Mar 27, 2007
Mar 25, 2007
Wanna hear a secret? Actually, wanna SEE a secret?
I am a skin-care ho! And the picture only includes things I use weekly. I have scads of other stuff I bought that I didn't like or didn't work the way I expected it too etc.
The funny part is that I had no idea this was unusual. My grandmother was also a skin-care afficionado. So at least I come by it honestly!
Mar 21, 2007
The first sign of Spring in my yard is definitely finding blossoms on our nectarine tree. I had to trick my camera into taking this one, so we could see it REAL close-up..
Next. . . while tinkering around outside, thinking of things to photograph, I saw something in a new way... can you tell what it is??
why... it's the edge of a Hydrangea leaf. I honestly never realized they were spikey!
I'm slow to do this one. But this is what Atlanta looks like in the spring:
Pollen! (That's my windshield.) If you have allergies, Atlanta is not the place to live. My car is glowing with yellow pollen.
It's rumored that these trees smell like sex in the spring. Those are Georgians' words, not mine.
Mar 20, 2007
Mar 19, 2007
So I thought maybe for another challenge we can do....dirty little secrets! What do you indulge in that maybe you wouldn't let the rest of the world know? You know take it where ever the sound of the question leads you, except maybe your bedroom (I mean I would like to get to know you all but I think that might not fly on this blog ;) ). Well I am off to photograph my secret, let me know if you all are interested.
Mar 18, 2007
I was baking, sort of....Ta da! Rice Krispie Squares. Haven't had these in years. Ummm, excuse me for a minute....I think I see my name on one of those...
Mar 16, 2007
I grew up in a city that had 2 intersecting rivers, so to me it seems normal to have a few bridges. Right now, I live across the lake from the city proper, so I deal with The Bridge on a regular basis. This is the only bridge across a fairly long lake, built at the narrowest point; it's just under 1 mile long. Here's a view of the bridge from my balcony:
Some pictures taken while driving across the lift bridge
It's charming to have to wait for a sailboat to pass by the first time. After a few times, though, you wonder what the hell people are thinking when they decide to go under the bridge during rush hour.
This is the section of the bridge on my side of the lake. As you see, there are 3 lanes. The direction of traffic in the middle lane alternates about twice an hour. When this bridge was built, it was big enough to accomodate traffic to and from the sleepy little town. But in the last 10 years, there has been a population explosion, and delays in crossing the bridge are common. At rush hour, it may add 10 minutes or so to one's drive. But come summer, when the snowbirds return and the tourists arrive in droves, it can get pretty hairy - it wasn't unusual to add an extra 45-60 minutes to my drive home because of congestion going across the bridge. There is an online bridge cam site which allows you to see what traffic is like in either direction. Unfortunately, there's not really any other option to get across, unless you drive 45 minutes north to the top of the lake, and then drive for 45 minutes down a windy 2 lane road that runs along the other side of the lake. I got a fair amount of knitting done this summer while stuck in bridge traffic.
Mar 15, 2007
My beautiful son had his daddy put "flowers for mommy" on their grocery list, and they left them on the dashboard of the truck for me to find after work. Man that makes a day brighter don't you think?
Mar 14, 2007
I didn't think I'd be able to find a sign of spring here that was any different than the muddy driveway (because that's a definite sign of mud season ... er, Spring), but it's been warm(ish) for the last couple of days (highs in the 40s), and we see grass - a definite sign that spring has arrived.
Now, we're going to take our first walk around the neighborhood since October :).
Happy Spring, Everyone!
What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound?
A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing, Everyone knows it's Slinky.
When googling Slinky, I discovered it's Slinky's 60th anniversary! I like the old school metal ones so much better than the plastic ones. As a kid I could never get mine to march down the stairs like they did in the commercial. Maybe two or three steps on a good day. And, how many of you ended up with a hopelessly tangled mess when Slinky ended up on the bottom of the toy box?
When you live in an area where the weather is nice most year round, it's often hard to tell when the seasons change other than Target putting out the Valentine's or Christmas decorations but in the area where I live, for a all too brief month or two, the hills all around turn all shades of green. This makes the morning commute a little more tolerable:
Mar 13, 2007
From top to bottom we have Ornamental Flax, California Red Poppy and Crocus; all harbingers of Spring in my garden. Hard to believe barely two weeks ago they were all covered with more than 30 inches of snow.
I have no idea what spring is like in New Jersey (in fact I'm a little sad it's spring after being jacked out of winter having been in Texas--I'm SICK of summer weather!)
But I do remember a major sign of spring in Alaska!
In Alaska they don't have a lottery. Instead they bet on things like when ice on the Nenana River is going to melt.
When I was growing up every spring break we would buy our Nenana Ice Classic tickets and make our guesses. Obviously, we never won, but nothing said spring like Ice Classic tickets!
All you have to do is guess the date, hour and minute that the ice on the Nenana River (a small town just a smidge south of Fairbanks) is going to "melt." When it breaks enough, it tips a tripod they set up each winter and it stops the clock it's rigged to.
Of course, you have to make sure you account for earthquakes and such too tripping the tripod early.
Mar 12, 2007
Last Fall, we had several visitors at work in from around the world and took one afternoon to tour San Francisco in an open air bus. Luckily, it was a warm, sunny day and the City was beautiful. It's quite fun to view a familiar place from the tourist's perspective.
I'm finally settled again and ready to jump back into "Do You..?"
So for my close up I present:
Yeah ok, pretty easy to guess, but I simply love this...
...window in our new dining room. My five year old son calls it the "churchy window."
Mar 11, 2007
Ok, I thought I'd never get to this post! I watched as budding flowers and snow swept landscapes were posted, and hoped for a sign... from spring. And then today happened! Not only is it the glorious new and improved first day of daylight savings time, it is also the day spring sprung!
First, I spotted this in the flower bed.... daffodils to come...
then... a crowd gathered on the bank of the Rock River to behold the ice flow...
Spring has sprung! Yippee!!