Yes, Flowers

Yes, Flowers

April 2018
The garden is wonderful this time of year.  I've got irises of all colors.  It happens when you go to the iris sales at the Tulsa Garden Center more than one year.  Do I know any of the names?  Nah, gave up on trying to keep track many years ago.  I'm not in it for the pedigrees but the colors...and the aroma. And speaking of aroma, the peonies!  At least two plants were from my aunt's garden and another one from my mother-in-law's garden.  One garden northern Illinois and the other Oklahoma.  Surprisingly the Illinois ones are doing just fine here in Oklahoma.  I also have one Japanese peony, which pretty much looks like the others except the growth is on the stems from the previous years, not dying back…
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May the Fourth…be with You

May the Fourth…be with You

April 2018
Okay had to get that out of the way. Earlier this week I read a book to review, "Wolfsangel" which takes place in France in the days before and after the Normandy Invasion.  Although the book was not my normal read, it was interesting and period, which made me think of my contacts with that time period a German couple I meet when I lived in Flensburg, Germany in the 1990's, Carl and Gerta. Gerta was the local national school secretary for our small American school in Flensburg.  We had about forty children, K-8 and Gerta helped with any translations the school needed with the German community at large.  Her English was great and she was a lively woman in her 60's.  It turned out that she and I had…
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Add Another One to the List

Add Another One to the List

April 2018
After telling you how happy I was to add the Eastern (Baltimore) Oriole to my list of birds seen I got another new bird for the list.   Male and Female! Here they are Mr. and Mrs. Rosy Breasted Grosbeaks. Both of them took turns at the front feeder.  I could not get a picture of my own so I do not claim any of the pictures in this post. According to my bird books they are only migratory in Oklahoma so I do not expect to see them again, but glad I could provide a feeding station on their trip.  Take that back, both Mr. and Mrs. are on the feeder right now. And let's talk about the gold finches.  From never seeing any to they are almost pesky! …
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Changes in Writing

Changes in Writing

April 2018
When I first started writing there wasn't such a thing as Pinterest and all computers were stand alone. Yes, children, it isn't a myth.  As I created worlds in my head such as Tienna's World it was useful to look through magazines and such. Useful, but very limiting. Now you can find almost anything you can dream up online which can be stimulating. You can set up 'mood' boards on Pinterest with ideas for places, clothing, even what you think the characters' faces and builds might look like.  You can fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for hours if you are not careful. If you are interested in my visions of the world 'Dream Warrior' Teryn lives in, use this link.
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Yea for Goldfinches

Yea for Goldfinches

April 2018
Okay so it is not the best photography of the year, but it is the first time I've seen goldfinches on my feeders where I could get any kind of picture.  There was another male but he flew off before I could get the picture of all three. I saw a male and female the other day on the backyard feeder.  I have known there were supposed to be goldfinches in the area, but all I have ever seen have been the house finch species.   I've put up my hummingbird feeders and hope I see evidence of them soon also. A yes, now a female at the feeder and a male on a tree branch.  He just pushed her off.  Unfortunately the starlings have now arrived.  The two finches…
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On the Fly

On the Fly

April 2018
A chance to be a citizen scientist. The Annenberg Learner Journey North site collects information from ordinary people about migrations of animals throughout North America.  This includes Mexico, USA and Canada...you know like NORTH AMERICA. These three are the ones I try to report back on.  They (Journey North) allow you to follow migrations based on the data people have turned in.  You can even look at specific locations and see what information has been submitted. According to them I should be seeing all three of the above.  I have only seen the robins, but then they pretty much wintered here.  However about January/February the robins and cedar wax wings descend on the holly tree at my front door and clean it out of holly berries.  I do report that.…
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“Don’t give up the day job.”

April 2018
One of my father's favorite sayings.  It seems appropriate today. Going into the Antiques Roadshow we knew we were not going to find we had a nest egg for retirement in some item.  None of our things are that outstandingly special.  Except to us, of course.   And that is as it should be. One thing that happens when things are seen on AR (at least in my opinion) is that everyone that has one like it comes out of the woodwork and the market is 'flooded' with that same object and the price goes down.   This always makes me think of one of the early advertisements for AR where an Indian throw is being valued and they cut to various people watching the show and everyone is trying…
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‘The bags are packed, we’re ready to go…’

April 2018
Tomorrow Antiques Road Show visits Tulsa and we have a pair of Willy Wonka Golden tickets.  We've been trying to decide what to take since the tickets arrived in the mail.  Each person (ticket) get to bring 2 items for appraisal.  What would you take? My mom and dad both collected items of interest.  There is one story of my mom cleaning things out of the attic and leaving them on the second story hall and telling my dad to bring them on down to 'go out'.  He went up and looked at her selection, took the items back to the attic and brought down his selection of what should 'go out'.  My mom went up and looked at what he had selected and hauled it back to the attic. …
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Remember the Cold as Blazes?

April 2018
Now we've got the heat off and I'm seriously contemplating turning on the AC.  That old joke..."If you don't like the weather wait five minutes." Today the windows and doors (with screens) were open.  I wore a sweater this morning thinking I would need it.  I've been a tad too warm all day long.  I've nothing against a warm day, but it does make me wonder two things. 1) how long with the spring flowers last at this temperature? 2) how warm is it going to be this summer if this is spring? Meanwhile we haven't had much rain and that is showing up in Oklahoma with wildfires mostly in the western part of the state.  Those getting spring snows they don't want in the upper Midwest, just send that…
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