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WELL, IT IS THE 15TH DAY OF SPRING!

And it was a day filled with thunder, lightning, rain, hail and tornadoes … from midnight to midnight. Two tornadoes one in early warning and the other in the dark of night, and they both followed the same basic path right through the center of the metropolitan area. The morning one hit University City at five in the morning.  A lot of big old trees were downed and a dozen or so homes damaged. Thankfully, no one was injured.

The second one showed up at nine tonight in Webster Groves. No reported damages or injuries.

The rest of the day was the storms moving up and over the city. One would move in … drop rain or hail … and move out. An hour or so later the next one would repeat  the same weather act. This went on all day and into the night. Naturally, this meant wall-to-wall weather coverage with WEATHER WIZARDS with each local station breaking in to network broadcasting with the endless updates and remotes and analysis and prognostication.

In other words, Mlle. Renee and I had a lot of time on our hands.  She slept and I read and did origami. Actually I folded the last of the spring birds in the bird book.

THE FIRST ONE WAS ANOTHER MYTHICAL BIRD  … THE NATIVE AMERICAN THUNDERBIRD:DSC09550

THE OTHER WAS A HUMMING BIRD:DSC09544

And I think this one turn out best of all!  I also folded the flower for the little bird.DSC09541

I also rephotographed yesterday’s parrot in an alert position.

Now that I’ve used up all the birds and photos of orchids, I’m going to have to come up some new ideas for my daily posts.

Weather or not, I’m still here!

The storms with the thunder, lightning, hail and high winds apparently decided to bypass the local area. And all we were given were some light showers. That’s the way it goes with weather.

ORCHIDS FOR THE EIGHTH DAY OF SPRING:

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TODAY’S ORIGAMI SPRING BIRD:  A GIANT PENGUINGiantPenguin

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS FROM STAN DEMON:Stan'sObservation

First a big yellow bird took over Sesame Street,

Now another big bird wants to become the Flying Nun!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG A LEAK, AND WINTER IS LEAKING BACK IN!

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Yes, the temps dropped back into the 20s overnight, and the predictions for the next week range from dismal to bleak. For history geeks the latest date for a snowfall with accumulation (5″) was May 2, 1929. Now, there might have been later snowfalls prior than that, but that was the latest date my mother would ever confirm personally. Mothers you believe and trust (most of the time), but no one ever believes the weather bureau. Easter is April 20 this year and since I’ve seen snowfall on several Easters, I’m predicting that will be our last snow fall this year. So don’t put your snow shoes away yet.

Mlle. Renee says HUMBUG about the weather, and her perfect way for spending this Sunday is …

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TAKING A NAP!

Renee received several pillows and a pink blanket from a friend of hers several weeks ago, and she is very possessive about them. She makes it a point to sleep on them every night and nap on them every afternoon. I’d probably be doing that, but I decided to write this and fix dinner.  OVEN BAKED PORK CHOPS!  

Unfortunately, she keeps getting wakened by the neighborhood dogs barking. Someone has apparently abandoned two collarless young bull terrier pups and they have been running around since Friday. They won’t let anyone get near them though.  I called animal rescue, but they weren’t able to rescue them. They did have a merry chase running up and down the block after them though. I remember seeing someone walking them a month or so ago, but I have no idea who he was or where he lives.

NEW ADDITIONS: I’ve added a pair of battery-powered mini-lamps to my office work area. Each has 12 super bright LED bulbs. They were quite inexpensive, and they’re perfect for desktop photography.

MiniSpotsHmm, shades of Pixar!

ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE FOURTH DAY OF SPRING:PHOENIX

THE PHOENIX

I don’t know what the imaginary phoenix was supposed to look like, but this was a rather impressive fold. I used red folding paper because I wanted him to look like he was about to burst into flames. Gee, I wish I would have had some red/yellow two-sided folding paper left.

THE NIGHT I TOOK FLIGHT!

Well, here we are in the last hours of the last day in January. Yesterday we had a bright and sunny day where the afternoon temps reached 47F. Today the weather took a turn for the worse with the temps dropping and the sun fading from sight. A little while ago I let Mlle. Renee out for her last call before bedtime. When she didn’t return after a reasonable time, I went out onto the back deck and call again. When she didn’t respond, I decided to go into the yard and see what she was doing. Now the deck doesn’t have steps into the yard.  Instead of two steps into the yard, it has a ramp that was put in when my Mom was in a wheelchair. I never had the ramp removed because it was easy to wheel things out of the house and dispose of them. DSCF1246Anyway, I started down the ramp … and have you ever heard of BLACK ICE? You don’t see it, but it’s still there lurking for you to walk on it. Well, have you ever heard of the ballet term Grand Jeté? balletThat’s when the head guy in tights goes leaping across the stage with his legs high in the air. Well, I might not have been wearing tights, but I quickly discovered that my legs were up in the air in front of me.  Unfortunately, my butt was soon on the ramp and I was doing an graceless impression of a “bob” sled taking out several of the railing posts with my feet as I slid down the ramp. Mlle. Renee was on the asphalt drive sliding around trying to get to me. Well, I stood up on the rubber mat at the bottom of the ramp and checked to see if any thing was broken besides my pride. I happy to report everything was in place. That’s when I realized that I couldn’t walk back up the ramp without sliding backwards. Rubber soled sneakers were not made for walking on ice. I finally resorted to taking my shoes off and climbed up the ramp in my stocking feet while holding onto the side railing. That’s where I sustained my only injury … a skin scrap on my left hand. I got to the top only to realize that Renee couldn’t walk up the ramp either. I went into the basement and got the rock salt out and sprinkled it on the ramp. Then I had to coax her into walking up the ramp without licking up the salt. Then I had to wash the salt off of her feet before she came into the house. That was when I realized that I left my sneakers at the bottom of the ramp. And that’s where they’ll stay until tomorrow!

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE: In recognition to my ballet-like flight in the air I decided to fold the BLACK SWAN from the Swan Lake Ballet.DSCF1257

A pretty good swan folding job, too.

I just realized I forgot to do a mug tribute on Thursday. Actually, I forgot to post at all yesterday. So here’s the mug I used on Thursday.Mug4

This is my dapper Alleycat Mug and I had it filled with a bracing hot cup of pomegranate green tea.

Today, I opted for my oversize MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS MUG.Mug5It was filled with hot cocoa to ward off the chilling temps.

YET ANOTHER ARCTIC MONDAY! NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE ARCTIC MONKEYS!

DSC09006  Well, today’s high temp of 27F was recorded at 12:ooAM and we didn’t reach the predicted morning low of 6F.  But never say never, because who knows what will happen  before the day ends. Don’t know what the wind chill is, because I haven’t even been tempted to stick my head outside today. I will have to brave that external excursion sooner or later because I have an empty trash cart waiting to be pulled back into the yard. Mlle. Renee did the Gunga Din routine showing that she was a better man than I, by making on one or two, but THREE brief sorties into the frigid wastes.  More out of necessity than exercise. I actually got up rather early this morning and get my butt out of the refrigerator. Ok, it was a pork butt and I had to put it in the crock pot for a day of slow cooking.CrockPot

Can show you what it looks like until I take the lid off at 6:00 tonight. Also haven’t decided on pulling it or slicing it yet.

Last night I watched the Grammy Awards Show which was much too long. I also think Yoko Ono put at least three hex signs directly on me. My major question is why do the producers insist on doing musical production numbers combining the musical talents of two individuals or groups who share no common musical talent or abilities. The one with the least talent always drowns out the other one. I mean when you combine a Wagnerian soprano with a tongue twisting rapper, you’re not going to please fans of either one. And why did Madonna show up dressed like the chorus line of Chorus Line. I’m not even going to comment on Taylor Swift’s spastic hair tossing. Taylor’s Swift Hair   Enough said.

WHERE, OH WHERE, HAS MY ORIGAMI KANGAROO GONE? I haven’t given up on the origami kangaroo yet. I also haven’t made an acceptable version yet either. And I haven’t given up on origami either. Why just this morning I was wondering, what if Peter Parker had been bitten by an atomic ant instead of a spider? That inspired me to fold …  THE ATOMIC ANTMAN!

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Hopefully, he doesn’t have a taste for BOOKWORMS!

DSC08966  In yesterday’s post I featured my Sherlock Holmes’ mug I used at breakfast. Not wanting to slight any of my other breakfast mugs, I decided to give them a daily appearance of their own.  So today, I had a hot mug of EARL GREY TEA in my Saint Louis Art Museum Mug.

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The imprint on the mug was so wide, I had to show it in two shots.   Mug2

And the pork butt I’ve been slow cooking all day … it was tenderlicious and I forgot to take a picture of it before I started eating it. So now, who takes pictures of leftovers.

And in case you were wondering, THE ARCTIC MONKEYS  were a British rock group.

NINE DAYS INTO THE NEW YEAR … AND MY MIND’S A BLANK!

Surely, it’s not a return of the brain freeze earlier in the week. No, I just realized that I no longer had a calendar on the desk to prod me into doing something each and every day on this blog.  Then a heard a small voice from the corner of my desk. “Psst!”

There in a dusty corner I saw two old friends.  DSC08858  “Why don’t you read the button.”

“Be creative, I asked?”  “Just because you ran out of calendar doesn’t mean you’ve run out of ideas. There must be a gazillion  origami things they never even thought about putting in the calendar. 

“You’re right, I said!”  And I reached in my origami box for a piece of folding paper. Within two minutes I had created …

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A BOLDLY BOVINE BULL HEAD!

“Nice work! And if you ever need more ideas, we’ll be around with more buttons.”

And in a flash, they had disappeared.

Boy, that NyQuil can really mess up your head.  We’ll, after I got my chili cooking yesterday I went out and shoveled a mini-path from the edge of my lawn to the middle of the street where a single car-width path had been plowed down the right lane of the street. (Which was unfortunately the wrong side of the street to provide access to the cleared walk on my property.)   It seems like the USPS mail carriers were refusing to deliver mail to occupants who failed to provide such a path this snow storm. So, I didn’t receive mail delivery Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s why I had been looking for snow shoveling boys on snow days breaks. Anyway, It snowed yet another inch of snow last night, which recovered the mini-path I had made yesterday. Also the temps stayed above freezing all day and the melting returned my pathway around dark. I don’t know when the mail carrier arrived, but when I looked outside around five … I found a four-day collection of mail filling my box.

Current weather reports tell us to expect heavy rain on tomorrow and Saturday that should wash away most of the foot of snow covering the landscape. Now all we have to worry about it the water that will be leaking into our basements because the storm sewer system is frozen solid with snow. Some times you just can’t win!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT MEANS UNEXPECTED TO YOU.UnexpectedUNEXPECTED to me is walking outside in the middle of the afternoon to discover that everything more than twelve feet in front of you has disappeared … suddenly been swallowed up in a vast creeping blanket of fog. If you look closely at the stoplight and one of the car’s taillights, you realize that this is a color photograph

FROM DROUGHT TO DELUGE … RAINY DAYS AND SOGGY LAWNS!

Last summer the heartland of the country suffered from a drought. This year we are becoming totally waterlogged. Locally we are in the midst of a week or two of wet and rainy weather. Actually it has been raining non-stop for the past twelve hours. My home is West Walnut Manor is halfway up a block on a hill and the cross street at the foot of the hill is currently under standing water. No flooding problem … just too much water for the storm sewer system to more.DSC06580

Notice the water flowing across the slope of my back yard. The soil is fully saturated from our spring snowstorms and all the rain in recent weeks. My lawn is zoysia grass and what you see now is the brown winter thatch. I won’t start greening up until the temp rise in May.DSC06581

The grass in the back of the yard really suffered from the drought and basically dried up by summer’s end welcoming all sorts of nasty ground covers to take root. And they are currently growing like … weeds … which they are. The area is in dire need of a quick trim, which I can’t do until the rain stops and the ground becomes solid again. Which means Mlle. Renee had better get ready for a foot bath every time she comes in from a yard visit. Does anyone have a spare ARK?

TODAY?

TODAY?

ENOUGH SAID

Just In Case You Were Wondering … It Was A HIT!

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Thursday’s WINTER STORM actually arrived ahead of schedule with sleet beginning to fall a little before nine in the morning. That was followed by a heavy snow fall coupled with strong winds that reduced visibility to practically zero. And it continued through the entire morning and afternoon and into the late evening. Thankfully the temps stayed below 30 all day until evening. So a good snow base was on the ground before the freezing rain began. The result was just a hard crust on top of the snow.

Electrical outage was minimal in the area. (I had recharged my cell phone and my Kindle reader on Wednesday so I had planned ahead for all eventualities.)  OK, I’ll be honest! Mlle. Renee got up around six for her morning yard visit. Then she came in and we made like slugabeds until almost noon. Then she wanted to go out and see what was pinging on the windows. She told me she did not like sleet at all. So I made us a hearty brunchfast and we spent the rest of the day loafing around the house and never did change out of my PJs, robe and faux-fur lined slippers. It was like a snow-day we never had when I was a kid because the schools never closed because of the weather back then.

Anyway the total damage for the storm in my area was a little over six inches of sleet, snow and ice with the emphasis on the middle layer. Friday I limited my snow removal to the back deck and ramp and my front steps. Trust me, it was VERY HEAVY  snow weight-wise.DSC05646

And guess what? The long-range forecast has yet another snow storm coming in right after Monday’s rain storm.

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