Friday, August 31, 2007

Holiday Weekend!

We have Monday off for Labor Day! Hurrah! Tomorrow I'm going up to Silver Lake where my brother is camping to hang out for the day. Sunday about 14 family members will gather here at the farm for a picnic. And Monday . . . I need to Labor! I have 3 or 4 projects that need finishing.

How are your weekend plans shaping up?

In the Back Yard

I came home yesterday, came around the corner of the garage to throw some stuff in the trash . . . and there were two deer in the backyard. They scampered away as soon as they saw me, but I'm thinking my apple tree might be a big draw.

New photographic hunt!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday 13

Julie is doing words that begin with R that she likes, and so am I!

1. raindrops
2. reindeer
3. Roscoe
4. Robert Redford
5. the color red
6. restaurants
7. rivers
8. Rocky movies
9. Roses
10. Refrigerators!
11. Radio
12. rings
13. Rocky Mountains!

Hmmm. Oral Fixation Indeedy!

Your Kiss is Black

Your kisses are amazing. You put a lot of effort into your kissing technique.
You are a perfectionist, and you never leave any kissing detail to chance.
When you're kissing, you like to be in charge. You don't enjoy someone else taking the lead.
You know you're the best kisser. In fact, you're often disappointed by how other people kiss.

Kissing Type: Thoughtful

People See Your Kisses as: Amazingly unreal

You Kiss Best With: A Pink Kisser

Stay away from: A Green Kisser

Orally Fixated? That would Explain a lot!

Freudian Inventory Results
Oral (36%) you appear to be stubbornly and irrationally against receiving help even when it might be the more intelligent option.
Anal (46%) you appear to have a good balance of self control and spontaneity, order and chaos, variety and selectivity.
Phallic (40%) you appear to have a good balance of sexual awareness and sexual composure.
Latency (56%) you appear to have a good balance of abstract knowledge seeking and practicality, dealing with real world responsibilities while still cultivating your abstract and creative faculties and interests.
Genital (53%) you appear to be somewhere between a progressive/openminded and regressive/closeminded outlook on life.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Average is good.

You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage. Find your internet addiction score here. Spotted at Gail's.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Your Life Path Number is 3

Your purpose in life is to express your unique self.

You are a creative and artistic person with an interesting view on life.
Witty and outgoing, you enjoy sharing your crazy ideas with anyone who will listen.
A total social butterfly, you're the life of any party.

In love, you inspire and enchant your partner. You are often an object of fantasy and desire.

While you are very talented, you sometimes lack the ambition to put your talents in play.
And while your wit carries you a long way, you occasionally use it to mask your true feelings.
Your natural abilities can bring you all the success in the world ... if you let them

Diane and Julie did it, so me too.

Runner Beans

runnerbeans copy

I grew runner beans for a vine in the wall garden, but now I'm thinking I should eat the beans. Found a good looking recipe here. And several good recipes here.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane is the story of Jane Austen before fame. It is a wonderfully filmed tale that leaves you wanting more. Anne Hathaway has become such a great actress. Princess Diaries has launched a terrific young actress.

I have to admit, I haven't read Jane Austen. The movie made me want to read her, or at least rent Pride and Prejudice. I understand I've been missing a lot by not seeing Colin Firth play Darcy in that movie.

After seeing Becoming Jane I had to stop and think what books we did read in English Lit. Boy, that was a long time ago. Excerpts from Beowulf and Canterbury Tales. Dickens, both Great Expectations and Christmas Carol. Thomas Hardy, if I remember correctly. Return of the Native. I bet that was it.

Now, I'm curious. If you took lit classes, what books did you read? I'm going to try to remember the Am Lit and World Lit selections also, but it is too late tonight.


Shirl's Rating: 3.5/4

This concludes the summer season of movies.

Summer Movie Review - Chuck & Larry

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Hmmm. Somehow, this movie didn't work for me on much of any level. It played for too broad of laughs at the expense of various groups for my taste. That watered down the effect they were going for, of making people think positively of same sex marriages. At least, I THINK that was the effect, but I couldn't be sure. At some level I think they just liked to use the "fag" word.

Shirl's Rating: 1/4

Monday, Monday

Well, I doubt if it could be as bad as last Monday!

Sunday, August 26, 2007


Busy weekend. Nieces have gone home. Finishing cleaning the kitchen. Great weekend! and you?

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Uneven :: Parallel Bars
Wonder :: Woman
Spider :: Man
Emma :: Jane Austen
Swing:: Set
Orbit :: Moon
Flirt :: Tease
Donation :: Bequest
Veil :: Bridal
Atmosphere :: Air

Destruction Pictures

My 15-year-old niece, Em, posted pictures of the aftermath of the big storm. They are here.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Visit Kathryn!

Kathryn is in the final stages of her pregnancy. Her chroniccles of this special time of life have been joyous and wonderful to read. Today's post is funny, and a necessity for any pregnant women to read.


We usually have quite mild weather here in mid-Michigan. Yesterday was one of the exceptions. Tornadoes ripped through the area. Four miles south of me, homes were destroyed. In South Lansing, tornadoes or high winds cut a path along Miller Road. My old apartment lost several roofs. My mother has two very large branches down. Wow!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Sunday Dinner

My nieces are staying with me tomorrow night, for a craft night. Sunday one of them wants to earn some money, one of them wants to read, and the youngest, Maddie, is going to cook a 4:00 o'clock dinner for her parents and us. She just IM'd me the menu:

Spo** [9:15 P.M.]: good ur on
Spo** [9:16 P.M.]: okay... drinks watermelon and strawberry lemonade and shirley temple 2... a different recipies than a shirley temple
Spo** [9:17 P.M.]: the for the appatizers fruit salsa and cinnamon chips... made out of tortilla chips
Spo** [9:18 P.M.]: then mini weenies and tarragon chicken salad
Spo** [9:19 P.M.]: and for dessert summer cherry jubilee sauce over nonfat frozen yougert
Spo**[9:19 P.M.]: yogurt**

Going to be interesting!

I don't Think So!

'What will your obituary say?' at

and now I'm Hungry again!

Everything Pizza

Diverse and adaptable
You enjoy the full buffet of life
It's hard to you play favorites with friends... or flavors
There's very little that you dislike!


You May Be a Bit Borderline...

Your mood swings make a roller coaster look tame!
When you're up, you're a little bit crazy...
And when you're down, your whole world is crashing
Scary thing is, these moods can change by the minute!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thursday 13

Well, this week it's time to list 13 things I like that begin with the letter Q, as Julie did. Here we go.

1. Quiet. One of the many reasons I like living in the country. The quiet is wonderful. (However, tonight it is broken by the chirrup of a cricket in the heating ducts. The cats can't reach it.)

2. Quality. Quality in anything or anyone.

3. Quizzes! And doesn't the internet have a lot of them!

4. Quilts. Beautiful, old, hand-pieced quilts. Great for snuggling in on cold winter nights.

5 & 6. Quivers and Quakes (that go with that O word I couldn't say a couple of weeks ago)

7. Quotations.

8. Quacking of ducks.

9. Quickness. Not that I possess any.

10. Quaint little villages.

11. Quantum Tea.

12. Quartz.

13. And, with football season coming on, let us not forget Quarterbacks! (Though linemen are my absolute favorites.)

Back to Work!

Now blogger will probably work fine.

See y'all!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Do you dare? says I'm 13% Stupid! How stupid are you? Click Here!

Summer Movies in Review - No Reservations

I've never worked in a restaurant, and I had never considered the behind the scene mechanizations until I read Elin Hildenbrand's book, Blue Bistro. Set on Nantucket, the book takes the reader behind the scenes of a fictional first-class restaurant and the people and chefs that make them the signature places to visit. No Reservations takes us to the same place in film.

This movie got terrible reviews, and I'm not sure why. I loved it. Catherine Zeta Jones role as a tough chef and scared aunt was well played. Her love interest is played by Aaron Eckhardt, whom you may remember as the lead in Thank You for Smoking. Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine", portrays the niece, and continues to provide real kid performances. And then there is the food. Perhaps that's it. Perhaps I am a foodie after all.

Shirl's Rating: 3/4

Summer Movies in Review - Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Thirteen. Boys having fun. Eye candy for girls. 'Nuf said.

Shirl's Rating: 2.5/4

Non-related. I kept hearing "Oprah is coming" on the Today Show this morning. Wrong. "Okra is coming" is what they were saying. Oops.

Queen Elizabeth I

Another Cate Blanchett as QEI movie is coming out. In 250 words or less, tell me what I need to know about Queen Elizabeth I in the comments.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Summer Movies in Review - Evan Almighty

Speaking of Steve Carell, he played the lead in Evan Almighty. I found Evan to be a pleasant diversion. Carell is perfect as the perfectionist congressman who becomes a modern day Noah. Morgan Freeman plays God with a laughing seriousness that is wonderful.

Evan Almighty lacks the heartfeltness of the death scene of Bruce Almighty, where Bruce learns to pray. I still think that prayer is the most beautiful prayer scene I've seen on the big screen:

God: Grace. You want her back?
Bruce: No. I want her to be happy, no matter what that means. I want her to find someone who will treat her with all the love she deserved from me. I want her to meet someone who will see her always as I do now, through Your eyes.
God: Now THAT'S a prayer.

oh Great! Now that I'm looking at on this, I see they really do go together! Evan Baxter was in Bruce Almighty! He got Bruce's job. Oh man. I am so forgetful. Wow!

Shirl's Score: 2.5/4

Summer Movies in Review - Knocked Up

Knocked Up was written and directed by Judd Apatow, who performed the same duties on last year's 40-Year-Old Virgin. While Virgin was quite bawdy, I enjoyed it and had high expectations for Knocked. They weren't met *sigh*. I think Virgin worked in large part because of Steven Carell's turn in the lead role. He looks like a normal guy, where the male lead in Knocked looks and acts mighty strange. There is a lot of drug usage in Knocked Up, which may put me off quite a bit. And now that I've imdb'd both movies, I see that Carell is also listed as co-writer of Virgin. That might really have something to do with Virgin's success.

Shirl's rating: 1.5 out of 4.

Speaking of flickr

Click through for the links to this small sampling of great pictures on flickr.
My creation

At The Zoo

I like to flickr. It's fun to see how people react to different pictures. Sometimes I'll work hard to set up a picture exactly right, clean it up in photoshop, and get few comments on it. Sometimes I have my camera in the right place, grab a quick shot, do nothing to it, post it, and it draws lots of comments. One of the latter type of pictures is below.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Looking for Elderberry recipes

Anyone know of any?

For Kim


Now I'm Hungry

You Are a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You are a traditional person with very simple tastes.
In your opinion, the best things in life are free, easy, and fun.
You totally go with the flow. And you enjoy every minute of it!

Your best friend: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Ham Sandwich

Spotted this over at Patti's. She's a Grilled Cheese too! *smile*

Wanna Bet on That Ten Minutes?

Blogger Status
Monday, August 20, 2007

Blogger and Blog*Spot will be unavailable Monday (8/20) at 4:00PM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance.

All Better Now

Tony, the glass guy, just left about half-an-hour ago. The car looks better than it did before. And it is in the garage!!!!

Addictive little game here.

Sometimes It Doesn't Pay to Take a Vacation

So . . . I went back to bed. The kitties are so cool for morning naps. They arrange themselves in comfortable places. I was starting to wake up again, when my cell phone rang. It was Mom. "Are you okay?"

"Um, yeah, just waking up," I smile.

"Oh good." She sounded nervous, but I was kind of sleepy. "Maynard called." Maynard lives on Mt. Hope, and he can see the farm from his backyard. He's got bad arthritis, and drives around in a little golf cart chasing deer and checking out the neighborhood. He has had a drinking problem through the years, but he is a good-hearted person. "He said that a branch fell on your car, and your back window is broken."

"What??????" I hopped out of bed. The poor kitties didn't know what had hit them. I ran to the office window. Sure enough, Maynard hadn't been telling a story.

Oh well. These things happen. Insurance will pay most of it, the glass people make mobile calls so they will be here this afternoon. Kind of an expensive lesson but I think I have learned it now: PARK IN THE GARAGE, IDIOT!!!!

Monarch coming . . .

I saved milkweed in several places in my yard. The closest was behind the garage. I've checked them frequently for Monarch activity, both this year and last. Saturday I finally spotted this:


Time Off

for bad behaviour! (Not really.)

I have three days off. The weather forecast is for rain each day. Guess who will be getting inside chores caught up!

I still woke up at the regular time, but . . . I can go back to bed, or take a nap. I LOVE naps! How about you?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Looking for Purple

You Are a Yellow Crayon

Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.

Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.

Spotted at Meowminx. Now . . . who will be the purple????

Good Sunday Evening!

Busy Weekend! Mom turned 79 yesterday! We took her to dinner last night, and today we had cake and ice cream out here at the farm. We were getting around for the cake, when we saw a truck drive in the second drive and disappear between the garage and the horse barn. Whoa. "I need some guys," I said, as I headed toward the door. Boo beat me, followed by his daughter, and Crits was right behind me. We were ready to check this vehicle out! Boo rounded the corner first, and started laughing. It was our brother from upNorth! He had a new truck.

Mom must have been watching from the office window, because next thing I know, here she comes running (well, okay, hobbling) out the door.

A good time was had by all!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Darling :: Dear
Majesty :: Mountains
Pebble :: Stone
Fate :: Destiny
Instant :: Coffee
Screen :: Computer
Unplugged :: Guitar
Dairy :: Farm
Benefactor :: Gifter
Market :: Stock

Friday, August 17, 2007

More Mine Tragedy

Oh dear. Three of the mine rescuers have been killed in an accident. This is so sad.

More Memory Lane

So as I was googling and imdbing Sandcastles for the previous post, I had to do the same for the star, Bonnie Bedelia. And then I remembered! She was Little Joe's wife . . . well, for an episode. Bonanza was my absolutely favorite show growing up. My friend Linda and I would stage weddings when we were in 4th grade. She would marry Adam or Ben, I would marry Little Joe or sometimes Hoss. (Such fickle young ladies we were, way more interested in the wedding than the marriage.)

Our other favorite was Rawhide. Clint Eastwood, when he was only known as Rowdy Yates.

Were you a western fan?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dating Myself

For some reason I thought of this TV-movie today. I was 20 when I saw it. Yikes! When I imdb'd it, I couldn't help but identify with this reviewer:
I remember watching this movie on TV when I was in High School, probably in 1972, and I remembered it all these 33 years. I was amazed when I found it for sale on E-Bay. I remember it being fascinating in 1972 because it was obviously filmed on video-tape and had a very different look. I was disappointed it was transferred to film, but I guess it had to be, to be transferred to DVD, possibly? This movie made me cry when I was a teenager, and did again at 47. Jan Michael-Vincent was so beautiful then. And, as a 15 year old, I didn't appreciate Hershel Bernardi's performance as much as I did today. It is a very moving film, and if you are a romantic you will want to view it. I believe it is a very underrated film

What old (and that is a relative term) movie/tv show/song still lingers in your memory?

Fenner Nature Center

Four Seasons - Fenner Nature Center

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Probably did this one before

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Happy Hump Day!

We're having just a Grand Week at work. We have two employees at work who are married to each other. They are both very hard people with which to work, controlling and angry and very negative. They are on vacation this week! Yay!

It's pretty obvious fall/autumn is coming. It's dark when I get up in the morning now, and it's dark an hour earlier at night. *sigh* Soon I'll only be able to garden on the weekends. However, we're getting close to the start of college Big 10 football.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I Ate It!

iatethemI finally got my nerve up, and ate some nasturtium blossoms. These didn't have much taste, more like a light lettuce. Next up, the leaves! And this page has more ideas of how to use this wonderful plant.

Monday, August 13, 2007

futuredetroittiger There are seasons and changes of generations. I don't have children, but I do have ten nieces and nephews that I kinda like **big grin**. The youngest is 13, the oldest is 28. We had lots of years of babies in the family, and then the end of that period came.

Now the new generations have started. One of the activities this weekend was a baby shower for niece #2. She's expecting her first in November. This young fellow is Caleb Jeffrey. He's niece #1's 7-month-old son.

We're passing those babies around again, and it sure feels good!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Meteor Shower

Will you be watching? I think I'd better go to bed.

Edit the next morning:

I woke up at 2:30, and decided to go out into the backyard to see what I could see. I have some big old mucking boots, so I slipped those on, in case creepy crawly things were out. I stayed out for about seven minutes, but, sad to say, saw no meteors. The stars were very pretty however.

The Cure

Okay, I'll admit it, I don't know who they are, but Julie does, and she was just at their concert. Wonderful energizing review and pics!


For those of you who do photography, a new 26things has been posted for August.

Thursday 13 on Sunday

See, I AM behind!

Julie plays, so Monkey See, Monkey Do.

Thirteen things I like that begin with P.

1. Paul my nephew
2. peas
3. Popcorn
4. Pens and pencils
5. People
6. Pumpkin Pie
7. Petunias
8. Pork Chops
9. Paris
10. passion
11. pickles
12. pancakes
13. pewter

Well! this was quite an edible list!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Voyage :: of the Dawn Treader
Patricia :: Patti
Transformation :: Chrysalis to Butterfly
Vocabulary :: Language
San Francisco :: Golden Gate Bridge
Edward :: Family Name
Sawyer :: Tom
Literary :: Book-loving
Tiger :: Zoo
Seal :: Letter

I'm back! Busy busy weekend, but I've settled down now!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Monarch

I seem to learn things slowly. Take the Monarch butterfly, for instance. A few years ago I learned that this beautiful butterfly likes milkweed. My mother shared this with me as she was coaxing me into helping her transplant some milkweed for the Monarchs and some thistles for the Goldfinches. (What would grandpa have said about transplanting weeds to her garden? One can only wonder.) The caterpillar eats milkweed to make itself unpleasant for predators. A side note: I had only ever known about milkweed pods. I didn't realize they had flowers!


Somewhere along the way I also learned that the Monarchs migrate to Mexico each year from the mid and northern United States. That, in itself, is an amazing feat. However, when you consider the life cycle of the Monarch, it becomes downright Magical.

Monarchs generally live about six to eight weeks. The egg stage is about four days, the caterpillar stage is about 14 days, the chrysalis stage is about ten days, and the butterfly stage is about 2-6 weeks.

There are four generations in a year. The first generation returns to the north, and does the eggs/caterpillar/Chrysalis/butterfly thing. Generation two and generation three follow, about every two months. Generation four hatches in September/October, and it is THIS batch that migrates.

Now I wanna know: how DO they know?

noisy monarch with 2 many filters copy

A Different Angle on the Chicken Coop

Usually I take pictures of the chicken coop from the door side, which faces west. This is the south side. My brother Boo and his crew painted this side this spring. They figure one side a year, they'll have this building painted by 2010.


The preferred siting for chicken coops is to have the windows face south, here in the US. It's something about maximizing winter sun exposure and minimizing winter. Is it reversed in Oz?

I Guess I'd Better Get my Eyes Checked

I had this idea to catch a bunch of fireflies in a canning jar, then remove the lid and take a picture of them as they leave. There's a slight trick to it. Fireflies aren't always lit up: they twinkle. So you spot the twinkle, then track them and snatch them. I see the twinkle, I track them, then they fall out of my visual range (dang bifocals). Only caught one in ten minutes. There goes THAT picture idea!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

And a Poem!

Based on, Rob has made this poem:

you. had much practice,
said One believe impossible things. that
Lighthouse song Monday, August
03, 2007 From the road They
know What Sticks: Why Mom told you are
Different Today was the store
and commenced to acquire knowledge
and I settle into the road.

From the 2004 archives

I've changed again!

Hogwarts Sorting Hat: Based on Myers-Briggs Personality Typing

You are a RAVENCLAW!As a Ravenclaw and as an NTJ, you are intellectual, independent, and value excellence in yourself and others. You are naturally curious, and can usually see many sides to the same argument or issue. You are driven to acquire knowledge and set very high standards for yourself and others. You excel at and enjoy strategizing, planning, and focusing on the big picture. You enjoy being challenged, and can accept constructive criticism without taking it personally. You are excellent at organizing yourself and others.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Anyone Know?

What type of cow this cute little guy is?

Lighthouse Lyrics

Diane asked if I knew the name of the song the lady sang in the preceding post. I didn't, but it must be Lighthouse, as these are the words. Found them here.

There's a Lighthouse on the hillside
That over looks life's sea
When I'm tossed it sends out a light
That I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now
Will safely lead us o'er
If it wasn't for the Lighthouse
My ship would be no more
And I thank God for the Lighthouse
I owe my life to Him
For Jesus is the Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn't for the Lighthouse (tell me)
Where would this ship be?

Everybody that lives about us
Says tear that Lighthouse down
The big ships don't sail this way anymore
There's no use of it standing round
Then my mind goes back to that stormy night
When just in time I saw the light
Yes, the light from that old Lighthouse
That stands up there on the hill

Repeat Chorus (x2)


Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunday Night Drive

About every six weeks I like to take a drive out into Amish country, over in the next township. I have a routine for these drives. I go west on Vermontville Highway, and stop at Jones Country Store (non-Amish). Here I buy a bag of "funyums" and a diet Vernors. I chat for a few minutes with the lady who owns the store. She is always dressed in layers, and looks just this side of bag ladydom, but she is quite interesting.

Last night I was wearing a tee-shirt with lighthouses on it. "I like that," the proprietess said. "Reminds me of that song at church, do you know it?"

"I'm not sure," I say.

She closes her eyes, clears her throat, and begins to sing the chorus of it. She has a lovely voice, and I tell her so. "If you wait a minute, I'll get the words and sing the whole thing for you."

Well, I had the time, and so I waited inside the door and sipped my pop. She came back into the store and commenced to sing. Another customer came in, returning bottles. He then got his beer and waited patiently at the counter while she finished.

It was a lovely song.


The evening was kind of gray and damp. There were plenty of horse tracks on the road. The little town of Chester has a blacksmith (non-Amish) and he was busy. As I came down Kinsel, I could see that the Sunday gathering must have been held at the place above. I turned to drive past the house. The menfolk were walking toward the barn. Several waved. I think they know folks are curious.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Montana is Burning

My second favorite state is burning, and close to my beloved Glacier National Park.

Highway 2, the major route across the southern boundary of the park, was closed to traffic. It is now open, but the vehicles are being escorted across Marias Pass as the fire is only about a mile away. (Note: Marias Pass is the lowest elevation pass across the United States Rocky Mountains.)

The Number 1 Montana fire is burning near Gates of the Mountain Wilderness, an area immortalized in Lewis & Clark's diaries. This area was the site of the terrible Mann Gulch fire in 1949, in which 13 firefighters lost their lives. Norman Maclean's last book was Young Men and Fire, an accounting of this terrible tragedy. (Norman Maclean's most famous book is A River Runs Through It.) On our trip to Montana in 2003 Mom and I visited this beautiful area.

From the Bad Cookie Fortune Site

Save Now for future calamity.

oh great!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Voices :: raised in song
Have to :: Must
Machine :: Vending
Seventh grade :: Long long time ago
Beach :: where I'd like to be, sand
Roommate :: Been a few years . . .
Cyclone :: Tornado
Theater :: Movie
Pregnant :: Kathryn
Phoebe :: Aunt

Up from the 2002 Archives

You are 25% geek
OK, so maybe you ain't a geek. You do, at least, show a bit of interest in the world around you. Either that, or you have enough of a sense of humor to pick some of the sillier answers on the test. Regardless, you're probably a pretty nifty, well-rounded person who gets along fine with people and can chat with just about anyone without fear of looking stupid or foolish or overly concerned with minutiae. God, I hate you.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Reviewing Other Side archives

Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometime I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

From the August 2002 archives

Friday, August 03, 2007

Purple, eh?

What color is your soul painted?


Your soul is painted the color purple, which embodies the characteristics of sensuality, spirituality, creativity, wealth, royalty, nobility, mystery, enlightenment, arrogance, gaudiness, mourning, confusion, pride, delicacy, power, meditation, religion, and ambition. Purple falls under the element of Earth, and was once a European symbol of royalty; today it symbolizes the divine.

Personality Test Results

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Quizzes and Personality Tests

Found at Blue Gail's.

August Holidays

Cassie-B has her August unusual holidays calendar posted. August 5th is Sisters Day. Hug yours if you have one!

Thursday Thirteen on Friday

Julie won't let me play in her comments any more! *grin*

13 things that I like that begin with the letter O. In no particular order.

1. Orchids.
2. O's. (I can't write the word, but Julie can.)
3. Olives.
4. Onion.
5. Oscar - Great-Grandpa.
6. Orioles - the birds.
7. Opals
8. Orange
9. Old people
10. Old Things
11. Opera (sometimes)
12. Ontario, the Lake and the Canadian Province.
13. Orchestras

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Mississippi River Bridge Goes Down

amidst evening traffic. Heard it as a bulletin first. AOL story here. Yahoo News here.

The Great Wall Garden - View 1

This spring my friend Carol and her husband helped me build a retaining wall next to the barn bridge wall so that I could have a garden there. (Oh, all right. My friends Carol and her husband built the wall, and I toted bricks.) I've been tending it all summer, as we've had no rain. Each night, I load up the wheelbarrow with three buckets, then tote the whole business out to the wall. Some things are doing well, others aren't. But it really is cool, this gardening business. And it is something to chat about with the neighbors that pass by on an evening walk. garden wall 1