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HUZZAH!!! THE SUN CAME OUT ON SUNDAY!

And Mlle. Renee decided to warm up her winter-worn bones with an out door nap this afternoon.DSC09482

While I stayed inside and backed a crusty loaf of whole grain bread.

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And it was good, too!DSC09486

So good, I almost forgot to add …

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF SPRING ORCHIDS:DSC09312

Wait, a minute, that’s not an orchid! It looks like a prehistoric plant man-eating plant out of … LittleShopAlbumTHE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

BTW, I saw the original show when it was still playing Off Broadway in the West Village where Audrey II actually sent tendrils out into the audience to pull them into her mouth. I survived.  But I forget the orchids.DSC09342

For some reason these flowers remind me of  Gilbert and Sullivan’s  LITTLE MAIDS FROM SCHOOL. Guess there must be musicals in the air tonight?

AND FOR SUNDAY’S ORIGAMI BIRD … NOT MUSICAL … BUT MYTHICAL:

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THE GOLDEN GOOSE THAT LAYS THE GOLDEN EGG!

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FOR MY SATURDAY, WEEKEND = WEAK END

It’s Saturday evening, and I’m too pooped to POP! When I woke up this morning I said, ” I think I’ll do a little house cleaning.”  Famous last words. HOUSE is not little, and CLEANING is a never-ending proposition. After I finished vacuuming the floors, I realized I had better dust the furniture. When I finished dusting, I said maybe I better change the sheets on the bed. That only led me to realize I throw the sheets in the washing machine. Believe me! It’s never-ending!

Mlle. Renee does not like when I’m in house cleaning mode. I guess she thinks I’m going to dust her, vacuum her, or heaven forbid … WASH her. She does not like getting WET. So she spent the day running around the yard and rolling in the grass. But since the grass hasn’t started growing yet, she rolled in the zoysia thatch and ended up looking like a porcupine. Which meant I had yet another chore added to my never-ending list.  Dusting the dog, and wiping her down with Doggie Moist Towelettes.

QUICK, I NEED THE SATURDAY ORCHIDS:DSC09323

I just realized that now I have to wash myself before I can go to sleep in my clean bed!  It’s never-ending!

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THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR TODAY:  THE BLUE TOUCAN

For the life of me I could not remember what a toucan looked like. So I just followed the folding instructions I was given.DSC09475

How was I supposed to know that toucans weren’t blue.images

I tried to curve his bill a bit more, but that really doesn’t help.DSC09478

OMG! I just realized that I forgot to wash the dinner dishes. Maybe I can take them into the shower with me and kill two birds with one shower.  Probably, toucans!

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!

 

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!

There’s only one way to handle this Unspring weather mess!

OK, all together now sing … I WANT TO BE HAPPY AND GLAD!

Sunshine, sunshine, nothing but the good old golden sunshine!

Hey, it always worked when I was a little kid.

TODAY’S SUNSHINE ENHANCING ORCHID PHOTO FOR THE SEVENTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09338

And while I’m into a red theme…

TODAY’S ORIGAMI BIRD TO WELCOME SPRING:

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THE CARDINAL

Hey, it almost really looks like a cardinal. I tried to make the bill orange, but my yellow colored pen was dried out.The black pen was dried out, too.Northern-Cardinal-male-RBut other than that, they look similar.

Hope SPRINGS Eternal!

Supposedly we had a light snow during the morning’s rush hour that slowed down the morning commute.  I wouldn’t know, because Mlle. Renee stayed in bed until eight when the shrill ringing of the phone woke us up. Naturally, it was Anne from Credit Services pitching the latest scam spiel. No matter how many times they change her name, the voice always sounds the same. Unfortunately, because my mother’s name was Anne I was able to go into my usual rant of select profanities hoping someone human in Sicklesia, Arfgroanistan, or wherever these robo-calls originate is listening in and will be highly offended. Anyway getting back to the snow that I didn’t see, if it was for the weather wizard’s exaggerated reports I would have never know about it. It was as cold as Nome with a very strong, chilling wind. I did brave the chill to go out and refill the little birds seed dish. And lo and behold, what to my eyes should appear, but …

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THE FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING!!!

I know I could count the early robins, but their red breasts have been sort of blueish this year. Note that in spite of all the snow we had this season. We’re still suffering from the drought. The weather wizards say it was very dry snow. Go figure.

ANYWAY, HERE’S A DOUBLE DOSE OF ORCHID PHOTOS TO START THE SIXTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09321

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Since I got up before the alarm could go off this morning I decided to make a hot breakfast this morning.DSC09421

Now, I didn’t make doughnuts, those are biscuits. I must have been half asleep and grabbed the doughnut cutter rather than the biscuit cutter.DSC09423But my mini-cinnis are the same. I just used pearl sugar to top them instead of frosting swirls.

Then I dressed warmly and went to the stupid market for a little shopping.

Now, I like ice cream and I love root beer. So naturally I thought … ???DSC09425

But it turned out to be SHOPPING MISTAKE #864. I’ll put them aside for when my nephews visit. They eat anything with COOKIE on the label.

On the good side of my shopping trip … DSC09427

I’m not crazy about saltines, but give me matzos for eating with chili or soup or just snacking.

MY ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE SIXTH DAY OF SPRING:

DSC09432A PLUMP HEN OR SPRING CHICKEN

CAN YOU REALLY HAVE SPRING FEVER WHEN IT STILL FEELS LIKE WINTER?

TEMPS IN THE TWENTIES, RAIN FOLLOWED BY SNOW FLURRIES … AND MY NOSE IS RUNNING AGAIN.  ONLY THIS TIME IT’S RUNNING FOR ARIZONA!

TODAY’S ORCHID FOR THE FIFTH DAY OF SPRING – I don’t know about you, but the only bit of color and brightness in my days has been these daily orchid photos I’ve been posting as a salute to spring. Today, I’m looking for something with a lot of color. DSC09326

Wow, those look like they’re almost ready to take flight … on the first plane back to their home in South America. But wait a minute, when spring was supposed to start here … fall was starting in South America. Wonder what the weather is like down there?

COOKING FOR FRIGID TEMPS: Well, since the weather around her has run amok, I decided to make a big batch of my special  FIRE BREATHING CHILE CON CARNE.  Now my chili is not your thin, watery everyday chili. In got a lot of 90% lean ground beef, red chili beans, onions, garlic, green peppers and fire roasted tomatoes. Not to mention a combination of ten special spices. Nicely spiced, but without burning the roof of your mouth off.Chili

That’s steam rising of the cook pot, not spice fumes!  And after tonight I have five more dinners leftover that will hopefully get me through this winter repeat.

THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE FIFTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09415In keeping with the South American orchid photos I’ve been featuring from this year’s Missouri Botanical Garden Annual Orchid Show, I decided to make a MACAW the subject of today’s origimi fold. You can call him MAC.

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

ORCHID FOR THE FOURTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09311

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.

“SPRING WILL BE A LITTLE LATE THIS YEAR” … so don’t put your winter coats away just yet!

Nothing is budding or sprouting outside, and the pseudo warmth of the last few days has dropped like my indoor/outdoor thermometer did this morning.

So just enjoy this orchid for the third day of spring:

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And you even get a bonus close-up view!

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In reality, this is what the outside world really looked like this morning …SPRING?

HUMBUG, I SAY, HUMBUG!

I did receive a little solace from Ameren Missouri my supplier of electric energy. The average daily temperature for September (our hottest month of 2013) was 80 degrees and it only cost me $2.72 to keep the house cool. I don’t think the gas company is going to tell us what it cost to keep the house warm this year. By the way, does anyone remember that old coal-burning furnace that used to sit in the basement and scared the hell out of you when you were a kid?CBFurnace

Hell, when I was a really little kid, my grandmother still had a Majestic coal-burning range in her kitchen in the early 50s. stove-680x1024

And she was a really good cook!  But enough of this trivia, it’s time for …

THE THIRD DAY OF SPRING ORIGAMI BIRD:

THE DUCK FAMILY

THE DUCK FAMILY

I should note that this was folded from a single sheet of folding paper … orange on one side and yellow on the other. And no cutting involved!

“As restless as a willow in a wind storm …” or THE SECOND DAY OF SPRING

 

 

ORCHID PHOTO FOR THE SECOND DAY OF SPRING:DSC09309

Today was lunch day with the guys from the High School Class of ’57. We get together every other month at the original Pasta House in University City and compare aches, pains, naps, golf games, vacations and the weather. Yes, you’re right, it’s the old farts lunch day. Thankfully, we went to an all boys high school that unfortunately closed down ten years after we graduated. The last time we heard the building was being used to house fallen felons. Our graduating class consisted of 120 guys, and 13 guys showed up for today’s lunch. Hey, that’s more than 10%! Naturally, a lot of guys have moved out of the city.  And unfortunately, way too many have passed on.

Hey, we have a good time. Today, we all decided that we would like to go back to 1957 … but only if we could go back knowing what we know today.

THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE SECOND DAY OF SPRING:TradOrigamiDuck

TRADITIONAL ORIGAMI DUCK

And on the subject of spring birds … I saw a huge crow on my way home after lunch.CROW

Oh, yeah, spring might end tomorrow. We’re heading back to the frigid zone tomorrow with snow by Sunday. Crows are ill omens you know.