Monday, March 2, 2015

Not so Fast Food

If you're a cannibal, an Olympic sprinter would be considered fast food.
~ Jarod Kintz

I have a few indoor photos to share. Pour a cup or a glass of something you enjoy and have a seat. There are always refills available upon request. I wonder if you can guess the reason for the above quote. Read on and you'll find out.

heat-seeking kitty
During the cold winter months, Skitty likes to position himself over the heating vent. This is not a dumb cat.

winking skitty
Of course, when the sun is shining, he'll just hightail it to the nearest warming rays. Give him a little scritch behind the ears (if you're not allergic), and let's move on. Skittles will be back before the end of the post.

blue stems3
This stemware has been around longer than I have. It belonged to my parents and was passed along to me quite a few decades ago. It's a large set and I keep finding more glasses in boxes as I try to empty them, once and for all. About a year ago, I thought I had all of the pieces put away in the china cabinet. But twice now, I've opened another box and found several more.

blue stems
This house is the only place where there's been enough space to accommodate the full set - about 52 pieces in all shapes and sizes, so far. I may still find more. The cobalt blue stems have always appealed to me.

Anyone from the province of Nova Scotia might recognize this scene. It's supposed to depict the beautiful Peggy's Cove with its easily-recognizable white and red lighthouse up in the top right corner. It was a jigsaw puzzle given to me by Frank's son, Francis at Christmas time. We worked on it from time to time during January. I think it's about time to start another one.

Montreal memory
And if Maritimers could recognize the previous image, Montrealers would certainly know this name. Schwartz's Deli is a smoked meat tradition for many of us from my native Montreal. It has gone through some changes through the years and the restaurant, which has been around since 1928 is now partly-owned by Celine Dion and her husband. Frank happened upon this packaged version of their ready-to-heat and eat smoked meat at our local Foodland - out here in the Ontario countryside. Whouldathunkit?

ladybug cannibal
I've mentioned before how several ladybugs are wintering over inside our house. They came in during the late autumn seeking shelter from the cold and have become a regular sight on window ledges, walls and sometimes flower pots where we'll transfer them to the leaves of a houseplant when they seem to be in danger of getting washed down the kitchen drain. There's really not that many of them - probably a couple of dozen in all and possibly half of those will have died by the time spring has arrived, and we send the rest of them on their way. On any given day, we'll happen upon one or two of them and we do often find the dead ones here and there.

On this day, I was watching this lady bug pay very close attention to the body of one of its deceased comrades. At first I thought it was concerned about its state of lifelessness. It appeared to be trying to turn it over from where it had died on its back. As I kept watching through the macro lens, I witnessed what was really going on.

Have a look at the video. A word of mild warning to those of you who may be squeamish about such things. Please forgive the shaky quality and the going in and out of focus. Those of you who are reading this in email will probably have to click over to the blog to see the video.

Evidently, we don't feed our little house guests well enough. I have since read that cannibalism is rather common with ladybugs but we had no idea that this was going on under our roof.

skitty in sunlight
Skitty will have to keep a sharper eye on things from now on.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow Pareidolia

Pareidolia is a tendency to see images in inanimate objects. I tend to do that a lot. I might just be easily amused but I hope that you are as well because along with the Posts of the Week, that's what I've got for you today.

Looking out on the back deck, I noticed that Elmer the Safety Elephant had taken a snowy form and was making himself at home on our barbecue.

elephant up close
Here's a closer look. Do you see him?

A few windy days later, my old blue pal, Huckleberry Hound took his place.

huck 2
Come a little bit closer, Huck.

Isn't this thrilling?

giraffe in the snow
Out on the uncleared driveway, a little giraffe, covered in a blanket of snow was taking a snooze.

chair bear
On the front patio, a great big fluffy white creature was also having a good sleep - its face smooshed into the arm of the chair.

All these strange creatures all over the place. There was no place left to look but up...

purple sky skier
And that's when I saw this purple little pixie skiing across the sky. Go home, cloud. You're drunk!

Who is winking at you
I suspect that's pretty much what Benny thought about me.

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And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.


A Day in Antalya
by DJan
at DJan-ity

Frost on Windows
by Tina
at East Gwillimbury CameraGirl

Our Pileated Guest
by Linda
at The View From Squirrel Ridge

by Fiona
at Lady Fi

Once in a Lifetime
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels


The Ugly Tattoo
by Sandi
at Holding Patterns

Our Dog Loves Shoes
by Rick
at Life 101

Ambulance Story ~ We Lost Dear John
by Eddie
at Clouds and Silvery Linings



It's Frozen Outside But My Heart is Melting
by YaYa
at Whispering Pines



by Daryl
at Out and About in New York City


Some Heat
by Solarity
at Living With the Sun

Are We Weather Obsessed
by Linda
at Crafty Gardener



Radiant Threads
by Michelle
at House of Lime


The Canadian Flag Went Up Fifty Years Ago
by Red
at Hiawatha House

CREATIVE FUN (Participation Requested)

by Jim
at Suldog



Recommended by: Joeh
The Mourning Dove
by OldAFSarge
at Chant du Départ

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