Well, here you have what are probably the last of the camellias for this year. The wind we finally got last night which persisted into afternoon blew all the blooms off the bushes except for the hardiest ones and I cut those and brought them in. The temperature is dropping and the duck will be employed tonight to keep me warm and cozy, the Goodwill cashmere is having its last wearing of the year, I guess.
My darling husband moved the porch plants for me and we covered them up with the formerly clean sheets and blankets and tablecloths I use for that purpose. Even when I got that porch back in order a few weeks ago, I knew I was jumping the gun but I just felt compelled to do it. "Please live," I told one of my bird's nest ferns. It is so pretty and big and has a brand new crown of young and tender fronds growing in the center of it.
I finished the long part of the fence project today, clearing the jasmine back to the bone. Or root, I suppose I should say. I started pruning back the shorter fence but after I'd filled up the cart twice and you could barely see where I'd cut, I gave it up for the day and came back into the house. It's quite possible that I skipped two years of pruning it and it is thick and densely braided.
While I've worked today I've been listening to the audio version of this.
I am not exactly sure how I feel about it. I did enjoy the first book he did of earlier diaries, Theft and Finding, and I have to say that the man does indeed keep a fairly interesting journal, but this volume is over seventeen hours of listening time and I'm not sure I want to give that much of my life to it. Each entry is just a small observation he's made or experience that he's had and some of them are amusing and one is led to wonder if the strangest people are attracted to him or if he's simply incredibly observant of the odd and the weird people who populate airports, streets, busses, shops, trains, and book signings. He is fearless in recounting his encounters whether with family or strangers as is his wont which is truly the bread and butter upon which he lives. I guess my main problem with the book is that after awhile, the short entries become a bit tedious, a bit precious, and knowing that I have something like twelve hours more of them to listen to is a bit daunting. I have to admit that after a few hours today I switched back to my Mormon Stories podcast which almost never bores me and don't ask me why.
This is one of the mysteries of my life.
Moving on, here's Mr. Moon's new bathroom pet.
This lovely was posing in a patch of sunlight on the tile floor. After all my years of being around these anoles, I am still charmed by them. I mean- look at that blue eye! Look at those awesome toes! And that color green is is such perfection.
Lily and Lauren and Jason and his mother have taken the children to Disney World this weekend. It was chilly and rainy there today but it would appear that they're having a pretty fine time anyway.
The matching tee shirts were Jason's idea and I sort of love them. If you're going to be a tourist, be a tourist! That's my opinion. I love being a tourist in Florida. Even when it's chilly and damp. And although I have less than positive feelings about Disney, it is absolutely magical for children and that's all there is to it.
I suppose that's enough blah, blah for one day. I'm going to make a nice stir fry with shrimp and napa cabbage and kale and snow peas and carrots and, and, and...
Don't forget to set your clocks up tonight. This is stressing me out more than it should and part of the reason for that is because I want to watch Keith on the CBS Sunday Morning News Show which is on at nine damn o'clock which is really eight damn o'clock.
Lord, I'm a spoiled old woman.
P.S. I redid my blog roll last night and if you are not on it and I regularly visit you, please bring that to my attention. Thank you.
It doesn't look like the inclement weather dampened the spirits or enthusiasm one bit. The Colorful Rain Ponchos are Cute and so are the matching Tees. I don't know how to feel about Disney either right now either... along with the new stuff coming out I once watched a Documentary on how many 'Disney Employed Families' in Cali live in Seedy Motels nearby becoz they don't earn enough for even a shitty Apartment, the Documentary made me Weep... I don't know if that happens near Disney in Florida tho', they didn't say... but it is indeed a Magical place for Kiddos who are Visiting the Magic Kingdom. I do Hope you're feeling better now?ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm sure that there are plenty of Florida Disney employees who can't afford housing in Orlando and the surrounding areas.Delete
I am feeling better. Thank you.
Are you feeling better?ReplyDelete
Yes. Thank you.Delete
Matching shirts are a good idea. With one sweep of the eye you can locate all, or see one is missing. After my mother lost my two brothers at the St. Louis Zoo. we spent several years in matching tee shirts.ReplyDelete
Oh god! The parent's nightmare- losing a child in a crowd. I mean, a real and literal nightmare.Delete
Stay warm tonight, Mary Moon, and may all your porch plants survive!ReplyDelete
I am in love with Mr. Moon's anole. Be still my heart!!
Chris from Boise
I think everything survived. Thanks, Chris.Delete
Daylight Savings, again! Honestly, it doesn't seem like that much time has gone by since we moved the clocks back.ReplyDelete
That's what I was thinking!Delete
I guess Disney World is fun in all kinds of weather, except maybe a Hurricane. Our daylight savings ends in about three weeks and I can't wait. I honestly don't see the point of it.ReplyDelete
Yeah- what IS the point of it? Didn't it start so that farmers would have more hours of daylight? Well news flash! Tractors have lights on them now.Delete
My first thought about the neon matching shirts was -- nobody will get lost! They seem to have been determined to have a good time in the rain, and did.ReplyDelete
I went to Epcot when it first opened and was surprised that I enjoyed the day, considering I don't like the Disney idea!
I'll never forget taking Lily and Jessie there when they were young and how, while the fireworks were going off over Cinderella's castle, Lily turned to me and with great awe in her voice said, "Mama. Disney World really IS magic!"Delete
Hope it doesn't get too cold for your plants and they all survive. Hope you have a lovely day!ReplyDelete
It's been a beautiful day today. And I think the plants are fine.Delete
I have to redo my blog roll too. It won't let me make changes so I have to delete it and start over. We took the kids to Disney World when they were like 8 and 10. I don't remember the name of the ride but it was basically a roller coaster in the dark and made my son throw up, fortunately he waited til the ride was over and we were off. It was 28˚ here when I got up at 8, colder than the night before which it wasn't supposed to be but has warmed up quickly.ReplyDelete
My blog roll let me delete and add blogs so I don't know.Delete
I hate roller coasters and will not ride them. Some of my kids love them though.
It didn't get as cold here last night as it was forecast to be. I wonder if once again our weather will mirror yours and it will be colder tonight than they're saying.
My kids liked Disney, even Miss Katie, but I thought it was the Most Expensive Place On Earth. It was clean, the kids had fun but the money was ridiculous.ReplyDelete
Hopefully your plants survive. It's warming up here finally and the snow should melt soon.
We can't see Katie today because of our GI bug so I have a day to myself which is weird.
Disney is stupid expensive. I don't know how people afford it. But somehow, parents are made to feel as if they aren't the best parents they can be if they don't take their kids to Disney.Delete
I can't wait to see how quickly your spring comes. It is so amazing to me, how fast it goes from bleakness to glory there.
I hope you enjoyed your day to yourself!
I feel the same way you do about Disney, but having said that, going there as a child is one of my fondest memories. It's hard to beat for child-friendly fun.ReplyDelete
I loved that Sedaris book, but the entries seemed less spontaneous and more considered than the ones in his first volume of journals. I think by the time he was writing these he knew he'd make them into a book so they have a more deliberate vibe. Still, as I said, I loved it.
Hope the cold weather and the clock change both leave you relatively unscathed!
I was just graduating high school when Disney World opened. We did go to Disney Land when I was younger but I don't think I was young enough. I was already wanting to be a hippie.Delete
Somehow something seems to have changed with Sedaris since he got more famous and richer. I don't know why and I can't put my finger on it but I feel it. I hope he still has his sweetness which used to be more apparent (to me) in his earlier writing.
I survived both the cold and the time change. I'll probably live.
The kids look like they're having fun! I also need to redo my blogroll as it will no longer allow me to add anyone. What's up with that blogger?ReplyDelete
I don't know! Mine allows me to delete and add but there are other things that bug me to death.Delete
I have been away so long (long story, not for now...) that catching up is almost too hard. But nice to be back and read some of your recent posts. I too have been enjoying audio books but wonder if they are worth the hours - any more than about 8 hours and I start to think ' that's to much'. Part of the issue is that they are very difficult to 'dip into' though with the whispersync feature on Kindle it's possible to mix and match between reading and listening.ReplyDelete
I listened recently to Malcolm Gladwell's interviews with Paul Simon - called Miracle and Wonder - they were marvellous.
Well, you haven't missed much here. Just day after day. As always.Delete
Sort of amazing you mentioned that podcast. Was it a podcast? I heard that exact song on another podcast a few nights ago which moved me so much that I listened to all of Graceland and it was such a beautiful experience.
You're right: that anole is a looker. I suppose some people might be freaked to find one of them in their bathroom. But I recall how we lived with geckos on our bedroom ceiling in Mexico and we got used to them.ReplyDelete
We humans live with all sorts of critters. Might as well appreciate the ones we can.Delete