Introducing WINDSONG

By: Proserpina , 11:07 PM GMT on May 30, 2013


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Someday we'll find it, that rainbow connection, the lovers the dreamers and me.

Kermit The Frog

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I've got a dream too, but it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with.

Kermit The Frog

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“Up high, the flies are playing,

And frolicking, and swaying.

The frog thinks: Dance! I know

You'll end up here below.”

Wilhelm Busch (Painter and Poet)

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“Never try to catch two frogs with one hand”

Chinese Proverbs

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“Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble”

William Shakespeare

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It is a truly wise man who does not play leap frog with a unicorn”

Dave Barry


Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

Aesop, "The Frog and the Ox"

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Poem to the Magnolia Grandiflora Majestic flower! How purely beautiful Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green, Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full, Thou standest like a high-born forest queen Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,— I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding, And look into thy depths, to image there A fairy cavern, and while thus beholding, And while thy breeze floats o’er thee, matchless flower, I breathe the perfume, delicate and strong, That comes like
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117. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:30 PM GMT on June 26, 2013
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116. Proserpina
1:27 PM GMT on June 26, 2013
Skye, this video is fabulous. The narrative/dialogue is perfect, it captures the spirit of the opera and one gets to hear the greatest voice of my time (probably ever). Maria Callas was the best Violetta ever, her voice is a masterpiece of opera sopranos. The aria 'Sempre Libera' is one of my favorites of all operas because it calls for freedom, the freedom that a woman should have, the freedom to choose her lover/husband/life in general! Something that was not possible in Violetta's time.

Alexandre Dumas ("La Dame aux Camelias") understood women and Verdi knew how to create true, real, live characters. Together with the voice of a truly talented lady, La Traviata is unforgettable. Hubby and I have seen the opera at least a dozen times (over the 50 years of our marriage and one year of courtship), and listened thousands of times to the opera via our records, Cd's, tapes.
Interestingly Maria's La Traviata/Violetta, mirror images her own life. She too loved greatly and she too lost the love of her life. Onassis was her man, but a time came when our loved Jackie Kennedy became Onassis 'idol' and abandoned Maria Callas. Tragically Maria took her life.

Thank you so much for posting this video. I enjoyed it very much and I have been transported back to some good reading, listening,etc.

By the way La Traviata was made into a fabulous movie by the director Franco Zeffirelli.
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115. Skyepony (Mod)
12:43 PM GMT on June 26, 2013
I looked that song up..kinda taken with it. Especially the back story.

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114. Skyepony (Mod)
12:41 PM GMT on June 26, 2013
Just by for a garden visit with my coffee..

Max is so pretty.
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113. Proserpina
12:30 PM GMT on June 26, 2013
Sandi, why would you say that you are 'littering my blog with photos'? I LOVE your photos and welcome them here anytime you choose to share them with me! The garden is looking good, nice mix of plants/shrubs.

As I type I am listening to arias from La Traviata, just beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! I am transported to a world that is romantic and tragic at the same time. Verdi, my musical hero!
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112. sandiquiz
11:34 AM GMT on June 26, 2013
I seem to be littering your blog with my photos.. but here is the promised photo of the spirea - as seen by the arrow and by the enlargement in the top corner!

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111. sandiquiz
11:11 AM GMT on June 24, 2013
Happy Monday, from me and Max:)

You asked whether it was the first time SkyBlue had visited....and the answer is no. I have met her maybe half a dozen times, both here at my home and also at her home:)

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110. SBKaren
7:58 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
Hi Pros - I haven't been here in forever! I read back just a bit. Has the doctor given thought to your rash being caused by stress? I know you sometimes have insomnia, and that can make you stressed with the lack of sleep.

My brother also has to use one kind of detergent, all others with fragrances give him a rash. I'll find out what kind he uses.

Just another question, that I'm sure has already been asked. Is your rash seasonal? New? Repeating? Sometimes you can be allergic to something in the air, but I would imagine this would be one of the first things a doctor would check for.

We also love Costco. I was telling Bug that we just about exclusively purchase our gas there as it is the cheapest gas station around! Since we pay the highest prices for gas, we like to get the best price!

We don't have a garage in any shape or form, so all our purchases have to go in the house. But we have 3 bathrooms and split the TP up between the 3 and we also have made some good purchases there!

Sorry it's been so long, but I do keep up with you and your gorgeous flower photos on FB!

Oh, and cute frog.....does he serenade you with his croaks?
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109. palmettobug53
1:01 PM GMT on June 23, 2013
Good morning, Pros.

The skies cleared off last night and I got an eyeful of the super moon! Amazingly big and bright.

My biggest problem with sending Hubby out with a list to do the shopping is that I have trouble creating a specific list for him. He insists that I tell him exactly what to get. I don't always buy the same brands all the time. I'll look for things that are on sale. Sometimes, I can't even remember the brand names; I recognize the labels and grab.

It's best that I do the stocking up and send Hubby out for things like bread or milk.
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108. sandiquiz
9:48 AM GMT on June 23, 2013
Men and shopping....

C will go for items on the list, but as to "no more no less"....there always seems to a bag of some savoury snack or other that found its way into the basket!! He say's it mugged him and leapt in! lol

I am glad you finally saw some bees and butterflies, I saw several bees yesterday whilst my friend and I were walking around the garden. She said she hadn't seen many until this last week... perhaps the long cold spring kept them away!

Have a happy Sunday :)
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107. Proserpina
10:44 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Bug, my hubby will pick up only what I have specified on the list and will not go beyond the written word. His mind is that of an engineer (sorry engineers)/mathematician (sorry mathematicians), straight thinking and to the point! Never diverging from the 'point'. Good brain to have in an emergency, but for shopping? I do not know. But yes, hubby will go to the store for me and pick up the specific items on the list, no more, no less.

I know who Laurel and Hardy were, what they looked like, what kind of work they did. But I am not really familiar with specific movies, I think that I missed a lot growing up in a different culture. I have read and heard that watching their movies is a good thing to do after surgery or chemo. Laughter is healthy and a healing 'drug'! Thank you for the info, Hardy-fat, Laurel-thin. Hopefully I will remember.
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106. palmettobug53
10:26 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Oliver Hardy was the chubby one and Stan Laurel, the other.

Hubby and I adore watching Laurel and Hardy movies. In fact, I think I have a couple of VHS tapes and we still have a VCR hooked up, so I might dig them out and watch them after my surgery.

The Big Day is June 26th. I'm still waiting on confirmation of the date and time. They're supposed to do that two days prior (between 2 and 4), which would be Monday afternoon.

I'm spending the next four days straightening and cleaning the house, getting laundry done and shopping for easy to fix foods for the next week. Frozen dinners, soups, sandwiches, snacks and some fruits.

Hubby is not a good grocery shopper. His limit is picking up milk and bread. You are lucky Raindad can do that for you!
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105. Proserpina
10:19 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Bug, I did not know that he could sing (I have no idea which is Laurel and who is Hardy, sorry), and they could dance. I enjoyed the video very much, thank you.
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104. Proserpina
10:15 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Sandi, wedding veil? Oh, I forgot, the Spirea! I'll get a photo for you as well. Thank you, my garden is gorgeous right now (even if I say so myself). Tons of Daylilies, Hydrangeas, Spirea, Daisies, Bee Balm, Clematis, a few Roses, nice groupings of Hostas in bloom, Petunias, Geraniums, the first Butterfly Bush flowers, etc. BUT NO Butterflies nor Bees. It is so sad!
Yea, the first week of July will be fun walking around with 'patches' full of chemicals on my back! We do what we have to do! I guess.
Have fun with visitors and the visits. I was wondering why I have not seen you around, now I know. Thank you for the info, says Mother Hen!

MASS, I have been wondering where you have been (not that I have posted much anywhere)! I hope that you are all right along with hubby and families (his and yours). All is well here. Today we had a glorious day, not cold and not hot. I actually sat outside several times to enjoy the weather, the flowers, and the birds! Yes, camera in hand. Please stay well and thank you for stopping by. Happy Summer to you and yours.

HI Bug, while I was home waiting for the cleaning crew, hubby went out shopping. I asked him to pick up one of the detergents you suggested, he brought home Dreft. I will give it a try. I sure hope that the doc can find out what is causing the problem, if not, I am going to go insane! Please let us know when your procedure will be done, I am exited for you. A couple of years ago one of the soap operas featured a young man who was a 'pioneer' in getting the implant. The episodes were nice and positive.And educated some of us.

ADD: Bug I just saw your last comment. I am headed for the site! Thank you.
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103. palmettobug53
10:07 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
That made me think of this:

Laurel & Hardy: Shine on Harvest Moon.

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102. palmettobug53
10:02 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Good grief! Today was the summer solstice?

Those super moons are really neat, aren't they?
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101. sandiquiz
9:58 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
I have managed to read back and digest all the info ... I do hope it is a case of third doctor lucky!

I am busy with visitors and visiting all weekend so may not be around until Sunday night.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend in your glorious flower garden!

PS - I will get a photo of a wedding veil this weekend!! Lol
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100. masshysteria
1:40 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Good Morning, (((PROS)))!

I'm miraculously able to get online today to wish you a

May it also be a much safer, healthier and more enjoyable season to partake!
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99. Proserpina
11:01 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Good morning. Happy Summer Solstice Day to one and all! Make sure that you look at the Super Moon Sat. night and or Sunday morning. Next Super Moon is August 10, 2014.
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98. palmettobug53
2:02 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
You might find that something formulated for babies' laundry might be an option. There are several out there; Dreft and Purex come to mind.

Any hypoallergenic detergent would be worth a try. Look for something that says "Free and Clear' on the label.

It sounds like you have finally found a good dermatologist that is willing to solve the mystery. I hope you find the answer.
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97. Proserpina
11:24 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Hi. I will not knowingly use any food products associated with China. After the pet food disclosure, I personally prepared Koko's food from people food (the vet told me what ingredients to use so that she got all of the nutrients she needed). It was hard to keep preparing her food but I did it!

, yes, I finally found a dermatologist who did not send me home with palliative measures and no follow up. This doc is like a detective of the skin! He likes to talk and talk, gives the patient all of the time wanted, answers all questions and does not make one feel like he is intruding in his 'valuable time'. So it there is an answer to the problem he will find it!

Bug, I agree with what you say. For about a year I have used only Woolite thinking that this would help. Well, today the doc told me that Woolite actually has scent in it! On the third part of the tests I will be bringing in all of the products I use on my body, from soap, to creams, to shampoo, etc. etc. I truly hope that I will have an answer to my dilemma!

GG, I share your paranoia about anything made in China but it never occurred to me that I needed to worry about the clothing! The other part is, where does one find clothes made in the USA? Very few items are made here! I have been furious for years about our American companies going to China.... on many levels.
I will look for the frozen treats. The problem is that I will probably be drawn to the Tiramisu or the Cheesecake selections. Fortunately I go to that store only a few times a year, hubby visits it more often but not that often.
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96. Ylee
10:51 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
I'm sorry that you're going through all that hassle, but at least your dermatologist's trying!

I will not eat prepackaged Chinese food, period.
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95. palmettobug53
10:34 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Have you changed your laundry detergent lately? Fabric softener? Or maybe using more than the instructions say? Hubby used to get an itchy rash, from time to time, and he swore it was the laundry detergent. I changed brands several times. It's been a number of years now and things seem fine.

I do know that if clothing doesn't get rinsed well, the remaining soap in the material can be irritating.
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94. GardenGrrl
10:32 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Oh Prose, I am so paranoid about things made from China that will come in contact with my food. Eating ware, plates etc. Imported chicken, yikes. Won't eat any food from China. Guess if one poisons a bunch of exports people get cautious.

As for COSTCO, a lot of their stuff comes from America. Love that store. I go there and eat all the samples. They have great ready made dinners but they are kind of big and either have to freeze half or make leftovers from them. Found these great frozen desert treats. They are a fruit ice served in a half slice of the fruit it was made from. Half pineapples with yummy pineapple sherbet, mangos, lemons, coconuts. Kind of a big box but it fits in the standing freezer.
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93. Proserpina
10:21 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Hi Ylee. I agree, let hubby have his garage and workshop and mancave! But he must keep his clutter out of the main part of the house! For the most part he does with a little prodding now and then.

As to my appointment, I am exasperated! I have had a rash that appears and disappears on my legs and arms. I have seen three dermatologists and the family doctor. Tried their prescriptions and suggestions, nada helped! This third dermatologist did a biopsy a week ago and today I got the results. I do not have any dreaded diseases, it is not a fungal infection, it not anything ... Soooooo he is going to do a patch test for textile chemicals! It is done in a period of a week in three steps (you can't imagine how much I am looking forward to going to his office three times in one week!) Well, this is what I am thinking: Since a lot of the clothing we buy is made in China, and since the Chinese had harmful chemicals in our dog and cat's food, also in our baby's toys, why not in our clothing! Is this thought farfetched? What do you think? I checked what I was wearing this morning, LLBeans pants made in China, Coldwater Creek top made in China. Probably the rest of the items I am wearing are also made in China! I'll find out tonight when I change clothing. Dear me, am I being paranoid? I just want the rash gone!

Ok Ylee, don't you wish you had said nothing about my appointment? I just wrote another book!

Good to see you. Oh yes, I have no idea what the new blog will be but I do know that it will require no research efforts on my part. Yup! I have become very lazy.
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92. Ylee
9:18 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Hi, Pros! Almost anything interests me, so whatever you decide to put up for a blog, I'll be here, lol!

There are no Costcos around here; we do have Sam's Clubs, which is the Walmart version. Out front of ours, they have some really nice looking Japanese Maples at a really fair price! I'd like to buy a couple, but I honestly don't know whwere to put them! :' )

At this point, just let Raindad keep his junk, IMO, if it makes him happy! Folks that grew up in the Depression, have never forgotten what it's like to have nothing, and to have to fix something with whatever was at hand!

Good luck with your appointment!
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91. Proserpina
11:30 AM GMT on June 20, 2013
Good morning. I really should change the blog. I have pleanty of ideas but they all run to topics such as interesting women in history, famous literary lovers, cowboys, different and interesting holidays and places in Italy,.... but they are all topics that interest me and not others. Perhaps I will post more photos of more critters who inhabit my yard.

The yard is looking pretty good despite my neglect. There are flowers in bloom everywhere but no butterflies and no bees. It truly saddens me to see this change in the normal chain of nature.

I have been busy with appointments and chores.Yesterday I stayed with my friend while she got her chemo. I chatted away the whole time and probably tired her and her husband but perhaps she did not think about the chemo. Boy can I prattle on!

, basically we stock on paper products at Costco. Yes, it is big and ugly and I do not go there often but we have gotten some good deals there. I have bought several garden statues that are just beautiful, seasonal plants such as Poinsettia and Easter Lilies that are inexpensive enough to buy several to place around the house,.... I wish that our two car garage were cleaned out to put our cars where they belong. But the garage is my hubby's junk collection center. He has things in there that have not been used in 30 years and will never be but they mean something to him. Don't know what they mean however!
As to our Father's Day adventure, we actually went to a fourth place, The Amphora Restaurant and there was no room at that 'inn' either. I was determined to take hubby out for breakfast, or maybe I was determined to take me out for breakfast.... I hope your day is a good one.

Hi Rob, hi Bug.

I am off for another appointment, joy, joy!
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90. sandiquiz
7:07 PM GMT on June 18, 2013
Good evening,
The sun is setting, I think, but the grey cloud cover is obliterating the setting sun so I am not sure!!

We have Costco here, too, but I dislike it. It is SO big, and piled up high, so I always feel claustrophobic. My neighbours go about six times a year and buy up household cleaners and laundry items. they have a large attached garage, which they use to store their bulk purchases, but my garage is used for my car, not stock and stores!!

Glad you and hubby had an adventure...but I think I would have gone home for coffee and toast after finding the second place full up!! You are obviously more of an adventurer than I am! lol
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89. Proserpina
7:37 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
SHORE, when I wrote my little blurb to respond to your post, the following just flew out of my mind:

I had a wonderful blog experience this week. Do you remember the tale of Howard Anderson, the fellow who was executed by Castro just after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion? I quoted from his daughter Bonnie in that piece - she was five at the time, and was significantly marked by the experience.

Well - believe it or not, she appeared and commented on my blog last week. We had some nice exchanges, both in the comment section and by email, and she's sending me a copy of her book. It's just an amazing phenomenon - I've had several instances of being contacted by people who read on my blog about themselves or people they knew. Charles Treger, the violinist, was another. I've had lots of inquiries about Suzanne Verdal, who was the inspiration for Leonard Cohen's song, including emails from people who knew her in Montreal back in the day. Amazing."

So much for my former good memory.

Your experience with with Bonnie, Charles T., etc. are truly miracles of today's computer media possibilities. The world ceased to be a macrocosm a long time ago, now we are dealing with a microcosmic world. Our neighbors on another continent are in essence as close as our computer.

Congratulations on your superb articles that touch others. You deserve the recognition even if it is through an email from an unexpected source.
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88. palmettobug53
5:05 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
Just a quick 'hello!' Hope you're having a good day!
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87. RobDaHood
2:58 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the beautiful Father's Day flower you left on my blog. I appreciate your kindness.

Hope you have a really good day!
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86. Proserpina
12:40 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
Hello. Celebrated Father's Day by going to IHop (hubby's choice) but when we got there the parking lot was full and there were several lines of people waiting to be seated. So we drove to Bob Evans, same story. We drove to an American-Greek restaurant that serves breakfast, there were still a few seats left and we were seated. I looked for the Greek choice, there were none. Ordered the American Country Breakfast, the eggs were ok as was the toast. The ham and potatoes were not to my liking and I left them behind. The same story with hubby's meal. We actually had fun with our adventure! It is all a state of mind! Hubby has spent, and still is, watching golf matches. He seems to be content! He spoke with his sons and that added to the pleasure of FD.

, please read the above. Raindad has had a good day, I think. He even enjoyed the mushy card and the funny card that I gave him. He got to savor my split personality card giving. I hope that you had a good day.

Spathy, is that what it is? A Leopard Frog? He/she is different from the usual smooth skinned frogs. The poor thing is gone, I have no idea what happened. Although there is a rumor that he flew to England to visit our friend Sandi.
Thank you, I will wish Raindad and the froggie (if I ever see him again) a happy FD.
Glad to see around the blogs, including mine.

, I am happy to leave a message or a photo for your dad. I wish that I got around his and other blogs more often but I do not seem to do so lately. In part I am dealing with chores, daily life, etc., and in part it is pure laziness.
We all forget things now and then, and we do mix up our days and weeks. I know that I have missed some important appointments because I mixed up the dates! Your dad will understand, I bet the same has happened to him once or twice.

Shore, thank you. I will give the message to Raindad.
I like the disappearing act that you set up for the Ficus and the other plant. We do the same thing here when we want to get rid of an item that is still good but on no use to us. The trick is to put up a sign saying that the item is for the taking. If an items is put by the street, people will not automatically assume that it can be taken, but with a sign it goes poof in no time at all.
The source for the 'good food' is it locally or do you order it to be delivered? We too have certain farm groups that band together and offer farm fresh items to usually a clientele that has signed up for the baskets of produce. The produce is different each time, depending on the season, etc. One of my colleague belongs to such a co-operative and shares the basket of food with a buddy or hers.
I will check out Greenling.
I do get eggs from free range chickens, and if I can find organic foods at the regular grocery stores, that's my choice.
I love the prepared meals! The only thing I know around here is 'meals on wheels' and I am not quite ready for that! When my sister in law was sick and unable to cook for herself and her husband, we had a local restaurant (SIL lived in another state) deliver meals to them three or four times a week. We did this for months until her death. We were amazed how wonderful the owners of the restaurant were, and how honest!
You must have deleted the spammer at the same time that I blocked the spammer! Amazing. Thank you. I am having troubles at my personal blog, there is a spammer that refuses to go away even though he is banned, reported, deleted. Fortunately the messages do not appear on the entries unless I say so! And I do not say so!
May the rain gods bring you rain! Colorado too!

Sandi, you are hilarious! You and Shore posted some humor for me and I love it! Glad that Windsong came to visit you but please keep Max and Windsong away from each other. Who knows, Max may like frog legs! By the way, the million Chipmunks that reside in my yard, the thousand squirrels, and the hundreds of birds that come to eat at the feeders, they all keep me entertained. I still do miss Windsong though!
You sure did find a good bargain store! And I bet that you will go back to find good buys. That's why now and then we go shopping at a warehouse like store which has from groceries to computers, good prices on bulk materials especially. It is called COSTCO, quite popular in my area.

, you too have left humor on this blog and I love it "I see you WUndering around WUville at 3:50AM your time." Good play of words.
I did sleep well last night, thank goodness. After a few sleepless nights I am a like a hallucinating zombie!
Please post photos of your garden as the veggies grow. I am good at living vicariously, so why not 'grow your veggies' in my mind.

Hi Jus
, we made it through the storms just fine on this side of the Potomac. On the other side of the river the story is a little different. Glad that our FB buddies on the other side fared well.
I hope that you are getting the nice weather we have had the last two days. It must be natures way of apologizing for her overbearing behavior lately.

Hopefully I did not miss anyone.

Happy Sunday evening to every one.
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85. Ylee
6:35 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day, Raindad! Hoping your day has been a good one!
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83. palmettobug53
3:51 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day to Raindad!

And a happy Sunday to you, Pros. I do appreciate you stopping by and leaving that lovely photo for Dad. I'm sure he'll be tickled.

Which reminds me.... I'd better get Hubby to call him in a little bit. I was late getting my card in the mail; thought it was next Sunday and panicked when I realized it was today.

I'm not the only one. One of my cousins asked for next Sunday off, to celebrate Father's Day. He was as mixed up as I was.

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80. shoreacres
3:35 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
I'll echo that Happy Father's Day for Raindad!

The neatest thing around here this weekend is that I made a huge ficus tree and a ponytail palm disappear just like THAT! I'm a magician! I left the story over at Sandi's, so you can read it there and I'll not clog up your blog with a repeat.

It's hot and humid, but nice. I'm glad you weren't damaged by the storms. We surely could use some rain. Parts of Texas have been getting some, but it's not helping me much. Luckily, I managed to collect enough rainwater the last time around that I've got about a two-month supply for my African violets. The rest will tolerate city water, but those violets are fussy.

I had a wonderful blog experience this week. Do you remember the tale of Howard Anderson, the fellow who was executed by Castro just after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion? I quoted from his daughter Bonnie in that piece - she was five at the time, and was significantly marked by the experience.

Well - believe it or not, she appeared and commented on my blog last week. We had some nice exchanges, both in the comment section and by email, and she's sending me a copy of her book. It's just an amazing phenomenon - I've had several instances of being contacted by people who read on my blog about themselves or people they knew. Charles Treger, the violinist, was another. I've had lots of inquiries about Suzanne Verdal, who was the inspiration for Leonard Cohen's song, including emails from people who knew her in Montreal back in the day. Amazing.

I suppose one of the things that's pleased me most in the past weeks is finding a source for grass-fed beef, natural pork and eggs from true free-range chickens. As good as the eggs are, I'd say those chickens have names and pilates classes. And the bacon from the happy piggies is applewood smoked and better than any I've ever had. The folks have organic veggies, too. It's more expensive, but the cost is offset by the fact that I'm only feeding one. After I cooked my first package of chicken breasts, I was amazed at the size. The reason? No added water to cook out and leave you with the "honey, I shrunk the chicken" effect after it's cooked. One of their breasts is enough for three or four meals. Really, quite amazing.

There's a business called Greenling that's pretty interesting, too. It started in Austin - it's an organic food purveyor that delivers! You can read more about them here. The thing I like best is what they call their "local basket". You can get all local, all organic fruits and veggies for $35. Each week they tell you what's in the basket and have photos of it. You can order items individually, too. And you can get raw milk, goat cheeses - all kinds of good stuff.

Best of all, you also can get already prepared organic meals. I wouldn't ever do that now, but if I ever were laid up for a time and couldn't cook, that kind of delivery would be wonderful. It's good to think ahead, I've found.

I hope your day's lovely - I'm sure you're out celebrating somewhere. Or maybe you're just laying low. Nothing wrong with that, either!

ADD: In case you wonder where comments 81 and 82 went, it was a spammer trying to sell something. I clicked the magic button for you.
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79. sandiquiz
2:57 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
Happy Father's day to Raindad:)

I thought of you this morning. I was emptying some old pots and tubs and one shallow empty one had filled with rain water. When I tipped it out, out hopped a frog! I called to Max, who was watching me from the conservatory, that I had found "Windsong"!! lol

Hope you are having a pleasant day:)
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78. Ylee
10:53 PM GMT on June 15, 2013
Hi, Pros! you had rough weather in your area? Glad you made it through OK! We've had mostly nice weather this week, except for Wed., when it was HOT!

I shall ever strive to be a mastodon; that is, if my wife don't kill me first! LOL!

Take care!
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77. palmettobug53
4:47 PM GMT on June 15, 2013
Hi, Pros.

Windsong has done a bunk? So has my Mr. Toad. His doorstep is silting up, indicating there's been no to and fro, lately.

Still, it was nice having him for a while. We don't see very many toads or frogs in our yard.

Aren't Aqua's shark teeth and tomatoes something else?

Glad to hear you didn't have any issues with those storms that rolled through the area this week.

Despite all the rain we've had for the past 2-3 weeks, things are starting to dry out again. Due mostly to the high temps and wind we had Wed and Thurs. Temps and humidity have dropped and it's really nice out there today.

Ooooh, Sandi! You've found a bargain store!
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76. sandiquiz
1:08 PM GMT on June 15, 2013
I see sleep was eluding you - hope you managed to get some more shut eye!

I had my normal 7 hour shut-eye and then got up to play with the cat. C and I went shopping for several items thsi morning, and ventured into a new "cheap" store on the edge of the industrial shopping area. I wanted a new cord rug and I had been told they stocked them. I didn't realise they also stocked groceries. Canned and packet foods. We picked up a jar of instant coffee, (C drinks it, not me, I only drink REAL coffee), some savoury biscuits, a couple of tins of our brand of soup, a jar of Worcester sauce and a packet of rice cakes and still had change out of a fiver! I can see me going there again!! lol

Oh, and I also got a cord rug for 3.99 instead of 9.99 I had been paying else where!
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75. BriarCraft
7:55 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
I see you WUndering around WUville at 3:50AM your time. I wouldn't ordinarily wish you a sleepless night, but that would be better than one of those nasty storms that have been seen lately in your area.

Past time for me to get to bed, as I'm looking at fair weather the next couple of days, which means I'll be very busy catching up on my weeding. At this time of year, the weeds seem to grow faster than the vegetables, and most of the veggies are still tiny so I'll have to pay attention to what I'm doing.

It's not too late (or too early) for sweet dreams, so have some, okay?
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74. Proserpina
7:13 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
zampaz, lurkers are welcome. Thank you for your comments.
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73. zampaz
6:54 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
Like your blog, what wonderful photos!
Your frog friend is groovy too.
Thank you for sharing.
I lurk the wunderground.
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72. juslivn
5:48 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Hi, glad to see you are doing well! And, was happy to read back that Kat posted on two photos :) Not much time to look over at the photos, but your hydrangea photo is beautiful!
And, love all the photos dropped off in the blog too! Have a lovely weekend :)
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71. Proserpina
9:14 PM GMT on June 13, 2013
Sandi, I hope Andrea misses your area altogether! I am tired of nasty weather! We all need a reprieve!
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70. sandiquiz
9:02 PM GMT on June 13, 2013
Not yet, although it was windy earlier. The main part of the depression will hit on Friday night into Saturday apparently... but I think, being in the middle of the country, we will miss the worst of it. The south west is due to get it the worst:(
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69. Proserpina
8:59 PM GMT on June 13, 2013
Hi Sandi, I believe that my area is clear now. There are reports of tornadoes just over the line into Maryland. They need to be officially confirmed. Hopefully this is it now! Thank you for the concern. Has Andrea arrived your way?
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68. sandiquiz
8:48 PM GMT on June 13, 2013
Ooh, sounds nasty - stay safe:)
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