Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars

Here’s a bit of Frivolous Friday fun with flowers! Aoife came at the exact right time of year. Springtime in Seattle is filled with blooms: it seems like absolutely everything wants to put on a display. Even on a short walk around the neighborhood, you can see thousands of lovely blooms in all shades. These delicate pink stars were falling over a fence, and so we of course had to stop to get a closer look.

Image shows a sheet of green leaves and clusters of small pink flowers spilling over a gray wooden fence.
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I really love plants like this that drape over things. And these are really fabulous on closer inspection, because the flowers are stars! Continue reading “Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars”

Mystery Flora: Sweet Spring Stars
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Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana

I’m so grateful to Aoife for deciding to come visit my fair city! See, I never get out to see it. I live a short bus ride away from downtown, but I just don’t bother to go unless someone gives me a reason. Which is sad, because I adore downtown Seattle.

And when I go, there’s always something new and fun. Even the construction cranes have a quirky sense of humor. Continue reading “Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana”

Random Bits of Hilarity: The Further Adventures of Aoife and Dana

If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?

I’ve got a guest from out-of-country, so I haven’t got much time for posting today. Instead of throwing a link and a promise at you, I thought we might do some thinking on how to change the world. What if it were in your power to make three major changes to the world as it is? What would those changes be?

Image shows two calico cats sitting in chairs at a table, looking toward each other with rather the attitude of people who believe they are completely in charge. On the table is a board game with soldiers of various colors set up on a map. Caption says, "Our plan for world domination is complete."

Continue reading “If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?”

If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?

Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm

For our Frivolous Friday* fun, let’s have a sneak peek at one of the most remarkable spots in Arizona, and try to identify this adorable critter who seems to be the master of it.

Image shows a small reddish-brown ground squirrel or chipmunk lying on the edge of a limestone cliff, overlooking the rim of Montezuma Well. Its head is turned toward the left. Beyond it is a rugged limestone cliff, and below can be seen portions of the trail that leads down into the Well.
Captain of Montezuma Well. Just chillin’ over my domain.

Alas, I didn’t have my wonderful Sony Cyber-Shot camera back then. Otherwise, you’d get a much clearer view of the critter, and be able to zoom in to drool all over the utterly luscious limestone. But at least it gets the gist of the scene right, and hopefully there’s enough detail to make out what species our darling rodent is. Continue reading “Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm”

Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm

Saturday Song: Mondays

A delightful bit of synchronicity happened when I asked for theme ideas on Facebook. See, I’d just finished watching the Gilmore Girls episode that has got The Bangles in it, and then Suzanne came up with a Monday theme, and there was really only one song I could choose:

Suzanne has already put in Stormy Monday by The Allman Brothers Band. I think you can see the general shape of things: this week, we’re going to do songs about Monday. It doesn’t have to necessarily have Monday in the title, as long as it has a general Monday vibe to it. Take that theme and run, my darlings! Continue reading “Saturday Song: Mondays”

Saturday Song: Mondays

How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life

How could some of the world’s worst fiction lead me down very rewarding paths? I didn’t think it possible. When Fifty Shades of Gray first impinged itself upon my awareness, I thought it had no redeeming value whatsoever. How shocked was I to discover it does? And how did it lead me toward Supernatural, which has become one of my favorite problematic shows of all time? Continue reading “How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life”

How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life

Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo

Hello and welcome to our first Mystery Flora at The Orbit! The Friday Mysteries will be ETEV’s version of Frivolous Fridays, in which we do fun things and let the stresses of the week bugger off for just a bit.

This edition of Mystery Flora is brought to you by the kitty Boo. Have I introduced you to Boo? Continue reading “Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo”

Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo

Sunday Song: TeeveeLand

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook know I’m still doing my Supernatural marathon whilst sorting through over a thousand (!) Mount St. Helens photos from the USGS. There’s an episode in Season 10 that is particularly charming: the drama department of an all-girls’ school puts on a musical about the Winchesters, to which the Winchesters show up because, naturally, there are supernatural shenanigans at the Supernatural musical.

A particularly touching moment is when the girls sing a cover of “Carry on My Wayward Son,” which is a theme song for the show. Even if you don’t watch the show, you might still love it. Continue reading “Sunday Song: TeeveeLand”

Sunday Song: TeeveeLand