Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zed

In other words, the end. I'm glad I completed the A - Z challenge and enjoyed reading new blogs. Thank you to those of you who visited me and left comments. I don't know if I'll keep blogging or if I do what direction to take the blog in. I know I want to write in some form or fashion so maybe this will be a place to practice.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Yellow around the Yard

Y is for Yellow things I've seen in the Yard so far this spring.
These are happy little blooms.

First whiff of honeysuckle

Dandelion of course

Yellow Swallowtail butterfly

Yellow finch


Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for Xinran: author of The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

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I read The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran many years ago. It was the early 2000's and my brother was in China with the Peace Corps teaching English to University students. The book tells harrowing, heartbreaking and inspiring stories Chinese women told to Xinran when she hosted a radio show from 1989-1997. The show, called Words on the Night Breeze, focused on women's issues and their stories. Xinran later moved to London and compiled stories into the book. She has since written several more books that I have not read.

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices is not an easy book to read. The stories made me realize what a sheltered life I've led and how lucky I am. I still wonder if I could have survived in some of the situations these brave women lived. 
I remember very few books that I read and even less detail of the content. But this book, I remembered how it touched me and made me want to be braver than I am. Come to think of it, I did go on to do some brave (for me) things in the years after I read it.

I'm grateful to google for making it possible to find the title and author's full name. I only remembered the subject of the book and that the author's name had Xin in it. After reading about Xinran's other books I think I'd like to read them, too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Wasps

W is for wasps. Red ones, black ones, red & black ones, dirt daubers we have them all. They have the house surrounded. Happily if we are mindful and careful they let us be.

I trust you will understand that I didn't try to get a lot of pictures.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for View

I've known from the start of the A to Z Challenge that V would be for view, as in the view from my windows. There are two especially that I just love the way the light shines on the view. First is the view from the window over the kitchen sink. (I love having a window over the sink) I like to watch the play 
of light on the tin roof of the shed. Often there are birds in the tree or looking for bugs in the pine needles.

Next is the view from my bathroom. It's a water tower on top of the hill to the east. Before the trees leafed out you could see the legs of the tower and watch the light change through the day.

From the front room windows we can see the hummingbird feeders and hear the wind chimes hanging on the front porch.

Last  is the view from the enclosed carport (or is it open garage?)

Today I listened to an America LP because this has been stuck in my head since yesterday: 
Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn't, didn't already have...

and isn't that the truth.

Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Unmotivated

I'm very unmotivated to come up with something clever for the letter U. So I'm just going to listen to the Gary Puckett and the Union Gap LP and share an uremarkable picture of a toad on the house.
I have something better planned for V!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

T is for Turntable

T is for turntable because we have an eclectic collection of LP's from 60's discotheque to 70's disco. Classic country and easy listening (Loretta Lynn, Andy Williams) to gospel (George Beverly Shea, Elvis)  early rock and roll (Elvis, Everly Brothers) to classic rock ( The Who, Kansas) hard rock (Jethro Tull) Southern rock (Marshall Tucker Band) and 70's pop ( Bread, Captain & Tenille)

All these albums have been in storage for years. The stuff from the 60's came from my parents, the pop stuff is mine and the rock stuff is darling man's. When we moved here I decided I wanted to be able to listen them again. Right now I have just an inexpensive portable turntable to use but hopefully we'll be able to hook a better one up to bigger speakers so we can have a literal blast from the past. After all we no longer have to worry about loud music disturbing the neighbors.

Anyone else still listen to LP's?