I’m not dead yet, but…

My computer seems to be. Dead as doornail, as Dickens once said.

I’ll be able to post from the laptop, but don’t have access to my photos.  That’s one way to force me back into writing my posts instead of using pictures to tell the story.

Hopefully we’ll get things figured out soon.  In the meantime, I’ll try to keep up as best I can.  Things are little slower on the laptop.  However, it’s better than no computer at all.  I’m very thankful that I got into the habit of backing up my stuff frequently.  I suspect we’re going to have to do a reinstall (if we can get the CD drive working).

M and I worked hard yesterday, getting the shrubs moved.  We also re-raised one of our standing stones.  It fell shortly after we put it up a few years ago, and we’ve had no means of putting it back up since M sold his truck before going on sabbatical.  It’s a big, heavy barn stone with a hole in the center.  I’ll take a photo of it sometime soon and post it as soon as my computer is restored.

I’ve been out in the garden today, doing the weeding that I should have done before winter settled in last year.  I ran out of time, trying to replace the food we lost during the power outage  It’s a good lesson.  I should have made the time to do the weeding because things sure are a mess out there now.

The good news is that there are new asparagus spears shooting up out of the ground.  According to one website (Ohio State University extension service), we can go ahead and cut a few this year.  I’m looking forward to tasting freshly picked asparagus that I grew myself.

I’m not dead

(Driving into Cleveland.)

Last Sunday M and I went up to Cleveland to see Spamalot at the Palace Theater.  We left home early so I could get a few photos before the show, but it turned out that it wasn’t early enough.  We thought parking would be easy on a Sunday morning, but hadn’t done our research well enough to know there was a Cavs game that must have started fairly early in the day as there was quite a bit of car and foot traffic near the Q.

It was a beautiful morning for taking pictures but, alas, we were unable to find a parking spot near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where I wanted to take some shots.  We didn’t have time to park a good distance away and walk so we went right to the theater district to find a parking spot near there before the show.

M and I have been fans of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus for a long time.  One of the first movies we saw together while we were dating was And Now For Something Completely Different.  We have Monty Python and the Holy Grail on video tape and DVD, having bought them as they became available.

Did you know Monty Python and the Holy Grail was voted the most popular “Scottish” film at IMDB?  The film was shot almost entirely in Scotland.  During our first trip to Scotland, M and I made a point of putting Doune Castle on our itinerary (Doune Castle was featured in the film as several of the castles).  We weren’t able to do more than a drive-by due to time constraints, but at least we came home with several photos of the castle.

Richard Chamberlain played King Arthur in the production of Spamalot that we saw.  I thought he was quite good in the part, especially since it seemed to me he looked a lot like the current version of the Burger King which added more weirdness and wackiness to the production (something you’d hardly think was possible when it comes to anything associated with Monty Python).

The show was fabulous.  Brilliant.  Wacky.  Hilariously funny.  M and I laughed a lot.  We were both laughing so hard at times that tears were streaming from our eyes.  As far as I could see, the same was true for most of the audience members around us.  I think it was one of the best laughs and times I’ve ever had at a musical or any theater production.

If Spamalot is coming to your area — and you like Monty Python — go see it.  You’ll love it.  (I’m aware that the humour of Monty Python doesn’t appeal to everyone.  They seem to fall into that “you either love it or you hate it” category.)

(Building near Cleveland’s theater district.)

Because we had gone to a matinee performance of Spamalot, I did have the time and light to take a few photographs after the show.  The sky wasn’t as clear and blue as it had been earlier, and clouds had begun to move in.  Not the most perfect conditions for picture taking, but not bad either.

(Entrance to the Hanna building, also in the Theater District.)

We walked around the Theater District for a little while so I could get a few shots from there.  Some of the buildings are very interesting.  With my camera limitations I was only able to get parts and pieces of them.

(Building on Euclid Avenue.)

I suppose it would have been helpful if I’d written down the names of some of the buildings.  I can’t seem to locate them (the names) in my memory bank.

(Corner of Euclid and East 14th Street, I think.)

There were ponies on Euclid Avenue, something you don’t expect to see in the city.  A horse and carriage, yes.  Ponies and hay, not so much.

They were there as part of something called Designerosa, a temporary event that uses vacant buildings and land in Cleveland.  You can read about it here.

It’s too bad we didn’t have time to go in and look around.  Or make the time to go in and look around.

(Part of Playhouse Square.)

This post is getting long and I have things to do today.  M could use some help outside moving bushes, the house could use a good sweep-through, and there’s laundry to be done.

See ya tomorrow with the rest of this adventure.

Weekend stuff

(Today’s view of the pond.)

The sun is shining today and M is outside playing with a big toy that he rented for the weekend.  It was raining when the toy arrived yesterday evening.

(Can’t wait to try it out!)

Cute, don’t you think?  I believe this might be one of the ways to stay young.  Rent a mini-backhoe.  Even I couldn’t help smiling and laughing when I gave it a try.

(Spring gardening, in a big way.)

I’d show you a photo of me giving it a try, but I was wearing my big, baggy work clothes and really, I’d rather not post that sort of thing on my blog.  It just isn’t very flattering, you know?

Hits and misses

(Goodyear Blimp over Cleveland last Sunday.  All photos © 2009 by Robin)

I know I promised a post about our trip up to Cleveland last Sunday.  This may be it if I have time to fit in everything I want to fit in.  Or I may have to do it in two posts.  Or come back tomorrow and start the first post.

Because, you see, there’s something else I want to write about first.  It’s a mystery.  A puzzle.  A puzzle within a mystery.  It’s, well, it’s all about the blog hits.  The oddest thing has happened.  Life in the Bogs has suddenly become popular for reasons I can’t fathom although I think I’m getting close to figuring it out.  I have been getting almost 300 hits a day on this blog over the past 4-5 days.  That is very unusual.   My other blog comes pretty close to that during this time of year (due to searches for red-beet egg recipes), but I rarely see that sort of traffic here.

It also looks as though someone is reading all of my blog posts.  Now, really.  That has GOT to be incredibly boring.  I can’t imagine why anyone would keep going after the first few posts.  Whoever (whomever?) you are, I admire your fortitude.  Thank you for stopping by and keeping old posts alive.

I have one other piece of blog business to attend to and then it’s on to Cleveland.

Back in March (March 23rd, to be exact), BiblioMom passed The Torch of Happiness to me.  I don’t want the torch to go out so I’m going to have to pass it on to someone else.  Thank you, BiblioMom, for thinking of me and my little old Life in the Bogs blog.

(Thank you, BiblioMom!)

Here are the rules:

The rules are that the recipient is to list six things that make him/her happy before subsequently passing forward the glee to others.

So, here goes.  Six things that make me happy:

  1. Seeing the color come back with the spring.  It’s green and yellow season here in the Bogs right now.  The daffodils and forsythia are blooming, the trees are budding, and the grass is beginning to green-up.
  2. Pedicures, especially pedicures that are not rushed.  (I had one this morning and my feet are very happy now.)
  3. Shrinking.  I’ve been losing weight and the weight loss is making me feel much more comfortable in my body.
  4. Jasmine tea.
  5. A good book, the kind I don’t want to ever end.
  6. Sunny days.  We get so many gray days here that a sunny one is always greatly appreciated.

This is not, of course, an all-inclusive list.  Since it clearly stated “things” I did not include people (other than by implication in #2).

Here is the part where I get myself in trouble by awarding/tagging others.  (Apologies in advance!)  Passing forward the glee to:

That was tough to do.  There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there in the vast reaches of cyberspace.  These are a few of my favorites.

That’s it for my allotted blog time for today.  I hope to be back tomorrow with that trip to Cleveland.

What a weekend!

It was fun.  All of it.

The party on Friday night went off without a hitch.  Everyone, as far as I could tell, had a good time.  I worked so hard all week getting ready for the party that it was a relief to be able to sit down in one spot for a little while and do nothing other than talk with people.

Saturday was clean-up day.  Since I did most of the upfront work, M was kind enough to do a lot of the after-party work.  We were both pretty exhausted, having stayed up for a while after everyone left.  We typically do that after we have a party.  It’s a chance for us to kick back, relax, compare notes, and share our separate stories from the same party.

(Budding maple trees in our front yard.)

The weather on Saturday was gorgeous.  It was in the 50’s with a lovely blue sky and plenty of sunshine.  The wind was gusty, but I don’t mind gusty winds if there happens to be sunshine and relatively warm temperatures to go with it.

(Blue skies.)

We did a little hunting Saturday afternoon, trying to find the elusive exactly-right barbecue grill to replace the old, worn, rusted, and tired grill we currently own.  Gas grills seem to come in two sizes:  the extremely small portable or the extremely large more-power variety.  It would be nice to find something in between.  Weber makes a cute little Q100 which would be fine for just M and I.  However, cooking for a party, even a small party, would be difficult unless we started days ahead of time.  On the other end of the spectrum are grills that pack in everything except the kitchen sink (and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there is one that does include the kitchen sink!).  It would be a very rare occasion when we’d need to grill up 36 hamburgers, 18 hot dogs, and 2 chickens all at once.

(A robin sitting in a tree, chirping.)

After our unsuccessful hunt for a grill, we spent the rest of the day relaxing.  I took a walk around the pond and property, shot a few photos and videos, then settled on the porch with a book and the cats.  I think I nodded off for a little while.  It was nice and warm and cozy out there.

(Saturday’s view of the pond.)

On Sunday we went up to Cleveland for a good chunk of the day.  But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about that.  I should probably make myself useful and get a few chores taken care of today.

(Driving into Cleveland.)

Today’s weather report:  Cold.  Gray.  Gloomy.  Snow expected (1-3 inches tonight, 1-2 inches tomorrow).

Today’s view of the pond.  The white stuff you see floating around is snow.  In April.  If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snows bring?  Other than glowers…

You know it’s spring…

…when the ducks and geese come back to the pond.

… when thunderstorms roll in and out.

… when we spend a goodly amount of time harassing encouraging the geese to leave our pond and either hang out at the creek or find another pond where they’re more welcome.

We’re having a party tomorrow.  A friend has taken a new job in another state.  We’re happy for her in that she’s happy about her new job, but we’re also sad to see her leave.  Does that make sense?  I know what I mean but my words are discombobulated lately.

Anyhow.  That’s one of the reasons I’ve been ignoring Life in the Bogs so much lately.  I’ve been busy cleaning house and getting ready for the party.  The whole month of April is going to be a busy one for us.  Hopefully I’ll find some time to blog about it all.

(Are all of my blog posts sounding like this lately?  Yeah, I think they are.  I need to improve on that, too.)