Miss Lady Bug Goes to a Tea Party

Precious little lady bug,
Won’t you come over for a sip of tea?
“Goodness gracious yes,
You are so kind to me.”

“Precious little lady bug,
My tea party will be grand.
The mouse, the chipmunk, and the sparrow,
Will all be on hand.”

“You’ll have a delightful time.
We’ll be having crumpets for dessert.
I’m sure you’ll have such fun.
Why, I’ve even invited Mert.”

“Mert is my best friend.
Mr. Groundhog you are so kind.
I’m thrilled at your invitation.
I’ll bring over a bottle of wine.”

“You are so considerate Miss Lady Bug.
The party shall commence at two.
Come as you are and enjoy the fest.
There’s nothing else you need to do.”

Ms. Lady Bug had a wonderful time.
The tea party was a success.
And best of all she received glowing compliments,
About her fancy, new, black and red dress.… Read the rest

Tips for Learning Computer Programming on Your Own

Several college majors and classes provide you with the learning tools for computer programming. With a website being one of the most important tools for business marketing, small businesses need some basic programming skills to work with a dynamic web application. You can upload a site, but this gives you no option for setting up a shopping cart, dynamic content, password protected areas, or user interaction on your website. Here are some tips for learning basic computer programming without signing up for computer programming classes at your local college.

Grab a Simple Beginner Programmer Book

Books are one of the main ways to learn computer programming at your own pace and without the stress of grades and assignments. Most programming books have some practice code for you to enter into your programming editor, so you can follow along. If you are an intermediate coder, this gives you the option to read through the easier sections without doing the practice code. Work quickly through these sections until you get to the harder code where you can practice more advanced programming concepts.

Time Each Learning Module

Part of the process to learn computer programming is practice. If you decide to learn a specific programming language, keep up with the modules and don’t let too much time lapse. If you learn one module and wait a month to learn the next, you may need to re-learn the previous section. Take time each day or every other day to read a little bit of the modules. Perhaps read a module and do the practice code on the following day.

Check Local High Schools for After-Hours Classes

Check local high schools for adult learning classes. These are not as demanding as a college class, and you only need to attend once or twice a week. These are beneficial for people who don’t learn material as well from books as they do from an instructor. Most of the teachers work in the industry, so you learn from someone who has hands-on experience and works as a professional coder. The classes only last for a few weeks, and they are an affordable option if you do not have the money for expensive training.

Keep Practicing

Since computer programming is all about learning a new language, keep practicing to ensure you don’t forget. This goes for any language such as C#, VB.NET, PHP, SQL or even simple HTML. The more you practice, the more advanced your skill set becomes and you can create, edit and manage any website or desktop application.… Read the rest

Teachers Surprise

I had studied all night

With so much to get right…

And it all crambed up in my head.

When the test had begun

I couldn't wait to get done,

But the questions all looked kind of blurry.

The teacher said stop!

You could hear a pin drop,

And I chanced turning my head.

To the boy in the back,

Who really had quite a knack…

Of making the teacher quite surly.

With his head down,

He failed to see us gather round,

As the teacher planned to get even.

And with a big snake.

She laid into place,

We were sure that he wouldn't remember,

To open the door

As he flew across the floor,

And disappeared with out a second for reason… Read the rest

Gardner: A Sonnet for Teachers

What have thy loving hands to bestow,

On barren fields none ever pough?

What I observe to be persisting toil,

Immersing seeds in embracive soil.

As plants grow misfortune may impose upon,

Yet thy tenderest care alone shelter on.

Sweat thou spreadest be the nourshing rain,

Penetrates aridity and sooths withered veins.

Paths thou followest prosperous with vivid blooms,

As if bleakness is condemned to its eternal dooms.

I cherish the fruits of thy assiduous deeds,

The flowers of tomorrow shall never cease.

O! If thou dream of roots shall someday from earth free,

Then, the gardener of human minds must thou surely be.… Read the rest

Mother's Teachings

Mother would have been satisfied,

Had her life and family been perfect.

Alas! This is mortality…and we, mere mortals.

Yet, even though her goading belittled

And often wounded her loved ones,

Are not the qualities I love most within myself

The result of her berating?

True, I still cannot keep a clean house

But I can keep a promise.

I may have dirty countertops

But my tongue is clean enough.

And my curtains may not hang so straight,

But my heart is honest and true.

These lessons I learned well at my mother's knee

As well as kindness, love and courtesy.

And, after all, my house I leave behind

While these others I carry into eternity.… Read the rest

Digital Scrapbooking – What Type of Scrapper Are You?

I have been involved in the world of Digital Scrapbooking for over five years now, and it has been my observation that there are basically two distinct kinds of scrappers. While some variation and crossover does occur, people seem to either be photo scrappers or design scrappers.

Photo scrappers will get one or more of their photographs together that they want to use, and then look for materials to design a layout around them. They look for colors and presentation styles that match the photos, either by color scheme or content of the events depicted.

Design scrappers, on the other hand, often design a layout they like and then look for photos that will fit that design. Certainly, there are many people who do both, but most people tend to fall primarily into one category or the other.

It can perhaps be surmised that mothers (and grandmothers) of small children, who are constantly taking pictures of their little darlings, and archiving the precious moments of their family’s special times tend to fall into the photo scrappers category. Certainly anyone who has a special event to scrap, such as a wedding, birthday party, graduation, trip to the beach or what have you, will also be a photo scrapper, at least at that given time.

But what type of people fall into the latter category?

In general, artists are more likely to create a design just for the sake of the design and use the addition of a photo or two as a means of showing it off. Like many digital designers, I fall into this category. I make designs because I like them, and often have a hard time finding a photograph that fits it. Nevertheless, people who use my designs often have the perfect photo in mind to scrap when they run into my design. As an artist, I like this, because it means the final totality of the creation is better than than what I could have created myself, not having the perfect photos for it.

In the world of digital scrapbooking, this tendency is a good thing. The artists who are creating their designs often do not have photographs in mind while doing so. But those who are browsing through the catalogs often do. This merging of the two types of scrapper has the delightful advantage of producing final layouts that show off both the design and the photos to excellent advantage.… Read the rest

How to Identify Red Berries on Vines and Trees

Nature has given us a wide variety of vines that produce berries and it is very common to see birds and animals eating these berries as winter food. Because there are so many varieties of red berry it can be hard to identify them, especially in the winter months when many vines have lost their leaves. But don’t despair; using your powers of observation and your cell phone’s camera you can begin the process of identifying any red berry that interests you.

Check the Source

First you need to know whether the berries are found on a tree, a shrub, or on a vine. While this might seem obvious, sometimes red berries stand out in a clump of shrubbery so dense that it seems impossible to determine which plant they are on. Take some time to isolate the berries and figure out what type of shrub they grow on.

Look at the Leaves

Check to see if there are any leaves left on the vine. Some vines keep their leaves all winter long. If there are no live leaves, check to see if there are any dried leaves still clinging to the vine.

Notice the size, shape, and color of the leaf. Are the edges serrated or smooth? Is each leaf single or are there two or more leaves on a single stem? Is the leaf fuzzy or smooth?

If there are no leaves, look at the vine, shrub, or tree itself. How big is it? Does it have thorns? Is the main branch twisted or straight? Is the bark smooth or textured? If textured, is it bumpy, or ridged? Is the bark rough and dry or is it supple? Make a careful note of all the different characteristics of the plant itself.

Check the Color, Size, and Shape of the Berries

Next you need to look carefully at the size and shape of the berry. Is it round, oval, or disproportionate? Are the berries smooth or are they made up of clusters of smaller seeds, like a blackberry? Do the berries grow together in a cluster or is there a single berry on the end of a stem? Sometimes rose hips or dried cherries can be mistaken for berries, so pay close attention.

Now, decide on the berries’ exact color. Of course, they are red, but what shade of red? It can make all the difference in the world to a proper identification. When deciding on a shade, It helps to think of something to compare it to. Are the berries a deep blood-red like a garnet? Are they an orange-red, similar to a tomato? Are they a cherry-red, or are they more of a pink-red like a rose bud? Carefully note the shade of red you decide is the closest to the berries you’re trying to identify.

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You will want to pay attention to the location of the plant as well. is it growing near other plants of the same type or does it seem to … Read the rest

Growing Hibiscus Trees – Yellow Leaves on a Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants are common garden plants that can also be grown indoors. Many gardeners like hibiscus because they are hardy plants, and many varieties of the hibiscus can survive colder weather. Identify problems with a hibiscus plant as soon as possible and make sure that the plant is treated for any issues. Yellow leaves on a hibiscus can point to several problems, and treating them as soon as they are diagnosed will help the hibiscus return to health.

Causes of Yellow Leaves on Hibiscus Trees

Check the hibiscus plant for signs of pest damage, include insects and fungal problems. Indoor hibiscus plants are susceptible to mites, which can sap nutrients from the plant and turn the leaves yellow. Fungal problems can turn the leaves yellow and leave spots on the leaves or stems of the plant.

Issues with the amount of water the hibiscus receives can also cause the leaves to turn yellow. As the plant grows and the seasons change, the amount of water requires to keep the tree healthy varies. Too much or too little water will cause the leaves to yellow or drop.

Pest and Fungus Problems of Hibiscus

Apply a fungicide or pesticide to the hibiscus plant if any pests or fungi are found. This will help control the problem and restore the hibiscus plant to health. The best pesticides to use for hibiscus are insecticidal soaps that can be applied to the leaves and stems of the plant to control pest problems.

Remove any leaves affected by fungal problems to stop the fungus from spreading to the rest of the plant or other plants. Dispose of the affected leaves immediately. If the hibiscus has fungal problems, use a fungicide that is formulated specifically for the type of fungus affecting the plant.

Where to Grow Hibiscus Plants – Yellow Leaves on Hibiscus

Change the location of the hibiscus plant if it is in a planter. Hibiscus plants kept in full shade are not able to process nutrients properly and may have yellow leaves. Hibiscus trees that are in full sunlight can become scorched and dried out. Move the hibiscus to an area where it receives partial sunlight to help keep it healthy.

Use a balanced, time-release fertilizer that can be applied to the soil every two months. The proper amount of fertilizer will help keep the hibiscus healthy and prevent its leaves from turning yellow. Water-soluble fertilizers can also be used, although these need more frequent application.

How to Water a Hibiscus With Yellow Leaves

Alter the amount of water the hibiscus receives. Both too much and too little water can cause the plant to become stressed, which can result in yellowing leaves. Make sure the soil is draining properly. The soil around the hibiscus should be moist, but not saturated with water.

Water the plant only enough to keep the top portion of the soil moist if the leaves are yellowing in the fall. The plant is attempting to become dormant and requires less water; … Read the rest