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Thousands of Bats Slaughtered Annually in Asia End up on Ebay and Etsy for Artsy Americans

Oh, of course they're not "ethically sourced," because why would they be when profit is involved?

(You see skeletal art at local craft shows too.)

(I really wasn't creeped out by dead thing art before.)

(Not that I don't understand "killing lots of shit for profit," but also PASSENGER PIGEONS, enough said there.)

(Damn it.)

A heron scaring the ducks

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:20 pm
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We recently had a visit from a heron. It was strolling around our end of the lake.

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Phoebe the Mouse

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:54 am
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This is Phoebe, my wonderful old lady mouse! I adopted her and her litter of three girls from a pet store last February. This pet store chain by rule can only sell animals of one sex from their stores; this store only sells males. They got Phoebe by mistake, and of course she ended up pregnant, so they couldn't sell her or her female babies. So that's why they were adoptable.

Unfortunately, not long after I took them in, two of the babies (Lydia and Junia) got sick and passed away. The only survivor (Priscilla) grew up very small/stunted and had a lifelong constant respiratory issue as a result of being sick as a baby. And she ended up living only half her normal lifespan, leaving Phoebe.

Phoebe was infected too, but survived just fine, probably because she's an adult. She gets occasional breathing sounds like Priscilla had, but it's just occasional and doesn't seem to bother her. She's a hardy lil gal, and a sweet one too. She's not affectionate like the rats, but most mice aren't. What she is is amazingly calm, which is super cool for a mouse since they're more high-strung than rats. But I can scoop her out of her bed when she's sleeping and she's completely chill (I generally don't do this because she's an old lady who wants to sleep but I CAN and she tolerates it) I also trust her with my four year old niece (I don't always trust the niece with her though!)

Because her cage is small and she can't kick bedding out of it, she gets to be the only rodent who lives in my room, and I really enjoy having her there :) She's fun to watch when she's awake, and she doesn't make noise at night either. Just some rustling around sometimes when she makes a nest but I don't find that bothersome, it's actually kind of soothing :)



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I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.

Blackwood Farm, Ch 37

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:55 pm
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Literally nothing happened in this chapter either. I would say at least Petronia was in it, but that's ruined by the fact she's now fawning over Quinn like everyone else. Because even the bad guy has to be in love with him and think he's great.

CHAPTER 37
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Beach dwellers

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:18 pm
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I just returned from a trip which included a brief stay at a beach. There were a number of residents there, including tiny clams that would appear and then vanish with each wave in and out. (We tried to take pictures but they were tough). On the other hand, these guys were everywhere:

butterfly perched on flower

Oct. 9th, 2017 02:45 pm
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I photographed this monarch Sunday afternoon in the Native Pollinators' Garden next to the Somerville Community Path. We saw several monarchs in that garden yesterday, when it was sunny; this afternoon was overcast after rain.




I posted this last night, then removed it because I was hoping to shrink the image. I'm having trouble with the photo editing software on my various devices (I'm still getting used to Windows again, and Flickr seems to have removed the option of posting smaller versions of images stored there), so here it is behind a cut.

[Trying once more for a decent-sized photo]

one last greeting of summer

Oct. 8th, 2017 05:18 pm
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weeds growing out of a window
picture taken in Zagreb, Croatia

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