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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.

YES, VIRGINIA, IT’S JUST ANOTHER GLUM UN-SPRING MONDAY!

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Well, the temps weren’t frigid, but the sky was totally gloomy with regular showers throughout the day. Colder air will be moving in tonight, followed by thunderstorms on tomorrow. Is there no hope for spring?

MONDAY’S ORCHIDS:DSC09307

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I actually took my chances of running between the potential raindrops and took a trip to my local stupid-market.

DSC09505Just routine restocking shopping. Well, except for one item.DSC09506

I figure that if I limit myself to one sneak snack at 70-calories a day, I should empty the bag on the same day that the freshness expires. But that’s only if I don’t have any visitors dropping by before they expire.  I mean the donuts, not the visitors.

Hey, remember yesterday’s Origami Golden Goose? DSC09489

Well, the origami handbook scheduled a followup project for today.  What else, but …DSC09509

The goose had to lay, her GOLDEN EGG!  And trust me, folding gold foil paper into an three-dimensional egg shape is a real folding challenge. Hopefully, a singing golden harp won’t be on the list as tomorrow’s challenge.  If it is, I might be forced to eat two doughnuts.

 

FRIDAY, THE NINTH DAY OF … SPRING?

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Well, I was starved for some spring greenery! I have a near golf course green lawn of zoysia grass, but the way the weather is going it probably won’t turn green until August.

QUICK BRING ON TODAY’S ORCHIDS:DSC09327

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OK, so I needed a triple dose of color today!

QUANDRY OVER THE LAUNDRY: In case I forgot to mention it, I did laundry yesterday.  And today I was busy folding and hanging and putting everything in its place when I discovered …DSC09470

Has anyone ever come up with an answer to the question … why does only one sock in a pair get a hole in the heel leaving the other sock in perfectly good condition? I always save the good sock on the perchance that it might some day match a missing sock from another pair. It has never happened and a have a drawer full of mateless socks.  There was a time when the lady of the house would darn the darn holed sock. My mother never would darn a hole in a sock. She said walking on the darned spot would cause blisters. The socks do make great cleaning rags that fit right on your hand.

 

THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE NINTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09472

I have no idea what it is. I call it a Gloomy Gus Bird. It was inspired by a flock of soggy birds sitting around their seed dish in the rain today. They were sitting around singing “SUNSHINE, SUNSHINE, NOTHING BUT THE GOOD OLD SUNSHINE!”

I just remembered! It was a Kiwi Bird!

 

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 355 – DECEMBER 21, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 355 OF 2013:  The bad news is … today is officially the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. The good news is the days get longer from here. To make today a totally miserable day, it was cold and it rained all day!  That also mean there were slick roads in a few areas around town. I stayed in and baked cookies.

OREO CHEESECAKE COOKIES

OREO CHEESECAKE COOKIES

It wasn’t easy, but I only allowed myself to taste test one of them. Believe me, they are better than good! And easy to make, too. Here’s the recipe …

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
6 oz. carton of cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 cups crumbled Oreo cookies
(Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with parchment.) 
In the bowl blend the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until combined.
Add sugar and vanilla, mix well.
Add flour one cup at a time and mix on low just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
Pour Oreo crumbs into a shallow bowl.  Scoop dough in 1.5-inch balls and roll in cookie crumbs until they are throughly covered.  Space cookies about one to two inches apart on the cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake about 15 minutes. Remove and cool on the cookie sheet for about five minutes then move the cookies  to a wire rack and cool completely.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE:DSC08657

Just wanted to show you the messages I get on weekends.

6efcd7ddccf21234c TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08656

And in case you forgot, there’s only three more shopping days to Christmas.

 

 

 

 

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 309 – NOVEMBER 5, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 309 OF 2013: Well, today was the first of three days a rain. Actually most of the rain came before Renee and I got out of bed this morning. Then we just had drippy drops falling on and off throughout the day. So that meant Renee had to make her out-of-door trips between the drippy drops. Then when she comes in, she stand at the door looking up at me and waiting for me to get a fluffy towel to dry her off.  Would you believe that I have two sets of towels in the house marked HIS and HERS. You know there is no way to get all the short dog hairs out of a bath towel. (Don’t tell her, but her towels are the ones with the ragged ends.)

TODAY WAS GOOD STEWS DAY:  Because today was so miserable, I decided to get out the crock pot and make a pot of stew. And boy is that a lot of work of cutting and chopping and all day cooking. But it’s so nice and warm to eat on a miserable day.DSC08135

But where are the carrots and onions? Well, the onions disappeared in the long cooking process and I forgot to get the carrots out of the fridge. It was perfect though and I was able to store three more dinners in the freezer.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – KING ARTHUR’S CROWN:

DSC08138Wouldn’t you just know it that a fictional king would wear a paper origami crown. And notice that I used to two-toned paper to make it look really regal.

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Unfortunately, the crown was too big for any of regular cast of characters to wear. “But I’ll make you KING,” I pleaded. And my logical choice … Hanging Around The Office said, “No way, I’m still hanging on the wall wearing that paper tie. Besides, don’t you know that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown?”  Apparently someone has been doing more than hanging on the bookshelf. Apparently he made it to the Shakeseare on the top shelf. Anyway, he did suggest his nephew Artie who is king of the jungle.DSC08139

(Besides, Mlle. Renee will never know I borrowed him to take the picture.)

BookWorm  TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE – THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE:DSC08144

And that was a trivia fact that I never knew!

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 202 – JULY 21, 2013

MY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY/DAY 202 – July 21, 2013: I was a bit under the weather yesterday, it was hot, sultry, humid and totally oppressive. So Renee and I slept late and stayed inside with the AC all day. OK, I did brush Renee with her magic fingers dog grooming brush that catches all the loose hair. If she could articulate the words … more, More, MORE … that’s all I would have been hearing. I did turn on the TV in the afternoon and we both stretched out on our personal sofas for an afternoon nap. Golf broadcasts are a great nap inducer.

THE SUNDAY ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – which was the same as the Saturday page and it again sparked another protest demonstration. 

DSCF0597 Today’s demonstration was sparked by the headline (MOSTLY BARK AND NO BITE!) which the Anti-dog Defamation Coalition deemed to be somewhat offensive.DSCF0606

They decided to put a little bite into their barks of protest and chewed the calendar page to pieces. That will teach you to mess with origami lovers and/or origami characters.

Thankfully, the Mensa Puzzle Calendar has a workable puzzle for today, and the weather calendar has the next four days listed for no sun and a lot of rain I think I’ll spend the afternoon working the puzzle or taking a nap. What the heck! We could do both.21

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 191– JULY 10, 2013

WEDNESDAY – DAY 191 - Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. That’s based on the high and low of the day.The high was 95, but with the extreme humidity it felt like 100+++++! So naturally, it rained this morning … so Mlle. Renee snuggled in bed listening to classical music on RAF-STL 107.3. It doesn’t have real call letters, because it is a low power / limited access FM station which the FCC calls K297BI. We live with the best we can get. Anyway, we didn’t get out of bed until afternoon. So I can say I haven’t done anything yet, and that will probably be my accomplishment for the day. I do have to go buy a new toaster, because my old one shorted itself out last week. But I do have a Bed, Bath & Beyond 20% off one item coupon and can use on a new one. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow.

MY ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – BLUE WHALE

DSCF0477OK, Geppetto, Cleo, Jiminy and Pinocchio … MONSTROSO is on the loose again!

DSCF0476For some reason he looks like a blue minnow.

And here’s a Mensa Puzzle tickle your brain cells.

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I got the first three while I was finishing this line.  Until tomorrow!

 

DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #123 – MAY 3, 2013

If you want to know who we are,
We are gentlemen of Japan:
On many a vase and jar -
On many a screen and fan,
We figure in lively paint:
Our attitude’s queer and quaint -
You’re wrong if you think it ain’t, Oh … oh!

We are gentlemen of Japan …………….

Ever since I started working on today’s origami challenge that song has been worming its way from ear to ear … around and about … OK … hasn’t everyone sung Gilbert and Sullivan at some point in their life‽

But getting back from Titipu … and down to today’s business at hand …

#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – JAPANESE GENTLEMAN

DSC06944INTERLUDE:

Miya sama, miya sama,
On n’m-ma no maye ni
Pira-Pira suru no wa
Nan gia na
Toko tonyare tonyare na?DSC06943

#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – PLACE YOUR BETSDSC06945

I bet everyone is able to get eight out of eight on today’s puzzle.

And the answers are SHOWOFF, DARWIN, PARK PLACE, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, NO SHOW, WINSTON CHURCHILL, FIREPLACE and SHOWTIME.

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR – PHONETIC FRENZYDSC06948

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had speech balloons floating around our heads?

Now, get ready to GROAN!

BEE YAWN DAIRY SAUNA BUILD OUT

INN KNOW CENT TON TILL PERU FEN GILL TEA

EWE HALF THE WRITE TOO REAM MANES EYE LENT

That might be the last time Phonetic Frenzy appears in the Daily Calendar Challenge.

PIT … PITTER … PAT!

rain

Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. 

Would you believe it has been raining continuously for the past 24 hours!

WILL THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE STRIKE AGAIN?

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Right now, this Frosty Snowman doughnut looks like the only snowman we’ll be seeing in the near future. How come? Well, today a January thaw moved in even before we had a January freeze. Temps today were 58F and expected to reach 70F by Saturday. Oh, yeah, we’ll be having a lot of rain and thunderstorms, too.  That will produce enough rain that would have delivered ten or more inches of snow if we didn’t have this thaw. Guess that means the basement will be leaking, too?

Guess I’ll blame the weather on the do-nothing Congress … the last, the current and probably the next.

BTW, my doughnut is courtesy of the Schnucks Bakery. I couldn’t resist buying just one.

THAT’S MY LIFE …The Old ManAND WELCOME TO IT!

A TAIL OF TWO DOGGIES

Ever since fall fell last weekend we have witnessed an ever-changing weather situation. First it was clear and sunny, then sunny and chilly and as of today thunder, lightening, wind, tornadoes, hail, rain and wall-to-wall weather forecasts on the TV. And the prognosis is for four days of the same. Bad enough for us humans, but think of poor Mlle. Renee who has to rely on the back lawn for her potty spot.

Anyway at the mercy of the changing weather scenario, her recent life has become a tale of two doggies … one safe and content and the other upset and afraid.

The other day the temps dropped into the low 40s and I forgot the switch the furnace from AC to HEAT. I realized my error when I noticed Renee rolling herself in a tight little ball on the sofa. I got the sweater she usually sleeps on and covered her up.

Renee, who is not really into canine haberdashery, spent the rest of the evening snoozing as snug as a bug under the sweater.

The start of thunder, lightning and rain is another matter. Ever since last year’s tornado season she has been the lead dog for heading to a safe spot around here. If it’s just thunder and lightening she heads for the corner of my bedroom between the file cabinet and the wall. But if the weather alert radio goes off or she hears weatherman Mike Roberts on KSDK-TV discussing the current weather map …

Courtesy KSDK-TV

She heads for her special safe corner in the basement.She usually tries to round me up to go into the basement with her … but if I’m too slow she runs down to her corner and barks for me to join her. She doesn’t realize that I have to gather up my cellphone, my folding chair, the flashlight, the portable radio, a bottle of water, my football helmet and the dog and people snacks.

If the current weather forecasts hold true, I’m afraid both of us are going to be slightly soggy and moldy before the week comes to a close

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