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TODAY IS OFFICIALLY LUMP DAY!

Everyone knows that Wednesdays are commonly referred to as HUMP DAY  because they come in the middle of the week and we know that the rest of the week will all be down hill from that point. But that is an entirely different day from LUMP DAY!  LumpDay copy

Lump Days are those days when you are entirely to lazy to get out of bed. They are days that are aided and abetted by the fact that you turned the thermostat on the heating system down because the outside temps on preceding days had been in the upper 70s and mid-80s and then the outside temp suddenly dropped into the 20s overnight and it’s too damned cold in the house to get out of bed and turn the heat up! (Did I run on a bit with that sentence?)  Anyway, getting down to the lean and mean of it, Mlle. Renee and I slept in this morning. And now, we’re running behind by several hours. And the laundry I was supposed to do today, will have to wait until Friday because I already have baking  and cooking plans for Wednesday and Thursday. You know what Robbie Burns said plans? (No relation to Rob Byrnes renowned writer of hilarious fictions that you should read if you haven’t already. You can read more about both writers on Wikipedia.)  So instead of doing anything serious or worthwhile, I diddle on this page.

SO MOVING ON TO MY SUMMER INSECT ORIGAMI PROJECT OF THE DAY … THE LADYBUG OR LADYBIRD. 

Can a bug really be a bird? Apparently so in the British Isles and the southern United States where this is referred to as …Ladybug or Ladybird

LADYBUG or LADYBIRD

This however, is not a green or unripe LADYBUG!This Is Not A Ladybug

IT’S A CUCUMBER BEETLE!

And this is neither …Potato Bug

IT’S A POTATO BUG!

Now that I’ve got my bugs straight, I can go fold an Origami Ladybug! Maybe?Ladybug

“Surely, you jest!?”  You’re saying.  I’m sorry, but the maximum number of black spots you can get by folding the paper for this project is just TWO.  And it took a hell of a lot of folding to get those two.

IN CASE YOU FORGOT  … 

TAX

TODAY WAS TAX DAY!

But it’s probably to late for you to do anything about it!  Actually, I received an email from my online tax preparer on February 2 saying the IRS was now accepting tax returns of 2013. Since the weather outside was miserable, I sat down that afternoon and completed both my Federal and State returns and submitted them via the internet. Yes, I got refunds from both that were automatically deposited in my bank account before the month. Actually, it’s so easy to file your return these days, you don’t have time to bitch about it. Which takes all the fun out of life an taxes.

FINALLY,AlmostPaintedClouds

THE SUN CAME OUT TODAY!

IT’S STILL COLD THOUGH!!

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.

REFLECTIONS OF A SUNNY DAY!

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Just a little something to reflect upon when the temps drift back into winter’s domain and the storms begin this weekend.  It was fun while it lasted for two days.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MONUMENTS

The theme for this weeks Photo Challenge is MONUMENTS. Living in Saint Louis I had to go with the obvious …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But in order to take the picture, I had to go across the Mississippi River into Illinois and walk along the railroad track to get in position to shoot. And drat, look at all the power lines that got in the way. So I’m adding a couple of bonus pictures. I’ve been photographing the Arch for years, and this is the first photo I shot…

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THE MONUMENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION

This was taken in 1965. It’s also a black and white photo, since this was before digital photography. And how many young men could afford Kodachrome film. I also took a photo from the top floor of the office where I worked the day center section was lowered into position to join the two legs. (Unfortunately, it’s stored on a slide in one of the many boxes holding years of slide trays that are stored in the back of the closets.) 

And in case you’ve never been to Saint Louis to visit the arch in person and you’re wondering how people get up to the top of the 630-foot-high monument to look out of the little windows there … well, there are steps, but not many people would want to climb up them. Instead, there is a little train with little people pods that will carry you up and down.people pod

The People Pod

And trust me, it is a real trip up to the top! By the way, the Arch’s real name is The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and it is part of a National Park that runs along the Mississippi River at the exact location where French fur traders landed  250 years ago to found the city dedicated to Louis IX, saint and king of France. So we’re having a big birthday party around here this year. Come visit and help us celebrate.

It’s Thursday … and HUZZAH, SPRING FINALLY ARRIVED!

Well, after way too many false starts, and way too much snow, hail, rain and unseasonable storms spring arrived in West Walnut Manor.  And I was actually able to sit out on the back deck without wearing a snowsuit and read my Kindle in 70+ sunshine. And I must confirm, the Sunshine Makers were totally correct.

Then with a snail’s pace, I forced myself inside to work on today’s INSECTS OF SUMMER ORIGAMI FOLDING PROJECT ... TREE SNAILS

Technically a snail is not an insect. The same way people who live in RVs and TRAILERS really aren’t people.hawaiisnail

This is a Hawaiian Tree Snail!

And this is my origami version of same …DSC09605And yes, I really don’t think he’s going to fit inside of his shell.  That’s called origamic license!

Remember a couple of days ago when I proved the really can’t go home again! Well, in true never say die fashion, I’m at it again! This time I’m going to prove that you can really can be like a child again.  I’ve had several gift cards setting in my Amazon account from my birthday and Christmas, and the other day I went shopping for those great B movies I enjoyed so much on Friday nights with my box of Ju Ju Bees and in the company of my Aunt Edna. And today, they arrived.

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Reviews will be coming in the near future.

Now, I’m trying to decide if I should go to the Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza at the Saint Louis Zoo.Easter Egg Hunt

The keepers will be hiding eggs for their charges that day. Could be interesting.

Guess what? It’s HUMP day!

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

You remember crickets don’t you?Pinocchio2

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.insect E1

And when recreated in origami paper, this is what you end up with …DSC09598

I added the little eye to give him a bit more personality. Unfortunately, he really lacks the charm of the Disney version.  But then, you haven’t heard him sing.DSC09589

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!

Well, that’s …3cce

 

 

APRIL SHOWERS MEANS WET, MUDDY FEET!

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.)DSC03589

 

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 …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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.luna-mothTrust 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.LunaMothClose, 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!)images

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!

 

IT’S JUST A SATURDAY KIND OF A DAY!

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?

Caterpiller Remember yesterday’s caterpillar? Well, where there is an origami caterpillar … sooner or later you know you’re going to have a ….

ButterflyAN ORIGAMI YELLOW BUTTERFLY!

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.

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