Sunday Signage

I want a sign like this for my kitchen.

I want a sign like this for my kitchen.

Angry people are not always wise.

~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

When I was young, and quite possibly stupid, I would become passionate in my anger during some of the arguments between M and myself.  Consequently, objects (and implements) were known to suddenly take flight (and no, we did not have a poltergeist living with us).  When I saw this sign while out on our walk yesterday, I laughed and laughed, thinking how fun it would be to have such a sign in my kitchen.  I no longer throw things out of anger, but the occasional implement has been known to go flying out of my klutzy hands when I’m prepping food.

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A Walk in Kent

M and I took a walk in Kent yesterday on the Portage Bike and Hike trail.  With all the rain and snow-melt, we decided on the portion that runs through Kent State University.  It’s paved, saving us the trouble of slipping and sliding in the mud or on the few icy spots that were left in the shade.

This is what the bridge really looks like.

This is what the bridge really looks like.

The weather was (and still is as of this writing) amazingly warm.  I opened up some windows at home for a few hours yesterday and today.  It feels good to air the place out before the next round of winter arrives and we have to batten down the hatches once again.



The part of the trail we took runs from Kent State’s Dix Stadium to the Kent State University Student Center.  It’s 1.8 miles one way.  We added on a little extra mileage checking out some other areas of the campus.

In the woods

In the woods

There were a few other people out and about, mostly students out for a jog.  We expected to see more students than we did since the spring semester starts on Monday.

I'm not sure why I like this photo.  Maybe it's the clouds.  Or the blue track.

I’m not sure why I like this photo. Maybe it’s the clouds. Or the blue track.

One of the things you’ll see while walking around the KSU campus are black squirrels.  They are extremely cute little creatures, and very playful.  When we lived in Kent we used to enjoy watching them while we ate our morning meal.  They would chase each other around, up, down, and through the pine trees in our backyard.  Black squirrels really stand out in the snow.

A black squirrel in the student center.

A black squirrel in the student center.

Some squirrels are more alive than others.

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Some are more stuffed.

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We picked up a couple of the stuffed variety while we were at the campus bookstore.  We’re going to give them to our granddaughters.

In the student center

In the student center

If interested, you can read about the history of the black squirrels in Kent here.  There were some black squirrels in Ohio (in Chardon) in the 1950’s, but they were killed off.  The black squirrels found in Kent today are originally from Ontario, Canada.

One of five pieces from the "Legend of the Iron Hoop" installation on campus

One of five pieces from the “Legend of the Iron Hoop” art installation on campus

Winter will be moving back in tonight.  We’ll go from a high of around 60 degrees to a low overnight in the 20’s.  I think the cold will be a shock to the system at first now that we’ve experienced a warm-up.

Today's reflections

Today’s reflections

There was still some ice floating on the surface of the pond when I went for my walk this morning.  Most of it was gone by afternoon.

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That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting.  If you’d like to take a walk around the pond, be careful.  It’s mushy and slippery out there.  A good pair of boots and a walking stick will help keep you upright and out of the mud.

A sparrow watches for the rain

A sparrow watches for the return of winter

Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂


23 Comments on “Sunday Signage”

  1. Thanks for letting us come along on the walk through Kent State. Looks pretty cold out there. Love the black squirrels!

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Cathy. And thank you. 🙂
      It’s FREEZING here now. But that’s winter.

      • Brrr! After having just spent a week in Nepal, where it wasn’t even cold by U.S. standards, but there was no ability to “come in from the cold” because of electricity problems, I’m not so sure I miss the cold after all!!

  2. dogear6 says:

    We had black squirrels when we lived in Illinois. They didn’t get along with the gray squirrels and were just a bit smaller. They are fun to watch.

    I enjoyed the pictures and seeing the campus and being outside. Enjoyed it all – thanks!


  3. dadirri7 says:

    enjoyed the walk robin, reveled in the reflections, thank you 🙂

  4. mobius faith says:

    Love your reflection shots today Robin. Gorgeous. Black squirrels bring back many memories of living on campus. Used to feed them from my dorm window. My old dorm has since been torn down. I went back to KSU about a year ago and got lost – so much has changed since I was there in 80’s. I thought I’d recognize more of it. Oh well, that’s what memories are for I guess. Thanks for stirring up some good memories for me. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Terry. Glad they are good memories. It’s amazing how much has changed at Kent State in the time I’ve lived in this area (about 13 years).

  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the walk today, both on campus and around your bogs. Gosh, when Barry and I were younger we threw some implements, too. Shhh, make sure none of our kids are reading. We wouldn’t want them to do that, would we? Our temps are dropping just like yours, too. They dropped 20 degrees since yesterday and are heading back to winter quickly. Perhaps I’ve read the answer to this before, but have you ever gone ice skating on your pond?

    • Robin says:

      Glad you enjoyed the walk, Kathy. 🙂 The answer to your question is: Yes, we dod skate on the pond. Well, M does. I don’t. I had a fall that bruised half my body while ice skating a few years back. I wasn’t very good at ice skating and had no passion for it, so I took the fall as a sign I should give it up.

  6. artsifrtsy says:

    I like that shot of the track too – the curves and diagonal make for a nice composition.

  7. Joanne says:

    Gosh Robin, there have been many times (and still are!) when I would like to throw things at my husband, but I have always restrained myself (mostly because I didn’t want to be a bad influence on my children!) I love to see photos of squirrels of any colour, but these little black squirrels are just gorgeous. I’m sure the girls will love their squirrel toys. Again, the reflections on the pond are stunning. No two reflection photos ever look the same. 🙂

  8. I have very vivid memories of the last time I threw something in anger. Breaking a drinking glass in the kitchen when you’re barefoot is a bad idea…I assume the Throwing sign is for javelins and things?

    • Robin says:

      Yep. That’s what it’s for, Marie. I wondered if anyone would get/understand that. It’s the first time I’ve seen a sign like that. I have vivid memories of the last time I lost my temper and attempted to throw something. I have a long scar on my right thumb to show for it (no one else was injured but I did throw away the toothbrush that caused the loss of temper…lol!). It’s funny how that event changed the way I handle my anger. 😉

  9. TBM says:

    Not sure I’ve seen a black squirrel. And I used to have a temper–and I threw things. Now, I’m much calmer (for the most part). I think age mellowed me out some. Not sure I find wisdom, but I keep looking.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, TBM. It’s almost reassuring to know I’m not the only one who was, er, passionate about things during the youthful stage of life. 😀

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Quite the peaceful walk … and it looks like I should visit Kent someday. …. we don’t see black squirrels down here very often.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. I think you would enjoy Kent, especially now that they are reviving the downtown area. They have a new May 4 Visitors Center on campus, too. (May 4 is the date of the shootings that took place at Kent State on May 4, 1970.)

  11. Phil Lanoue says:

    That’s pretty funny!

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