This little guy flew into the dining room window this morning. He was uncertain for a while but flew away just fine. Kind of like some kids I know.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I've been doing two hours of Myo Sim kendo on Monday nights lately. The only thing is that I do it in Alexandria, Virginia, which is some 2.5 hours away, meaning five hours driving for two hours of swording. Nevertheless, as I crawled into bed this morning at 1:00, trying not to wake the husband, I put my camera on the nightstand. This was the view from the pillow too early this morning.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Two of the three rubber hands came from a store called Roses. The third rubber one came from the Halloween section of a forgotten store that might have been Roses; it used to have a sleeve, but that's long gone. The yellow one that is also a candle came back from Amsterdam with the husband many years ago. The wooden one that is my only right hand came from a friend in New Mexico who works as a set decorator.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I have five life-size fake hands, two of which are shown here. Four are left hands; one is a right hand. Three are rubber, one is wax, and one, the right one, is wood. The wooden one even blogs from time to time, though not lately.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Not a very exciting picture, but the 45-second earthquake that knocked the dinosaur from the bookcase on which he was resting was something of a rush. I've lived in Virginia for over 40 years and felt several earthquakes here. This was by far the strongest and longest. Aftershocks, anyone?
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
This bread is for the family. While it was rising and baking, I made a corn salad (lots and lots of chopping) to take to a cookout tonight. When the salad was done and the bread, out of the oven, I put together a peach-blueberry pie, also for the cookout. It's gonna be a tasty cookout.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We have at least two hummingbirds that regularly fight over our feeder. In fact, one sometimes sits in a tree waiting for the other one to get to the feeder before he swoops down and drives him away. Supposedly, adding another feeder won't help even if it's put some distance away from the first feeder.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Four magnetic monkeys and one inflatable one hang over our dining room table. I bought the magnetic ones (I wanted the banana-shaped tin in which they resided), while younger son found the inflatable one on the side of the road. That's why it's never been inflated while in our possession.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Yeah, I'm a bit of a slob. There's a reason my mummified Cornish game hen is named Never-Tidy, Queen of Denial. I sometimes invite people over to force myself to straighten the house up a bit. Some of the boxes and floor clutter seen here are destined for the thrift store while others are incoming from younger son's return home for a month before moving out for his post-college job. It may be time for another dinner party.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I like "real" art, art that I can connect with a person. The flowers to the right and the red head on blue to the left were done by a friend's brother. The monkey came from an auction conducted on Facebook. The photo on top of it was taken by someone I follow on Twitter. The wine cork bulletin board atop which the flowers rest? My own creation, I'm afraid, and more practical than artistic.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I got a replacement for the six-year-old laptop I've been using for work, along with a docking station. Thanks to older son's not using his monitor right now, I have a sweet new setup in the office. The Mac on the left runs Twitter news feeds and my personal email account so I can keep the work computer dedicated to, what else, work.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
So what if the power went out while dinner was in the oven? It wasn't out at the Chinese restaurant a mere 4.5 miles down the road. Between the dinner that finished cooking after the power was restored and all the leftovers, someone won't need to cook for a while.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
We treated older son to a celebratory lunch today, at his favorite burger place, Chap's. He judges all burgers by how they compare to those at Chap's, and hasn't yet found any better. The ice cream at Chap's rocks as well.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
He's mounted on cardboard, and arrived when younger son was in preschool and going through a mouse phase. Some years ago, I pulled him out from behind the organ he now sits upon and put him there while I swept. He didn't want to go back into hiding, and I've never made him.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A month and a day after my birthday seemed a good time to remove the birthday cards from the mantel. Some were handmade; others were not. All, though, seemed very carefully chosen for the mix of the me the giver knows and the giver him- or herself, which makes each and every one of them very special to me.