Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spittle, Ms. Iris and the Busy Bee

Spittlebug nymphs cover themselves with a protective foam or shield. Their spit is sometimes referred to as  frog spit or snake spit.

 Seen at Lost River Cave along with Miss Iris and the ever busy bee. The Willow fluff is a little extra garnish.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Visual Poetry - A work in progress

Mary said

See those Spring flowers 
down by the water pond

That’s where your daddy told me
that your mama’s gone

Mama ran away to live
a life in sin
But Daddy stayed behind to
tuck me in

She's somewhere else and she's 
been gone
Daddy walked me while he held
my arm

Mary said

I’ve had a life that’s been good
and strong
And you’ve been the best part
all along

I want you to come and sit by
me bed
Soon I’ll be with those flowers

Mary said

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Buick

I was driving from Franklin back to bowling Green Saturday night after covering two events for the magazine when I saw this Buick sitting at the side of the road. My heart raced, my throat swelled up, and I let off the gas pedal. I reached for my camera, but the strap got caught in the shift lever, and I had to keep on going to avoid getting run over by the Mack grain truck that was belching ominous clouds of black diesel exhaust behind me.
      I decided to go back and take some pictures on Sunday morning, because here is what makes this car so interesting.

A few years ago I did a few photo restorations for a lady of another Buick

 Had they come just come back from the lake? what year was it (had to be at least 1957)? Was this on a Sunday and they had gone to the state fair the night before and the red poodle was won at the ping pong ball toss or dart balloon game? Does the lady usually keep the red Poodle on her bed with the other stuffed animals, or possibly on top of a Zenith television? Only two words to describe the man, proud and happy.

The cars are similar but not the same, but I found out later that the Buick I saw at the side of the road belongs to the son of a dear friend.

This is a Spring time story, and any good Spring story should have some flowers.
Am I still here?

The Colors Red and Purple

Combining the color purple with the color red is an unusual combination, but it works because they are analogous colors. Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. They look even better together when accompanied by a smiling face and pleasing personality. Way to go Andrea!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Grandaddy Elmer

"Sonny, there's more than one way to shuck corn," Grandaddy Elmer said to me one time. I believe he said it to me just a couple of days after I learned not to pee on the electric fence. He also may have said something about putting old tin to good use.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Church Ladies

A few years ago while attending the funeral of my mother-in-law, I had a revelation of sorts when I noticed the existence of one of the special and possibly secretive societies of women. I say noticed because I'm sure the society has been around for a long time, it just took me a while to figure it out. I will call this particular group "The Church Ladies". At the church reception an impressive food buffet had been set up seemingly by magic for the living participants. I spent some time talking to one of the ladies involved in the magic by the name of Mary Jo Tilma, and was able to piece together a conclusion from the bits and pieces of event planning that I was allowed to be privy to.
   The locations might be different, but the same efficient system is widely used. At a  church function, this specialized group of  women are in charge of the social parts of the event. This would include, games, door prizes, lighting, candle aromas, seating arrangement, and of course the food. At any self respecting event will have at least two kinds of potato salad, a mustard based and a mayonnaise based possibly with celery or grapes as one of the ingredients, depending on which part of the country it's happening in. Ham on buns is a perennial favorite, although lately I've also seen turkey on buns. Small bags of chips in every flavor produced will also be set out. Depending on the season, there may also be macaroni salad or baked beans, the first one in a light blue Tupperware container, and the other in a Crock-pot. If the event includes time spent outdoors, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs may also be on the menu.
      Napkins and silverware are arranged at the beginning of the buffet table while the plastic and styrofoam cups are located on the drinks table. The more experienced of the church ladies will make sure that there are a couple of large trash cans nearby situated in a position so that men will notice them and figure out why they are there. Dessets are located on the last table which makes a lot of sense when it's analyzed. Consider this: load up a plate of food, next get a drink (If drinks came first they probably would get spilled on the food), which means that by the time the dessert table is approached,sitting down and eating must come before the sweets because there just isn't any way to hold anything else.
      At the drinks table there usually be a container of ice, cups, sweet tea, or cans of soda, and if it's a high profile event there will be a punchbowl. The contents of the punchbowl are derived from a secret recipe and might consist of  lemonade, fruit punch, with or without ginger ale which are blended in varying proportions. An aluminum or stainless steel coffee urn is also nearby.
      The dessert table could also be described as the table of home-baked extra fine dining. On this table you will find choices such as Cindy Lee's pecan pie, Mary Sue's raspberry squares ( I don't remember all their names but I know readers like two-part first names), chess bars, lemon cake, pecan squares, brownies, oatmeal cookies, and the list goes on. 
      All the tables are usually covered with white disposable table covers,and the setting up  is so organized by the ladies that no instructions or conversation is needed. Each lady has  an assigned task that they have been awarded and happily accepted. I've also noticed that within about 22 minutes after the function has ended, everything is cleaned up. Leftovers have been taken care, dishes are done, floors swept, tables put away, trash taken out,and notes are made for the next event. All this happens while the men are performing their own important duties such as figuring out the price of soybeans or trying to find the best location for Crappie fishing.
The church ladies wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, April 15, 2018