The No Topic Blog!

By: Proserpina , 12:44 AM GMT on January 05, 2012


I have an idea for a new blog but it will be a while before I can do the research and write the new blog. In the meantime I will call the actual blog ‘The No Topic Blog’ and post whatever comes to mind on any given day.

I am starting by posting one of my favorite poems by Pablo Neruda, it is one of the verses in his book titled “The Captain’s Verses”. Neruda wrote the ‘Verses’ for his lover, muse, and eventually wife Matilde Urrutia. It was his third wife and they were married from 1966 to 1973, the year of his death.

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If You Forget Me

by Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine

Please post anything of interest to you, or just say hello, or write about what is on your mind,…… (As always the post is to be in good taste and not offend anyone. Thank you.)

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70. Proserpina
4:13 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
Jus, my very thought exactly. Those people know every inch of the sea along the coast. Something must have happened to propel them into the rock, it this is what happened.

Now they are saying that there are 70 unaccounted for, and may be still on the ship. They are feverishly searching inside the ship, dangerous for everyone concerned. Of course I am praying for the well-being of the missing.

I do not know how cold it gets there but I do know that on land it does get pretty darn cold in that area. I will have to do a little research, if I find out anything I will let you know.

I hope your head will clear very soon. It is an awful feeling to be all congested in the sinuses and head.

ADD: I could not find much on the temperatures of the waters. I found general descriptions of the area saying that normally the waters are not cold... Here are a couple of sentences from a newspaper article:

"Some of the ship's passengers jumped into the icy waters.

One of the victims was a man aged in his 70s who was thought to have died of a heart attack caused by the shock of the cold water"

Part of the problem for the passengers was that they were wearing party clothes since they were at dinner (Always dress up for dinners on cruise ships! For me cruise dress up means light fabrics.)
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69. juslivn
4:01 PM GMT on January 14, 2012
Hi Pros, woke up and the news is all covering the Cruise liner accident. What very scary stories being told as the passengers and crew begin to re-live their accounts to the News-people.

Maria, How cold are those waters there? Do you know? Some of the crew had to jump and swim to the island.
(I probably could find it, but my head is a little groggy still)
Certainly we will find out more of what went wrong as time goes by. It must have been something awful to send them into rocks which have existed for centuries and are well known???

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68. Proserpina
11:29 AM GMT on January 14, 2012
No Sandi, I am still up. I was about to leave the computer and head for bed when I saw the info posted by Jus on my other page. So I have been reading articles and posting on WU.

As I understand it, only three people died and the rest were rescued. If this is so, it is a real miracle. Kudos on the rescuers!

Please let me know what you read/hear about this incident. There were some Brits on the Concordia.

I have been on a cruise, it can be lots of fun but there is always that nagging thought... If you want to go on a cruise, you should go. Accidents are rare, so I like to think. One cannot NOT live because of what might happen, carpe diem!
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67. sandiquiz
11:20 AM GMT on January 14, 2012
Hi Pros,
I have been listening and watching this news on the TV from the BBC.....

I had been looking at a cruise for myself later this year - now I am having second thoughts!!

I see you were up before dark... have you gone back to bed?
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66. Proserpina
11:12 AM GMT on January 14, 2012


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65. Proserpina
11:04 AM GMT on January 14, 2012
A lovely WU friend, Jus, pointed out this article to me. I had no idea that Friday the 13 had proved to live up to its reputation, for these people anyways.

The article is form The GUARDIAN:

Italians launch rescue bid after cruise liner runs aground

At least three people are reported dead and more than 4,000 are being evacuated after the Costa Concordia ran aground

Associated Press in Rome, Friday 13 January 2012 20.35 EST

'Rescuers surround the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy

A luxury cruise ship has run aground off the coast of Tuscany, gashing open the hull and forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate on lifeboats to a nearby island early on Saturday. At least three were dead, the Italian coast guard said.

There were at least three more feared dead, and helicopters were working to pluck to safety some 50 people still trapped aboard the badly listing Costa Concordia, said Coast Guard Commander Francesco Paolillo.

Paolillo said it wasn't known if the dead were passengers or crew, nor were the nationalities of the victims immediately known. It is understood there were several British passengers on board.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported that some people had jumped overboard in the scramble to evacuate the ship, which had just begun a Mediterranean cruise.

The evacuees were taking refuge in schools, hotels, and a church on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, a popular vacation isle about 18 miles (25 kilometres) off Italy's central west coast.

ANSA quoted two Italian journalists who happened to be among the passengers taking the Mediterranean cruise as saying the accident happened during dinner hour.

"We were dining when the lights went out, and suddenly we heard a bang and the dishes fell to the floor," ANSA quoted one of the journalist-passengers, Luciano Castro, as saying.

"It was like a scene from the Titanic," another passenger aboard, journalist Mara Parmegiani, told ANSA.

Paolillo said the exact dynamics of the accident were still unclear, but that the first alarm went off about 10:30pm (2130 GMT), about three hours after the Concordia had begun its voyage from the port of Civitavecchia, enroute to its first port of call, Savona, in northwestern Italy.

The coast guard official, speaking from the port captain's office in the Tuscan port of Livorno, said the vessel "hit an obstacle" - it wasn't clear if it might have hit a rocky reef in the waters off Giglio - "ripping a gash 50 metres (165 feet) across" on the left side of the ship, and started taking on water.

The cruise liner's captain then tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio's small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier. But after the ship started listing badly onto its right side, lifeboat evacuation was no longer feasible, Paolillo said.

Five helicopters, from the coast guard, navy and air force, were taking turns airlifting survivors still aboard and ferrying them to safely. A Coast guard member was airlifted to the vessel to help people get aboard a small basket so they could be hoisted up to the helicopter, said Captain Cosimo Nicastro, another Coast Guard official.

A statement from Costa Cruises, the company that runs the ship, confirmed that the evacuation of the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew had begun, "but the position of the ship, which is worsening, is making more difficult the last part of the evacuation."

Costa Cruises' statement did not mention any casualties, and said it had not yet determined the cause of the problem.

Costa Cruises said the Costa Concordia was sailing on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea, starting from Civitavecchia with scheduled calls to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari and Palermo.

It said about 1,000 Italian passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and about 1,000 crew members.'
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64. Ylee
4:22 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Hi Pros, hope you are having a nice day! It snowed about an inch yesterday and last night, and now it's a lot colder!
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63. sandiquiz
3:52 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
A creative lady from Milton Keynes,
Camera at ready to capture the scenes
Of sunset or sunrise,
The beautiful red skies
Produced for our pleasure by any fair means.

Hi Pros:)

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62. Alleyoops
3:14 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
Good morning PROS...winter has finally arrived to SW Ontario. We got about 6 inches of snow last night and there is still a bit falling but not much accumulation today. Finally got out and cleaned off my front porch. Gosh is it cold out with that nasty wind. Thank goodness I don't need to go out. Once this mess has cleared up, I will call to have someone clean the driveway. No rush as long as its still snowing. Going up to around 32-35F today then really cold tomorrow with a high in the 20s. A good day to snuggle in those blankets and read a good book.

Have a wonderful day dear one. Be careful going out if you must. Stay well and keep smiling.
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61. palmettobug53
6:07 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Hi, Pros.

Goodness, I missed Rain's birthday? How uncouth of me.

Happy belated, Rain!

Pros, sounds like you really stocked up on the groceries!
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60. Proserpina
4:41 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Good morning everyone. I have not been to my blog for a few days. I had tons of errands that I had been putting off and finally pushed myself to catch up. Not to mention that now I have food in the house to last me a couple of weeks. Yes, I have been too lazy to even go out to get the groceries until yesterday.

GG, it seems that you had a lovely day chatting with a bunch of birds and visiting the neighborhood. I too noticed an influx of birds at my feeders, from woodpeckers, to flickers, to finches, to sparrows, etc. Tons of turtle doves (a nuisance really) but no hawks at the feeders. I have seen hawks here but not at the feeders.
Yesterday I bought several huge bags of birdseed, peanuts, and a new mix of finch food. Koko and I have fun looking at their antics.
I hope that you are well and life is resuming a normal routine.
Awesome back at you!

Bogon, another limerick! I love your visits because I know that you will leave a literary gift on the blog! Thank you for the wishes for Rain. I need to tell him to come visit my blog and acknowledge the greetings.

Dear Sandi, another gorgeous red sky photo! I hope you put it in the photo gallery, I'll go looking for it shortly.
As I said above, I have been busy running errands. I am really tired but some errands just must be done.
Hubby just left for the golf course. He and our friend had gone golfing on Tuesday but it was raining and the golf course was closed. They used the day to bat a few balls and then go out to lunch. Today is not that sunny but it is warm and it should be better for playing golf. I am playing at doing nothing today, nothing that requires hours of walking that is!
I want to work on a new blog idea but the words are not coming easily. It is going to take me a long time to get a little blog together but I'll get it done be it a good blog or not.
Wishing you a pleasant day.
Sandi, I love your limerick. Thank you so much for writing it for me!
There once was a woman from Strood,
Whose joy was the cookbooks she viewed.
For years its been known,
To keep a man home
You provide a plate full of good food.

Hi FOXX, I really love that reading by Madonna. The original reading was done for a film called Il Postino. It is a beautiful movie, in part based on Pablo Neruda's love poetry. Hubby got me Il Postino video and a CD of the poems read. They are read by a bunch of actors and actresses, very interesting. My AP Literature students used to love this particular poem, I suppose they influenced by my love of the poem and Neruda's poetry.
It is good to see you on the blogs, you have been absent too long. Of course we do have contact on FB, and that is nice.

Ylee, as you can see from the photos, we did have enough snow to create a lovely winter scene. Just about the right amount for my tastes! How about you, any snow your way?
I do remember this commercial: "Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' in the oven!" It is true!

Bogon, Beel, GG, Thank you for the B'day wishes for Rain. The years are passing by much too fast!

, good morning to you, and I hope you enjoy this Thursday. I certainly am going to try to enjoy it!

, how exciting! You lived near the volcano, that is a special gift in one's life. How long did you live there?
We visited the Volcano in the 1990s as well and did see the area that you mention, and yes it was gone. Buried by lava. We were on a tour and had a guide who told us quite a bit of recent history and eruptions. The last eruption had been just a couple of months before we were there. I found it exciting to be there! It was a memorable experience. It was spring and the areas around the crater (starting in the foothills) were covered with beautiful flowers, from roses to the abundant pinkish flowers that love lava covered areas. I cannot remember the name of the wildflower (it is also cultivated, I used to have a batch of it in my flower beds).
It is wonderful to see you on my blog, I hope that you will visit again.

I hope that I did not miss anyone.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend everyone!
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59. GardenGrrl
11:55 AM GMT on January 12, 2012
Good Morning Prose,
Yesterday was my happy "bird-day". It was nice out and the birds were out in abundance. Saw two types of wood peckers, grass sparrows, unknown sparrow type, robins, cedar wax-wings, cardinal, hawks, and the regulars at my feeder.

All within a block of my house. what a great day :-)

Hope your day is awesome.
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58. Bogon
10:15 AM GMT on January 12, 2012
Huh-oh, I wandered off and missed birthday number two. Happy belated birthday to the Rainmeister!

There was a young man from Florida,
Whose birthday turned out just horrid. A
   Party was planned
   With a bar and a band,
But no one showed up with the guitar he'd, uh,
   Ordered specially for the occasion.
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57. sandiquiz
10:09 AM GMT on January 12, 2012
Good morning Dear Pros.... hope you are well, and sleeping soundly right now!

I thought you might like to see another shot from yesterday's sunrise... there wasn't one this morning - grey and misty as the sun rose, and still silver grey now!

I love how the rays can be seen in the layers.
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56. Beachfoxx
11:36 PM GMT on January 10, 2012
Hi Pros!

Thank you.... and your photo is awesome! Would make a great Christmas Card! : )

That reading by Madonna, Wowzers!
I'm going to play it again, in the background whilst I finish up some work.

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55. Ylee
9:16 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Of course! I whizzed right past the picture you posted! Very pretty!
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54. Ylee
9:14 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Happy Birthday, Rain! Did you guys have a combined birthday party Saturday?

Pros, did I hear you say on another blog that you got some snow?
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53. beell
4:07 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Geez, not again.
hAPpY bIRThDaY, Rain!
hAPpY bIRThDaY, aqua!
Hi, Prose!

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52. GardenGrrl
4:02 AM GMT on January 10, 2012
Happy Birthday Rain!

(am I on time for the party for this one?)
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51. janetlee
11:39 PM GMT on January 09, 2012
I find your post of Mt. Etna most interesting. We had a front row seat for some of her activity during the mid 70's. the villa we lived in during that time (in Nicolosi)gave us an uninterrupted the view of the top of the mountain. It was a beautiful place. We went up to the edge of the crater back then. There was a ski lodge there also. My husband was there again during the 90's, all that was at the top we knew is now gone, covered by lava flow.

best wishes for Koko.
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50. plapman
1:49 PM GMT on January 09, 2012
Good morning Pros.
Enjoy the day.
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49. Proserpina
11:49 AM GMT on January 09, 2012
gif-Happy Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos


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48. sandiquiz
10:08 AM GMT on January 09, 2012
There once was a woman from Strood,
Whose joy was the cookbooks she viewed.
For years its been known,
To keep a man home
You provide a plate full of good food.

Morning Pros... thank you for what I found in my mail box this morning:)

Have a good week .....
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47. Ylee
5:53 AM GMT on January 09, 2012
"Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' in the oven!" is just an ad(for Pillsbury, I think!), but we men DO like home cooking by our wives, lol! I have about 30 extra pounds worth, lol!

Thank you for your reasearch on La Mortola! I first thought it was linked to death somehow, but the Myrtle explanation is a good one, and I like it better! :)

I did not know about Ceres and Proserpina! I had made a couple of lame guesses about the origin of your handle, but it makes sense now!

Hope you have a good night!
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46. Proserpina
12:27 AM GMT on January 09, 2012
Shore, thank you, thank you. Koko and I love the limerick. Well, K will love your poem as soon as I read it to her! When I go down the stairs with K, I take one step at a time and try to be careful. Hopefully we will not take a tumble one of these nights. Usually I bring her down during the night or early in the morning. Hubby brings her up when he is ready for bed, usually I am already in bed asleep or reading. During the day I give her the opportunity to walk out with me and if she is struggling too much I carry her out. To be honest it is a bit tough to carry her around but I am determined to be a good mommy.

Glad that Dixie was not miffed for too long. K tends to ignore me when she feels abandoned but come food time she warms up toward me. Like men, our pets can be convinced with good food. Men please take no offense, it is only a saying.

Your plans to meet the new group you joined are fantastic. It will be fun to meet and swap lore, history,... You have developed a real interest in Louisiana and its culture. I am sure that we will benefit from your interest and the stories I am sure you will write.

Time to go read your lovely poem to K.

ADD: thank you about the compliments on the photos, I am sure that Jus also thanks you for the nice comments. It sure was a spectacular sunset in Mortola last night.
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45. shoreacres
12:06 AM GMT on January 09, 2012
Pros, with everyone cross-posting all over the place, I can't remember if I've told you how beautiful those photos are - yours and jus' both of the Mortola cam. They are beautiful. There. Now I've told you!

Just be careful when you're caring for Koko. The last thing we want is for you to take a tumble while carrying her. It wouldn't be good for either of you! In her honor, we have this:

There was a dear pup known as Koko
whose owners were tending toward loco -
they fussed and they fumed
through innumerable rooms
as they met her needs, poco a poco!
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44. Proserpina
11:45 PM GMT on January 08, 2012
Hi Briar, you always have something of interest to share! Don't doubt this.

I find your contributions to #32 very telling of your wonderful mom and your commitment to our earth. We no longer compost but we used to when I had a vegetable garden. We also used to and till do to a smaller degree, compost leaves to use on flower beds and around trees. We never actively thought why we were/are doing it but we just did/do. There are somethings we learn in our childhood that becomes ingrained in us and that's that.

Thank you for coming by and for the kind words. I too am enjoying the posts, they encompass quite a bit for a 'non topic' blog!

You have a good week as well.
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43. BriarCraft
9:19 PM GMT on January 08, 2012
What a fun and entertaining read I've had here on my lazy Sunday, with limericks and volcanoes and everything in between. I got quite a kick out of #32. And I promptly went over the Facebook and posted it. I remember everything mentioned in that little essay. And I'll add a couple:

My mother didn't sit me down in front of the boob-tube to keep me quiet and out of the way; she read stories to me and encouraged my make-believe play-times by decorating an old sheet to transform a card table into an Indian teepee.

I learned to turn kitchen waste into compost long before it became trendy and I've kept a covered compost bucket under the kitchen sink whenever I had even a postage stamp of land to nurture.

Glad I could think of something to contribute here for a change, instead of just lurking. Have a good week, Pros!
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42. Proserpina
7:02 PM GMT on January 08, 2012
Hi Bug, even without a specific topic our blogs are doing ok. Our WU friends never let us down.

Thank you about the comments and Koko. We are doing the best we can with the situation, so far no need for dire decisions. Not for me anyways. As long as she is alert not in much pain (can be controlled with baby aspirin), I will be her legs.

According to what I have read, ETNA is probably the oldest volcano. It is thought to be 350,000 years old. Most volcanoes seem to be less than 100,000 years old. First record of an ETNA eruption dates back to 1500 B.C.

As you know, Ceres (Demeter) searched for her daughter Proserpina (Persephone) on Mount Etna! Yes, ETNA is the mountain of the gods! Probably the biggest god on that mountain is the god Vulcan himself!

Stay well BUG!
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41. palmettobug53
6:14 PM GMT on January 08, 2012
Hello, Pros.

You're talking my language with a No Topic Blog. I have been unusually clueless lately, which is why my threads tend to stay up for weeks at a time.

I saw you mention somewhere that Koko seems to be slowly worsening and you have a decision looming. I hate that. I'll be sending good vibes to the two of you.

I haven't been watching much news lately, other than the Weather Channel's morning show, and didn't know that Etna was blowing again. Not surprising. It's been active, off and on, for centuries upon centuries.

I wonder what other volcanos that have been active for such a long time?
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40. Proserpina
2:07 PM GMT on January 08, 2012
Hi Sandi, thank you. May your week be a peaceful one as well.

What a beautiful photo, I am sure that you took it yourself. I really enjoy moody and/or colorful skies, especially morning and evening colors.

We have another sunny day with a few clouds now and then, and unseasonal temperatures. Yesterday was in the 60s in this area!

Ylee, looking at the name Mortola, the first thing that came to mind were the words morte and mort meaning death in Italian and French, respectively. Since there is a big cemetery nearby and since the area abuts with France (it used to be part of Italy but history saw to it that parts of that area be given to France), morte-mort made sense to me. But it seems that the place got its name from the Latin word murta which means myrtle. It so happens that Myrtle grows all over that area and has done so for centuries. The Ligurian region was famous for the tanning (leather and furs) industry, and the Myrtle was used in tanning!

The first records that name the area as Mortola are from 1219 which talk about the location Murtule. The records of 1351 state "loco dicto la Mortola", the place called la Mortola.
Thank you for asking the question, it sent me to Google for the info. It was difficult to find any info about the name but perseverance pays and we both benefit from the new knowledge. LOL

Hello Bogon, Jus, GG, and anyone who stopped by the blog, yesterday or today. Enjoy your day.
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39. sandiquiz
8:46 AM GMT on January 08, 2012

Hi Pros, I have a very busy few days coming this week,
but wanted to drop by and wish you a great week :)

Thanks for checking in on my yesterday.... I spent the day watching TV and dealing with the competition on my Birds and Wildlife group in Flickr. It was the last month of the year, so I had the showcase to arrange.... but it is done!
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38. Ylee
6:26 AM GMT on January 08, 2012
Hi, Pros! Glad you like the La Mortola cam! What does La Mortola mean, anyway?

Definitely March weather here, as well! I hope plant don't start the budding process, only to be frozen!

Take care!
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37. Proserpina
5:49 PM GMT on January 07, 2012

The photo that Jus posted contains analogous colors while the one I posted (taken a short while after the one above) contains complementary colors (yellowish-purple, orangish-blue). Another incredibly beautiful view of the same scene. Double wow!
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36. Proserpina
5:35 PM GMT on January 07, 2012
Jus, I saw this view a little while ago on Ylee's blog. It is incredibly beautiful! THANK YOU for saving it and framing it for me, it is a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The last similar sky that I saw was years ago from Monhigan Island (Maine), it too was memorable and I WAS there to see it.
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35. juslivn
5:08 PM GMT on January 07, 2012
Hello Pros, Here is a present for you!

La Mortola Sunset today from Ylee's blog cam.

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34. Proserpina
2:32 PM GMT on January 07, 2012
Good morning GG. Thank you for the birthday wishes for AQUA. Her birthday was on the 5th but I forgot to dele the header, sorry. I am sure though, that she will appreciate your wishes when she sees them.
How are you?

We have a beautiful morning, sunny and not cold (for this time of the year). I carried Koko outside and we stood there for a while enjoying the morning. It seems that the birds know something about the coming of spring. I noticed that a pair of Woodpeckers were playing a mating game, over and over again. Does it mean that spring is coming early this year? Or are they just teasing me?!
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33. GardenGrrl
12:58 PM GMT on January 07, 2012
Happy Birthday Aqua!
(Can this be a topic just for her birthday?)
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32. Proserpina
3:30 AM GMT on January 07, 2012
The story below has been 'recycled' from one of my relatives, who 'recycled' it from someone else, who....:

"I "recycled" this from one of my college friends.....who had it from another friend..... and sooo on! It is worth the read!!!!"

"Kristi Turner Djuric

Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." She was right about one thing -- our generation didn't have the green thing in 'Our' day. So what did we have back then? After some reflection and soul-searching on "Our" day here's what I remembered we did have.... Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? Please post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart young person can add to this."

The above is today's contribution to the 'no topic blog'.
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31. Bogon
12:17 AM GMT on January 07, 2012
Thanks for the good reviews on the poem. That is certainly not something I do every day. I had fun doing it!

Pros, the hardest thing about writing a poem and posting it on your blog turns out to be leaving it alone. Every time I look at it I'm tempted to change a word here or there. If this happens again, maybe I can remember to let the poem age overnight before I put it out there for the world to see. Of course, if I had done that this time, I would have missed Aqua's birthday.
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30. Proserpina
11:04 PM GMT on January 06, 2012
BOGON, that is a masterpiece of a poem! I can't believe how fast you wrote it and it is actually funny and enjoyable. Thank you so much for all of your creations posted here. When and if you feel like adding more, serious or not, please do so.

AQUA, if you are referring to the lava pieces that I gave Rain, the big ones are from Mount Etna. I collected them myself when I was there. Yes, the volcano was smoldering all around us and the ground was actually warm in places. Etna had erupted weeks before we visited it and we actually walked by a house that was buried in lava. The only thing left to see was the top of the roof, the rest was encased in lava.
Rain was also given a pebble or two that I picked in Pompei.
I hope your birthday was a pleasant one. Love, mom.
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29. Proserpina
7:01 PM GMT on January 06, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- A Fairfax County grandmother convicted of killing her own grandchild was sentenced to 35 years by a judge on Friday.

At Dela Rosa's sentencing Friday, 20 friends and family were in court to support Carmela Dela Rosa, who a jury found guilty of first degree murder in the death of two-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc in November of 2010. Dela Rosa threw the two-year-old off a pedestrian walkway at Tysons Corner, in front of the girl's parents. /188/Fairfax-Grandmother-Sentenced-To-35-Years-For -Toddlers-Death

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28. aquak9
1:32 AM GMT on January 06, 2012
eVening on a good day, ya'll. And twas ya'll who made it so. I certainly thank every one of you for the birthday wishes. even had some love via wu-mail, from a rose in the UK. I am blessed.

Bogon- enjoyed your writings. Poor mom's become anti-climactic, eh? NAhhh...she still puts me over the top, whenever I talk to her is happy laughter, and honest understanding.

beell - I've seen that cake before. Still delicious, thank you for remembering that very special cake.

Ylee, mom, sandi- I see some posts about Mt Eatna, do you know there are rocks from Vesuvious (?) here? Wow my spelling just went down the drain. Ok, there are volcanic rocks here- Pompeii? I will not grow any tomatoes by known craters. But I can not help it if a new volcano pops up, where I plant.

Skye- ahh music- Yonder Mountain String Band is in our future, my pick.

Thank you all.
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27. Ylee
12:44 AM GMT on January 06, 2012
Happy Bday, Aqua!
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26. Proserpina
8:23 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR AQUA! LOVE, MOMHappy Birthday Pictures, Comments, Images, Graphics, Photos
Happy Birthday Pictures Comments - Photobucket
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25. beell
7:47 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
hAPpY bIRThDaY, aqua!
Hi, Prose!

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24. sandiquiz
7:42 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
Bogon - that's hilarious!

And so clever!!
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23. Bogon
7:36 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
This is absolutely the last one. Happy birthday, Aqua!

There was a young lady from Pisa
Named Mona (her friends called her Lisa).
   She was a good cook.
   It amused her to look
For the freshest makings for pizza.

Pepperoni and ham, bacon and lamb
Made her list of favorite meats. Ah,
   When it came to her sauces,
   There were both wins and losses,
'Cause her tomatos just weren't worth a damn.

So she researched and rested, tested and toasted,
Baked and boiled and roasted.

She puréed and pasted, assayed and tasted,
Basted and broiled and yeasted.

She mixed and moiled, muttered and toiled.
She broke her fast and feasted.

At last! she cried,
I 'll salvage my pride.
These tomatos are to die for!

I hold in my hand
The best in the land.
I must find where and why for.

So she asked her grocer,
Please, do you know, sir,
Where do these tomatos come from?

He hemmed and hummed.
She listened and learned.
He knows a guy who grows some.

The tomatos she et
(The best ones yet)
Grow high on the slopes of Etna.

I'll purchase a ticket
To go and pick it.
I'll buy the best, I betcha.

She landed in Sicily,
Her lips all whistley,
Her confidence was peaking.

She was ready to deal
And bake a meal
With the fruits that she was seeking.

Alas, the mountain
Began to fountain
With streams of ash and lava!

The signs and portents
Made her more tense.
She guzzled a jug of java.

And since the 'mater
Grew near the crater,
She resolved to return... later.
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22. sandiquiz
6:16 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
LOL - Bogon, you are on form today!
Love the Mount Etna Limerick!
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21. masshysteria
5:52 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
Hi (((Pros))) ~

I wanted to stop by and wish your lovely D-I-L a most wonderful birthday! Hope I'm not too late! Sorry I don't have the time right now to contribute to the "other" in your blogheader right now, as I'm involved in a lot of personal matters, but I see, as usual, Bogon, Shore and others are adding some delightful posts or limericks.

((Aqua)) ~

May you have a wonderful birthday that is filled with the love of close family and friends!

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20. Bogon
5:10 PM GMT on January 05, 2012
Okay, one more for the road:

There was a young lady from Gretna,
Who scheduled a tour of Mount Etna.
   She set out to dash
   Through the lava and ash,
But she found out the tour guides won't let ya.
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