SoCS: Framing the Week

As of today, I’m on vacation. December of 2018 was the last month I had a full week’s vacation. I’m so ready. Let me put a frame around what I have in mind in regard to the week’s agenda. Spending time with these two crazy kids. 2.  Sleeping in. 3.  Staying in my pajamas as long as possible. If I make it all day, I can award myself bonus points. 4.  Having a morning cup of sweet, milky tea outRead more

One Love, Two Noses, Eight Paws

This post is a bit late for the Friday photo challenge: One Love. Better late than never, I say. I needed the opportunity to take a few new photos of one-love-times-two: Gibbs and Ziva. Not counting family and friends, these two outweigh everything else, including chocolate and orange bicycles, in the one-love arena. Hands down. Their two noses and eight paws have an important place in one heart. At first Gibbs wanted nothing to do with a photo op. HeRead more

Hit and Run Patio

I survived the past five days of theater, concert, funeral, mom, shopping, church and business trip. I’m a tad bit tired, especially after an earlier, very sweaty yoga class. All I can muster up this evening is a hit-and-run of the patio gardens that Natasha and I tend. First up: Black-eyed Susan vines and a lucky turtle. Clematis and Sun-Patiens We celebrate the Fourth of July all summer long. And can’t get enough of pink impatiens, even the out-of-focus ones. IntermixedRead more

The Doors

WP Photo Challenge: “Ready to walk on through? This week, share an image of a door.” The captions tell the short story. To friends in the U.S. and those who celebrate, Happy Independence weekend. Have a wonderful 4th of July!Read more

And the Answers Are…

Do you want answers to “What the Heck?” v.2? I just happen to have them for you, along with the naming of two winners. 1)  OWL PUKE.  M-R guessed the “what,” but MOSY inadvertently named it in her comment. I consider them both winners deemed worthy of my highest praise. You both rock and you are both science/weird humor geeks! Rock on with the owl puke! 2)  ORGANIC FARM EGGS.  Say what? That doesn’t make sense and, yet, it does.Read more

A Cat’s Walls

Weekly Photo Challenge: WALL While the human stands on her patio deck, the cat is surrounded by avocado walls of a bedroom and a massive stretch of glass. It is no fair that these walls hold him in…no fair that he is not outside to enjoy space void of walls and to curl himself around the human. Walls are stupid, says the cat. The human gives him a knowing smile. The walls will be smart when it rains or snows or is frigidRead more

Over-Stimulated and Fixated

So says Harry, the product of Appleton, WI. And so believes Mr. Gibbs. Living at his former apartment, Gibbs was stimulated to some degree by the outside. He and Ziva loved to sit on the patio and take in the sights and sounds of summer. Not much to look at, though…the building and dog across the driveway, birds off in the distance, perhaps a few, small, four-legged critters below…nothing to overly excite.  It was a peacefully entertaining location. That hasRead more

Natural Contrasts

In response to the weekly photo challenge, I present three contrasts of the natural variety: The contrast between a fading blue sky/sun and dark, ominous rain clouds. The contrast between buds that beckon to open and the wilty green leaves that are rejecting life. The contrast between fallen branches stuck in a pot of dirt and the flora that springs from its roots. Natural contrasts…in the sky, in the dirt, on the patio…  Read more

Flowers Always

I must have flowers, always, and always. ― Claude Monet Natasha is camping this week and I have chosen to stay behind with the furry kids. We are still somewhat discombobulated from the move to a new place, mostly schedule-wise and remembering where everything is in the kitchen. Luckily, I know the refrigerator and Gibbs still knows the smell of chicken. Before Natasha left, we spent time shopping for patio flowers. We are behind schedule, or at least I am. IRead more

Leftovers

There are leftovers on the patio. Winter pansies. How long will they live? In the summer, the patio gives extra room and refuge among the flowers. In the winter, it lays bare. Gibbs and Ziva are not fans of the winter patio. The cold air and lack of human furniture to hide under make it less than appealing. The kids give it their last shot outside. It doesn’t last long before they return to the warmth of their inside home.Read more