Tuesday, May 31, 2005

No Empty Nest Syndrome Here!

No Empty Nest Syndrome
My fledgling returned from school and does not seem poised to leave the nest any time soon; it dismays me to see a room in my otherwise tidy house looking like a cyclone hit it. At least he has kept the contamination localized so far- and he often makes me dinner.

Real Empty Nest Syndrome

Empty Nest

This is all that was left of the little cardinals and their nest beside our porch after the nasty feline from across the street savaged them. This cat is a real menace and, for some reason, the owner won't bell it. Of course said owner is in her nineties so probably has other things occupying her mind - like when the almighty feline god will savage her.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Solomon's Seal and Lilies of the Valley
The solomon's seal looks like a parent standing guard over the lilies of the valley - at least I think so.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

No Hassle

David Hasselhoff calls his agent and demands, "I want everyone to call me The Hoff from now on." His agent replies "Sure! No hassle." Why do I find this funny??

Monday, May 23, 2005

Exploding Colour

Flowering Crab

In just two days the garden has gone from green with a few daffodils to this! I'd hoped to get some great pictures of both flowering crabs from the upper level deck but the door out is sealed shut and my camera battery died.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Birthday Present


Mr. Nag bought me this great retro-looking phone. Now it will be even more fun to drink and dial.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Everyone loves my magnolia

At this time of year everyone stops to take in our lovely magnolia tree. It grew in the shade of two large maples and, as a result of reaching for the light, developed an interesting twisty shape - almost oriental. At this time of year the tree becomes the victim of the Niagara-on-the-Lake tourist paparazzi - I imagine that there are photos of it in albums around the world.

Monday, May 16, 2005



The only positive thing to say about funerals is that it brings families together. The memorial service for my mother did that - all her children, grandchildren and siblings and some of their children were there. There's been a diaspora so people had to make a real effort to get to Montreal and they did. It was also good to see some of my mum's friends. She left Montreal for Arkansas twenty years ago but there were still some who remembered her fondly. I was the crybaby and there were so many to comfort me. And the sun came out - a real bonus at a graveside service.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Guess What? I'm A Crow!


What animal are you? I'm a crow!!! How disappointing! But they are, I am told, intelligent, verbal and they like to travel. Well, if it's put that way I can tolerate the comparison. However they caw and eat carrion as well and, if size is a consideration, I'd be a budgie.

I'm Also a Democrat

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?

Democrat 100%
Green 92%
Anarchism 92%
Communism 92%
Socialist 83%
Fascism 42%
Nazi 0%
Republican 0%

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A handy device

Waistband Stretcher

Mr. Nag and I may have to resort to this device soon. I can still see my toes - but for how much longer? Thank god someone is looking out for people like us.
Seriously though, compared to Arkansans we are anorexic. Everyone there who is over 25 or 30 is obese. When we were in Jonesboro recently we might as well have been aliens (and not just because we didn't say y'all); some people actually stared at us, especially my two sisters who are very slim (I have slightly dimpled thighs and a bicycle sized spare tire).
No wonder St. Bernard's Hospital is a major cardiac care centre.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

They didn't seem so crazy then

crazy comics

This from Bifurcated Rivets. Believe it or not I was the biggest Superman fan ever. The only thing my dad ever brought us was comic books. He seldom visited but when he did he brought Superman and Batman and the Justice League of America and the Junior Justice League and some dopey ones like Archie. I loved them until I became a teenager and moved on to Romance comics - what a genre that was, even compared to the "Helmet of Hate".

Beautiful Russian Menus

Old Russian Menu
I wonder if the food was as good as the menu design. Mr. Nag is currently pushing a trip to St. Petersburg and I'm tempted, provided we don't go in wintertime.

Happy May Day

May Day

Workers of the world unite!

I knew he looked familiar