Fllower

Started day with ominousodometer; that has changed thanks to the power of transmission. Three flying geese. [Artistic license.] Two shoes, black soft soled along Museum road. Windy satiety. WaWa for fuel. What was green has turned purple. Roses and daisies and arrangements delivered. It would be nice to spend a while in Riverfront’s living room. What a fabulous discovery. R. Messina ’88. Are you there? Maxed out on a coff(r)ee at A+Plus Kenhorst: went well with zebra cake I baked this morning at 7. Want to send out an APB for Man Crafts book that is believed returned to library. Upside down sea jelly pretty cool. Flying saucer!

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RUby Heron

Sunday, January 15, Bing introduced a video of ruby sea monster found in vicinity of southwest Australia. The piece says sea creature is newly discovered, never before seen, mostly because it hangs out at depth below which scuba divers find safe to go. Red sea dragon is not as fancy with kelp- or seaweed-like plumage as its two relatives, whose names escape me precise moment. What it has is resinous brilliant gem quality and color of ruby glass. The footage shows awkward graceful swimmer and fisher – near sand bottom of sea where sponges wave  hula skirts. Its head and neck, its body and angularity are very heron-like. A deep-sea crane.

About four o’clock on Sunday I went for walk at Gring’s Mill. Two people sat by creek on bench constructed from log sawed in half lengthwise so (inner) and flat side faces up; half-round bark portion faces ground. Re-engineered tree is supported at both ends by… something like cement or blocks…and it was on this rectilinear surface two sexes sat, straddled or semi-straddled log, playing cards close to poker.Where is other half -log?

Moisture in air and air in dampness. Soggy and spongy earth soaking saturated even.  Muted sun, trumpet bell of clouds. Drawing down and blaring.

At half-mile rapids, a blue heron waded near bank opposite path, parallel Tulpehocken Road, walking upstream, intent upon finding meal.

Sixty canada geese swimming near bend marking second to last crimp in watercourse before bridge and dam, on return way.

Pathling on screenings two bark shards and Y shape thick twig. Remnants of maple wing seedlings have been worn to bits – resemble hats with plumes.

Also a green and white Orbit gum pack, discarded as emptiness.

Earlier in day read Wickipedia article about Vasco de Gama, who went out of way to avoid crossing “Highly disputed Mediterranean.” Trading for, in search of cinnamon and pepper. An old tower existed in Portugal to honor him, according to a old [sic] Hammond’s atlas. It is long way around Cape of Good Hope, compared to  distance A to B near equator. Startling. Make me think of going around tail of horse careful so it don’t kick.

Jasper

One of the highlights of the past weekend was the appearance of the elegant Jasper String Quartet at the WCR Center for the Arts. Four superb young musicians delivered twelve movements of three pieces: Mozart’s String quartet in D Major K. 575, the Bartok No.6 and after intermission: Dvorak’s “American” string quartet in F Major Op.96.

The two ladies of the quartet wore stunning, simple gowns that helped reveal not only their shoulders but also the supreme and clever wit of the quartet. The men wore dark suits, white shirts and solid-colored neckties – the ties to coordinate one for one with the ladies’ gowns, which were a lovely blue for Sae Chonabayashi, who plays violin and a nice sound red on the figure of Rachel Henderson, who delighted all of the audience with her drop dead gorgeous playing of the cello.

 

Sir Oliver Munday

Dear Queen Elizabeth,

Revered ruler of Great Britain. Please add the name of book cover designer Oliver Munday (The Underground Railroad) to your list of persons to consider for knighthood.

I hope you enjoy good health today.

Sincerely yours,

An American in Reading

Set Rate

Today at work began to focus on utilizing only very clean totes for the fulfillment of customer orders. If the totes were less than clean, some elbow grease and Purell sanitizing wipes did well to remove grubby fingerprints, obsolete stickers or labels, and dirt and dust. When a customer buys an item from Amazon, this order picker wants it to travel on the conveyor in the cleanest possible container.

Remembering our stable practices: how we used to scrub feed tubs and water buckets at the barn for the horses: we would clean them inside and out. So, today, the entire totes got a good going over, not just the bottom of the inside of the tote, which has been the main focus heretofore.

A pathling lay on the front entrance steps: an light green “THIS IS A SET DO NOT SEPARATE sticker label. Some of the letters had faded, some remained dark, hence, the title above.

Four of my favorite things seen in the mods today: a Cube Fish electronics item seen in a flash, Repi Tuff 50 watt Splashproof Halogen lamp, D:fiD: [??} beauty product that comes in an awesome black and blue smallish round jar and CMTorange tool” biscuit joining blade. There is neither rhyme nor reason for the list – they stood out, as did a great 1920’s-inspired paisley gold sequin dress with black velvet and a touch of flapper fringe.

Hope aqua or blue checkbook cover – evidence of things not seen – snarling dog brain picks, Terence Blanchard’s Breathless, A paperback called The Next Dimension is Love by Dorothy Roeder, A lovely cat mug Maneki-Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat mug from Japan – of beautiful quality, Humphrey Organic Witch Hazel with its nine alliterative commands, Devon ribbed riding pants, Anne of Green Gables ( have I seen that or not?), a glimpse of a recipe in Paleo 2 cookbook for mustard garlic Brussels Sprouts, Cactus kitties somethingorother, a CANE STAY, an inventive and neat item to keep a person’s walking cane handy, a Renaissance books copy of Of Human Bondage by W, Somerset Maugham with gorgeous cover Art, nice art tools and colorful pens – always everyday. If a person fails to find some item of interest in the course of a day, something to rouse the spirit, sport or imagination – well, the writer of this blog cannot imagine that. You can make stained glass boxes, learn cosmetology, travel, make a business plan ( Business Plans that Win $$$), teach or learn about teaching, repair your hair or someone else’s, read about a sailing journey made a hundred years ago in  The boy, Me and the Cat by Henry Plummer. Have seen and handled all of these things and more at the Universal Emporium known as Amazon.

Night at Coca-Cola Stadium

The A.A.C.T. committee (Amazon Associates and Community working together) awarded the writer of this blog two tickets for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game Wednesday. The Toledo Mud Hens were the visiting team for Ladies Night. Melissa, daughter of  dear friend Adrienne Hubble, went along on the fly. Melissa, who works in security, proved to be an excellent navigator and interesting conversationalist.
Coca-Cola stadium is a dream! Coca-cola stadium is kept clean! We parked for free, thanks to Philly Pretzel. We walked to the gate, where we were welcomed handsomely!
We – and nearly every other guest – passed several tables set up in the mezzanine or concourse: one for Amazon (fancy that!), one for Cedar Crest, and one for 2015 Ladies Night presenters Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. This caught my eye because former sister-in-law Andrea Seefeldt shoots clay.

Melissa was thirsty for the beer garden and  she knew the way. Our servers – the Ladies of  Cap and Tap – were dressed in delightful German costume. The writer of this blog soon discovered the difference between and IPA and an IPO when she order a Flower Power IPA. Seldom a beer drinker, this writer found the brew extremely bewitching – in other words very good.
We found our seats near left field and boy were they good! The IronPigs stadium has an impressive board listing their major sponsors and sponsors for that particular game. The envelope in which the game tickets were provided is filled with notes as this notetaker tried to include everyONE!
The Toledo Mud Hens were the visiting team and were good sports. They were no match for the Iron Pigs, who scored 7 runs to win the game and bring home the bacon. My favorite player was Aaron Althere, wearing number 27. Every time a run is scored the bottle cap on the coke registered trademark bottle send up a flare type of firework! At another point of the evening, tee shirts were sent by cannon into the stands.

One of the team mascots, FeRROUS, signed my admission ticket, upon request, for AACT and to wish ABE 2 Amazon warehouse Happy Birthday. Another mascot FeFe danced near the field and was charming in gesture and motion. The program includes a marvelous coloring page of her for children to complete. She could be a cover girl!

Budget constraints prohibited me from partaking of the many fine concessions – the aroma was in many ways, nearly as satisfying. I resisted an impulse to grab the leftover chicken tenders someone placed beneath a seat, to take home to feed the cats. It causes me to wonder if there is a way to round up some of these leftovers to feed sheltered animals.

We stayed until the game was over and rode the jitney back to the car. The IronPigs did not let us leave empty handed: we were given samples for Mane and Tail shampoo, a free slice coupon at Big Woody’s (four locations) and $10 off a purchase at Dick’s. It was a lovely night and the free parking pass leave me in a quandary – whether to save the Philly Pretzel coupon or tear it into the shape of one and return it to the park as a gift. Since that night have visited Big Woody’s and that is some awesome pizza. All in all, the trip to the game was worth it and Lehigh Valley earns a grand slam home run. It was good clean fun.