Agnes: SHUGGIE BAIN, p. 85

Toted this novel to the de Young! Cannot put it down.

It’s Joyce-an. Should have been called Agnes Bain.

  • She went to the mirror in the hall and ran her fingers through her hair; the black curls bounced and folded back on themselves tightly. She ran a line of fresh red lipstick across her mouth. Not bad for twenty-six, she thought. Twenty-six years of sleep.

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Posting Early Again! April 20 BRIGHT SQUARES

Tomorrow morning, early, self is headed to the de Young to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Finally, finally.

Because she’ll probably be out the whole day, she’s posting tomorrow’s Bright Square early. Thank you to Becky at The Life of B for hosting this challenge!

More pictures from the Crocker Museum in Sacramento! The huge painting is Landscape with an Archer, by David Ligare (American, born 1945)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Clematis Montana

Flower of the Day is the mighty clematis montana rubens. Self has had this plant 20 years. Never has it flowered the way it is flowering now. Guess all it needed was company.

Thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting this wonderful photo challenge.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 15 BRIGHT SQUARES

And here we are, halfway through April! How time flies.

I’ve been wanting to post this picture for Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Bright,’ for a long while. They’re from a March visit to Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto. I don’t know what they are — daffodils? I’ve never seen anything like them before.

See more Bright Square galleries here.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): April Color

Not just any Green! Cee Neuner wants

LIGHT GREEN LIGHT GREEN LIGHT GREEN

April 12 BRIGHT SQUARES

The life of B‘s Bright Squares Challenge runs through the month of April. Fun!

Today, self is back to photographing flowers. She had so many things she could have posted today, but she decided to leave some pictures for a future post.

Pictured:

  • clematis montana rubens (one very long strand trailing down, almost completely covered by delicate pink flowers)
  • clematis montana “white surprise” (self’s newest clematis)
  • cistus (rock rose)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 10 BRIGHT SQUARES

For today’s BRIGHT SQUARES (See more about this photo challenge, hosted by Becky on her blog, The Life of B), self went to her local library and took pictures of the murals painted on the kiosk next to the main entrance (where there are/were vending machines). They’re giving out lettuce and basil seeds — you pick!. There’s a reflection of me on the glass, taking pictures, LOL!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios (Even Though It’s Friday)

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Self had great fun browsing through her archives to come up with these trios. All were taken in her garden except for the arches (obv). Self took that picture somewhere near Prague Castle, May 2019.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Friday: Melanie Almeder

Self likes to quote this poem every now and then. She used to think Almeder was Irish (because she first encountered this poem at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig), but she isn’t. She’s American.

MOCK ORANGE, An Excerpt

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird.
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple-thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia
in the huddled yards. The heat in a flick of wind
picked itself up and dragged off,
old dog, into the damp cane fields, bee drone,
sighing, sighing of highway, hawks’ cries.

April 8 BRIGHT SQUARES

Today’s Bright Squares are two pictures self took from her porch a few minutes ago: both of her clematis montana (“white surprise” and “rubens”) are profusely blooming!

Join the Bright Squares challenge hosted by The Life of B here.

Spring is truly the season for clematis montana!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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