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Pictures from the past two weeks

May 24, 2012

Flowers are popping out all over our development. Most of the rhododendrons are a fuscia pink but then you come around the corner and one bush has the most delicate pink flowers. I love this color!

A few weeks ago, we noticed that a morning dove had made a nest in the bushes outside our kitchen window. She placed the nest very well because there were days you couldn’t really tell if she was in it or not. Then, the other day, Helen said she was pretty sure the babies had hatched.

You can only see one here with the mom but there were two little chicks in the nest. However, they didn’t stay long. This morning, they were gone. I’m so glad I got a picture before they left.

While she was sitting on the eggs, another baby bird fell out of a nest close by. We left him alone knowing that his mom wouldn’t help him if we touched him, but he didn’t make it through the night. I wonder if the morning dove was tempted to go help him, but couldn’t leave her nest? Do birds feel the need to come to someone’s aid like humans do?

Dru doesn’t go into the full corgi position very often which is too bad because I love it when she lies this way. She brought me her buddah ball and wanted me to throw it for her. The fact that I had just gotten out of the shower was of little consequence to her. I was present and should therefore be playing with her!

Picture compliments of my sister-in-law

And then everything stops while I admire the rolls on my nephew’s legs! And the smile.

These are the nursemaids who sat vigil over the baby birds. That’s Tabitha on the left and Dudley on the right and the bush below is where the nest was. It reminds me very much of another older cat taking the baby under his wing, only we won’t go there because I’m at work and I can’t cry here.

I am repurposing my mouse candle holder as a staff for making bracelets that I’ve volunteered to make for Red Bank’s Girls Night Out event. A mother came into the store and was showing it to her daughter calling him the mouse king from the Nutcracker. I never thought of him coming from the Nutcracker. To me, he’s the crown prince from a far off land, not necessarily attached to any one piece of literature. My imagination is a bit more active than many other people’s.

CHALLENGER EXPLOSION

January 28, 2011

I had something else planned for today’s post but then I saw the headline about the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. 73 seconds after takeoff, the Challenger exploded and seven lives were taken away. I was off at college and I remember calling home and just bursting into tears when my mother answered the phone. I have no idea why it affected me so strongly, and still does, but I cannot make it through Kenny G’s Auld Lang Syne (Millennium Mix)  without tearing up all over again. Even now, just writing this post, I’m wiping my eyes and trying to come up with a reason for bawling at work in a mach0-infested office.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.'” Ronald Reagan

Do you remember where you were for this tragedy or have you just read about it?

I wonder, is this my Kennedy assasination?

POKEY STICKS

April 13, 2010

We got one of these at BJ’s Wholesale Club because I had views of washing my windows and having glass that sunlight could actually penetrate. That was two years ago.  A couple of weeks ago, I finally unpacked it from it’s box and put it through its paces. Let me just say, you get what you paid for. Since we paid less than the packaging was worth, I should not have been surprised that the squeegee head really and truly sucked! The sponge came out from the clampy thing holding it to the device and when I tried to get it back in, the squeegee part fell out. But who needs that anyway, right? I got the sponge back in eventually.

I managed to get completely soaked as I tried to wash the 2nd floor windows (it is very cool that the stick will extend that far!) but the dogs had a ball running through the waterfall coming down on us. We finally settled on a quick wash with the sponge and then a power rinse with the hose. You would just not believe the excitement that caused, chiefly since one of the windows wasn’t closed completely – but we won’t mention that! It was a gorgeous day so I decided to let the sun dry the windows. God knows, it was doing a better, much less streaky job than I was! By the time I was done three windows & three sets of double doors, the sponge/squeegee head was completely toast.

You might think I would just throw down the pole in disgust and declare it a waste of $14.99, but you never know when you’re going to need a really long pokey stick, especially when you live with the Graham’s.  Case in point: we got this toy for the dogs.

Shocking, I know, since we spend NO MONEY on those poor creatures! Sarcasm aside, it is a great throwing toy. It flies through the air with the greatest of ease, even when I’m throwing it, which is the sign of a well made product. Because believe me, it’s not my throwing that’s getting it to go great distances! The first thing Helen did was throw it up on the roof of the garage. This tragedy was averted by getting our really long pokey stick out and sending Helen up a tall ladder to snag the most favored toy in the entire world back from the roof-top oblivion.

And the pokey stick came to our rescue again this past weekend. We were cleaning and straightening the garage and uncovered some plastic shelving units we brought with us four years ago when we moved, and then promptly forgot in a corner. The daddy-long-legs confiscated them for their playground/nesting area and they needed some serious cleaning before we tried to put them together. Helen took the shelves out onto the dock to spray them down when the wind caught one and blew it into the water. “I know!” I cried.  “We’ll use the pokey stick to get it out!” which was a truly magnificent idea …. until we dropped the pokey stick into the water with the shelf. Yeah, it really is like an episode of the Keystone Cops around here!

Rest assured, we dragged both the stick and the shelf back from the brink of drowning by sending Helen down onto the swampy beach to save them. I stood on the dock and grabbed them as she handed them up. I would have taken pictures but she promised to never climb up ladders or down walls to fix things again. That and she would severely hurt me if anything ever hit the web. So, you’ll just have to use your imaginations:)