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LIFE IS BECOMING AN OVERSIZED SWAMP AROUND THESE PARTS

The other day I was walking through Forest Park when I noticed a swamp!Swamp

Now I knew that Forest Park’s 1,371 acres contained three museums, a zoo, a couple of golf courses, playing fields, a forest  and a multitude of lakes, streams, ponds, fountains, waterfalls, cascades and a Grand Basin, but I had never heard about a swamp. Well, unlike California, because of all the rain we’ve been having we have more water laying around than the ground can suck up. The swamp was formed by the rain that fell on the verdant hilly golf course you see in the background of the photo. While I didn’t see any gators in the swamp, I wouldn’t get too close.

THE LAST MOON OF JUNE!

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Well, it’s official! June 2015 was the wettest month of June ever recorded in the Saint Louis Metropolitan area. And by the looks of the crowds trying to swallow up the rays of the last moon of the month, July will be starting off with a slightly soggy start tomorrow! Offical weather forecasts rain in the local area on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All holiday picnics will have to be indoor teddy bear picnics for a while.

RENEE’S STORMY SUNDAY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY

Well, what do you expect when it’s Sunday, Mother’s Day, Renee’s birthday, the month of May and the mid-west. The only other thing to expect are the storms. And we had them! Friday! Saturday! Sunday! And a little bit this morning!

StormySundayThat’ what the eastern skies look like after the torential rain showers, thunder and lightening moved overhead and out of Missouri and into Illinois Sunday afternoon as I was preparing to eat dinner. (It was tamale pie and very tasty, too!)TamalePie Mlle. Renee (who was celebrating her seventh birthday didn’t join me for dinner) because as soon as the thunder she hightailed it into my room and the safety of my bed.Renee's7thBD

That’s what she always does!

After the rain stopped I went outside to see if the roses had survived to brighten another day.PinkRoses

A bit soggy, but totally pretty and pink.

RAINY DAYS AND RENEE

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Enough said!

SO, WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

If you asked me to describe the weather we’ve been having this week, I could reply in three words …

SOGGY … FOGGY … and BOGGY!

We have been having rain every day since Tuesday … with an accumulation of over FIVE INCHES. And according to the 10:00 late news on Saturday, we’re stuck with this weather through Tuesday. So Renee and I have been spending most of our time indoors.DSC00358

Yes, Renee has been perfecting her afternoon  nap on my bed with her pillow. And a couple of afternoons she even allowed me to share my bed with her for a brief nap, too. I got to use my own pillow.

Today, I really wasn’t in a real nap mood. So I decided to clean thing up on my desk while she napped.

First, I decided to see what I had been squirreling away in the little red velvet box that lives next to the phone.DSC00360

First there was this box of  tic tacs that were the most recent addition.DSC00361

They were supposed to be SUMMER ICE POP  flavor. I tried one of each of the three color tics and/or tacs and I have no idea what the flavors were. I doubt if I’ll try again.

Next, I discovered this …DSC00367

It was a gift card I received from someone for some occasion that I can remember. But I must have liked the card because I put it in the little red box. But maybe I put it there because I didn’t redeem it?

Next, there was this photo of my high school graduation.DSC00369That’s my mother, me, my paternal grandmother and my father.  Also, if you look closely …DSC00370

You’ll see my seven-year old little brother making like Kilroy behind the front porch.

Also in the box there’s SPIKE and SPOT…DSC00371

They moved into the box because there was no longer any steel or iron in the room to which they could cling. Alas, progress and the advance of plastic and aluminum.

And last, but not least … the little red box also serves as a home for …DSC00359

STAN The DAEMON

You might think that he’s just an origami raccoon, but that’s just a disguise.

He really is a daemon, who hasn’t visited in a while!

For some reason, this post is starting to sound like another episode of Toy Story.

It’s Origami Round-up Time!

For some strange reason, I have been obsessed with folding origami cows this week.

DSC09949 It started off rather simple.

And then I got more detailed …DSC09957

Then I started spots on the cowhide … and then I was driven to making a cowpanion for my spotted cow.

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You know, it was like the moo the merrier! I was coming up with cow puns that weren’t even punny!

What do you call two cows standing around chewing the cud?

COWVERSATION!

DSC09960And illustrating it … no less!!!

And all because I seldom if ever see a cow! In real life or on TV! I’ve seen camels, zebras, sea lion, monkeys and a gazillion dogs and puppies. Today, I saw a commercial for a deer and rabbit repellant, and I thought the cute little fawn was a baby cow.

Oh, well, maybe the endless rain will end tonight and the sun with come out tomorrow. Then I can go to the zoo where I won’t see any cows.

IT’S OFFICIAL! JUNE IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER WITH RAIN EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT WEEK!

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Yes, folks, Joe Btfsplk has been named the official meteorologist for the month of June around here. So for starters we can expect rain every day for the next week.DSC09918

At least the little petunia patch hanging on the deck railing will continue growing happy.

NOTE: For those of you who have no idea who Joe Btfsplk is … he was a cartoon character created by Al Capp for his daily comic strip called Lil Abner who lived in a bucolic rural town known as Dogpatch. Wherever he went, he was followed by that little thundercloud that brought bad luck for all around him. I guess you probably don’t know who Jubilation T. Cornpone is either.

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When we fought the Yankees and annihilation was near,
Who was there to lead the charge, that took us safe to the rear?
Why it was Jubilation T. Cornpone.
Old “Toot your own horn pone”,
Jubilation T. Cornpone, a man who knew no fear.
When we almost had ’em but the issue still was in doubt,
Who suggested the retreat that turned it into a rout?
Why it was Jubilation T. Cornpone.
Old “Tattered and Torn Pone”,
Jubilation T. Cornpone, he kept us hidin’ out.
With our ammunition gone and faced with utter defeat,
Who was it that burned the crops and left us with nothin’ to eat?
Why it wuz Jubilation T. Cornpone.
Old “September Morn-pone”,
Jubilation T. Cornpone, the pants blown off his seat. 

Gee, where have you people been all my life?

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – WEATHER

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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.

 

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