Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pink Helmets (120/365)

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“Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.”

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (American, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was an American Major League Baseball outfielder, 1886–1961)

TIME:  3:59 PM
PLACE:  Little League Fields
SUBJECT:  T-ball batting equipment
(can you tell it’s a girl’s team?)

StellaDella was finally able to play her first T-ball game of the season this afternoon.  This year, they play a little more organized ball – they play positions and when batting, they can be called “Out” if the other team catches the ball, or makes the tag at the bases.  We played a boy team today and I do believe that the girls outperformed the boys in fielding this time.  We are supposed to make up a rain-out tomorrow afternoon if the rain holds off.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Birthday View (119/365)

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“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents ... and only one for birthday presents, you know.”

Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking-Glass, ch. VI, Macmillan (1872).

TIME:  6:34 PM
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT:  View from the courtyard
(photo taken by HandsomeHusband)

The HandsomeHusband and I went out to dinner for my birthday.  We ate at a Mexican restaurant downtown, then stopped by another bar/restaurant for a soothing adult beverage.  A friend of mine from high school owns this particular establishment – he is a year older, was a football player and a jock, sat in front of me in accounting class, and on many Mondays, he would turn around in his desk, smile charmingly and say “I had a game this weekend and don’t know how to do the homework, can you show me how?”  I always did.  We still joke about how much he owes me for saving helping him out back then.  I just say that drinks on the house are always an acceptable form of payment for his indebtedness to me.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Red Rosebud (118/365)

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“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

Dale Carnegie (American writer, lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills, 1888–1955)

TIME:  5:04 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Rosebud

The butterfly rosebushes are beginning to bud and bloom.  I’m turning 44(!) tomorrow, May begins on Sunday, and in another 60 days the year will already be half-way gone.  I’m trying hard not to complain about the cold, rainy spring we are having and to just enjoy each day as it unfolds – it’s all going by so quickly.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Here Comes The Rain Again (117/365)

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“Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new

Eurythmics. "Here Comes The Rain Again." Touch. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. RCA Records, 1983.

TIME:  7:31 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Raindrops on Purple Sand Cherry

Well, those blue skies from yesterday didn’t last long.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cloud Illusions (116/365)

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“I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow,
It's cloud illusions I recall,
I really don't know clouds, at all.”

Mitchell, Joni, perf. "Both Sides Now." Clouds. A&M Studios, Hollywood, 1969. CD.

TIME:  1:55 PM
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT:  Bank of America Building

What is that color in the sky?  And those white things?  Hmmmm, it’s been so long since I’ve seen them, I’m not sure what they are.  They do look nice reflecting on the building though.

Monday, April 25, 2011

It’s Raining Men (115/365)

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Dennis Hope: I didn't invent the rainy day, man. I just own the best umbrella.

Fallon, Jimmy, perf. Almost Famous. Dir. Cameron Crowe. 2000. Columbia Pictures. DVD

TIME:  7:03 PM
PLACE:  Front walk
SUBJECT:  HandsomeHusband

More rain this afternoon led to a cancelled baseball game for MonkeyBoy tonight.  I managed to capture this image of the rarely seen HandsomeHusband as he left for an evening meeting.  Like the famous images of Bigfoot or Sasquatch (the creature that allegedly inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest), this photo is blurry from the low light and movement of the subject.  But it’s the best I have to prove that the HH does indeed exist.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Basket (114/365)

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“It is the hour to rend thy chains,
The blossom time of souls.”

Katherine Lee Bates (American songwriter. She is remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". 1859–1929)

TIME:  7:17 PM
PLACE:  Front Porch
SUBJECT:  My Easter basket

You know you are old when an Easter basket filled with flowers makes you happier than one filled with chocolate – Or maybe it’s because only I know where all the overflow chocolate from the Easter Bunny is hidden.
I posted on Facebook earlier that we had a tragedy this Easter morn…the sea monkey aquarium was knocked over (accidently by DramaQueen) and all were lost.  SD was devastated.  To quote her wails – “Why did it have to happen on a holiday!” – “I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.”  Then a about 5 minutes later when she had calmed down - “Instead of sea monkeys, could we get something different?”

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Nose For Talent (113/365)

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“It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.”

W. H. Auden (English born American Poet, Dramatist and Editor who achieved early fame in the 1930s as a hero of the left during the Great Depression. 1907-1973)

TIME:  6:26 PM
PLACE:  The brother’s kitchen
SUBJECT:  StellaDella and Shayne

We had a one-day-early Easter dinner with the family this afternoon at my brother’s.  After we ate, my niece, Brandi and DramaQueen hid eggs outside for the younger cousins to hunt.  The kids found all of them just as some rain storms came into the area again.  They came inside and played several games of Uno, while Aunt J. French braided The Shayne’s and SD’s hair.  Then, the two girls demonstrated what natural ability and talent they had by balancing spoons on their noses. ~*~*~ Oh, and do you see that third eye Miss Shayne has on her forehead?  That’s from her brother accidently hitting her with a golf club last week Sunday.  It won her a trip to the ER and some surgical glue.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mr. Tree (112/365)

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Dorothy: [Reaches to pick an apple from the apple tree, the tree grabs the apple and slaps her hand] Ouch!
Apple Tree: What'd'ya think you're doing?
Dorothy: We've been walking a long ways and I was hungry and... did you say something?
Apple Tree: She was hungry! Well, how would you like to have someone come along and pick something off of you?
Dorothy: Oh dear! I keep forgetting I'm not in Kansas!

The Wizard of Oz. 1939. MGM. DVD.

TIME:  6:05 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT:  Face on a tree trunk

After supper, StellaDella told me that she wanted to show me something outside.  I asked if I needed to bring my camera…well, duh! Mom.  She directed me to the pine tree and explained the supplies used in her design.  Leaves for the eyes, a piece of corncob for the nose (she had to reach under the fence to get that) and painted mud for the mouth.  I’m glad I took a photo – we had big storms again this evening, so I’m sure that the face will not be there tomorrow morning.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Is Apple J Is For Jacks (111/365)

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“A is for apple, J is for Jacks, Cinnamon-toasty Apple Jacks! You need a complete breakfast, that’s a fact. Start it off with Apple Jacks. Apple Jacks! Apple Jacks! Ten vitamins and minerals-that’s what it packs. Apple-tasty, crunchy, too! Kellogg’s Apple Jacks!”

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks commercial jingle

TIME:  9:47 PM
PLACE:  Looking in the Apple Jacks bag
SUBJECT:  Apple Jacks

I sang those commercial lyrics to my children while they were eating the cereal.  They were not impressed neither with my ability to recall 1980’s Saturday morning cereal commercial lyrics without hesitation, nor with my singing voice.  They really do need to learn to humor their mother.  BTW I still love Apple Jacks…Froot Loops too, but the Froot Loops have a tendency to scrape the skin off the roof of my mouth, so I don’t indulge in those very often.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Homemade Baseball Card (110/365)

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“I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.”

Bob Uecker “Mr. Baseball”  (American former Major League Baseball player, later a sportscaster, comedian, and actor. b1935)

TIME: 8:36 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  MonkeyBoy

   MB’s new baseball bat
+ book from library on Photoshop techniques
= today’s photo

I’d better not quit my day job.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ghost Driver In The Storm (109/365)

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Spring storm with high winds
Streets become wet and shiny
Car lights leave a trail.

Original Haiku by Sujomi
TIME:  9:14 PM
PLACE:  Our street
SUBJECT:  Car light trails

We had some severe weather beginning around 8:00 this evening.  I wanted to capture it but I didn’t have anything to protect my camera from the sideways rain.  Also, DramaQueen was slightly freaking out at the prospect of me being on the porch during the good part height of the storm.  So, after it died down, I stepped outside and set the camera on the porch railing.  A car drove by just as I pressed the shutter and I got a happy surprise – light trails.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bunny Bummer (108/365)

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Ralph Wiggum: You smell like dead bunnies.

The Bart of War. The Simpsons. Season 14: Episode 21. May 18, 2003

TIME:  5:49 PM
PLACE:  Elementary school
SUBJECT:  Dearly departed rabbit

We had our bi-weekly Daisy meeting this afternoon.  The girls’ project today was beautifying the school by planting flowers in the beds surrounding the trees in front of the building.  While Miss Jody (our fearless leader) was prepping one of the beds for the girls to plant, she came across a bunny…Dum dum dummmm!…a dead bunny.  !  The girls were fascinated and horrified by it at the same time.  They wanted to give it a funeral and bury it in the flower beds, but Miss Jody and I nixed that idea.  In the end, she placed it in a plastic flower pot and disposed of it in the dumpster.  RIP bunny rabbit.    

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Moss-Covered Stone (107/365)

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“…and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Laughter in the Dark, ch. 1 (1938). The beginning of the novel.

TIME:  9:43 AM
PLACE:  Cemetery
SUBJECT:  Moss on grave marker

I am a member at the "Find A Grave” website.  In the past I have contributed several memorials as part of my genealogical pursuits.  As a member, one can volunteer to contribute photos from other members requests of specific gravesites.  Yesterday, there were a couple of requests for photos at a nearby cemetery.  I claimed them and this morning, I went and took the pictures.  One of the requested headstones was for a husband who died in 1861 at the age of 53 and his wife, who 1901 at the age of 82.  Their maker had moss growing on it – it looked so beautiful in the shadows and light of the morning.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Manicure (106/365)

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Bugs Bunny: Oh, for shame! Just look at your fingernails!
[Rushes off and immediately returns with manicurist's table and equipment and begins to do the monster's nails]
Bugs Bunny: My, I bet you monsters lead interesting lives. I said to my girlfriend just the other day - Gee, I'll bet monsters are interesting, I said. The places you must go and the places you must see, my stars! And I'll bet you meet a lot of interesting people, too. I'm always interested in meeting interesting people. Now let's dip our patties in the water!
[Dips the monster's hands into two bowls where two mousetraps snap shut on them]

Hair-Raising Hare. Dir. Chuck Jones. 1946. Warner Bros. Pictures.

TIME:  4:33 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  DramaQueen painting my nails

DQ, StellaDella and I went to Target to pick up a few things and DQ talked me into buying her a new bottle of nail polish – Sally Henson Hi-Definition Nail Color #14 “Spectrum”.  When we got home, she then talked me into letting her paint my nails with the new turquoise color.  Why not?  I haven’t had a manicure in a couple of years. ~*~*~ And FYI? I hate - HATE! - the term “mani-pedi.”  In fact, just typing it gave me the heebee jeebees.  Why? Well, because to me, “pedi” sounds like the plural of “pedophile,”  Ick-y.  I know it’s standard for the industry, but I will just continue to say the entire word and not the shortened, “cute” version thankyouverymuch.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I Got A Rock (105/365)

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“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French Pilot, Writer and Author of 'The Little Prince', 1900-1944)

TIME:  4:31 PM
PLACE:  Front yard

Sunday, while visiting Dana in Podunk, I noticed that there was quite the plethora of rocks laying about the farm fields.  I mentioned that fact to HandsomeHusband.  He said that they are from frost heaving (the upward dislocation of soil and rocks by freezing and expansion of soil water…he didn’t say that part – I looked up the official definition), farmers hate them (they ruin equipment) and are usually granite brought south by glaciers eons ago.  Granite? Glaciers? Extremely old?  That did it, I wanted one.  While we were taking pictures, I chose not one, but two rocks to come home with me.  HH was not too thrilled about having rocks in his Corvette, but nevertheless, he indulged me by placing them in a bag and gingerly setting them in the back of the car.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Imagination And Levitation (104/365)

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2011 04 14 IMG_0931w Photo #2 ~  “Now I’m going to stand by it like we’re friends.  Can you take another?”

2011 04 14 IMG_0935w Photo #3 ~ “Now I’m going to pretend like I’m a magician and am making it levitate.  Definitely take a picture of this.”

2011 04 14 IMG_0941w Photo #4 ~ “Now take my picture like I'm going to pretend to eat it. But I’m really not.”

“As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”

Ursula K. LeGuin (American Writer best known for tales of science fiction, b.1929)

TIME:  7:12 to 7:15 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

State Flower of Illinois (103/365)

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Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.”

Edward Payson Roe (American Pastor and Novelist, 1838-1888)

TIME:  6:38 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Common Wood Violet, violaceae family

In 1907, a woman named Mrs. James C. Fessler from Rochelle, began a campaign to adopt a state flower of Illinois.  School age children were polled and given the following choices: goldenrod, wild rose or violet.  The violet swept the election with 16,583 votes.  That was almost 4,000 more than the children’s 2nd choice - the wild rose with 12,628 votes.  Poor goldenrod…it placed last with only 4,315 votes.  In January of 1908, the violet became the Illinois state flower via a bill sponsored by Senator Andrew J. Jackson of Rockford.  And thus concludes today’s State of Illinois official symbols history lesson.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Let Them Eat Butter Cake (102/365)

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“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914. Twelfth-Night; or, What You Will. Act II. Scene III.

TIME:  4:24 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Breton butter cake

I was in a Suzy Homemaker mood this afternoon and decided to make a butter cake recipe from an old May 2002 Martha Stewart Living.  The recipe called for simple ingredients: butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour and salt.  It was very dense and almost like a shortcake.  Martha topped hers with a spiked strawberry compote – but I just went with some fresh sliced strawberries sprinkled with brown sugar.  The kids were going to be eating it and frankly, I like to consume my alcohol directly from some sort of drinking apparatus.

Monday, April 11, 2011

That Will Buff Out, Right? (101/365)

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“The dent in his car is hardly cold and he's coming over here to claim his pound of fish.”

Archie Bunker, "Edith's Accident." All In The Family. TV series 1968-1979.

TIME:  3:39 PM
PLACE:  Driveway
SUBJECT:  Body damage on the Corvette

So, yesterday, we were flying merrily down Highway 55 in HandsomeHusband’s pride and joy – his Corvette.  We had driven up to Podunk to visit with Miss Dana and had a lovely time.  We had been on the road for the return trip for about 3.5 hours.  I was just beginning to check my eyelids for leaks, and was almost in a Zen-like state, when I simultaneously heard HH swear and a big “CLUNK” of something metal being caught in the front wheel well and then bouncing off of the passenger side door.  Ugh…that’s not something you want to hear.  When he could, HH drove onto an exit ramp, pulled over on the shoulder and we both got out to assess the damage: Let’s see, we have a blemish on the front bumper; some minor damage to the wheel well and this: an ugly gouge on the passenger door.  Bum-mer.  Does anyone know a good auto body repairman who specializes in fiberglass?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Abandoned (100/365)

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Abandoned farmhouse,
Paint peeling off white siding.
Wheels rust in the grass.

Original haiku by Sujomi

TIME:  1:37 to 1:54 PM
PLACE:  Podunk, IL
SUBJECT:  Abandoned farmhouse

The HandsomeHusband and I abandoned left our kids (not really, my nephew sat for awhile and Grandpa made sure they didn’t starve at supper time) and drove up to Podunk to meet with Dana for some broasted chicken at the Chick-N-Dip.  It was great chicken and company.  After we ate, we all stopped by the Podunk library which was having a book sale (Dana snagged a 6-drawer card catalog…score!) and then we hit the country roads to find some photo taking opportunities.  This farm house fascinated me.  I just couldn’t choose one photo – so I went with five today.  And Dana? You’d better post some as well.  I know where you live woman! *evil laughter*

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Eggs Under Glass (099/365)

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Bugs: [pulls out "1000 Ways to Cook A Duck"] Fillet of duck Bordelaise maitre d'butter. Yum-yum. Duck polonaise under glass. Mmm-mm.
[pulls out "1000 Ways to Cook a Rabbit"] Rabbit au gratin de gelatin under tooled leather. Oh, drool, drool.
Bugs: Barbecued duck meat with broiled duck bill Milanese. Yummy-yum.
Daffy: Chicken-fried rabbit with cottontail sauce braised in carrots. Mm-mmm.

Blanc, Mel, perf. Rabbit Fire. Dir. Chuck Jones. 1951. Warner Bros. Pictures.

TIME:  8:10 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Homemade cloche filled w/ plastic eggs

Here is my small attempt at spring/Easter decorating.  A thrifted cheese dome with a wood base ($2.50) that I attached to a wooden candle holder (50 cents), then spray painted it all with a dark walnut stain, and finally, filled the glass dome with small plastic eggs (25 cents).  VoilĂ !…a decorating masterpiece.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dandelion Bouquet (098/365)

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“He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.”

Henry Ward Beecher (American, Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. 1813–1887)

TIME:  6:39 PM
PLACE:  Front Porch
SUBJECT:  Dandelions and a small grape hyacinth picked by StellaDella

SD picked the dandelions and gave them to me yesterday.  While walking home from school today, she snagged the purple bloom.  I *heart* wildflower bouquets, especially those given to me by my kids.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ant Hill World (097/365)

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“We are anthill men upon an anthill world.”

Ray Bradbury (American science-fiction short stories and novels writer,1920)

TIME:  3:34 PM
PLACE:  Front sidewalk
SUBJECT:  Ant hill

StellaDella insisted I come outside and see the “Most amazing thing in the world!”…it was an anthill.  Technically, she’s right.  These teeny-tiny little ants build hills that are gigantic when you compare them to their body size – that *is* amazing.  Do you see the yellow color in the upper left corner of the photo?  That is from SD spreading dandelion petals around the anthills to feed the ants and to make it pretty.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Market & Tucker (096/365)

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“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

George Bernard Shaw (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

TIME:  1:24 PM
PLACE:  Market St. and Tucker, St. Louis
SUBJECT:  Looking east down Market

Last week I discovered that my paternal grandfather had been involved in an automobile accident with a buggy and was arrested back in 1922.  I had sent a letter to the St. Louis Police Dept. to see if I could find out any more information and they called me yesterday stating that they had located a 1-page report on the incident.  I went to the Police Station in downtown St. Louis to pick it up after work.  There wasn’t much in the report that wasn’t already in the newspaper, EXCEPT that it named the owner of the car my grandfather was driving.  The owner’s name was Vito Geonollo aka Vito Giannola  - a leader of “The Sicilian Green Ones” gang in St. Louis during Prohibition.  Hmmmm, was Grandpa a gang member?  Maybe this could be the reason there was tension between him and the rest of his family.  Back in the late 1980’s, I was visiting with him on a Sunday afternoon; he was in a talkative mood and casually mentioned that once he had some “trouble with guns” and had to “hide away for a few days”.  He wouldn’t elaborate anymore than that.  Grandpa passed away in 1989 while I was a senior at college.  I wish I could have spoken with him more – I have a feeling that he led a very interesting life as a young man.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mr. Eugene H. Krabs (095/365)

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Mr. Krabs: If you're wasting time, you're wasting money... and that's just *sick*.

"Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video (#3.9)" SpongeBob SquarePants. Perf. Clancy Brown. 2002. Television.

TIME:  9:52 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  A crabby noodle craft

While reviewing my day, I found that although I did a lot and went many places, I neglected to take a single photo of any of it.  StellaDella had a busy day too: school; after-school meeting from 3-5; t-ball practice from 6-7:15pm; homework; bath and finally, fall asleep on my lap.  A tired girl.  This is the craft she made at her after-school activity…a shell noodle crab.  He makes me smile and some days?…that’s all I need to keep going.

Monday, April 4, 2011

White Blossoms (094/365)

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"Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed
Their snow-white blossoms on my head,
With brightest sunshine round me spread
Of spring's unclouded weather,
In this sequestered nook how sweet
To sit upon my orchard-seat!
And birds and flowers once more to greet,
My last year's friends together."

William Wordsworth, The Green Linnet, 1-8

TIME: 6:25 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Capital pear blossoms against sky

We didn’t have much blue sky today…after 6 this evening we were treated to a quick peek before it went away.  It was a very chilly day…it started out warm, then the temps dropped to the low 40s.  Tomorrow we are promised high 50’s, then 70s on Wednesday.  I’m so looking forward to it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dandelion For Domo (093/365)

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“Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood”

Laurence Sterne (Irish born English Writer, 1713-1768)

TIME:  7:19 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT:  Domo and Buzz Lightyear

How sweet!  Buzz has picked one of the first dandelions of the year and is presenting it to Domo.  I think Domo looks surprised and pleased to be the recipient of Buzz’s affections, no? 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Necklace (092/365)

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“I remember meeting you in a dark dream
Of April, you or some girl,
The necklace of wishes alive and breathing around your throat.”

John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Hop O' My Thumb."

TIME:  8:07 PM
PLACE:  My desk
SUBJECT:  Premier Jewelry necklace “Cascade”

I went to a jewelry party on March 2nd with my cousin and had ordered this necklace.  It was delivered about 3 weeks ago to her house and I went by to pick it up this morning.  I really like it, but while writing this post, I checked the old eBay pricing of said jewelry and I can now see that I overpaid for this piece.  Grrrr, now THAT annoys me – I’m all about getting the best deal I can.  Well, if I ever want to purchase more from this company’s line, now I know where to go for the best pricing.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Anniversary Gift (091/365)

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person”

Mignon McLaughlin (American Journalist and Author, 1913-1983)

TIME:  4:00 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Nestled glass mosaic bowls and carved wooden stamp

Here’s to 16 years of wedded bliss with my love.  Just think, our marriage is now old enough to drive.  Love you babe and thank you so much for my gift – they are beautiful.