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Circular Petals

Circular Petals

April 2006 Chapel Hill, NC

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A few Notes of Appreciation to pass along

Appreciation #1

Today is Bonn's birthday -- well, it would be her birthday if she were to be having any more birthdays.  Which she isn't.  This is completely by her own choice and falls neatly into the category of Lessons Hard Fought And Won in that this is something I should just nod along with and say a well practiced,  "Yes, dear" to. 

Instead of having a birthday weekend we somehow managed to agree to calling it an Appreciation Weekend.  Friday night, for the first night of her Appreciation Weekend I made salsa and margarittas.  Yesterday we went to the local farmer's market, ate lunch and bought lots of plants for the garden.  Today, at her request, we went to the Bentonville Civil War Battlefield site, about an hour away or so. 


Appreciation #2

A year ago an anonymous someone gave me the gift of a year's paid membership with LiveJournal.  I wrote then that while I appreciated the gesture, I had no idea why someone would do such a thing for me and that it made me feel somewhat uncomfortable.  (I didn't think I'd done anything to warrant such kindness)

Well, the year of the paid membership gift has ended.  I still have no idea who gave me the year's paid membership, but if you're reading, I'd still like to thank you for the gift. 


And About the Photo Above

This is one of many photos I took in the Twin Sisters' Garden last week.  Much of what's in the garden have gone long past their peak and were in varying stages of dying.  I've long found a certain elegance and beauty in the last steps in the cycle of a flower's life.  There were many in this garden that held as much fascination for me as they did when they were in full bloom.

There are, naturally, more to come.

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Bleh

Apr. 19th, 2006 06:59 pm
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Hader, Again

Hader, Again

April 2006 Raleigh, NC

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I had hoped to spend part of today post-processing some of the 50 or so images I took at the Twin Sisters' Garden yesterday while sharing it with a Brownie Troop and write about the whole thing a bit. 

Instead I woke up feeling like h3ll.  I staggered around a bit, foregoing the nordic track and waiting to feel better.  Bonn finally asked me what was so important about going in to work today (um, ordering some monitors?  that I could call in from home if it came down to it?) and "isn't this what you have sick days for?"

So I emailed in my regrets for the day and headed back to bed. 

So far I've managed to stay awake for almost 4 hours today.  I'll make it through "The Amazing Race" tonight at 8 and then collapse anew.

In the meantime, please be entertained by another portait of Hader taken on his birthday.  He was really wishing I'd go away already and was moments away from standing up and giving me the portrait from the other day.

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Exasperated Hader

Exasperated Hader

April 2006 Raleigh, NC

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Sunday was the five cats' birthdays.  We celebrated with grilled chicky bird at night -- it's one of their favorites and none of them like cake and ice cream all that much.

That afternoon I was trying to take portraits of Hader.  He timed his movements extremely well with the momentary hesitation my CoolPix  has between pressing the shutter and actually taking the picture.  I got lots of blurry images before I finally asked him why he was moving so much.

"Won't you just let me take your picture?" I finally asked.

He stopped, rolled his eyes and sighed.  Then he turned to me as if to say, "Fine, take the danged picture already and then put that stupid camera away."

So I did.

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