Monthly Archives: April 2005

Oh my god, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak on the feeder. That’s one for the lifelist! I tried to get a photo, but he spooked when I swung the camera into position (and it’s dark as hell anyway, so I doubt it’d come out.) Beautiful, beautiful bird. Bigger than I expected–the finchy beak on the grosbeak photos made […]

Finally rented “House of Flying Daggers.” After it was over, I turned to James and said “My god. That was a wushu chick flick.” Pretty movie, some lovely costuming, and in another life, I sure wouldn’t kick the hero out of bed*, but… man, with all those slow-mo scenes and long shots of tiny figures […]

Today was staggeringly unproductive. I spent hours trying to come up with a painting layout, going through my archive of bird photos and scenery, waiting for lightning to strike…nothin’. Finally bit the bullet, told myself sternly to quit dithering, and started a painting, flung myself at it with teeth and toenails and…swing and a miss. […]

Wow! Against all odds and all the myriad forces of heredity–my cholesterol is DROPPING. It’s down to 208, 11 points down from last year, and my bad cholesterol has dropped 25 points, and is closing in on normal. I was all resigned to go on Zocor–with my family history, I just assumed there was no […]

I just watched two male cardinals…um…. One flew at the other in an apparent territorial rage. I watched with interest as there was a swirl of red wings, the two danced around briefly on the forest floor, and then…wait…one was on top of the other one, doing the little wing beaty thing, and…err… Not that […]

Okay, boys and girls, it’s time to play “My God, People Eat That?” Having recieved lovely feedback about the deep-fried cheese curd, apotheosis of midwestern cuisine, and being in constant awe of the breadth of experience ‘mongst my readers, I figured I’d see if anybody ELSE ever had these two dishes that my grandmother swore […]

Some of you have probably tripped over this already, but if you’re looking for something to be outraged about, pull up a chair! The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005 (Senate Bill 51 and House Bill 356) has been referred to committee in both the House and the Senate. It contains this definition: WOMAN- […]