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DAILY POST WORD PRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – State Of Mind

Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them. This week, let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.

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In case you can’t figure out what this photo is … this week we had a totally fantastic giant full moon on the horizon and I decided to capture it on film. Unfortunately, it was right behind a cluster of trees and this is what the camera captured.  I should also tell you that I had a mid-winter congested head cold this week. So I agree, my inner world and my outside world converged in the photo I shot.

IT’S BACK! Spring that is … but not until 11:57 CDST this morning.

Yes, spring will officially start today at 11:57 am in the Central Time Zone. But it would probably be best if you kept your winter clothing handy for a few more days … or possibly weeks. I’m playing the part of a skeptic this year.

THE ORCHID-A-DAY for the first day of spring: DSC09306

Taken at the M.B.G. 2014 Orchid Show

But the big spring question of the day is … DID THE SWALLOWS RETURN TO SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO YESTERDAY?

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It has long been legend that each spring on the Feast of Saint Joseph, (March 19) the swallows that nest in the nooks and crannies of the old mission of San Juan (which dates back to the 1700s) return to the old mission from their winter nesting grounds in Argentina. They don’t spend the summer, and some will travel as far north as the Arctic Circle before heading back to winter in Argentina.

So, did they show up?Swallows Return

The faithful say that they did. But realists conceded that the number of birds has been decreasing each year. The reason … too many humans building too many structures that replace the old buildings where the birds used to build their mud nests. So, folks, if you want to keep your legends working, quit using brooms to knock down those ugly globs of mud they keep building on your homes and other buildings.

THE ORIGAMI BIRD OF THE DAY PROJECT: And what else could I fold for  today besides a swallow?

Spring1-SwallowTHE SWALLOW IN FLIGHT

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 356 – DECEMBER 31, 2013

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MY DAILY CALENDAR TUESDAY, DAY 335 – THE LAST DAY OF 2013: And what kind of year was it?  It was a year like all years … filled with good things and bad things  … happy things and sad thing … but when all was said and done … WE’RE STILL HERE! And, if we weren’t able to turn it into the best of all possible worlds, we did take quite a few steps in the right direction.

THE LAST ORIGAMI CHALLENGE OF 2013 – THE NEW YEAR CROWNDSC08818
And to introduce the last piece of origami for the year … I present the newest member of out cast of thousands … the one and only … YODA!DSC08820The voice of YODA was provided in all six Star Wars movies by Frank Oz (who also was the voice for Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover / Sam the Eagle  and The Mighty Favog  among other Muppet creations. Contrary to some rumors Mr. Oz is still alive. and he sure better be doing the voice of Yoda for the new Star Wars films  Disney is making.

THE LAST MENSA PUZZLE OF THE YEAR – FROM TIME TO TIME:DSC08830AND SINCE THIS IS THE LAST POST OF 2013, HOW ABOUT A SALUTE TO SOME OF THE MANY CHARACTERS WHO APPEARED IN CAMEO ROLES DURING THE YEAR.

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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Not on the Smiling Bagel!

WELL, THAT’S IT FOR 2013 … THE SAND HAS JUST ABOUT RUN OUT OF THE HOUR GLASS … HERE’S WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST IN THE NEW YEAR.  PEACE AND LOVE … Rob and Renee.


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HAPPY 2014!

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 355 – DECEMBER 30, 2013

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MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, DAY 355 OF 2013: Woke up this morning to discover the outside temps hovering between ZERO and 10 F. Even though I got the flu shot back in October my current cold/flu infection lingers on causing me head and body distress. This morning, the hair follicles on my head even started aching. I would presume there is nothing really wrong with me that wouldn’t be cured by a couple of head pats and  a loving poor baby. Guess Mlle. Renee is lacking in loving care.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – FESTIVE NAPKIN:DSC08799

Did you know that none of the napkins in the family linen drawers are square? So instead of a cloth napkin, I had to resort to using a square sheet of folding paper today. Kind of small, but I guess it will have to do. Won’t help with greasy fingers though.DSC08814

DSC08811 Well, I got the hour-glass out for the countdown to the New Year tomorrow night. Unfortunately, Mlle. Renee refuses to wear a diaper as the New Year Baby. Anyway, here’s today’s MENSA PUZZLE DSC08816.

MY WEEKEND CALENDAR – DAYS 353 & 354 – DECEMBER 28 & 29, 2013

DSC08806Well, we’re doing a WEEKEND CALENDAR for Saturday and Sunday again since I’ve been a bit under the weather since Friday. Actually, I’ve been making like the Lord of the Manor the last two days just lying around the house in my robe and PJs and catching up with my reading  and watching movies I’ve missed. Mlle. Renee really wasn’t too keen that I didn’t  feel like playing with her in the yard. Today, shortly after I let her out to run around, I heard her knocking on the backdoor.DSC08809

I think she wanted to tell me I had been replaced. That’s Leaper, a young male pup who lives a couple of houses up the block. He earned his name by never having met a fence he couldn’t jump over. He jumps over my fence and the two of them run around the yard frolicking until Renee knocks on the door  to come in for a drink and perhaps a Beggin’ Strip. Leaper doesn’t know what a Beggin’ Strip is and always declines my offer of same. (But I think he thinks Renee is his mom and also the alpha dog.DSC08807

I made Renee come in and Leaper turned around galumphed off to jump over the fence and head for his home.

THIS WEEKEND’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE: DSC08798SURPRISE! It’s the weekend and the calendar offered yet another factoid page.

DSC08803  THE WEEKEND MENSA PUZZLES:DSC08804

I couldn’t miss my sign by replacing an with and in 2 – OVERGORGE

THE WALL MONKEY:

I completely overlooked my wall monkey when I was commenting on my holiday decorating the other day. So, here he is in his guise of the SANTA MONKEY or the monkey’s uncle.DSC08800

Oh, and I found my EGG CLOCK today. It has only been hiding in a drawer for the past five years.DSC08810

It needed new batteries!  And it only took me an hour to reset the time.

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 352 – DECEMBER 27, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, DAY 352 OF 2013:  Thankfully, I was able to survive the Christmas holiday, only to wake up and discover I had a tickle in the throat and a stuffiness developing in the nose. So I paid all the year end bills, dressed warmly and departed for a letter posting and trip to the stupidmarket to replenish the dwindling larder. I only had frozen chicken breasts in the freezer, and I felt I would need some red meat to feed a cold. When I came home I washed the dishes, emptied the trash, feed the birds (and squirrels) and moved the recycling bin to the street for tomorrow morning’s pickup. Then I came in took a couple of aspirins and crawled into my bed with my Kindle.  I was soon followed by Mlle. Renee. And we spent the rest of the afternoon reading and napping.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE:DSC08790OK, after repeated attempts, I was unable to produce the checkered pattern. So I produced a pattern of my own.DSC08791

Take that Origami Calendar producers … that will teach you to mess with a paper folder suffering from an impending head cold!

DSC08682 And here’s Murry the Merry Christmas Meerkat to introduce today’s MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08792

Trust me, the 50s hair style is not BEEHIVE, CREWCUT, FLATTOP,  MOHAWK or DUCKTAIL. I know, mohawk and ducktail are not seven letter hairstyles, but I couldn’t think of any other 50s hair styles.  Did you forget I have a developing headcold?

AND I FORGOT TO PICK UP MUCINEX AT THE STORE!

And Mlle. Renee adds,  “HEAVEN HELP ME!”SnowflakeAngel

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 351 – DECEMBER 26, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, DAY 351 OF 2013: And in case you didn’t know, today is BOXING DAY in the British Empire. That is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. In other words … MERRY CHRISTMAS to the folk who do all the work from the folk who get all the money. It’s also the day I’ll share with you …

WHAT DID I FIND UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE?

In addition to love, goodwill and friendship I also received:

A 1000 piece BEST SELLER Jigsaw Puzzle!

A 1000 piece BEST SELLERS Jigsaw Puzzle!

Which will become my daily challenge for 2014 replacing the daily origami challenge.

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STAR WARS ORIGAMI

Which will become my Saturday and Sunday Challenge for 2014. So now you know what to expect when you visit the Smiling Bagel next year … in addition to my ever so charming daily ramblings and fantasies.

DSC08738  A hot pad for the table and a PillowCase pillowcase hand crafted by my sister-in-law. Though I doubt that I’ll ever be able to put my head on anything that looks this beautiful.

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A Deluxe Tea Selection

A Deluxe Tea Selection

A TRIVIA BOOK OF SAINT LOUIS

A TRIVIA BOOK OF SAINT LOUIS

A TALKING YODA

A TALKING YODA

A SINGLE MAN'S WINE SELECTION

A SINGLE MAN’S WINE SELECTION

A SELECTION OF GIFT CARDS

A SELECTION OF GIFT CARDS

Which I always appreciate. OK, so everyone knows I’m hard to please.

And finally, Mlle. Renee must have been online with the canines at the Compound in Houston, because she gave me the latest book edited by my friend Becky Cochrane and Timothy J Lambert.DSC08783

And I got several new additions for my Christmas trees

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All in all, a VERY good Christmas!

AND TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGEDSC08785And it didn’t bug me out …DSC08788

DSC08760 And today’s MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08786

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MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 350 – DECEMBER 25, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, DAY 350 OF 2013:  CHRISTMAS DAY and I was to busy to write anything on these pages. Mlle. Renee and I got up rather early … mainly to open up her present.DSC08784

It was one of those scientific things created for animals to keep them stimulated. You hide treats in any of the eight different compartments four of which have flipper doors for the dog to lift up to find the treat. They also have to learn to turn the unit around to move the doors over to the sections that don’t have a treet. Here’s Renee on her first attempt at it.DSC08717DSC08719DSC08722DSC08724 DSC08725

You’ll notice that she had no trouble openning the doors or spinning the unit around. When it comes to finding treats, Renee is a genuine Einstein amoung hounds.

Then I spent the rest of the day with each of my two brothers and their families. And when I got home I was too tired to even turn on the computer.

So, HERE’S YESTERDAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE:DSC08761

DSC08759I  even put the Santa puppet on my finger to do a holiday puppet show for Renee, but she said she’d rather play with her new treat toy. So, I let her open the gifts my nieces sent to her. She’s a very popular pup you know.DSC08730

That’s Pinky the Pig her new stuffed toy. (Though I don’t know how long it will remained stuffed.) DSC08743She didn’t put it down for the rest of the night and even brought it into my bed when she came in to sleep with me in the middle of the night.

DSC08750 So I’ve let the Santa Puppet present yesterday’s MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08763

And now I have to go write today’s posts.DSC08681

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 358 – DECEMBER 24, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 358 OF 2013: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Mlle. Renee and I are getting ready to nestle all snug in our beds.  But first, here’s what happened today…The Hobbit

Mr. Bill (my oldest friend) and I went out for our annual Christmas lunch and movie afternoon. The movie was action packed and seemed to whiz by for a near three-hour film.  And yes, it left us cliff hanging for next year final episode. Lunch was at the Blackfinn Grill. And I went for the Total Bacon Cheese Burger. OK, it was lunch and dinner combined.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE:DSC08713

The perfect Christmas Eve fold!DSC08714

OH, TANNENBAUM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 357 – DECEMBER 23, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, DAY 357 OF 2013: And if I thought today was cold, am I going to be frosted tomorrow! The current temp at 11:30 pm is 12 degrees F and dropping. I actually stayed inside all day and did a bit of holiday baking. I actually enjoy baking, and I could see myself with a little bake shop. As long as I could find someone to do the clean up behind me. Today I felt ambitious and whipped up a double batch of Christmas stollens. These are a made using a yeast dough that need kneading and rising before baking. And here’s what I produced …

CHOCOLATE AND PECAN STOLLENS

CHOCOLATE AND PECAN STOLLENS

 

CHOCOLATE CRUMB AND CHOCOLAT COVERED PEANUT STOLLENS

CHOCOLATE CRUMB AND CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUT STOLLENS

 

APRICOT STOLLENS

APRICOT STOLLENS

HEAVENLY HASH AND COCONUT RAISEN STOLENS

HEAVENLY HASH AND COCONUT RAISIN STOLLENS

Twelve stollens all together which I will be wrapping and handing out on Christmas Day.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE – THE DOLLAR PEACE DOVE:

THE $ PEACE DOVE

THE $ PEACE DOVE

Would you believe that I did not have a foldable one dollar bill in my wallet.  So I had to use a five?

The $5 Peace Dove

The $5 Peace Dove

Trust me, as soon as I shot the photo, I unfolded the fiver and returned it to my wallet … wrinkles and all.

SNOBOB TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08711

AND CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS…

MY 1939 LIONEL TRAIN

MY 1939 LIONEL TRAIN

 

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