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MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 210 – JULY 29, 2013

MY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY/DAY 210– July 29, 2013: Well, it appears our wonder weather is about to leave us. The cool is still with us, but we have a thick cloud cover and the water in the clouds is getting ready to start pitter-pattering upon the area. Good, I didn’t want to cut the grass today anyway. Renee got even with me during night for leaving her home alone yesterday afternoon. She woke me up at 3:00 for an emergency backyard call and was very insistent about it. Apparently, she also forgave me, because she jumped into bed to sleep at my feet.

Would you believe it? Now that I am totally retired, I received an e-mail from Job Search listing SIX positions that seemed custom-made for me — three locally and one each in Portland (ME), Seattle and Chicago.  I think I was meant to live here. Except for six months in Chicago and eighteen months in Junction City, Kansas, I’ve lived here my entire life. I, don’t know, but IT’S MY KIND OF TOWN.

MY ORIGAMI CALENDAR FOR MONDAY – ISO SWAN:DSCF0764

This fold was a bit complicated …DSCF0765

But it yielded an origami surprise ….WhiteSwan  … flip the white swan over …  BlueSwan  … and discover a blue swan.

Amazing!

The Mensa Puzzle calendar also had an interesting puzzle today.

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In case you were wondering what calendar I use to check my daily to-dos and schedules … none of the above. I use my Saint Louis Zoo wall calendar.

DSCF0762The photo on this month’s page shows the elephant herd cavorting in their secluded private jungle. (Visitors riding the ZooLine Train do have a chance to occasionally see them in this area from the passing train. I’ve never been that lucky.)

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DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #74 – MARCH 15

#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR – HORSE/PEGASUS DSC05952

For some reason this origami project likes more like the classic Pegasus or winged horse than it does your basic domestic horse.DSC05955

It also looks very Roman and Imperial which is very fitting seeing today is The Ides Of March …

  IDES warning  Or the day Julius Caesar failed to beware of. Point of history, Jules didn’t say, “Et tu, Brute.”  Also, although Shakespeare  popularized the phrase in his play, it had been floating around for more than a few centuries.

Vincenzo Camuccini, "Morte di Cesare", 1798,

#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – IDES OF MARCHDSC05956

This puzzle should be fairly easy to solve. Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with an answer to #4.

And the answers are Jewishcalendarjointcustodyjeffersoncityidon’tknowjumpcutjailcelljustcausejiminycricket.

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR – BACK WORDSDSC05951

CLUE TIME  – Never give all the hearts, or the Queen of Spades when I have crost the bar. Would you believe that I still remember two poems from my senior English Literature class Crossing The Bar and No Man Is An Island.  And unlike many supposed intelligent people, I know that Ernest Hemingway did not write that last work.

DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #018 – JANUARY 18

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One problem with today’s origami challenge … if I had been the editor of the Origami Calendar I would have made sure that the title of today’s calendar be changed to ZEBRA HEAD instead of HORSE HEAD.

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I’ll bet you the guy who came up with this puzzle was fixated with playing the Beatles’ recordings backwards looking for hidden messages. Easy-peasy puzzle … Bach, Schumann and Scarlatti. Didn’t even need the birth years.

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And to prove that I haven’t let puzzle calendars take over my world … DSC05065

I found this poor little plant on sale at my stupidmarket. Hopefully, I’ll be able to produce a new flower head. It’s a member of the Primula family (primrose and/or cowslips) that are early spring perennials. Hopefully they can be grown indoors during the winter. Now I have to come up with a name for my little plant.

MY DAILY CHALLENGE #008 – JANUARY 8

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Sometimes the challenges aren’t very challenging … so here’s my peacock.DSC04911

Ditto for the other two calendars!DSC04913

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MY DAILY CHALLENGE #002 – JANUARY 2

To go along with the snow outside, today’s origami challenge was to fold a paper sled.DSC04857

Knowing my paper sled wouldn’t hold up on the soggy snow outside, I created my own indoor hill.

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My other two calendar challenges were rather  easy today and really aren’t post worthy. So, in the future I’ll only be posting the one’s that stump me. Bet you they’ll all involve math!

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS …

Snow is already falling as the leading edge of a winter storm moves into the area. The amazing thing is the temp is above freezing … 35F!  The weather wizards are saying it will continue accumulating throughout the day and night and into tomorrow. Thank God the larder is full and the meatloaf I made yesterday will last for three more days.

My immediate problem is the fact that my Mensa Puzzle-A-Day Calendar has reached the final page for 2012 …StartingOverThankfully, my friends and relatives (in an attempt to keep my brain percolating) have seen fit to supply me with replacement calendars for the new year this Christmas. My dilemma now is which one takes its place on my kitchen table.  Then again, I could leave all three on the table, and then I’d have brain food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stay tuned SMILINGBAGEL and see if I can supply you with an Origami-A-Day for 365 days this year. Hey, I guess that is my New Year’s resolution.