Look at the whiteout!
There is a new storm coming.
Five cell phone Warnings came this morning,
and even more emails.
I avoided the grocery store.
Who wants to risk drowning in starving crowds?
Forecasters call for rain, sleet, snow, mostly snow,
some say the heaviest snow yet.
Water buckets are filled.
It’s a habit really.
Mom used to fill the bathtub.
Is there really a storm coming?
Only the dove knows for sure.
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Can you guess what this is?
My middle granddaughter, Kendall, made it with a special tool.
Then she gave the tool to her sister, Jess, for her birthday.
Here is Kendall thinking about her next creation.
But it was Jessica’s birthday! I was going to take a picture of the cake but didn’t get to it in time.
Here is the birthday girl.
We all played scrabble and watched movies and ate a lot.
There was a refrigerator raid.
And some work in the kitchen.
And lots of laughter all round.
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“We are returning to the technology of primitive man,” said Bill this morning. “We will no longer communicate with words. Human emotions, personalities, and messages will be conveyed via drawings instead of talking to each other or writing.”
WATCH: Apple rolls out racially, sexually diverse emoticons
Posted February 23, 2015 by CNNWIRE
“ NEW YORK — Emojis are finally getting more diverse. In Apple’s next update of emoji icons, a number of the tiny cartoon people are now available in six different skin tones.The male and female faces, as well as thumbs up/thumbs down icons, will be available in the different colors. Other people emoji, such as princesses and construction workers, will also get more diverse options. Tapping and holding on an emoji person will bring up the new skin-tone variations.The diverse people are just some of the 300 new emojis included in the latest developer version of iOS 8.3. The new icons won’t be available to the public until the update is released later this year.”
Remember when we were taught Cursive writing? Well now it’s mostly block printing or texting. Words still work, but the prediction is that we will soon be non-word-texting with only emoticons to convey meanings. Imagine the freedom of eradicating words from human communication! You will be able to string several instant cartoon images together to form sentences!
But now the march for progress is reversing course. I remember screaming into my family’s land wired telephone. It was the only way to be heard “long distance.” Now folks are screaming into their wire-less cell phones. “Can you hear me NOW?”
It is all part of the March Backward.
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It’s cold here and snowing, and our county officials are urging us to stay home until Winter Storm Pandora passes us by.
- Our birds are really hungry and show up en mass to attack the feeder on the deck. I wind up scattering seeds on the railings too, and bread crumbs. All manner of seemingly desperate avian visitors arrive and Bill and I consider them friends. They add life and even joy to a wintry world where nothing else seems to move but the wind.
- This is the only time since we lost our dog, Rozie, that I am grateful we have no pets. It has been so cold and the snow pack lingers, so a walk with a dog would be painful for both of us. On the other hand if a dog (or cat) wandered to my door right now, well, yes, we would have a newly adopted pet. And wouldn’t adding another warm sweet friend to the family be a wonderful thing?
- Our neighbor lost her old horse this week. We think he died of a heart attack right in his stall. There was no evidence of thrashing or pain. He just went. And our neighbor lost a friend.
- The gravel road to our house has been plowed, thanks to a very devoted, dedicated friend/neighbor who has a large tractor. He began his work at 11 PM the first night the snow fell and then was up again at 5 AM for another round, and again later in the afternoon. Thank you Pete!
- This week there was one travel-right day between storms and warnings when friends in town invited us to dinner. There is something bright and beautiful about meeting to share a meal and trade lovely stories and lots of laughter – especially on a frosty, shivery cold evening.
Writing away about random ramblings this week, it dawned on me there emerged an obvious theme – the importance of friends.
I have featured it before but there is a plaque on my kitchen wall that says it clearly and says it all:
“Lots of things in life are junk
Troubles never end,
But there’s something never palls,
A really truly friend.”
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Alone in a Big White World
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It started snowing yesterday. Our birdie visitors were incredulous.
Is this what I think it is? The Blue Jay on my deck is skeptical. Photo by Dor
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