Archive | August 12, 2020

ON MY SOAPBOX…Oh me, Oh my, Opossum


WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

 

One night, about a month ago, I noticed an Opossum in my yard. My first task the next morning was to search ways to get rid of it. The more I read, the more ashamed I became of myself for seeking ways to eliminate the Opossum.

My final opinion is that Opossums get a bad rap.

Nearly 60,000 cases of Lyme disease were confirmed in the United States in 2019.

With the return of warm weather, there is one unsung hero of the animal kingdom that helps keep the environmental tick levels down. America’s only marsupial, the humble  Opossum. They kill nearly 95% of ticks that cross their path. It is estimated that a single Opossum is capable of eating an estimated 5,000 ticks every season!

Along with helping keep tick populations under control, the Opossum provides numerous benefits to the environment that might be overlooked by the general public. Opossums help keep your neighborhood clear of unwanted pests. Opossums frequently eat pests like cockroaches, rats, and mice that can also be carriers of infectious disease.

In addition to eating common household pests, Opossums also eat snails and slugs that can wreak havoc on your backyard garden. They also can help clean up any overripe fruits or berries that may have fallen to the wayside.

The Opossum is resistant to snake venom, they make venomous animals a food source. The Copperhead and Rattlesnake are two of its favorite meals.

Out of the many wildlife species in your backyard, the Opossum has  the lowest risks for developing and spreading rabies. This is due to their naturally low body temperature that makes it difficult for the rabies virus to replicate within the Opossum’s body.

It is almost like God made Opossums last, out of left-over or defective parts. Their noses are long. Their feet look reptilian. Their tail is weird looking so they can use it for assistance in climbing trees. Their legs are short. Their fur looks nappy. They walk as if they have severe arthritis. They are easily frightened and Play Dead rather than fight. They are practically blind and deaf. Most people would simply call them ugly. Maybe that is why God was gracious enough to make them nocturnal …so during daylight…people cannot see them, hurt them and make fun of them.

I have a new  respect for my Opossum now.  I will never invite him inside for supper, but I will continue to place my table scraps in that little spot outside my window so I can watch him eat on his nightly visits. He has never missed a night since I started reserving him a place in my backyard Opossum Cafe.

I am being very serious. He looks like a little vacuum cleaner as he cleans my yard each night. Then he comes to his little special place, outside my window, for his reward.

In fact, I have a lot of respect for my new Opossum friend. As you will notice, I capitalized every use of the word Opossum in this post…..but

you have never and will never see me capitalize the word obama!

 

Mammals of North Carolina

They’re Biting Today

 

“Poor Old fool,” thought the gentleman as he watched an old man trying to fish in a puddle of water outside of the bar. He decided to invite the old man inside for a drink.

As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught so far?”

The old man replied, “You’re the eighth today.”

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Checks & Balances

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A man goes to get his check and when he opens it he discovers that his employer has overpaid him by $200.
He decides not to tell anybody and keeps quiet.
At the end of the following month when he opens the check, he sees that he’s been underpaid by $200.
Fuming, he goes to have it out with his employer. “Sir, I think you’ve made a mistake on my check.”
“And how do you figure that?” his employer asks.
“It seems I’ve been underpaid by $200.”
“So?”
“No disrespect Sir, but I want my money.”
“Last month I overpaid you by $200 and you didn’t complain so why now?”
“Well Sir, thing is I don’t mind if you make a mistake once…. but if it becomes a habit I have to say something.”

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Life from the seat of a tractor….

“I repeat this post occasionally, because….. I could not have said it better myself.”

-Sheila Tolley-

 

An  old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live  by.

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Your  fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and  bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a  distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the  stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a  John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears  are whispered…. not yelled.

Meanness don’t just  happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes  up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big  person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel  word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The  best sermons are lived, not preached.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best  answer.

Live a good and honorable life, then when  you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second  time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t  bothering you none.

Timin’ has a lot to do with  the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself  in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have  to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good  judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from  bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a  whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you  get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try  orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Don’t pick  a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll  just kill  you.

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THE SPHINX—THEY AREN’T READY

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Goofy Guy makes up the crazy stuff that Trump tweets.  The latest is that sections of the border wall are being named after Pigleosi, Waters, Schiff, Nadler, Schumer, Biden, etc.

Masks have problems.

https://www.redstate.com/mike_miller/2020/08/09/as-if-masks-werent-contentious-enough-dentist-warns-too-much-mask-wearing-can-lead-to-harmful-%E2%80%98mask-mouth%E2%80%99/

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https://twitter.com/hodgetwins/status/1290799730474196995?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

https://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2020/08/09/the-trump-formula-for-victory-guns-black-voters-and-the-nfl-n2573951

https://www.redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2020/08/10/louisville-pd-makes-big-decision-on-violent-blm-protests-that-other-cities-need-to-implement-immediately/

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/08/10/job-openings-jumped-9-6-in-june-hirings-hit-second-highest-level-ever-recorded/

https://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/511296-watch-live-press-secretary-kayleigh-mcenany-holds-a-press-briefing

https://www.foxnews.com/us/carmen-best-seattles-top-cop-emails-resignation-notice-to-officers-report

https://www.newsmax.com/

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Just A Minute Editor:  Who isn’t ready, LL ?

I’m Almost Ready Cat:  The older drop-outs of Generation Z aren’t ready for much of anything.

https://www.kasasa.com/articles/generations/gen-x-gen-y-gen-z

These losers can’t  rig a basketball game.  It’s no wonder that even with the help of the mayors and governors of Washington State and Oregon they can’t burn down the Federal Buildings.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/07/inside-benjamin-bifalcos-plot-to-fix-an-ncaa-basketball-game/

https://www.foxnews.com/us/portland-mayor-condemns-rioters-for-attempting-to-commit-murder

These losers should follow the success of Karen Bass ( on Biden’s short list ) to see how things work.  Uh-oh, she’s a karen.

https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/08/06/karen-basss-campaign-gave-nearly-100k-to-nonprofit-she-co-founded-which-paid-her-70k-for-consulting/

She graduated magna cum laude from the Pigleosi-Feinstein School of Fraud & Kick-backs.

It will take years to get all the statues and correct name for things reinstated.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/08/nasa-to-remove-offensive-names-from-planets-and-other-heavenly-bodies/

Our government loves monopolies.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/07/doj-kills-1948-rule-separating-hollywood-studios-from-theaters/

The vote counters aren’t ready.  Weintraub is a commie.

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/weintraub-fec-results-election-day/2020/08/10/id/981422/

Citizens are going to have to restore order in their cities, the mayors are radical BLM/Antifa thugs.  I hope they aren’t abused.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/10/nolte-magnificent-mile-riots-looting-hit-democrat-run-chicago/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/10/nolte-antifa-black-lives-matter-move-terror-campaign-to-residential-areas/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Shifting Tails of Comet NEOWISE
Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Llorens

Explanation: Keep your eye on the ion tail of Comet NEOWISE. A tale of this tail is the trail of the Earth. As with all comets, the blue ion tail always points away from the Sun. But as Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) rounded our Sun, its ion tail pointed in slightly different directions. This is because between 2020 July 17 and July 25 when the featured images were taken, the Earth moved noticeably in its orbit around the Sun. But the Earth’s motion made the Sun appear to shift in the sky. So even though you can’t see the Sun directly in the featured image(s), the directions of the ion tails reveal this apparent solar shift. The Sun’s apparent motion is in the ecliptic, the common plane where all planets orbit. The featured five image composite was meticulously composed to accurately place each comet image — and the five extrapolated solar positions — on a single foreground image of Turó de l’Home Mountain, north of Barcelona, Spain Comet NEOWISE is no longer the impressive naked-eye object it was last month, but it can still be found with a small telescope as it heads back to the outer Solar System.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space