Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 15

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Waiting to see Pirates of Penzance, on April 15.



A lot of thought and energy went into this production.

The scenery was excellent, the costumes were excellent, the stage business was excellent, the performers did very good jobs.

And they invited us all to stand and sing "God Save the Queen" before the show. I'd never sung it before. (They projected the words for it.) Apparently this is traditional at University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society productions.  An excellent tradition, in my humble.

Very fun, all around.

April 14

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Magnolia.



Closer.



Closer.



Daffodils.



Daffodils, with inadvertent capture of patient spouse.



Quince.



A few flowers were actually open.




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Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 12

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Dandelion.



Magnolia.




Magnolia buds are wrapped up in fuzzy covers all winter long.  Someone asked me if they are soft.  Well, I didn't know, so I found one on the sidewalk and checked.  Yep.  Just like a pussywillow.



Hyacinth.  Pleased with the shadow.



Maple tree flowers, up close and personal.  The green bits will be the wings on the seeds......



Looking up into the maple tree.  Predicting lots of seeds.....


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Friday, April 21, 2017

April 11

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"Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use." -Ruth Gordon



Cherry blossoms.



The picture in this video is boring, but I like the sound.  Frogs in West Park.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 9

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"If it is not right, do not do it.  If it is not true, do not say it." -- Marcus Aurelius



Anemone blanda.



Fig buttercup.  This is invasive, and harmful to livestock.  I hate when the pretty ones are bad and invasive.  But it's in someone else's yard, so I don't have to dig it up.  (And there are no livestock in my neighborhood.  Don't know if it's harmful to dogs or cats....)




This fig buttercup is very low growing .  The blue quill in the next image is 8" or less, and it towers over the yellow....



Forsythia.




Hyacinth and periwinkle.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 8

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This sticker is on the door of Zingerman's Deli.  All of this should go without saying in our country, but since it doesn't -- Good on ya, Deli!



Shades in the sunshine.



The more trash I pick up, walking along, the fewer pics I take.  My hands often get really dirty, for one thing.  The ground was wet, on the 8th.  My hands were dirty.

Look what I found!  Wrist corsage, still fresh enough to smell nice.  Yay.



Too tight to wear comfortably, though.  Which may be why it ended up on the sidewalk....



Scone (cheddar/herb) and shadow.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.



Tea with shadows/reflections.  Savoring the moment..........


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article on digital security

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I think this is a verrry interesting article

Thank goodness there are heroes working to make the digital world safer for us, and for the future of democracy!

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How to find and identify real and balanced news: online class from the University of Michigan

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Here is more info about the teach-out.

Here's where a person could sign up for the (free, short -- just a few hours -- class).

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 7

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Almost all the flowers I show you are in other people's yards.

I planted some species tulips and some daffodils last fall.

Here are five of these blooming in my front yard at present.  Hooray for flowers in yards!



Someone else's yard.  Squill in the grass.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

April 6

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Spotted at our local big-box/grocery.  I'm pretty sure there was nothing like this when I was a kid....

Good job, Meijers, for seeing a problem and offering a solution!


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world's largest solvable Rubik's cube

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The world's largest free-standing hand-soluble Rubik's Cube.....


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April 3

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Flowers from elsewhere, in the Arcade.

Ranunculus.



Protea.


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2

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Yellow!  Dandelion.



Closer.



Crocus.



Itty bitty crocus.



Big crocus.



Closeup of the above, with bug.



Glory-of-the-snow.  All glory, no snow!



The first daffs in the 'hood.



Hellebore a couple of houses up from ours.




Crocus.




Closer.....



It was a nice day!


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