Is it just me, or are the pages of my calendars flying away in the manner of the old movie technique that used to signify the passage of time. Well, today’s challenge was to fold a thirsty bird drinking out of a bowl that resembles my dog’s outside water bowl.
Which brings up today weary query: Renee and I don’t mind the birds dropping in to wet their whistles, the thing that bother us is the fact that after getting their drink the always poop in the water. Is that what avian etiquette is all about. Now Renee never drinks out of the toilet in the house, so why should she have to drink out of the birdie latrine? Just asking … anyway, here’s my origami.
And, in case you’re interested, you can make the bird drink out of the water bowl. There’s just no way I can make the bird take a drink and photograph it at the same time. Well, there is a way, but I’d have to have a video crew on hand.
It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just that I want to give you chance to solve it. (I don’t believe it! After I finished writing the previous sentence, I started solving the equations and in a minute and a half I had values for all the numbers.) All you have to do is decide which letter has the highest value. Give it a try.
Mlle. Renee would like to invite any of her four-paw fans who might be passing by to drop in and have one of her all-natural oatmeal/carob chip/peanut butter cookie treats that have no bad things like sugar and salt. She says I’ll share my recipe with your humans, if you can’t drop by.
I know what a tater is, but what the heck is a tato? The slang dictionary says it is a sweet potato, I don’t know if they’re referring to the yam or the ocarina. So I went to the Encyclopedia Of Origami … (did you know I learned how to spell encyclopedia by watching the original Mickey Mouse Club on TV and I always have to sing that dumb song when I type it out) … anyway, the EOO says the TATO is a small flat Japanese treasure box. Sort of a Japanese Coin Purse. It was also easier to fold than I though it would be.
TATO – Japanese Flat Treasure Box
Actually, I solved this one while I was shooting the calendar photo. Well, I solved seven of the eight groups. If you can decode 2 and 5, you can decode all of them except 8. But I haven’t given up yet … I still have until Friday morning to solve it.
SOLUTION: OK, it took me a while to decode S I S as Y N Y in #8, but I finally figured it out. The HOF rock groups are Aerosmith, The Who, Cream, Traffic, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Lynynd Skynyrd.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE:
She’s napping on the bed in my office, library, music room and creative domain. She apparently wore herself out today following me around the yard as I mowed, trimmed, weed whacked, swept around the yard until I wore myself out. I was racing to beat the arrival of still more days of rain. Renee will be celebrating her fifth birthday on Sunday, and she has been my loyal companion since adopted her when she was nine-months old. She was a rescue pup at the Humane Society of Missouri, and today she is my most loyal and loving companion.
Yesterday, I was racing to get all of the lawns mowed before our next week of rain (and possible snow) begins. I was doing pretty good until my stomach started to growl. So I called time out for a bologna sandwich break. Naturally, Mlle. Renee followed close behind when she heard bologna. See, we have a little game we play whenever I make a bologna sandwich. We call it Catch the baloney worm. As you probably know, when you make a bologna sandwich a portion of the sausage meat always remains stuck to the red bologna casing. I always run a paring knife around the inside of the casing and remove the long thin remnant of meat. It does sort of look like a long thin worm.
Please note that the baloney worm is not sitting on her nose. The camera caught it falling in mid-air. A fraction of a second later, her tongue darted out and caught the baloney just like a lizard. She never misses.
Do you think we have too much time on our hands? Guess my mother would have said, “Stop playing with your food!”
#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR – SUNDAY EDITION
The weekend challenge from the calendar was to master the waterbomb base. It’s not very difficult, and on my second attempt I even folded it using spring flower folding paper.I also added a couple of little extras …
What inspired me to make the little pups? Yesterday, I was taking Mlle. Renee for our walk around the neighborhood and I was stopped by a lady who was also doing her walking exercise. Renee naturally sat down at her fawningly best. The lady asked if Renee was a female. I said yes, and she asked if I was going to breed her. When I explained that she was spayed, the lady replied that she really would have loved to have a puppy from her. That’s why I made a couple of puppies for my origami Renee.
#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – SUNDAY PUPPY MATH
STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THE ANSWER YET!
Hopefully Tom’s pets are tropical fish …
Because he has neetruof of them.
Eunice has evif of sundry creatures.
And you can see Pam’s pets on the calendar.
I’m not going to do all the work, but the down word is duol.
Hopefully, you realized that I typed all the answers backwards.
It took a number of years, but my father and I managed to convert the back lawn from crab grass and other undesirable woody grass blends to a nice turf of zoysia grass that stands up to the heat and dry periods of Saint Louis summer. It stays green all summer, doesn’t need a lot of cutting during the dog days and probably could stand up to a football team playing on it everyday. I don’t have a football team, but I do have Mlle. Renee and the grass stands up to all of her daily yard racing all summer long. The vet tells me that among her multiple breed ancestries, she pick up a gene or two from an African ridgeback hound. Not a bad breed of dog, just one that was born to run. Something I know well from when she likes to pick up the pace on our daily walks.
There is one problem with zoysia grass. In mid-west winters it goes dormant and takes on the looks and texture of a stiff scrub brush. This is something that has not gone unnoticed by Mlle. Renee. And in the spring of the year her life is enlivened with the pleasures or running, jumping and rolling on her back on the stiff zoysia thatch.
So every day, after she wears herself out playing in the back yard, this is the image that greets me when I go out on the back deck. I don’t even have to say anything before she gives me her “Did I do something wrong?” look. She might look all Ms. Innocent, but I know she’s waiting for me to get the brush out and give her a good brushing. It’s not easy to get all of the thatch out of her coat. But then, it’s totally impossible to vacuum up any of the dried grass that gets into the house. The lawn will start turning green in a month or so, but until then I have a part ridgeback hound disguised as a porcupine.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONFIRMED CURMUDGEON AND HIS CANINE COMPANION! A multi-photo challenge with captions.
The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is jump out of bed … turn the heat on … and jump back in bed until the house warms up. My faithful canine companion jumps back in bed behind me and we both get in a few more winks.
Then I let Mlle. Renee out to tend to her morning duties.
Breakfast is next with a calendar puzzle to solve while I eat.
I always pour the left over 2% milk in Renee’s bowl next to her IAMS.
I also put a little something out for our feathered friends.
Riding the Metro is a great way to get in some reading.
Because I had a lot of chores at home, I decided to pass on lunch and picked up a sandwich at the store’s deli counter. The overstuffed, N.Y. style, hot pastrami sandwich from Carl’s was pretty tempting until I realized that it was Passover and they would be using grocery rye instead of rye from the Jewish Bakery.
While waiting for my return bus, I noticed that the trees along the street were starting to bud.
To give you an idea of the size of the city of Saint Louis, I shot this photo from the bus when we crossed the street that marks the border line. This view shows the entire city from west to east … meaning the Mississippi River. Of course, the city runs along the Mississippi for a much longer distance going from north to south.
It was Recycling Collection Day and I had to bring in the dumpster. Renee always has to go along with when I take out or bring in the containers. She runs alongside of me carrying her ball or an old milk bottle. Guess she thinks she’s doing her part.
I also noticed that despite Sunday’s foot and a half of snow the spring bulbs were sprouting.
Then I went back in the house to pick up all the toys Renee always drags out, before I started vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, and baking fish for dinner.
THAT’S MY LIFE …
AND WELCOME TO IT!
Oh, one other thing…
NOTE: All photos can be enlarged to full size by clicking on them.
ORIGAMI SPRING – the only spring in sight in the midst of the continuing snow fall.
The official weather station at STL Lambert International Airport reported an 8.5-inch snow fall as of 4:00 pm. 3/25/13. Many individuals in the metro area reported snow of 12-inches or more. I stuck my yardstick at the side of the front steps and got …
Ok, the wind sort of did cause the snow to drift a bit there. And the tip of the yardstick was broken off about an inch and a half. And there was no way I was going to walk out into the yard to get a true measurement, because I didn’t want to get my new snow boots wet. Based on the accumulation on the back deck, I would estimate a nine to ten inch snowfall here. That was at four pm. and the snow fall is expected to continue through the night into Monday midday.
Midnight Update: Getting ready for bed, and I thought I’d update my Sunday post. As of the News@Ten, the official NOAA snowfall amount for Metro STL for Sunday, March 24 was 12.2-inches. It is also still snowing as you can see from this shot from the back deck.
And from the handle of the shovel, you’ll not that I did clean the snow from in front of the door to the sunporch. That’s so Renee can get in and out of the house without tramping through a snowbank. Since this snow was a widow-maker … very heavy and filled with water … I only removed enough for a Renee-sized path. Besides, it will all be covered again by morning. As for the 2012 Summer Drought, take that you drought!
Monday 4:00 pm update – Total official two day accumulation is now at 12.6″ – the highest snowfall since 1982. Some individual areas have recorded unofficial highs up to 20″.
Mlle Renee woke me up at 6:30 this morning. She had to go out and … you know. It was just starting to snow and only sticking on the deck and a couple of the colder areas of the grass. She was out and back in a flash and after a quick rub down with her fluffy towel, she decided she’d sleep in a little longer in my bed … just to keep me warm. She’s a very thoughtful companion. So we slept in until 11:30.
There was a lot more snow on the ground when we looked out the door this time, and though it was falling in a thick untoasted corn flake fashion she decided she had to patrol the grounds. When I looked out a couple of minutes later she was frolicking like a puppy or a human five-year old. (Renee won’t be five until Mother’s Day, which would make her going on to 35 in human years. She prefers to stop counting years at that point.) After walking around the house for a while, she decided that my room and my bed was the warmest place for her to warm up.
Playing in snow can be so exhausting … cold and wet, too!
By the time you read this edition, I just might be covered with 6 to 12 inches of heavy wet snow. Or so the Weather Wizards said on the News @10 last eventing. I’m sure to survive because I stocked up on milk and bread on Saturday morning.
#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – SUNDAY EDITION
I actually did this little black kitten for my great niece’s first birthday yesterday. They have a big black cat living in the house as a member of the family. My cat even got to sit next to her birthday cake.
She liked her cake …
CLUE – only seven different letters are used to answer all the questions. If you figure out the common bond you’ll get all the answers.
And are answers are in no particular order …
leap, wise, exit, also, axle, stop, peep and laws
Now all you have to do is figure out the logical order.
Now Renee and I are going to go back to bed, and try to avoid the snow.