Things You Don't See Every Day

Things You Don't See Every Day
Venus & Jupiter Before Dawn - 18 Aug 2014

Venus and Jupiter - One Day Later

Venus and Jupiter - One Day Later
19 August 2014

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Drillers Fudge Fracking Waste #'s

 Oops! Human error...again?!?!
Read the rest here.
The revelations contained in the article linked above should not surprise anyone. Honest and complete disclosure is not part of their corporate culture; never has been, never will be.

Can't wait for these folks to make their way to the South Newark Basin...

These will all be sold by then...

These I'm keeping...

Hope everyone in the USA is enjoying the three day weekend. After lugging a cast iron tub, a refrigerator, several recliners and multiple bags of "stuff" up a narrow set of cellar steps this weekend, I am taking Monday as complete R&R; both mentally & physically.

My maternal grandparent's cast iron tub ( Made in Baltimore in 1928 )

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Can't Get There...

...from here.

I'm at those crossroads, folks. I know what I have to do. Better yet...what I need to do.
And my current job is getting in the way.
My daily commute, mostly using mass transit, is just under 4 hours.
Two in the morning, and another two at the end of the day.
No I made the decision that put me here.
Now I have to decide what to do about it.
Someday, hopefully a few decades from now, I  - like everyone else on this planet - will breathe my last.
And whatever I am thinking at that won't be about my accomplishments at work.
The doorway to my tomorrows was opened over 30 years ago, and I know I have to get there; to those moments in time that constantly flash in front of me.
Not attempting to arrive at that place and time would be a tragedy, and failure is not an option.
Stay tuned.
What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?”
Sunrise on 30 Aug 2014
Enjoy your weekend, folks!

Friday, August 29, 2014

243 ( and counting ) Wells Contaminated

And the natural gas folks will still ( try to ) claim otherwise.

Read the rest here.
Temporary my ass. We are only seeing the tip of the looming iceberg.
That number will quintuple in the next five years, if not sooner.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Williams on Williams

I continue to monitor visitors to this blog, and even with the slowdown in posts as of late, the NG folks are still stopping by.

I continue to get phone calls about the Susquehanna from my friends in Bradford County and other areas impacted by fracking. 
I continue to get emails forwarded to me with links to articles of interest.
Due to an event that happened over 30 years ago, I already know what's down the road, and a post I've been thinking about for over a decade is about to unfold.
Stay tuned.
P.S.: Hey, Middleburg! Thanks for the visits!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Methane Plumes...

Read this article for the rest.
Cause and effect folks....cause and effect.
Think there's no connection between the increase in methane plumes described in the article and the fracking going on in the Marcellus Shale formation?
This is a discovery I'm going to follow.

Happy (ughh) Monday.

P.S. - Guns for Sale.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journey's End...and New Beginnings.

Looks like the seemingly never-ending project of cleaning out my father's home is coming to an end.
Right now the deal is on a handshake, but if all goes well, we will be selling the home that has been in our family for ~87 years.
The journey over the past two years has been beyond anything I could have scripted, and it's time to move on.
'Nuff said.
All of the above are between 40 and 45 years old. One went in the dumpster (kept the emblem for future use), and one will be put away for now. 
Yesterday was a good day. We spent several hours donating furniture and other items, filled up another Bagster with stuff from the basement, did the cemetery circuit, had incredible seafood at King Neptune in Dallas, stopped for milk & a sweet finish at Hillside Farms...and made it home as the sun was setting.
No sunrise for this pup this morning...slept in 3 hours past my normal 4a start time. 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Swiftly Fly the Years...

Up before dawn today...again.

While the coffee was steeping, I went outside to catch yet another spectacular sunrise.

I love late summer mornings, especially on days like this where the temperature in the morning is in the 50's, the air is crisp...and the humidity is low.
I harvested five ripe pumpkins last night, and I have two more to go before the season is officially over.
Right now, I'm thinking...pumpkin-ginger muffins.
My co-worker's orchid is now in full bloom. I brought it home from work in early here we are five months later. The blooms should last a few weeks, and I'll be taking plenty more pictures before they wither away one by one.

Busy day ahead, folks.
Carpe diem!
“What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?”

Sunday, August 10, 2014

P.O. & S.M.

Pumpkins, orchids...and Super Moon!
Saturday was incredibly busy; traveled to the Wyoming Valley - cut hedges & grass, emptied shed, filled another Bagster for pick-up, visited Mom, went out for a quick bite to eat at Ollie's - then back down the northeast extension to arrive home before dark.
We're at the ~halfway point of summer...and the pumpkins have started to ripen, the orchids are in full bloom in our sunroom, and my fall-blooming flower garden is really taking off.
I'm still dragging from yesterday, and the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet, so I'll keep the words to a minimum and post a few picks from around the Ponderosa. 
Above: I have no doubt the pumpkin vine would reach our house in a few days if we didn't redirect it back into the yard.
Below: The biggest of the bunch...guessing at least a 30 pounder.

The white orchid pictured above and below was given to me by a co-worker to keep alive and, hopefully, get to bloom again. Task accepted...mission accomplished.
The flowers are 4.5" across at their widest point, and when all five are in bloom, I will post a few more pics.

After we unpacked our cars, I took a walk to the curve in our shared driveway to get a few pics of "Super Moon".

And today...we'll be adding a few more recently discovered and extremely rare "family heirlooms" to our corner hutch.
More on that in a future post
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another "Quadder" from across the Pond

"The past few weeks I have been making new Quadder friends, so a shout out to Don Williams and Mike Maclellan. It seems Don is 18 months a Quadder, and Mike had his event on 19th June this year. It makes writing this blog worthwhile as other Quadders seem to like it. Once a Quadder always a Quadder it seems."
I recently tripped across another "Quadder", and will be adding his blog to my blogroll.
Mark is going through what I can still vividly recall from a little over a year ago.
Mark...I feel your pain! One day at a time, my friend.
Keep Calm and Carry On!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is being Sprayed in our Skies?

As someone who's taken quite a few meteorology & climatology courses under some great professors, and spends quite a bit of time outdoors, I am always checking out the skies to keep a tab on what approaching weather might be headed my way, especially when I'm kayaking on a wide open lake or a remote section of a river.
Been doing it for almost four decades...
So I must admit; some of what I'm seeing more frequently is starting to concern me.
These pics were taken over the weekend.
And yes, I drive a Prius.
Seven years, 166K miles and still saving us bundles...

And here's one in panorama mode.
What's going on, folks?