Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sky Watch - In the sky

A tree full of birds
This contraption has graced our skyline for the past week as it pumped 16 truckloads of concrete into the ground around the sinkhole that appeared in the street. Below, the crew is reading it for transport after finishing the job. Next week another crew will repave the street.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Header Challenge - DIPTYCH

In the old world, a diptych was two panels hinged together, usually with paintings or carvings to tell a story. When photography came along a pair of photos in frames were hinged together. I thought I might have one from Mom and Dad's collection of photos, but could not find it. Here the hinge is missing, but the effect is the same. My youngest grandson is using the rocking chair that Mom used to rock me to sleep many years go. 
The story in these two diptych is that our winter is not over. The right panel was taken March 25; the left panel was taken a couple of days earlier.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Our World - Canada geese

We have Canada geese year round, but in winter the numbers increase tremendously. The above geese were heading east on February 15. The geese below were walking through a pasture today (March 24).

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sky Watch - Blue and white

Even with clouds, fog and snow, we had some spectacular skies recently. These were last Saturday morning.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Header Challenge - Spring is coming

The question is "When?"  Usually, before our yard turns colorful, there are plenty of spots in town with blooms. Carroll Creek has thawed and the ducks are swimming, but I found only a small patch of blooms.

Our crocus braved the cold!
People (including us) are clearing their yards after this winter's ice storm brought down limbs. And the softball teams got in a game.

But on St Patrick's day, the fields were covered with white and our daffodils did not share there cheerful yellow blooms. I hope your Spring started on time; and that our weather will check the calendar and notice what day Thursday is! (PS: it's not hump day!)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Our World - SNOW? AGAIN!

YEP! Started last night, a little after midnight it was covering the ground. This morning 5 - 6 inches, schools closed, and snow plows out. No occupants for our new bird house yet. Robins seem to like the snow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sky Watch - After the storm

Wednesday afternoon a fast and furious storm passed over us with strong winds and brief, but heavy rain. The western sky cleared with blue sky and fluffy clouds. 

The moon through the tree
Looking southwest at sunset, the last of the clouds, while southeast (below) was still stormy. The wind stayed strong and blew in frigid air, making for a cold, windy Thursday.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Header Challenge - Almost Perfect

Yesterday was my 74-th birthday. The birthday cards above arrived in yesterday's mail along with many more birthday wishes on Facebook, telephone and email. We had a quiet dinner at home (Bonefish Grill, Pat, no noodles). The weather was delightful: 70 degrees and sunny. The day was almost perfect! Perfect would be if those well wishers had also been here.

Steak for dinner (almost forgot to get the picture)

Key lime pie - no candles!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Our World - Almost Spring

The snow is gone from the fields and the crocus are out in full force. I wandered around the yard without a jacket today to get these shots. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sky Watch - Sunrise sunset

 Sunrise March 4, 2014

 Sunset through trees March 5, 2014

Sky after sunset March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Header Challenge - The shape of Art

Too cold and snowy for a trip to the Smithsonian or National Gallery of Art this week, so I am sharing some of the art here in our own little gallery. Our collection comes in various shapes and sizes, some is new and some has been here a while. Marianne has an eye for things that will fit in well with our home.

First, on the table in our living room art in a variety of shapes.

The statues of a man and a woman have returned to our mantle as the Christmas and winter decor has been put away.

We have collected some southwestern pottery on our trips to Colorado.

We got the butterflies at IKEA last year.

Here is a bowler from our days on a bowling team, and his shadow.

And now about my header. I recently rediscovered this poem by Frederick Windsor that I had written on a note pad some time ago. 

          Flappity, floppity, flip 
          The mouse on the Mobius strip 
          The strip revolved 
          The mouse dissolved 
          In a chronodimensional skip 
                       (from The Space Child's Mother Goose) 

It seem to fit the theme this week so I made a mobius strip and found a mouse (a gift form Marianne). I also found this link to the Mobius Arch Moonrise.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Our World - More snow

Six inches or so of snow this morning, so my snow blower and I tackled it a little after noon. The walk and part of the driveway behind the pipes was soon done. It took a little more time to clean off the van and snow at the end of the driveway. Pipes? In the driveway? Yep, still there! The county folks were planning to start the sewer main repair today, but apparently filling a sinkhole with snow is not the best solution, so the stuff will be pumped for a while longer.