Posted by: Mark | November 25, 2015

White-tailed Deer

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I’ve been missing pictures of deer all year and I finally got a few last night. None of them were any good but at least I have documentation.

And, yes, a couple of lizards were still out today–I almost caught one. That makes a full month after than their latest sighting last year.

Posted by: Mark | November 24, 2015

They’re Not Kidding

I was late taking Devilgirl to a doctor’s appointment because I had to defrost the car. So what greets me when I get home?

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I’ve made this into the freak out about lizards blog but there’s no way it can go on much longer. It’s been a full 30 days since the date of the last lizard of 2014. It’s an El Nino winter by the looks of it.

Posted by: Mark | November 23, 2015

Are You Kidding?

Today was the first time since March that I had to turn on the furnace. It was well below freezing for much of the day. So what do I see by the parking lot?

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Out and running 29 days later than their last sighting of 2014. It’s never going to end.

Posted by: Mark | November 22, 2015

Gerbil Rash

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All three members of the latest litter are uneaten which is surprisingly good. However, one lost the hair on his back. Premature baldness? But his eyes haven’t even opened. A rash? Mange? Mites?

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His parents don’t seem concerned but I hope I can do something.

Posted by: Mark | November 21, 2015

6,001 Leg Lifts

I was shooting for 8,000 leg lifts for the year but I am far behind my goal. I managed to reach 6,001 today.  To make 8K,  I’ll need 49.975 a day for the rest of the year. Like push ups, I can do it but it won’t be easy.

Posted by: Mark | November 20, 2015

Lizards Won’t Leave

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I swore I wouldn’t post about these things anymore but it’s November 20 and there were dozens of lizards scurrying about. The Ides of November are behind us and still the reptiles frolic.

The last day I saw lizards in 2014 was October 25. They’ve almost got that beat by a month.

Posted by: Mark | November 19, 2015

Resolution Update XLVI

I looked but no lizards today. The rest of the week wasn’t better.

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I have: Way over goal with 327 posts.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: It’s been a slow week but I’m up to 92,646 words.

3.  Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: What have I become? Marooned at 1,387.4 miles.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out: 105 manuscripts–goal!

5. Video. Goal: five video projects.  What I did: five video projects.  What I did: Ten–double goal.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: Reverse goal.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 90:

Mammal (7)  Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Domestic rabbit, Gray Squirrel, Eastern cottontail

Bird (26): Budgerigar parakeet, Rock doves (pigeons), Northern cardinal, House sparrow, Mallard duck, Canada goose, House finch, American robin, Red-tailed hawk, Common crow, European starling, Tufted Titmouse, Ring-billed gull, Swan Goose, American tree sparrow, Herring gull, Downy woodpecker,  Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern mockingbird, Mourning dove, Red-winged blackbird, Killdeer, Great blue heron, Black-capped chickadee, Blue jay

Reptile (3): Red-eared slider, Leopard gecko, European wall lizard.

Amphibian (2): Dwarf aquatic frog, Fire-Bellied Toad

Insect (35): Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Stink bug, Wax worm, Mealworms, Cricket, Hister or Oil beetle, White grub, Termite, Formica ant, Bumblebee, Varied carpet beetle, Field cricket, Common red soldier beetle, Leaf hopper, Superworm, Box elder bug, Lightning bug, Japanese beetle, Ladybug, Zale moth, Ailanthus webworm moth, Dark spotted Palthis moth, Honeybee, White cabbage butterfly, Mosquito, Dusky cutworm moth, Green Cloverworm Moth, Katydid, Ensign wasp, Grasshopper, Praying mantis, Thrip, Green lacewing, Sod waxworm moth, Spotted cucumber beetle

Arachnid: (10) Common house spider, Dark fishing spider, Tan jumping spider, Orb spider, Crab spider, Grass spider, Bold jumper spider, Putnam jumping spider, False black widow, Daddy longlegs

Crustacean: Pillbug

Myriapod (3): Millipedes, Garden centipede, House centipede

Annelid (2): Canadian nightcrawler, Red worms

Planaria (1): Planaria

8. Kids. Goal : 300 events.  What I did: 269 (Karate, Anderson Library,Campbell County Library Game Day, and Cincinnati Cyclones game).

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.

Leg lifts: 5,881

Push ups 4,065

10.  Weekly resolutions: nothing.

Posted by: Mark | November 18, 2015

105 Shots

I just hit my goal of 105 manuscript submissions for 2015. So far only three were accepted for publication but the majority are still in limbo. I’ll probably try a few more times this year, depending on how things work out. I’m about 25 short of hitting a lifetime record of 700  attempts of publication.

With a success rate of less than 5%, I should send out as many as possible.

On the bright side, this makes three out of ten New Year’s Resolutions that I’ve achieved. It’s been a rough year–there might not be any more than this.

Posted by: Mark | November 17, 2015

Backwards Clock

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Year’s ago my dad took me to a hockey game, the old Cincinnati Stingers. I never really got into the game but apparently was fascinated by the time clock and spent most of the time watching the numbers count down backwards.

Today I chaperoned a school trip to the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game. I have to say that time clock still has it.

Posted by: Mark | November 16, 2015

4,008 Push Ups

It’s been a while since I hit an exercise milestone but today I finally passed 4,000 push ups.  To hit my goal of 5,000 for the year, I need 992 in 45 days which works out to 22.0444 per day.

I’d given up on any health goal for the year but I can do this if I keep at it.

Oh, and I saw a lizard on the wall about 2:30 with a temperature of 58. Last year was abnormally cold but this is getting close to a month after the last lizard sighting of 2014.

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