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A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zealous April 30, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 12:02 am

The definition of Zealous is full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.

I think I fit that in accomplishing this A to Z challenge. I was way behind in this challenge. My blog was removed from the list.

In spite of everything that kept throwing a wrench in my way of making posts, I caught up and finished this challenge… and on time.

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A to Z Challenge: X is for Xeronema Callistemon April 29, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,plants,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 3:33 am

Xeronema Callistemonis a species of flowering plant endemic to the Poor Knights Island  and  Taranga Island in the north of New Zealand. It was discovered in 1924. It looks like a sideways giant bottle-brush of red flowers with orange pollen. It grows on sea cliffs, requires a lot of water and is pollinated by birds and butterflies.

xeronema

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeronema_callistemon#cite_note-5
http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/5018?actionName=view_all_seed&itemname=XERONEMA+CALLISTEMON&page=273
 

A to Z challenge: V is for Vicuna

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,mammals,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 2:48 am

The Vicuna is one of two wild South American camelids that lives in the Andes. The rarest finest fiber comes from this animal. It was reduced almost to extinction at the end of the Inca empire in 1572 and again in 1970’s. It now has made a come back and is protected for it’s fiber.

Vicuna

Vicuna

 

 

https://www.loropiana.com/en/our-world-Loro-Piana/product-origin/vicuna
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicuna
 

A to Z challenge: G is for Grampus April 8, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 8:05 pm

A grampus also known as Risso’s dolphin, is grey in color with a white under belly and white scratch-like markings.   The head is bulbous with a blunt nose. It has a tall curved dorsal fin almost like a shark fin. It is a cetacean of the dolphin family which means it is a carnivorous, aquatic, mammal, unable to survive on land.

The word itself means fat fish and has also been used as another word for orca.

grampus

 

references: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/grampus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risso’s_dolphin

 

A to Z Challenge: F is for Foumart or Fitch

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 7:02 pm

I love this challenge. I’m finding lots of words I had no clue about previously, like foumart, such a fun word don’t you think?

A foumart is a European  polecat also known as a fitch, kind of like a ferret or weasel. Hey new insult words, you’re such a foumart and don’t be a fitch.

These little animals give off an unpleasant scent much like minks or skunks.

foumart

 

 

references:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_polecat
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/foumart

 

 

 

A to Z challenge: D is for Degu April 5, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,animals,Challenges,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 12:20 am

In my quest for something interesting, I found this little critter called a Degu. It’s a caviomorph rodent. Kind of a cross between a chinchilla and a guinea pig. They have the ability to drop their tails like a lizard if it is grabbed, however they don’t grow back. So never grab one by the tail. Like any rodent they also bite.

They can not metabolize the simple sugars that are found in fruit nor can they tolerate the oils of nuts and seeds. Green leafy vegetables are what they like the best.

Degus are social animals and need companionship, so it’s best to have two, preferably two males or two females. These are very affectionate pets that can live to be almost nine years old.

Degu

 

 

 

Refrences:         http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-a-Degu
http://degus.com/deguz.html
 

A to Z Challenge: C is for Chamomile April 4, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Challenges,plants,Uncategorized — Cynthia @ 2:41 pm

Every time I have ever felt a little stressed or just wanted to unwind, I’ve reached for the chamomile tea. It’s been known for thousands of years as a traditional medicine to calm the stomach and ease anxiety…add a little honey to that and you have a yummy beverage as well.

Chamomile is a common name for several different daisy-like flowers, not all of them are used in making chamomile teas. When using chamomile, be aware that it can have some drug interactions and may cause allergic reactions in some because of allergies similar to ragweed.

Before making anything with chamomile, be informed, read about it.

 

chamomile flowers

 

 

References:    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-chamomile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamomile

 

 

 

 

 
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