Treasure Tuesday finds – 11/13 – 11/27

(Sorry if you are getting this twice – it posted back in time AGAIN. I think I will have to break down and learn to use the new editor because the old one posts the time I created the draft instead of immediately like I told it to.)

Welcome to another week of Treasure Tuesday! ๐Ÿ˜

Firstly, this just shows that junk is going to happen. Screws, bolts, washers, tin foil (I have a brand new hatred for tin foil this week… but this is last week AND the week before that, so I’ll try not to get ahead of myself.) Also, a shotgun shell. And a random strip of metal. And my mom’s old boiler. (I like to feed the opossums sometimes and someone took off with the old boiler. I found it in the middle of the woods. Weird. That thing is heavy for an opossum.) And lastly, one thing that I don’t have a clue what it is. To save from scrolling through the boring stuff, I made a gallery to log those finds and show the exciting stuff in full size. It gets more exciting, I promise. ๐Ÿ˜†

But I’m reminded to,ย “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) For me, it’s not about finding gold, though if that happened, I think I would pass out from the shock. It’s about the hunt, and the journey I go on, whether I find coins, gold, or random junk. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the first exciting thing found. There was speculation. My friends and I had guesses. A superhero’s lost belt buckle? Gas cap off The Flash’s car?ย  Etc.

Here is the backside of this find:

Sure didn’t look like a gas cap on that side though. However, my dad finally figured out what it really is:

It’s the decorative piece on a tire. ๐Ÿคฃ

And this is the car it came off of. It’s my mom’s old car that she drove before I was even born. It’s a Manta Opel. (Not to be confused with Opal, which is a rock. I had a hard time finding this online thing because of that spelling error. Then I actually read it off the car. ๐Ÿ˜‚) So this was the find of the week.

This is the find of the previous week:

I had to ask my dad what this was, and then explain what he just said into terms I could understand. ๐Ÿ˜† It looked like a small motor to me, but he said it’s the thing that starts the motor. And it’s off a car from the 1940’s – 1970’s, and he has no idea how it got out in the middle of our woods… He said over the years, he’s had about three cars that had this part, but he obviously wasn’t fixing those in the middle of the woods. Therefore, our guess is that over 50 years ago, someone came out here and their car broke down. They had to replace that thing and they heaved it into the woods out of frustration on it breaking and stranding them in the middle of the woods. ๐Ÿคฃ

Now, for a few things I found that were not metal…

Holes in trees! ๐Ÿ˜

This is a closeup. There was water in inside it!

The area I was detecting in. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

A split in another tree. (Close up of the one at the top of the post.)

This tree is HUGE. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Another tree with a hole in it. ๐Ÿ˜…

An experimental shot up into that large tree. I like the silhouette of this one. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mushrooms, of course. Have to make sure I have at least one photo of mushrooms… ๐Ÿ˜‚

And that sums up two weeks worth of metal detecting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Treasure Tuesdays – New Series!

(Sorry if you are getting this post twice – the post posted back in time. Again. I really need to figure out why this keeps happening.)

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, one of the surprises I was going to announce last week and then ended up forgetting to schedule (๐Ÿ˜…) is that my parents bought me a metal detector for my birthday! It’s a fancy one too. It’s an Ace 300! ๐Ÿ˜

Wanna guess what my first find with it was? No, it wasn’t tin foil, a bottle cap, a pull tab off a soda can, or something like that like I was expecting. I’M RICH!

…okay I’m not rich, but I certainly felt like it when I saw a coin. I didn’t expect that. It’s a dime from 1980. I’m not spending this – I’m going to put it in a coin protector sleeve and label it as my first find. ๐Ÿ˜

My next few finds were also coins, which I didn’t expect. Another dime (1967), and two quarters (1983 and 1982). Not going to spend these either.

I haven’t found any coins CENTS the first week. ๐Ÿคฃ (Sorry couldn’t resist the pun…) Realistically, the reason I found so many coins may have been that I first detected around the driveway, and my dad probably dropped them when pulling his keys out of his pocket. I’ve found lots of other stuff since that I hope to share next week. Also in this photo, a hook from snow chains. Yay! ๐Ÿ˜†

A bolt and a screw. I knew that my good luck of finding mostly coins would come to an end. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I think it’s probably unusual to find this many coins as first finds, so I’m not complaining, and I look forward to the stuff I find in the future, whatever that may be.

And sweet potatoes! ๐Ÿ˜€ No, these didn’t show up on the metal detector, but I did have to dig them up like treasure so I’m including it in this post. ๐Ÿ˜† I didn’t expect such large ones from my potato experiment. I was surprised! ๐Ÿ˜Š

And that’s it for this episode of Treasure Tuesday. ๐Ÿ™‚ See ya next week! ๐Ÿ’œ

My October in Photos – iPod Edition.

*Tuesday was busier than I expected and I didn’t get to post, so that post has been moved to next Tuesday. (Because it is the start of a series for Tuesday.) However, here is the one scheduled for Wednesday!

Surprise #1 for this post, my uncle gave me an iPod for my birthday! Here are the photos I took with it during October – and a few from November because I can and it relates to surprise #2. ๐Ÿคฃ And I’m sure you will be flooded with more of surprise #2 in November in photos so I think it’s okay to share some of them now. Because I can’t really contain my excitement…

Cucumbers! They are now pickled.

Autumn leaf!

The same wildflower as Monday’s post – I wanted to see the comparison in how well the iPod captured the flower in comparison to my camera. This thing doesn’t do too bad with macros…

Really freaky looking cucumber.

Mushrooms!

…okay, I can’t take it any longer. The next surprise… I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS SURPRISE OR I WILL BURST.

Meet Thaddeus “Jumping Jack” Braveheart – he is surprise #2! ๐Ÿ˜ A feral cat showed up under my dad’s shop porch and the kittens were so hungry. I felt bad and tried to feed them, but they were too scared. Except for this one.

The next day, the mother had moved them, and I haven’t seen the mother or the other kittens since. But this little fellow was hiding in some leftover drainage pipe that we’re storing at our storage barn. Abandoned! I thought about leaving him to see if the mom would come back, but I heard the coyotes and I was afraid the neighbor’s dogs might get out again…

Plus, he did this when outside. He wrapped around my leg, not wanting me to leave him. And he followed me everywhere. My heart melted…

The plan was to get him weaned and litter box trained so we could give him away, but…

I think I can speak for all everyone when I say that we fell in love with him. Besides being cute (LOOK AT THAT BLACK MUSTACHE ON HIS NOSE AAAHHHH), he is a handful, curious, gets into everything, and is very entertaining with his playful antics.

Unfortunately, he thinks that my hands and feet are also toys to be played with. We’re breaking him of this habit. We hope. ๐Ÿ˜…

He discovered chairs last week. This is him in the chair.

He is so lovely. Most of the time. ๐Ÿ˜† Sometimes he has more energy than he knows what to do with. I’ve seen him try to climb the walls. And try to eat his own tail.

Here he is in my sandals. ๐Ÿ˜

Sorry for the blur, but he was very active. ๐Ÿคฃ He has my turtle, Speedy. And my iPod cord…

A quick break from the kitten because I’m trying to post these in chronological order. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My mom and I grabbed a burger at McDonald’s, and she spotted this. The sign says, “DO NOT BLOCK FIRE EXIT.” Someone decided not to heed that warning, it seems… O_o

Praying girl on Sunbeam bread! I heard from a friend that this was a thing this time of year. Never noticed it before. But there she is – praying. It also had the caption, “Not by bread alone” I love Sunbeam even more now… ๐Ÿ’œ

Now, returning to Jack…

Jack trying to eat my stuffed dog. It’s a cat-eat-dog world out there, folks… ๐Ÿ˜‚

I don’t usually post photos of me, but here we are. We’re on my bed. I was playing with the filters and Jack came along and fell asleep there beside me. ๐Ÿคฃ

Jack trying to attack the people in the TV screen. ๐Ÿคฃ

In my lap again. Refreshing Spirit called him, “An early birthday present from Jesus.” Refreshing Spirit and T. R. helped name him. Thaddeus came from Refreshing Spirit and Braveheart came from T. R. ๐Ÿ™‚ His nickname is Jumping Jack because he has this weird thing where he jumps out of stuff like a Jack in the Box. And he jumps in general. It’s very amusing. ๐Ÿ˜†

Sprawled out on my electric throw. He really likes my throw. And my mom’s electric throw. And my dad’s electric throw…

HE IS SO CUTE. He almost blends in on my zebra print though.

And here is why I am 4K words behind in writing my NaNoWriMo novel… ๐Ÿคฃ

My October in Photos will be concluded next Tuesday! See you guys later! ๐Ÿ˜Š

My October 2018 in Photos

(Somehow the post posted back in time to the 14th, so I updated it to today. Sorry if any of you got this post twice!)

So… here is another installment of a month in photos so you can find out what I’ve been up to! Because obviously blogging hasn’t been something I’ve done much of lately… ๐Ÿ˜… (As for November, what I’ve been up to can be summed up in just one sentence: National Novel Writing Month and I’m behind… ๐Ÿคช)

This isn’t all of it – the post was so long, I decided to split it into multiple posts. If you are wondering about these other surprise things, some will be talked about tomorrow and two surprises will be talked about on Wednesday, to save you guys from a post that goes to the moon and back. I’m going to make up for not posting much for two months by burying you guys this week.ย ๐Ÿ˜†

When trying to hook up the garden hose, I came across this web. I don’t know how well you can see it, but there are actually two large spiders in the photo. One is in the web and the other is above it.

Here is a close up of the one inside the web. Needless to say, I decided to wait until later to use the hose. ๐Ÿ˜† They were gone, web and all, the next day.

Wildflowers!

More wildflowers!

Mushroom! The outside was very hard like plastic. Didn’t expect that.

Two feral cats. There is a feral cat population down the road, and when the neighbor’s dogs got out, these poor kitties must have run down here for safety. I’ve seen them hanging around every once in a while since then.

I think these are azaleas. Which is weird because I thought they were a spring blooming plant…

Other mushrooms I saw over the month! Thought they might look good as a collage to cut down on the already super long length of this post…

We got lost a while back when taking my grandma to the doctor and stumbled upon a Western Sizzlin.

I approve of most of the decor. Some of it I could do without, but I’m going to show the fun stuff first. ๐Ÿ™‚ This scarecrow and the one at the top of the page were both from the same place. I put it up there so that the first image people see won’t be the spider…ย ๐Ÿ˜†

The bullhorns were cool. It gave the place a very… western feel. Which is to be expected out of a Western Sizzlin… ๐Ÿคฃ

My favorite of the bullhorns – sweetheart of the west! ๐Ÿ˜

And of course, boots, lassos, and the like.

An old record! I don’t know how well you can read it, but it says, “Gone But Not Forgotten – Patsy Cline / Johnny Horton / Cowboy Copas.” I’ve never heard of the last one.

There were so many things to look at.

And they had so much food. This is actually misleading because on the left is a mirror and it reflects the number of food bars there, making it look like more than there is. This introvert kept avoiding whoever was following me, trying not to get in their way, and once I thought I was going to bump into them, I almost apologized – until I realized it was my own reflection. ๐Ÿ˜‚

They had little autumn decorations everywhere. It was lovely.

I was nuts about this one! ๐Ÿคฃ

And the western theme was cool.

Me in the mirror. ๐Ÿ˜…

The chandelier was made out of antlers. Very crafty and unique, though I doubt they got the antlers from the deer after they dropped the antlers naturally… ๐Ÿ˜

A waterfall! Hard to see the water in this image though.

Even more decor.

And even fun decor in the bathroom! I didn’t realize the bathroom stall door was open when I took this – sorry for the reflection of the toilet. ๐Ÿ˜… But I like the mirror. Very crafty!

Now for the decor stuff, I didn’t care much for… and I mean that literally. Stuffed.

Yup, there we go. I don’t know what a few of those are. I know the deer. Looks like maybe a fox and a bobcat? ๐Ÿคจ

Let’s end this on a better note. Flowers I saw at during the month that aren’t wildflowers! ๐Ÿ˜

Hope to see you tomorrow for the next installment. Hope you all are having a good November thus far. ๐Ÿ™‚

My September 2018 In Photos

Welcome to another edition of My Month In Photos life update! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here is my September in photos…

A day at my grandmas – it was a beautiful day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I saw a grasshopper that day and it was fun to try to get a photo. Not many came out because the wind blew the grass around, which caused him to blur.

I like strange and unique trees and limbs and found this one when walking to her lake.

I found this snake in the woods near our house. ๐Ÿ˜„

Blake! (Black rat snake.) He seems to hang around our yard a lot. And he is very patient with me. ๐Ÿ˜†

These are some of the best photos I got of him this time.

He posed for me. ๐Ÿ˜

In this last one, I was trying to show how long he is because the others are headshots. He’s long!

Praying mantis! He was on top of my mom’s car when we were trying to leave one day, so I moved him to a stick and got photos while her car warmed up.

I visited Narnia. It’s a lot more… modern than I thought it would be. ๐Ÿคช

Mushroom!! ๐Ÿ˜

Made enchiladas (recipe by T.R. – click here to view) and they were so easy and good! I added extra sauce and cheese because I like extra sauce and cheese. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Purple wildflowers! Not quite ready to open yet. They close at night and it was nearing dusk when I took this.

Wild berries! ๐Ÿ˜„ Probably poison…

Hot peppers!! ๐Ÿ˜

My newest lemon tree had a friend for a day. Then it died. Whatever kind of mushroom this is, they are there one day and dead the next. Crazy.

Finally got a photo of the purple wildflowers above with the petals open. ๐Ÿ˜€

Puffy clouds! ๐Ÿ˜ I like how the sun was shining on them.

A different kind of grasshopper. Or something. The one above is green and this is brown. So it may not be a grasshopper at all. But it hops… ๐Ÿคฃ

Autumn is coming…

I met a snail! And it was friendly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ripe tomatoes! ๐Ÿ˜

My newest sweet potato plants – and the frog guarding them. ๐Ÿคฃ

Went outside in the middle of the night and took this. ๐Ÿ˜€ I didn’t expect it to be this clear.

Went out again in the morning and took this. Not as clear as it was at night but it still came out.

Pine cones! ๐Ÿ˜ When they start falling, I’m going to gather some and paint them. Then it will start to feel like Christmas is coming…

Wonder Wednesdays: How Does A Fire Extinguisher Work?

Image Credit: Pixabay

Some fire extinguishers work with spraying water under pressure, but I noticed that some seem to spray out some sort of powder. (And if you’ve seen videos of exploding coffee creamer, then you’ll understand my confusion. ๐Ÿคฃ) Turns out, many powder substances when blown into the air becomes flammable, such as sawdust, flour, non-dairy coffee creamer, pollen, powdered milk, cocoa, grain, starch, sugar, and even some metals.ย The worst dust explosion happened in 1942 in China. The coal-dust explosion killedย 1,549 people – 34% of the workers in the mine.

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Found this poster from World War I in Wikipedia’s creative commons. It was put out after six dust explosions. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Image Credit: Wikipedia

A dust explosion happens when something ignites a dispersed flammable substance (fuel) in a confined area.

I do realize that not all powders are combustible, but it made me wonder what is inside a fire extinguisher and why the aerated powder doesn’t combust.

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Fires can happen when heat, oxygen, and fuel combine. You get fire as a chain reaction. A fire extinguisher is designed to remove at least one of these three things, which makes the chain reaction stop.

There are three types of fire extinguishers: water-based (removes heat from the fire), dry chemical (usually filled with foamย or a mix of monoammonium phosphate and ammonium sulfate powder with a nitrogen propellant – this works by removing oxygen from the fire), and carbon dioxide (a mix of liquid and gaseous carbon dioxide removes oxygen and heat).

It looks like different extinguishers are used for different fires. For example, you don’t want to use a water-based one for an electrical fire because you may get electrocuted, and you don’t want to use the dry chemical extinguisher on aย chlorine or oxidizer fire because that could cause it to explode.

So in short… under the right circumstances, a dry chemical extinguisher COULD explode. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Image Credit: Pixabay

Go figure.

Misunderstood (Mental Illness/Depression) (a reblog)

T. R. wrote a fantastic poem on Peeking Beneath – click the link below to read it in full. ๐Ÿ™‚

Peeking Beneath

There are many people in this world who cannot speak up about what they are going through because things are misunderstood. Each individual has his or her own story. May we try to understand. May we listen to what people are trying to say.

This poemโ€™s purpose is to show the mindset of someone who is battling internally. Rawness, sensitivity, how words are taken. This poem is not written from my current mindset. I once had a friend admit to me in middle school she thought of suicide when she was only about 10-11 years old. Depression and mental illness do not have age limits. It does not matter what your situation may be either. If it was this simple, celebrities would not die from suicide. Children who live in good homes would not die from suicide. Sometimes there are factors that invite depression and mental illnessโ€ฆbut sometimesโ€ฆthere arenโ€™t.ย 

Butโ€ฆ

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