* Which way?

This photo is my entry for Cee’s Which Way challenge.  In the calm before the snow storm, the city trucks were out in force, pouring brine stripes on the roadways.  The other arrows?  I think the local deer have marked the directions to our yard. along with an escape route from the lunatic who barks at them.  Yeah, I do a mean dog imitation, which adds some humor to their lives.

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* Good news, bad news

The good news is that I managed to get my car parked at school today before it was enveloped in smoke*.  The bad news is that I had to wait for 3.5 hours for a tow truck.

The good news is that the tow truck had a flatbed for carrying my car.  The bad news is that the driver wouldn’t walk near my car because he disliked muddy potholes.

The good news is that the driver said I drove my car onto his truck better than he’s ever seen before!  The bad news is that he nearly plowed into several cars as we headed for the garage near my house, texting and trying repeatedly to reach his boss by phone.

The good news is that he finally reached his boss.  The bad news is that his diesel truck was in a mileage countdown which would end with us traveling 5 mph to avoid emitting toxic diesel fumes

The good news is that I was able to clamber up the flatbed and drive my car successfully off his truck before the diesel engine quit working.  The bad news is that my car’s radiator is destroyed.

The good news is that the garage gave me a loaner car to use.  The bad news is that the loaner had a crushed front end and was missing a wheel.

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The good news is that the loaner was sitting next to the wrecked vehicle.  The bad news is that I need to replace my hearing aids.

New radiator: $560

New hearing aids: $4000

*The “smoke” was actually steam.  What good news!  And I was really driving my dearest teaching widower’s car, since he had to travel for his job and took the better vehicle.  Duh.

* Hidden away

Color Your World: Manatee

This manatee-colored room was a slave’s quarters in a Colonial Williamsburg home.  It seems that the enslaved of this town were routinely required to live in the attics of houses.  I assume that’s so no one would EVER think they were members of the household.  Heaven forbid!

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* How to extend the attention span of your children. — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on Dayne Sislen Children’s Book Illustration: Kids today are bombarded with video games as well as fast action cartoons and movies. Picture book publishers are requesting shorter and shorter picture books for young children. No wonder our children have problems keeping their minds focused on one thing for very long. What can…

via How to extend the attention span of your children. — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Great advice from a talented illustrator!  Check it out!

* Plum out of luck

Color Your World: Plum

These gorgeous orchids, with their plum “eyes” and wide-open yellowish lips, are waiting for something, anything, to keep them alive.  Sadly, they are plum out of luck.  I am The Orchid Killer, a serial slaughterer of all things orchid.  I wish it weren’t so!  I’d love to enjoy their beauty all year long.

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I am going to be a bit embarrassed when the family that gave these to me sees  a pot of dead sticks.

* Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

A little bibliophile humor today in honor of the birthday of Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), author of Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.

via Happy [cheery, merry, joyful, jocular, gleeful] birthday, Peter — bluebird of bitterness

Bluebird, you had me at happy!  Let’s all celebrate (commemorate, observe, mark, keep, honor, remember, memorialize) the clever Roget and his thesaurus.

* Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

You should SEE what CEE has for this challenge, which requires the letter V and at least 6 letters total.  Her entries are so clever.  To think I attended a chamber orchestra event on Saturday and didn’t take my camera!  Violins and violas galore!

Here is a sample of the diet that has kept a special kiddo alive: lots of vegetables!  With help from that student’s parents, I am gradually cleaning up my diet (now dairy and gluten-free) and my cholesterol has dropped significantly.  Whee!  Eat those veggies, everyone!

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