Macro Monday Quackers

Wandering along the beach, a forest or grasslands, I love listening to the birds talk and fly. Their gracefulness, speed and chatter sparks joy and the my appreciation of life. Sharing beautiful moments.

Terns, any of about 40 species of slender, graceful water birds that constitute the subfamily Sterninae, of the family Laridae, which also includes the gullsTerns inhabit seacoasts and inland waters and are nearly worldwide in distribution. The largest number of species is found in the Pacific.

Ducks, any of various species of relatively small, short-necked, large-billed waterfowl. The wild mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is thought to be the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and it has undergone numerous crossbreedings and mutations since it was first domesticated in China between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago.

A goose (plural geese) is a bird of any of several waterfowl species in the family Anatidae.This group comprises the genera Anser (the grey geese), Branta (the black geese), and Chen (which includes the white geese), the latter sometimes being placed within the genus Anser.

Oregano-Mint Harvest

It is time to harvest my herbs and vegetables. This years crop of tomatoes were enjoyed by the local squirrels and the moles devoured the squash flower blooms. Hopefully, one of these years I can harvest a squash. I did harvest three little green tomatoes. The rosemary and parsley are growing strong; they like the drizzle. The oregano and mint are bountiful and I shared clippings from these two plants with my neighbors.

One neighbor’s cat is crazy about mint. I gifted this furry feline a bouquet of mint. Other neighbors received samples of mint and oregano. The pungent smell of mint on my kitchen table tickles my nose. I added oregano, sage, parsley, and rosemary from my garden, into my spaghetti sauce for a savory dinner one evening. A few days later one of my neighbors gave me pasta and another neighbor gave a large dish of pozole with a dash of oregano ( a gift from me). I mixed the pasta and pozole together for a delicious meal, actually, three meals. Hot bowls of soup are welcomed on a grey day in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoying the good times.

From my outdoor garden.

Oregano is a culinary herb, used for the flavor of its leaves. It has an aromatic, warm, and slightly bitter taste, which varies on intensity. Oregano is a herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. People have used it for thousands of years to add flavor to dishes and to treat health conditions.

Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents.The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including groundhogs), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia.

Atomic Red Team Test

One of my Meetup Groups, the South Sound Hackers had a Zoom meeting on this topic, “How to Install an Atomic Red Team Test”. When I read the meeting announcement, I knew it had something to do with cyber security. My curious nature wanted to know more. A fellow member, Jesse Moore shared with the group how to install this test. He spent hours on this presentation. I am sharing a few takeaways from his presentation on this topic.

I learned these Atomic Red Team tests are used to test your computer network security. These tests can be used with Windows or Linux operating systems, and they are mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework. Each test is configured back to a particular tactic; thus enabling defenders a way to test their defenses across numerous styles of attacks. Once installed and executed these tests can run in less than five minutes.

I recommend this link Red Atomic Team Tests, to learn the history, background, and how to become a contributor.

Macro Monday Family Pets

The Family Pet Rules the Homestead

Every family pet is the favorite member of the household. Just ask them. The family pet who is our confident and listens to us when nobody else does. Sharing photos of my family pet cats, Alexander and little Lacey who recently past, and pets from my neighborhood. How lonely life would be without their mischief.

IRS and Small Business Week

Sharing information posted from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for small businesses.

During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.  The IRS wants to ensure all eligible people know about the relief these credits provide. during

Updates on the implementation of the Employee Retention Credit and other information can be found on the Coronavirus page of IRS.gov.

A Loud Voice

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made me cry. She was small in size, her voice was loud and people listened. Ruth Ginsburg worked to overthrow legislation that discriminated based on one’s gender, was a founding counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, and taught law courses on gender discrimination laws. My life was influenced by her work, because it provided more career opportunities and experiences for me as a woman. I am grateful for her service and dedication to gender equality. I see equality, whether it is based on gender, color, education or race, as a basic human right, not a liberal idea.

The “Notorious Ruth” spent forty years on the federal court bench. Ruth had integrity, her voice, knowledge of the law and juridical processes. She could work with people who had different opinions, and was tenacious as needed. She was diligent on her research and was skilled at writing opinions, whether she was writing for the majority or dissenting cases from the bench.

The world is mourning Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her influence touched the lives of many people. Ruth’s body will be taken to the United States Capitol on Friday, and she will become the first woman in American history to lie in state there.

Rest in Peace, Ruth, I doubt it. She is probably writing her next opinion.

Macro Monday Autumn Equinox

My favorite time of year is autumn, the change of color from green to red, orange and yellow. This year Autumnal Equinox lands on September 21, 2020. It is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and of the spring season in the Southern Hemisphere. The word “equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length.

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”, an imaginary extension of Earth’s equator line into space. The equinox occurs precisely when the Sun’s center passes through this line. When the Sun crosses the equator from north to south, this marks the autumnal equinox.

Posting a few of my autumn photos from my neighborhood in the Seattle area. The skies have cleared of smoke from the forest fires on the West Coast. It is now safe to play outside.

Fragments From Life

My vacation to Utah was the first vacation since my prior trip there in 2018. This vacation during this time reminded me how much my life has changed. I realized the magnitude of damage Covid-19 had caused these past six months in my life. I know others are surviving this chaotic year. Plans and dreams were placed on hold, Covid-19, racial riots and conspiracy theories are now the daily news feeds.

Healthy relationships between family, friends, and strangers are fragmented. It is difficult to see, hear and comprehend, then add wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. People are exhausted. What is next? There is no forecast, this virus aka Rona continues to extend month by month.

My five days in the Wasatch Mountains revived my spirit that life continues and it is my responsibility to adapt to the changes. I own my happiness and well being. Photographing Nature never lets me down. Sharing my favorite posts that sparked feelings of joy and hope.

Macro Monday Hiking Art

These are photos from a recent hike Tolt Pipeline Trail. This trail that is for hikers, walkers and cyclists. It is a blend natural landscapes and family housing. This trail is a wide, unpaved equestrian, pedestrian and mountain bike trail in Seattle’s East side suburbs. It stretches along the Tolt pipeline from Bothell, Washington to the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail. The day was overcast and cool. One of the locals invited us into his yard and gave us fresh vegetables and fruit,