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Taken by my daughter on the way home from her swimming practice, 30.11.19

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Today with three women we hiked a 10.5 miles loop to Lake Valhalla, WA, gaining 3,931 feet in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Beautiful country.
Why yes... btw, got my internet back.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Love it when someone shows humor.
It keeps happening. Lol. I’m actually cleaning the BnB....this is how I multi-task
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
You'll be happy with me. I'm going to try baking some zucchini loafs tomorrow.
If there was one around when I went camping yes I did.?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Lots of times. We have a couple of overgrown outhouses nearby.
Love those blackberries, I used to as a and I still do?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
And I still do.
Being too intelligent might make you a less effective leader | World Economic Forum
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
That must be my problem. I don't take the IQ thing without several shakes of salt, but I thought the average IQ was closer to 120.
Morning gardeners, Day 16 trip the garden. Everything is still doing good. Won't be long for the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Bountiful!
Finally got my tomatoes transplanted! Have to have them up on the deck so the deer won't eat them ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I must have a deer that crosses my yard on occasion. It doesn't bother my tomatoes, but it loves nibbling on my asters.
Is love the motivator of empathy or is empathy the motivator of love? My basic definition of love: ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I would say love is the motivator. Empathy must be a by-product.
They may be smelly but they are a great little animal.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Found a photo. One of my albino raccoons and my albino skunk.
Bee Hotel update. This is the final configuration of the freestanding box and frame. The top of ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Is this a four section hotel?
Hello! I am in the process of minimalizing my life and hitting the road for the next year. I want to...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
You're welcome to drop by on your country trip.
Note to self.?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I have to talk that note out of myself.
WILL KAVANAUGH PROVIDE COVER FOR TRUMP? NY Times [nyti.ms]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I've gotten my saddle prepared. Here we go.
We need silliness this morning so here is an archaic word and some background about it: ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Wow, that was pretty harsh. Sounds like quite a feet actually. Wonder if anyone actually did that? If I get transported back in time, at least I know what I shouldn't say.
Good morning fellow gardeners! Just a slightly disturbing thought to contemplate over coffee this ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
They're awfully slow.
When do you prefer to travel? Weekends, weekdays, in season, offseason? I love the summer so that's ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I prefer the offseason and if I'm traveling, I want it to be at least a week long, preferably 10 days.
Looking for the title to this Picasso. A FB acquaintance took a pic of this pen and ink, while in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Try finding collectors in Spain. Send the image to different galleries and museums in Spain that have Picasos. I'm sure someone will recognize it. I searched Picasso ink drawings (images) and didn't see it. I would be willing to bet it's in a private collection. You just have to find out where.
My system is a 2kw wind and 5kw solar, with 8 200ah 12vdc gel battery.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Do you make your own wind turbines and PV panels? Where did you get your batteries? I've heard that submarine batteries are exceptionally good.
They may be smelly but they are a great little animal.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I remember a time my family went camping at Elkmont (on the way to Cades Cove in the Smoky's). Mom was sitting at the picnic table reading late one evening when she felt something rub up against her like a cat. She, of course, didn't move. She looked down, and ... She's was calm when she told us about it the next day. No lingering smell either!
I'm going to try this later.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
That's the way every wheelbarrow owner takes a break!
Living in the bible belt is especially hard on us. Church on every corner. I am looked upon as weird...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
We live in a different world now, for sure. In Chattanooga, where I live we used to joke about the number of bars being about the same as the number of churches. The number of churches has been shrinking! I want to buy one.
I can't wait until tomorrow. I am visiting an old friend. Drink beer, smoke weed, eat grilled ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
You know tomorrow never cums, don’t you?
Just for fun. One of my kids is sick. This is an excerpt from our conversation this morning...cause...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Love it. Parenting at its finest.
Surely this group is about experiencing the whole planet, or as much as we can manage in 60 years. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Yes, I totally agree. To get a worldview you have to see the world. I haven't seen near enough of it!
While it is not necessarily an atheist bumper sticker, my all-time favorite was simply "CHOICE" - it...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I believe today it would be equated with abortion. Have you seen it as a bumper sticker? I haven't (at least I don't think I have). Love bumper stickers though, especially the cars that have them as body paint.
Can someone explain how to upload a jpg file or advise why it fails every time?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
You must have gotten it figured out.?
Hitchens was fond of pointing out the infantilism of wanting there to forever be a big daddy in the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
That's a good one.
I think. Therefore I am......an atheist
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Don't you need a comma after therefore? :-)
I got a whole collection of atheist pins [nl.pinterest.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
A passionate woman is worth the chaos!
Too bad I totaled this rig several months ago... However, I did salvage the plates, and the bumper ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
It wouldn't be safe around here (se Tennessee), but I wish it were!
There's So Much You Don't Know about Brett Kavanagh NYTimes [nyti.ms]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
And that article didn't tell me anything new.
[scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net] I had a peeper rescue here last year. This is one of the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 10, 2018:
That's a teeny tiny guy! Cool. Our tree frogs are having their time of chorus as well.
The picture is one shot of our back yard. Others will follow. When we moved here 20 years ago, the...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Well thought out and executed!
HI all. I live in an apartment that has a small balcony and surrounded by large trees. The best sun ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Dynomite.
This is what happened when you give the tree guys a case of good beer for dumping you off a couple ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
They were showing gratitude!
What is your most memorable fishing trip ever? Mine was with my dad we went walking up the spring ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
My first fishing trip was with my two older brothers. We had poles in hand as we walked down to the local creek. We put worms on our hooks and sat down on a footbridge going over the creek. We sat in the hot sun for what seemed like 3 weeks. After a long time, I caught one. It was a bluegill, at least that's what my brothers told me. My older brother took it off the hook and threw it back into the creek. He said it was too small to keep. I don't like fishing very much.
Spent this morning hiking and playing tour guide in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge :-)
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
A really cool place!
Democrats ignore the left at their peril. Midwesterners aren't scared of socialism — they're ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Democratic socialism sounds like a dream state.
Is nationalism a way for a group of people to strive towards a common goal, or mearly glorifying ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Nationalism is a false pride.
Do you believe the big bang theory? While I accept that it is the current leading scientific ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
This is my personal take on the Big Bang: It's like a bag of unpopped popcorn. You heat it up, one pops and soon a bunch are popping. Lots of big bangs. Lots of verses.
The Father of Cannabis Research... [texasoriginalcc.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Learn something every day. At least that's the goal.
Naked Yoga ?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I don't think it would work for you Sheannutt.
Put my underwear on inside out this morning.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I hate when I do that, especially when I know it. It's like everyone notices!
I need 1100ish points to reach level 6. Is it any better or different....just a statusy braggy ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
It's pretty anticlimactic. Level 7 is next.
When did you last have sex with a partner? (A 50 and over confidential poll)
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I almost voted virgin. I feel like I'm starting over. I have recently read about a 30-day 'test'. If you have a partner (which I don't at the moment) you should have 30 days of sex in a row. I've never tried this, but can see the benefits as well as how difficult it might be. Anyone want to be a test bunny with me?
What is your favorite type of music?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Bluegrass if I had to pick only one.
Complaining.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Yes, I consciously don't complain (too often). And it's no fun being around a complainer.
EU Votes Down 'Disastrous' Copyright Proposal Aimed at Transforming Internet Into Virtual ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
At least we still have Europe!
By Dog, I think I've found the perfect light fixture for the dining room!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Looks like a big party!
Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week - The ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I believe it's just getting started. Sorry kids.
Stoner Chicks
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Way better!
The Naked Truth: Photos
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Let the light shine in!
What is men's obsession with breasts. I'd love to see a man carry these around until he has ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Maybe you should lie down more often.
Sunday at Mt. Dickerman, WA. A bit over 8 miles round trip and almost 4000 ft elevation gain. Each ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Is it a glacier?
Well, I finally got some pics here, transferred them from my facebook page ! Like them or not, but ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Now, I have to go look at your pics!
Well today sure isn't going well. My car was done in time, but I was short on the 500 I was ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
The day hasn't been a total waste. You're alive to live another one. Just hope it's not groundhog day!
What is worse for you, dating a person that believes in god, or a person that believes in the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
For me they have about the same score.
Literal translation from German to English -- do you understand what this is trying to say?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Are you German? Do I look like one? You sound like one! Yes, I'm a real hang-me-out-to-dry German!
A new spin on an old classic. The band 'Disturbed' is a favorite of mine kind of hard rock/ metal. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
This is a powerful remake!
Had a nice ride today. Who works out and what do you do?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Fantastic! You're out doing it!
“...And then, there’s the old joke about Baptists frowning on premarital sex because it might ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Very nice!
Thoughts on sexual profile question? In result of a post q:125889, I'm open to adding sex-related...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I don't have a problem being more open. Some people want to be less open. You're doing a pretty good job!
I write this on behalf of the Monarch Butterfly. Too many Monarchs are lost to traffic encounters ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I think all roads should be underground. That would take care of a lot of problems.
I picked the first cucumber of the season a few minutes ago. The bees were in the cukes and the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Happy gardening!
For all of us Hippie spirits
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I wasn't a 'hippie' until it went out of fashion. That's a sign of a true hippie!
After making the comment to @surfpirate about pigs flying, I got to wondering, If pigs could fly ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 9, 2018:
They already have a name, Glueckschwein.
I put live an option in posts of "profile only" which basically means that you'd prefer the post to ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
What makes a good candidate for the Home page?
Amazing First boys 'rescued from Thailand cave' - BBC News [bbc.co.uk]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
11 hours per extraction. wow
I'm getting REALLY irked at folks who don't both to notify me as to whether or not they are coming ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
I'll be there! Promise. Just hope the creeks don't rise too high.
Which game is this
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
I don't remember if he just gets out of jail free or does he get out and collect $200?
Wish the blooms on a Mexican petunia lasted more than a day!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
That's gorgeous! Unfortunately, the same with a Night Blooming Cyrus.
A good video I found I thought y'all might enjoy: [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
That's really cool! The west side of the Appalachians is a different culture. Then there's the middle and the north.
This is an excerpt from a Voraciously WaPo Article. I found it amusing and thought I would share: ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
I never knew!
Howdy ya'll ! I'm a Yankee Carpetbagger, I fell in love with bluegrass so much I moved down ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Oh, one of those. Talked crudely about among family historians! Are you good at swimming? Turds float for a while. ;-) Bluegrass is one of my favorites as well. Just waiting on the green grass.
I've been trying to find a good new profile picture, what do you think?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I believe we know the same photographer.
Zinnia running loose in the habitat garden. Chipmunk or bird gardner?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I love surprises!
I just tried to report two profiles. It looks like one guy changed his profile name and came for a ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
Yes, your computer is possessed.
I live in a pretty blue state and I can say is am happy about that. Yesterday hearing about the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I've left this country; moved back; and would definitely move away again. I'm not very patriotic and possibly a little opportunistic. If living conditions become unbearable here I will find another place.
3 YouTube Vloggers Die After Falling Over Waterfall in British Columbia
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I'm not sure what you're ranting about. Is there a part of the story you're not telling us?
Brick By Brick - YouTube
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
It's nothing new or remarkable. I know I wouldn't want him building my garden wall!
About that first kiss: [youtube.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
90% of the way, then halt. For how long? As long as it takes. ... you don't go all the way, Albert!
These are growing in the back of my house!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
So, are you going to leave us hanging or are you going to tell us what we are looking at? Love the darker yellows.
A writing of Bertrand Russell worth reading: [users.drew.edu]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
Strong, not wordy, but a way with words.
Anybody else notice deleting multiple messages at once when you just had the mouse over one? ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
My mouse displays fits of sabotage every now and then as well.
@Admin. Following recent feedback from another site member I am now stirred to make a request to ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
I like it and you asked so nicely!
My 2nd doll. This one has hairy eyebrows. Thanks!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 7, 2018:
The Norwegian bog man. Yes. The old, weathered face juxtaposed to a baby's suit encapsulated in glass. Precious? I like the eyebrows. It makes the face less scary, but still 'bogged'.
John Stuart Mill said it at much greater length, but this works for me.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 6, 2018:
A good beating is supposed to be humbling.
It can be done! In Michigan: "...a proposal that seeks to end gerrymandering in the state will be on...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I'm glad there are politically minded people like you!
For Democrats and Independents that feel your vote doesn't count, here is a very legal, BRILLIANT ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 6, 2018:
The only way for me to help SwingLeft is to donate money. I don't have any.
Safety guide for LGBTQ travelers. [nytimes.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 6, 2018:
This sounds legit. Hope it's helpful.
I hope you don't mind, but I posted this in the craft group, so maybe I shouldn't do both. So ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Is it not suppose to be spooky?
I hope you don't mind, but I posted this in the craft group, so maybe I shouldn't do both. So ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Scary, at least on my phone. And s/he/it hasn’t fogged up the glass yet!
I did this for my sister's yard last year the flowers have not come up yet when I took this ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Where do you get the rocks from?
After reading @Castles post in the singles group about "hovering", I thought I'd give my opinion ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
I 'hover' often, if nothing more to refresh my memory about that person or to find out where they live I like hovering as well as visiting, but I don't see a need to be notified that someone has 'hovered' me.
4th of July hike. Goat Lake, North Cascades, WA. 12 miles round trip and about 1400 ft elevation ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Looks like a beautiful hike!
More Haka? [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
I didn't think it was such a good idea getting a football pitch so rawled up?
I love me some Haka! [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
I'll have some of what they're having!
Good morning from godless UK. Another couple are ill after touching Novochok. The papers are playing...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
What are the feelings on the street concerning this new poisoning?
I have never seen a text message so freaking evocative
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 5, 2018:
The lesson for today: Be careful what you eat and what/who you hang around!

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The green man in Berlin, Germany. East Germany's crosswalk light. At the fall of the Wall, every city in Germany got a set of these crosswalk lights to show the unity of Germany. Photo taken in 21.10.16.
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On the balcony of my 'new' flat, 23.11.19.
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Our new puppy, Bean, 14.11.19
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1961 with my granddad, Herschey Boy.
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I'm the little guy on the far left, early April 1962.
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