The Sun Kisses the Clouds Goodnight

The sun’s last brush stroke before dusk.

A summer evening drive with my husband. We park on the shore of a lake unknown. The sun dips below the Olympic Mountains. A breeze stirs the lake moving the bugs away. The warm air cooling. Twilight approaches. Hints of cedar and sweet grasses drift through the air with a touch of smoldering barbecue briquettes. Frogs croak with the cricket chorus. The sun kisses the clouds goodnight.

If you have clear skies, I recommend you binge watch a sunset paired with your favorite person(s). 😉

Have a wonderful weekend.

Fannie

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Cats: Caught in the Act

Three simple photos.

Christmas Eve 2006.

Cats, fish, Christmas

Ooh la la, Fish-A-Vision.

Our newly adopted cat, Olivia, discovered the sideboard table we set up for our buffet dinner. Clearly this set up was for her viewing pleasure. Fortunately, clean table cloths waited in the closet for this caught in the act moment.

Laundry day.

Mine, Mine, Mine. All mine!

We threw a decoy blanket across the bed while we washed our linens. Our cat, Olivia, slept while her nine-month-old kitten, Ernest, claimed this bed and everything on it in the name of Ernestovia.

Caught in the act.

Sunday Snoozing.

What the heck? I was sleeping here Junior. Get your own blanket!

Our elder statesman, Wicket, on the left, curled up on a blanket on the sofa. In the middle of his nap, nine-month-old Ernest horned in on the action.

Caught in the act.

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More Amoré If You Please

My husband and I work together in the real world—a mom and pop operation. However, lately he’s been traveling more than George Clooney in “Up In The Air”.

Which means, love threw up a road block with the strength of amorous skunks on a hot August afternoon. No relationship to last week’s skunk cabbage post, so far as I can tell.

He will be home two days this week.

My evil plan this week: distraction by sunset.

Join me for a stroll into the sunset? The magic awaits us.

And while you’re looking at this sunset photo, I’ll be whispering in the background “More amoré if you please”.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Welcome to Western Skunk Cabbage Season

If you’re not familiar with Skunk Cabbage, welcome.

A flower only a fly could love. These beauties reside in Mount Rainier National Park, USA.

They show up in early spring. The pod-like flowers give off enough heat to melt surrounding snow. They love swampy, forest wetlands, and grow wild.

While theses flowers look delightful, their delightful smell falls somewhere between rotting meat and burnt tire. A smell only an insect could love, and they do. Bees, butterflies, flies, and other insects. But for humans and other mammals and rodents, it repels better than the Star Trek USS Enterprise’s force shield.

It may bear the name of cabbage, however, don’t eat the leaves, they can cause swelling of the mouth, burning, and choking. In extreme cases, they may be fatal.

We enjoy them from a distance.

Which makes me wonder if Katherine Hepburn’s character in “Stage Door” would have had a different spin on the scene, if they substituted Skunk Cabbage for Calla Lilies. (Hint: You may want to turn up the volume if you play this clip.)

Have a wonderful weekend all.

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Rosey Grier, More than a Football Career

You may remember Rosey Grier more for his needlepoint than his football career. This month’s contribution to the BoFN.

The Blog of Funny Names

Greetings funny names fans. We are on a football roll here at the BoFN with our funny names in the 2017 NFL draft. Vote for your favorite name here. Polls close at noon E.D.T. today.

Rosey Grier. The man who put the manly into needlepoint.

In keeping with the football theme, let’s discuss Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier. Rosey’s football career started in 1955 when he joined the New York Giants as the 31st overall pick in the third round of the draft. With his 6’ 5” stature, I think Giants a perfect marriage of name and height.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 playing as part of the “Fearsome Foursome” with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones. Rosey played for three more years before a torn achilles tendon retired him from football.

*Destiny rubbed his hands together.*

After retirement Rosey hosted his eponymous TV show…

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The Winter of ’07 Kicks the Spring of ’17

Our spring weather is still hanging out with the lion. Cool, windy, dark, rainy, with a few tantalizing sun breaks. After combing through old photo albums, I reconnected with these photos and counted this year’s spring lion in the blessing column while waiting for the lamb.

I’d take rain over frozen salt water any day. Brr.

The gray pall of winter clung to the harbor. Boats trapped in ice. No saltwater smell. No birds in the sky. No seagulls squawking. Snow dusted the frozen water. The harbor spoke with the change in the tide. Creak. Groan. Pop.

This is how I count my blessings.

Let’s face it, the winter of ’07 kicks the spring of ’17.

Spring of ’17, I appreciate your green leaves growing, the rhododendrons budding, and the daffodils fading. Little-spring-weather-lamb we’re here waiting for you.

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Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

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Crater Lake National Park

This week’s post is in celebration of National Park Week.

Last week I browsed through some old family photo albums. I discovered photographs taken by my mother and grandmother in the summer of 1940. The family vacationed in Oregon and ventured the remote drive to Crater Lake National Park.

My husband and I visited Crater Lake twice in 2016. One of my favorite places on the planet, because this placed played a pivotal role in the course of my own life.

The lake’s magnetism hasn’t changed much in the intervening 77 years unless you count the change-over from sepia to living color. However, nature changes it’s weather costume daily, sometime hourly.

Happy Earth Day everyone. Wherever you are on this lovely blue planet, enjoy.

Fannie

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