I agree! The photos are amazing. They remind me a little bit of one of my favorite insect photos of BP's....and she's got a lot of insect photos; she's always running around with the camera taking bug pictures. This one is a close up of a spider on a plant covered in morning dew. The dew drops sparkle, and the spider is dainty, bright green, and not icky-looking at all. It's not nearly as close-up as the rain-covered insect photos on the link, but close-up enough to see the hairs on the spider's legs.
Speaking of photos....and going back to little houses....
Yesterday, coming back from getting LX's driver's permit, we just had to stop to take pictures of cows....more specifically, of calves. There were about fifteen of them all lined up outside the barn, in what LX called "cow dog-houses". Apparently, we had to take pictures because LX's friend who is raising a calf, now has to get him a cute little cow dog-house.
The farmer came up to us, wondering why we were there, (and wondering why LX was in the mud barefoot). I asked if they were veal calves, (no they're dairy cows...duh, the sign painted on the barn said "blah, blah, blah dairy farm", but since each was in their own little house with their own little pen, I thought veal...and cringed.) He explained he'd just gotten the calves in recently, and they were still too young to let out in the pasture with the adult cows. The calves need to slowly get integrated into the herd; they have their own area inside the barn too. It was pretty interesting actually - and who can resist falling in love with big, floppy cow ears, and soulful cow-eyed looks. When the one LX was petting licked her, I had to drag her away, lest she start pleading for a pet cow that we could keep in the backyard in a cow dog-house.
Here's an idea of what a cow dog-house (actually called hutches) look like, except the ones we saw yesterday were singles:
Fascinating! I gave my Apple ][ (purchased in 1977, personally upgraded to Apple ][+) and an Apple ][ clone kit (I constructed it, upgraded it, and used it to demo early computers to my students) away but still have my Apple ][e (upgraded to 768 KB RAM and 20 MB HD), my 128K Mac Classic, and my Apple ][c.
I got my first Apple when I was fresh out of college and so addicted to computers I was having withdrawal symptoms.
Hello Spock! You built your own computers? Very impressive! Glad you enjoyed the link.
The power of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me. What that young woman has been through, and continues to endure is so sad. But her strength and determination are truly inspiring. I'm glad that she found a doctor who can help her keep chasing her dreams.
What a great article about Judy Blume. I agree with the author - the books are meant to be passed around. I remember opening my locker one day (though I can't remember if it was jr. high or high-school) and a very worn copy of "Forever" falling out. I don't think I ever found out who put it there, but I passed it on the same way when I was through reading.
I, too, read a dog-eared copy of "Forever", passed around at school, Gams. It fell open to all the "good" parts. And I, too, passed it along. Would have been interesting if each girl who read it had written her name in the back somewhere.
And I, too, will miss Hillary. No offense to our President, but I think he should have been her running mate. Even my dad, a staunch Republican, thinks Hillary would have been a good president. And he says that if she'd run in 2012, he'd have voted for her.
Sorry for going against popular opinion here, but I'm not really sure I trust her. I think it has everything to do with who her husband is and the fact that she didn't kick him out in the gutter for what he did while in office.
I've heard of "Chuck-Flicks", my wife and I watch and enjoy them sometimes. Am I correct to assume that "Forever" is a "Chick-Book"?
Fascinating. I can understand how young people of any age, gender, or orientation would enjoy reading such a book. I call it literature in place of experience. I'm also sure that just as many young boys/men would enjoy it as young girls/women ... they just wouldn't admit it to their peers or afterward to anyone. Young men have much more fragile egos than any of them wish to be known.
[Added] I suppose I should add something, so I will post here the first episode of JourneyQuest. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the Season 1 DVD and donated actual real money to Season 2.
Q, I hear what you're saying. Hillary may have had other reasons for tolerating Bill's philandering. But it may simply be that, like many people in that situation, her love overcame all other emotions. I don't understand that, personally. But it's her life.
Would be fun to appear in a film like that, Spock. And it must make you feel good to know you're supporting art you enjoy so much.
This video made me cry. It's another testament to the power of music.
Wow! Thanks for sharing, Siren. I'm going to "pay it forward" to Facebook, if that's OK with you.
It reminds me of mom. After her vision became so bad & she could only listen to the television, I bought her a "jam box" & started burning her CDs...mostly gospel & old country...Conway & Loretta, Johnny & June Carter Cash, George Jones, Jim Reeves...I must of made her a dozen CDs. She listened to them constantly until she went into the hospital the last time. I was so upset after the funeral because no one seemed to know anything about mom's CDs, where they were or what happened to them. Pfft. No matter. Of course I have every playlist documented and everyone of those songs I know by heart.
It makes me smile & tear up now remembering how she sang those songs as loud as she could. She's no doubt still singing them now.
The eye doc made me sing a different note today. I am extremely near-sighted, meaning I cannot see hardly past the end of my nose without my glasses or contacts. In the past two years I have also gotten to the point that I can't read up-close without "cheaters" or "readers"--the little glasses that you can pick up at the dollar store for practically nothing. In the past couple of weeks, I haven't been able to find a happy medium for reading the computer at work (or home, for that matter), neither with or without the cheaters. Today, I get "Monovision" contacts. When I read up-close, the right eye takes over and when I look in the distance, the left eye takes over! What results is near-perfect vision again without wearing the cheaters. Evidently, it works the same as bifocal glasses. It doesn't put a strain on either eye & works perfectly!
"There are people you meet, who move in and out of your life, like ghosts-- and after they're gone, you find that they've left a part of themselves with you.
I am also nearsighted (20/400 vision) with an astigmatism related to an eye injury when I was a teen. My vision is correctable to 20/10 however and when I used to fly as aircrew, it would really tick off the pilots that I could spot 'bogies' before they could! ;D
... I haven't been able to find a happy medium ...
Why would you need a psychic in a good mood!?
Today, I get "Monovision" contacts. ...
I will have to keep that in mind for the future. I'm sure my vision will eventually get worse and it is always good to have alternatives to a seeing eye dog ...
Glad you all liked the video of the nursing home resident. Thought seeing those people "warehoused" made me sad, I was glad to think there are caring people helping them like the therapist with the ipod.
I have heard about monovision contacts, Q, and wondered how well they work. I will probably end up with them. Thanks for the review.
Thank you, as well, for sharing your memories of your mom and her music.
Step: What do you want? P: A nice fresh peach! S: Go pick one off my tree. P: Um. Ya know, maybe a plum. One of those juicy purple ones! S: Go pick one off my tree. P: Sometimes I like Apricots. S: Go pick one off my tree. P: I changed my mind. I want a red plum. S: Go pick one off my tree. P: OOO! I know! A tangerine! S: One of my favorites. Go pick one off my tree. P: Good deal! Uh, Step. You only have one tree out there. S: Two actually - there's one on the other side, but you can go to either one. P: But you kept saying "Go pick one off my tree." S: Yep. It's my Peach, purple plum, golden apricot, red plum, and tangerine tree. P: No way! S: Yes way! This imaginary conversation brought to you by the startling fact that there really is a peach, purple plum, golden apricot, red plum, and tangerine tree. $25 +S&H. Extra-large peaches, giant purple plums (up to 1/3 lb each), Super-Big Apricots, Tangy Nectarines, and apple sized Red Plums. Honest - that's what the ad says. And no where do they offer a trip to the moon.
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Sounds interesting, Stepper....and like kind of a far-fetched novelty. It sort of makes sense though. Trees grafted with different varieties of apples are common; they're mostly done as espaliers. Peaches, plums, apricots (and cherries) are all in the same botanical family, so grafting one fruit onto a tree of another is possible. Tangerines, though? They come from a different family, and it seems pretty improbable that a graft would take.
But I don't know much about grafting at all, so I dunno, maybe it is possible to have your plum/apricot/peach/tangerine and eat it too.
The wink was for you because I thought you'd get it - and it sort of goes with the graft statement; Chicago is of course in Illinois - I only said Michigan to tease you a bit - sort of like asking "How many animals of each kind did Noah take on the Ark?" - the question or statement is bogus; graft associated with Chicago would be political graft as opposed to grafting done with fruit trees. Sigh. Yeah I know, it wasn't all that good and required way too much thought for someone who might have only had one pot of coffee.
Yeah I know, it wasn't all that good and required way too much thought for someone who might have only had one pot of coffee.
I could have had three pots of coffee and still not got it (although, if I had three pots of coffee, I'd still be on the ceiling instead of here typing). Nothing to do with your reference, mind you; I don't think I've ever heard of a political graft.
Do you guys remember a couple, (maybe three), years ago, when they were filming a movie here in town, and they needed extras to appear in bathing suits down at the beach (in February, I think it was)? Probably not. Anyway, the movie "What's Wrong With Virginia", starring Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Roberts, is finally set to come to theaters on May 18th.
I don't know if any of the beach scenes taken here made the final cut; most of the film was shot in a city about an hour north of us. In the trailer though, the building meant to be the bank, is the Art Center about two blocks from our house.
Cool! Can't imagine seeing your hometown in a movie. The closest we came was seeing some OKC landmarks on that Holly Hunter cop show. Hmmmmm .. *thinking* .. The one where she had that profane and dirty guardian angel. .... "Saving Grace", I think it was called. We watched the first episode, which opened with her having sex with some guy up against a wall, and continued with that chain-smoking, nasty-looking angel, and decided it was not for us.
My friend posted these lovely pics on her facebook. That plant seems to be a butterfly magnet. I wonder what kind it is?