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A Fine Day

1. See the jack rabbit. That's what I saw this afternoon.

2. Yak, yak, yak.  Chat about this, wonder about that. Discuss current events. Reminisce. Giggle, chuckle, laugh. We spent a wonderful afternoon today hanging out with good friends. One of the many fine things about being retired.

3. What else about today? I got to climb the ladder to saw away at tree branches, to be continued on the weekend.

4. By four o'clock, the almost full moon was already saying, "Hey there!"

5. Some call the second full moon of winter the Snow Moon.

6. The California Coastal Redwoods, sequoia sempervirens, range from Monterey county to the Oregon border and may grow within 50 miles from the coast. So, it's possible for redwoods to grow in Hollister where we call our home.

7. Experts say redwoods can be raised in a pot until it's about 5 or 6 feet tall. Hmmmm.

8. The Giant Sequoias are the largest species of redwood, which live only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Last year, the Husband and I visited the McKinley Grove, a small secluded grove near Shaver Lake, about 50 miles or so south of Yosemite National Park.
8. Last month I made curtains for the living room windows. Some of you know about the pheasant panels for the sliding patio door, which I wrote about in the last post.

9. The patchwork curtains for the side window was made from the Husband's grandpa's blanket, blue silk from the Husband's mom's fabric stash, and a cream silkish tablecloth that either belonged to his mom's or mine. I also stitched in a couple of the Husband's dad's ties, which are not visible in the photo. The lacy valence is another something that Mama once crocheted.

11. I like how the new curtains seem to make that side of the living room look further away when I sit on the couch in the middle of the room.

12. I'm reading three books at the moment: Dead Midnight by Marica Muller, a mystery set in San Francisco, Pomodoro: A History of the Tomato in Italy by David Gentilcore, and A Cook's Tour of San Francisco by Doris Muscatine (published in 1963).

13. The other day I overheard a conversation that inspired a hay(na)ku, a poem consisting of 3 lines with 3 words, 2 words, and 1 word (also vice versa).
How're you doing?
Bumbling along,

Hello Thursday Thirteen and I Like Thursday!


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    1. I was surprised that it didn't zip away when we, humans, came bumbling out to our car. It may have still been sitting there when we drove off.

  2. I am currently in love with baby elephants. I watch videos and can't get enough of their silly swinging of trunks, playing with balls, little eyes, being cared for by aunties.... thanks for linking up my friend!

    1. I'm imagining a not-so-huge elephant basking in the sunlight in our living room. :-)

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    1. It certainly jump started me out of the blues. :-)

  4. Your poem is wonderful and it goes well with your elephant.

  5. Apparently we can have redwoods as far south as I am. My father and I were walking in a park, and he pointed some out. They were small, not like the behemoths up north. It's been too long since I saw sequoias.

    1. Very cool to know, Liz, about the redwoods your way. We've discovered a couple of winding back roads in Santa Cruz county that are lined with some redwoods. Just a brief drive through the trees lifts up our spirits.

  6. Hay naku? I love learning about that poetry form ... and I love yours (and I can relate). Your whimsical elephant is a delight!

    1. It's actually written as hay(na)ku. The form is invented by Eileen Tabios, a Filipino American poet. It's a play on the word "haiku", I think, so don't quote me on it, Sallie. :-) A whimsical elephant, I love that.

  7. Love your poem! And your elephant too!

    Happy Wednesday!


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