Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a Wild Goose Hodgepodge

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1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?

I think I did, and sometimes it's intentional to break the ice or verbalize an irresistible pun I happen to think of. I'll sometimes find myself laughing at a line in a sermon or in a movie theater when no one else is laughing. Who knows why. Humor is in the eye of the beholder. I make Mr. C. laugh. He makes me laugh. So I guess that's a good thing. We're our own fan club. And that reminds me of this:

So much in love with us are we,
So much in love with us are we,
So much in love with us are we,
That you could kiss you
And I could kiss me.

 - Tommy Smothers
the great philosopher

Have you noticed that most comedians these days just aren't very funny?  

2. What's a simple question with a complicated answer?

What's wrong with my computer?!

3. Rhododendrons or have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard?

I have neither. I like both. What I do have, instead:

 Flowering crab, a few days ago

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?

I never have. No amount of promised tips could induce me to take that job. The best part of the job would be working with people. The worst part of the job would be working with people. I admire anyone who has the patience to deal with unreasonable customers. I do believe that the customer is always right...except when they're wrong. And sometimes they're downright rude and obnoxious.

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men?

Not literally, of course, because we already have far too many laws, but I'd say that leggings (is that what they're called, where it looks like they are wearing tights and forgot to put pants or a skirt on over them?) for women over 40 should be 'outlawed.' Men shouldn't try to look sensitive by being feminized. It is most unappealing.

6. Name a writer who inspires tell us why.

G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, because they make me think.

 Part of the long list of bishops
at Durham Cathedral

7. What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?

'Been there, done that.' (De-cluttering). It's not at all fun, and I'm making very little progress. It would help if a few boxes of stuff removed would make any noticeable difference.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm looking forward to getting the garden planted. The past two nights I covered the beans, strawberries, and flowers with sheets to protect them from frost. I was advised that the strawberries don't need to be covered, but with all those tender little blossoms out there, I wasn't taking any chances. I'm glad I didn't. When I got up at 5:30 this morning, the temperature was 30 degrees. Once all threat of frost is over, the sheets can retreat to their  barrel and live in the garage until fall.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Sandbox

After gathering some supplies at Menard's, Mr. C. (aka Grandpa) and I drove to our daughter's home where the ambitious Grandpa built a much-needed sandbox and filled it with sand for these two sweet grandkids (above). Why?

Because the last time we were there, this is what we saw.
A kid's gotta dig, right?

Grandpa and I are firm believers that every kid needs a sand pile - or at least a sandbox.When our kids were little, we had a dump truck load of sand brought to our home (in the country) and the kids had a blast with that huge mountain of sand. You'd be amazed at how quickly they got that thing flattened out. Our daughter was recalling how they would play in that sand pile for hours on end.

 Okay, it wasn't quite that big.
But close.

We still have a sand pile, though much smaller these days.
This was from the 2014 reunion.

Backyard photos
Lower left includes the ever-present nettle
Upper right is wood violets and silver leaf.
Silver leaf spreads like crazy. I started with 11 leaves.
Now it's everywhere!

More backyard photos,
including my poor old McIntosh apple tree
which froze out in the winter of 2013
There are only a few blossoms on it this year.

 This is what happened to my
baby McIntosh apple tree, the one we had planted as a replacement
because our other one was getting old.
And just when it was doing so well. :-((

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Chickadee, Durham Night Scenes, Anglophile Friday

Chickadee, by Theresa (TexWisGirl)
It even came in a lovely frame!

First things first:

I doubt that anyone has been more thrilled with winning a giveaway than I am for having won this amazing drawing by Theresa (TexWisGirl) of The Run*A*Round Ranch Report. Everything about it  is just beautiful. I have no idea how anyone can do this, but I am glad that Theresa has that talent and skill, and glad that I'm the happy recipient of the Chickadee.

There was so much light in every room in our house that I could hardly get a photo without reflection, but the Chickadee will definitely get pride of place, sitting on the piano between two Civil War art prints (on the wall).

Thank you so much, Theresa!  I know you can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can't take Wisconsin out of the girl. ;-)  We'll welcome you back here in Wisconsin anytime you're willing to repent of your move south. LOL

Thank you so much!


Now, on to Durham, England, because I know how you longed to go back there for another look. This time it's not all about Durham Cathedral. (If you missed that, check my April 10, April 17, and April 24 Anglophile Friday posts). Instead, after Evensong Service was over, we slowly made our way around the town, getting some dusk and night shots.

 Durham Castle on the hill

One of the many things I love about northern England is that the majority of buildings are made of brick or stone, and to offset what could otherwise seem a cold or harsh exterior, you'll often find doors and window frames painted a bright color. The combination is so pretty!

Waterstones. I think they're everywhere
like Barnes & Noble are here in the US

 We have a lot of Andersons in Wisconsin, too.

Hmmm. Hillary's Plan B,
in case 2016 doesn't work out for her.
Personally, I'd much prefer living in Durham
to campaigning for the presidency.

I think that old man's trying to escape me,
but I followed him to the train station
and back to his B&B in York.
(Okay, it's Mr. C.)

You know I have many more photos of Durham, but I'm going to leave it there for this week. I don't want to give you sensory overload with all those beautiful English buildings!


But this one's irresistible
and I'm throwing it in for free:

'Gramma, take a picture of me!'
He is such a sweet little guy,
and Jazzie thinks so too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Good Fences, Bloomer, Wisconsin

 Good Fences, Bloomer, WI

I like it when fences just present themselves, instead of my trying to track them down. I like this combination of stone wall and picket fence. Reminds me of two Confederate generals. (I suffer from Word Association Syndrome.)  ;-)

And just across the street, the feed mill and dam

 Reflections on Lake Como

From the Wisconsin DNR website:

"Como Lake (Bloomer Mill Pond) is a 97 acre lake located in Chippewa County. It has a maximum depth of 6 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing, one public land or park within 1000 feet of the lake (Moose Fair Grounds). Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike." 

 Fence, Cadott, WI

 Fence and Arbor, Owen, WI

Sunset, early May

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