Monday, October 31, 2011

Finished with the Challenge

Today is the last day of the ultimate blog challenge.  I have managed to post something every day of October, although some of them were only a sentence or two just to say I did.  Well, it was the best I could do.

Looking forward to a visit from my girl this week.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Almost There

Well, it's an hour to midnight, and I'm just now getting to post something.  I can't believe I'm so busy that I can't write a simple paragraph!  Tomorrow I'll be on the road all day, so it will be the same story.  This has proven one thing to me: no way can I do NaNoWriMo this year.  I have been thinking that this would be the year, as some of the ideas have really started to come together in my mind lately; but they will have to wait.  And that's okay.  I have a firm belief that it will happen, when the time is right.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Find Your Bug

Here is a link to an unusual but interesting site: What Is This Bug

I love this site.  If there is a strange bug around, you just upload a photo of it, and an expert will tell you what it is, if it's dangerous, and, most importantly, how to get rid of it.

Now that cooler weather is setting in, bugs are trying to get in, so we see some strange ones.  It's fun to find out about them.  He can also usually identify butterflies, dragonflies, etc.  (Homeschoolers take note!)

So if you've ever wondered just what that bug was, now you can find out!  (I know, it doesn't take much to amuse me.)

Friday, October 28, 2011

To Autumn

Seems I am ending the month the same way I began it...too busy to post.  But, since the weather has cooled down and it feels like autumn, I will throw in another poem.

To Autumn by William Blake
O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

“The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Busy Start to Fall

Once again, it's coming on midnight and I'm still trying to wrap up my work for the day, so haven't had a chance to post.  Will just say that a cold front has come through so if FINALLY feels like fall!  Hope to write more about this later, but now I'm just trying to get in under the deadline for the ultimate blog challenge.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge is hosted every week by Joyce from This Side of the Pond.  It gives us in cyberspace a chance to get to know one another.  Here are my answer's to this week's questions.

1. What gives you goosebumps?
Air conditioning.   Oh, wait, did you mean from fright? Nothing.

2. Halloween-are you a lover or a hater? Okay, that sounds harsh... Halloween-yay or nay?
Nay as it is.  Some thoughts on that here:

3. Can you respect someone you do not trust, and can you trust someone you do not respect?
No and no.  I don't understand how they can be mutually exclusive.

4. Apples or oranges? Yes, you have to choose.
Apples.  Honeycrisp and Gala especially.  Sprinkled with salt if I am being naughty.

5. What is something you wish was in your town? (shop, restaurant, attraction, etc)
A book store.  Any kind would do.  Followed by Target and Red Lobster.

6. What non-food item is in your refrigerator or freezer?
Just went to check; nothing except the ice packs in the freezer.  Can't think of anything else other than food we ever keep there.

7. Are you at all superstitious?

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I missed both Teaser Tuesday yesterday.  I haven't been reading anything other than work-related stuff lately.  Hope to get into a good book soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Wild Swans at Coole

The Wild Swans at Coole  
by William Butler Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,
And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.

Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.

But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful;
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes when I awake some day
To find they have flown away?

Monday, October 24, 2011

I Want to See

When I was in 5th grade, I got glasses.  I remember several things about that, but two stand out most vividly. 
One, the leaves.  My brother got lots of fun out of teasing me about not knowing that trees have leaves.  Of course I knew that there were individual leaves on trees, but I had only seen the leaves as a green blur, rather like a child's drawing, instead of distinctly.
The other thing was people's faces.  When I was a kid, unless someone was right in front of me, and I mean right there, that person appeared more like Casper - a pale shape with dark spots where the eyes belong.  I didn't figure out until later that my fear of being lost in a crowd was due to that.  I couldn't find my mom - or anyone else - by looking around a room of people; I had to actually wander around the room until I came face to face with the person I was looking for.  This often took a long time and I would become afraid that I had been left.  That fear became so ingrained that to this day whenever we go somewhere, I make hubby tell me exactly where he's going to be so that I can find him - even though these days I can see well enough to look around and find him.

These things have been on my mind lately because it's time to go to the eye doctor.  Actually far past time.  I hate going there.  So much so that I've avoided it for several years.  I had radial keratotomy done about 17 years ago, and although I've had perfect sight until the past few months, I did have a common side effect to an uncommon extreme - light sensitivity.  My eyes are so sensitive to light now that the doctors practically have to chain me down and tape my eyelids open to do an exam.  Not pretty.  Or comfortable.  But, it has gotten to the point that I cannot avoid it any longer.  My eyeballs ache all the time, causing headaches, and my vision is getting steadily worse.  I wore glasses/contacts most of my life, and don't look forward to going back there again, but I guess it's inevitable.  I am trying to encourage myself by remembering how much I liked being able to see back then. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Little Funk

We have been gone to school all week.  This means, of course, that we are behind on all of our work, at house and office.  We planned to have a busy few days catching up, but can't seem to get our mojo going.  All I've accomplished has been getting groceries, doing some laundry and helping a friend with some computer work.  (Not tech stuff, just working with a new program.  No techie am I.)  It's now supper time and instead of making supper I'm contemplating a bowl of ice cream.  Good thing I have hubby here to keep me in line!  What I really feel like this is, is "nature deficit."  I want to go to the park, but it's very windy today. And I'm too lazy.  But, getting outside for awhile can usually get me going again.  So perhaps I'll bestir myself.  

What do you do to get out of a funk?