Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We have sunshine in Western Kentucky 70 degrees and nice -time for a cup of coffee - I cut the grass long so we do have very green grass. It has not rained for a while. Today I will power wash our deck or at least over half of it. I'll look up the direction online and on the bottle of deck solution.
My back feels better; Motherkitty did some heavy lifting for me all day yesterday on her day off.
Today is her first day at the new store - she will stock it as well as everyone else there - She will do that until the grand opening.
I moved her computer to Kitten Yarns room and in the process found a charred, twisted and exposed wire that went to her USB port power supply. I have found no other evidence as to why smoke came from under her computer table. The computer is running fine at the moment.
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I have spent the last 2 hours working on the deck. The finish on the deck is a rubberized coating and it defies the strength of the power washer. I am brushing on the deck cleaner straight on tough areas and can see some good results ( not excellent but good). My determination too get a beautiful deck will prevail. I see a great future in this cause.
There is one thing I am good at is sanding and finishing wood and I do take pride in my work with wood.

Monday, June 29, 2009

It is a very chilly morning and if I had known I would have covered the pool. This morning it may be a little chilly to swim. Or it may take a little nerve to set a toe into the pool.
The sun is shinning and it is 59 degrees on my back door and 65 degrees where the sun shines.
Today Motherkitty is off and we are going to move her computer into Kitten Yarns room and on the way give it a cleaning with a vacuum. Our sons room is the computer room and something smoked under the computer table yesterday. I unplugged everything and I think a plugged separated from a socket and a dust bunny shorted itself into smoke. We are now into a, "Let's clean this mess up!" mode.
I was listening to the adventures of Theodore Roosevelt an overwhelming conservationist told to C-Span by the Fish and Wildlife Department.
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I think President Obama is as fit as Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt took no crap from anyone and could whip the crap out of them too; he was fit as a fiddle.

Windows Seven 7

Windows 7: Is it good enough to pay for?

Maybe $30.00

Debunking Canadian health care myths

From The Denver Post

Sunday, June 28, 2009

sharkskin suits and power point presentations


Sharkskin suits and power point presentation gives us an image of what is going wrong on our planet as their pointers point to dollar bills on charts.
This sentence above reminds me of the Flim Flam Man or a Slick Barker at a County Fair.

The Sun Day

I am tired and sore and I just got out of bed. Today is the Sun Day and our example is Ancient Egyptian religion.
I may do something but mentally I have nothing planned. If it was not Sunday I would power wash the deck since today I can use the water.
Motherkitty said there is smoke coming from under the computer. I unplugged everything but the modem. The paper and dust bunny's have to be removed from the room; too much of a fire hazard now.

Marion Kentucky Business Directory

It take quite a bit of work to create a web page and I offer those pages at those cheap prices because I make the money by the monthly price of having the web page displayed online at the Marion Kentucky Business Directory.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Amazing Music

from Dvorak

House approves overhaul of environmental policy


It looks like the states are going to do some serious work fixing whats wrong with our planet. We can do better than volcano's and wild fires.
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What amazes me is the fact that most United States Citizens are appalled that they will have to pay for polluting the planet; there is some serious complaining going on, we are just going to have to wipe our butt and get over it.
Some countries are just now becoming middle class and are not aware that they will soon some day pay with bad health, poor air and high taxes.
I just hope the Fairy Godmother and Tinker Bell with make it all better before a lightning bolt, a ice storm and a hurricane hits me again.
It is 0045 in the middle of the night and the temperature is 83 degrees.
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I awoke late and to the pool I went Motherkitty was just getting out. I cleaned the pool an checked the levels. The water is down but I have to wait until tomorrow to raise the level.
Today I mow but I will raise the blade an inch to give the grass blades more of a chance in a drought. This is not a golf course with automatic sprinklers running at night. Mother Earth does the sprinkling.
Time for a cup of coffee.

Friday, June 26, 2009

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I awoke this morning stiff and sore; I thought, "I need a hot bath?" then I thought of our pool. I brush my teeth and splashed water on my face, put on my swim trunks and headed toward the pool. As I opened the slider to the deck I spied Motherkitty in the pool. I didn't say anything I just got into the pool.
We got out at 0830.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

75 degrees and sunny. My brush pile is history. Today I trim with our weed eater. Motherkitty and I swam late yesterday and it was nice; I had added some water and that did cool it down just a bit.
My neighbor's nephew has been trimming with his weed eater for about an hour (0630-0730)now. Getting the job done before it gets hot.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The sun is bright this morning. It is 75 degrees at 0730. I hear traffic, water and birds. The water is the flow of water falling into our fish tank. Ice-D still stinks - I guess that is his protection but it still stinks. Alleycat is laying on our cool tiles in the kitchen and Ice-D is laying in the window soaking up the sun. He spent most of his night outside. I need a cup of coffee.

Carlos Santana en Festival de ViƱa del Mar 2009

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I am within a whisper of getting my brush pile done. Motherkitty is home today, she relaxed then started cleaning up my mess - two days of cups and saucers.

Neda

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Neda

Neda’s Killing Propels Iran’s Women to More Opposition Protests

Blue skies and a hot Summer. I did not plant a garden this year because of deer signs in our yard all winter. I did see footprints this spring but lately there is no sign of deer. I guess they are waiting on me to plant my potted tomato's in the yard.
Ice-D is still wallowing in skunk musk and is spending most of his time outside.
It was steamy outside yesterday and going into the pool was refreshing after cutting limbs to shred; more of the same today, maybe I'll move my deck umbrella out there?
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I am a little more organized today because my situation demands it so cutting my brush and shredding it is going much quicker. I am not simultaneously doing two or three jobs because that is back breaking and wasting fuel. I am doing one job at a time and that is quicker and more productive. I give thanks to my brain, my mom, dad and our spiritual awareness.
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I am out of the heat, I have put a nice dent in my wood pile. I took a shower to wash the salt off my body. At 1800 I'll get in the pool and clean it. Motherkitty was in the pool while I slept this morning. I think I have one more day of chipping and shredding then I will till the chips into my compost pile.

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Sometimes Theocracy sucks big time.

They went that way! ..........................Hi Mom!............

Monday, June 22, 2009

June 22, 2009

In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
  • House: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
  • House: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
  • House: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010

Upcoming Congressional Bills -

  • Senate: Travel Promotion Act of 2009
  • House: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010
  • House: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
  • House: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Recent Senate Votes
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 - Vote Agreed to (91-5, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate gave final passage to this $106 billion bill providing funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sending the bill to the President.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted YES......send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 - Vote Passed (226-202, 6 Not Voting)

The House approved this bill funding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - Vote Passed (259-157, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed this $64.4 billion bill to fund the Departments of Commerce and Justice, science agencies, and other related agencies for Fiscal Year 2010.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010 - Vote Passed (232-178, 23 Not Voting)

The House approved this bill to fund the legislative branch, including salaries and expenses of member offices, committee offices, the Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office, the Architect of the Capitol and the Library of Congress for Fiscal Year 2010.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Travel Promotion Act of 2009 - S.1023

The Senate is scheduled to work on this bill that would establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and promote travel to the United States.



Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 - H.R.2892

The House is scheduled to vote on this bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2010.



National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 - H.R.2647

The House is also scheduled to vote on this bill to authorize funding for military activities and prescribe military personnel strengths in Fiscal Year 2010.



Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - H.R.___

The House is also likely to work on this bill to fund the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies for Fiscal Year 2010.

Spaceport America

Neda Soltan, Young Woman Hailed as Martyr in Iran, Becomes Face of Protests

From FOX NEWS

Protesters in Iran are hailing 26-year-old Neda Soltan as a martyr after graphic videos of her apparent murder at a protest in Tehran hit the Internet. Iran experts say images of her bloody death have galvanized the country and that mourning for her — which has been banned by authorities — will bring deeper unrest.

"Neda," whose identity could not be verified by FOXNews.com, was reportedly gunned down by paramilitary police Saturday during protests in the capital city. Videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter show her bleeding from the nose and mouth as a crowd tries unsuccessfully to stanch the flow and save her life.

Reports of how she was killed vary — from a rooftop sniper's bullet to a passing shot by two Basij militiamen on a motorcycle — but the effect has been nearly universal.

In the space of just hours, the philosophy student became the image of Iran's democratic protests, nicknamed the "Angel of Freedom." But it is Neda's real name, which means "voice" or "calling" in Farsi, that is resonating in slogans throughout Iran's capital and beyond.

Her fiance said in an interview with BBC Persian that she had not supported any candidate in the allegedly fraudulent elections. Neda wanted "freedom for all," he said.

Mehdi Khalaji, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Affairs, told FOXNews.com that Neda has become "one of the pillars of this movement now," and the bloody images of her dying in the street are its "main icons and symbols."

Her family scheduled a memorial service to be held in a mosque in northern Tehran, but the government forbade ceremony, and she was buried quietly on Sunday with only her family present, say Soona Samsami, executive director of the Women's Freedom Forum, who has been relaying information about protests inside Iran to international media.

All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her, said Samsami.

"They were threatened that if people wanted to gather there the family would be charged and punished," Samsami told FOXnews.com.

Much of the attention and blame for Neda's apparent murder is now being focused on Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose threatening speech Friday preceded the violent protests Saturday at which apparently Neda lost her life. Khamenei is now the prime target for protesters' outrage, Khalaji said.

"For the first time since the election it seems that people are including in their slogans 'Down with Khamenei,' and 'Death to Khamenei,'" he told FOXNews.com.

The video also shows a moving clip of a man identified as her professor cradling her head and yelling out, "Neda, don't be afraid. Neda, stay with me. Neda stay with me!”

Murray State University

LEON RUSSELL - Crystal Closet Queen (1971)

When we first arrived in Kentucky the only radio station with great rock music was the Murray State University FM Radio Station at night.
One of the bands I heard was Leon Russell and Friends & Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (link). Those friends were interchangeable with both groups playing the same songs.

Sandy's Photo of Jimmy

Monday morning and a very pleasant day in Kentucky. It has not rained for about 3 or 4 days so I guess we are due for some rain to steam up our gardens. The weatherman says that the next rain will be in 10 days. Our pool was almost too hot to swim in; I left the cover off overnight to let the pool lose some heat.
I was stiff and sore yesterday when I tried to Wii bowl. I should have stretched my muscles before bowling. Today I bring out my chipper shredder and work on my brush pile; I will have to cut the brush into less than 8 inch long strips to effectively shred it, I guess this is some kind of safety feature.
1330 It is slow going cutting and chipping the brush pile, maybe three more days and I will have it done.
I saw the photo of Jimmy in the Hammock and I'll say that is a great photo, really great!

1815 Motherkitty got home and we went into the pool - very refreshing, very refreshing. I had cooled down from my chipping and shredding. I will repeat the process tomorrow.

Sandy's Blog

Sunday, June 21, 2009

BREAKING NEWS FROM AP

Fathers Day Surprise

It is sunny and warm with very blue skies and Ice-D is beating the crap out of a long insulation tube he found.
The folks online are talking about the courage it takes to take on a revolution knowing that you will die if caught. It seems that religion (repression) and politics (kissing ass) do not work as a government. The folks in Iran know about revolution the parents of those folks on the streets were part of one.
We went for a swim last night and it was refreshing. I did get eaten up by mosquito's when I sat down to talk at our deck table.
Motherkitty gave me a singing Fathers Day Card and a wireless mouse for being her hunky pool man.
Very nice.
I did move my brush pile and boy was it nice under it. The bugs and worms have been working overtime consuming the wood chips. I also picked up some grass clippings and placed them where my brush pile was, it is fertile soil just like we see on TV about great organic soils - "Golly Jeepers that's great organic soil!"

Saturday, June 20, 2009

NO-FATHERS DAY: Remote Group Has No Dads, And Never Did

From National Geographic

God's Little Acre

Today I move a brush pile. The act cleans the pile, cuts the weeds there, chases slithering thing away, makes brittle branches smaller and gives me some exorcise.
Moving my brush pile reminded me of a Sergeant looking down at a newly dug fox hole then telling the Private in the hole to move it over there, pointing to a new location and that reminded me of the book, "God's Little Acre".

I read God' Little Acre sometimes in my 20's and it told me of a different point of view - giving me a different slice of life. The book is overly charged with an excess of violence, sex, dumb things, sweat and filth, strange accents and the ability to make the south look like trailer trash.
I did enjoy it and do recommend it.

President Delivers Exhortation to Fathers

From the New York Times and the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
_____________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release June 18, 2009

FATHER'S DAY, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

The journey of fatherhood provides unique and lasting joys. Cradling a baby in his arms, a father experiences the miracle of life and an unbreakable bond. Fathers imagine a world of possibilities awaiting their children and contemplate the privilege of helping them reach that expanse of opportunity. As kids grow and mature, they look to their dad for a special kind of love and support. Providing these necessities can bring great happiness.

Fatherhood also brings great responsibilities. Fathers have an obligation to help rear the children they bring into the world. Children deserve this care, and families need each father's active participation.

Fathers must help teach right from wrong and instill in their kids the values that sustain them for a lifetime. As they encounter new and challenging experiences, children need guidance and counsel. Fathers need to talk with their kids to help them through difficult times. Parents must also help their children make the right choices by serving as strong role models. Honest and hard-working fathers are an irreplaceable influence upon their children.

Communities must do more to counsel fathers. Family and friends, and faith-based and community organizations, can speak directly with men about the sacrifices and rewards of having a child. These groups can support men as they take on the great challenges of child-rearing. Through honest and open dialogue, more men can choose to become model parents and know the wonders of fatherhood.

On Father's Day, we pay tribute to the loving and caring fathers who are strengthening their families and country. We also honor those surrogate fathers who raise, mentor, or care for someone else's child. Thousands of young children benefit from the influence of great men, and we salute their willingness to give and continue giving. We also express special gratitude to fathers who serve in the United States Armed Forces for the sacrifices they and their families make every day. All of these individuals are making great contributions, and children across the country are better off for their care.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 21, 2009, as Father's Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day. I urge all Americans to express their love, respect, and admiration to their fathers, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

Friday, June 19, 2009

The sun is shinning in Western Kentucky and it is 80 degrees so I will ( the humidity is a low 79) mow today.
Motherkitty did not get a stress test as planned she only saw the doctor who recommended a stress test. That stressed her out. You may call it a communications gap Motherkitty calls it something else, that pretty well kept her pissed the rest of the day.
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1345 I just got in from mowing I think I inhaled some grass clippings because I was sneezing for a couple of minutes when I got finished.
I am OK now.
I have one tomato plant in our garden and it is hidden behind our Canna's; buds and no tomatoes.
Jimmy is harvesting veggies out of his garden. You'll need to go on vacation after you plant. Time for lunch and a dip in the pool.

The Ashtavakra Samita Gita

Translated by O.B. Ray

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I am up a wee bit early as we have chores to do today. Motherkitty is off but she has a stress test to do at 0900. I meet with a survey team member at 1100.
It stormed the last two nights. It is completely overcast out this morning and it is 70 degrees outside.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Michelle Obama and students harvest White House kitchen garden.


From the Chicago Sun Times

Wanting

I awoke in the middle of the night wanting to be.
The mind wants to look into a window.
My head is pressed against the glass looking in.
This is one of those moments where love wants you elsewhere.
Why do I keep repeating those vows? Why should there be a longing in this soul?
Have I not learned my lessons; hasn't the teacher written the formula on the blackboard; wasn't it all explained in great detail?
I know those answers.
There is a great need to be loved, appreciated, cherished and adored. I do not think that I am much different from anyone else. Age does not lesson our needs. I wish I could walk like the gods amongst the flowing flowers in today's breezes.
The key question is the wanting.
There is life, it is at my feet, there is love, and it is in my being.
So why did I awake in the middle of the night longing for lost vows?
Why did I so easily forget my place in the sun?
The key question is the wanting.
Did something break that bond that was sealed so long ago? Did the mother just now wean the child in this mornings dream? There is a tang, a splinter, and a crack in this bond. There is a chain that is dragging around my neck.
Is it love and a vow?
I think it is, it is like sweet cream, a warm flow, a guiding light, a walking hand in hand, a splendid sunset, a warm emotion.
Those feeling want to leave and I know they shouldn't. Time heals all wounds. So maybe the satellite will hover over my head and all will be well.
Life should be swell. I still want peace.
My answers have not come like a revelation. There is no supreme angel of love that will drop from my heaven and grasp me and soothe my heart. There should be, there was and life has changed.
The vegetables and the flowers will still be in the garden in the morning. The dew will be on the grass.
The goldfinches and the hummingbird will still dart about my morning skies.
This emotion has moved from my mind to this screen. Hopefully some mind will understand this old man and see that we all pang in our lifetime. This is not an ailment that is just for the young but an ailment of all of mankind.
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I took a nap; it is now 7 am, what was I thinking about at 3 am this morning? It was important, I guess I'll just have to read what I wrote, this morning is a warm gray in color and feel, Motherkitty has gone to work.
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I feel more at home now and I realize that this planet is just below my feet.
That is a statement that we all can make. Yes, this is remarkable sphere that we live and walk on.
I am told that it is round.
I awoke in the middle of the night wanting to be loved.

THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE

Today's thought is the creature in Dr. Dolittle called, "Pushmepullyou?"
I am reminded of how life does that to us sometimes grabbing us emotionally and pulling us apart. We went though that just recently when we were asked to go west or have a birthday present. We decided on the birthday gift but we were torn in two emotionally. Life wants us here and there as I speak.
I solve that problem by say, "I am in the place provided." and "Love the one your with."


Happy Birthday Joan

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Ovation Channel

The Ovation Channel is viewing the new classical motions of our young minds. Today's musicians are mixing the sounds of the world into the classical movement of jazz, rock, world folk as in The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.

Someone is going potty in a pitcher plant.


Click photo to read story.
June 15, 2009

In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -

  • Senate: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
  • House: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
  • House: Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act
  • House: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Upcoming Congressional Bills -

  • Senate: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
  • House: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
  • House: Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

Recent Senate Votes
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - Vote Passed (79-17, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this bill that would give the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco, but would not allow the agency to ban cigarettes or other tobacco products.

Sen. Mitch McConnell voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Jim Bunning voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Recent House Votes
Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 - Vote Passed (235-187, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would authorize funding for the Department of State and the Peace Corps through fiscal year 2011.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act - Vote Passed (234-185, 14 Not Voting)

The House approved this bill to authorize democratic, economic and security assistance to Pakistan.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - Vote Passed (307-97, 30 Not Voting)

The House gave final passage to this bill granting the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco, sending it to the President.

Rep. Ed Whitfield voted NO......send e-mail or see bio


Upcoming Votes
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 - H.R.2346

The Senate and House are both expected to vote on final approval of this war supplemental bill.



Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - H.R.2847

The House is scheduled to vote on this bill to fund the Departments of Commerce and Justice, science agencies, and other related agencies for Fiscal Year 2010.



Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 - H.R.___

The House is also scheduled to vote on this bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2010.
It rained all day yesterday and it rained last night. There is a great chance that it will rain more today.
I did not do much yesterday but wash my clothes and ready myself for my NARFE meeting tomorrow. NARFE wants to raise their dues per year and I think that most folks will just drop out of NARFE rather than pay more.
Motherkitty is off today and we may go some place or she may just relax. Last night we both bowled on our Wii; I bowled 3 games and she bowled 7. She is a lot tougher than I am. We had fun and yes Wii bowling is almost as strenuous as real bowling.
Our poor blind cat just sits. When the sun is out she goes outside; she wanted out yesterday but I kept her in because it just rained and rained.
We had left over bird seed from winter and I use it till it is gone. I am about out. The only thing I might get is a woodpecker hard block because it is fun watching them peck on the block to get what they want. I place my block in a squirrel block feeder.