AKA as Wednesday, the day in the middle of the week. So let’s get down to the business of the day.
WEDNESDAY’S ORIGAMI SUMMER INSECT OF THE DAY: THE CRICKET
Jiminy Cricket in person.
As voiced by Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) he was one of the most memorable characters ever created by the Disney Studios. A lot of that fame goes to Wish Upon A Star, too. But getting down to the nitty-gritty, this is what a cricket really looks like.
A hat! He really needs a hat. And while I do a fairly decent Ukulele Ike, Mlle. Renee refused to allow me to sing. Party pooper!
THEN THE GLOOMY DOOMY CLOUDS COVERED IT UP FOR THE REST OF THE DAY: For some reason, ever since the groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, we’ve been reliving a deja vu version of that dumb Bill Murray Movie. Enough already! I don’t want to be a Gloomy Gus! I want to be happy and gay and sing all day like the Sunshine Makers! “Sunshine, sunshine, there’s nothing like the good old golden sunshine!” And Mlle Renee says the same thing!She’s lucky, she’s got her warm and fluffy blanket and pillows to keep her happy at nap time everyday. If people would just stop flashing the dumb camera at her all the time.
Any way it’s Tuesday and time for today’s INSECT ORIGAMI PROJECT!
Now I know there is no way I’m going to capture the utter uglyness of that summer insect with a sheet of origami folding paper … but, I’ll give it my best.
And I didn’t! Actually the background photo is better than the folded paper. Well, you can’t win them all.
The home where I spent fourteen years growing up once stood on that lot.
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.)
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 …
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.Trust 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.Close, 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!)
Without resorting to Google, can anyone tell me for what Broadway musical was the song SUNDAY, SWEET SUNDAY written? Bonus points if you can tell me who was the composer, lyricist or person who sang it.
I’ve got a lot of things to cover in this post, so I better get started.
THE FULL PHOTO OF THE OLD ROCK CHURCH WHOSE SIDE DOOR WAS FEATURED AS MY WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:
I don’t know why, but I cut off the entry steps to the church in the photo I took,
THE SUNDAY ORIGAMI INSECTS OF SUMMER FOLDING PROJECT:
It’s a giant firefly. And in case you haven’t noticed, the backdrops of all the insects are photographs that have been featured on these pages in the past. The question is … will I run out of background photos or origami insects?
I do have a lot of insect photos though.
Click on the photos if you would like a close up view of the insects.
Now, let us move for bugs to bellies. Have you ever wondered what happens to the Jelly Bellies that don’t make the grade for the Jelly Belly bag? Well, the company found a way to sell them to you anyway … by simply changing their name!
I discovered them while shopping today.
Though I do wonder about them not meet Jelly Belly’s demanding standard for FLAVOR?
FINAL INPUT: I have always said that I would never call people on my camera, so why would I want to take pictures on my cell phone. Well, it is time to fessup! I did take one picture with my cell phone and Mlle. Renee made me do it!
Well, that’s it for this weekend’s wrap-up!
And I spent the entire day loafing. Actually, Renee and I slept in this morning. And when we finally did get out of bed, I spent a good portion of the day doing odds and ends and still wearing my PJs. Actually, the only reason I changed into real clothes was to go out and put some seed out for the birds.
I did do an origami folding project today. Mainly because I wanted to list one accomplishment for the day. So what will I be folding for today and for the next couple of weeks?
Yes, summer will reign in spirit while I fold THE ORIGAMI INSECTS OF SUMMER. (Until I use up all the folding instructions for same.) So, does anyone have any special bug requests that you think will stump me. I might even take a trip over to the INSECTARIUM at the ZOO to capture some live bug photos.
Oh, well, guess it’s time for me to put my PJs back on and go see how bad SNL is going to be tonight.
If you remember in the Thursday edition of my life and times on the interweb, 1) I used up the backlog of photos of orchids I had taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Annual Spring Orchid Show, and 2) I also used all of the origami birds I had been using as my salute to spring. I guess it doesn’t make much difference because I don’t think we’re going to have any spring this year. Yesterday, we had a lot of storms … rain, hail and tornadoes. But only one of them caused any damage (downed trees and torn up roofs), but no injuries. It also left us with yet another blast of winter with icy, cold winds all day. And tonight and Saturday morning the temps will drop into the freezing range again. That’s why I think we are going to move directly from winter weather into summer weather with no spring or Easter Bonnets.
With that in mind I’ve decided to move my daily origami challenge from pretend spring themes to potential summer subjects.
Notice, he’s fast at work doing what caterpillars do best … eating the blossoms in your summer garden. Where will this lead? Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see what developes naturally.
In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that captures the threshold — that point just before the action happens, that oh-so-sweet moment of anticipation before that new beginning. It could be a door about to open, or something a bit more metaphorical like a flower about to bloom. Side entrance of a historic old stone church. What secrets and memories await the visitor who crosses the threshold.
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.
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.
Well, it’s the fourteenth day of spring. (Even though we’re only had about a day and a half that even approached being spring-like. I already told you about the weather. We did set a record for the most rainfall in a single day. It was over 2.5 inches. And that doesn’t include the hail ball that covered the lawns like snow.
I also used up all the orchid photos I had left in my earlier post.
And then I went and used the origami spring bird I made for today in my WORDLESS WEDNESDAY post. I couldn’t help it. It was the best origami folding I had ever done. Actually, it reminded me of the parrot photo I posted a month or so ago.
“Hmmm … the best you’ve ever done? Forgotten about me, have we? You know, your inspiration? Your blog alter ego? The guy who told you to be sensational? The guy who actually attracted viewers to look at your blog?
Oppps! Apparently I’ve stepped on Stan the Bold Demon’s ego. Actually what I should have to said was, today’s parrot was the first bird origami project I folded that actually looked like a bird.
REAL PARROT PHOTO
Anyway, today (after finding an old package of My-T-Fine Lemon Pie Filling at the back of the kitchen cupboard) I planned to bake my first lemon meringue pie. I baked the pie shell and cooked the filling, but unfortunately, I couldn’t get the egg whites to turn into merengue. So I ended up with a bald pie that I eat anyway. And not wanting to waste anything, I did turn the left over pie crust dough into a little snack treat I invented on the spot.
They’re filled with a mixture of chopped pecans, butter, sugar and bourbon that makes them sort of like a pecan pie. Then I turned the egg where I broke the yolk when I cracked the shell into a omlet for my lunch.
No, those aren’t monkey ears on the plate. Those are dried apricots. (Though my brothers and I always used to call them monkey ears when we were kids.)
And that was my day. We have a powerful storm front moving in where they’re predicting the possibility of a potential tornado for overnight tonight and tomorrow night. So my Thursday post could be delayed somewhat.