Poppies up close

   “As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher  I had to include this one last photo of the poppies up close.  Beautiful delicate things.  However, these…

Boy at fountain

Water is the only drink for a wise man. ~  Henry David Thoreau Why is it that public fountains often have pressure problems?  Who wants their kid sucking on the fountain that some other diseased kid just drank from?  Anyway, here’s my boy at the park.

Poppy panorama

  “Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess” ~ Walter Savage Landor  A panorama of yesterday’s closeup.  Below are a couple more versions, including the original (last).  

Poppies galore

  Through the dancing poppies stole A breeze most softly lulling to my soul. ~ John Keats This is the most amazing front yard I’ve seen in a while. 

Cement factory

“Political image is like mixing cement. When it’s wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there’s almost nothing you can do to reshape it.” ~ Walter F. Mondale There are actually quite a few excavations out where I live performed by one or many cement factories.  Here’s…

Cinco de Mayo

“The celebration of the holiday has to do with Mexico defeating the French, which prevented Napoleon (who hated the United States) from supplying the confederate rebels for another year.” We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with carne asada, Anaheim chiles, and homemade salsa. Some extra salsa prep pictures below – I didn’t take a final pic…

Eating off the tree

You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree. ~ John N. Mitchell, United States Attorney General under President Richard M. Nixon. I stopped at the cherry orchard on my way in today (just pulled off to the side of the road) and tried a few of these babies. I don't like most cherry…

Cherries are near!

“Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools” ~ Irish Saying Saw this on my way in, and had to take a pic.  Looks like fresh cherries are right around the corner.  Smaller pic is the original 'unenhanced' version.

Bacon makes everything yummier

“When you’re in my house you shall do as I do and believe who I believe in. So Bart butter your bacon.” ~ Homer Simpson I have an hour long commute, so I am constantly stopping for gas and snacks to tide me over.  I saw these today and laughed out loud in the QuikStop….

Face painted girls

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century (1813-1887) We visited the Relay for Life this weekend in our little town, and among other nice things, they had free…

Not quite too big for his britches

Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. ~ Baltasar Gracian, Spanish jesuit and baroque prose writer (1601-1658) This photo was taken in poor light, and I keep my flash off because it usually messes up the lighting anyway.  However, it was cute to find my boy…