Friday, April 23, 2010


I'm in love.

We met last year, shortly after I moved to this tiny house. It was a fairly quick infatuation on my part, fading somewhat as the days shortened and winter crept in.

Now it's spring again, and everyone knows just where a young woman's fancy turns lightly to in spring. As Charles Schultz says, oh-so-eloquently,


Pacific Dogwood has captured my heart. Everywhere I look this month, those pale creamy or soft, rosy bracts are bobbing in the breeze, or bejeweled by the light rain, jostling and waving in an all-too-successful attempt to capture my eye. They are so compelling that I am stooping to deceitful behaviour. Last weekend in the early evening, I unabashedly lied to my dear husband. I told him that I was going to sit out on the patio with glass of wine to enjoy the lingering daylight. Hah! A likely story.

In fact, I was eager to spend more time gazing at the tall specimen in our yard. It's come into bloom (into bract?), and is beauteous to behold. I noticed last year that the crows were actually breaking off thinner branches; for nest building, I suppose. Our tree appears a bit slighter this year. Perhaps I'll need to shoo away those meddlesome corvids.

I was delighted to find that my 1990 World Book classifies my crush as Cornus Muttallii. A fitting moniker, I thought gleefully, for a Dogwood. Moments later, modern-day technology disabused me of this whimsical notion and gently corrected the species name to Cornus Nuttallii.

Drat. I think I'll stick with old book knowledge on this one. I prefer the prior designation.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

bb makes me feel like Cary Grant in "To Catch A Thief"...the stuff she blogs is really tempting, and unlike him, I can't resist stealing it.

That and the fact that I'm still coming out of a bad slump and am too lazy to be creative right now.

a meme from the Crazy Mom

  1. Do you like bleu cheese? No.
  2. Have you ever smoked? No.
  3. Do you own a gun? No.
  4. Favorite type of food? Crunchy things.
  5. Favorite type of music? Lots-.
  6. What do you think of hot dogs? Needs to be a well-done one with mustard and sauerkraut, please. (My dad has been known to eat them raw....ugh!)
  7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.
  8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Some form of coffee with 1/2 & 1/2.
  9. Can you do push-ups? Can I ? Yes. Will I? I'd rather not.
  10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding rings.
  11. Favorite hobby? words.
  12. Do you have A. D. D.? Nope.
  13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? Glasses.
  14. Middle name? Ann.
  15. Name three thoughts at this exact moment: I want Cheez-Its. We need to dye the eggs. It's cold.
  16. Name three drinks you regularly drink: Water, milk, coffee.
  17. Current worry? Long work week ahead.
  18. Current hate right now? Now, as ever, lima beans.
  19. Favorite place to be? Home.
  20. How did you bring in the new year? Quietly.
  21. Someplace you’d like to go? Ireland.
  22. Name three people who will complete this. Liz....
  23. Do you own slippers? Just uber-thick socks.
  24. What color shirt are you wearing? Springy-green.
  25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No.
  26. Can you whistle? Yes. With and without the use of fingers.
  27. Where are you now? In the office.
  28. Would you be a pirate? In a perfect pirate world, yes.
  29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Can't recall the last time I did that.
  30. Favorite Girl’s Name? Emma.
  31. Favorite boy’s name? Sam.
  32. What is in your pocket right now? Lint.
  33. Last thing that made you laugh? Marion's morning joke.
  34. What vehicle do you drive? A PT Cruiser.
  35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Bitten in the face by a dog. Don't like German Shepherds much.
  36. Do you love where you live? Yes and no. It's an evolving relationship.
  37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 1.
  38. How many computers do you have in your house? 3.5.
  39. If you changed your job, what would it be? Baker.
  40. If you were granted three wishes, what would they be? Stealing again from bb: Health, wealth and happiness.