Sunday, February 28, 2021

Spring!

Today is the first day of  Meteorological Spring! Did you know there are TWO first days of Spring? Meteorological and Astronomical. Astronomical begins on the Spring Equinox. Meteorlogical seasons always begin on the first days of the month, so each season id evenly divided into three months. Anyway, what could be more springlike than tulips? Here are some of my photos from a past spring.







“...the sweet wildflower breath of spring...”

 ~Terri Guillemets


Friday, February 26, 2021

Barn Quilt

 We saw this barn quilt hanging on the wall of a museum gift shop.I love it!



“Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.”

~Author Unknown


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Black Necked

 Behold the Black-Necked Swan, which we saw a few years ago. He looks like a black swan and a white swan combined! Native to south America and Australia. 





The term "swan song" comes from the ancient Greek belief that a swan sang a song of death when its life was about to end.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

They're Back!

 The robins are here; they came back about a week ago. In snow and ice. It seems they return earlier every year.


Why would they return when the weather is so bad? Do they migrate according to the weather, or time? Anyway, they are busily fighting over territory now.


I heard the sweet voice of a robin,
      High up in the maple tree,
      Joyously, singing his happy song
      To his feathered mate, in glee!...
If we could be like this tiny bird,
      Just living from day to day,
      Holding no bitterness in our hearts
      For those we meet on our way...


~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Heaven on Earth"


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I'm Watching You

 Nice watch, isn't it?


It is actually a giant watch! Here is Phil standing beside it to give perspective.


We saw it in the art gallery of a college art department.


The band is made of wood.


Do you wear a watch? I think they are becoming a thing of the past, because most people tell the time on their cell phones now. Will cell phones make watches obsolete?

 

“Watches are so named as a reminder — if you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.”

~Terri Guillemets

 

“Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new... but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?”

 ~Paracelsus


Monday, February 22, 2021

Keep Quiet And Look Pretty

This has been painted on the side of a building in our city. It is hard for me to believe that the city allowed it, but maybe there are no laws about grafitti and art. To me, it looks like it is telling women to be feminine and keep their mouth shut. What do you think? Anyway, I find it offensive.



I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.

 ~Gloria Steinem


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sunday Sunset

 This is probably my favorite sunset ever. It seemed to cover the entire sky, and it was huge. We sat and watched it for a long as it lasted. I was truly flabberghasted.







Day holds the sky with big blue arms
Until the sun sends her off into evening
With a grateful blaze of vibrant colors
~Terri Guillemets


Friday, February 19, 2021

By The Side Of The Road

Driving down a busy main highway, we passed this. I wish I knew something about it, but it was not in our city and I never did find out anything. Just a brief glance and snapshots in passing.





  • Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
          Where the race of men go by—
          The men who are good and the men who are bad,
          As good and as bad as I....
    Let me live in my house by the side of the road
          Where the race of men go by—
          They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
          Wise, foolish—so am I.
          Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat
          Or hurl the cynic's ban?—
          Let me live in my house by the side of the road
          And be a friend to man.


    ~Sam Walter Foss


Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Ice-Cream Truck

 Here is the latest jigsaw we finished; a cat's ice-cream truck. Remember ice-cream trucks? Are they almost a thing of the past? Do any come near your homes in the summer?


The counter is an ice-cream sandwich.


The wheels are doughnuts.



Here is an example of the joy that ice-cream brings. Our teenage granddaughter at the ice cream shop when she was very little.


“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”

~Don Kardong


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Our Valentines

 Here is one of the latest pictures of our granddaughters; it is their Valentine picture. It has been a year since we have been abe to get together with them, and they only live a few blocks away! Darn Covid!


We are to have a bad ice and sleet storm today, so if you don't hear from me for awhile, you will know we have lost our power. Stay safe in this crazy weather!


“Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January.”

~Jim Gaffigan

 

“Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.“

~Author unknown


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

House Floats

 Mardi Gras was cancelled due to covid. It puts one billion dollars into Louisiana economy every year. So they decided to turn their houses into floats!! A safe and genius way to celebrate. Some of these photos are from the web, and some I snapped from the T.V. news. So, come along to the Mardi Gras with me, and lets look at so many House Floats!! Do you have a favorite?
















“What happens on the float stays on the float.”

 

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.

 

The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green.

 

By law, everyone on a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade float must wear a mask. Seriously!


Indian Summer?

 Wednesday was the first day of Astrological Autumn. But you would never kow it by looking around. It has remained very hot, and things are ...