June 2, 2009

Five unimportant things that make me smile

Margaret has tagged me for a meme.

       Netflicks! (But you knew that already!)

       Bagles, lox and cream cheese, especially if it’s from Corky and Lennys.

       My yard, which looks quite lush after it rains.

       Watching my cat Rikki enjoy a good belly rub. (bliss)

       Oh no, not again…..

       I‘m not going to tag anyone but all are welcome to have a go at this meme too!

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May 31, 2009

This Year’s vegetable garden

       This is my vegetable garden for the summer.   At the edge I have planted all my herbs.   Rosemary, red leafed basil, chocolate mint, thyme, oregano, marjoram, curry, and two different kinds of parsley.   I have a few tomato and pepper plants, as well as acorn and summer squash, and celery.   Behind the trellis are three cucumber plants, that I hope will climb upward.   The rest of my garden is planted with corn and peas from seed.   I am hoping that the peas will use the corn stocks as a sort of trellis.

       My garden also contains a perennial chives plant.   It’s at the left and is now blooming with purple flowers.   There is also a patch of day lillies next to the chives.  I’ll take more pictures of this garden as the vegetables grow.

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May 29, 2009

Weird Half Nest Friday

       During the winter, I store four of these chair pads wrapped individually in black plastic garbage bags up in my attic.   I took them out a couple months ago, but I guess I didn’t look them over very carefully.

       Megan noticed this half nest the other day, it looks abandoned and old.   I wonder how the wasps got into closed the plastic bag?

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May 28, 2009

Wildlife in the front yard

       I have been looking for a thistle sock for a while and I finally found one for $3 at the home depot.   It didn’t take long for this Gold Finch to find it.

       This rabbit photo was hard to take because he would not sit still for me.   It’s a bit blurry.

       I am happy to report that all the baby squirrels are doing well.   They let me get pretty close, though, I still need to use my zoom lens. Thankfully, they do run away when they see Pigeon the cat coming.

       And just who is watching who here?

       * A note to all my contest winners: I mailed your prizes out to you yesterday! ☺

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May 26, 2009

In The Garden

Here are a few photos of my late May garden

       A light yellow columbine.

       Wild geraniums in my back woods.

       A pretty weed?

       White columbine and purple asian lillies

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May 25, 2009

Caption Contest Winners!

“Then why do they call them Bird Feeders?”

       I would like to thank everyone who particpated in my caption contest.   I had four entries for consideration, and I decided to give out four prizes.   The first prize winner is Jen. Her clever caption is displayed underneath the photo. First runner up is Jessica, second is Patty and third is Cliff! I will be emailing all of you in order, so you can chose your prize.

       Here again is the picture of the choices for the winners.

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May 22, 2009

Weird Painting Friday

       This “painting” was displayed in the same room as Megan’s BFA show at her school.   I initially thought it was a sculpture, but Megan informed me that it was the BFA of a painting major, therefore it is a painting.   Do you see the little box like opening?   Inside is a tape recording that loops over and over.   It is of air raid sirens and an angry mom, calling her son Anthony to “Get on over here!!!”

       * Don’t forget to participate in my caption contest.   Scroll down to yesterday’s post and leave me a caption in the comment section.

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May 20, 2009

Another Caption Contest

       There are baby squirrels living in a tree, in my front yard.   The one kinda looks like he’s whispering something to the other, but what’s being said here?   You have until Saturday at midnight to comment a caption, and I will post the winner on Monday. First prize will be decided jointly by the family.   2nd and 3rd prize will be a random draw.

       And now for the prizes:   In honor of my daughter the artist and recent college graduate, I will purchase three of these pieces from her to give out as prizes.   The first place winner will have first pick, and so on and so forth.

       Starting at the back left, we have a small green and white pot, a mug with a girl’s face and a plain brown mug.   The front row has two small plates.   A yellow and blue plate with a bird design and one of a girl with apples.

Good Luck!

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May 19, 2009

Megan is now a college graduate!

       On Saturday, my daughter Megan graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in ceramics.

       This is a picture of Megan and her roommate Lexi, who also received a degree in ceramics.

       Now I have two grown up children with college degrees.   Congratulations Megan! Your family is very proud of you!

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May 13, 2009

I love Netflix

       If you were to ask me to list some of my favortie things, Netflix would rank very high on the list.   I have always loved movies and to be truthful, I am more of a gourmand than a gourmet.   This means that I enjoy the really bads ones too!   Above is a sample of my high ratings for the thriller genre.   You do have to click on this to read the list more clearly.

       To peek at some of my favorite foreign films, click on the list for a better view.

       Here is a funny story for you: Chris’ mom wanted netflix but doesn’t own a computer.   So I changed my account to get an extra movie for her to choose.   She did have trouble getting it to play, as she was not used to operating the DVD player, but I was able to talk her through it.   After watching the movie, she called back with another question.   She asked me - “What button should I push to rewind the DVD???”

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