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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.

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MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 355 – DECEMBER 21, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 355 OF 2013:  The bad news is … today is officially the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. The good news is the days get longer from here. To make today a totally miserable day, it was cold and it rained all day!  That also mean there were slick roads in a few areas around town. I stayed in and baked cookies.

OREO CHEESECAKE COOKIES

OREO CHEESECAKE COOKIES

It wasn’t easy, but I only allowed myself to taste test one of them. Believe me, they are better than good! And easy to make, too. Here’s the recipe …

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
6 oz. carton of cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 cups crumbled Oreo cookies
(Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with parchment.) 
In the bowl blend the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until combined.
Add sugar and vanilla, mix well.
Add flour one cup at a time and mix on low just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
Pour Oreo crumbs into a shallow bowl.  Scoop dough in 1.5-inch balls and roll in cookie crumbs until they are throughly covered.  Space cookies about one to two inches apart on the cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake about 15 minutes. Remove and cool on the cookie sheet for about five minutes then move the cookies  to a wire rack and cool completely.

TODAY’S ORIGAMI CHALLENGE:DSC08657

Just wanted to show you the messages I get on weekends.

6efcd7ddccf21234c TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE:DSC08656

And in case you forgot, there’s only three more shopping days to Christmas.

 

 

 

 

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 342 – DECEMBER 8, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 342 OF 2013: 

NOVEMBER 7, 1941

NOVEMBER 8, 1941

Today is the 72nd Anniversary of FDR’s speech before Congress that marked the United States involvement in the Second World War. I’ll admit I was there, but I don’t remember much about it. I remember my Uncles all wearing Uniforms and going off to war. But I had no idea where War was located. And for some reason I thought that the Japanese and the Chimpanzees were both the same thing, and they were coming to get me during the night. And I don’t remember President Roosevelt. The first president I actually remember was Harry S Truman. I also remember my neat sailor suit.

ME, MY UNCLE BOB, AND MY BROTHER JIMMY.

ME, MY UNCLE BOB, AND MY BROTHER JIMMY.

Guess I always was a bit of a ham. Unfortunately, just like World War I, World War II was not the war to end all wars. It seems like humans will never get their acts together … and in the end we all lose. Unfortunately, it’s not the people who start wars.

MY DAY, SO FAR: It’s still cold out, and we had another snowfall that just barely refreshed the blanket of white that was beginning to look a bit grey. And it still has to be measured in centimeters instead of inches. And I’m still not in a very merry holiday mood yet.

My story’s in the telling, not the told
I’m stayin’ young, I’m stayin’ young
It’s wonderful the way I hold my own
When everything surrounding me has grown so old

DSC08489  TODAY’S MENSA PUZZLE:12:8

MY DAILY CALENDAR – DAY 327 – NOVEMBER 23, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 327 OF 2013And for this weekend edition, I would like to finally provide the answer to that musical question … WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?BlueFlower
I’m sorry, that’s all I could find … don’t you realize it’s 20 degrees outside. By the way, I’ve just been informed by my good friend Sandy, that the happy blue blossom pictured above is a chicory blossom and for years I’ve been digging them out of the lawn as weeds. My mother should have known that because her mother whose grandmother was French grew chicory in her garden and always added it to the coffee that she made.

What did you expect, it’s the weekend! And this is what the Origani Calendar offered today.23_24

A menu in a Chinese Restarant disguised as an origami cube. And a bad pun too! Don’t they realize that bad puns are my domain around here? The Mensa Puzzle wasn’t much better. It was about a kid who is going to burn his house down.23Oh, well you deserve something better than that. So here’s where the flowers really are.Something different

 A FLORAL STUDY IN BRONZE

MY WEEKEND CALENDAR…DAYS 292/293 – OCTOBER 19/20, 2013

MY WEEKEND CALENDAR FOR DAYS 292 AND 293 OF 2013: 

SATURDAY: I went to the first birthday party for my great-nephew. It was a fun occasion filled with kids, fun, games, lots of balls and best of all cake!

Who could ask for anything more or better?

SUNDAY: The weather was sunny and bright and I took advantage of it to cut the back lawns and get the back ready for bad weather to come. It was a comfortable grass cutting day, and I actually accomplished more than I thought I would.

BookWorm DOUBLE MENSA PUZZLE DAYS:19_20

AND Renee spent the weekend napping.7:4

 

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 222 – AUGUST 10, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 222 OF 2013: Today, I actually wore myself out mowing the back lawn. As you know, I’ve been avoiding this chore for the past week … or more. And the task was compounded by the fact that we’ve had more than plentiful rain fall in the past couple of weeks. No flooding locally, but the extra water has given the annoying wire-grass to really take hold and dig in.  In case you’ve never seen wire-grass …wire grass

This is what the nasty varmint looks like, and it has roots that go to China. A regular power mower can not properly trim this grass, so I had to attack each clump of grass with a weed-wacker, rake up the waste and then go back an mow the good grasses with the power mower. And that takes time and quite a few rest breaks in my easy lawn chair in the shade of the many trees. Task completed!

Since this is the weekend, there was no Origami Challenge. So let’s get right the Mensa Puzzle. First the Saturday Puzzle decorated with an origami project from a couple of weeks ago.DSCF0917

A FEW OF MY S.L.A.M. FAVORITE THINGS #5DSCF0846

SCULPTURE 1937 – HENRY MOORE

I don’t know, I’ve got this thing for elephants.

Saint Louis Art Museum Collection Guide – With this work’s protruding, trunk-like front, two small eye incisions, and a surface of mottled gray stone, the sculptor Henry Moore makes a whimsical reference to the form of an elephant. A triangular cleft and a vertically incised line give shape to its stylized body while a projecting rectangular form suggests the animal’s ample hindquarters. Drawing from the anatomy of a living organism, Moore enlivens his abstract compositional approach with references to the biomorphic forms of nature.

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 201 – JULY 20, 2013

MY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY/DAY 201 – July 20, 2013: Well, yesterday was the bi-monthly lunch gathering of a bunch of guys with whom I went to high school way too many years ago. As usual we met in the back room of the U City Pizza House. We’re a rather motley medley of lawyers, judges, butchers, mechanics, insurance agents, college professors, accountants, brokers, bankers and even advertising writer/producers who graduated from an all boys, Catholic high school that disappeared from the face of the earth eight years after we graduated. Our topics of conversation runs the gamut of aches, pains, vacations,  golf, the cost of gasoline, a former teacher of ours who we all hate and who is now sitting in a prison in Louisiana for the murder of a couple of women, grandchildren, gay marriage (and why it will never make it through the Missouri bible belt based legislature), and wonder dogs like Mlle. Renee. And it’s good to note that about a third of them look way older than me. Unfortunately, another third looks a lot younger, too!

It also rained again in the afternoon, but I was already at home taking a nap.

MY ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – ANOTHER WEEKEND NOTHING: DSCF0597

HO! HUM! Another two-day wast of paper. Actually a bunch of my past projects flocked in to protest the lack of creativity.DSCF0598

In other words, they thought it was for the birds!

Anyway, here’s a little Saturday puzzle.DSCF0602

MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 194 – JULY 13, 2013

SATURDAY – DAY 194:  Here we are at the start of another weekend, and the weather wizards say it should be pretty nice with cool to moderate temp and a slight possibility of clouds and a few scattered rain drops. Yesterday, I managed to get the laundry washed and the back lawns mowed.  Getting the front done might be an option for today.

MY ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – As I mentioned earlier, the Origami Puzzle creators take the weekends off. So nothing new to fold today. They did provide a political anecdote though … DSCF0503

 

I did notice from my creative work table that my previous characters did not take the day off. This is what I found this morning …DSCF0498

Oriental Origami Cat eats blue whale!  Hungry little kitty.

DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #180 – JUNE 29, 2013

#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – NO ORIGAMI THIS WEEKEND

But there is a nice story …

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#2 – THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – SOUND MIXDSCF0322

 

And the answers are:

suite/sweet, knows/nows, ceiling/sealing and mustard/mustered

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t get the answers either.

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR – SUNDAY’S PUZZLE

DSCF0319 We’ll save this puzzle for Sunday.

DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #152 – JUNE 1, 2013

#2 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – GUESS WHAT, YET ANOTHER NON-ORIGAMI CHALLENGEDSC07358

Gee, I just have to wait until Monday to make a paper airplane! I’ll make another pin wheel and pretend it’s an airplane’s propeller.DSC07360

Prepare for takeoff!

#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – SATURDAY HALF/EMPTY SQUARESDSC07355

Great, just what I needed to kick the weekend off!

And the answers are:

azure, gizmo, druid and omega

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR – SUNDAY WORD CROSS

DSC07357 As usual, I save this one for Sunday.

ALSO STARTING TODAY … IT’S 30 DAYS OF CREATIVITY

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Watch for my first post later today.