Monday, April 22, 2024

Monday Moments - Earth Day

Our earthly ball a peopled garden - Goethe 
In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag

Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection - Walt Whitman

I look to the sea


Frozen earth
Blooms of spring

Happy Earth Day!

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?  Henry David Thoreau


 

Friday, April 19, 2024

Finally Friday - Spring in San Saba

Spring Saturday in San Saba, TX.   Hill Country.  Ray and I visited Aunt Pat on solar eclipse weekend.  One chore was a new flag for James' grave and trim up the area.   
Nifty decoration as you look over the land
Ray in hog heaven - using the tractor
Gorgeous sunset
Ray and me with a heart cactus

That's a round-up of spring in San Saba   (look out for snakes - rattlers on the move.  None slithered out on this trip)
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Whatever Wednesday - Let's Go Fly a Kite

Butterfly hair band, yellow dress, pink shoes, and a kite string in hand - Dakota is ready to soar

 Set sail in the sky, a new kite swirls

ribbons trail, wordless signals of joy

crane our necks to watch to the show

memories of past kites - wispy wishes in the wind

Monday, April 15, 2024

Monday Moments - Random spring and Easter pics

Levi (5 months) was wide awake early. By the time the Easter egg hunt began, he was snoring. 
Silly basket head girls
Kevin's crew
Silly Ray - a wascally wabbit. 
 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Finally Friday - new home, new season, new friends

Chris and Krystal just signed on to their first new home - very exciting for them.  The place is lovely and they have years to enjoy, decorate, and create memories. 
Opening Day tailgate - Ray style.  We actually bought sandwiches from Jersey Mike's and enjoyed our lunch in this parking  lot.  Arrived at the ballpark at 2 pm, didn't leave until victory in the 10th inning at 10 pm.  Whew!  Long  day
NO we did not eat this Triple Play Boomstick - that's a lot of calories right there and it's expensive too.
Extra fun being the World Series Champions 2023
And these mermaids are out of the water and eating at Ole Enchiladas.  Yes, this is my water aerobics crew - Debbie, Elayne, and Claudia.  I'm on the front right.  Fun times and we could talk without treading water. 

Happy Weekend everyone!
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Whatever Wednesday - Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2024 in San Saba Texas.   Ray and I went to visit Aunt Pat on Saturday. Did chores and prepped.  Kevin, Maria, and the girls arrived Sunday afternoon.  Fish fry (yummy).  Excitement build-up.  And weather worries.   Monday - 12:15 pm  we all had our glasses, chairs, and chatter
Got cooler.   Clouds flitted by, but weren't completely blocking the moving eclipse.  Wind kicked up. 

Birds quieted

Darker sky 
Eerie.  Pat's solar night lights even turned on.  The kids hushed.  We all stared in awe (with our solar glasses on)
Maria captured this moment.    Magic.  Awestruck.  Astounding. 

Wow!

And then the light switch slowly turned on, clouds cleared, kids started playing again, adults just kept saying "Holy cow, that was so cool."

Aunt Pat gave us notice last year for this "party", and she threw a doozie. 

Won't be around in three hundred years for the next total eclipse.  Very glad to be here for this one. 

Science rules!  
 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday Moments - Solar Eclipse

2017 - Enjoyed the Solar Eclipse with my PA crew at Spring Lake NJ
We had so much fun



 Oh yeah!

Now today April 8th 2024,  Ray and I will be in San Saba TX.  If the weather cooperates, it should be a total eclipse viewing.  Fingers crossed.  I am writing this in March.  Sure hope it works. 

 And I am going  to write this - I hope the former President looks  directly at the sun like he did in  2017 and some how implodes.  That is an evil thing to write, but I do wish it upon this man who does not respect science.  Seriously, let's look at solar eclipses through  the years - do not stare at the freakin' sun, you fool. 

cheers all.  Enjoy.  Use your glasses and it should be way cool. 

 And Happy Birthday to my brother David.  Today is his day too - 61.  Dang!   That's getting  old, dude.   Love ya!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Finally Friday - spring filler

A Ranger game in  2009
huge flag is always awesome
Striking tree shot
Afire pit night in San Saba

 Weird shadows

I'm busy and yet not

I have stuff in my brain and yet can't verbalize

Bear with me as I do a reset of some sort. 

I read and yet don't comprehend.  I see and  yet I don't .   What  is going on?  I'm tired and  nap  and yet I'm awake.  Sorta going through the motions of life, but in slow mo....

Possibly depressed.  Well yeah- my childhood phone number is gone!!!

We're clearing out the family house.   So many memories

Sigh

Bear with me and have a good weekend.  I will but will I know it........???

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wonderful Wednesday Book Review - A Place For Us


 A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a wonderful writing treat.  We open with an Indian wedding in California and family gathers. Proud parents, Rafiq and Layla. Hadia, eldest daughter, is marrying out of love not tradition and she is training  to be a medical doctor. Huda, the middle daughter, is a determined independent minded teacher. Amar, brother of the bride, has returned after three years. 

cover blurb What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who love and know him best?

The author quietly winds her way through past and present, treads between two cultures, and gives an excellent portrait of identity and belonging.  cover blurb - It's a resonant portrait of what it means to be an  American family today.

I really enjoyed this book and immersed myself in the family. The author's descriptions, conversations, and thoughts were deep and moving. When I finished,  I had to sit and compose myself and contemplate the full book experience.  That's a gem!  



Monday, April 1, 2024

Monday Madness and Foolery






 Happy April Fool's Day - then again, considering it's election year - Happy April Fool's Year

Here's an assortment of past blog photos - all out of context, but what the heck - fun to look at and contemplate. 

Monday filler and foolery

Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest - Mark Twain

Friday, March 29, 2024

Finally Good Friday - Happy Easter Weekend

Greetings and Happy Easter.  Hope it's a grand weekend with family,  friends, or just you - eat bunny ears with no regrets.    This is a past  arboretum picture - tulip festival
More arboretum
An ancient pic of me and dad at the Morris arboretum.  This very vital man is now 92 and I don't know that he knows it's Easter.  Oh Dad!
And one of my Easter displays.

We'll be going  to Kevin's. The girls shall have an Easter egg hunt. We'll eat a nice feast.  And plenty of chocolate overload. 

Cheers to you and blessings.  And yes, while not religious, I appreciate and honor the lovely aspects of the religious season.  Peace.    Peace.  That's all I ask.  No judgements.    Just  peace for all. 

Love

J
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Wacky Wednesday - Come and Get It by Kiley Reid


 Come and Get It by Kiley Reid is a very current, sharp novel that explores the choices we make, particularly for the things that can and cannot be paid for. (cover blurb)

2017  University of Arkansas.  Millie Cousins is 24, an RA at Belgrade dorm.  She's saving money, wants a house, and planning to graduate. (Yes, she is black)

Agatha Paul (white/lesbian)  is a writer/visiting prof who sees potential with Millie for her next current topic.  But the side hustle by Millie (letting Agatha listen to the dorm young ladies) ends up problematic.  A lonely transfer student, unruly residents, and illicit intrigue.  Oops.  How much trade off is warranted?  cover blurb

Potential suicide?  Gay exploration or exploitation?  Racism?  

A lot of current issues are explored in this extremely well written book. It's subtle. It's interesting. 

I enjoyed the characters, the college. the story lines.   Give it a chance. Go and get it (I got it from the library)   


Monday, March 25, 2024

Monday Madness - Book Review - Geena Davis


 Thelma and Louise,  The Accidental Tourist, A League of Their Own, Commander in Chief

Plus The Fly!

You know Geena Davis. Two Time Academy Award winner, world class archer, advocate for women. 

This incredible woman has written an amusing memoir - Dying of Politeness.  It's a very fun, interesting read.  She dishes a bit, is quite wacky (in a good way), and you'll absolutely enjoy her book. 

She's dated quite a bit, married a lot, and has worked hard for gender parity.  She truly fights for women everywhere and wow - I really appreciate her journey. 

She's a gem and if you don't really know her work - then read this book, watch her movies, and then applaud.  Kudos Geena Davis. 


Friday, March 22, 2024

Finally Friday - Cute Kids

Spring break in Texas.  No, we did not attend a glamping event, but pictures were sent for us to admire. Sounded like they had a lot of fun.  This is younger son Kevin's crew -  Dakota, Skylar, wife Maria, and eldest Makyla
Dakota has her style

 They were with another family. Nice boys and yes, Makyla and Will are "dating".  Puppy love - aw.....

I'm proud of Kevin and Maria for giving these girls experiences.  They spend time, have adventures, and truly enjoy their girls.  It gives me fond memories of my childhood - not a spring break, but summer time trips.  Or a weekend when my mom hauled out the PA guidebook and we'd find a historical home to visit.  Lots of history within a short drive.   Aaah...memories. 

So, hooray. I'm happy to report that there are parents  that still travel with their kids, stay off their phones (except to send some cute pics!), and really do stuff - hike , camp, cook  s'mores.