Saturday, July 31, 2010

Red-Winged Blackbirds

I haven't seen a red-wing blackbird this week. I wonder if they've headed south already. They are usually the first to go home.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fireflies are still here

There are still a few fireflies each evening, but not the masses in the fields that we had earlier in summer. I always wonder when I'll see the last firefly.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sounds Good!

You See Peace in Your Future

Five years from now, you'll be living a calmer, less hectic life.

You are working hard at managing the chaos in your life right now, and eventually that will pay off for you.

Ten years from now, you will be deeply fulfilled. You will have found a whole new meaning to your life.

By being able to slow down and focus more, you will discover what truly matters to you.

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Inception :: A terrific movie
Anticipation :: is making me wait
Space :: The final frontier
Earn :: Income
.com :: Amazon. I just placed an order yesterday
Hello! :: Goodbye
Equivalent :: Same as
Swore :: Oath
Actions :: Speak louder
Expletive! :: Deleted!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

amish bouquet

Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

There is a large Amish community in the township next to mine. This time of year they have stands out with produce and with the loveliest flower arrangements. This one was $4.00.

I was at the local Meijers yesterday, and a bouquet of similar size was $15.99. And it wasn't NEARLY as pretty.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Science Lesson

They were dancing around separately all afternoon. Guess it really was a mating dance, because this is how they were carrying on in the late afternoon.

purple, eh?

You Need Some Purple in Your Life

Purple will make you feel ambitious, independent, and creative.

And with a little purple, you will project an aura of individuality.

If you want more extravagance, you've got to get a little purple in your life!

For extra punch: Combine purple with green or orange

The downside of purple: It can evoke sad feelings

The consequences of more purple in your life:

You will feel an increase in your artistic abilities

You will find balance in the most chaotic parts of your life

You will feel calm and will be hard to disturb

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Deals :: Bargains
Alive :: and well
Smooth :: moves
Materials :: Inventory
Arrest :: Lindsay Lohan (oh great, I've been seeing too many tabloids)
Locker :: Gym
Evidence :: of a crime
Operation :: Surgery
Opal :: Gemstone
Investigation :: Crime

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Who's Watching Who?

Who's Watching Who?
Originally uploaded by rubyblossom.

And ANOTHER place where the meerkats showed up. Kudos to all the great artists out there!


Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

And here are the meerkats as they appear in my photostream. See posts below for where they have been.

Our Family Tree

Our Family Tree
Originally uploaded by ihave3kids

Why I love Creative Commons . . .

Most of my pics on flickr are creative commons licensed. My meerkats have been able to go to fascinating places because of this.

Party Animals * SteppinOut - RuthArt

Party Animals * SteppinOut - RuthArt
Originally uploaded by RuthArt

Why I love Creative Commons . . .

Most of my pics on flickr are creative commons licensed. My meerkats have been able to go to fascinating places because of this.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ack! I've become my Grandparents!

It became very obvious to me today as I wandered the counter at the pharmacy that I have reached the age my grandparents were when I first knew them. The choice at the counter: Ducalax vs Milk of Magnesia. Grandma Bea vs Grandma Lora. Oh my.

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Dickens :: Charles
Collection :: Set
Weekends :: Relax
Travel :: Vacation
District :: of Columbia
Vampires :: Dracula
Peep show :: Naughty
Crochet :: Knit
Lion :: Aslan, of Judah
Fetch :: Dog

Friday, July 09, 2010

Me too, Roscoe!

Your Fireworks Say You're Content

You are jubilant and easily excited.

While you aren't very intense or passionate, your happiness is abundant.

You can always find cause to celebrate, laugh, or even just smile to yourself.

You find that life is full of things to be happy about!

The Matter of Words

They DO matter.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July Projects

The 3 July projects:

Salvage as much of garden as possible.
Clean Milk House.
Finish painting back of garage.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Grand Haven Pier

Grand Haven Pier
Originally uploaded by daevilpennazi

My niece goes to school on the west side of the state. She's got the photography bug . . . I think this is great, Hann!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Monday, July 05, 2010

Make Those Memories

Memories. Good memories. They've been flooding back this last couple weeks, first as I showed Julie from Oz some of my favorite places in Michigan, and then again yesterday as we took a backroad home from my niece's 4th of July picnic.

My folks never had a lot of money, they had a lot of kids, but somehow they conspired to give us camping vacations throughout the state of Michigan each year. Every 4th year or so, we would go on a BIG trip out-of-state. It took an amazing amount of planning, saving, and organizing, and my father bribing my mother as she didn't even really like camping, but wow, what fun we had.

And the memories are sweet decades later.

Thanks, folks!

My Country 'tis of thee

Sweet Sweet Land of Liberty!

Of Thee I Sing!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Unconscious Mutterings

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

Authorized :: Version
Flirting :: Eye contact
Bad :: good
Digit :: finger
Sexy :: lingerie
Combinations :: to locks
Guard :: National
Retina :: Eye
Motion :: Sensor, detector
Concert :: Orchestra