21 May 2016 My Happy, Alvarado Animal Shelter benefit, frenemies NRA and Trump, tree sleep study and nutrition label makeover

Good morning you!  Hope this finds you doing well today, thanks for coming by to visit whether on purpose or a typo in your search engine of choice lol.  Glad you are here.

My "Happy" :-)

My “Happy” 🙂

Well this morning had a great start.  We went to the first pancake benefit hosted by city animal shelter at the Applebee’s restaurant in Burleson. What a great idea to raise money for the shelter!  We really enjoyed it and as always it was good to see Janelle (our amazing ACO) with her family and her awesome right-hand woman Casey.  This particular Applebee’s (http://restaurants.applebees.com/tx/burleson/1115-n-burleson-blvd.html) does this type of thing fairly regularly for shelters, sports teams and other charities.  They provided the food and the space and Janelle, Casey and their volunteers did the food service and busing of tables.  I was thrilled to hear they sold all 100 original tickets and even more this morning PLUS raffle tickets.  Janelle said they would like to do it at least once a year – it’s a lot of work to organize and actually carry out such an event.  Thank you so much to everyone involved and I pray this helps with everything you need to keep things going at the shelter.  If you are considering adding a dog or cat to your family, please consider your local shelters first!  Also — PLEASE spay and neuter your pets if you are not a licensed and or professional breeder.




Contact Information

Animal Control
602 S. Parkway
817-239-4401 (main)
817-556-6060 (after hours)
817-790-0910 For additional assistance (Police Department)

We found a tick on our bed last night after the dogs went out……it was dying as we regularly treat our dogs with flea and tick ointment BUT!  It’s like just saying the word “flea” and you start to itch.  I was a bit offputted LOL!  With the wet, warm and now hot and humid we are experiencing in Texas….it’s mosquito, tick and other biting insect “baking” time.  Make sure to take care of your pets – you will also be taking care of you!  We suspect Spot got one on her from our bandstand that has space underneath where “critters” have been known to live.  We put up fencing to block her from going up there and are planning on getting some more to block other areas in the yard she and Link like to wander that we know are flea, tick and mosquito havens.  We have two senior indoor cats that do not get regular flea and tick treatments we are trying to avoid getting exposed.   We may end up having to start treating them again if it gets real bad, but with them both being 17 years old, we are trying to limit the toxins we expose them to.  Damned if we do, damned if we don’t scenario isn’t it?!

I’m not going to belabor a point but did you see the NRA has endorsed Donald Trump earlier than it normally does?  Hmmmmm…..guess keep your friends close and your frenemies closer.   I “get” that strategy.  Kyle and I were thinking as far as chess pieces on the board,  the NRA is like the Bishop…..sneeeeaaaaky.   When I wrote about Kyle and I just joking about this strategy yesterday I didn’t quite expect to see it become a headline!

http://nypost.com/2016/05/21/nra-endorses-former-foe-trump/ (excerpt)

Donald Trump accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association on Friday — and then predicted Hillary Clinton will “abolish the Second Amendment” if she is elected.

A couple interesting articles this morning – do trees sleep and they have revised the food nutrition labels here in the US.  To see more published information on the life of trees makes me happy so had to share that with you.  As far as the new labels, funny I still don’t see the one thing I wanted out of the new labels and that is if a food has GMO ingredients in it!  GRRRRR!  If your proud of your product and it’s safe — Label it, PROVE it!   We’ll get there eventually…..I hope.

Much love, hugs and all my best to you today.   Remember:  YOU ARE AWESOME SAUCE!

Ft Worth Botanical Gardens

Ft Worth Botanical Gardens

Trees droop and sleep like humans in day-night cycles, says new research

Posted by: News  May 21, 2016 in Science

Trees droop and sleep? Trees have been seen to go to sleep and relax their branches for certain periods of time.

Experts from Austria, Finland and Hungary are employing laser scanners to calculate the day-night rhythms of trees. As strange as it may seem, trees do go to sleep and need periodic rest time.

Researchers have been studying the day and night cycle in plants for a long time: Linnaeus observed that flowers in a dark cellar continued to open and close, and Darwin recorded the overnight movement of plant leaves and stalks and called it “sleep”. But even to this day, such studies have only been done with small plants grown in pots, and nobody knew whether trees sleep as well. Now, a team of researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary measured the sleep movement of fully grown trees using a time series of laser scanning point clouds consisting of millions of points each.

Trees droop their branches at night

“Our results show that the whole tree droops during night which can be seen as position change in leaves and branches”, says Eetu Puttonen (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute), “The changes are not too large, only up to 10 cm for trees with a height of about 5 meters, but they were systematic and well within the accuracy of our instruments.”

To rule out effects of weather and location, the experiment was done twice with two different trees. The first tree was surveyed in Finland and the other in Austria. Both tests were done close to solar equinox, under calm conditions with no wind or condensation. The leaves and branches were shown to droop gradually, with the lowest position reached a couple of hours before sunrise. In the morning, the trees returned to their original position within a few hours. It is not yet clear whether they were “woken up” by the sun or by their own internal rhythm.

“On molecular level, the scientific field of chronobiology is well developed, and especially the genetic background of the daily periodicity of plants has been studied extensively”, explains András Zlinszky (Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences). “Plant movement is always closely connected with the water balance of individual cells, which is affected by the availability of light through photosynthesis. But changes in the shape of the plant are difficult to document even for small herbs as classical photography uses visible light that interferes with the sleep movement.”

With a laser scanner, plant disturbance is minimal. The scanners use infrared light, which is reflected by the leaves. Individual points on a plant are only illuminated for fractions of a second. With this laser scanning technique, a full-sized tree can be automatically mapped within minutes with sub-centimeter resolution.

“We believe that laser scanning point clouds will allow us to develop a deeper understanding ofplant sleep patterns and to extend our measurement scope from individual plants to larger areas, like orchards or forest plots,” says Norbert Pfeifer (TU Wien).

“The next step will be collecting tree point clouds repeatedly and comparing the results to water use measurements during day and night”, says Eetu Puttonen. “This will give us a better understanding of the trees’ daily tree water use and their influence on the local or regional climate.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/changes-to-food-nutrition-labels_us_573f3fe0e4b045cc9a70d4ee (excerpt)

the revised food nutrition labels (US)

the revised food nutrition labels (US)

4 Major Changes Are Coming To Food Nutrition Labels

Here’s what you need to know.

05/20/2016 03:18 pm ET
The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has redesigned nutrition labels on food packages to show the amount of added sugar in a product.

It’s the first redesign in nutrition labels in over 20 years, notes the FDA. Most food manufacturers will have to comply with the redesign by July 2018, but those who sell less than $10 million in products a year have until 2019 to get with the new program.

Michelle Obama helped announce the changes, saying, “You will no longer need a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you are buying is actually good for our kids.”

The change is a milestone for nutrition and obesity advocates, who pointed out that the old labels had no information that helps eaters know if they’re abiding by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines’ recommendation to eat no more than 10 percent of total calories from added sugars (about 50 grams of added sugar a day for folks on a 2,000 calorie diet).




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