Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
But lately I'm reminded of just how much more a job can be.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Catholic girl's boarding school taught me many things:
- When vacuuming the principal's office, use the beater bars to leave the same orderly pattern in the carpet--or you can just do it over
- Underwear must be folded and stored neatly in a tiny dresser drawer--or you'll be called to your room to rectify the matter
- Going sans bathrobe and slippers always results in the chapel window washing detail--to be completed Saturday while good girls are free to go downtown
- Nuns can't tell Ex-Lax has been baked into the aromatic, warm brownies you made for them
- Discipline separates the winners from the slackers
- Winning is a helluva lot more fun!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
And they're showing their age.
But these were the hands that whipped up extraordinary birthday cakes for me in the 60's--the kind Barbie poked out of--the cake a frilly, iced hoopskirt.
And yes, they're the hands that mischievously poured garlic juice into dad's Brute aftershave when there were suspicions he was seeing another woman.
So I'm beginning to accept my fate. Yeah, I'm growing into these hands.
But don't think for a minute I'm going to start sporting sweatshirts embroidered with cute little animals and hearts!
Miss you, Mom. :-)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The 1907 expedition was stranded for 22 months in Antartica after their ship broke apart in thick ice. They all survived, thanks to Shackleton. He gutsily shoved off in a life boat for a far-away island-- the home of whalers who would rescue the team.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Don't see anywhere near the numbers of backyard birds as I did at my country house in Southern Illinois.
But developments like the one we're in tend to be woefully short on tall trees. Sure, there are saplings along the curbs. But they don't provide cover or roosting spots.
Today begin's my vigil. I'm going to try to lure some life to the tundra that is our backyard.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Social creatures, they live in colonies that may cover up to 6 acres of rocky outcroppings. Locals call them rock chucks.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Now I know why.
Here, it may fall as tiny, white pellets. Or giant wet flakes. And of course there's fine dry powder that's great for skiing.
Most surprising to me, though, is ice fog.
Yep. Fog freezes, dusting everything in crystal frost. Like this colorized take on icy pine needles.
That leaves about 96 varieties of white stuff still to come.
Photo: Paula Davenport, cell phone
Thursday, January 17, 2008
All together, 60 trains roll through here every day and every night. Their whistles slice the cold night air.
I hear them sometimes when I'm half asleep. Far away. Then fading into the distance. I burrow deeper into the covers, grateful for a toasty bed and a good night's sleep.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For the second day in a row, the sun has brightened skies and spirits here in Spokane.
Even with temps well below freezing, the outdoors beckoned.
Wiley, my rescue dog, and I trekked up a little ridge surrounded by new houses in our subdivision.
Saw plenty of evidence that deer, marmots and birds are finding food and cover here.
A tennis court, groomed and irrigated lawnand playground equipment will soon appear at the base of this little hill.
I prefer it "au naturel."
With luck -- even after improvements -- nobody will venture up on frigid days like this -- and Wiley and I can keep it all to ourselves.
Photos: Paula Davenport
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
In Eastern Washington--where it snows a lot -- a handful of carefree teens and coeds won't concede to winter.
"Oh no," they seem to be saying.
"It's not that cold. See? I'm still wearing flip-flops," their unfettered feet seem to say, shushing through malls and restaurants.
Makes me smile. And for a moment...it almost seems like Spring.