Monday, June 30, 2008

A Mini Monet

The water lily flower stands for perfect beauty.
The water lily is the first flower mentioned in world literature. In Asia, the flowering water lily, called the lotus, symbolizes absolute truth and purity. The bloom became associated with Buddha himself. The Hindus in India believe that, before its creation as we know it, the world was a golden lotus.
These water plants, with their flowers of pink, white, and blue, often bloom only at night, their perfume spreading across the dark surface of a pond. In the West, the water lily flower was given the botanical name nymphaea, referring to those Greek nature goddesses, the nymphs.
Any of various cosmopolitan aquatic herbs of the genus Nymphaea, having floating leaves and showy, variously colored flowers, especially N. odorata, with fragrant many-petaled white or pinkish flowers. Also called pond lily.

Water lily is a common name for a small family of aquatic plants. The water lily's scientific family is Nympheaceae of the order Nymphaeales. The representative genus of the family is Nymphaea.
Interesting Facts: Water lilies were once used in ancient Egyptian art. The largest water lily is the Giant Water Lily. It can be found in the Amazon. It can grow to be 2 feet to 6 feet in diameter. It provides food for fish and wildlife. The only problem is that it causes drainage problems because of its large size. Claude Monet painted many paintings of water lilies. He got the idea because he had a water garden and enjoyed the plants' beauty and difference. This PROJECT was conceived @ 20 years ago when our youngest daughter planted the idea…
This year the POND is in its second summer...just a TAD more to be done BEFORE it is finally complete
So nice even with puppies...
More later as this project soon ends....

Friday, June 27, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesdays Musings

A typical morning so I thought.
Cup of coffee in hand, pups fed, watered etc.
Public radio updating me on the news around the world.
Time to take off another slip of Cutzie woman sayings from the Calendar.
I pondered what was written down. Anne Tyler is credited with it.

"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! "

Well that got me semi rolling over, considering it was 7 am.
Then off to get my Hair done, everything was going along BEAUTIFULLY… UNTIL In the rear view mirror I see those DREADED flashing lights…POLICE… Ummmmmmmm Quick assessment of what I had been doing etc. Seat belt on, driving under the speed limit etc. So totally unsure that it could be me so I started to pull over BUT ALAS there was no place to pull over

I stopped in the lane I was in, the Officer came to my window and said,
"YOU CAN”T JUST STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET! " I said, "You mean you were wanting ME TO STOP?" "YES " OH, shaking and heart racing, gulp
How would it be if I pull into the next driveway? "
"YES MAMM" I did, still shaking like a LEAF… THEN I said to myself OOPS I need to get the registration and Insurance etc out. HANDS trembling, I finally found the correct one SIGH I muttered to myself "MAMM I need to see your License. " "OK" He called whom ever to determine I was indeed myself… STILL unsure what was going on
Finally he said, " where is the sticker for your license plate?" "On there I assume." "NO MAMM it is not !" WHAT my inner self SCREAMED?
Ummmmmm still trying to gain control of myself, maybe it fell off? "NO MAMM THEY NEVER FALL OFF!" YE GADS So I looked at him and said, "You realize you have sacred the POO out of me…give me a moment to COLLECT myself…"
He did Then I said "SO what am I to do NOW? "
He said go to the DMV and show them your registration and tell them you misplaced the sticker. SAID TO SELF, I never misplaced it, I NEVER SAW IT. OK "MAMM I will stop traffic so your can get back onto the Highway." "THANKS; just let me get my self situated, seat belt, seat etc." YE GADS what a day Went to the DMV only took 15 minutes and $5, and I was off for home…. WONDER where that STICKER WAS? OH by the way My hair do is Fabulous , think the Officer was impressed tee hee

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mom is teaching us how to play

Lets pile on top of MOM! LILY , HOUSE & JAZZY
HOUSE standing & LILY lying down
See our FROG, bet you cannot guess who got us THAT! ;)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy Birthday WEST VIRGINIA

1863 - West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state. West Virginia was part of Virginia until the area refused to endorse the ordinance of secession in 1861. The English controlled the region during the 1750s and 1760s. Though eastern Virginia was rapidly settled, the western area's rugged terrain restricted settlement there. After the American Revolution, largely nonslaving settlers moved west; they grew dissatisfied with the Virginia government. With the outbreak of the American Civil War, residents from western Virginia voted against the ordinance of secession in 1861.
West Virginia State Flag

West Virginia At Its Best!

Motto: Montani semper liberi ~ ~ Mountaineers are always free A white field is bordered in dark blue. West Virginia's flag displays a rock containing the date June 20, 1863; the day West Virginia became a state. The two men represent farming and mining. Below them are two rifles with a "Liberty Cap" on top the rifles. A banner ribbon includes the state motto " Mountaineers Are Always Free". Around the picture are a wreath of rhododendrons and the name of the state on a red ribbon.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice

It is the last day of the spring!
This is a common date for the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere…on: June 20, 2008 at 7:59 PM EDT; and in the UK on June 20, 2008 at 23:59 UTC.
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky. Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I SPY with my little EYE ;)

Fathers Day was a HIT here
The game I Spy originated in the early 20th century. It remains a common pastime played by children - albeit often initiated by adults to occupy bored children on car journeys and the like. One person secretly choose an object that they can 'spy with their little eye' and the others take turns to guess the name of the object.
The game spawned a highly successful series of I-SPY spotter's guide books made for British children. These were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
The word "SPAWNED" and this POST made me Laugh
The guessing game was preceded by another children's game called I Spy (or Hy Spy). This was a variant of what is now called Hide and Seek and was known in the UK from the 18th century. John Brand refers to it in his History and antiquities of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1789:
More Here!
PS I like FROGS...