Mindset…drifting drifting drifting

Clearly an iris, although I think of an iris as having a purple-blue color. Generalizations…for better or worse.

Sattidy night

We actually socialized with friends we havent seen in years. Seemed rather strange in these covid times.

Mixed rxn

Window glance

Gentle Readers, today I finished the book version of “Daisy Jones & The Six“. Mixed reaction. I felt that the author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, got two of the lead female characters, and not-so-much Daisy, the headliner. Or, perhaps, the whole piece was…thin.

You could say: well, you did spend the time to read the entire book. True. And, overall, I’m thinking, it wasn’t worth my time. Not a poor or bad book, merely one that was less than I thought it could have been.

I’m trying

I’m trying to expand my horizons. It’s a new year’s resolution-level intention.

Still, I have a hard time with this, Cornus kousa. I can easily accept that it’s a dogwood, yet it still looks off to me. I’m attuned to the rounded bracts of Cornus florida.

I’m working on being more accepting of “new” things and ideas.

On repeat

I believe I have posted photos of blooms from this plant at least twice before…and it could be five or six times….


Today, I finished the second of two back-to-back novels: Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield (1850), and Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead (2022) crafted as Dickens’s story in a modern setting.

Dickens’s autobiographical tale highlights child poverty in the England of his childhood, and Kingsolver addresses both poverty and drug-addiction, using Purdue Pharma opiate-saturated Appalachia as her setting. Despite humorous conversations and observations, both portray underlying situations that are rather grim.

I’m glad I read both books, although I tend to dislike obviously derivative works, often without a real reason to do so…one of my quirks—I may have to rethink that bias. I give Kingsolver huge points for reframing David Copperfield so cleverly and successfully. She uses some fabulous turns of phrase and imagery; I am in awe of such skill.

Weakly, the photo is a form of reframing. I took it two years ago today. Yay, 25 April.


The Botanist once described the result of this type of horticultural distortion as frustrated plants. The golden color, a nice contrast to the original green of other garden plants (and its parents), shows the plant has seriously diminished levels of chlorophyll, and thus reduced healthiness.

I’ll take the latter

I thought I had a good idea of a blog topic. Couldn’t remember it.

Thought I had a decent idea, but I couldn’t articulate it.

Instead, I just whine. Or am forthright.

Earth Day

We went with a sheet-pan dinner to celebrate…with BBQ sauced tofu and assorted veggies. Tofu won over fish as fish is not from the earth (heh).

Time (non)sense

Off the cuff in my personally distorted sensibilities, it seems early for the peonies to be open here…my read on the season is probably distorted by being in snow country within the last two weeks….