snow and ice February

snow and ice February

Monday, March 2, 2015

It Was a Dark and Stormy Day...er Night...er Day.

It was dim seeming in the hallway yesterday morning about 1100 as it was raining outside.  I came from my bedroom at the end of the hallway and as I passed though on my way to the living room.  My eye was caught by an image on the wainscoting brought about by the knots and burls designed into the wallboard, for the first time since the wainscoting was installed by yours truly years ago.

I saw a head!  Of course it's not a head.  Just a fluke of design.  I didn't see any others but I was too busy looking at and identifying any parts of a face I could find.

Here is a picture I took with the iPhone.  Then, here the picture again is with arrows applied pointing to the facial parts I fancied I saw.  How about you have a look at the first picture and see if you see what caught my eye as I hurried past the wall on my way through to the next room.

Let me know.  xxoo  Biggafy for a better view.  




Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cocktail Parties...





Upscale dogs don't go to the dog park.... 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Oh, Fer Pete Sake!

An ice storm.  Woo Hoo.  They said snow...for four days.  They said 1-3 inches, then they said 12 inches, then the said 3 inches, then they said maybe ice of 1/10th of an inch.  Then they said 4 inches of snow with sleet and ice of one half inch thickness.  They said it would start Saturday night.  Changed it to over Sunday night.  Then they said it would start at noon Monday, today.

Well, the ice started at 0830 as I went to get just a little extra cat food for Katie as this stuff, snow and ice is to continue thru till late Saturday, so they say.

The temps will be bad.  That won't help us as the ice can't melt.  It will be single digits and some -0 temps as well.  So, we'll see.

My daughter-in-law is having a baby shower Saturday here in town.  I hope she and I can get to it.  There will be a huge turnout.  Christi is blessed with many many many friends.

I have Katie's PBS shows on.  She loves Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and the Dinosaur Train and Tommy Train too.  She actually watches.

MY poor daffodils and hyacinths will be coated with ice. Jonquils are blooming I am sad to say and have been since last January.  Daffodils are still blades coming up from the ground but the hyacinths have produced flower bracts.

Did you watch NBC's SNL last night?  I laughed a lot as I loved the old stuff they showed clips of or re-enacted with the same starts if able, meaning if they were alive and there.
  Paul McCartney probably should have just made a smile and a bow.  He was terrible.  It;s his frail with age voice and the cracks as he hit some higher notes.  Sometimes we have to know that our day came and we were good.  But time passes for everyone if we are lucky.

Just talking'.  Hope it's better where you are except you Paul.  Bless your hearts there in Boston.





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The New Left

Left is the new right,   Or, right is the new left.  What do I mean?  Well, I have mentioned it before in MSN Spaces days.

I mean the people,just moseying' on along are largely in the so-called passing lane or for my purposes here, the left lane.  Those who wish to pass the 10 or so MPH under the speed limit motorists  must needs pass on the  right which is against the law.  Remember the old "no passing on the right" dealio that we learned among other things when we got our drivers license?  Well, for the past fifteen years or so if you want to pass, it's largely going to be on the right.

Why in the world would a fella or lady wanna be in the passing lane if they ain't passing or speeding?  (not that I mean all who go in the left lane should speed.  It was a figure of speech pertinent to what I am saying here).

And then, there are the SUV's who have become a sentient being  all on their own as a group.  The group of them throughout the Land I mean.  They love to feel the love by nestling up against your rear bumper, gently (ahem) urging you to go faster and faster or at get you to least levitate so they can go under or around you.  Traffic conditions are not to be a hindrance to you getting out of their way.   Yup.

If it's a two way entrance or exit somewhere and you have a gigantic SUV, yes, indeed, please DO ride down the middle of it leaving the pitiful compact car no where to go and oh!  glare down at the pitiful being who's driving the wee car and forcing you to possibly accommodate by moving over.  How rude of the compact car owner.  No manners or sense of whose right, those little people.

Observations from here.  Do *I* drive in the left lane as a habit. No.  Do I crowd folks and glower when I am behind the wheel of my little Toyota?  Nope.  Just sayin'.  Happy Drivin'

I'm riding double with Katie from now on.  I'm sure she's safe. 








Saturday, February 7, 2015

When it's Worth Getting Up in the Morning

It's worth it when you are absolutely suffused with peace for however long that peace is granted to you. It's worth it when you hear the sound of an airplane above, a single engine plane, and smile.  (My used- to- be- hobby till I had children.  Then work got very much in the way.)

It's worth it when the sun is brilliant in the sky and the blue of the sky reminds you of eating a little oblong shaped lemon pie for lunch dessert so long ago in school.  Gazing out of the classroom window at the deep blue sky waiting for the teacher to tell us it was lunch time was torture when you were hungry AND had a TastyCake brand TastyPie lemon pie in your lunch bag.  Oh, the mouthwatering wait.  Those pies of dreams were made in Philly.  My favorite pie except for the blueberry TastyPie.  I used to beg Daddy to get them for me.

Getting up is worth it when you sleep well enough that when your eyes open, you greet your room with a smile and that  means you feel alright and that you are grateful for the safe passage through the night.  It's worth it when you walk through the quiet and ordered stillness of your home, making your way to the kitchen to feed your pet who is patiently waiting. And then, it's worth it when you smell the coffee brewing.

It's worth it to walk easily and swiftly throughout your home attending chores and that work done with a smile.  The smile is because it's a privilege to have a home and the means to maintain it.

It's worth it when you drive past the elementary school and in the distance  the children are on the playground shouting and playing.  That is music to me.  And it's worth it to smell the freshness of the air on setting foot outside first thing on the way to work out.

That small drift of aroma that is fresh roasted peanuts that appears somehow and someway through your car window when you are lucky. The smell of fresh tar and asphalt too as it brings strong memories.

It's worth it, that getting up in the morning when you are  out in the quiet of a hot and summer scented wildflower meadow.  Or on a fresh smelling slightly damp dirt road winding through the woods with green perfume all around you to absolutely get joyful about.  And it's worth it to hear bird wings and bees buzzing, and to look upward and see the leaves beautiful greens almost appearing to be etched onto the blue of the sky.

 These are some things that make it worth it to me to get out of bed.  Each person has their own personal ingrained list and I would love to read what yours is.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seriously Siri

I likely should not, but I am going to tell one on me.

I had just learned something about the new location of my workout center and on my way home, wanted to tell it to a good friend.  So (and no lectures please) I whipped out my iPhone and pressed the instant on to Siri button.  All I had to do was say "send message to-------"  When she asked what did I want to say, I started my message.  I got one sentence in. I said "Carolyn, you were right......" and Siri said "Do you want me to send it?" I said No.  I started again.   I pressed the instant to Siri button again (you can do this from the lock screen) and said the same thing. "Send message to Carolyn." Again, I got about one sentence into it when Siri said "Do you want me to send it?" I said "NO" emphatically!  I pressed the button again.  I started saying the same thing when I got into my message.  I got as far as one sentence, perhaps a word or so after that as well and no surprise....  "Shall I send it?" "NO" shouted I.

She and I went through that two more times and finally after she asked if she should send it on the sixth and last time!!!!! I said loudly in frustration "What in the @$%* is the MATTER with you????" No, that was not nice language of me.  It was the H-E-Double Hockey sticks word.  Do you know my friends,  she answered and said to me "I try to look on the bright side of things".  Gotta laugh.  I was still laughing when I got to my destination.  A fight with Siri.  Good grief!

PS That is a magnolia I took a picture of.


Monday, January 26, 2015

All of You

Thank you each one who replied to me regarding the last blog about FB--- that reaction from the woman I wish had not happened.  I have never been controversial on purpose. Oh,  I get preachy about rude people sometimes, and about cruelty to the helpless both animal and human.  I very much am emphatic in expressing my intense feelings about those topics.  That may offend those who are not of the same mindset as mine.  I am VERY strong in my thoughts about babies and children in general.  I am for them from the first second.  Others aren't, but I don't set out to state all of my opinions.  All of you who visit me are kind and loving people. I can tell from reading your blogs.  Sometimes I read and you don't know that I was there because I'm out in a public place with the iPhone  when reading and I don't comment because of time constraints. I know the face you show us all.  And I like it.

Now, with thanks given I feel buoyed up again after the embarrassment.

I feel so badly about those who are having to endure the snows again as they did last year as well.  What in the world is WRONG with the world?  Once again, for the fourth year in a row some of my precious wild violets have been showing for almost two weeks!  And there was a sole dandelion bloomed several weeks ago and sad to say, the narcissus and daffodil bulbs are already about 4 inches out of the ground,  Nooooo.  Not again.  The poor tulips and hyacinths will be right behind them within 3 to 4 weeks.  It's sad.  Here is my sweet violet whom I love.  Long story that I love them so much.  Some may remember.






I hope NanaDiana is much much better physically, and Paul, if you even read this any longer, I pray for your safety there in  Boston.  I will always be your friend and always care what happens with you.

Just checking in.  XXOO