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TAUNTING AND TEASING … RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS!

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So you think rainy days leave you feel damp and down in the dumps.  Poor Mlle Renee is suffering from severe sunlight withdrawal. After two sun-filled days that she spent cavorting out in the backyard, she has spent a Sunday and now a Monday out on the sun porch watching the falling rain. Renee does not like rain. And to make matters worse the temps are dropping and the weather mavens are predicting snow this evening. SHUDDERS!!!  What’s a poor dog to do? Other than go in and take a nap on Rob’s bed when the heat is turned on.

SO WHAT’S THE ORIGAMI SUMMER INSECT FOR MONDAY?  THE SCARAB BEETLE!Scarab

By any other name it would be the dung beetle. But the ancient Egyptians were fond enough of it to make it a deity.Scarab2

 

And today it was today’s origami project.DSC09639

Actually, that’s the second time I folded it today. The first time I did as the directions suggested and used gold foil paper. Unfortunately, lighting reflections in the foil make it almost impossible to photograph. So I went back and used plan colored folding paper a second time.DSC09651Notice that I didn’t show the beetle partaking in its favorite pastime rolling dung balls.

Now, if it will only stop raining long enough for me to go out and bring the trash cart back into the yard.

Well, we’re back to that Sunday ritual again!

Yes, Alphonse, yet another cold front is rushing in tonight to take the Sun out of Sunday and drop the temps down to the near freezing marks. That means rain, storms, hail and winds. It also means the end of our two and a half days of SPRING in which we have been basking. And just when I discovered flowers blooming in my yard. First the back part of the yard which received a fair share of rain and snow this winter is totally covered with Lamium amplexicaule. You might recognize it as henbit.DSC09612

They say that this fast growing green weed with tiny blue flowers is an edible green in Europe served with a crisp bacon and sweet and sour dressing. I’m not going to try it out. I not going to try eating it, because the area where it is proliferating is where Mlle. Renee leaves her daily deposits. I guess you could say she fertilized it good.

The other flowering plant I discovered growing in a crack between the driveway and the foundation of the house.DSC09610

What were you expecting besides dandelions?  The real spring flowers … tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are just sprouts of an inch or two in height.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI INSECT OF SUMMER IS … THE COMMON ANT!ANT real

The ant I created out of origami folding paper came out looking like a pre-historic version of and ant.Ant

I have several Rose Of Sharon shrubs going around the house and they must produce a lot of sweet necter because the attract a lot of bees, butterflies and ants.ANTS

It’s like an ant parade from the base of the plant to the top of the buds and flowers.

THURSDAY was NATIONAL SIBLING DAY  as well as THROWBACK THURSDAY I didn’t forget it, I just couldn’t find the photo of my brothers and me.3 Sons_2

And when I did, I also discovered this photo of Mlle. Renee and me. It was taken a couple of days after she adopted me.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

BOSUM BUDDIES!

And if you think that picture was bad, try this one.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And I still have that shirt, too! Guess I’ll have to wear it to dinner next Sunday with a bow tie and a white blazer.

SUNDAY, SWEET SUNDAY!

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:

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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:

Some people call them lightning bugs and others fireflies, but you only can catch them and put them in jars after dark on a warm summer night.DSC09562

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   leaf hoppers …   MONARCH   butterflies …   BEE   and bumble bees!

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!

AND THE REJECTS BECOME BELLY FLOPS!DSC09559

I discovered them while shopping today.

JUST THE FACTS …DSC09557

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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!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well,  that’s it for this weekend’s wrap-up!

 

FOR MY SATURDAY, WEEKEND = WEAK END

It’s Saturday evening, and I’m too pooped to POP! When I woke up this morning I said, ” I think I’ll do a little house cleaning.”  Famous last words. HOUSE is not little, and CLEANING is a never-ending proposition. After I finished vacuuming the floors, I realized I had better dust the furniture. When I finished dusting, I said maybe I better change the sheets on the bed. That only led me to realize I throw the sheets in the washing machine. Believe me! It’s never-ending!

Mlle. Renee does not like when I’m in house cleaning mode. I guess she thinks I’m going to dust her, vacuum her, or heaven forbid … WASH her. She does not like getting WET. So she spent the day running around the yard and rolling in the grass. But since the grass hasn’t started growing yet, she rolled in the zoysia thatch and ended up looking like a porcupine. Which meant I had yet another chore added to my never-ending list.  Dusting the dog, and wiping her down with Doggie Moist Towelettes.

QUICK, I NEED THE SATURDAY ORCHIDS:DSC09323

I just realized that now I have to wash myself before I can go to sleep in my clean bed!  It’s never-ending!

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THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR TODAY:  THE BLUE TOUCAN

For the life of me I could not remember what a toucan looked like. So I just followed the folding instructions I was given.DSC09475

How was I supposed to know that toucans weren’t blue.images

I tried to curve his bill a bit more, but that really doesn’t help.DSC09478

OMG! I just realized that I forgot to wash the dinner dishes. Maybe I can take them into the shower with me and kill two birds with one shower.  Probably, toucans!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG A LEAK, AND WINTER IS LEAKING BACK IN!

ORCHID FOR THE FOURTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09311

Yes, the temps dropped back into the 20s overnight, and the predictions for the next week range from dismal to bleak. For history geeks the latest date for a snowfall with accumulation (5″) was May 2, 1929. Now, there might have been later snowfalls prior than that, but that was the latest date my mother would ever confirm personally. Mothers you believe and trust (most of the time), but no one ever believes the weather bureau. Easter is April 20 this year and since I’ve seen snowfall on several Easters, I’m predicting that will be our last snow fall this year. So don’t put your snow shoes away yet.

Mlle. Renee says HUMBUG about the weather, and her perfect way for spending this Sunday is …

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TAKING A NAP!

Renee received several pillows and a pink blanket from a friend of hers several weeks ago, and she is very possessive about them. She makes it a point to sleep on them every night and nap on them every afternoon. I’d probably be doing that, but I decided to write this and fix dinner.  OVEN BAKED PORK CHOPS!  

Unfortunately, she keeps getting wakened by the neighborhood dogs barking. Someone has apparently abandoned two collarless young bull terrier pups and they have been running around since Friday. They won’t let anyone get near them though.  I called animal rescue, but they weren’t able to rescue them. They did have a merry chase running up and down the block after them though. I remember seeing someone walking them a month or so ago, but I have no idea who he was or where he lives.

NEW ADDITIONS: I’ve added a pair of battery-powered mini-lamps to my office work area. Each has 12 super bright LED bulbs. They were quite inexpensive, and they’re perfect for desktop photography.

MiniSpotsHmm, shades of Pixar!

ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE FOURTH DAY OF SPRING:PHOENIX

THE PHOENIX

I don’t know what the imaginary phoenix was supposed to look like, but this was a rather impressive fold. I used red folding paper because I wanted him to look like he was about to burst into flames. Gee, I wish I would have had some red/yellow two-sided folding paper left.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us an image that says REFLECTION. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IN RENEE’S EYES!

Do click on the photo for a full screen image on your computer.

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 (Take 2)

I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING INSIDE THERE!

I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING INSIDE THERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

SNOWING AGAIN‽

SNOWING AGAIN‽

THE POSTMAN DELIVERS TO MLLE. RENEE!

Mlle: Renee always lets me know when our mail carrier is approaching the house to deliver the mail. Actually, she knows he’s coming when he’s two houses away. When he’s walking up the steps to drop the mail in the box, she’s standing at the front door. She always has to sniff the mail and let me know it is safe to bring into the house. The President should have security like I do. Today the mail was delivered and I brought it into the house. Only the mailman returned fifteen minutes later with a parcel delivery. It was a package for Mlle. Renee.DSC09157

Naturally, she had to sniff it out with her personal security system.  And she alerted me that she smelled doggies within! I told her that I doubted if anyone was sending her a puppy in a cardboard box. So, I opened the box …DSC09159

And to her surprise we discovered the box contained three handcrafted doggie pillows that was made by Renee’s favorite person from Texas, Miss. Becky. Renee was really happy to get a gift, but she didn’t know what to do with them. She had never owned her own pillow before. At first she shook the smallest one up. Then she throw another on into the air.DSC09160

Eventually, she realized she was supposed to rest her head on the pillows and she fluffed one of the up.DSC09162

She also discovered there was a soft, warm pink blanket in the box, which she put to use a nap time.DSC09164

Renee is quite possessive about gifts she receives, and she sent love and kisses to Miss Becky for making her lovely gifts like she has never had before.DSC09165

And when she went to sleep tonight, I made sure to tuck her in with her new things.DSC09166

Guess I won’t have anyone sneaking into my bed to keep me warm tonight.Nap Time

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