Saturday, December 30, 2006

Friday, December 29, 2006

Flower Photo Friday

The unseasonably warm temparatures have caused the English Daisies at Niagara to blossom out of season. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for my sweet husband Keith and his loving nature AND also thankful that he's so talented fixing cars and making me happy in a variety of ways. Here he's working on the brakes. Posted by Picasa

Things I like that start with C (NOT!)

As seen at jo(e)’s blog, and several other places.

Curmudgeon. Why do I have to be difficult? I’m supposed to write things I like. I don’t like curmudgeons and I don’t want to be one, but sometimes Christmas makes me into one. Actually, I seem to be somewhat attracted to curmudgeonly men. I married one, after all. LOL!

Cantankerous: No, I don’t love being cantankerous, but I don’t seem to be able to help myself!

Christmas. I don’t like Christmas either. That’s because I’m a curmudgeon. Maybe I will like it on the actual day. Or when it’s over.

Cake. I like cake, but I can’t eat it. Most cake has milk in it. I’m allergic to milk.

Coffee. I LOVE coffee. But I can’t drink it. I’m allergic to coffee.

Chocolate. I LOVE chocolate. But I can’t eat it. I’m allergic to chocolate.

Candy. I LOVE candy. But I can’t eat it. I’m allergic to candy. Maybe not being able to eat many of the things I love contributes to my curmudgeonliness.

Caring. I love caring for people and being cared for by them.

Coping: I love being able to cope. Wish I could.

Careless. I hate being careless. I want to be careful.

Creativity: I LOVE being creative, doing creative work like poetry, writing, art and photography.

Concrastination. I love the IDEA of it, but with ADHD, it’s very difficult. Concrastination is NOT procrastinating, which is what I am doing right now, procrastinating getting down to work. In order to concrastinate, I need to commit to doing my work, NOW. “Crastinus” means tomorrow. (So what’s today? We need a word that is protoday—protodation? Prohodie? Prohodiation? (Hodie being today in Latin.) AK, here I go again!

But I’d rather be for today than against tomorrow!

OK, in the unlikely chance that this is the first place you’ve seen this meme and want to participate, count the number of letters in your name down this message and then that same number across that line and use that letter. Or pick one you like—who’d know? Or the first letter from the word verification screen.

Whine and Anti whine--a Note to Phantom

As seen over at Phantom's, here are a couple whines:

Whine: I have so many stupid presents to wrap. AK!

And I'm not good at it!

Anti-whine: At least I have a lot of my shopping done.

Whine: But then there are those things I couldn't find or acquire. People I have no gifts for. AK!

Anti whine: hmm, that one's a little harder. Ah, duh. DUH? (Help!)

(It's bad enough if they are grown-ups, but much worse if they are small children.)

{OK, I've been taking a break from my work, from stuff that bogs me down to stuff that lightnes me, LOL, but I'd better get back to work! Enough, already!}

Santa is swimming with the polar bears, or might soon be!

A light and not-so-light look at Christmas.  OK, so OUR CHOICES to create global warming by making car pollution and industrial pollution and not regulate it or stop it means the rain forest is moving up to the north pole and threatening Santa (never mind polar bears and at the South Pole, penguins!)  How come no one cares?  They are in the pocket of big business, that's why, caught in the rut of consumerism and wearing blinders.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Flower Photo Friday

It's been unseasonably warm where we live, but it still freezes nearly every night. There are no flowers still flowering, but the "flowering kale" is still going great guns! Yay! It looks really cheery. Posted by Picasa

Foot Photo Friday

I love the way the leaves stain the sidewalk with their tannin. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Currently Reading

I am currently reading The Mineral Palace by Heidi Julavitz, so far so good, and we are reading Dragon Drums by Anne McCaffrey, Oliver Sachs, and Tagalong Tooloo. I only read at solo meals and we have been so busy we are missing most of our family reading. (WAHN!)

I have the Hardcover version and the Cover is very different than this one. Posted by Picasa

One Down and 493,529 to go

It wasn’t the first thing on my to-do list for the day. But for two weeks, we’ve been trying to get time to get the Christmas tree up. I figured if I didn't push it up to the top of the list no matter how important the other things were, Christmas would come and go without a tree.

My friends Heidi and jo(e) have been waxing rhapsodic about getting their real trees. But here in the city, they are pretty expensive and since we own a fake one, I put it up this morning, before breakfast. (Which I still haven’t had because Blogger is being turdly and eating my posts again.)

It’s up, but not “arranged” yet (Where’s Erin when I need her?) The arranging, the tree skirt, the lights, the ornaments and the gifts will all have to wait. Posted by Picasa

The Dreaded Blogger strikes again!

I am so busy. So busy. I know, I know, we all are. And that doesn't make this any less frustrating.

I just sat and carefully composed a blog post and spell-checked it and added stuff to it and edited it and created links that required visiting several other blogs and then it disappeared into cyberspace—all that work for nothing. AGAIN. This has been happening all week. Not a good way to be spending time these hectic days! I know people who have switched, and I can see why.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Icon again

I am attempting to learn to work this icon program.

9/20/94 Headed West Alone

9:04 AM I just got my first glimpse of the mountains—mountains with snow on them. I saw my first oil well, my first magpie, and earlier, my first sagebrush! Sagebrush, cattle-lands, wide expanse of sky. Windmills at cattle waterers. A run-down look to the outbuildings, worn-weary in all that expanse of tan. Plains running up toward the still-distant mountains. 10:04 AM I stopped at an overlook where I saw the flatirons. I feel like I am coming home. I feel as if these mountains live in my heart even if I don’t live in them and probably never will—even though I’d like to.2:53 PM I am up in the mountains! YAY! It’s raining, not hard yet, but looks like it will. I am having nervous fits about where I will stay. Posted by Picasa

Quote Borrowed from Autunm

"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all."  I wish.
-Leo Rosten  from Autumn's Blog

I am certain of nothing but the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination- John Keats

A Sassy Hint of Danger: The Libertine

I didn't understand soem of the questions, maybe I did something wrong---or--maybe not! LOL!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

4 things

Four things I particularly enjoyed at the DIA besides the Leibovitz Exhibition were: an artist at work, the Diego Rivera murals, and the mother and child by Tilman Riemenschneider. I am sorry I did not get the names of the artist or the model. (If you know what they are let me know).

I also enjoyed the armor, other Madonnas, the art and spirituality, the art and nature, and lots more. See us at the DIA. Posted by Picasa

Thinking a la DIA

Keith, Gail and I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts today to see American Music by Annie Leibovitz. We couldn't take any pictures in the exhibit itself. Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 08, 2006

wheat wheat, crunch crunch

That's what Keith says, "Wheat wheat, crunch crunch." That's what he said yesterday, anyway. Wheat wheat is the sound the wind pants make brushing one leg past the other. Crunch crunch is the sound of the crampons on ice. It's winter here, never mind the calendar. It's very cold. The sidewalks--yes sidewalks --AK--are very icy. Yesterday, we walked together. Tonight, I walked alone. Some of the longest 45 minutes ever, as the wind literally whistled around me and I counted the minutes 'til I could turn around and go back and the blocks one by one to get home. Counting the schools and churches, watching for the rock at the corner that signifies just one block left before I can turn onto our road and go home. Walking used to be one of my favorite things in the whole world, but walking alone at night on icy winter sidewalks just isn't the same as a walk in the woods.

It is nice though, that this house is starting to feel like home to me, that I look forward not only to the warmth of the house, but better yet, the warmth of my husband. HUSBAND. I never thought I'd have another husband!

Yesterday we got our first Christmas card and today we got our second (thanks, Sam and Joan!). I haven't even started working on ours at all yet. We haven't decorated anything, but we have purchased some gifts. At least that's something. And I have already given away my very first Christmas gift today, but it wasn't wrapped because the person I gave it to arrived a little earlier than I expected (which was fine except no wrapping paper).

Keith is asleep in bed. I can't go to bed because the turkey I am roasting for turkey soup and sandwiches for tomorrow still isn't done, for some odd reason. Hope it's not dried out. I'm going to go check it again--now.

The blogger post failed while I was downstairs checking the turkey. It was done, finally, now, hope this will post.

Consider . .

Consider Peace

Consider the alternativePosted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Colorado Sunflowers and Mountains

Colorado Sunflowers and Mountains, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. (to go with the Poem below. )Posted by Picasa

Poetry Tuesday

I've decided tentatively to make Tuesday my Poetry day, my day to work on poems, poetry manuscripts, sending out poems etc.

Here is my first poem for my first poetry Tuesday Day:

With and Without

I watch the mountains change, light
and shadow painting new lines on the rock faces,
ridges appearing where none were visible, others disappearing
into the bright.  Snow melts, stains the heath dark,
dries again and freezes shiny.  Poppies open and sway
in the breeze, sometimes bending double.
The air sweetens and softens, then hardens
again.  Magpies shadow the poppies and hawks circle.
Even an eagle.  My skin warms and cools; my hair blows
across my face and then hangs limp.  Aspens turn yellow,
orange and gold.  Leaves
drift down, snow falls, and the rock remains.
Sometime, I hurry best by going slowly,
but worry that my life is hurtling toward a day
without mountains.  As I lean to drink
from spring-fed pools, I watch
lines move into my face, lines that shadows deepen
and light cannot erase.

Mary Stebbins Taitt
For Keith and Pam
941003 Colorado, 061205Vc

Note on the poem (note that these notes are NOT to be part of the finished/completed poem):  This poem was handwritten in a journal that began 9/18/94 and ended 10/3/94 with a first draft variant of this poem.  If any further versions of this poem were made, they may have been on Dead (my old computer) whose hard drive died and is therefore inaccessible.  I searched Blue and Bella (my main desktop computer and its external hard drive) and it does not exist there.  The original title was, "Without Mountains."  I like that title but it's a "stealing-my-own-thunder" title.

I used to go to the mountains every year (multiple times), but now I am married and live in Detroit and rarely if ever go to the mountains.  And I am getting older.  I worried then, in this poem, that I would soon be too old to be in the mountains.  Now I worry that I will get too old before I get back—or perhaps I'm already too old.

Would I trade love for mountains?  No, probably not.  But I would like to have both love and mountains.  I want to drag my love into the mountains and somehow homestead it there (or at least camp.)  But I am not sure that that is the subject of this poem, which seems to examine the passage of time, in the mountains verses human time and aging and loss.

please comment--gently, but honestly.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Global 2-minute Observance of Peace.

What If The Impossible Became Possible?

A Global Observance For Peace
December 30th, 2006 at 8 P.M.

Peter would like to see two minutes of peace. Me too. I would like to see two hours, two days, two weeks, two months, two years, two decades, two centuries, two millenniums of peace. Will you help? If so, please post and discuss this idea. I'm tagging you, yes YOU--please help.

More on this topic (by me) at Portraits.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The not-fun Meme

Sara at Lake Loop posted that Scott Eric Kaufman is running a not-fun meme to see how fast memes travel. I'm not sure why he decided to make it not fun just because it's for a project. You can read about it here. Maybe you can help him. I'd rather go on to something more interesting like walking at Detroit Metrobeach which is what I am going to do next.