Michael's Mom took these pictures with her cell phones. She's very good at keeping us up on what is new with Michael.
Michael doesn't chew very well so all of his food is pureed to protect him from choking.
Whenever he would hear the sound of the food processor he would get excited and get in the way.
His mom found a solution to the problem. Now Michael has learned to help. He pushes the buttons on the processor and is quite pleased with himself; and he gets his food faster since he isn't impeding the process.
Michael likes bed time, he is always put to bed with a song. Dad sings a silly song, Mom sings a sweet, tuneful song and when Grandma puts him to bed, he gets an off key song. It isn't unusual for him to be the one to decide it is bedtime. He will take an adult by the hand and lead them to his bed.
While looking through my archives this image of the Sundial Bridge caught my eye and reminded me of the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem, Renascence.
The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
But East and West will pinch the heart
That can not keep them pushed apart;
And he whose soul is flat – the sky
Will cave in on him by and by.
I think that it was Dave Garroway, host of the Sunday program Wide, Wide World who would recite it at the end of his show. That was a long time ago, so I could be mistaken. Do any of you other seniors remember?
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We recently drove over to Davis, a college town west of Sacramento. One of our sons had attended college there and we were familiar with the town but we had never visited the arboretum. I was hoping for some great photos to represent Yolo County on my other blog.
Arboretums are collections of plants and not decorative gardens so I was not very successful in that goal but it was an interesting and worthwhile visit.
UC Davis started out as a Farm School 1907 and was part of UC Berkley. It is now a full university in its own right and includes a Medical School and Law School.
It is still and important Ag school and a resource for farmers and home gardeners alike.
The arboretum extends along both sides of Putah Creek for over two miles. We didn't explore the entire length, I think we will go back another time.
The arboretum contains collections of both native California plants and plants adapted to California's climate. The main emphasis of the collections is on water-wise gardening.
Ceanothus and Redbud are both widely used in my area; they are native plants that are attractive and need little water.
Flamingo Chinese Cedar (Toona sinensis 'Flamingo')
This lovely plant in the East Asian collection was new to me.
Knife Acacia (Acacia Cultriformis)
This low growing Acacia from Australia was also one I hadn't seen before.
Another collections was dedicated to plants that attract hummingbirds.
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Our hearts go out to all of those suffering in Japan. We see their need each time we turn on the TV, we hear of their plight from the radio. We are generous and give to one of the many funds set up to help. Sometimes, though, our generosity exceeds the need or the ability of the organizations to provide aide to the specific cause for which we have donated and the funds are therefore not used effectively.
There is much suffering in the world, most of it does not make the news. Might I suggest that we look to organizations such as Charity Navigator, find a reputable charity doing the work we would like to support and then give to their general fund. If we do our homework well, our gifts will go where it is needed most; some to Japan and some to aide other people in need.
I don't intend to minimize the need of the people of Japan. This should be a reminder that we whose lives are blessed with good fortune should not forget any of the those less fortunate.
I was out with the wide-angle lens, searching for panoramic shots. I glanced up and what did I see, a bald eagle soaring much too high for the lens on my camera. Oh well, I still like the shot. By the time I got back to the car for my telephoto lens he was up so high I could hardly see him.
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