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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Morning Breath

What's wrong with this picture?  It's 6:36 AM, and I'm on the keys!  And, I'm already doing office work here at home, a full pot of best / percolated coffee has been brewed, the aquarium has been topped off, AND I've gotten some dishes done!


Morning breath.  Really!

I was awoken at 4:55 (fully light outside*, btw) by mosquitoes.  There's a hole in a screen somewhere.  They came at me, one after another (they are attracted to the carbon dioxide we expel when we breathe), until I finally gave up at 5:40 and got up.  Where's a mosquito netting bed canopy when you need one?  (Growing up, we all slept under one . . . but I have a sneaky feeling that had more to do with all the cracks & crevices in that house rather than that the bugs were worse then.)

I've got friends stopping up this AM for a super quick visit (and they already called to say that they were on their way - insane morning people!!!), so I gotta go brush my teeth & get dressed, but I'll try to be back to post some pictures yet this morning.  

*Civil twilight arrived at 4:32 AM this morning.  That is defined as no "artificial illumination is required to carry on ordinary outdoor activities".  We'll gain 11 minutes of light in the morning before the vernal equinox (when morning twilight arrives at 4:21 a.m.)!

P.S.  Since I'm in the car so much now, I thought I'd add an ongoing Critter Sightings Tally.  You'll find it in the sidebar (at the top, for now).   


  1. My husband was amazed at the differences in light up there last time I brought him up north, he used to live in Alaska and he and alot of other people too think you have to go all the way to AK to see that! He thoroughly enjoyed fishing late in the evening and still being able to see! You better get a bug canopy !

  2. Omigosh! I didn't think there was ANYTHING that could make you a morning person! (Congratulations on joining all the rest of us intelligent people. Tee-hee!)

  3. Hey, Mom? Pppppppbbbbbbttt!

    Erin, well, I know Alaskans talk about the rest of us as being from 'The Lower 48', but at 47.9 Latitude, Swamp River Ridge b-a-r-e-l-y fits into that category!

  4. OHHHHH that is way to early for me

    How are you doing ?
    Great I hope

    MAybe I will talk the hubby to making a trip to Canada this summer we can stop and see you ????

  5. Get a mosquito net and pretend you are living the colonial life :)

    LOVE the new picture in your blog banner. Take that one in your garden?

  6. Jean, a summertime visit would be WONDERFUL!

    Jenyfer, thanks! In the garden? Hahahahahaha - no! I got a bouquet of flowers at work yesterday. :)


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