This little parrot lives on my kitchen window sill. Every time I see him, he reminds me of my grandmother. She had him in a plant as well, although I can't remember if it was in a kitchen window or one of the cactus plants. I love the way the afternoon light makes him glow with memory.
Monday, July 11, 2011
desert elephant - namibia 2002, originally uploaded by AmyEmilia.
On an all-day game drive in the Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia... we saw quite a few elephants in a sandy river bottom. There was a family group of about 6-7 individuals, but most of them kept farther away. We were so close, could hear the elephant crunching the grass. Spent at least 15 minutes (although it felt MUCH longer) parked about 50 feet away from him. Eventually he became a bit agitated and did a little mock-charge but our guide assured us that we were fine... and of course we were. Seeing the famous desert elephants of the Namib desert was one of my life's ambitions. The game drive had lots of other moments (giraffe, eagle, gemsbok, jackals, impala) but this was easily the most remarkable.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Taken during my visit to Namibia in September 2002.
Friday, July 8, 2011
A fellow blogger is offering what sounds like an awesome opportunity to spend 10 days hanging out with fellow women, learning the language, and reconnecting with yourself. The price is right too, so check it out!
Monday, July 4, 2011
The Black Witch has a somewhat grim set of cultural traditions around it. Apparently it is a harbinger of death in most of Central America. If it enters the house, and there is a sick person in the house, the person will die. Fortunately for us, this guy only made it to the patio. A brighter prospect is the South Texas tradition that says if the moth stays above your door, you will win the lottery! So I guess we should go buy a ticket.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
I used the Hipstamatic app (iPhone) to take this shot. Even the most mundane shot becomes poetic!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Houston in the spring is an interesting mixture. Iris and roses in bloom. Sunflowers reaching for the sky. Hamaelia and hibiscus recovering from the hard freezes of winter 2010. Peach blossoms have come and gone, and there are more than 40 tiny small peaches beginning to form. Likewise, two lemons and 4 satsuma oranges are starting to swell. The pineapple guava trees are in tight bud, with the promise of white sweet petals and stamens bursting like fireworks. The coreopsis have already ventured two flowers, and there are dozens of buds coming. The small curling tendrils of the white pea vine are venturing forth.
Here and there, all over the garden, there are small basil plants beginning to put out their spicy leaves. Our bay "tree" survived the harsh winter and has put on a brave new branch. One Italian parsley plant has been installed in its own special pot. Oregano and thyme also made it through the winter, and the thyme is putting out the most exquisite white flowers.
The much beloved rangoon vine didn't survive, so we have replaced it with a climbing Don Juan rose on the left side of the arbor, and a sweet Asian jasmine on the right.
Ever hopeful, we have planted 4 tomato plants and two gypsy peppers. Maybe this year we will actually get a few before the squirrels do.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Our health continues to be good other than the increasingly rosiness of my face!
Tomorrow is Aruba! Then two sea days and back to reality.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This afternoon we leave for Rouseau, Dominica. There we are taking a rain forest canopy tour in a kind of gondola you would normally see in a ski resort. The tour notes say that insect repellant is ESSENTIAL!
There are several Italians on board including the head waiter in the main dining room. He called the room yesterday to inquire after us since we had not showed up yet for any if the meals. We are supposed to go meet him tonight.
Hopefully I can post again tomorrow.
This photo was taken using Pro HDR for the iPhone.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The garden is really starting to green up and grow. By the time we come back from vacation things will be in full swing.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 films that you've seen that will always stick with you. Take no more than 15 minutes to decide. Actually this is a bit difficult for me since I'm really not much of a film buff. No particular order except for the first two...
- The Princess Bride
- The Lord of the Rings (Fellowship, Two Towers, and Return of the King) trilogy (I know it's three films but I like to think of it as one 18-hour extravaganza when I watch the extended DVD versions one after another!)
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Sound of Music
- Conan the Barbarian
- The Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, and Bourne Ultimatum (all excellent action films, again best if watched back-to-back-to-back)
- Tank Girl
- Finding Nemo
- Star Wars
- Roman Holiday
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Which movies always stick with you?
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I used to watch football - way back when - but I can't get enthusiastic about the game anymore. It takes too long, and I have more interesting things to do. Fortunately DH feels the same way!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I also searched for the Italian version of Nutella, which apparently tastes differently. It has been a couple years since I tasted the genuine article. I'm working on finding it here in Houston. No luck at Phoencia, my go-to grocery for international foods. However perhaps I can get to Spec's downtown to check out their stock this coming week.
For those who are interested in a little more history, here is the Wikipedia link and the Ferrero (Italian) link.