Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Flowers in the Yard

Here's a quick walk around the house taking note of just some of the flowers now in bloom. Some are fading (lilacs) and some are just on the verge (snowball bush) and some are just right.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Preparing the New Garden

With school out, what are we to do except work on the house? Enjoy the outdoors! Play with software! What if you could do all three at once?

In other words, I continue to play with the time capture software on my computer. While I'm working! Wish I would have had it when I was moving all the sod LAST summer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An Alternative to Facebook? It's Coming.

There's really nothing new about Facebook. My family and I were networking on a site named years ago, but it couldn't pay, and the phone lines people were using then just couldn't keep up with the message boards, photos, music sharing, etc. But Facebook gathers up all you tell it and puts it to their own uses, and that's got some people a little frazzled. So, here come the nerds to sort it all out. Check out there story in the NYTimes article "Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Embrace This

My sister sent me this. Thank you, sister. Click on the video if it doesn't display the whole thing.

Swarm of the Moped Army

Not sure who the Whiskey Business boys and girls are (an offshoot of Moped Army, apparently) , but this video captures the fun of riding a moped. In swarm.

This second video is uploaded by a fellow who looks to be from Sioux Falls, but I don't think there are Marathon gas stations in SF, and I would wonder where so many mopeds were hiding.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Flowers for Mother's Day

Even as we wait the years it will take for our newly-planted apple trees (one last year, one this), we are enjoying the one old-timer that is blossoming like crazy this spring--promising, perhaps, a bountiful crop of apples. It depends, though, on whether the few tentative blossoms on the youngsters will be enough to pollinate this experienced producer.

In the meantime today, we planted other things for mothers--some ornamentals for KH in a pot, and a snowball bush for RN in her front yard. We also put a new lilac in our yard as well. Now for rain.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Apple Tree Planting

The wife and I put an apple tree in the ground tonight to replace a tired old fellow who died last year and will never blossom again. Here, however, is how you deal with that. Plant a new one.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

May 4 Morning

Here's what morning looks like from our red-room window in May.

40 years ago today four students were killed and nine injured when National Guard troops shot into crowds of students on the Kent State campus. They're holding commemoration events to remember those who died and were injured.

The days keep turning. Morning comes again. While I went off to swim this morning, I set my Perios time lapse software to take shots every 30 seconds. Here's daybreak to remember those kids.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Why Didn't They Stop for Coffee?

Part of the plan for the day includes heading to Aurora, SD, for some landscaping plants, and when I checked out the route there (52 minutes by car, over 3 hours by bicycle unless the wind is howling like it is today), I noticed that the Google folks had driven by taking photos.

By all signs, they came by last fall (after our mailbox was annihilated but before the snow flew). Thus, here we are, our house newly shingled and painted, largely obscured by trees and plants just the way we like it. But, peeking through, the peak of the grey lady, working on her second century.