November 15, 2011
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As Seen on MyTrilogyLife.com

Are you looking for something interesting, informative, or just plain fun online? Look no further than MyTrilogyLife.com, where Trilogy members are posting helpful tips, humorous tidbits, and amazing photos and videos. MyTrilogyLife.com is fun, engaging member-only website that all Trilogy homeowners have access to.

As seen on MTL at Encanterra
As you can see in the amazing photo below, Encanterra member Ted Eckmann was recently invited to jump with the world famous U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Please click here to view the video of his skydiving adventure. Enjoy the show!

Click on the picture below to view more photos in an online album.


As Seen on MTL at Orlando

Are you looking for a project to do with your ever-curious, always-exploring grandchildren on a rainy day? Marie Damato, President of the Wildflowers of Trilogy Garden Club, shared a link to a video that demonstrates “how to make a carnivorous garden.” Your grandkids may not be aware that some plants are actually meat-eaters, including the Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher Plants. You can help them observe this wild side of the plant world by making your own carnivorous garden at home. First, gather the list of items below.

Materials:

  • Shallow container without drainage hole
  • Assortment of carnivorous plants
  • Pebbles
  • Dried moss
  • Decorative objects for “swamp”
  • Water

Next, get some background information on carnivorous plants by viewing the video Meet the Carnivores. This will help you answer your grandkids’ questions as you’re planting the garden. Lastly, view the video Create a Carnivorous Garden to see the step-by-step process for this project. You can then invite the grandchildren over for a fun, memorable, and educational afternoon!


As Seen on MTL at Rio Vista

TRV member Gary Spear keeps us captivated with a link to a live webcam in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Go on an African Safari with the click of a mouse by visitingwww.africam.com/wildlife. Video cameras that are staffed twenty-four hours per day bring the sights and sounds of a fantastic variety of African wildlife – including elephants, zebras, cheetahs, and rhinos – to your computer screen. Because of the time difference, 8:00 p.m. Pacific is a good time to watch.


As Seen on MTL at the Vineyards

Vineyards member Tom Humphrey offers an amusing collection of “glorious insults from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.” Enjoy this list of jabs from a time “when insults had class.”

  • An exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
    She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.”
    He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
  • “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill
  • “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow
  • “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
  • “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain
  • “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” – Oscar Wilde
  • “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright
  • “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” – Irvin S. Cobb
  • “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker
  • “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West
  • “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder
  • “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

 

As Seen on MTL at Vistancia
A member of Trilogy at Vistancia recently posted a link towww.Ted.com in the Bulletins of MTL. She described it as a “great site of great thinkers and wonderful speakers from around the world.” TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). These inspiring talks are then shared for all to see at www.ted.com. All of the videos on this site are released under a Creative Commons license, so they are free to be shared and re-posted again and again.


As Seen on MTL at Redmond Ridge

Lisa Turnpaugh of Trilogy Redmond Ridge is looking out for the furry and feathered members of the Trilogy communities. She posted the following notice in the Bulletins regarding Household Pet Poisons. Spread the word to anyone you know who has a beloved family pet.

“Human medications, including dropped pills, sickened more pets in the United States last year than any other toxin. One aspirin or one heart pill probably won’t kill a pet, but a month’s supply, a big bunch of grapes, a few bars of dark chocolate or a single lily could. Insecticides, rodenticides, people food, veterinary medications, chocolate, household toxins, plants, herbicides and outdoor toxins (like antifreeze and fertilizers) round out the top 10. Pills don’t take a holiday, but some of the toxins on the list seem to.

“Chocolate season” stretches from Halloween to Valentine’s Day. And the darker the chocolate, the deadlier it is. Over the past few years, there has been a slight increase in the number of chocolate-caused deaths and a larger increase in the number of dogs ingesting life-threatening doses of methylxanthine, which is found in chocolate. Dogs love chocolate and they are gluttons. They won’t stop eating it. It would take about an ounce of milk chocolate per pound of dog to be deadly, but only an eighth of an ounce of really dark chocolate per pound, she said.

For a more extensive list of potential pet poisons that can be found in most households, please visit the following online resources:

If your pet has ingested something potentially harmful, please call your vet or Pet Poison Hotline at 800-213-6680 immediately (available 24/7 and there is a $35.00 call charge). Time is a critical factor with potential poisonings.


As Seen on MTL at Monarch Dunes

Is your nightstand in need of a good read? The members of the Chapter Two Book Club at Trilogy Monarch Dunes have some recommendations for your reading pleasure. They posted their reading list for 2011 in the Bulletins of MTL – which means that the rest of us now have a handy list of twelve discussion-worthy books the next time we head to the library. Enjoy!

Chapter Two Reading List for 2011
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Writing on the Wall by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery