Good News Monday: A Rise in Monarchs

Butterflies, that is.  Although current interest in The Crown television series may indicate increased popularity for the current Queen as well.

Back to the winged kind.  The World Wildlife Fund reports that the forest area where monarch butterflies hibernate during their annual migration — leaving the US and Canada to spend the winter in Mexico — has more than doubled, the largest increase in 12 years.

To help improve the butterflies’ chance of survival along their migratory route, conservation efforts include planting milkweed in the US — it’s the only plant where monarchs lay their eggs — and establishing flower gardens in Mexico to provide them with nectar.  What a sweet homecoming!

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Shopping Frenzy

My inbox is shrieking with Black Friday this, Cyber Monday that — all the bargains we have to have NOW! Because they’re GOING FAST! In a sale I WON’T WANT TO MISS!

The urgency is terrifying.

Here’s what I’d like to see reduced for the holidays at a new, LOW! LOW! PRICE — for all of us:

  1. The cable bill
  2. Property taxes
  3. Medical fees
  4. Legal fees
  5. The phone bill
  6. Utilities
  7. Insurance: car, homeowners’, medical, dental, you name it

And I don’t mean some temporary, lull-me-into-thinking-it’s-forever, special short-term deal; I want to see a minimum 50% off.  Is that too much to ask?!?

Guess I will have to settle for a new pair of boots, a replacement for my worn-out black cashmere cardigan, and my favorite about-to-be-discontinued lipstick. Sigh.

Are you shopping the sales? Finding some good bargains? Do share!

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Gobble, gobble: US Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, dear US readers!

If you’re wondering what wine to bring or serve with turkey, here are the top suggestions, according to a search of the all-knowing Internet:

  • Chardonnay.
  • Pinot Noir.
  • Viognier.
  • Gamay.
  • Dry Riesling.
  • Zinfandel.
  • Champagne.

Plus, a few hints to avoid overeating today — or at any large holiday meal this season:

  1. Your brain can only crave 3 or 4 things at a time.  So decide what you most want to eat, instead of trying a little bit of everything.  If you go back for seconds, that’s the time to sample other foods — you’ll eat a lot less.
  2. Experts say that a serving is the size of your loosely held fist, not the entire plate.
  3. Eat slowly and stop after 10 minutes to let your brain register whether you’re satisfied. After a five-minute break, you may find that you don’t want much more.
  4. Plan ahead to “save” room for dessert, rather than “making” room for dessert; ie, be sure you’re actually still a bit hungry.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday, however you’re spending it! xx, Alisa

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Good News Monday: The Future Looks Less Sh**ty

Breaking news: Scientists have developed a way to keep poop from sticking to toilet paper. (Does this make your day, or what?!)

Apparently, the slippery spray-on coating — like Teflon for TP — could prevent bacteria build up, reduce the amount of water needed to flush, and leave the toilet cleaner.

Want to read the whole story? Click here.

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Pet Peeves

Our small homeowners’ community in Oregon is currently debating what to do with our uncovered tennis court, which few people use and which needs to be either repaired or replaced with something else.

Several neighbors have suggested turning the area into a dog park.  We don’t have a dog so I haven’t had strong feelings either way. But when I read this article about rude dog owners and proper “pet-iquette”, it gave me paws… er, pause.

Major no-no’s include: not cleaning up poop, not disposing of it properly (hint: your neighbor’s trash can is not one of those places!), letting your dog pee on private property, dogs that are overly aggressive OR overly friendly, excessive barking, jumping on people, and so on.

A well-mannered dog is a joy.  A clueless owner? Not so much. Bark twice if you agree.

man in gray crew neck t shirt walking beside woman in black v neck dress

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