On a Special Local Kid

As I have noted on the last two mural posts, Resa (@ Graffiti Lux and Murals) is sponsoring her own Kid’s month. Although she has mainly featured murals, the idea just came to me that Cincinnati is home to a very special kid and has turned into a local celebrity during her short life.

She was born prematurely on January 24th and has required special care ever since. As a matter of fact, her care team is attempting to do something that has never been done.

Meet Fiona, the baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. She was born 6 weeks early at 25 pounds (11.4 kg) and 29 pounds (13.1 kg) underweight.

Photo by Cincinnati Zoo

Her special care has involved being on oxygen, receiving a special milk, and more. Besides, baby hippos nurse underwater. Keep in mind that the zoo is flying blind on this because raising a premature hippo hasn’t been done before.

Here are her first steps.

Not only is Fiona’s progress news here, she has a global following. Below is the latest article about her and a link to the Cincinnati Zoo blog to follow her progress.

Like any kid, Fiona loves to play in water.

On Nature’s Top Gun

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. (Paul Rand, designer)

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life. (Victor Hugo, author)

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. (Leonardo da Vinci, artist)

The most amazing lesson in aerodynamics I ever had was the day I climbed a thermal in a glider at the same time as an eagle. I witnessed, close up, effortlessness and lightness combined with strength, precision and determination. (Norman Foster, architect)

A falcon is the perfect hunter. (Jean Craighead George, writer)

The View

The Story

On Dolittle Monday

How was your weekend? Come on now, tell us something.

This weekend wasn’t our normal fare as we had family visiting; therefore no dance floor time for us. Saturday’s rain continues to keep us over the average for July and for the year. That’s OK because at least the weather wasn’t stifling! Plus, Sunday’s weather was one of those days I could take everyday.

If all goes as planned, Time: The Musical continues on the next post featuring song titles with Day, Days, or a weekday (Monday through Friday). Get your song titles and videos ready, and have a backup because no duplicates.

This week is has numerous celebratory opportunities. Monday is Lasagna Day and Tuesday is Chicken Wing Day and Paperback Book Day. Wednesday is Uncommon (Musical) Instruments Awareness Day, plus, White Lady in the Hood will welcome anyone willing to cheer the start of Fancy Rat and Mouse Week – so make a note to visit her on Wednesday for a celebratory greeting!

August starts on Thursday, which provides starts month-long culinary celebrations for celery, fennel, cactus, goat cheese, catfish, panini, orange, and papaya.

To jump-start your week, here are some funny talking animals – kind of the opposite of Dr. Dolittle. Have a good week!

On Animals and Wine

I’ve mentioned before that our church as a wine-tasting group. As I like to say, fun and fellowship are the group’s purposes with wine as our vehicle. To commemorate our last event, I did a post that provided a list of wines labels around numbers (our last theme). I just so happens that I keep adding to that list as I discover others, which has been fun.

Another wine group event is approaching, and we are doing another quirky theme: Animals. I know this is not a complete list, but it’s a good start. Enjoy. Do you know any others?

Feathered Aviaries

  • Cardinals: Cardinal Zin, Cardinal Point
  • Cranes: Crane Family, Crane Lake
  • Ducks: Duck Pond, Duckhorn, Cold Duck
  • Eagles: Eagle Rock, Screaming Eagle, Eagle & Rose Estate, Eagle Vale
  • Geese: Spruce Goose, Goosecross
  • Hawks: Hawkstone, Hawk Crest, Redhawk
  • Extras: D’Arenberg Laughing Magpie, Phoenix, Ravenswood, Smoking Loon, Black Swan, Thunderbird
  • Rex Goliath 47-lb. Rooster, Little Penguin

Ungulates: Hoofed Mammals

  • Bulls: Dancing Bull, Turnbull Old Bull, Bully Hill, Concha Y Toro
  • Deer: Antler Hill, Reindeer Ranch, Stag’s Leap
  • Elk: Elkhorn, Elk Cove, Elk Creek
  • Goats: Goats Do Roam, Goats Do Roam in Villages, Bully Hill Love My Goat
  • Horses: Wild Horse, Flying Horse, Iron Horse, Silver Horse, Tall Horse, Horse Heaven Hills (H3), Horse Play, Horseshoe Bend, Colt’s Foot
  • Moose: 3 Blind Moose
  • Sheep: Bighorn, Ram’s Gate

Canine Mammals

  • Coyotes: Wild Coyote
  • Dogs: Bad Dog Ranch, Dog Point, The Dog and Oyster, Dog House, Fog Dog
  • Foxes: D’Arenberg Feral Fox, Flying Fox, Fox Meadow, Three Foxes, Foxhorn, Foxglove
  • Wolves: Wolf Blass, Grey Wolf, Wolf Gap, Howling Wolves

Feline Mammals

  • Cats: Cat Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, Fat Cat, Gato Negro, D’Arenberg Cenosiliacaphobic Cat, Killibinbin Scaredy Cat
  • Panthers: Panther Creek

Miscellaneous Mammals

  • Bats: D’Arenberg Fruit Bat Shiraz
  • Bears: Grizzly Republic
  • Llama; Funky Llama
  • Monkeys: Monkey Bay, Monkey Business
  • Otters: Otter Creek
  • Rabbits: Rabbit Ridge, Dancing Hares, French Rabbit, Las Liebres

Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish

  • Frogs: Frog’s Leap, Frolicking Frog, La Petite Frog, Frogtown Cellars
  • Lizards: Lucky Lizard, D’Arenberg Leaping Lizard, Dragonette
  • Snakes: Blacksnake Meadery
  • Toads: Toad Hollow
  • Turtles:  Chocalatier Chocolate Turtle Wine, Tortoise Creek
  • Fish: Blue Fish, Fish Eye, Blue Fin, D’Arenburg The Broken Fishplate, Clown Fish, Madfish

Invertebrates

  • Crabs: D’Arenberg Hermit Crab
  • Spiders: D’Arenberg Money Spider
  • Oysters: The Dog and Oyster, Oyster Bay

On a Bird for Monday

Instead of providing a zany event of human nature to jump start your week, thought I’d use a different member of the natural world – the lyrebird. This Australian feathery aviary has the ability to mimic both natural and unnatural sounds from the environment. An unnatural sound (you ask)? Watch, listen, learn, and enjoy.