Monday, June 30, 2008

Moustache Monday

Me A Mess
Notice the gray?
That plays into my mood this morning.
Last week we went out to dinner with our neighbors/gaybours(J. + Chuck). Their niece is staying with them for the summer and she was with us. During the dinner I mentioned that I had added my Facebook, Ravelry, and Flickr links to my blog sidebar. ...and
she said, " It makes me laugh when old people do all that stuff like Facebook"

Choke Sputter..........

Okay so she's only 22 but still....... Me ----- I was at a loss for words, yes, me.
I managed to gather myself together and ask If she wanted me to friend her. She said, "when old people friend young people it's a little stalkerish, don't you think?"


I told her ok then , If she feels like it she can friend me.

end of story....

To you - yes the one reading this..... if you feel like it, you can friend me (I'm the old guy with the grey beard)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday - a meme

From Cathartic Ink / theBon, a place that I lurk.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list on your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE. - !!?!!my underline wouldn't work!!?!!
4) Reprint this list on your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville and again and again
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

driving miles

Today we have to go to the shop in Connecticut and on they way home we're stopping in the city for a quick trip to the Met and dinner and then an opening of vernacular photography organized by our friends Andrew and Michelle, at Washburn Gallery.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Debra Winger

I've become very popular thanks to an image search for Debra Winger.


Monday, June 16, 2008

moustache monday

I thought that I would start with a very unflattering photo of myself.

more to come ...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

hurts but

not swollen. crisis averted. Now I have to figure out another way of moving the pachysandra.

Not a fun way to start the day

I visited Terrain at Styers, the new trendy garden lab by Anthropologie, yesterday and felt inspired on how to proceed with the back garden. This morning I was out there bright and early ready to move some of the pachysandra and pull up ivy from the spiraling stone path. My goal to get the bones of the place uncovered.


I was trying to move a huge bundle of the pachysandra, I was tugging, I was pushing, I was pulling.

It didn't want to budge. I saw a very convenient spot to place my hand and lift. I put my hand in the hole and felt pin pricks, burning little pin pricks. I looked down and there were bees on my hand and they were swarming out of the hand hold. AAAAAAA

I ran to the house, pulling off my clothes (some bees were in my shirt).

I got away lucky, I think. about 6 stings on my hand, and 2 on my arms. I ran out and got some benadryl at the store and put ice on the stings. They hurt a little but not too much swelling, I can still bend my fingers.

If my hand starts to look really nasty I'll take some pics and post them. For now it's just slightly puffy.

So I stopped gardening for the day. I should go and knit in public.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

too hot to think

blog readability test

Funny right?
I thought it would be preschool.

thanks bonnie

Friday, June 06, 2008

triggered by a MEME

an answer to yesterday's meme

Unusual skill or talent: I have a very acute sense of color - some times I can almost feel a color

got me thinking

Ever since I was a little kid I've been aware that all of my senses are, well, more sensitive than other people's.

I used to think it was something I was imagining but over time I've come to see that it's just the way it is.

so here I go.... a ramble on my senses...

The smallest little speck of dirt in my bed will drive me insane, I've been called "the princess and the pea" by some. I won't be able to sleep until I find what ever it is. I hate hotels because the sheets are always "scratchy".
I'd rather hug than shake hands. Troublesome at a business meeting.

A friend always use to say that I have JPH, Jewish Peripheral Hearing, in restaurants I hear the conversations of people on the other side of the room. When I was small I'd hate being in crowded places because I'd get so distracted from all of the conversation going on around me. I still freak out a little in groups and at cocktail parties.

Ask Francis, I'll smell something and determinedly search for the source. Good or bad it doesn't matter. I'll smell it if it's there.

I already mentioned the color thing, it's more than that. I'll notice the slightest movement, or change in a room. I remember things through vision. ....Say a persons name, if I write it down and see it I usually will remember it. I am also very good at visualizing things in 3 dimensions. and have excellent depth perception.

I cook, and do it well. I love exploring new flavors, and can distinguish flavor combos in a food.

That's a little of the ramble. It's not that I have synesthesia, where a color is a letter, or a smell, it's more that all senses are heightened , I'm always getting all of the stimulus, everything's in a sharp focus.

Any way , that's what I've been thinking about. and I'm just trying to explain it, to myself.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Ganked from Purlewe the newest addition to my blog roll

Accent: South Jersey, Philly, fag

Breakfast or no breakfast
: Coffee, and an hour or 2 later Muesli with yogurt and fruit

Chore I don't care for: Washing dishes

Dog or cat: Dog - Affenpinscher

Essential electronics: Computer, knitting machine

Favorite cologne
: De Sade, Laudanum both from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Gold or silver: both, I'm greedy

Handbag I carry most often
: messenger bag

: extremely rare

Job Title
: HA..... artist? Neer-do-well?

Kids: Roasted with vegetables

Living arrangements: With Francis in a stone and stucco house in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Most admirable trait: Compassion

Naughtiest childhood behavior
: I really don't remember doing bad things as a kid (I'm sure family member would have a diferent opinion)

Overnight hospital stay: Not for a very long time

Phobias: Snakes - a little - screaming running

Quote: "I'm no Angel" - Mae West

Reason to smile: Life

Siblings: one sister-religious, one brother-republican both younger

Time I wake up: 5:30 a.m. - but I don't get out of bed until 6 or 6:30

Unusual skill or talent: I have a very acute sense of color - some times I can almost feel a color

Vegetable I refuse to eat: I will try most foods and I can't think of a vegetable I don't eat.

Worst habit: procrastination/laziness

X-rays: teeth

Yummy stuff: Wine - reds mostly, small Italian vineyards lately

Zoo animal I like most: elephant

Sunday, June 01, 2008