Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two Tales for Wednesday

1. On Sunday Dr. M & I headed down to Ripley, Ohio. We just like to check to make sure that the Ohio river is still there (it was). It was a glorious day (you'll see those pictures later). But on our way home we drove by an alpaca farm so of course we had to stop to take pics.

At first they couldn't have been less interested.



Then they started wondering - is it that man who takes pictures all the time? No! It was actually The Bug taking pictures - which is why they aren't quite in focus.


If the paparazzi can't be bothered to use their best photographer then we aren't going to be bothered to hang around!


2. Dad I'm starving up here - can't a kid get a seed?


No I don't think we're going to try to get it ourselves!


Landing on that little ledge looks too much like trying to merge onto the freeway!


That was exhausting...


I could use a drink!



P.S. For more fun pictures check out Dr. M's blog post here

Saturday, July 27, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Thirty

Another moony kind of week. We very nearly just had one picture per day – what a concept!
Sunday, July 21st
The moon!


Monday, July 22nd   
My second prayer shawl complete, blessed & on its way to its recipient…


The moon!



Tuesday, July 23rd           
Dr. M drove by to take a picture of my favorite geese – I just think they’re so funny.


The moon!


Wednesday, July 24th   
The State of the Bug – Ozzy Osborne! Or maybe Janis Joplin. Hmm…


A rare mockingbird sighting. I love the middle picture – “Are YOU looking at me?”


Lovely verbena…



The moon!


Thursday, July 25th    
The Tax Time Pig. I’m trying to not think about how hot that costume is. (It’s just a concrete pig Ms. Bug, get a grip!)


Squirrel.


The moon!


Friday, July 26th   
Another of my favorite things – a field of hay rolls. Thanks Dr. M!


Saturday, July 27th     
I had been without caffeine for 10 days and feeling REALLY logy every day. Turns out that even though the amount of caffeine I drank wasn’t nearly the amount in a cup of coffee, it was still helping me feel alert during the day. I finally gave in on Friday & went through the Tudor’s Biscuit World drive-thru to get unsweetened tea. It was fabulous - and helped a lot! So today I decided to make my own iced tea. This pot sits on our stove & has mostly turned into something for me to wipe spaghetti sauce off of. Today I washed it & remembered how lovely it is.


One of my favorite childhood Mamaw memories (besides getting cactus stickers in my fingers so I could pluck them out with the tweezers from her beauty shop) is popping the seed pods on her impatiens. Today’s impatiens often don’t have seed pods, so imagine my thrill when I saw this fat little thing today!


This is what they look like after they’re popped. Sends me to my happy place :) Many thanks to Dr. M for making me a very happy Bug!


Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

You be the judge...

I decided to try parting my hair (somewhat) in the middle today & I had a flash that I looked like someone. But who was that someone? Hmmm...


What do you think? Triplets, right?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another Wednesday With Words...

I'm starving! Wonder if there's somewhere around here to get a good meal?


Oh this is a likely spot!


I'll have some red...


and purple...


and orange...


and purple...



and purple...






Mmm - that was good!


Burp!



Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Morning Random

I don't know about you, but when I was learning to ride a bike I was taught that bikes are vehicles & should follow the rules of the road. It seems to me that many people turn into hybrids on their bikes - part car, part pedestrian. And I might do that do once I start trying to ride around town. Who knows? One thing I do know: it is very weird to not come to a complete stop at a stop sign - I just roll & go & feel really daring. Flaunting the law! Multiple times on my ride! oooo... I do this because I'm still pretty awkward getting started pedaling. Nobody needs to see that! So I do anything I can to keep from coming to a complete stop.

Every day when I walk around the parking lot at work I pass at least one car that is idling. The driver is just sitting in there listening to music, playing on their phone, taking a nap. Obviously taking their lunch break in their car. It's all I can do to keep from screaming at them, "Why do you hate the earth so much!" Ugh.

(I am having to forcibly restrain my self from going back & changing all those "theirs" and "thems" to his/her and him/her.)

I am really struggling trying to figure out what to do with the church landscaping. It's a lush jungle out there & I'd just as soon leave it alone, but I know that's not a good plan. We don't have anyone willing to work on it & can't afford professional help. And while I'm marginally willing, I'm not competent. Can I futz around until fall when everything will die back? It might happen!

(I might apply the same tactic that I used way (way) back in the day in my home church. The organist got annoyed about something & quit & so they had me fill in. I had been taking organ lessons, but I pretty much had no idea what I was doing. The organist couldn't stand to have me messing around with his baby so he forgave everyone & came back to church. I figure if I whack enough things in the yard that I shouldn't, then people who didn't think they cared will suddenly start working in the yard too.)

Tomorrow will be Day Seven of no soft drinks or caffeine. I will say that I have had a few days where I just wanted to crawl back into bed (but that could have been the heat). Otherwise - no ill effects. And no real desire to cheat. This goal has felt mostly unconquerable in the past and yet it was as easy as not buying any drinks last week when I went to the grocery store. This and my daily (short) bike rides give me hope for the future of my other health goals. Next up - yoga!

Okay, I'm done rambling now. Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty-Nine

Moon and flowers, flowers and moon – the Bug Household survives a heat wave…
Sunday, July 14th
The march of the daylilies continues…


Fluffy clouds…


The moon! It was feeling shy. This picture is quite enhanced.


Monday, July 15th  
Look who it is! The Tax Time Pig spending the summer in a bikini. Ha!


My lunch (as seen on this post).


The moon!


Tuesday, July 16th           
Daylilies…


I got a haircut (about 2 ½ inches). The State of the Bug – Before and After.


Wednesday, July 17th   
Dr. M grilled chicken for dinner.


Which was heroic because it felt like this out there! (This temp gauge is in the full sun at that time of day, so it’s not an actual accurate reading – it was “only” 92 degrees – ha!).


The moon!


Thursday, July 18th    
Pinky the Pet Geranium is really strutting her stuff these days.


The garden. Can you see the volunteer sunflower?




The moon!


Friday, July 19th   
Our hanging basket is winding down but is still beautiful.


The miniature rosebush is having its second spurt of blooms – lovely!


Cypress vine bloom.


The Moon!


Saturday, July 20th     
My two breakfasts – the grits & eggs (and bonus raisins!) was at 8:00 & the fruit was at 10:30.


Squirrel! They’ve mostly been keeping out of sight this summer, but we’ve seen more of them this week.


Dr. M had a little visitor while he was sitting outside a few minutes ago – LOVE her!


Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask!