Free stuff Monday

These aren’t really giveaways, unless I give something away, or at least that’s what I’m thinking, so I’ve changed what I’m calling this series. Still I want to give you links to the stuff I enjoyed throughout the week.

Flux and Flow’s blog has lots of great stuff. She shares her play lists here:

Her playlist is helpful because I need some guidance to know what to listen to. I have not changed my music in way too long.

Here’s an incredibly beautiful emotional song by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu for free:

Here is information about the artist:

And last but not least, there is a new album out today by Aussie alternative rocker Courtney Barnett. You can get the new album in the cloud for free if you are an Amazon prime member.

Here’s an article about her;

Have a great Monday/Tuesday!


My favorite word today is banana.

Did you know that Americans eat 27 pounds of bananas per person every year? And you can see why. The banana comes in its own bio-degradable package.

It’s one of the fruits they say is safe to eat when traveling because you can peel it.

Banana tops

Here’s my favorite new fact I learned when I was looking up information about bananas:

Thanks to its oil, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite (or other bug bite) or on poison ivy will help keep it from itching and getting inflamed.

from Fun Banana Facts

A banana can be sliced into cereal.

It tastes awesome.

It is just a fun word to say. Banana.


Tea ceremony

In Beijing, after we visited the Temple of Heaven,


we went to an official tea house where we enjoyed a remarkable and pleasant experience.



I don’t remember the details, but I do remember that there were a lot of them (details).



Incredible flowers were involved.



Look what this one does when you pour boiling water on it.



May your weekend include ritual and friendship.


Freesia leaves and a sparrow

I didn’t have a good composition, so I decided to crop this to the leaves. It’s a bit blurred, but the sunlight is so nice. I thought this was the best part of the picture.

Freesia leaves

This little fellow visited me. He was a fast hopper, but I managed to capture him through the window. They see me move when I go for the camera.


He’s a bit blurred too, but I’m glad I captured him in a photo. I’m trying to learn the names of the birds in my yard. Birding is really hard. I figure the more pictures I get, the more I can figure out what’s what.

I’m so lucky to have an office with windows looking out on a yard. Wildlife comes to me.

Have a great Saturday, or Sunday!