Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) Clifton Webb, (Baby) Robert Wagner

If you haven't seen this movie, you may be able to find it for free on YouTube.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Took an online class on how to teach calligraphy on Zoom

2. Had my annual eye exam. I didn't need a new prescription (like I've had to get a new prescription each yer for the past 4 years) or a seeing eye dog!

3. Had a nice long chat with an old, high school friend from California

4.  While hanging out in the sunroom, we were able to hook up the little laptop to the television to watch Amazon Prime. We're currently watching DaVinci's Demons 

5.  The little laptop doesn't have a fast enough processor to run the document camera during a Zoom meeting/class, so Himself order me a new laptop as an early birthday present.

How was your week?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

When You Try to Explain a Joke 2



Once again my warped sense of medieval humor caused confusion. I got a lot of "I don't get it" comments. This happened back in February when I had to explain another Drollery

To refresh, drolleries are illuminated drawings found in the margins of some Medieval manuscripts. They are basically doodles, but they may have also been used for political commentary. In the above example we have a rabbit posed as a knight riding a snail. Perhaps, meaning lower classes riding above their station. The grotesque face may have been a way to get back at a colleague or a superior for some slight, real or imagined.

The first part of the text:

"Twas Brother Maynard doth feasted upon the aberrant mushrooms..."

Some mushrooms contain psillocybin which would make someone hallucinate. So Brother Maynard has some of these magic mushrooms at the noon day meal. He goes back to work in the scriptorium, but he's hallucinating. 

"And the abbey art supplies were expended in a corrupt manner. " 

Because Brother Maynard is hallucinating instead of illuminating the manuscripts with beautiful, religious or floral themes, Brother Maynard, still on Mr. Toad's wild ride, draws weird things. Like rabbits pretending to be knights and riding snails with grotesque human faces. He paints the rabbit's shield with the expensive blue pigment made from the mineral, Lapis Lazuli. That pigment should be used to paint the garment of a saint not the armaments of a ridiculous rabbit/knight.(Abusing the art supplies in a corrupt manner)

For his punishment, Brother Maynard will probably have to crawl around the abbey 1,000 times saying "I will not draw drolleries. Mea culpa, mea cupla, mea maximum culpa. (through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

T Stands for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge - Part 2 Sunrise

A week or so ago, I learned that The English Heritage (they take care of historic sites in England) would host a live streaming of sunset and sunrise on the Summer solstice at Stonehenge via their Facebook page. Stonehenge is a neolithic monument and has been closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Visiting Stonehenge is on my bucket list, and this is probably the closest I'll come to a visit. Sunrise was at 4:50 AM  local time making it 11:50 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, my time zone.

The feed went live around 11 PM my time. 2. June 2020


There was anticipation



As I had my late evening cup of tea around 8:30 PM, I wasn't particularly thirsty. I had a cup of ice water, just in case.


The English Heritage counted approximately 100,000 views of the live feed for the Solstice Sunset and less than half that number for the Solstice Sunrise. I guess people didn't like getting up so early or stay up so late.


It was so quiet and


the realization


that it was so foggy and


it was raining. 🤬



Color


me


disappointed.


The sun rose unseen from Stonehenge


and another day began. Better luck next year. I wonder how many sunrises have the stones witnessed?



This is the Summer Solstice Sunrise from 21. June 2019. Much more awe inspiring and impressive.


I made a garden kite to mark the occasion.


To learn more about Stonehenge and to take a virtual tour, you can visit The English Heritage Stonehenge site.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Who Do You Write Like?

Sandra from Sandra's Blog had this fun game the other day. Submit a sample of your writing, and the site will analyze your writing and match you to a famous author. I tried twice with 2 different writing samples and both times came up with Raymond Chandler. 

Go here if you want to play, and I know you do.

So, who do you write like?

Sunday, June 28, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?



Morning glories getting tall


Milkweed flowers



A bee enjoying the milkweed


Field of clover


Pole dancing


Peek-a-boo


I see you Little Bunny


The squirrel is king of the hill


Tomato vine


Pre-tomatoes


Huge squash leaves


which are crowding out the beans


Morning glories halfway up the trellis


Blossoms on the hydrangea. Count with me. One...


two...


three...


four, five..


six..


seven...


eight. Eight blossoms on the hydrangea. Twice as many blossoms as last year!

How does your garden grow?