I’m not a fan of lawn ornaments, but these, spotted in a park, tickled me pink.  Perfect oddballs for this week and I fancied them up by giving them a free professional framing job, as I once long ago worked in an art gallery, matting and framing.  Although we often see flamingos casually resting on one leg, three of these four evidently don’t have a leg to stand on.

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Quite a twist

Posted: April 30, 2016 in Nature
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One of the great things about winter and spring is being able to see things in nature that are normally covered by growth.  Along with drops of water, I love the twists and twirls of vines that come into their own when other growth is gone.  I guess you could say they hang in there. :-)

Photo not retouched, merely cropped and autographed.

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I’m getting behind on my blog reading, but it’s going to get worse before it gets better as I’m off to the Chicago Art Institute today.  That means my Weekly Photo Challenge entry won’t be out until tomorrow.

Today I thought I’d share a sign outside our local Menard’s. Menard’s sells everything for your yard and house, from light and light bulbs to lumber and garden supplies, with the motto of “Save big money at Menard’s.”  However, if they put this sign out in England, people wouldn’t read it as an invitation to stop by and get rolls of sod (turf) for their yards!

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An independent bookstore is too often these days a vanishing breed.  Value it if your city has one.  Naperville has the thriving Anderson’s Bookshop, where not only do they sell books and other things, but they bring in a variety of authors.  We recently were fortunate enough to meet Laurie R. King, author of the Holmes and Russell books, where she spoke, then signed her latest book, The Murder of Mary Russell.

Unfortunately, not all independent bookstores are doing so well.  With the coming of Amazon and other discount services, bricks-and-mortar bookstores are in a precarious position.  Although I can’t claim to buy lots of new books, library sales being more in my financial wheelhouse, I do try to patronize the indies (independents) when possible.  This bookstore in Santa Barbara was one that had closed by the time we visited the city during the summer of 2015. If you’re a reader, I encourage you to check out your local bookstore and buy something there this week.

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The Thursday Doors challenge is found here.

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Image  —  Posted: April 27, 2016 in Wordless Wednesday
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I’m in the midst of hockey mania.  The first round of the Stanley Cup finals is drawing to a close with our Chicago Blackhawks in a seventh win-or-go-home game, so I’m occupied with trying to help them win.  Not much time to do an in-depth post.

But as we enjoy the end of a day of summer-like sun and temperatures just ahead of a much cooler day tomorrow, I thought I’d share a shot of this lovely mural on the side of a building in Hillsdale, Michigan, part of a project to bring murals to the town.  I’d say that as bricks in the wall go, these are winners!

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Image  —  Posted: April 25, 2016 in Quotes
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