Thursday, June 29, 2017


My favorite tree is the redbud tree outside the main building at the Old Folks' Home where my mom and my aunt live.  

This is what the tree looked like in April.  Please click on the photos to embiggen.

Who could not love a tree that has all those flowers hugging the branches, and then bursts forth in heart-shaped leaves?  

And then there are these instances of a sort of pink:

"Vibrations" by Maxwell G Miller
displayed at the Negative Space Art Studio

painting by Patrick Haggerty
displayed at the Negative Space Art Studio

Lately I sometimes feel like the guy in the first painting.  But sometimes I feel more serene, like the second painting, which was inspired by Italian cathedrals.

This post was inspired by Carmi at Written Inc, who asked all y'all out in blogland to post photos on the theme of pink.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Morning Notes: Tuesdays

Some Tuesday Morning Notes 
from the series of 
Common Household Morning Notes, 2017 Edition

The days of leaving a morning note for Younger Daughter before she headed to the school bus have ended now. She will be starting a new chapter in the School of Life in August.  Before she moves on to college, here are reminiscences from Tuesdays.

Dec 6, 2016: History Quiz
I am guessing that for some reason YD did not go to school on that Monday.  Why let a good Monday Morning Quiz go unused?

From: The Cheaters Note Program
Tuesday Morning History Quiz

On yesterday in

1) 1955: Rosa Parks led the Montgomery Bus boycott.
True____ False___

2) 1932: Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
True____ False___

3) 1492: Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola.
True____ False___
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Have  TRUEly wonderful day.

Feb 7, 2017: Mongols
Because what everyone needs on a Tuesday is a cheery note from their Mom about Mongols destroying things.

On this day in 1238 the Mongols burned 
the Russian city of Vladimir.  
Let’s hope today goes better than that.

Feb 28, 2017: Colorful
This is better than Mongols.  It is also what a Mom does when she is out of ideas but has little sticky note thingies.

I hope you have a bright and colorful day!

March 14, 2017: Snow Report
A snowstorm was predicted for the early morning hours, giving false hope to thousands of schoolchildren.  The storm never materialized.  In fact, we had zero snow delays or closings this school year.  Utterly disappointing.  We all know there are no snow delay days in college or in life.
Please give the 6 AM snow report.
Amount of snow on the ground:
Street clear?  Yes
School delay?   No

March 21, 2017: Soft March Rains
I love Steinbeck.
A quote about March:

In March the soft rain continued, and each
storm waited courteously until its
 predecessor sunk beneath the ground.

– John Steinbeck, East of Eden

March or April at 5 AM
This note may not even be from a Tuesday, but I leave it here to give you a glimpse of what my life is like.  I am often awake in the middle of the night.  And sometimes that is when I realize that I have neglected to leave a note for my sweet YD.
Good morning!
It’s 5 a.m.
Do you know where your mother is?
Wandering around half awake
writing notes in the dark.

Have a lovely day of learning!

April, the morning of an important economics test

I hope you have a high GDP!
of the highest caliber.
You are a person of 
the highest caliber.

to the bus stop.

May 2, 2017: On Prose
It’s time I wrote
The Daily note,
But now I find
My feeble mind
Cannot compose
But lines of prose.
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I hope you have a significantly more satisfactory day than yesterday.  The forecast is rainy with a chance of tests and occasional review of academic material.  LOVE, MOM

May 30, 2017: Stay Strong
And finally, Dear Reader, I leave you with this note of encouragement not just for YD but for you, for each and every day.

Stay strong and
know that you are loved.
The second part is more

important than the first part.

For previous entries in this series see these posts: