Friday, July 30, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday

Biting the apple
New knowledge flooding through me...
iPhone is way cool!

I've been preoccupied with my new iPhone and MacBook - so much so that I feel like I'm in computer class most of the time!  I'm sure this obsession will pass and I'll be back to some sort of routine that isn't geared around these sorts of Apples!

Happy Haiku my Heart Friday!!  For more offerings, head on over to Rebecca's place!

Image is from Photobucket

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lullaby for a Mouse

Love comes however She wants, whenever She wants.  A very sweet YouTube for a special love.

This is what was written about this little guy:

Zeus, our beloved Duirmouse, May 12, 2009 - June 20, 2010. Abandoned by his mouse mommy at one day old, he crawled out from under our washing machine and lived, despite the odds. I fed him every two hours and took to carrying him in my pocket or in my sports bra, which became his home. Our adventure mouse not only survived but thrived, taking a hot air balloon ride over the Rio Grande, riding in three cross country road trips, hiking through the Sangre De Cristo mountains and ultimately walking me down the aisle at my wedding in May 2010. He was extraordinary in every way. Still is. This is his lullaby. ::::Goodnight, my love. Goodnight::::

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hummingbird don't fly away....

Someone sent this to me in today's mail.  It is a short You Tube video of the Nature program on Hummingbirds and it is astonishing in its photography.  Scenes were shot in high definition, so if your computer has high def, you are in for a treat!  It is worth the 9+ minutes to view these incredible birds.

I know Abi loves hummers and so does Inanna - hoping you both enjoy this!  You might want to watch the original over at You Tube where the screen is larger than what is posted here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Haiku My Heart Friday

Morning symphony...
Robin, Cardinal ~ then, Jay.
Mockingbird solo!

These birds are just amazing!  There is one who sits on the antenna across the street and sings. SINGS!  At just about 4 pm daily - every song. The entire repertoire.  So beautiful.  So amazing.  How can this be improved?

It's Haiku My Heart Friday - again!  I hope it is a great one for all of you!  

To see more offerings of Haiku My Heart, go on over to Rebecca's place and check out what everyone is haiku-ing!

In the meantime, I'll try to find the picture that goes with Haiku My Heart Friday.


I know it's here somewhere!!

Image from Cornell's wonderful site about birds.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Aren't they both adorable?  Neighbors from the old 'hood - both he and his wife took in baby squirrels and raised them until they were ready to be released into the wild.  This little guy is named Joe - the other one (they actually had the courage to raise 2 of them!!) was named Ross.  Both boys wreaked havoc in the house at times and, at others, charmed everyone.  Including me!

I didn't run this by him to see if it was okay to post it - hopefully, I won't have to pull it.  Perhaps, I should put black tape over both of their eyes??

Happy Ruby Tuesday, everyone!  For more offerings, go see Mary here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Haiku My Heart Friday

Sweet Gardenia ~
Foregoing the holiday...
Billie sang the blues.

I just got my computer back from the Apple store and I can't find the downloads file for the Haiku my Heart icon....sigh.  This is what it is this evening...I'll try again in the morning and see if I can figure out what is going on.  Been gone for too long...

To see more haiku, go on over to Rebecca's place and savor the offerings!

Happy Haiku My Heart Friday!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Haiku My Heart Friday

This image made me laugh because I tend to read words backwards just to see if they spell something different.  I blame it on my mother as she used to do that.  For example, Dunkin' Donuts became Stunod Niknuds in her world.  One of my pastimes when riding the bus in NJ prior to moving to California was to pick the longest word on any advertisement and see how many words I could find in that one word.  Kept my mind from being immensely bored or my being bus sick!

I'm reminded how much I love words and spelling.  Which, of course, brought to mind a long lost acquaintance who contacted me via Face Book earlier this year.  We went to school together - grammar school through high school.  We actually lived a few doors down, but I never really got to know him well as he was very quiet and shy.  I did not keep in touch with him, so 40+ years later, I was surprised to hear from him.

One of the memories that he recounted from 8th grade was his loss to me in a spelling bee and being mad about it.  He even remembered the word that he incorrectly spelled, which made me laugh.  So funny and interesting what any of us remembers from the way back time machine!

So without further ado, here is the haiku that was inspired by this Face Book connection:

8th grade spelling bee
You're still mad at me for this
word:  intoxicate.

For more haiku offering, go to Rebecca's site.

Posting early as my computer is going in to the Apple place for replacement of a part that is causing problems and for doing the mind meld from my old Mac.  I'll be off line for a few days - see you when I get back!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Luminous Tease


Change yourself in the way you want everyone else to change
Love your enemies in case your friends turn out to be jerks
Avoid thinking about winning the lottery while making love
Brainwash yourself before someone nasty beats you to it
Confess big secrets to people who aren't very interested
Write a love letter to your evil twin during a lunar eclipse
Fool the tricky red beasts guarding the Wheels of Time
Locate the master codex and add erudite graffiti to it
Dream up wilder, wetter, more interesting problems
Change your name every day for a thousand days
Exaggerate your flaws till they turn into virtues
Kill the apocalypse and annihilate Armageddon
Brag about what you can't do and don't have
Get a vanity license plate that reads KZMYAZ
Bow down to the greatest mystery you know
Make fun of people who make fun of people
See how far you can spit a mouthful of beer
Pick blackberries naked in the pouring rain
Scare yourself with how beautiful you are
Simulate global warming into your pants
Stage a slow-motion water balloon fight
Pretend your wounds are exotic tattoos
Sing anarchist lullabies to lesbian trees
Plunge butcher knives into accordions
Commit a crime that breaks no laws
Sip the tears of someone you love
Build a plush orphanage in Minsk
Feel sorry for a devious lawyer
Rebel against your horoscope
Give yourself another chance
Write your autohagiography
Play games with no rules
Teach animals to dance
Trick your nightmares
Relax and go deeper
Dream like stones
Mock your fears
Drink the sun
Sing love
Be mojo
Do jigs
Ask id

~Rob Brezsny~

Huichol Sun and Moon, image from Photobucket

Saturday, July 3, 2010

See you in a bit! With an update...

This is Lilith, my new computer.  She's a MacBook Pro that I bought in March of this year and she's having some issues.  So we're off to the Apple store for a morning appointment to see what is wrong with her.  I'm also taking Evie, my first Mac, an IMac, in to have the information transferred over to Lilith - it will take a few days, I'm told, so we won't be around until Monday - I hope it's not later than that!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, everyone!  See you soon!

Update:  Well, it seems Lilith's hardware has a glitch and needs a new part, which won't show up until next week.  Then, I will be without a computer for a few days while they Apple folks do the repair and do the mind meld from Evie to Lilith!

I can get online, but it sure does take a LONG time!  As in dial up slowed down to the pace of a turtle.  But, at least I can get online, so I am thankful for that!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Haiku My Heart Friday

Black and white streaks by
Leaps, pounces, growls, spins, then barks
"Throw it again, Mom"

More haiku offerings can be found at Rebecca's place - go visit!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

I spent 3 glorious summers in Nova Scotia as a teen in the '60s and just adored it.  It was my first trip out of the country by myself, going to an all girls camp for the entire summer.  I really fell in love with Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy, whose tides came in like a speeding locomotive through the cove.  I remember rushing across that cove, mud squishing beneath my feet, in order to get back to shore before the water reached my knees!  I wrote about it here.

I also vacationed one year in British Columbia, loving that, too.  The ferries were a lovely way to get into Vancouver Island and high tea at the Empress Hotel.  I got as far inland as Penticton, where one of the places we stopped was the Okanogan Game Farm.  I will never forget seeing baby musk oxen and the sensation of them sucking on my fingers.  They were so adorable!  One day, I would love to see the interior of this beautiful country.

And who can not love their paper money with animals on it rather than stodgy old men!

Happy Canada Day!

From Wiki:

Official English

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Official French

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

O Canada!
Land of our forefathers,
Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious
garland of flowers.
As is thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic
Of the most brilliant exploits.
Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights

ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ!
ᓇᖕᒥᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ!
ᐱᖁᔭᑏ ᓇᓚᑦᑎᐊᖅᐸᕗᑦ.
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ, ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ,
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ! ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊ!
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ ᒥᐊᓂᕆᑉᓗᑎ,
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ, ᓴᓚᒋᔭᐅᖁᓇ!

Uu Kanata!
Nangmini nunavut!
Piqujatii nalattiaqpavut.
Nangiqpugu, Uu Kanata,
Uu Kanata! nunatsia!
Nangiqpugu mianiripluti,
Uu Kanata, salagijauquna!

[edit]Lyrical changes

Weir's original lyrics from 1908 did not contain any religious references and used the phrase "thou dost in us command" before they were changed by Weir in 1914 to read "in all thy sons command".[1][3][4][5] In 1926, a fourth verse of a religious nature was added.[6]
Toronto City Council in June 1990 voted 12 to 7 in favour of recommending to the Canadian government that the phrase "our home and native land" be changed to "our home and cherished land" and that "in all thy sons command" be partly reverted to "in all of us command." Also proposed, but ultimately rejected, was the alternate wording "thy sons and daughters stand." Councillor Howard Moscoe said that the words native land were not appropriate for the many Canadians who were not native-born and that the word sons implied "that women can't feel true patriotism or love for Canada."[7] Senator Vivienne Poy similarly criticized the English lyrics of the anthem as being sexist,[6] leading her to, in 2002, introduce a bill proposing to change the phrase "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." And, in the late 2000s, the anthem's religious references (to God in English and to the Christian cross in French) were criticized by secularists.[8][9]
In the Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Michaëlle Jean on March 3, 2010, a plan to have parliament review the "original gender-neutral wording of the national anthem" was announced.[10] However, there was a mass outcry with three quarters of polled Canadians objecting to the proposal,[11] and two days later the Prime Minister's Office announced that the government had decided to leave the national anthem alone.[12]

Image from Photobucket