Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Merry Marigolds

Marigolds make me think back to the California State Fairs of the 1950's. The old fairgrounds off Broadway were shady. We used to picnic on the big lawn in front of the wonderful Counties Building. Meeting by the Golden Bears was standard proceedure. There were young boys wandering around the fairgrounds selling the Bee with their singsong call of "Sacramento BEE Pay-per!" Those were the days when the counties went all out with marvelous moving displays and fresh fruit and veggies. Today's displays seem to lack imagination and often contain plastic "crops". There was a huge greenhouse to walk through, with waterfalls and tropical plants. The racetrack was lined with eucalyptus trees and I so envied the little boys who got to work in the stable areas. The state fair of yesteryear was all about crops, both livestock as well as edible and wearable (cotton). It helped the city folk connect with the bounties of the earth and gave the country folk a place to admire and/or show off their produce. Today's state fair seems to be more about manufactured "things". There is more space given to "stuff" than to livestock and produce. Personally I think that the farther we get away from dirt and growing things, the more we lose touch with reality. I'll get off my little soap box now. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fall colors

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so this is some of the October color here on the homestead. OK. I'm ready for spring now.

Friday, October 20, 2006

dancing bones

I must admit that I hope for a red light when I reach the intersection of Arden and Watt just so I can watch this skeleton dance. It really boogies! No wonder its so slim. On the backside, the bones are green. This side is much cooler.

This is a great reminder of what good exercise dancing is. 16 years ago when I was going out dancing every weekend, I too was skinny! Its pretty obvious that this body has not danced in a long time.

Somebody throw a big dancing shindig and invite me! ;>) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Maude on guard!

Maud is now keeping an eye on who might be coming up the driveway. I don't think she'd really toss that rock but then again, I'm not entirely sure what she's drinking from that Margarita glass. Kinda wish she'd get off her lazy duff and rake the leaves or at least water the thirsty plant life. No rain and a pretty good breeze this past week have dried things out quite a bit. Good thing the temperatures have been cool. People who have real jobs and no automatic sprinklers are often watering in the dark this time of the year. Fall rains will be welcome, even if I loathe the shortness of daylight. Fall? Bah! Humbug! Posted by Picasa