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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The New Bins!

I bought these new laundry bins because the old ones were flimsy and annoying, and had only three bags. In this arrangement, I have categories that were mostly floor piles in the past. I am just thrilled; isn't that weird?

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Plumber digging trying to find pipe that goes into our house, which broke yesterday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


It is a wonderful blessing to have rain here. This is the first time since late January 2011 that it has rained ... 10 minutes last night, and about half an hour of light rain this morning!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Party On, Old Timers!

Sometimes I hear how there are no places people can congregate and socialize in modern society, but I think that is only partially true. Here is a group having a party at the grocery store, where there is a lunch area near the deli and the coffee bar. I got a kick out of sitting near this party as I sipped my tea and decided what to get for dinner. They have known one another for about 30 years, a woman told me.

Extreme Weather Photos from The Big Picture

See the pictures here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Women Drivers! LOL I Love This Protest

Saudi women are driving themselves. Why does that sound so odd? Women even drive race cars in the USA, so we take it for granted. These women are boldly seizing the steering wheels of their own lives. All they want to do is normal stuff! I laugh with joy.

Drought Blessings

Houston rain is Real Rain, like drenching, flooding, walloping, gulley-washer rain. This year, though, we have not had any Real Rain (yes there have been sprinkles and showers in some places) since late January. We need rain desperately, but it has eluded us so far.

The drought has cracked the earth in places that no one is watering, forming fissures so wide and deep our standard poodle gets his feet caught in them (see photos).

But there has been a real upside to this weather. Just this afternoon I sat out in the back throwing the ball for Bear, and there were NO MOSQUITOES! There was A WONDERFUL COOL BREEZE! and the shade of our Live Oak threw shadows along the brick walls of our house as it swayed in the breeze and made lovely patterns against the very blue sky. In a "normal" year I can't sit out there without stinky stuff all over me to repel the vicious mosquitoes, and the air gets still and close. The weather is deliciously good.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Enjah Issues a Challenge!

Enjah, Innkeeper at the Village Pub, Mor Ciche, Kingdom of the Eggs Hospitalier, issued a challenge to the village to choose their Handsomest Man. Men of the village, groom yourselves!

Evolutionary Tale

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Temple Rocks!

I am currently reading both Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, by Temple Grandin. I got excited about her work when I saw the biopic of her life, and reading her thoughts on animals is fascinating. 

For Future Reference ...

It may be that time has hardened me to this kind of drama, but when today I finally watched Steel Magnolias (well, most of it anyway), I did not care for a group of women speaking in fake Southern accents with big hair, whose community was so white it was startling. They were supposedly in The South, and there were enough references to Louisiana to make that appear to be the supposed setting, but where were all the Black people? The South is, in many cases, majority Black, yet with the exception of some light-skinned Black people and an Asian, all in large group scenes, everyone was whiter than white.

The death of the young woman was signaled so plentifully that when she finally went it was a relief. There were a few things I enjoyed about it, but by and large it was obvious and tiresome. However, now when someone refers to the movie, I will know what they are talking about.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Never Give Up!

I enjoyed seeing this movie because it showed the life of someone who, partly because of her character and partly because of her upbringing, never gave up, in spite of sometimes overwhelming obstacles.

See more of Temple at her site.

You've Got to Please Yourself ...

This song gets to me because I was brought up to please others, and the ghost of that upbringing is still inside me. Some of it dissipated when I had booths in art fairs, because many people were indifferent and a few were downright hateful. A handful liked the work, whether they bought it or not, and I was grateful for that. While the urge to please is good in reasonable amounts, it is damaging in large doses.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Would you like Cream in your Black Humor?

This was an outstanding film! Candide recommended it to Osprey, who blogged it, and I just watched it this evening. A really dark comedy.

Worldchanging: Bright Green: SolSource 3-in-1: An Alternative Energy Solution

This solar power device (in this photo it has a kettle on it) is made from bamboo and reflective cloth and boils water in seven minutes. While it does not provide enough energy to run a large modern house, it is a greatly needed gadget in disaster areas. See this site for details.

From Parabola Magazine

I cannot reprint this entire article but it is very inspiring. If everyone lived like this, we would have heaven on earth.

Klaus Dona Narrates his Slides