Monday, July 21, 2014

Ode to a Grapefruit

I wrote this around 1987 or so, and posted it on this blog about 4 years ago, but I couldn't resist dusting it off & posting it again with this Magpie prompt :)

Ode to a Grapefruit
Ah! Humble Fruit – I sing to Thee
With perfect past'ral Modesty.
I sing Your Virtues – clear to Me
In Moments of Senility.

When on Thy rounded perfect Orb
My Eyes alight, They do absorb
An unparagoned Creation of Our Lord –
Which leaves Me quite without a Word.

Thy sly ambrosial Juice that squirts
Into My Eye in vicious spurts –
That hidden sour Taste that lurks –
Are just, indeed, but trifling Quirks.

And so in Moments of Repose
Fancy flies and I compose
A lilting Ode that fairly glows
With Love for that "Most Precious Rose"…

The Grapefruit!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 Project 365 – Week Twenty-nine

I’m trying to come up with something pithy to say here, but I’ve got nothing. So let’s head straight to the pictures…

Sunday, July 13th
Rainbow! It was so lovely…

My daily walk. I waited until I thought the rain was over…

Monday, July 14th
My daily walk. It looked pretty threatening, but this time I didn’t get rained on.

Our day lilies are still going strong!

Daisy Nation.

Tuesday, July 15th            
My daily walk. After two rainy (or near-rainy) walks, today was beautiful! I took a couple of pictures in our yard too. The watermelon is blooming!


Wednesday, July 16th
Lunch! It was pretty darn tasty…

My daily walk. It was pretty chilly ya’ll!

I cut some daisies to enjoy inside.

Thursday, July 17th
Flowers in the yard.

Morning moon!

My lunch – another salad. This one was HUMONGOUS! Chicken, spinach, cucumber, apple, blueberries, sunflower seeds, almonds…

My daily walk.

Friday, July 18th
Dr. M took these photos around our yard.

My daily walk. I went to a local park near the office – it was really nice & I’ll definitely be back. I might even climb that hill!

Critters at the Bug Household Diner.

Saturday, July 19th  
Went to my church’s Heart & Hands group today (renamed from Knitwits since I crochet instead). I worked on a couple of projects & somehow came home with more yarn. I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way!

Dinner – turkey burger cooked on the grill by The Grilling Man. I love when he grills because there’s a lot less cleanup for me afterward – ha!

My daily walk. Not pictured: the toddler who yelled at me ("Hey! Hey!") until I turned around & noticed her following me. (I didn't try to keep her.) Also, my neighbor helping his wife do her daily physical therapy. And the squirrel crossing the road in front of me. And numerous flowers. And, and...

I got inspired at the Heart & Hands meeting & decided to stay up & finish this one project. It was nearly 11:00 at night & I was taking pictures to decide which button to use – ha! I took it to church today & got their vote. Do any of you have an opinion? I’ll show you what I decided next week.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2014 Project 365 – Week Twenty-eight

Have you noticed that each week I have more & more pictures? I blame summer, darn it. If it were uglier we wouldn’t have as many pictures. As it is, Dr. M has two posts of pictures that I mostly don’t include here. Check them out, here and here.

Sunday, July 6th
Still in NC today. I sang patriotic songs with my dad and two of my aunts at the senior center. My dad has been doing this almost every Sunday for years. I love how his sisters have joined him in this ministry – my aunt V play the piano, my aunt E sings alto & daddy takes the melody. Beautiful music!

Dr. M found some more barn swallows to photograph. I think these are hilarious :)

He took some gorgeous pictures while he was out & about.

Yes, NC has livestock – ha!

My daily walk.

Monday, July 7th
My daily walk. We drove back to Ohio today & for the first time actually stopped at the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower in Virginia. We walked up the tower (75 steps!) & then went a little ways down a trail they had. It was a lot of fun, even though both of us could barely walk the next day – ha! You can see more pictures on Dr. M’s blog.

Tuesday, July 8th            
Dr. M took pictures of our day lilies (let’s face it – he takes pictures of them every day – ha!). He also got a picture of a snapping turtle that he assisted across the road. Yes, he used his cane instead of trying to pick it up. What’s funny is that this picture is on his way back by the turtle – it had turned around as if it was going to go back across the road it had just crossed. Silly turtle.

My daily walk. Yes, I took a picture of our day lilies too.

Wednesday, July 9th
My daily walk, at work. I was just going to go outside for a minute to warm up (my office is cold), but then I saw the flowers and just decided to keep going.

Look who moved outside! We decided that she’s probably safe out there – especially after her photo shoot the other week. One of our neighbors called another one to talk about the sheep in our yard, and then after we brought her back inside he called the other neighbor again to report that she was missing. Gotta love the informal neighborhood watch around here – and I mean that sincerely!

Spent a lovely evening sitting outside looking at the sky.

The moon!

Thursday, July 10th
I worked from home today & was going to try to do a 10 on 10 post today, but this is as far as I got: a picture at the dentist office, an afternoon snack (cream cheese, peppers & cucumber on a tortilla), and my lap full of the beans I was stringing while I was on a conference call.

Meanwhile, Dr. M took pictures of a squirrel.

My daily walk. I fake collapsed on Heather the sheep just for the photo op.

Dr. M took a picture of the back of my shirt. Neither of us care for the NBA all that much, but Dr. M went to Wake Forest & we’ve followed Tim Duncan ever since he played basketball there.

Friday, July 11th
My daily walk – lovely day!

Daisy nation – and a couple of day lilies.

The almost full super-ish moon!

Saturday, July 12th  
My daily walk. I LOVE this yard in our neighborhood – so many fun flowers. It’s the same yard that had the bank of overflowing phlox in the spring. Sigh.

Not that our yard is devoid of flowery loveliness. It’s been a good summer at the Bug household.

It was cloudy, so Dr. M sat outside hoping to catch the Super Moon between the clouds.

Success! Sort of... Silly moon… seems to think it’s already Halloween!

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2014 Project 365 – Week Twenty-seven

I’m writing this from lovely (but dry), Hickory, NC. We’ve had a really nice few days here. I worked hard to whittle down the pictures & the only reason I have as “few” as I do is because Dr. M did two posts of flowers. You can check them out here & here (go on – it’s worth your time!).

Sunday, June 29th     
Today was our church picnic. We had lovely weather for it – such a fun time.

My daily walk. I took a box along to pick up the broken glass I saw the day before. And yes, I cut myself on the glass. Sheesh.

I took a picture of him & he took a picture of me. Ha!

Monday, June 30th
My daily walk – the neighborhood artists have been hard at work. Oh, & yes I missed a piece of glass yesterday – fortunately I didn’t cut myself this time.

Our double orange day lilies have started blooming – gorgeous!

Our house is ready for the 4th.

Tuesday, July 1st          
My daily walk – fortunately the thunder wasn’t all that close.

Wednesday, July 2nd  
My daily walk.

I should have been packing for our trip, but I crocheted a patriotic headband instead.

Thursday, July 3rd     
We drove to NC today & took our favorite detour. The sheep were out, but it was twilight, so they’re kind of hard to see.

My daily walk, at the hotel.

Friday, July 4th  
I don’t know – this thing is kind of LARGE, isn’t it? I feel like I’m wearing a tiara – ha!

Took pictures of one of my dad’s dogs – Mickey. Galoot :)

We went to a cookout at my aunt’s & uncle’s house – fun! I had a picture of my weight watcher’s leader (she wanted to “go on vacation” with her members) – we played cornhole together -heh. I asked my dad to make Sundrop banana ice cream for me – yum!

My daily walk.

Saturday, July 5th     
We visited with some of Dr. M’s relatives at his dad’s house – I love to sit on his porch for a while.

I wandered around a bit, but it was too hot to take a real walk. But I did see this goat in the yard next door. He was annoyed with me!

Later that evening I walked around my dad’s property – such a lovely evening.

While I was walking around Dr. M was taking pictures of swifts & barn swallows & a mockingbird & its baby.

Recognize this Bruce?

The moon!

Have a great week!