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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Animals at the Como Park zoo

There is more to the park than just plants and flowers. Lions sleeping in. Tigers, Snow Leopards.
Shy Ostriches.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

It Only takes One Person To Ruin It For Everyone

Have you had to bare something cause of one person ruining it for you. An older sibling, a
class mate, a citizen in your town.?

Didn't we learn that in Kindergarten, if we hadn't already learn that at home. And it was a rule we see all through life. I will discount rulers at the moment. They are excused from this. I was thinking of this the other day for some reason. I am not sure how the thought of my grade school teacher and our music class of playing Tonettes popped into my head. It came with delayed anger {smile}
Let me clarify.
In Minnesota I think it was the way the young students learned about music. How to read sheet music and maybe something about rhythm and timing. We all were divided into three classes and had three separate teachers. Each class room teacher was responsible for their class instructions. Though they followed general requirements and guidelines. The more capable students and bright students got the best teacher and most interesting programs. At least I thought so. [ Other schools and other classes had other kinds of tonettes]

As I said we were all set to learn to play our tonettes. We had our little sheet that came with it that told the basics. We had read our mimeographed sheets of music and instruction. Some of us were anxious and had practiced at home. We were being delayed and we were anxious. One little tiny toot happened. The day it happened our teacher must have been having a bad day. Or was she not equipped? After hearing a few little breaths of a toot she announced that there were going to be no more toots and that she wanted it quiet. If there was any sound of a toot, it would be over. And somehow there was a toot sounded. I never made note of who it was, nor did I care.
Cause all I know is we had to put them away and we were off on another subject. It did not happen at all that week. I think we had a substitute teacher after that. Maybe she attempted to have a class, but seeing we were behind schedule she had anticipated it didn't happen again.

Sadly it was over and so was our music instruction. It was charts on the blackboard and maybe something said during a song. My instruction was lacking for sure. And I don't think I absorbed much from it with out hands on classes.

I forget even who the teacher was. the other day thinking on it I was mad. All because one person ruined it for the rest of us.
I saw other classes learning, I have seen younger students proudly show their tonettes and well, I looked away, knowing why we suffered.

If you think on it, It was poor judgement on the part of the teacher to issue such a threat and have to follow through. The threat is good for somethings, but not for that. I mean wasn't it like a state requirement and she threw it out the window.

My folks some years barely had money for new shoes in the fall, let alone by a tonette we didn't get to play. though it wasn't that lovely to listen to, even if we had the right tempo. I would have been mad as a parent. but as a parent sometimes what can you do.
We all have to make choices as to what to ignore and what to do about something.

What fired me up to blog about it was the incident of getting my disposable camera pictures developed. I used to drop them off at my favorite drugstore, which is suffering the economy along with everyone else. They stopped developing photographs. Especially overnight prints photo developement. So I went to walmart. As soon as I joined the man behind the counter and told him I had not been there before, he said they don't do Overnight or 'next day printing' anymore. I am a Why person so I said why? He told me cause one party sued walmart in California or somewhere and walmart stopped doing it.

Ahh now you see. One person can ruin it for everyone. Disregard the fact, I didn't even care if I had it the next day. But I might have, If I had the privilege.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Deer in Menomonie's Stout Ale House Have Developed A Taste for Ale

I'd like to stay on my May third blog, cause I am wrapped up in the pictures, especially on those that click large. But something new always presents itself. I happened upon this little tidbit of news on Face book so I copied the link for you to view by a click. There are several to see.
And the Stout Ale House hosts their own.

It seems those cute nasty deer are not satisfied with the treats we leave them in our gardens and landscapes. I think some of my offerings are good desserts for them and well remembered, because they return for seconds often. Evidently the Hops and some Creeping Charlie they have sampled in our yards has led the little buggers to develop a taste for ale. They wandered into the Stout Ale house for a little something. I jest not, see for your self by either link.

You know, this might be a good thing. If they all develop this taste for the brew, maybe they will be hanging around out there and not at sunnyside blogspot's lawn and garden. Maybe then my hops might manage to get high. My sons Blueberries might give berries for us. They can pass by with no more phlox munchies!
Hmm maybe I can set up a little brew bar by the pines and they'll sloth
around and never make it further. Now there is a jesting happy thought. I can just see it. Soon they will have to make a wall hanging of deers playing poker stealing the popularity the dogs playing cards have had for years.

Of course everyone has their own perspective when it comes to this story. ch ado about this since the Buck game was on television at the time. So it has been picked up by many sports minded reporters. It's mentioned even at Hotmail. I haven't read any of these, and I only watched one video. I shall give you some links.


Interesting that these accounts say it's sport related!
Stout Ale house link -

Monday, May 3, 2010

Como Park Conservatory Spring Tour

You will find here my appreciation for the old art of the Victorian garden. Your visit is free there, but here the charge is a comment. [Smile]

You can see it was a busy day here at the sunken garden in the Como Conservatory as everyone waits and is respectful and then they try and get their shots, coming from their own ideas of Perspective.
Eventually you will see photos at one time or another with people in them. Your going to have to ignore them and concentrate on the flowers.

Also you will notice the reflections in the ponds of the ceiling. It makes it unique.

First of all I just have to clarify that I never plant orange in my garden except for the few old fashioned tiger lilies and the orange typical farm lilies. They are similar to this color I think.??

My daughter took the time to make these nice shots with her digital camera. It was up to me to try and reduce the size for my blog.

I don't know what this vine is, but it's beautiful.

I love ferns, moss, which is lacking here. I also have a thing for Maidenhair ferns and well rocks!

I did ruin the shot, I am sitting on that bench. You can buy a post card like this one, without me in it! Water adds so much charm to a garden. but art adds even more. And then too, what would the picture be with out the palm trees in the background.

It would be so very colorful after a long white winter.

This shot does show how fantastic and Victorian this conservatory is.

The floors and the rock work is gorgeous as the flowers are. I really love this photo about the best. The bright blues were really dark Purple. If something shows as purple it is really magenta. I really like these border type plantings.

The Saint Francis with the comforting sound of the trickle of the fountain
Perfect Art for the Perfect spot.

And a little more of the huge rock wall waterfall. Below it there was a little stream with black rocks.

I can't wait to go back for the Summer views.