Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 791

Mutterings for the week of April 1st. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Error :: message; Microsoft (Why we switched to Apple.)
  2. Kitty :: Miss Kitty and Mr. Dillon (Yeah, I'm THAT old!)
  3. Delay :: Amtrak, Congress
  4. Scale :: model trains (The Hubs has been getting back into the hobby.)
  5. Calculation :: algebra, NASA, carpentry
  6. System :: digestive, solar, subway
  7. Innovation :: inventor, change, new stuff
  8. April :: Mamma (My mother was born in April and died in April, a few days after her 80th birthday.)
  9. Comforter :: duvet, bed covering
  10. Frustrating :: April (I was going to say "Life" but that's a little pessimistic, even for me.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bluebonnets Are Back - Must Be Spring!

Every spring I start looking for bluebonnets as soon as February is finished, and I always think maybe this year they just won't show up. Of course, that's just me being impatient. They always come back and they usually seem to appear overnight. One day, nothing; next morning, the roadsides are covered in blue.

We took our annual looking-for-bluebonnets drive a couple days ago, and I took a few snaps. In some areas, you find huge patches that seem to go on for miles. And in other places, just a few flowers poke up amidst all the weeds and roadside litter.

This year it seems that the other wildflowers are getting a little later start, but we did find a few Texas paintbrush blossoms mixed in here and there.

And we even have a few brave little plants coming up in odd places in our front yard, even though the deer seem to love munching on them.

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Saturday 9: Easter Parade

The Saturday 9  is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"Easter Parade"
("In Your Easter Bonnet")
from the 1948 movie

Listen to it HERE.

1. This song is about a special Easter hat to be worn with your "Sunday best." Will you be getting dressed up this weekend?
Not a chance. But I have a small collection of Easter hats from years ago when I did get dressed up for the day.
2. Judy Garland's partner in this movie was supposed to be Gene Kelly, but he was unavailable because he broke his ankle playing volleyball. Have you ever lost a big opportunity because of a medical issue?
Can't really think of anything. I remember I was really disappointed in first grade when I was supposed to be in a school play and then came down with measles before the performance. Not that that would have been such a "big opportunity," but it would have been my stage debut! And my grandmother was making a special full-length party dress for me to wear. It never got finished, I never wore it, and I'm getting all misty here just thinking about it.  

3. Garland later confessed that, at first, she would have preferred Kelly because she knew him well and was intimidated by Fred Astaire. By the end of filming, she found she enjoyed Astaire a great deal. Can you think of a friend with whom you had a rocky relationship at the beginning?
Hmmm. Not really. I guess if a relationship starts out rocky for me, the relationship doesn't go very far. 
4. This song was inspired by New York City's Easter Parade. Does your community host a similar event?
Not that I know of. We're a pretty small community and there are a lot of local churches which will all be having some sort of Easter activities, I'm sure. But I don't know of any planned civic celebration. 
5. The biggest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy, measured 34 feet tall and weighed a staggering 15,000 lbs. Do you think it's possible to have too much chocolate?
I'm sort of getting Willy Wonka vibes here. Yeah, I guess one could have too much chocolate, theoretically. Fortunately, it's never happened to me. (I want all the chocolate I can get!)
6. Jelly beans are also popular this time of year. A 2013 poll tells us that red is by far the favorite jelly bean color, with yellow a distant second. Do you have a preference?
Licorice-flavored. After that, red (cherry).
7. We've been talking a lot about sweets this morning. The only holiday that generates more candy sales is Halloween. When do you eat more candy: Easter or Halloween?
Definitely Halloween. (My favorite holiday.) Every year, we buy Halloween candy just in case we have trick-or-treaters. We never have trick-or-treaters. Somebody has to eat all that candy, right?
8. Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What makes you feel refreshed or rejuvenated?
A nice tall gin-and-tonic usually does the job pretty efficiently. I feel instantly rejuvenated. And then go right to sleep.
9.  This year, April Fool's Day happens to coincide with Easter Sunday. Do you expect to fall victim to any pranks this weekend?
Hopefully no pranks. But I'm sure I'll fall for some stupid joke or rip-off. I always do. I'm just way too gullible.

Happy Saturday, everyone!
Also Happy Easter, Happy Springtime and a Joyous Passover!
And have a great weekend.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

SkyWatch Friday: Recent Rainbow

A shot from last week. Looks like the end of this rainbow is somewhere in Lake Travis.

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Unconscious Mutterings: Week 790

Mutterings for the week of March 26th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Food :: for thought (like Unconscious Mutterings!)
  2. Storm :: ...of the Century
  3. Install :: electronics, software
  4. Report :: account, description
  5. Dream :: Steven Tyler

  6. Analysis :: therapy
  7. Redirect :: detour
  8. 78 :: rpm
  9. Weather :: report
  10. Protect :: and Serve

Friday, March 23, 2018

SkyWatch Friday

So far this month we've had mostly clear skies with not much drama. And I'm loving that. But one day last week we had some really interesting morning cloud cover.

I'm happy to report that it turned sunny later in the day. Fortunately.

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