We will survive

In today’s search for enlightenment (since reading about southern Levantine Pre-Pottery Neolithic settlement patterns and material culture didn’t work out), I discovered that five years ago on this day Atlanta was, like today, overcast and rather dreary.

That title sounds…ominous, or perhaps worried. What I meant was, the rain and clouds do move on. Patience is…saintly. Or have I made it worse?


Did you leap today? I did. A little leap, very safe.

Marseille memories

On this day in 2018, we landed in Paris in the early morning and boarded the fast train down to Marseille for a daylight run across central France. We got settled in our apartment, then headed out for a stroll, and caught the sunset near the docks for the ferries that go to Africa and other distant ports.

Hey, it was either this photo of another one of those modern Ferris wheels, or a window display of lovely “meringe” desserts, only €39.50. Thought I wouldn’t tempt you….

I’m story-less

I spotted this squirrel when he/she was in a much better pose, but by the time I got in photographer mode, this was the offering. You can tell it’s a squirrel, not much more.

No story here.

Instead, I’m offering a deciduous magnolia bloom. A version of the usual…. No story here, either.

Oak above

Man in tree! Man in tree!

This is the huge oak in the neighbors’ yard that looms over a half-dozen houses, including ours. A small crew took down a few scraggly limbs, chipped them (brrrrrrrBRRRRRR), cleaned up, and took off.

The oak still looms, and I will still fuss when it’s windy.

Conditional winter

Frost can be so pretty, if you’re warm and the sun is out. If if if.

Trust issues

I know we’re in the second half of February, yet the daily high temps lately have been higher than average. I heard that the sun would be present in the morning, then cloud-cover would rule, so I walked early to make more Vitamin D. Then, it clouded over, but only for a short while, and most of the afternoon was sunny. Lesson: don’t believe every detail of the weather predictions.


Look at this photo. Study it. Imagine yourself looking at this view, living this moment.

What do you feel?

Me, in that moment: happy. I smiled for real. Sunshine and daffodils are a powerful combination.

Prime personification

I’m postulating that the car and the adjacent camellia have a relationship, after all these years spending nights and many days together. In this vein, I’m guessing this is a delayed valentine bloom-gift from the plant to the vehicle.

Or something.


One year ago today we enjoyed a sunny northland day. Here, today, it was overcast and nowhere near as nice. No snow, though.