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Friday, August 11, 2017

This is where you get to join in on a bit of GISHWHES

This is what GISHWHES is really all about: The power of good-hearted people to make the world a better, brighter place, despite the shadows all around us. Please consider sharing a little of what you have--as little as the cost of a nice lunch out, maybe, or even just a really good coffee--to bring light and hope and encouragement to this lady and her students who must soon go on without her. It all comes down to the power of One.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

voting has started

in the photo contest I put several photos in last month, and continues until Sept 1st. There is a shortcut to see my entries, but there are many fine entries besides mine, and you can vote once a day for one of them. The daily rain showers here are cheering gardeners and depressing those who have to mow lawns. There is a patch of sunlit blue this morning to raise the spirits that don't care for the days of grey. The cool... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The air is dirty

...from the drift of smoke of the terrible wildfires in British Columbia. It isn't very pretty here in Colorado, but it is downright dangerous to breathe right now in Seattle and the Pacific NW. Folks are being told to stay indoors, but those without airconditioning are at a great disadvantage. My daughter who just moved back there from England is finding the 80s F around Seattle very uncomfortably hot and in the house they have been supplied by his employer until they find their own home does... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The hunt is on!

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has ever seen has begun! The list of challenges came out yesterday, over 200 things to do over the next week, and right away I claimed several for myself, and the ideas began to flow... Then I went shopping for ingredients, and saw some inspiring things that made me forget the specifics of one of the challenges: to make bread or cookies in the form of something I would never ever eat. I brought home several items from the deli bar--for... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2017

I was sad...

when it looked like the recharger for my camera was missing just when the camera was going powerless. For several days, I was sad, trying every recharger cord in reach, none of them fitting that little hole, rectangular with shoulders, of this camera. Some were too big, some were too small. Then, yesterday I spotted one right here on the shelf beside where I sit with my laptop, and the little connector looked Just Right. It has the wide USB port connecter designed to plug into a computer, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

movie day

Back when Charlie was in college here in the Springs and I was back in Olympia, when he came home for vacations or visits, we would have Movie Day to catch up on all the movies we wanted to watch together. We would go to two or three or even four movies in a row, going to a couple of different theaters to see the ones we wanted, sometimes with dinner or lunch or both in between the films. Yesterday we had a two-movie Movie Day. We went to see DUNKIRK and WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES. I am very... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What do people care about?

On Facebook today, someone posted a thing asking us to make a simple statement without explanation or detail of something we believe that is generally an unpopular opinion, then to respond to others' statements with nothing but Agree or Disagree. Many people, it turns out, have opinions regarding pineapple on pizza (so far, 11 'agrees' to 8 'disagrees'), and fewer care whether Dobby the House Elf was the most annoying character in the Harry Potter movies(three agrees). To my statement that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another opening, another show... or maybe not.

It wasn't the opening, actually, but a final dress rehearsal with an invited audience: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING set in the Old West instead of Italy's Renaissance. Nothing like live theater! Nothing like live theater in a tent! Nothing like live theater in a tent during the season of almost daily and nightly thunderstorms! When the rain began to pelt the canvas so hard the actors could not be heard, a pause was called. After about 20 minutes, the show was called for the night and umbrella escorts... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It seemed like such a pretty little thing...

I have been watching this one plant grow in one of my pots on the porch, admiring it's pretty yellow flower... until now. Looking closely, it has spines along the stem and produces a mean-looking burr. Turns out it is a thing called buffalo burr, among other names and is an opportunistic and highly prolific member of the nightshade family. In several states it is listed as a noxious, invasive weed. It is, however, no match for a gardener with tough gloves and access to a food-disposal. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


The weather forecast this week suggests that we will not, through the whole week, achieve 90 F, and that is fine with me! Today is starting out a bit grey to the north and west, but there's blue sky where the sun rises. I can see it clearly in the open space where that lovely Chinese elm used to be. Charlie has been hard at work the past couple of weeks. He is Props Master for this year's Shakespeare in the Park, held annually in a big tent out at Rock Ledge Ranch which lies alongside the Garden... Sign in to see full entry.

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