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.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it is the last day of chill winds, snow, ice, runny noses and cold feet. But, just the thought of the start of spring is enough to warm the cockles of my heart. To celebrate I went to check out the Annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens yesterday. This year the show celebrated the orchids of South America where it is still summer. It was quite fantastic, and I actually took a month of photos. So to celebrate the arrival of spring, I plan to start these daily doses of fun, fancy and hyperbole with one of the photos I took . Like this …Don’t expect me to provide the specific horticultural identities for the plants though. I have a hard enough time carrying my camera around.
Then, I’ll give you my daily update. Like yesterday was totally bright and sunny, but the winds were blowing so hard I thought for sure I would end up in OZ. This brought down a lot of the winter damaged tree limbs in some of the surrounding yards. You actually could hear the branches snapping as the winds bent them back and forth. But hey, what do you expect for March. Today, there is no sun shining, and we’re back to chill winds and gloom and doom weather. So I made myself a warm breakfast. (Becky food alert … skip the next paragraph and photos!)
Hot biscuits topped with butter and maple syrup!
And for breakfast dessert … what, you’ve never heard of breakfast dessert? …
Unfortunately, I now have to do more mundane things like the laundry.
Also, I’ll try to end each post with a bit of origami and a salute to the birds of spring.
Today’s origami bird is the traditional Japanese crane. Tradition says that if you fold a thousand cranes, a wish will be granted. OMG! Do you know how long that would take me? I wonder if I’ll get more crane credit by using this new brightly colored coated folding paper?
Join us tomorrow to celebrate the arrival of SPRING!
While Mlle. Renee and I slept in this morning, someone had to go and wake the poor groundhog from his winter slumbers so he could see his shadow. Though I don’t know how he could see his shadow on a sunless day like today. So now we can expect our current weather patterns to stick around for all of February and half of March. But then, that’s what the weather wizards had been predicting anyway. Did you know that the groundhog is really a woodchuck? And if a woodchuck could a woodchuck would have preferred to sleep-in chucking wood like Mlle. Renee and I did this morning. Anyway, we’ll be sleeping in a lot this week with two more winter storms moving in on us … first Tuesday and then Friday and Saturday. Brrrr humbug, I say, very brrrr!
Since we did have a dusting of snow over night, I decided to use my SNOWFLAKE MUG this morning. Though it was almost afternoon before Renee and I got out of bed. And the mug was filled with Van Houtte Chocolat Belge Café or Belgischer Schokoladenkaffe (since they speak both French and German in Belgium) and just a touch of light cream. (Actually very light since it was 2% milk.) It was a very hearty brunch beverage though I should have eaten Belgian Waffles withe strawberry syrup instead of whole wheat toast and strawberry jam.
TODAY’S ORIGAMI PROJECT: Well, I was going to try to fold an origami groundhog, but the closest I could come was his close rodent cousin the flying squirrel. Unfortunately, the final product looks like a groundhog that walked in front of a speeding semi on Route 66 or an extra in a Road Runner cartoon. Enough already, Mlle. Renee says it’s time for her nap. So Happy Groundhog Day to all … Despite his dire prediction.
The good news, today’s temp managed to top at 60 F. The bad news it will drop to 6 F by tomorrow morning. And that little cloud on the kitchen weather forecaster will be freezing rain or snow. The sunny day also inspired me to make myself a special breakfast.
Then I did all the little jobs around the house I had been putting off for the past two months. I did go outside for a few minutes to take the trash cart down to the street. Mlle. Renee preferred to spend her day out in the yard soaking up the sun’s rays. To each his or her own.
LATE EVENING WEATHER REPORT: Seven hours after today’s temp reached a high of 60F, the temp was cut in half to 30F. We also extremely high winds of 50 MPH whipping through the area. The temp is expected to drop to 6F by seven tomorrow morning. If the high winds continue, the morning wind chill could be -20F or lower. Need I tell you that Mlle. Renee and I will definately be sleeping-in tomorrow. It has also started snowing again.
Last spring I was weeding the front garden beds, and I noticed one little weed that stood out. It had thick, richly sculpted furry leaves and a very tiny trumpet-shaped flower. I have no idea what it was. But it was the ONE that caught my eye and I took a photo of it. Then I pulled it out anyway.
IT WAS THE RED-LIPPED BATFISH!
I was sure it was someone’s photo shopped fish fantasy, until I went online and discovered this…
Would PBS try to fool us? Never I thought, especially with a narrator who studies fish by joining them in swimming underwater. But things like that lipstick fish scare the merde out of me, and also give me night shivers.
To be honest though, I really had other things to do this weekend. Friday, I had lunch with a bunch of high school classmates. Can you still call guys with whom you went to highschool over fifty years ago, classmates? In some circles, I think the correct term would be old farts. While most of the lunch conversations deal with nostalgic reminisces, we do have more topical discussions. Like how good the fish always is at the Pasta House where we dined. (We found out tha the fish is BASA … a type of catfish native to Vietnam and Thailand where it is farmed for export.) Anyway, we talked longer than usual and I got home later than expected. I barely had time for my afternoon nap.
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