Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unusual Flooring

This was from a post on Facebook of unusual flooring ideas.  Some are cool, some are a little scary, and I am sure they probably all are expensive.

While this one looks cool, it also looks like a plumber's worst nightmare to go into a bathroom and see it flooded with running water/

Ditto on this one and it also looks like something you would see in the one of the "Raider's of The Lost Ark" movies.

I think my innards would freeze up if I tried to use the facilities in this bathroom.

Also, Ditto on this one with the angry looking over-sized lizard defending the throne.

I really love this idea and if I weren't a renter, it would go on my wish list to make happen.

Ditto on this one too for my patio. How fun would it be to have barbecue in what looks like the middle of Koi pond?


Like many people, one of my bucket list items is to see the Northern Lights, but because I am not a fan of cold weather if I do travel it will probably be somewhere warmer, I am thankful that others that have gone there share their videos and pictures.

Above is the first 360-degree video I have seen; you can use your mouse to drag around the screen to get a view just like if you were standing there and turning around and looking up, which is very cool.

 At the end of video credits, Willam Briscoe Alaskan Photography is to thank for this wonderful video.  The only thing I don't like is the annoying emojis that pop up - I guess they are reactions to the video, but I think it is the video speaks for itself and it is not only unnecessary but detracts from the experience.

Northern Lights Center indicates the magical dance of lights at the magnetic North Pole is the result of:
"Colisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
The connection between the Northern Lights and sunspot activity has been suspected since about 1880. Thanks to research conducted since the 1950's, we now know that electrons and protons from the sun are blown towards the earth on the 'solar wind'

The above site had looked up years ago when my son was learning about them in school.  I had not thought about it or aware before then, but the South Pole experiences the same phenomenon.

Northern Lights Center also has explained about the legends of the lights and because I was hugely into folklore tales when I was around 5th and 6th grade below is a quote from their site on this:
"Aurora borealis', the lights of the northern hemisphere, means 'dawn of the north'. 'Aurora australis' means 'dawn of the south'. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. \par Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.

The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai'wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people"
Screenshots below are from the above video:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Leaf Insects

Photo:  Screenshot from video below

I am not a fan of bugs, but these Leaf insects look pretty cool. 

Brittanica indicates leaf insects, also known as Walking Leafs are native areas in the Indian Ocean, across parts of South and South East Asia and Papua New Guinea and Australia and there are more than 50 species and measure 1 to almost 4 inches long.

Their design mimic leaves to help disguise them from predators and some species even tilt to resemble blowing in the wind or have areas where it looks like they are diseases or have holes in them just like actual trees leaves do.

Below is a video of a few in action on someones hand.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Doughnut Bouquets

Photo:  Source

The Huffington Post reported on Mother's Day that Tim Horton's offered a bouquet of 24 donut holes on skewers and wrapped in waxed tissue paper and put in a box.

Around the same time. Food and Wine reported that Dessertboxes, a bakery operated by 3 siblings in Austrailia was offering a bouquet of Nutella doughnuts.

Photo: Source

Since then, it seems to be taking off as a trend as documented by in the video below.  I know I wouldn't mind receiving a bouquet like this.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


With some cardboard boxes, fake grass, fabric, paint, glue, string and a craft knife you too could craft your own castle for your feline King or Queen (or both!).

In the center, you could even add a water fountain and some catnip plants for the center Courtyard like the picture below.

In the back you can uses existing pet beds (or make your own out of an old sweater, cotton batting and a needle with thread - tutorial here) at the bottom, but use fabric and tie is to the cardboard to make hammocks.

Here is a video on the complete project and how to DIY your own.

Photos:  Screenshots from video below posted by Cuteness

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rainbow and Thunder

Photos:  Screenshot from NTDTelevision's video below

God and Mother Nature always come up with amazing things.

 It is not often you see both lightning and a rainbow and the same time.

Below is a short video posted by NTDTelevision

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Animal shaped leg barstool

Photo:  Source

This was from a pin on Pinterest, but in searching, it looks like from pictures on  Judy Disney's blog in the Magic Mushroom Bar at the Oasis at Disneyworld.