My Kind of White

It is the middle of November and from my current location—southwestern Colorado— it has been snowing on and off for the past few days. Not typical weather, though at this elevation, it is possible. So, no wonder the color white it on my mind. I am surrounded by white.

Let’s start off with a Monday’s Little Mystery. What do you think this “white” thing is?  If it were “art” what title would you give it?

“Not My Bones”

No chilly white mystery here. Put a little chocolate sauce on this cone and I am there . . . at the beach. A little warmth with the ice cream.

                   Looks good to me.

Back to something white and cold. Who could resist this cute little guy? I suppose we must; his mother is close by.

I’m not the least bit cold.

Just looking at this next photo makes me shiver. I did not know it was possible for water moving this swiftly to freeze.

Niagara Falls . . . not falling.
Along with the cold comes incredible beauty. This frosty tree is stunning.
From accuweather.com
 I hope it is not cold when the bride wears this beautiful white dress. Two dresses in one. What an amazing design! Don’t you agree?
Gorgeous! 

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my kind of white.

I hope to post about yellow things (like sunshine) in a few weeks.
Cricket

The Times They Are A-Changing

Yes, indeed. And I’ve just moved my blog to wordpress, so, in a way, I am starting over–a new beginning with new learning. With that said, I am reposting my very first blog entry for those of you that do not know me, my blog, my books, or my website. For those who do know me, I hope you will sign up again to receive notices of new posts. The original blog no longer exists. See the big pink sign to your right? Yes, that’s where everyone can sign  up. Thanks in advance for staying in touch.

(Originally posted January, 2015) Welcome to my blog and my very first blog post . . . ever.

Before you ask, “What’s this? Another blog?” Please keep reading for just a minute. And, yes, this is a blog, but it won’t be like any other. Why? Because I do not know how to blog. This blog will be about you and me chatting about things that interest us. I will strive to make my future blogs short, visual, and hopefully, entertaining.

Yes, I do have several areas of expertise, and so do you. We will get to those in the near future. Until then . . .

Do you love to laugh? Do you ever laugh when you probably shouldn’t be laughing? Yeah, me too. My mother and I used to stand reading the “humorous” birthday cards at the grocery store. That was our idea of having a good time. What makes you laugh?

Did you take that online test to learn what kind of flower you were? NEVER again! I know I am NOT a daisy. Maybe a red carnation, but, definitely not a daisy.

I refuse to take the test to see what breed of dog I would be—learned my lesson from the flower test. Besides, I was too fearful of being a beagle.

What is this heeler puppy thinking?

Then there is crying. They say crying if good for you, though I’ve never felt good while crying. Hallmark card commercials make me cry, animal cruelty makes me sad and mad, and then
there are those darned onions and the movie Old Yeller. Do you ever just want or need to cry?

Do you know what your dog is thinking right now? . . . Do you want to know?

I could go on and on about love, laughter and life’s little mysteries and I will, eventually. If one of the above questions, wonderings, or musing caught your eye or piqued your curiosity, please come along by signing up to get an email notice when new posts or events appear.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

See you next time.

Cricket

No Mysteries, Just Mothers’ Day

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? 

A few ideas are posted below.


Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. 

GREAT IDEAS
 Click on Blovely to go to this site.

While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

As a mom, coupons were my favorite.

Click the word coupons to go to this site.


More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday conversations with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 38 percent.

Looks good to me.
From prettyfluffy.com

Happy Mother’s Day!

Cricket

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A Fictional May Day

Probably no May Day baskets filled with goodies will be waiting on my doorstep today, but you never know. I thought about posting the history of May Day here, but everybody does that. So, instead, here is a short excerpt from HIT THE ROAD, JAKE, book 3 the in The Lindsey Lark romantic mystery saga. It just happens to be about May Day, sort of. It is from written from Jake’s point of view.

 

Lindsey jumped in. “There might be a connection between our thief, the rhyme, the chopped down nut trees and the basket. It’s a long shot, for sure, but perhaps the basket was meant to represent May Day.” She pulled out a sheet of paper and began to read her own research notes: “Folklore states that on May 1 baskets were filled with nuts, flowers, and sometimes cheese treats and left at the door of a friend, a special friend. The doorbell was rung and then the giver would dash away. Next step? The receiver tries to catch the giver and, if that happens, a kiss is exchanged.”

As Lindsey and I thought out loud with our back and forth questions and comments, Bud listened attentively, his head turning like a trained seal as he tried to keep up with our ping-ponging ideas.

“So, our thief is not only using the House That Jack Built rhyme but also other folk traditions. Coincidence?” I wondered.

Lindsey added, “Maybe he or she was hoping to act out this little mini-scenario. That seems like a lot of trouble to just get a kiss, though. Who would normally exit that door first during a fire evacuation?”

Bud had an answer he was anxious to tell. “That would be our attendance tech, if she was still there; she’s a half-time employee. She’d hold the door open for the kids that exit out that way. And, oh boy. She’s a looker. I don’t think anybody would mind a little peck on the cheek from her, if you get my drift.” I didn’t, but what did it matter?

Lindsey was truly in her element now, but, between Bud and his comments and all this folktale business, my patience was being tested. My own annoying habits surfaced: I tapped my pencil rhythmically on my notepad like it was a drumstick, my uninjured foot performed an anxious, unstoppable bounce that traveled all the way up my leg, and I scratched my head.  Yes, I knew myself well.

I hope you enjoy your May Day,

Cricket

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Mysteries Solved and Mysteries to Read

Everybody loves a good mystery. Mystery books a-plenty!

My reading list just got longer.
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As promised, below you can read the facts surrounding last week’s little mystery photos.

#1 Looks like another planet?  

Well, yes, but it’s not. Here’s the scoop . . .

Socotra (Horn of Africa)

Socotra (also called Suqutra orSoqotra) is an archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean off the horn of Africa. Among the four islands, Socotra is the largest, occupying 95% of the land mass of the archipelago. Why is this island so mysterious? Because, if you set foot here, it may easily remind you of an alien planet from a science fiction movie. One third of the flora and fauna you find here are unique to this island and found nowhere else in the world, such as the umbrella-shaped “blood tree” and certain types of birds as well as cats.

#2 Looks like a scene from the movie UP!

It does, in a way, but this landform is real.

Mt. Roraima (Brazil)

The mountain lies on the border of three countries viz. Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. One thing that makes this mountain strange is its shape. What makes it weirder are the clouds and the fauna around the mountain peak. The peak of the mountain is considered as one of the oldest geological formations in the world. The plateau is believed to be formed by water and winds. But there is no explanation for why some of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

#3  Mold? An ameba? Something gooey?

I admit my initial ideas here were off. I imagine that you knew what this image was all about.

Bermuda Triangle (North Atlantic Ocean)As anyone would have guessed, Bermuda 

Triangle is one of the most mysterious places on earth. Everyone has heard about the Bermuda Triangle and the mysterious disappearances that occur here. Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the triangle covers Straits of Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. Anything that enters this area such as an aircraft or ship is known to mysteriously disappear here. There are numerous theories that try to explain these strange disappearances, ranging from earth’s magnetic field to alien activity. Every time, there is a solid explanation about these disappearances, there will be a new theory that negates the explanation. There is no one theory till date that convinces anyone as to why these mysterious disappearances occur.

For more mysterious places click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cricket

A Monday’s Little Mysteries post

Saturday’s Best Laid Plans . . .

 

Leo Tolstoy once wrote, 

Well, it’s Spring and I’ll bet you’ve got projects to plan.


Planning a vacation, a wedding, a good closet cleaning, general spring cleaning?


Planning for a more organized office, a plentiful garden, a better life?

Quote by Audrey Hepburn


Planning to write an article, a book, a letter, a blog, a poem?


Agatha Christie once said,The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.


I can relate to that, though my best plans and ideas come to me when walking, sweating on the treadmill at the gym. I don’t try to make that happen; it just does. So now I always take my handheld recorder with me—just in case.

  

 
These women are not planning for much. 
Don’t be these women.

These women are not planning for much. 

Don’t be these women.

Do you have a special place or a special way to make your plans, get your ideas? We all love to hear about that. Your comments are welcome.

 
Do you have a special place or a special way to make your plans, get your ideas? We all love to hear about that. Your comments are welcome.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cricket
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Mysterious Places—Real or Fictional

Today’s Monday’s Little Mysteries is really three mysteries. Visual mysteries. Are they real? Or a creative artist’s renderings; a photoshop project? A place you’d like to visit or stay far away from?

#1 Looks like another planet to me.




#2  Looks like a scene from the movie Up!

#3  Mold? An ameba? Something gooey that 

I would not choose to touch? Somewhere watery? 


I will share more information about these mysterious images next week. If you just can’t wait, click here for immediate answers.


Thanks for stopping by,

Cricket

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Bucket Lists: not just for the aging

Do you have a Bucket List? Just last week I caught myself saying that I should add Get a Part in a Western Movie . . . 

 fromlastdollstanding.blogspot.com via pinterest
Or, maybe not.



to my bucket list–which did not yet exist. Of course it didn’t exist. I saw that movie; bucket lists were for those older than myself.


Being a curious person, a little research ensued. Click HERE for a site about bucket lists. There are all types of bucket lists on the Internet and many of them were created by people younger than me. For example:


* Catch a bride’s bouquet           

(It’s a little late for that one.) 

              

savvysugar.com
A little lower & slower please.





* Go zip lining  

(Instead of clothes lining.)









* Watch the ball drop in Times Square 

(No! Never! I have a thing about crowds.)

from eonline.com
Beautiful Sandra Bullock


* Attend the Oscars 

(No! Win an Oscar.)                 



* Camp on a beach

(Only if I have my memory foam bed and a gun.)



* Find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop

(I have no comment on that one.)




* Go on a road trip with a best friend

(I wrote a book about A ROAD TRIP instead.)

 

But, seriously, I am going to begin a real bucket list. Some items for now and others for later. 


How about you?


Thanks for stopping by,

Cricket

A Tell All Tuesday post




Just Lookin’ @ April Fools

April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is celebrated every April 1st in the United States. It is not officially recognized as a holiday, though many celebrate by playing practical jokes or even hoaxes on their family, friends, teachers or colleagues. When I was a classroom teacher, this was NOT my favorite day and I secretly hoped that April 1st would fall on the weekend.

Are you picky or let’s say selective about your candy? Then you might not like this April Fools joke. On the other hand, you might love it.

photo from huffingtonpost.com
Looks good to me.



This video take a few minutes, but it is very funny! And, it is one of the few videos I found that was NOT just plain mean. April Fools should not be about “mean.” The funny part comes toward the end of the video.


A student plays a joke on her professor!

April Fools’ is celebrated in different ways throughout the world. Exactly how the tradition originated is unknown. Some cultures saw it as the first day of spring or the first day of the year. One theory for the terming of an April Fool was that if someone refused to recognize April 1st as the first day of the year, they’d be called an April Fool. But really? No one knows.

If your computer is a major player in your life, then you know what your initial reaction would be to the joke below.

from www.instructables.com
Be still my heart. 


Oh, my. An office filled with packing peanuts? That could be trouble, fun trouble. It is not quite as difficult to pull off as it looks. (Please don’t do this to me, though.)

from hacknmod.com
This might be a good day to work from home.


Then there are the major hoaxes:

Millionaire auctions off iceberg: in 1978, a businessman and adventurer named Dick Smith announced he would be towing an iceberg from Antarctica to break into smaller cubes for sale. He advertised that these Antarctic ice cubes would freshen the taste of any drink for the price of ten cents a cube. The media was on site in the Sydney Harbor to report on the barge towing the iceberg, which was revealed to actually be sheets covered with shaving cream and fire extinguishing foam. — from Wilstar.com. 


Do you participate in April Fools pranks? 

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cricket

 

Monday’s Little Mystery: Illusions

 

Sight is a wonderful thing; not something to take for granted. Just looking at a smiling dog, a giggling baby, a beautiful flower, a breathtaking sunrise or

Photo from Bonnie Lee.

sunset creates a glorious feeling within. 

But what you see is not always what is really there, or so it would seem. Otherwise, how can a dozen people witness or watch the same event, but when asked what they saw, the answers vary—sometimes greatly. Ah, the eye-witness.

Some images are designed to fool our eyes. 

Optical illusions! 

And they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and content.

Look at this photo.

 Can you see the lake? Or . . . ?

Check out the colorful parrot. 

It’s a parrot, right? Or . . .?


Have you seen anything colorful, memorable, or optically illusional recently? 


Thanks for stopping by,

Cricket

A Monday’s Little Mystery Post

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