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SNIPPETS (11/22/2019)



How come WordPress does not yet have an icon for changing text size? I still have to go into the HTML code and change the text size manually. Every other program I use has an easy way to change text size….


When I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University in 1974, I was enthralled by the Nixon impeachment. The only other impeached president was Andrew Johnson in 1868. It had been over 100 years.

Although Nixon resigned rather than being impeached, I found the workings of the United States government under its Constitution to be fascinating. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that, within a mere 45 years, two more presidents, Clinton and the current president would be impeached.

Granted, the current president, whose name I have not uttered since November 9, 2016—I call him Twitler because he likes to destroy people using Twitter; Hitler on Twitter—has not yet been impeached, but considering all I have read and heard about the impeachment hearings, I believe he will be impeached before Christmas Day. It might even be faster because the people in charge of impeaching him—the House of Representatives—have to get home for Christmas. Actually, when I think about that, impeachment might happen before Thanksgiving!

Of course, impeachment simply means that the Grand Jury—the House of Representatives in this case—believes there is enough evidence to impeach (indict) him. The trial occurs in the Senate, and at this point I cannot see Twitler being convicted.


I legally changed my name in 2004, dropping my last name and taking my middle name as my last name. I’m about convinced to change my name again, this time to Doctor Doctor so that I’ll know that Robert Palmer really is singing about me.

Previously, the only group to ever sing about me was the Bee Gees with “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”:

Did you hear it? Right at the 1:43 mark: “I can still feel the breeze that russels through the trees.”


Over on Facebook there’s a meme trending that has a woman screaming at a white cat. I find the cat’s response each time to be quite funny, so I decided to make a contribution:

White cat meme


Since I’m now making a concerted effort to do things with my photography using three business names—Russel Ray Photos, Photographic Art, and Double R Creations—I’m being more active on Instagram and with my Russel Ray Photos page on Facebook. You can follow me on those two platforms.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/russel_ray_photos/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/russelrayphotos/

I’m very political, but not on Instagram or that Facebook page. I do have a personal Facebook page where I am very political. ALL. DAY. LONG.


I should have another calendar at my Etsy shop by the end of 11/22/2019, this one on birds. This picture of a peacock and a white-faced whistling duck will be my cover photo:

2020 Birds calendar, front cover

I put that picture on Facebook and those commenting were only too ready to provide captions. Two of my favorites:

    • Misplaced flirting
    • “Can’t whistle? Not interested.”

I have so many great bird pictures that I’m pretty sure I’m going to do at least two bird calendars. Possibly even three.


The rainy season arrived on 11/19/2019. So far there has been 5.25 inches of rain in three days. When I went to the garage yesterday morning in the wind & rain, a rabbit took off in front of me. It was slipping and sliding as it tried desperately to get away from me as quickly as possible. Poor thing. I looked at where it had been and found a big pile of poop. Upon closer examination, turns out it’s not poop. Just the ugliest mushrooms ever have I seen.

Ugly mushrooms


I like to go into the gardens right after it’s rained and take macro pictures of raindrops on plants. Key phrase in that sentence is AFTER IT’S RAINED.

The rain just won’t stop, and I’m not willing to trod around in the water and mud with my expensive Canon 760d and expensive macro lens. So here’s one of my favorite macro raindrops on cactus photos. Taken on 3/23/2018 at 7:55 a.m., so it must have rained the previous day and/or night.

Raindrops on cactus macro picture

As I was focusing on that picture, I initially had wanted every to be in focus, but then I saw that first rain drop twinkling at me (just barely visible at WordPress resolutions), so I decided to focus on it and let everything else be a little less sharp.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a calendar featuring macro pictures.


Another bird from my 2020 Birds calendar. Who knew that some birds were flashers?

Great blue heron flashing


The resolution of the following picture isn’t good enough for my calendar at 12″x8″, but at a smaller size it’s fine.


Once again, Facebook users came through with captions:

    • And the great bird said, “Come unto me. Kneel, all ye who gaze upon my face.”
    • “Common, ladies. Look at this plumage! This wing span! Let’s do this!”


After I graduated from high school in May 1973, I quit celebrating holidays. I never liked them, finding them too artificial. With that said, though, Thanksgiving (when we celebrate the beginning of one of the great genocides in human history) is next week. I do believe I shall have some turkey wine for Thanksgiving this year.

Turkey wine and feeling fine


My retirement years are allowing me to catch up on movies and television shows that I have missed since 1973. For both my train friends and my history friends, I can highly recommend the TV series, “Hell On Wheels.” It’s about the building of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. People and events are historical facts with only the unknown added or minute details changed. A very intriguing series. Available on Netflix.

Hell On Wheels

Out & About — Carlsbad Village Faire & Woogie’s Place

Out & About San Diego

When I was but a youth of 12 or 13, my wise old grandmother, having adopted me when I was 10½, told me about stereotypes. One thing she said stuck with me: “Stereotypes come from somewhere.” In the ensuing fifty years, I believe she was right. Stereotypes are not 100% true, but I think they do fit a supermajority of their target population.

I mention stereotypes because I do fit very strongly as a stereotype of one specific population: the gay shopper. Yes, I love to shop, and since my husband and I are almost to 25 years together, the last 10 being legally married, I’m a gay shopper.

My favorite shopping is at swap meets, garage sales, and street faires. I don’t go to garage sales anymore because I feel guilty if I leave without buying anything. If swap meets had better parking accommodations, I would attend the two biggest ones here in San Diego County every week, without fail. So I’m relegate to mall shopping and street faires.

One of my favorite street faires is the Carlsbad Village Faire, which actually is two street faires, one in May and one in November. The November 2018 Faire occurred on Sunday, November 4. It’s an extraordinarily popular event with over 900 vendors selling anything and everything. The City closes about 16 square blocks of downtown, allowing walkers to shop without fear of being run over. Even Amtrak, which usually cruises through downtown at 70 mph, slows to about 20 mph on Faire Day. It’s a shopper’s delight.

Since I live 40 miles from Carlsbad, and knowing that parking is at a premium on Faire days, I left home at 5:30 a.m. and found a very good parking spot just a block south of the Faire. Although the Faire doesn’t officially open until 8:00 a.m., one can walk around earlier, watch people set up, check out what’s where, and make a list of vendors one wishes to visit once 8:00 a.m. arrives.

I started walking around at 7:30 and had made it through both sides of four blocks when a vendor with cute little cactus and succulent knickknacks caught my attention, especially these two:

Woogie's Place

Woogie's Place

I wanted to buy both of them but did not. They were within my budget but I could not picture a place for them at home since my home, both inside and outside, is full of growing plants.

The name of the vendor is Woogie’s Place, and they had a huge selection of cute little items, each one screaming at me to take it home.

Three succulents from Woogie's Place

Woogie's Place at the November 2018 Carlsbad Village Faire

Woogie's Place at the November 2018 Carlsbad Village Faire

Woogie's Place at the November 2018 Carlsbad Village Faire

Woogie's Place at the November 2018 Carlsbad Village Faire

I did buy a cute collection of three smaller ones:

Three succulents from Woogie's Place

I visualized them on the platform under my monster television, and, indeed, that is where they sit.

(Mama mia! Looks like I need to clean the TV screen!) Gretchen and Rhonda were the kindest, sweetest two women who helped me by not only selling me my items BEFORE the official opening of the Faire, but they held them for me so I could continue walking around and shopping without carrying things that could break.

Gretchen (left) and Rhonda
Gretchen and Rhonda of Woogie's Place at the November 2018 Carlsbad Village Faire

Woogie’s Place is online at etsy. Check ’em out!

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