Wednesday, January 23, 2019

December 19, 2018


Strange texture in/on this cloud.

A closer look.  It seems to be perforated, over and over....

More clouds.

I pick up trash when I walk.  I do not pick up cigarette butts.  There are just too many of them.

I do pick up cigarette boxes.  This is the first time I've picked up a box that had cigarettes in it.  I am happy that no one will smoke these, and that no one will toss these 10 butts on the ground after smoking them.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

December 18, 2018


Excellent clouds on Dec. 18, 2018.  We thought this one was like looking up at the bottom of a mushroom.  Or a jellyfish.

Broader view, same clouds on right.

Moss on top of a wall.

Little round clump of moss on a wall.  This is the original shot, so you can get an idea of the scale.


Cropped again.  I think these are fruiting bodies, or whatever you call it for moss (different from other sorts of plants?  Do mosses have true flowers?  I can't remember but I kind of think not....).

More moss, different wall.

More clouds, with jet trails.

The neighborhood rock-painter was still at work, in mid-December.

Fairy Lane assemblage.

Dwarf knight, with bunnies.  And a giraffe and a gnome.

Maple leaf.



Monday, January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


"We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day


Happy Winnie the Pooh Day

Wolf moon.  Phone cam does creditable job, given low light (this is a pretty severe crop of the original).


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy Religious Freedom Day


I believe in sunshine.

I believe in flowers.

I believe that doing good is like dripping water on a stone. Maybe you can’t see that you’re making a difference, but you don’t know that you’re not.....

Happy Religious Freedom Day.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

December 17, 2018


I went downtown to pick up my dry-eye eye drops, and to have lunch with one of my buddies from work.

We had a good lunch, and then went back to the place where I used to work (and where my friend still works).  Someone we worked with was retiring.  The new retiree had invited a bunch of us who used to work there to come to her retirement party, so I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in quite some time, as well as people that still work there who I hadn't seen for a while.

It was nice to see (almost) everyone.  I hope the new retiree will let me know when she's going to be in A2 (she's going to consult part time on the project she was working on), so we can have lunch.


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

December 16, 2018


A brand-new tub of my moisturizer of choice, in the sunlight.

Rock wall with tiny plants, and even tinier plants.

Blue sky!

Piece of heavy paper in the road.  It had been run over many times, sometimes when it was wet, and was thoroughly mashed into the texture of the road.

I peeled it loose from the road, and started taking pics.

Closeup.  It's possible to see how it was squished, as well as how the high places in the road left holes in the paper.

Blue sky and jet trails.

Neighborhood rock-painter adding to the selection.

There is still a bit of yellow in the landscape.


Monday, January 07, 2019

toddler hugs everyone


This is heartwarming.....


December 14, 2018


Walking in the 'hood.  This point of view makes the little oak tree look taller than the grass behind it, but it isn't.

More work by the neighborhood rock painter.


Sunday, January 06, 2019

December 12, 2018


On December 12 I went downtown (and thence to campus) to get a regular eye checkup.  I had some time before I needed to get to Health Service.

Book tree with cute critters at Literati (book store).

Painted window, with Literati reflection (green building at left).

After eye appointment  Eyes ok.  Yay. 

Burton Tower in the sunshine. 

Rackham.  Home of some graduate school offices, and a really nice auditorium.


Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New Horizons spacecraft flies by Ultima Thule -- 1 billion miles outside Pluto's orbit


New Horizons spacecraft flies by Ultima Thule -- 1 billion miles outside Pluto's orbit..........

"Speaking of Ultima Thule and New Horizons, one of the consultants on the mission is Dr. Brian May whose other job is lead guitarist for Queen. He released this song and video yesterday."

These teeny tiny itsy bitsy little pieces of work, so mind-bogglingly gob-smackingly far away -- *working* after decades in space...........

Just think what humanity could achieve if all of our powers were used for good.

Spotted on the Daily Kos Good News for 1/2/18.


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year


Wishing a happy new year to each of you.

Here's an article about a confetti collection.  It made me smile.............


Monday, December 31, 2018

December 10, 2018


Still eating homegrown tomatoes, one by one.....  They have a bit of tomato taste, and they continue to ripen, even at this extremely late date.

We went to the Kellogg Eye Center to order new glasses for my better half.

There is a lot of art on display, including this excellent woven/folded sculpture.

The coating on the lenses of the old glasses is starting to come off, leaving much-less-clear areas.  It will be good when the new ones arrive.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

December 9, 2018


December 9 was the coldest day of this season, so far (as I write on 12/30/18).

Frost on the windows.

About as far south as the sunrise gets, in these parts.

Beautiful and delicious apple from the farmers' market.  Shop local.  Eat local.