also use the website to locate Goodwill stores and training centers or to help your organization or civic group run a donation drive (which I will happily post here, FYI).

It is important to remember that when you're buying something new, you probably have something old that you are replacing. Used computers can be donated to Goodwill, and so can many other items you might not think of, such as CDs, DVDs, video games, cell phones, bikes, furniture and household appliances.

True dat.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Ogling Opportunity

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
invites you to
an opening reception
for the exhibition of artwork from the R. J, Reynolds Tobacco Company collection
Thursday, August 11th
5-7 PM
Womble Carlyle Gallery, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 North Spruce Street
This event is FREE and open to the public

The Arts Council, which is the beneficiary of some 3,000 pieces of artwork from the corporate collection of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, will put selected pieces on display in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts beginning Thursday, August 11. An online auction for the artwork will begin that day. Bids may be placed by going to www.winstonsalemartauction.com

Many of the works are by local and North Carolina artists, including Claude Howell, Maud Gatewood, Elsie Popkin, Edd Presnell and Catherine Ryan. They include oils, watercolors, prints, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles. 

The bulk of the collection will be sold at a public sale February 10-12, 2012.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

(belated) Phonophoto of the day

Charlotte has this incredible new thing called the Music Factory, with all these separate venues and restaurants within the compound. This is the Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, and if you get a chance to see a favorite artist there, you should, because it's ridiculously well laid out. I don't think there's a bad seat in the house.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Topsy Turvy Plants

Allow me to introduce you to Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' which is currently surprising the hummingbirds in my yard with a smorgasbord of nectar. The is a Mexican relative of Hens & Chicks.

This is one tough plant and it is very easy to grow. How easy? Plant in full sun and make sure to plant in well drained soiled. That's it, that's all.  After that it thrives on neglect, only getting water when it rains no matter how hot or dry it gets. If planted in the ground make sure to amend our clay soils to improve drainage, especially during winter. The enemy of this, and virtually all succulents, is staying wet in the winter. Dry feet will greatly improve survivability. To improve drainage I use approximately 40% of whatever I dig out of the hole and about 60% compost. To further increase drainage important for succulents I till or mix in a roughly 50-50 ratio into the soil, a mix of a product called PermaTill.

Next plant up is destined to be planted for a blogging friend with, let's just say, an eclectic plant palate.

The Latin name is Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'. The common name is Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. A mouthful to say either way. This is THE very plant that will soon have a new home. I sure hope she reads the info in the link, because after I put it in her yard sometime in September, it's hers.

Until next time.
- Yarddawg


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Habitat ReStore

So, today: actually kind of awesome other than that whole "more surgery" thing.

1.) Neither child had any cavities at today's visit to The Most Fantastic Dental Office Evah! This is a minor miracle given the fact that both treat brushing like it's a sporting event in which the winner is determined by finish time rather than, say, accuracy.

2.) The youngest was on fire today at his uke lesson! It's like he was trying out for first chair or something. (You know, in the orchestra that has ukes, slide whistles, and tambourines. All their tuxedos are denim.)

3.) I'm getting super-excited in anticipation of tomorrow evening, because Esbette and I are going to a concert that promises to be as good for people-watching as the last concert we attended together. Ke$ha! I can hear your eyes rolling from here, but I care not one whit, because I am a firm believer in mindless summer concerts.


4) In spite of the fact that I do have another procedure coming up, it's not emergent, so I've been given permission to delay it 6-8 weeks. I'm thinking this is how I'll spend Fall Break. You know, since the school board slaughtered it and whittled its remains down to a four-day weekend.

So all in all, I'm really good! Promise!

Local Are You Kidding Me

Not scared, not worried, just massively ANNOYED.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

2800 block of Robinhood
Sec. 62-10. -Community standards.
Litter in Buena Vista shall be preppy.

(Code 1975, § 18-9)

ATTN: Local Specific Breed Fanciers

photo credit: FCAC

Forsyth County Animal Control has several swishtastic breed dogs available for adoption at the shelter RIGHT NOW.
Shown above is Evelyn, the happiest pit bull this here side of the Mississip.

Oogle and squee at all the animals available for adoption here!

Local The Wrong Stuff

Someone pointed out that I'm holding back by not telling you that while I am still a Facebook holdout, I am, albeit lightly, on Google+.

It was suggested I share with you that that's where I put the silly inanity. I'm fairly certain a good bit of it lands here, too, but in case you just want more, you're welcome to come find me there.

Join* and search "Lucy Cash". You'll recognize the photo.

*I don't think you need an invite, but if for some reason you do, email me and I'll pop one off to you.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Adventure Landing, Stratford Road

Local Moving Up in the Rankings

Y'all, we're in eighth position now in this, up from seventeenth a mere three days ago. WOOOOOOOOO!

Please vote daily, and ask your friends and neighbors to vote, too.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

2600 block of Country Club

The left side of this fence is what we in this house would call "a state of nakey". Cover your eyes!

Local Crisp and Clean

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column featuring items in shades of white. I never knew how many shades of white there actually were until we bought this house and the painter asked us what color we wanted him to use on the kitchen walls. That began a three day entry into a personal hell where I said things like, "I think Spun Sugar is a little too oysterish, don't you? What about Alabaster Ahoy?"

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... it's... Alexander the Great!

Local Vote to Keep Our River Clean

Yadkin Riverkeeper has the opportunity to win a grant of $20,000 or more from Tom's of Maine. The top 6 of 20 nominated organizations that get the most votes from the general public will win grants.

This money would help Yadkin Riverkeeper make great progress with the Operation Medicine Drop program, which organizes take-back events where local residents turn unused medications over to officials for proper disposal. This keeps these medicines out of our drinking water as well as out of the wrong hands.

Vote for Yadkin Riverkeeper HERE. You can vote once a day until September 13th.

Y'all, Yadkin Riverkeeper is currently 17th in the standings. We can do this. Let's.

Yadkin Riverkeeper
Tom's of Maine

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Wild And Crazy

The youngest now has four flavors of ice cream he likes: Vanilla Bean, French Vanilla, Mexican Vanilla, and Old Time Vanilla, the last being a new flavor he joyously discovered today at Blue Ridge. Clearly his donning of a festive hat was well received by the Universe.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Reynolds Drive

I'm not sure where to place this one in the rankings.

ATTN: Local Space Cadets

FREE Astronomy Observing Session at SciWorks
400 West Hanes Mill Road
Saturday, August 6th
8:30PM - 11PM
Telescopes will be provided!

Saturn will be visible for a brief time after sunset. Vesta, the second largest asteroid in the asteroid belt will be visible for the whole evening along with several deep sky objects, and the summer constellations!

Observing will take place in SciWorks parking lot. Please turn your lights off and drive slowly when arriving after dark.

Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances may cancel this event. Call SciWorks at 767-6730 AFTER 5:30pm on August 6th to hear cancellation information.

Have a new telescope and need help with it? Bring it to this event. Knowledgeable amateur astronomers will be on hand to help!

So this spring the oldest went to space camp in Alabama for a week with his school. When he was telling me about it upon his return, every time he referred to himself and the others as "space camp cadets", I automatically thought "space cadets" and giggled. EVERY TIME. It was just after that last surgery; I blame the drugs.


Monday, August 01, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

In a Fog

Suddenly and remarkably, over the past few months there has been an explosion of "companies" using various nifty names, all promising to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard for 21 days. Yeah, right. I did not know mosquitoes observed border lines between spayed and non-sprayed properties.

I checked out the website for a popular company being used this year by many Boovees touting their "All Natural" spray. Might I also remind you that plutonium and arsenic are both all natural too. I looked around the website for a copy of the product label being used and the material-safety data sheet (if, upon request this is not provided I would not use the company period) for all the safety precautions and found this:
Mosquito XXXX uses pyrethroids, a synthetic copy of pyrethrin. Pyrethrins, insecticides derived from an extract of chrysanthemum flowers, typically break down around four to six hours after application. In contrast, pyrethroids break down around 21 days after application. 
What do these companies do if your neighbor is being fogged and your children and pets are outside? Honestly I'm confused about the products being used. In one place it states all natural, in another it says synthetic. Can it be both? Does it matter?

I also found information on franchise opportunities and a free PDF downloadable coloring book. If there are enough of Esbee's readers interested in this service, let me know and I'll get me a franchise for Mosquito Assassins. All it takes is a $600 backpack sprayer, less than $100 worth of chemical ,and a few "believers", and BOOM I'm in business. Two contracts will more than pay for the equipment.

Insecticides, whether synthetic, organic, or natural, all have one small issue if applied according to label directions. All should be handled and applied with caution. All will kill some adult mosquitoes (the flyers) but none will kill the 1,000,000 or more mosquitoes in waiting, the egg and larvae stage. All can be potentially harmful even if used according to the label directions.

Spraying does have its place in certain situations as a temporary measure, but the best advice I can offer comes from Cooperative Extension and NC State, free of charge. Prime breeding sites are going to be all of those small, inconspicuous water sources that you can "tip and toss" or rinse with treated water every four days: bird baths, water bowls, outdoor flower pots with a tray beneath, built-up debris in gutters, corrugated pipe connected to downspouts, tarps covering boats/cars, grill covers, grooves in truck beds, kiddie pools, and closed swimming pools. To be effective, whole neighborhoods need to get involved with mosquito management. 

One last point to remember about any wild creature: They do not have any concept of property lines.

My advice is buyer beware. In my humble opinion P.T. Barnum would be pleased to know that until this very day, a sucker is STILL born every minute.
- Yarddawg