Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Funny Obituaries

Recently, an obituary published in our local paper (the Binghamton Press-Sun Bulletin) had people talking about a retired teacher's life - and the funny obituary written about him.

Yes, it started out and ended with digs at our current President, but even if you are a total Trump supporter, the rest of this obit is still well worth reading.  (Just skip the first and last paragraphs).

This follows in a small but perhaps growing tradition of funny obituaries. 

This brings me to a question some may think strange: have you written your obituary yet? 

I haven't.

Years ago, I worked with someone who went back to college, and had to take an English course.  Her first class assignment: "write your obituary".  This assignment made her think, and think hard, about what she had accomplished in life, and the direction in which she wanted to go next.

What she wrote was interesting.

You should try it sometime, she told me.

I haven't tried it yet.

Nor have I ever written anyone's obituary.  But sooner or later, many of us are called upon to do just that.

Will we do the person justice?  Will we write a good tribute?

What about you?   Have you ever written an obituary?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The First Day of Spring

Just thought I would share some favorite activities we have here in the Binghamton, New York area on the first day of spring.

Drinking from the water fountain.

Nope, not today.
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(Pictures, except the last one, taken over the weekend by my guest photographer.)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunshine #AtoZThemeReveal #MusicMovesMe

Today, on #MusicMovesMe, it is a "Freebie Day" - we can blog about anything musical we want.

Today is also the Blogging from A to Z Challenge "Theme Reveal Day".

But first - who are the 4Mers, or the Music Moves Me folks?

The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly.  Her co-4Mers are:  Callie of JAmerican Spice, and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥   And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.

I'm not the only 4Mer who is going to do A to Z - I probably won't be doing music (except for the April 2 post) but please check out all the participating 4Mers and other A to Zers during April.

And now, drum roll.

A musical hint.

Anita Bryant was the spokesperson for..well, Florida orange juice.  But before that, she had several hits, including this song "Paper Roses".

But why am I blogging about Anita Bryant?  Because, to many who grew up in the 1960's, she was one of the public faces of Florida.  (I am not getting into the controversy of her political views. We are strictly orange juice here today.)

Florida is a state that so many associate with theme parks.  The Disney properties.  Universal.  But maybe not much of anything else.  Oh yes.  There are those who call it "(the deity)'s Waiting Room" for all the seniors who move there, or snowbird there.

But before theme parks existed, there was citrus.  And sunshine.

There was KC and the Sunshine Band, a Florida group that still tours.  Their first album was all instrumental, including this 1974 (live) rendition of "Rock Your Baby".  I saw them perform at Disney World in 1975, when Disney World was mainly....Disney World.  And Orlando wasn't a megapolis jammed up with traffic and construction.

But I digress.

There was what many (including myself) call "Old Florida".  And, for the month of April, Florida is what I am going to bring you (for the most part).

I want to bring you the Florida many tourists don't see if they don't venture out of Orlando Theme Park World.  I want to bring you the Florida I grew to love during my time of living in the Sunshine State (1974-1976) and the Florida that still exists, if you take the time to seek it out.  And even some of the best of modern Florida, because it's out there. 

This past January, my spouse and I visited Florida, and we want to share some of our experiences.

 "Florida-Outside the Theme Parks" will be my theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

I wasn't going to do the Challenge, but my spouse (believe it or not) talked me into it.  If I complete it, it will be my fourth time.

Because that Florida sunshine tree is calling, and I can't wait to see what my fellow A to Zers have in mind.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Last Hurrah of Winter?

These pictures taken in the Johnson City, New York area on Wednesday.

I hope that these are the last (relatively) fresh snow pictures I send you this year, because we are so ready for spring here.

It was time for the snow to pile on bushes.
The remains of last year's herb garden.
Hard to believe that, in a month, this planter might have pansies in it.
In late May, this rhodie will be in bloom.
And there will be no more monstrous snow fingers.

It got into the 40's yesterday, so there is hope.

Spring arrives on Tuesday, but not in this yard.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Saturday

A couple of green memories today.

First: I've been crocheting for almost 50 years now.  I don't do as much as I used to, for various reasons,  but I still crochet some, mainly when I am on the road, since my loving spouse does the driving.

I haven't really blogged much about it much, but crochet has been a treasured part of my life.

My Mom wanted to teach me to crochet but rheumatoid arthritis robbed her of her ability to do any needlework by the time I was old enough for her to teach me. Instead, a high school friend taught me, and I've never looked back.

Although my Mom didn't teach me, I still feel a link to my Mom whenever I pick up a hook.

I wanted to share a couple of the projects today. These are both projects I worked on 27 years ago.

I got the afghan pattern from a magazine that no longer exists.

I have no idea where I got the pattern for the Christmas stocking.  But there is a special reason why the stocking has shamrocks on it.
Today, I will be celebrating a special day in my family with a party, including someone's favorite dish - a spinach feta pie. 

My second "green" memory takes me back more than 30 years ago when my spouse and I "homesteaded" in Northwest Arkansas.

On March 17, we would already have been preparing our garden plots.  Seeds would have been ordered, and received. We would have been preparing to plant peas, kale, collards, and spinach.  Our mail-ordered baby chicks would have been in their pen inside our cabin near the wood stove, entertaining us with their antics and growing every day.

Seed potatoes would have gone into the ground on March 17.  Planting potatoes on St. Patrick's Day was a tradition there.

Actually taken on March 13, 2018 but we still hve snow on the ground
But this is what St. Patrick's Day means here in upstate New York.   No green here, except under a blanket of snow.

Still, I'm not complaining.

May the luck of the Irish be with you today, if you celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Blue Winter #SkywatchFriday

Because of the switching of time to Eastern Daylight Time, I found myself commuting to work, once again, near sunrise.

By the time I started my commute on Monday, it was snowing pretty good, and it was also the blue hour.

I took these pictures with my iPhone SE in downtown Binghamton, New York.

I loved the way these pictures came out.

Here is a picture of one of the main streets of downtown with a better view of the sky.  It had not yet turned the white of an active snow sky.

This will be the last winter SkywatchFriday until December, but I have a sinking feeling next week's photos will still have snow in them.

Join Yogi and other bloggers who watch the sky each Friday at #SkywatchFriday.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day March 2018 - Let it Snow

In the Binghamton, New York area (zone 5b), we haven't gotten the blizzards of further east, but we have snow, nevertheless.

One of my spouse's raised beds tells the story of what it looks like outside.

But inside - it's another story.

Usually, I am scrounging through the house on a March GBBD, praying for something - anything - to be in bloom.

Not this year, and I'm so happy.

My forced hyacinth.

My Thanksgiving cactus (cactii?) have burst into bloom again, near a potbound moth orchid that has a few buds on it.
A Mother's Day gift from my son is in its second overwintering in his former bedroom.

Last month, I showed you some of the red poinsettias I managed to rebloom - this month it's the white one's turn.
And two of the red ones (note, at the very bottom, the leaves with spots of white are from this year's plant) - I can't believe I was actually able to get several from last year to rebloom.

A begonia I overwintered.

And finally, a coleus waits patiently for the time I can plant these rooted cuttings outside.

I can't believe I have so much to offer my readers.  Thank you for visiting!

In another week it's spring.  Until then, why don't you join Carol at May Dream Gardens and the other garden bloggers who participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day every 15th of the month?