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.
TO BE CONTINUED:
Last weekend’s celebration on Art Hill wasn’t limited to the grand opening of the new East Building of the Art Museum …it was a day dedicated to all forms of art and expression from across the entire metropolitan area. The park grounds around the museum were a midway of tents and attractions. And it started with the park rangers astride their noble steeds. Guess some city dwellers have never seen a horse before?Almost every cultural group in the city was represented.Naturally, there was plenty of food and refreshment sites, too!
Forest Park is a great place for walking … running … skating … and biking, too!
And if you look closely, you’ll notice that Mother Nature also occasionally tries her hand with a little artwork.
And as I left the park, look at the crowds trying to get into it.
As I mentioned in today’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I bought a new camera and to become fully acquainted with all of its many functions and features I decided to spend the afternoon sitting the backyard under the shady trees just clicking away.
Here’s what I saw and photographed … if you run the cursor over the individual picture frames you’ll be able to read the captions. Click on the individual pictures for a bigger view.
And that’s how a spent the entire afternoon in back yard. Never did get to read my book. Hope you enjoyed the picture show though.