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You See? [Mar. 14th, 2005|11:22 am]
Tony Grist
I woke and there was a sparrow chirping loudly under the window.

"You see, you see, you see."

Well, that's what it sounded like.

What do I see? That it's nest-building time for birds? That Spring is here? Perhaps. But I couldn't not notice that there'd been a snow-fall overnight and, though most of it had melted, there was still a half inch of slushy stuff on the roofs of the cars.

I had a fearful headache. I got up, staggered around a bit, then went back to bed. It's fading now. If there's an upside to having a headache it's that you get such a dreamy, floaty sense of well-being afterwards. I may not be making much sense right now, but I 'm feeling really wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-03-14 04:47 am (UTC)
Good morning!

It was 72 here yesterday, and today I plan to be out in the back yard, getting the flowerbeds ready for spring.

I'm glad your headache is better!

(Aside: When the sun is shining brightly, I'm going to set up a Kindertoy story in the iris bed and take some pictures.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 04:52 am (UTC)
A kindertoy story- how marvellous!

I wish Spring would hurry up and begin. I'm sitting here wearing a body warmer over a wooly cardigan over a rugby shirt.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-03-14 04:56 am (UTC)
Can you build a roaring fire in that wonderful fireplace you photographed at Christmas?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 05:09 am (UTC)
Alas, no. There's a gas fire in there. And it's more for ornament than use. It puts out very little heat.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-03-14 06:21 am (UTC)
I have a gas fireplace, too. I have turned it on only once or twice. It actually looks pretty real, but I can't bring myself to spend the money for something that only looks good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 06:30 am (UTC)
Well quite.

We bought this really fine mahogany fireplace (with a windfall legacy) and we had to put something in it. But we very rarely have it lit.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-03-14 06:51 am (UTC)
My fireplace is probably the antithesis of yours--it looks like a very Texas fireplace, made of stone brick with a lintel of some unvarnished wood.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 09:43 am (UTC)
I can picture that. Sort of ranch-style (I'm thinking South Fork.)
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-03-14 06:44 pm (UTC)
Yes--more so than not. It's totally unlike the rest of the house.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-03-14 03:38 pm (UTC)
My Kinderstory is posted.

It's pretty dumb, actually, but I had fun with my camera.

Next week, I'll attempt some dramatic close-up shots of Lord Mandible inside his Grass Castle.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2005-03-14 05:11 am (UTC)
Perhaps the sparrow was commenting on your headache? Perhaps he was saying 'You see what happens if you do whatever you did last night.'

This falls down if you went to bed early with a hot cup of cocoa and a good book, of course.

Here, all the crocuses have been pulped down into a mushy smear by recent heavy rain. Not that this is incompatible with it being spring, though - rather, a typical sign of it, I'd say.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 05:50 am (UTC)
No, that's what so unfair- my evening was perfectly blameless.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-14 05:58 am (UTC)
Hey. I live in the same country as Jackie, but our weather is completely different. Reverse the digits of 72 and you get what our temp is now. It was a balmy 15 overnight.

However, I"m not ready for 72 degree weather either. Our 'high' this time of year is supposed to be in the 40's.

Sorry about your headache and glad it's better.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 06:16 am (UTC)
I don't know what the temperature is here, but it can't be much above freezing. Ailz and I are going to wrap up warm this afternoon and huddle in the front of the TV and watch an old Jimmy Stewart movie.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-14 06:48 am (UTC)
My excitement will be cleaning out my desk at work. It's Spring Break. No kids!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 09:42 am (UTC)
Spring break- nice!

The film was Anatomy of a Murder. Brilliant!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-14 10:55 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I saw that one. Read the book, as well. And the ending made me feel as though I'd been punched in the stomach.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 12:08 pm (UTC)
But it's so true. The law's like that. It isn't about getting at the truth, it's about making a plausible case.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-14 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, you are so right. Many of the students here at the Law School are disillusioned when they find out that fact...and of course, this doesn't add to the reputation of lawyers in any kind of good way.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-15 12:44 am (UTC)
Anatomy of a Murder must be just about the first mainstream Hollywood movie to take such a jaundiced view. I love how Jimmy Stewart subverts his own image by playing a character who uses folksiness to bamboozle judge and jury. It's a very grown-up film.
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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-14 11:55 am (UTC)
I understand what you mean, because I get headaches pretty often. They're mostly sinus headaches, but they hurt like hell, and when they're gone, I always feel so much happier :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-14 12:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether its just the contrast between the pain and the lack of pain, or whether the body releases lots of endorphins in self defence, but the aftermath of a headache is a nice place to be.
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