Chinese Lantern

Despite epic wind storms, snow, rain and hail, this hearty Chinese Lantern’s seed pods survived the maelstrom winter threw at it.

“The show must go on.”

I can’t wait to see what it has in store for spring.

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A Special Edition: February 20th is only Five Days Away

In my small town we support a YMCA.  Three years ago one of the janitors fed me a gym secret.

I’m going to share . . . again.

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We’ve all done it, made a resolution.

January 1st, we put our resolution into action. Feeling the enthusiasm, joy, trepidation of a kindergartner on the first day of school.

January 22nd hits. Some of us fell off the resolution joy ride, while others continue strong.

The staff at your local gym are marking off the days on their calendar. That special day when the last of the irresolute “resolutioners” fall off the resolution joy ride.

It’s the same day every year.

There are only four days left until that special day when the gym staff can take a coffee break. And the janitors no longer pull double duty cleaning the locker rooms.

February 19th.

Let’s mess with their heads. Let’s make it a strong finish. Let’s all show up on the 20th!

TO FINISH IS TO WIN. (Yes, that's me on the right at the finish line.)

TO FINISH IS TO WIN. (Yes, that’s me on the right in orange at the finish line and it started snowing.)

For those of you who make it to February 20th, how about the Chariots of Fire Theme by Vangelis.

Until next week.



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Ethel Merman Revisited

A BoFN redux post for Ethel Merman. Enjoy.

The Blog of Funny Names

Ethel Merman 1967 Ethel Merman, what more needs to be said?

Belated greetings Funny Names Fans. A few funny things happened on the way to today’s tardy Tuesday post. Yes, I know today is Tuesday, but . . . I was supposed to post last week. Let’s just say between recovering from the flu, my computer suffering the black screen of death, and the data transfer from my back up to my new computer hasn’t gone well. Somehow I think the back-up is speaking in “Basic” and the new machine is speaking in “Linex”.  So if you will bear with me for a fresh post until next month, this month I would like to re-introduce you to the Belter of Broadway. Take it away Ethel . . .

Ethel Merman, a siren of song, stage and silver screen.  Born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman in Astoria, Queens, New York in 1908. She graduated from high…

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A Harbor in Winter

Snow falls so rarely in our area that one inch will shut the region down. At four inches, people abandon their cars on the interstate and trudge home.

On this day our small town boasted our small harbor dusted in 1/2 inch of snow. Just enough to cause celebration, but not quite enough to delay schools for 2 hours.

A snow-colored landscape. The volume muted for full effect. Brr.


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If it’s the Day before Ground Hogs Day, Will an Orange See its Shadow?

On the eve of Punxsutawney Phil’s unveiling to deliver the news of an anticipated early spring, if we look at an orange in snow today and it casts a shadow, does that mean six more weeks of winter?

It’s an orange folks, it doesn’t carry the same weight as a ground hog. Or does it?

I see bits of spring trying to break through. Grow little plants grow!

Good luck tomorrow Punxsutawney Phil.


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Burl Ives’s Likeness

For those fans of the Rankin and Bass 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you may have seen the profusion of inflatable characters popping up around Christmas time in the U.S..

We were no exception.

“Sam the Snowman” is our favorite character from the movie. Our Sam is getting old and tired. We purchased him in 2002. He’s seen more than his share of inclement weather.

The snow started falling mid-day, December 24th.

“What is snow to a snowman?”

It continued to fall well into the darkness (at 4:00 p.m. local time) . . .

He could be thinking, “Am I getting to old for this?” . . . or “Are snowmen susceptible to osteoporosis?”

We found him dancing the Limbo the next morning. I’m guessing osteoporosis is not an issue for this swinging snowman.



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Post Christmas Clean-Up

A fire crackled in the fireplace. White Christmas played in the back ground. My better half and I filled a box with Christmas ornaments. I reached for the next box to find it filled with the best gift of all, one of Santa’s little helpers.

Inspector 1, “This box has satisfactorily passed inspection. It is now deemed ‘a box’.”

May all your boxes pass inspection.


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