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TODAY IS OFFICIALLY LUMP DAY!

Everyone knows that Wednesdays are commonly referred to as HUMP DAY  because they come in the middle of the week and we know that the rest of the week will all be down hill from that point. But that is an entirely different day from LUMP DAY!  LumpDay copy

Lump Days are those days when you are entirely to lazy to get out of bed. They are days that are aided and abetted by the fact that you turned the thermostat on the heating system down because the outside temps on preceding days had been in the upper 70s and mid-80s and then the outside temp suddenly dropped into the 20s overnight and it’s too damned cold in the house to get out of bed and turn the heat up! (Did I run on a bit with that sentence?)  Anyway, getting down to the lean and mean of it, Mlle. Renee and I slept in this morning. And now, we’re running behind by several hours. And the laundry I was supposed to do today, will have to wait until Friday because I already have baking  and cooking plans for Wednesday and Thursday. You know what Robbie Burns said plans? (No relation to Rob Byrnes renowned writer of hilarious fictions that you should read if you haven’t already. You can read more about both writers on Wikipedia.)  So instead of doing anything serious or worthwhile, I diddle on this page.

SO MOVING ON TO MY SUMMER INSECT ORIGAMI PROJECT OF THE DAY … THE LADYBUG OR LADYBIRD. 

Can a bug really be a bird? Apparently so in the British Isles and the southern United States where this is referred to as …Ladybug or Ladybird

LADYBUG or LADYBIRD

This however, is not a green or unripe LADYBUG!This Is Not A Ladybug

IT’S A CUCUMBER BEETLE!

And this is neither …Potato Bug

IT’S A POTATO BUG!

Now that I’ve got my bugs straight, I can go fold an Origami Ladybug! Maybe?Ladybug

“Surely, you jest!?”  You’re saying.  I’m sorry, but the maximum number of black spots you can get by folding the paper for this project is just TWO.  And it took a hell of a lot of folding to get those two.

IN CASE YOU FORGOT  … 

TAX

TODAY WAS TAX DAY!

But it’s probably to late for you to do anything about it!  Actually, I received an email from my online tax preparer on February 2 saying the IRS was now accepting tax returns of 2013. Since the weather outside was miserable, I sat down that afternoon and completed both my Federal and State returns and submitted them via the internet. Yes, I got refunds from both that were automatically deposited in my bank account before the month. Actually, it’s so easy to file your return these days, you don’t have time to bitch about it. Which takes all the fun out of life an taxes.

FINALLY,AlmostPaintedClouds

THE SUN CAME OUT TODAY!

IT’S STILL COLD THOUGH!!

APRIL SHOWERS MEANS WET, MUDDY FEET!

Sure, the rain that is falling will releave the drought conditions that plagued us the last several years. It also means that the muddy spots in our lawns will soon be filling out with lush green grass.  But until it shows up Mlle. Renee will be walking through those muddy puddles getting ookey muddy feet. For some reason she refuse to walk through clean water puddles to wash the mud off by herself. Which means I’m back on muddy paw patrol again … standing guard at the back door for doggie foot inspection. And Renee does not like her doggie feet inspected. Even worse, she does not like having her doggie feet washed if they are found to be muddy!  Renee does not like to get wet … from rain,  from snow … and especially from the small bucket filled with warm, doggie shampoo water. I eventually win in the end when I’m actually wetter than she was to start with. And she’ll just stand there giving me the stink-eyed, mistreated dog stare. Sure, she’ll let me dry and buff her down with her fluffy terry towel.  But I won’t be forgiven until I’ve cajoled her with the proper amount of Beggin’ Bites. (They’re a one inch square version of Beggin Strips.)DSC03589

 

Yes, folks, Renee rules around here. And somehow I feel like she has found a way to communicate with my departed mother and learn all the mom tricks for wrapping me around her little front paw. My evidence of this …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

THE EVIL GRIN I GET WHEN SHE KNOWS SHE’S WON!

MONDAY’S ORIGAMI SUMMER INSECT FOLDING PROJECT: The subject for today’s folding challenge is THE LUNA MOTH.  And just so you know what a luna moth looks like before I start, I GOOGLED a picture of one.luna-mothTrust me, mine won’t look anything at all like that. I’ve seen the folding instructions already and I know there is no paper left for a long tail like that on the rear wings.LunaMothClose, but it misses the brass ring. Well, you just have to remember that origami is not a photographic science. The exact image is in the eye of the befolder.

You are now entitled to two groans. Don’t blame me, I still haven’t recovered from last night’s season premier of GAME OF THRONES. I do wish that they would make all the characters wear name tags in the first couple of episodes of the new season. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Wait, I just got confused with the opening of the baseball season. And it isn’t even spring around here yet. Anyway, getting back to G.O.T.  – I do think Arya Stark has grown a bigger pair of balls during the season break.  And I’ve read the books. so I know who Jon Snow’s mother is. (Evil smirk!)images

WELL, IT IS THE 15TH DAY OF SPRING!

And it was a day filled with thunder, lightning, rain, hail and tornadoes … from midnight to midnight. Two tornadoes one in early warning and the other in the dark of night, and they both followed the same basic path right through the center of the metropolitan area. The morning one hit University City at five in the morning.  A lot of big old trees were downed and a dozen or so homes damaged. Thankfully, no one was injured.

The second one showed up at nine tonight in Webster Groves. No reported damages or injuries.

The rest of the day was the storms moving up and over the city. One would move in … drop rain or hail … and move out. An hour or so later the next one would repeat  the same weather act. This went on all day and into the night. Naturally, this meant wall-to-wall weather coverage with WEATHER WIZARDS with each local station breaking in to network broadcasting with the endless updates and remotes and analysis and prognostication.

In other words, Mlle. Renee and I had a lot of time on our hands.  She slept and I read and did origami. Actually I folded the last of the spring birds in the bird book.

THE FIRST ONE WAS ANOTHER MYTHICAL BIRD  … THE NATIVE AMERICAN THUNDERBIRD:DSC09550

THE OTHER WAS A HUMMING BIRD:DSC09544

And I think this one turn out best of all!  I also folded the flower for the little bird.DSC09541

I also rephotographed yesterday’s parrot in an alert position.

Now that I’ve used up all the birds and photos of orchids, I’m going to have to come up some new ideas for my daily posts.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

 

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Euclid and McPherson is the heart of Saint Louis’ Central West End. Tom Williams lived here when he was a student at Washington University and before he changed his name to Tennessee. It’s has been a cultural center of the city for every movement for over a century from jazz to hip to gay. It’s a street that can’t be captured in a single photograph.

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Alfresco dining

Historic designs

Classic designs from yesteryear

 

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 Our largest independent book store

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Tributes to Saint Louis’ Creative Greats

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Plenty of spots to sit and rest and watch the world pass by.

Tree shaded sidwalks

And tree-shaded sidewalks to stroll along!

 

 

CAN YOU REALLY HAVE SPRING FEVER WHEN IT STILL FEELS LIKE WINTER?

TEMPS IN THE TWENTIES, RAIN FOLLOWED BY SNOW FLURRIES … AND MY NOSE IS RUNNING AGAIN.  ONLY THIS TIME IT’S RUNNING FOR ARIZONA!

TODAY’S ORCHID FOR THE FIFTH DAY OF SPRING - I don’t know about you, but the only bit of color and brightness in my days has been these daily orchid photos I’ve been posting as a salute to spring. Today, I’m looking for something with a lot of color. DSC09326

Wow, those look like they’re almost ready to take flight … on the first plane back to their home in South America. But wait a minute, when spring was supposed to start here … fall was starting in South America. Wonder what the weather is like down there?

COOKING FOR FRIGID TEMPS: Well, since the weather around her has run amok, I decided to make a big batch of my special  FIRE BREATHING CHILE CON CARNE.  Now my chili is not your thin, watery everyday chili. In got a lot of 90% lean ground beef, red chili beans, onions, garlic, green peppers and fire roasted tomatoes. Not to mention a combination of ten special spices. Nicely spiced, but without burning the roof of your mouth off.Chili

That’s steam rising of the cook pot, not spice fumes!  And after tonight I have five more dinners leftover that will hopefully get me through this winter repeat.

THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE FIFTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09415In keeping with the South American orchid photos I’ve been featuring from this year’s Missouri Botanical Garden Annual Orchid Show, I decided to make a MACAW the subject of today’s origimi fold. You can call him MAC.

SAINT LOUIS – CELEBRATING 250 YEARS

To celebrate the birthday year of the Wicket City itself, I’d like to post an article from the Huffington Post suggested by Saint Louis’ favorite mystery writer Elaine Viets and Pride St.Louis.

26 Reasons To Appreciate The Hidden Gem Of St. Louis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/st-louis-reasons-to-love_n_4993763.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

APPARENTLY A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKED MLLE. RENEE

Friends 5She likes a lot of people in return!

 

INSIDE THE MIND OF MLLE. RENEE!

Today’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was INSIDE, and I decided to use one of the many “inside” photos I’ve taken of my ever faithful and photogenic companion.  But how could I decide on a single photo when I had so many  from which to chose? Well, these were the finalists…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

SNOWING AGAIN‽

SNOWING AGAIN‽

OK, FOLKS, IT’S TIME TO STOP HUMORING COLD WEATHER!

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Also, I’m tired of dressing up like Ralphie’s little brother Randy everytime I want to go outside.

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Also, I walked through Forest Park this Saturday Afternoon and all I saw was ice floes on all the streams!ICE FLOES IN THE PARK

It’s time to send all the groundhogs back to Canada with all the Biebers!

IT'S TOO DARN COLD

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