Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Capturing the Roadrunner

We have a roadrunner living nearby. Probably more than one, of course -- but we only ever see one at a time. He (she?) likes to hunt for insects in our yard, and now and then comes right up onto our front porch to look around. Up close, he's really lovely to look at. I've been trying to get a photo for months now, but he's just too fast for me (I feel a little like Wile E. Coyote in the old Looney Tune cartoons). This is as close as I've come, so far. If you enlarge the photo and look closely, you can see the giant grasshopper in his beak.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

I snapped this with my iPhone, but I'm determined to get a really good shot with an actual camera (remember those?) one of these days. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Biker Dog

(Click on photo to enlarge)

For more Wordless Wednesday offerings,
please visit the website here.

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 607

Haven't been keeping up with my mutterings for a while now. So here we go with Number 607 from LunaNiña:
  1. Men :: women -- OK, that was inevitable, right?
  2. Partial :: dentists (I've spent way too much time with mine)
  3. Expenses :: dentists again
  4. Notification :: for some reason, this makes me think of draft notices ("Greetings...")
  5. Bubble wrap :: hmmmm...the only thing that comes to mind is bubble wrap
  6. Speech :: my favorite subject in school
  7. Rumble :: West Side Story (When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way!)
  8. Sounds :: noise
  9. Sweaty :: summertime (love summer, but hate to sweat - go figure)
  10. Mud :: river, swamps, pies, facials, chocolate (actually, most things make me think of chocolate!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blue Monday: Christmas in July

Blue Monday is hosted weekly by Smiling Sally.
To see more offerings, or to participate yourself, please head on over to her blog.

No, I'm not going to be posting any photos of Santa or tinsel-laden fir trees. That post title just refers to how I spent my weekend: finally put away the last of the Christmas stuff! I like to save all the cards we get each year, so I can refer back to them when I'm getting out next year's batch. And it always takes me a month or so to get them all stored away -- for some reason, I can't seem to do that when we're clearing out all the other Christmas paraphernalia. I've waited as late as March in past years, but this year was definitely a record.

But "Christmas in July" also refers to my shopping experience over the weekend. Did some shopping on Saturday, looking for summer duds. Silly me, to think I could actually shop for summer clothing in the summer. Of course, the shops are all getting ready for autumn -- or that first ice storm, by the looks of the floor displays.

Finally found a few appropriate items at the local mall, and snapped an accidental selfie in the dressing room. I ended up buying both the blue shirt and the pants which are a dark navy blue -- fetching, don't you think? (The pants legs are rolled up so I could see how they'd look cropped -- even though I really, really don't care for the cropped look. Why do you suppose all clothing designers suddenly think the average middle-aged American woman wants to go around looking like Huck Finn?)

Hmmmm.  I actually look pretty good, headless. Might do a series of these.

Anyhoo -- if you're looking to replace sandals, swimsuits, or straw hats, you'd best hit the shops immediately! Otherwise, it's overcoats and snow boots from now til 2015.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Still Here

Blue Monday is hosted weekly by Smiling Sally.
To see more offerings, or to participate yourself, please head on over to her blog.

Can't believe it's been three months since I posted anything on this blog!  I was deliberately taking a little break from blogging, but really didn't intend it to go that long.  Lots has happened during the past few months, and the time just seems to be flying by.  Now we've had the July 4th holiday, and Wimbledon fortnight -- two major time markers for me; I always feel it's not really summer until those two events have come and gone.

So I guess summer is definitely here. 

Another seasonal marker -- the hubby seems to be constantly outside mowing, trimming, and weed-whacking (and watering, when the rules allow it).  Recently he hasn't been able to do as much of all that as he'd like, because of a foot injury.  But he's on the mend now, and even spent part of July 4th hanging out with his weed-whacker.  Here's a shot of him with the flag flying, and an almost blue sky in the background.

Some of those "clouds" are actually dust all the way from Africa!