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It’s Saturday, so it’s time to stop and smell the flowers---no, wait a minute: we can’t smell through the internet, so let’s look at some photographs of flowers instead. Welcome to Street Prophets Saturday: enjoy the photographs and let them inspire you.

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This is an open thread. Feel free to talk about what’s on your mind, what you have been doing, what you have been thinking about, and, most important, what’s for dinner?

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  •  Autogyros! (9+ / 0-)

    I caught the tail end of "The Rocketeer" this afternoon.  That was a fun movie.  There's a bit at the end I had forgotten about.  At the climax when the hero and the girl are standing on the top of a burning dirigible and he doesn't have his rocket pack and everything looks lost... The hero's buddy comes to the resuce in an autogyro!

    Hoo-hah!  Rocket packs, dirigibles and autogyros!

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 01:18:54 PM PDT

  •  Pretty (6+ / 0-)

    Well, we are having major problems with the water softener.
    The resin tank(?) went out the night before we left for Glacier and that plugged the screens in the faucets in the bathrooms and on the washing machine.
    Mr.AzBlue removed the filters and cleaned the resin balls and water ran again.
    We knew that we needed a new water softener as the one we have is almost 16 years old but we planned on replacing it in October when we return from Colorado.
    Mr.AzBlue closed the valve on the water softener so we've been using hard water but the valve sprung a major leak this morning.
    He's out now buying a replacement valve and has a call into a plumber to replace the water softener.

    Dinner will be microwaveable vegetable lasagna.
    It's too hot to cook and I'm feeling lazy today.

    Started reading a fun murder mystery and will kick back and read this afternoon.

    Hope everyone is having a good Saturday!

  •  Ah, flowers I can enjoy... (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, NonnyO, Dragon5616

    No pollen to send my lungs into fits!

    Quick dinner tonight, because Caedy and Bit are going to a "mystery night" at the library at 7, and Caedy works until 6. So chicken nuggets and fries/potato disks tonight. I cut the potato disks about as thick as the fries, and add tomato, onion, spices and cheese. Draco doesn't like those, so he has fries.

    Other than that, it's rainy and blah today, which is how I"m feeling.. blah. So not doing a lot else, other than playing on the computer and maybe watching some TV later.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 02:32:03 PM PDT

  •  Ooooooh.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Love all of the pix, but most especially the wild roses.  Those miniscule thorns so close together are really pretty painful.  We had a couple of wild rose bushes in the woods by the house when I was a kid, and between them and the wild black-eyed Susans that grew in the ditch across the road at the end of the driveway, I associate those two flowers with summer and a secure childhood innocence more than any others.

    Yes, I do know how fortunate I was to have good parents.  I was an adult before I knew anyone who had bad parents, and by then my father had died.  Luckily, in both cases, the last words exchanged between me and my parents were "I love you," but still, after that person told me how badly his father beat him, I wished for one more chat with Dad to tell him I appreciated the fact that never once in his life did he spank us kids or yell at us (really, never even once!).  Dad was kindness and patience personified, so even hearing/reading about cruel men is horrifying and makes me feel something akin to trauma on behalf of others.  My imagination can't go there.

    Yes, because I had a father who was kindness and patience personified, that has a lot to do with my strong reaction to the control-freak legislators who want to legislate female wombs and bodies.  Dad never would have imposed such horrors on women (his mother was a midwife, too).  Even when I was a child (even when I was acting like a spoiled brat) and later when I was a young woman, Dad treated me with respect (he treated everyone with respect, even when they didn't deserve it).  Once a person knows what that's like, it's difficult to be among those who don't naturally act similar to my wonderful father.  It's difficult to put into words.  It's there, or it's not.

    I wish every kid (female or male) could have a dad as kind as mine was.  The closest I know personally is my brother who is very much like our Dad.

    Wow.  See what images of lovely flowers can lead my thoughts to?  Memories of the man I still think is the most wonderful man I've ever known in my long life....  No, my memories are not tinged with tears or sadness or even mourning any longer, but sweet gratitude that I was so fortunate as to have a father like him.

    Yes, Mom was wonderful, too - and a fabulous cook - but I had her in my life longer and she was ready for her life to end when it did.  Dad was younger when he died, only 55, and I've been without him the longest, but he's the one I compare those idiotic control-freak legislators to, and there's so many of them..., and they come up lacking so many good qualities compared to Dad....

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 02:57:25 PM PDT

  •  Ojibwa, flowers in bloom are so life-affirming (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, Dragon5616, GrumpyOldGeek

    When so many governments within this country appear to have lost sight of important thing in life, a flower and the scent it offers, can reconnect us to what is so important.

    Humanity and flowers in bloom . . . and maybe a little music

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

    by llbear on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:27:49 PM PDT

  •  Time to stop and eat the flowers, too (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    This lovely young deer is standing in the backyard close enough for me to take this picture while practicing my Saturday couch-potato ritual.

    I can't provide a picture of the flowers she ate.
    But she looks healthy and well-fed, don't you think?
    And maybe smiling a little.

    So I'll have to revert to our lovely rhododendrons that blossomed at the beginning of June. Well, this isn't ours, but it's one of the better ones in town.

    It helps a lot to be reminded that the natural flow of life is more important than any of the other things going on in the World today.

    The pie fights and the wild speculation gets awfully weary. I've been on the verdict watch. And I'm on a sick kitty watch. And on and on and on.

    I'm glad that the deer seemed to have enjoyed eating our flowers.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 05:25:49 PM PDT

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