Friday, August 8, 2014

Wild Kingdom

Alligator with Turtles
The alligator has been hanging around out back.  Mac feeds the turtles and he (the alligator not Mac) came by to see if he could get a bite too.  Not going to happen, it's against state and federal law to feed an alligator.  They get use to a human feeding them and then if they don't get it they get nasty.
On the lighter side, these butterflies have been enjoying the lantana out front.

Fritillary Butterfly

Zebra Longwing

Native to South and Central America
Can be found in the panhandle of Florida
and Northern Texas
And in summer we find them here in Georgia

Red Spotted Purple

Tiger Swallowtail

Monday, August 4, 2014

In A Blur

That's how this last week went, in a blur.  Housework, grocery shopping, sick cat, huge vet bill, the usual.  Cat's getting better, hairball that wouldn't pass made him stop eating, got dehydrated, had "fun" at the vets and is now  lounging around saying "Who me?"
Weather has been awful,  beyond high humidity, morning walk like a morning swim, bits of rain all the time.  Thunder and lightning all night on Friday.  Oh autumn where are you when I need you?
My poor brother-in-law was supposed to have a procedure done on his foot this morning (he has a horrible case of plantar fasciitis and has already had surgery done on it and after more than a year he still can't walk), they had him prepped, the IV was in, when they discovered they were missing a piece of equipment needed for the procedure, so all has been postponed till tomorrow afternoon.  My brother-in-law is not a happy camper, I'd be raving!
Watched a wonderful little movie this week, "The Grand Budapest Hotel".  Hard to describe, typical Wes Anderson film, beautifully photographed.  Ralph Fiennes plays M. Gustave, the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel and his friendship with Zero Moustafa his lobby boy, but oh it's so much more than that!  One reviewer compared it to a Marx Brothers film and I could certainly see the comparision.
At one point Fiennes views an old  lady in a casket and says, "You're looking so well darling, you really are, they've done a marvelous job, I don't know what sort of cream they've put on you down at the morgue but....I want some!"
Loads of cameos and bit parts, it was fun identifying people:  Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, William Defoe, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldbloom.

Been reading a lot too, of course.

Snobs by Julian Fellowes written before Downton Abbey.  Funny/sad little book about the English upper classes and how everyone sneers at them and yet wants to be one of them.

Sunstroke by Jesse Kellerman about a woman who is obsessed with her boss and when he goes missing in Mexico she has to find how what has happened to him.  This is not chick lit, quite a good story.

Love and Country      by Christina Adam  A story set in the modern west, she's divorced and has a teenage son and they're both learning about growing up.  Really strong story.

Currently I'm reading One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson  It was quite a year, Lindberg's flight, Babe Ruth, Mississippi River flood, politics, pole sitting, prohibition, gangsters.  Always enjoy his books.

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Done!

Bryce Canyon
My eyes may never be the same, I know my brain won't, but it's finally done.  The problem with working puzzles here is that the only place with enough space to work one is upstairs and we virtually shut the upstairs down (doesn't that sound strange) in the summer.  It's just too hot up there.  We have 2 central air units, but I'm too cheap to run both of them, so we just stay downstairs in the summer.
In order to work on the puzzle I'd have to brave the heat and it's hard to work with sweat in your eyes, but I got it done and I quite enjoyed the challenge.  May wait till it's cooler to start another one though.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Sometimes when we're doing a Skype call with our daughter her lips and voice get out of synch, rather like an early Godzilla movie.  It makes listening harder, but considering she's in Japan and the call is free I can't complain too much.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Catnap With Catnip

For years Miss Kitty would have nothing to do with catnip, ignoring it in any toy we gave her as well as loose catnip.  But recently she's taken a "liking" to it.  The other day she hopped up on the wine counter, found a plastic bag of catnap at the back, dragged it out,  pawed it open, spread it about her, and as you can see from the pictures she got comfortably numb.
We've hidden the catnip

No wine or vodka for this kitty, it's catnip all the way.

For Wanda

I'm posting this for Wanda, she saw it in the background of my earlier post and asked for a better view of it.
Mac painted it for me last year when I asked for a spring painting.  Love the colors of it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Teddy Bear's Picnic

I went to bed Monday night and now it's Friday morning.  I have no idea what happened to my week.  The heat melts my brain and other parts too.
These are the bears who live in our bedroom, they sit at the Georgian table and have a nibble or two.
On the table is a small tea set, a mesh purse from the 1920's, a small pair of scissors in a leather case, a tiny ladies church flask to get you through the long sermons , a small glass jar with a lovely lady painted on its lid and a dance programme from The Primrose Dance 19th of April 1888.
It's a little scene that always makes me smile.