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Many happy returns susandennis !!

Bad news
My dear old mac has decided to at best take a serious holiday, or at worst give up the ghost ☹️
When I start it up the screen gets the most pretty colours like green - pink - red - anything but the regular startup screen.
I might have to consider buying a new one ...

Another sunny day and tulips
I promised amethyst_witch a tulip update. So here it is :-)
Although it was very cold this night - the water in the saucer for the birds was frozen - today was antoher very sunny day. So I had hoped the bloom would show a bit of colour this evening. But alas, shortly after midday the sky clouded over and the sun playd hide and seek untill 4PM. So the pic below is the way the tulips are this evening : still no colour :-(

I was outside almost all day. Max loved it tremendously. He loves being outside, lazing in the sun, but he wants company. When I go inside for more than a few minutes he wants to come in too.  He's becoming a real wimp in his old age. But he's a very sweet wimp :-D
I still had a lot of boxes in the garden shed, because at the time of the move I was tired and hurting from the leg injury, the house was full of boxes and I'd had it. I just wanted all of it to be over.
The boxes in the house got unpacked and the stuff stored away, but the stuff in the shed was stacked very haphazardly. It was impossible to create a semblance of order without first moving a number of boxes (and stones) outside. So with the fine weather today I did just that. I unpacked some of the boxes, and stacked the others in a more orderly manner.
So although I still have no colour in my tulips, I do consider this a good day :-)

Another year older, some more hairs grey, and a bit wiser (?)
Last sunday was my birthday - another year older. I did celebrate on Sunday, but actually I have been celebrating since Thursday. My two nieces dropped by to bring me flowers (tulips) and take me out for dinner. We had planned to have a nice walk with Max, but the rain sabotaged our plans. So instead of walking we did some patchwork before we headed to the restaurant. I had chosen an Italian restaurant and while we were enjoying our pasta the sky outside turned all black and a hailstorm broke loose. In a matter of minutes the town square was covered in hail balls, pretty big ones too. They were still on the ground after more than half an hour when we left the restaurant.

    the hail and the tulips.

Friday the weather wasn't much good either, so it was a good day to do some cleaning and some needlework.  I'm with an amateur theater company as prop master-whisperer and I take care of the make-up for the men. This year's production was a comedy featuring a transvestite, an arab person, a construction worker and some other clichéd persons. It was not very high quality, but the last few years they had performed rather serious plays and the audience had been asking for a farce.  Saturday was the last performance and afterwards we celebrated my birthday. I got home rather "early" in the morning :-)

On Sunday I celebrated my birthday for the third time, this time with the kids and the grandkids. In the afternoon we played some board games, and then we had dinner. My oldest son likes to cook and he had prepared a nice tenderloin with grean beans and croquettes. It was very tasty. For desert he had made profiteroles with a chocolate sauce. The profiteroles were great but something had gone wrong with the sauce. The chocolate layer was rather thick and had glued all the pastry in one solid tower. It was very tasty, but we had to tackle the pastry with some forethought.
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And today the sun was back. After having been away from home rather a lot the last few days I spent today with Max. We went for a few nice long walks in the sun. At the moment he's napping and snoring happily on his cushion :-)

Stormy weather
The nice and sunny weather of the last few weeks is nothing but a happy memory. In its place we have heavy rains and stormy wind and today we even had a bit of sun between the rainshowers.

Amethyst_witch asked me to send some pics of the birds that visit the garden. I have to admit that except for a single crow and a magpie I haven't seen any birds the last five days. I think they're all in hiding. There are a few pigeon-fanciers in the neighbourhood, but they don't allow their pigeons outside either. Even Max, who's usually blisfully asleep on his cushion in the livingroom, is a bit intimidated by al this blustering and blowing violence of the wind outside. He insists on lying on my feet, and when that's not possible he sticks to my leg as if he's attached with glue.

The tulips, that had been growing so well, have stopped. I can't blame them. If I were them I'd try to get back into the earth :-)
I've discorvered a few strawberry plants in the border. They're very small, but with a bit of luck I might be able to have one or two strawberries this year !



The Friday Five for March 8, 2019

1. Are we losing the art of listening?
2. Have you ever interacted with the police?
3. Do you like being alone?
4. Who would you share your passwords with?
5. What are you grateful for today?

1. I don't know. A lot of people are only interested in their own story and their own troubles, but there also a lot of people ready to lend you a kind ear when you need one. I guess it was always that way. I do think there are more people that are all alone, who have no social network to rely on, or only a virtual one. And that is new thing.

2. quite a few times. The funniest one was when they rang the bell on a schoolday rather early - me and the kids were still having breakfast, my husband was not at home at the time - and asked if I would grant them permission to patrol the garden. They were following someone who had resisted arrest and he had fled into one of the appartments around the corner. These appartments all had a backyard that bordered on the side of our garden and they feared the culprit might try to escape through our garden. So for a short time we had four policemen walking around the garden, being very busy with their radio's and diligently helped by our dog who was barking very enthousiasticaly. We never saw the fugitive. I think he was more put off by the dog than by the policemen. A bit later we heard that the man was caught when he tried to flee out of the appartment onto the street.

3. I do.

4. some passwords I share with my daughter (bank codes and the like) just in case something happens.

5. We've had another fine sunny day today, so my grandson and I could go for a long walk with Max, and stop at our favourite coffee house for a pancake. At this very moment he's gone home with his dad and I enjoy the blissfull silence ... my grandson is a delightful kid of nine, but he's a chatterbox, and a rather noisy one too. There's never a quiet moment when he's around :-D

International Women's Day !

Bookcovers and pet peeves
Elmey's book cover of today made me think of this one :

Elmey's book reminded me of my book because :
- it's also SciFi
- I find the cover just as offending as the cover of her book
- there's also an almost naked woman on the cover, not because the book is about naked women, far from actually. The heroin is a healer on a quest, nor do the other women in book run around not clothed. Come to think about it: the snakes are the only ones that slither around unclothed :-D

My copy of this book is 40 years old, so maybe that explains the cover. It's a cover that bothered me then and it still bothers me now.  Do these publishers think only men read scifi ? Is that why they put naked women on covers ? Like they put strong muscled men and swooning women (both half clothed) on pulp novels ? Why are women still treated as being less capable than men ? On one of my last jobs there was a guy who didn't want to work with me because he didn't like working with women - duhuh ?
Please excuse me for going off on a rant like this, but it's one of my pet peeves...

I have to say though that the book is well worth the read, even with the stupid cover :-) Vonda McIntyre won several awards with book back in the days. 

cats !
I found some funny cat-traffic-manipulations that I found rather funny. Thought I'd share with you :-)


Book Cover meme -day 7
amethyst_witch nominated me to post covers of seven books I love - one cover a day for a week. There is to be no explanations or reviews, just covers. Each time I post I will ask someone else to take up the challenge. Obviously it goes without saying that if I tag you and you don't want to it, you don't have to do it. Please do not feel obligated to join in.