Posts Tagged ‘Friend Shannon’


Squirrel Appreciation Day

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Squirrel Olympics Contestant

21 January 2011
Happy Birthday, Kelly!

Sitting here, minding my own business … doing email … looking at Facebook … and the next thing I know, there’s an army marching on my roof! Or, at least that’s how it sounded! Then, the sounds of scurrying in the backyard, waking my dogs and forcing me to jump up and investigate. The cause of the commotion: squirrels!

I watched them for a few minutes, being amazed at their ability to jump from one piece of backyard furniture to another; leap from the roof to the tree and back; run spirals around the tree trunk; and tear around the top of the fence that borders our property at breakneck speeds. I finally decided I must have missed the news article announcing that it was Squirrel Olympics Day. So, I posted a status about it on Facebook. The next thing I know, I’m informed by an old high school friend that it is actually Squirrel Appreciation Day! There’s even a Huffington Post article about it, if you care to dig that far!

Remember this one from your childhood:
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail!
Grey Squirrel, grey squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail!
Wrinkle up your funny nose.
Hold a nut between your toes.
Grey Squirrel, grey squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail!

So, anyway, I got the camera and took a few shots. Since I never used the camera, yesterday, today you get two photos, again.

Squirrel Appreciation Day

They went crazy for about half an hour, and I labeled at least three separate olympic events: Long Distance Balance Beam (fence running), Rapid Airborne Reverse Trajectories (named by Kara, and refers to the bouncing around from chair to limb to table to roof), and Tree Leaping (from one tree to another, sometimes not even in the same backyard).

It wasn’t long before my friend Shannon found a great photo of a squirrel with a cup of coffee captioned “squirrel + coffee” and underneath that, “God, Help us!” I think it’s a LOLcats thing … look it up … it’s funny!

Then, I made another comment on FB, that I was working on purging some items from my closet, placing a different meaning on the word “squirrel” and some of my girlfriends decided that it would make such chores much more fun to label them “Squirrel Appreciation Days!” Oh, the way some ideas are born! I love my friends … the humans and the furry backyard ones, too!


Fact of the Day:  Did you know there are 365 species of squirrels?  That’s one for every day of  the year!

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Dining Room Still-Life

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Dining Room Still Life

15 April 2010

As I made final preparations on the house today, in anticipation of Larry and Denise’s arrival, I moved this lovely vase of flowers and was struck once again, with both their meaning to me and their beauty. So, even though I used the rose as my photo for yesterday, I got the camera and tried to photograph the entire vase full of blooms. Unfortunately, the bouquet is just the right size and shape that I could not for the life of me make it look good in my photo without losing part of it of the edges of my frame. And, while sometimes that works, I didn’t like it today. So, I backed off, instead, and realized that maybe I could capture part of the surroundings and make it interesting. What I have is interesting to me, if not to others—a microcosm of our lives represented in stuff .  I’ve done this before with other places in our home, but it’s been a while, so … here goes …

The flowers of course, tell the story that I shared yesterday, of me being honoured by my friend, and our queen at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Shannon.  I lovingly placed those flowers in a hand-blown art glass vase, made by my dear friend Shannon Jane Morgan of Girl Glass—the gaffer I enthusiastically apprentice with every summer at Bristol.    It sits on a coaster that’s part of a set of coasters Kyle’s parents brought us from Europe.    And that sits on my antique golden oak, draw-leaf table—the first “new (to me)” antique that I bought after moving in with Kyle.  Behind that, hanging on the wall, is a lovely oak shelf and the beautiful glass yard that hangs from it.  We picked that up at the Colorado Renaissance Faire just days before we were married.    The hanging shelf visible on the left came from the Arizona Renaissance Festival—the first faire Kyle and I worked together on the road.  It holds a couple of bottles of bubbly, gifted to us at our last Hogmanay party, and the tasting glasses we brought home from our first trip to the Messina Hof Winery.   I can see parts of two other beloved antique pieces: on the left, a fabulous little cabinet that houses an antique treadle sewing machine—a gift from George one Dickens weekend from long ago; and a small English sideboard that I picked up for a song a few years ago and which now houses our collection of  liqueurs.  On top of that piece is a wine rack, and heaven knows we love our wine.  That makes me think of our friend Jene, the winemaker at Fredericksburg Winery, who has gifted us with so many of those bottles in that rack.   On top of the sewing machine cabinet, and on the hanging shelf, are many of my houseplants, simple pothos ivy mostly, that I manage to keep alive, and that even Kyle has gotten pretty good at remembering to water while I’m away in the summer.   And, back over on the sideboard you can plainly see the commemorative glass from the Rahr Brewery created just for their award-winning brew we love so much called Iron Thistle.  You can even see, just the corner of a photo frame that holds some favourite photos of mine … a group shot of many of our dearest friends at Dickens, a beautiful shot of my little brother and his daughter (my niece) McKenna, and the one you can actually see of my mama and my grandmother on her 94th birthday.

Such wonderful memories … such rich experiences … such love of friends and family … all represented in one rather average photograph.  It’s just a dining room still-life to most.  But, to me, it’s a tiny glimpse of who I am.


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