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Friday, August 10, 2012


I happened to glance out the window today to see "the littlest Princess" cutting across the yard with her horse


I need to stop right here and just say.....

being named "Lightning" has to be the most highly optimistic term ever applied to this particular horse.

Patient? Gentle? Perhaps Easy Rider?

All  of these would have been  MUCH accurate words to describe and could have even served as a name, for this horse...

if descriptiveness was the goal.

But that is not the goal....


 it seems in the business of horse naming...

There are some pretty famous horses that have accomplished great things that will go down in the annals of history with names that sound like they were picked from something as random as  dropping a dictionary to the floor and choosing a word from whatever page flutters open.

Just repeat the process until you  have a winner!

Consider the winner of the Kentucky Derby (I'll Have Another) OR some of his erstwhile racing companions...

 Went the Day Well finished fourth, followed by Creative Cause and Liaison. Rousing Sermon was eighth.

Daddy Nose Best was 10th, followed by Optimizer, Alpha, El Padrino, Done Talking and Sabercat.

Trinniberg was 17th, followed by Prospective, Take Charge Indy

and hold on for the drumroll....

Daddy Long Legs, who was last.

See what I mean?

I rest my case.

So back to "Lightning" who was bolting by my door in slow motion......

I throw open the door camera in hand, where  my air conditioned camera lens met the hot muggy outdoors, immediately fogging up to create a nice gauzy glow in the picture.

Me: "Hello littlest princess! What are you doing?"

LP:  I am putting Lightning up before it rains.

(the littlest princess is too polite to point out that big fat drops or rain are already splashing down on her)

Me: Well I want to take another picture of  Lightning if she will hold still (we both laugh at the irony of that statement)

it proves to be too great a challenge for Lightning to quit eying her opportunity to sample the rosebush.

Camera? What camera?

She may be the complete oxymoron of her name but you know what?

She is 1000 pounds of warm, living, breathing love to one little girl.

And that counts for more than speed any time.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Beautiful Lighting

After days on end of rain every afternoon, a sunny evening was a welcome sight.

Was the lighting incredible or was I just so unused to clear uncloudy days?

Look! On the wall....  Its the outline of the state of Virginia.....or maybe N. Carolina?

Color, color everywhere, intense and vivid

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild

We recently had a "private" showing of a wonderful play

performed by a top grade actor and actresses.

They wrote the play, did each others make up and designed their own costumes.

The plot was intense. Full of betrayal and spells and death............

and hope which seemed to spring eternal.

The cast of characters: "Michala,"

A pretty and kind and innocent princess who believes good of everyone 
and what good is a protagonist without a wonderful antagonist, the skillful and dangerous "Sophra" who steals bloody hearts among other nefarious deeds.
                                                               are you afraid yet?


and of course, what every play and often real life itself needs...

a hero.

Brave and fearless, possessed of special talents that even the cunning Sophra, in the end, was no match for.
sorry to spoil the ending but I doubt this play will be coming to a theatre near you

The hero, savior of the day and of the beautiful princess,


There was betrayal, and court intrigue.

 Mystery and mayhem. 

Music and waltzing

 and  and oh so witty dialogue.

In the end, good triumphs
and we are made to appreciate that life's lessons are  full of both bitter and sweet.
People are treasures
and you have to stand for something
 greater than yourself.

Lovely lessons, from the mouth of "babes".  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012

Stay cool!