Sunday, March 31, 2019
It is too cold for them to every open completely. They have a nice pattern on the outside of each petal.
A promise of sun for this morning but the temperatures did not rise. It is a bright day so that makes it a good day.
While looking for an archived oldie but goodie to share to day, I found this. I don’t know if was moved, if I broke it, or if it is just hiding somewhere. I really liked this mug but I do remember that it chipped easily. It is a sunny afternoon today and I am glad to post today. Thanks for stopping by today.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
A sunrise that is reflecting off of the clouds in the northeast. The colors are better here than in the actual sunrise.
It is a not a great sunrise as we are again having an overcast day. I can tell the tilting of the hearth is giving us a sun that shows up just to the left of the dark roof of the house.
I am thinking this is a female house finch. The pattern on its chest is one clue and the subtle red see \n on the one wing with small feathers.
It is very cold today with the temps close to freezing at the start of the day. We have been to the bookstore and we are home to stay now. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Overcast skies seems to be our norm for a few days. The sun has come forth a couple of times this morning.
The crocus do open up during the overcast skies but the do close up in the afternoon because of the cold and low light. I have some white crocus on the property but I am going to have to go out and find them. I had photos of white ones next to some daffodils in a last years photo.
We are taking my wife’s friend off for lunch today. It is her birthday and we will give her a good day. She loves Asian buffets and that will be good. I hope everyone is doing well today. Thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
It is a cold day and some of the birds are out there eating to warm up from the almost frosty day.
Claus Oldenberg and his wife design large sculptures. The downtown district in Des Moines has a large umbrella that they created. It is called Caruso’s Umbrella. This shuttlecock is one of ten or more that are scattered all over the south lawn of the Nelson Atkins Art Museum, KC. They are unusual to see so large but they are positioned as if the kids have left them out on the lawn over night after playing the game.
A borrowed photo from the internet shows two more of them in the front yard. This photo was taken during the summer when you see that green grass and leaves on the trees. I didn’t see leaves or even buds on trees when we visited there last week.
Being so cold outside we really don’t want to venture out but we will. I need to pick up a new battery for the truck and a bank visit is warranted. Krispy Kremes is next-door to the bank and we will stock up on some of the. I did find that I can freeze them. A shot in the microwave will bring them back like new. With birthday cake in the house I can’t justify sitting down and eating them but I can store them when there is an emergency.
I hope all is going well with you all out there. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
I have no way of knowing if these two are the same as last year’s pair. The male sure has ruffled feathers. They walked on my railing of the deck for a very short time and then took off to the neighbor’s fence.
The crocus have not opened for this morning but later this afternoon I can catch them in bloom again. I need to trim back all of the rose bushes that grow on the next level of this area. I will put that off for another week because I am dreading the job. Timing them back does make them come alive.
Walmart knows my wishes and is now selling a form of a bonsai tree. I have a lot of doubts about it surviving but at least I get to give it a try. The tree has been forced into a bonsai shaped trunk. I can’t have any idea if the treated the roots in the correct way. I do get to now trim out all of the excess leaves to help form it into a bonsai-like tree. The rocks on the edge were glued there so they would be easier to sell them. If they weren’t glued the rocks, if left loose, would probably not stay there during the shipping and sale of them. I could see all the gravel getting caught in the conveyer belts of the store. There was a large tree offered on sale but I thought if this one lives I could always go back and get a different one. They had an evergreen type of tree that looked great but I can imagine seeing it turn brown and die.
The house finch males are turning more red. This one had lighter brown feathers than the others. I had to look twice to see that it was so light colored.
No big plans today as the birthday day is gone now. We are getting excited for my wife’s birthday now and our youngest grandson’s birthday. Also by the end of the April we will have a new grandchild. I need to go buy a new battery for the truck but I first need to get the old one removed. No other projects going on for now. Thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The former owners left us a couple of plantings of crocus. They were just buds that last two days and then today they all opened. They don’t last very long but they are fun to see in early spring. The tulips will have another week or so to develop.
Well we started out with eating at the Original Pancake House. It is my birthday today and I will take it in stride. We bought a big tv for our living room afterward for a gift for me. We will head to an old Italian Restaurant where I will have true lasagna. By the time we get all of the day finish I will be tired. I am going to approach my new age by saying that I plan on having more fun. The birthdays do seem to come around so quickly anymore but as long as I can remember how old that I am I will be grateful. Thanks everyone for stopping by today.
Monday, March 25, 2019
House finches seem to be the dominate ones at the feeder these days. The female has the same markings as the male but doesn’t have the red feathers. They do seem to like the sunflowers seeds that are out there.
It is Monday with a good start for the week. It is cool and the sun has not shown yet today. Our grass is greening and the tulips are slowly poking through. It is too early in the start of spring to get too excited by changing weather. Thank you for stopping by today.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Saturday morning the big red guy was enjoying the sunflower seeds. He landed on the back side of the feeder from my viewpoint but I caught him anyway.
Monet’s waterlily painting from the KC art museum is one of the three that are out there in the United Stages at two different museums.
It is day three from our vacation trip. We are still tired and moving slowly from all that we did. I have lots of photos from the museum to share. We are out and about this morning and will take the afternoon off. It is a gloomy, rainy day making it look more and more like spring. Thanks for stopping by today.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
We left on Wednesday morning and headed south to Kansas City. It had been a long time since we visited there. We came home on Friday morning having a good time. Our view of the downtown area is from our hotel room looking north. The city has spent a lot of money rebuilding their old city. The blue nest-like building is an unknown for me as there sports center is to the left of this photo.
In the interior of the building is an open two story courtyard used for different kinds of events but mostly a dining courtyard. I have taken more photos of that area. I have more than I can ever share.
The place is called Roselle Court. It has vaulted ceilings in the walkways all around the center court with a fountain.
The skylight is wonderful and the carved stone arches does take a visitor back in time. One could only imagine this kind of place in old hollywood movies, taken place in some country across the ocean from where we live.
They have a buffet set up to sell many things for one to eat. It is fun to fill up the tray and go down to the court yard and sit among the fake trees. When I say down, the main floor is three steps down from the vaulted walkway around the entire courtyard.
My wife wanted to try the coke in a bottle and I had coffee. The carving above the men’s heads is from a land faraway in Egypt. The museum holds a “coming out party” for the richer teens, a southern tradition. From times before when we were there, it looked like the grandparents were having this tradition for the grandkids as they were graduating from high school and moving into adulthood. We saw them do a rehearsal of this many years ago as they participants would line up and be announced as they walked through that doorway. There must have been a meal and dancing afterwards.
Anyone following this blogs knows all about the painting. It is a very large painting of Jerusalem. It was treated with more respect the last time we saw it but now they have it clutter or crowded in with a bunch of smaller paintings.
It really was nice to get away to pamper ourselves. Due to our different family restrictions and personal complications we had not been down to Kansas City for 10 years. We did go on our 25th wedding anniversary then for a one day trip down and back. The coffee there at the Roselle Court is the best. The mugs are small and I had to keep making trips to get more.
We are home now waiting for spring to show itself more robustly. We are tired but we did have a wonderful visit. Thanks for checking in today.