Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I had a really wonderful Mother’s Day — just my kind of day. We had a very quiet, lazy afternoon. Jack and Sam puttered around outside. They fixed the grapes up and cleared out all the dead parts. Molly and Jake and I sat and watched a movie. I had NO idea they would watch it with me as they do not care for Keira Knightly and after all, for Jake, it was a girl movie! But a classic, Pride & Prejudice, which I had not seen yet. I loved it. Just the perfect movie for a quiet, cloudy afternoon.
Sunday, May 7, 2006
with everything getting greener and the wildflowers are so plentiful.
There are some spots where they are just scattered all over the ground.
members of the poppy family are related to Bleeding Hearts
On a tiny clothesline,
In the woods you grow.
Rain and dew will wash you.
Soil and dirt will go away.
Sun and wind will dry you.
On a sunny day.
- Loretta Kuse -
also known as "cowslip," a member of the buttercup family.
It's just a little sandy area that juts out into the bend in the river. That is where this tree is. Someone must have leaned a board in the V of this tree many, many years ago. The tree grew right around the board.
Thursday, May 4, 2006
Allow me a minute of posting-silliness. I love TIVO. I love love love TIVO. TIVO is my friend. I will cheerfully pass along this info to anyone who wonders about TIVO. The TIVO remote is a dream. When you hold it in your hand every button you need is within finger-reach. Your brain becomes one with the TIVO remote and you don’t even think about which buttons you go for, it just happens. When you fast forward it stops on a dime so you can watch a television program almost as if it has no commercials. (Although some commercials are so great you can’t pass them up, like the man staring at a blue Corvette while riding on his riding lawn mower and he drives right down through a bed of, I’m assuming, his wife’s flowers and they fly all over like flower confetti— or the monkey commercial where they’re all pointing their beaming red light pointers at the backside of that poor guy.) I could wax poetic over the TIVO guide. You can literally go to a channel in the guide, page down a few times, and see what is on for the next two weeks— in a few seconds. TIVO is fun, colorful, fast, and extremely user-friendly. I LOVE TIVO.
We don’t have TIVO anymore.
For reasons we now RUE, we upgraded our existing Direct TV sat. system months ago to a Direct TV DVR. For one thing it was cheaper per month. Sigh. The remote gives us fits, the guide is frustrating and time-consuming, coming out of fast-forward you don’t have sound for a bit. PLUS you run into the program before you can stop it from fast-forwarding, which, if you’re watching 24 is NOT fun to see what’s happening while you can’t hear and then the suspense is over. The “go-to-the-end” of the show button goes to the end, but you’re supposed to be able to push it again and go the beginning of the show. Isn’t that right, TIVO? Well, I never would have written my Ode to TIVO if I hadn’t been pushed. Last night our DVR just up and decided not to start recording LOST so we missed the first 15 minutes. Which, in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t matter to me. But it still bugged me. You would think Direct TV would want to put out a superior product. I would go back to TIVO in a heartbeat.