A number of years ago – when I was just a teenager – I really liked this singer who went by the singular name of “Taco”. I liked his voice which hearkened back to another era and he did remakes of older songs I enjoyed in their original versions. He did a re-imagining of “Singing in the Rain” with a cute introduction that ended “…Typical tropical. I go on vacation and mother nature gives up on me. Ah-well…. I’m singing in the rain.” That kept going through my head as I flew into San Diego yesterday in the midst of the Pineapple Express weather system. I’m sharing the 80’s video below.
It’s Wednesday, and you know that means a quick up-date so we can get to choir rehearsal. Wanted to talk about a few things from the weekend. Sometimes it’s funny how the days run together, and I have a hard time remembering exactly when something specific happened. I have to think about what else was going on to keep the happenings in their proper position. Let’s see how I do. Chances are, I may have talked about this, but, perhaps not. Continue reading
I really just want to take a moment to say, “Thank you.” Thank you to all of you who follow this blog. It always surprises me when I get a notification that someone has “liked” the blog, or that comments have been posted. People follow via e-mail, Facebook page, and directly on WordPress. My Aunt Carolyn consistently like’s and shares our post -which is so sweet. I’m sure her friends wonder why the heck she does that, but I appreciate her support! Continue reading
Animal Husbandry is the science of breeding and caring for animals. A person who does this was, historically, called a husbandman. So, being a “husbandman” is difficult. You just have to know so many odd things. Like, Duck breeding habits. Let me share a little bit of what we learned this week about Drakes. There may be some frank talk about animal parts and pieces, so if you’re reading this with children – please pre-read to make sure you’re comfortable with what follows. Continue reading
You know, “they” have labeled almost everything you can think of. I’m always finding out about labels that I didn’t know existed. I think I’ve heard of this one though, often it affects people who live in extremely northern or southern areas which experience lengthened periods of darkness, sometimes places like Oregon that receive a ton of rain – I’m talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). I don’t think we want to go so far as to say that we have S.A.D.; but we’ve sure been fighting off a case of the blah’s lately. I think losing Taco-George has something to do with it. The constant wind drives us batty and keeps us up at night, mostly worrying about the animals and whether the RCW will tip over again or not. The cold has just crept into our bones and it’s been hard to warm up once we’re back in the house… then all of a sudden we’ll be so incredibly hot, only to get cold again when we go out to do chores or put everyone away. The last few days have been dark and dreary, cold and windy, so I think we’re just feeling a little sun and warmth deprived. Continue reading
Winter trains roar moodily down our hillsides, towing the rain behind them and delivering it wrapped in wild gusts of wind. (I searched for quite a while for just the right image to go along with that carefully constructed sentence; this is the best I could come up with.) They try their utmost to sneak up on you while your attention is otherwise diverted by seriously pecking little friends, but their surprise is always thwarted by the prelude of sound slashing through the fields and trees above. The wind has been throwing the spats of rain against the windows; they serve as the percussion under the howl. Morgrim and Katie, the two cats who allow us to share their home, are unsettled as they hunker on the dining table with tails curled across their feet and gaze out the large porch window, to see the cactus wrens flying backwards towards their nests. Another interesting day in the high desert cold season. Continue reading
Finally. We’re at Friday. Monday I promised you so much and I will not be able to deliver. I did take a couple of photos, Sue sent me a photo, but there isn’t a whole lot of new to talk about. I’ll sum up the last couple of days, and talk about the weekend, finish off – at the last -with a cute shot for going into the weekend. Let’s get cracking. Continue reading