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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Word Association: Niece Edition

Today’s word is: puke

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ah, Preschoolers

“Aunt Michelle! Run in a circle!”
“I can’t! I’ll puke.”
Waitress: “Can I get anything for you?”
“Aunt Michelle is gonna puke!”

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Flowers in My Yard

I’ve spent a great deal of time planting flowers and flowering shrubs in my yard, because I like flowers, and I like seeing them (there are a lot of flowers planted along my driveway, so I can see them every day, getting into and out of the car).

We had a flowering broom behind the house, but it died when we put in the parking space (it affected the drainage) we now have a Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida L.) which has survived in the spot.


The WV state flower: Rhododendron


Of course I have Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)


This Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica Compacta) was Michael’s pick.


Tulips aren’t generally my favorite, but I love the color of this one:


This flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) isn’t in my yard, but all along the alley behind my house.


The trillium bloomed, but isn’t particularly photogenic after the cold snaps. My lavender didn’t survive the winter, nor did the heather, which I planted when we first moved here. The white bleeding heart didn’t come back, and although the pink bleeding heart came back, the late freezes killed the buds–so no flowers.

There are several other plants I’m watching, but I fear didn’t survive this winter.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Word Association: Spring Flowers Edition

Today’s word is: trillium

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No, But I of Course Had to Look It Up Too

battle cattle

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Flower Madness!

Saturday we biked along the rail trail, but stopped to hike through the Arboretum. There are an insane number of flowers out.

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)


There were also lots of red trillium, but all the flowers were closed.

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)


Dwarf larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)


Bluebells/Cowslip (Mertensia virginica)


If you walk along the rail trail, the woods of the lower arboretum are covered with bluebells. It’s pretty amazing.

We even found mutants!



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday Ramblings: Hike at Coopers Rock

Friday was “Spring Holiday” for WVU, so Michael and I drove out to Coopers Rock for a hike. We hiked along the Rhododendron Trail and the Clay (?) Run trail.

My favorite: Water


Future Frogs!



If you’d like to find the wet spot with these frog eggs, the GPS coordinates are with the pictures. It was pretty close to where we parked, if you weren’t up for a long hike to possibly see peepers.


We hiked 4.8 miles according to the GPS, and our ascent was 949 feet. Which was the first part of how I got “100 flights of stairs” yesterday.


Let’s see if this works–here is (theoretically) a GPS map of our hike.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Word Association: Nature is a Green…

It’s spring! Sunday temperatures were in the 80s, and Tuesday, we had snow and freezing rain. In other of this, today’s word is: mother

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are blooming on the riverfront!

Also, we spent time Saturday cleaning up flower beds and, essentially, starting over with the herb garden. I lost a lot of plants this winter, so I decided to add in some new things, including raspberry bushes.

Here’s how things looked on the rail trail early this morning:





Here’s how things look at my house.

Forsythia were one of Grandmom’s favorite spring flowers. She had a giant bush outside her front door, and every time we’d trim it, we’d get lectured not to cut it back too hard, so it’d still bloom the following spring.


She also loved daffodils:


It looks like only one bleeding heart made it through the winter.


But I planted some new blubs around the bleeding heart, so perhaps next year it will have more company than the ferns.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ethics Question

The recent anniversary of the Rwandan genocide reminded me of a discussion from years ago.

Sometimes I desperately miss those discussions, because it seems to me that if I don’t try to see why others believe the way they do, then my mind becomes stagnant, and I end up possibly holding wrong beliefs, because I can’t be bothered to stretch my brain.

The question that came to mind was:

Should we, as a society, use medical discoveries made during genocide & atrocities, ie, discoveries made by Mengele and others like him?

My opinion? I definitely fall into the Kantian category, but I’m perpetually curious about what other people think, and why, and of course I always like arguments that support my own belief.

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