Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Not Lost


So, I’m not lost, dead, ill, MIA,  or anything like that.  Just been busy and still having a vision issue that has kept me off the computer after an hour of reading, writing, and looking. 

May (and a Happy

1 Batman Day
1 Beltane
1 Herb Day
1 Hug Your Cat Day
3 Garden Meditation Day
4 Intergalactic Star Wars Day
5 Great American Grump Out
7 Tuba Day
8 O’Henry Pun-off Day
One of my ancestors was once hired by Henry VIII
to teach his son to play the trumpet.  He was a Tudor tooter tutor
11 Eat What You Want Day
12 Limerick Day

There was a young lady of Niger
who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
with the lady inside,
and the smile on the face of the tiger.

to everyone), is the last real month to work outside before someone opens the gates to hell

and summer arrives.  Therefore, I have spent the cooler mornings working like a wild woman and the afternoons recuperating. 

Seems like I did mention the death of my canopy during a huge rain storm - yes?

Moved all the plants, took the crumpled bent thing apart, and arranged a semi-shade location for said plants.  Then, a couple of days later my sister and I put up her tent (which I am going to borrow for a time).  That was interesting.  It was sort of like the three stooges minus one.  But after several starts, stops, and redos, we got it up and together.  Then, I spend another day rearranging all the shade lovers (and as it happened, the shed) and it all looks nice.

I have a few things blooming

The Purple Coneflowers are looking bright and pretty.

and the drift roses are drifting nicely.

All my herbs are doing moderately well.  This is the first time I’ve done serious container gardening so we all are still adjusting.  I had to repot a few and got a few more so right now the patio in front is the de facto herb garden.  A work in process. 

And my tomatoes and lettuce are also doing very well. 

OK, one tomato is doing very well and producing little tomatoes as fast as it can.  One is dilly-dallying around.  I recently told it – GET BUSY!  DO YOUR JOB!  MAKE TOMATOES!  Or, I’ll jerk you out of that pot and toss you on the burn pile!  I think that worked as I noticed today it has two tomatoes on it now. 

Granddaughter #2 graduated from the University of Montana last Saturday.  I didn’t get to go as graduates were only allowed 2 guests (and, of course it was in Montana which is about 8000 miles from here) but I did watch it on live TV.  Yaaayyyyy!!!

She graduated a semester early Magna Cum Laude with a dual major - a BA in Political Science and a BA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a minor in African American Studies.  Proud grandma?  Oh yes – proud, thrilled, happy, and wondering how it can be that she’s old enough to have accomplished so much when just last year she looked like this –

okay, m a y b e  a couple of years ago.

That’s all I got for now.  Still waiting on my new lenses and the eyeballs are beginning to act up.


A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak,
Enough food for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

Ogden Nash


12 May 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

New Things and Old


Yesterday I planned to put up a “Did You Know?” post.  Had the outline all put together, just had to fill in with comments and pictures.  Obviously – that didn’t happen.  My vision has been acting up lately and being on the computer longer than an hour causes all sorts of problems.  So, I went to my ophthalmologist.  Turns out – my eyeballs are all healthy (yay!) but, my eyes are not focusing in tandem which makes my eyes very tired and vision out of focus.  Another of those “it happens as we get older” things.  Ugh.  And, by the time I got home from the DR, my eyes were so dilated, seeing anything was difficult to “not happening”.  Anyway, getting new glasses. 

So – this will encompass a few things from yesterday and some things from today.

First of all.  The big thing about today is


Now, Did You Know? that yesterday was - - -

Poem in Your Pocket Day

You could celebrate by:

1 Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space and/or

2 Select a poem and share it on social media and/or

3 Email a poem to your friends, family, neighbors, or local government leaders

I’d planned to celebrate with #2 – share a poem – here goes

Put Something In
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem”
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Yesterday was also –

Zipper Day

The first patented zipper with a slider, filed in 1891, was designed by American Whitcomb Judson and it was called a ‘clasp locker’, and originally invented for use on shoes.  However, it didn’t work well and never caught on.

Then, in 1913, American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundback received a patent for a curious contraption he called “hook-less fastener” and thanks to the military, this contraption caught on quickly.

There are 4.5 billion zippers of all kinds used in the U.S. per year.

A zipper is also known as a zip fastener or a zip and fly.

Zippers might seem innocent enough but 1,700 men seek help in the ER each year due to zipper related injuries.

I think my cat Daryl can teleport.

Honest to god, he can be 6 feet across the room and the minute I open any door anywhere in the house he can be through it and someplace I don’t want him to be.

No, no “Beam me up Scotty”

No combadge

He has figured out how to get out the door without being seen (fortunately, once out he rolls onto his back and looks cute possibly so I won’t throttle him).  And, how to get into a cabinet without making any noise until he starts bumping into things.  

Currently the moon is waning gibbous.  Which means - this phase starts after the Full Moon and lasts until half of the Moon's face remains lit-up at the Third Quarter (May 3).  Things to do now?  Traditionally banishing spells are the best magic to do at the waning gibbous moon.  Another traditionally done thing – clean house, home, and anything else.  Also it’s time to plant biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground (such as onions, carrots, and potatoes). 

And, lastly, I was awakened early this morning by thunder, lightning, and RAIN.  Not, the pitter-patter of raindrops but a deluge of water falling from the sky.  My rain gauge broke during the IRON WINTER OF 2021 so I don’t know how much rain we've gotten so far, but at 9AM, the very deep ditch looks like this –

so, a lot.

When I looked out in the wee early hours this morning, this is the sight that greeted me.

That’s my brand-new shade canopy.  AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

I’m okay, okey-dokey, just fine, breathing and everything.  Not running screaming down the street. 

Thinking that’s what I had for breakfast!

30 Apr 2021


Friday, April 23, 2021

Strange and Unusual Things You Find When You’re Not Really Looking


This is the last post about my brother’s visit.  

We had one day when we three “Did Wharton”.  Went to the Farmer’s Market which currently takes place every Saturday down nearly on the Square.  Right now, there aren’t any fruits or vegetables – even for us it’s early.  But there are a number of sellers of other good stuff like local honey, home baked breads and other yummy things, crafted items, canned items (pickles, jellies, sauerkraut) and such like that.  Then we walked around the Square.

One store must have had umpty bazillion marbles.  All sizes, all colors.

Never seen a phone quite like this.

Stacks of 45’s.  Sure, I see lots of LP’s but 45’s seem fewer and farther between.

I didn’t realize these were back in style/demand.  All thicknesses and lengths.  Do you think wearers can actually open their eyes without monumental eyelid muscle!  Hmmm – how do you train for that, I wonder – Eyelid Muscle.

And, then we went to the local (and new) Sweet Shop.  Myself, I was hoping for chocolates and caramels.  Nope, lots of gummy things.


Plus these – just have to pass.  I'm not a big fan of sodas anyway these put me off it all together.

 And then, of course, there was the day we went to Galveston.  Like all the tourists, we walked the Strand.

That just sounds wrong.

Yeah – ok, bad to worse.

I don't know . . .

Uhmm – pretty sure I’d have to pass on that also and I'm a tea drinker.

You can rent these and drive little Model T’s around town.  Guy said he’d resurrected Henry Ford to help with the design.

Yep – works for me!

My sister is ready too!

Well, whatever works for you.

Dish towel – honest to god, I think I need this!

And finally we went down to Seawall and walked along the beach.


I still miss it – every day.


23 Apr 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021



Here not too long ago, Bobby and I made a drive to Independence, TX.  Actually we went to the Antique Rose Emporium.  I wanted a couple of shrub roses and it’s a nice day trip.  The drive into the hill country this time of the year is beautiful with wildflowers.

My phone camera doesn’t do them justice.

Although I went to buy one rose, I left with two –

Lady of Shalott

Souvenir de la Maimaison

OK – at least I limited myself to just two – I only saw around 92 I liked a great huge amount and 14 or so I really wanted!

Purchases made, we set out to explore the thriving metropolis of Independence. 

Today, Independence, TX is a small unincorporated town of about 140 residents. 

However, it once was a significant center for religion and education in the Republic of Texas.  In 1845, Independence won the bid for a Texas university, which was named after one of its founders, R.E.B. Baylor, a former U.S. Congressman.  Baylor University opened its doors in 1846 with a total of 24 students, both male and female.  Later the women were separated into an independent institution, known as Baylor Women's College (today it’ called the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).  At its hey-day, Independence had a hotel, a Masonic Lodge, a stagecoach depot and a small commercial center.  However, when the Santa Fe Railroad wanted to establish a line through town, the city leaders refused to grant it a right-of-way.  And, by 1880, most railroads bypassed the town, taking trade with them.  Both Baylor universities were moved in 1885. 

Interesting – yes?  no?  maybe??

More interesting was the discovery of The Old Independence Cemetery (no – I don’t know if there is a New Independence Cemetery).

Established in 1823, the cemetery was an early community graveyard used by pioneers of Texas, with many prominent figures of the Republic being buried there including several of the Original 300, the son of Sam Houston and the grandson of Moses Austin. 

And so endith the tour!

 22 Apr 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Galveston, Oh Galveston


This past Thursday, we three – sister, brother and I, went to Galveston for the day.  And, like all tourists, we walked the Strand – the street that has some of the most interesting shops and buildings on the island.  One of the shops we went into is called “Christmas on the Strand”.  And, yes, they have half of their shop dedicated to Christmas stuff year-around.  I like looking at ornaments no matter the date.

There were many interesting and unusual things.  Some really pretty, some odd, and mostly having to do with the ocean and ocean related things.  But, by far, the most eye-catching ornaments were these - -

December Diamonds Merman

This December Diamonds Beached Whale merman has black and white glittered Shamu tail.  He is bald, brawny, wearing black shades, a whale tail necklace, and holding an ice cream cone!

Relaxing on a unicorn pool float

Anyone care for a little pup play?

That is one hot unicorn! With a drink in hand, gold belt, unicorn horn, and rainbow sparkle tail, this Rainbow Merman is ready for Gay pride! These are not your average merman ornaments.

Pet the Puss

There were a bunch more if none of these appeal to you.  Everything from Cowboys to Doctors; from  to Vampires to Hard Hat types.  Great, just great!

 18 Apr 2021