Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Originally uploaded by tkluxton2006
Look at my visitor! He is a Pileated Woodpecker . I have more shots of him on my flickr site.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Azalea or Rhododendron?

We found this beautiful flower in the woods.

Native Azaleas - Deciduous native azaleas are found throughout N.C. along the coast to the Appalachian range. Native azaleas would include the Florida azalea (R. austrinum), Cumberland azalea (R. bakeri), Flame azalea (R. calendulaceum), Plum leaf azalea (R. prunifolium). Those native species generally have orange or red flowers. Native Pink Azaleas would include the Florida Pinxter Azalea (R. canescens), Pinxterbloom Azalea (R. nudiflorum), Roseshell Azalea (R. roseum), and Pinkshell Azalea (R. vaseyi).
Azaleas are grouped together as one species of the genus Rhododendron, and are therefore members of the Heath Family (Ericaceae). This could cause some confusion because of the related plants referred to by the common name of rhododendron. This publication refers only to those plants which are true azaleas. Botanically, azaleas are separated from rhododendron based upon floral structure. Azaleas have 5 to 7 stamens per flower, while rhododendrons have 7 to 10 stamens per flower. Currently, there are between 70 and 80 species of azaleas and several thousand cultivars. Our modern day azaleas which nurserymen grow and sell can be a species or a hybrid. Species are grown from the native environment or possibly grown from seed collected from a particular cultivated plant. Hybrids are developed through a controlled breeding process and are propagated asexually and distributed as a specific variety -- or more correctly -- a cultivar. Thus, the Pinxterbloom Azalea or Wild Honeysuckle (R. nudiflorum) is a species while 'George L. Taber' is a hybrid. Species will come true to type from seed while hybrids will not. There is obviously a great deal of confusion with classifying azaleas. The following is a simplified, short breakdown of the more popular groups being grown in N.C.
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We are going to dig up some baby this fall for the yard!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Plant a Smile today, if you can't plant a seed! I hope to get my Earth Day project up today for you to see but just in case I wanted to say , Happy Earth Day to everyone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My picture made with recyled flowers....

It was done with naturally dried Daffodils, the purple leaves to the right of it was from a wandering Jew plant dried nature too. When I press those they turn brown!? They were actually supposed to be in the shape of a heart in the middle of the page but they floated under the transparent seal? I had all these flowers laying to the side , to put in a container I put my reject petals to use for paper . When I thought of making a green project . So I found a piece of paper that had a small stain, an old piece of transparent sealer that had a fold in it and just started letting the pieces come together . With No glue ! (it is still packed away from moving)The red graffiti was red onions skins crumbs!! I made a mat to sit in front of my coffee machine!!
It is not fancy but not Trash!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Earth Day .... let's do something for the Earth

Earth Day is Every Day

Source: Kroger

Earth DayThe first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was the idea of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to organize a nationwide grassroots demonstration to bring recognition to environmental issues across the United States. That day, 20 million Americans took to the parks and streets to stress the importance of living in a healthy and sustainable environment.

Earth Day is still observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people in 175 countries. In fact, Earth Day has now evolved into a worldwide, yearlong campaign to protect our global environment.

What You Can Do
This April 22, make a commitment to yourself and your community to celebrate the earth for more than just one day. Instead, do your part throughout the year by adopting a “greener” way of life. Below are 12 things you can do alone or with others to help protect the environment every day:

1. Reduce & Reuse
Clean out your basement and attic. Instead of throwing away items such as toys, books and clothes (and adding to overflowing land fills), give them away to charity or have a yard sale.

2. Recycle
Place a recycling container next to your garbage can or close to it. Toss in all paper, glass and plastic you use throughout the day.

3. Use Cloth Bags
Instead of accumulating more plastic bags every time you go shopping, take a cloth or canvas bag with you to carry home all your purchases.

4. Clean Up Litter
Discarded waste can destroy an area’s natural beauty, harm wildlife and diminish water quality. Organize a group to clean up litter from your neighborhood – and pledge to pick up a piece a day.

5. Drive Less
Plan errands so you can get most of them done in one trip. Organize a carpool with neighbors who work near where you do, or take public transportation to the office.

6. Drink Tap Water
Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. That’s because over 80% of plastic bottles are thrown away, instead of recycled. Eliminate the problem by taking tap water with you in a reusable thermos.

7. Change Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) reduce the energy used for lighting by one-third and can be used wherever you would use a regular bulb.

8. Launder Smarter
When doing laundry, save energy by washing in cold water and line drying.

9. Plant Trees
Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, secure soil in place to prevent erosion and provide homes for all kinds of animals.

10. Conserve Water
Save water in your home by installing low-flow showerheads and toilets, and consider buying a front-loading washing machine.

11. Buy & Prepare Organic Foods
Organic farmers conserve water, soil and energy in their agricultural practices to help preserve the environment for future generations.

12. Learn More About Nature
Visit a local botanical garden or nature preserve to learn about nature from experts and scientists. Or join a local nature club and attend organized conservation events.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Nature Lice Hair Treatment

Hi everybody I read a tip from a good friend that said your blog should be on something , that people want to know about ...? 
Funny thing I opened this blog to talk about flowers?? go blank every time I start?
Well unfortunately LICE is something I learned a lot about in my life! So I am writing about it today.
  As some of you may know I once was a custodian for a K-5 school . I was also a mother, of boys in the scouts ,sports and church and was blessed with being a part of Many kids lives. All the wonderful places you get Lice! LOL
Well I found a wonderful miracle recipe that helped rid/cure a scary amount of lice in our school, passing this recipe along word of mouth . The school nurse even gave it out as an extra preventative to lice. 
Now I am passing it on to you. The worst side effect I have found is Fluffy hair ! My middle son did not like the puffy hair , we had to use some old fashion hair grease to make him happy .It gives life to the limpest hair! LOL

Hope this helps someone from having the terrible experiences, I have had with a thick head of hair ! I am also highly allergic to bug repellents ,so needless to say it has done me great harm using commercial products such as rid and other chemicals before I found this!
Anti -Lice Conditioner ...
ingredients are cheap and can be found and used for other household uses.
Cling Wrap
1/2 cup Vegetable oil , mineral oil or olive oil.
1 tablespoon of Anise
1 tablespoon of Rosemary
Pour oil in microwave proof cup or bowl 
Put herbs in a coffee filter or thin cloth , use thread to tie it.(not wire twist tie)
place herb bag in oil . Heat slowly in microwave just enough to get oil hot. Be careful to let it heat up the herbs but do not use till it is cool to touch .
let oil sit while preparing Hair.

Part (DRY) Hair in sections . Something like this , more sections for thick hair...

Using herb bag to apply
Start at crown of head and around ears applying oil generously .
Continue over every strain of hair and Hair line too. Soak down good!!
Now for the Cling wrap,  ball all the hair up to the head if long.
Wrap the whole head of hair with cling wrap. Pat it down once in place.
Now leave this on 2 hours. Yes it is a long time but Well worth it . it will smother the live lice and eggs too.

 Now after at least 2 hours. comb through hair with Lice comb ,if you don't have one , use the finest comb you have.Dog flea combs work well also.
(hey desperate times call for desperate measures!)LOL

Shampoo twice and re comb! No conditioner needed!!
continue to comb through hair checking for one week at the least.

Believe me it works. 

God only knows the torture I went through before I found this recipe. I almost shaved my head and my hair was past my shoulders .Hope it makes one person's life easier , then it will be worth posting.
God Bless and Don't stress!

Recycle Your Plastic Easter eggs , with SLIME...

Okay what to do with those left over eggs!
Make them Slime containers... Yes Slime all kids love it.
I have bribed kids with this Cool recipe.. make a batch or two with kids or yourself to give to kids. It is an Easy hit!
Slime Recipe
1 cup of white glue
2 cups Warm water (not hot)
food coloring
2 teaspoons Borax powder (great stuff for clothes too)
In a bowl , mix together Glue, 1 cup of water ,and food coloring (about 5 drops) will be lighter that it appears Most the time)
Separately , mix remaining water a Borax stir till dissolved.
Pour borax mixture into Glue mixture . Stir until a glob forms , then knead it with your hands till completely combined. Will last longer if kept cool in frig.
you can also use the Clear Blue Glue , you will get a more translucent slime . cost a wee bit more.
Last ingredient , Have fun making smiles!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Let's think GREEN...

here's a few tips to get green! many more to come!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wild blue Flower

Wild blue Flower
Originally uploaded by tkluxton2006
Hello everyone I found this flower growing in the woods here in NC.
Does anyone know what it is?