Friday, November 9, 2012

Wild Humor

My brothers and I have a sort of dry humor we usually call Wild Humor.  Though our mother loved a good laugh to the point of breathlessness, we maintain our sense of humor comes from our dad who was quietly witty, loved puns and irony, and had a laid back humble delivery.  It often appears to be unintentional due to its calm and straightforward approach, rather the opposite of slapstick.

I bring this up now because I'm home editing a document for work and occasionally check my email for diversion.  Dave sent me a recipe for Red Lentils and Kale with Miso.  Always interested in healthy eating I replied that I want to try it but have never cooked with miso.
Dave said, "Miso either."
I said, "I'm SOUPrised."
Dave said, "You're pulling my LEGume."
I said, "Stop! You're KALEing me."

I suspect we could have gone on all day but we have work to do.  Not an LOL in the bunch but we were sufficiently amused.  : )

The recipe that started the banter

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Welcome! Willkommen!

Erich with his
 Geburstag flag
Years ago when I first visited Erich he flew an American flag to welcome me to Canada. I had never heard of this international tradition before and was so impressed by the simplicity of such a meaningful gesture.
A couple of years later when we visited Erich's hometown (Trofaiach) in Austria his sister's neighbor flew the Canadian flag for him and since it was also Erich's birthday they even displayed an "Alles Gute Zum Geburstag" flag for him!
All ready to welcome my international visitors
                                                                                                                                                                        A couple of weeks ago Erich came down to Michigan with his brother from Switzerland and his sister from Austria for a couple of days.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a Swiss flag but did my best to display the rest.

So if you're planning a trip from outside the USA just give me a week to order your flag and tidy up the guest room...

(Tom M, I'm keeping the Maple Leaf ready for you!)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How Old is Old??

Last week I saw a patient (I'll call her Clara) I've seen several times before but this visit was memorable.  From past appointments I remembered her as an 80-ish woman, cheerful, positive, with an easy smile.  As we chatted she mentioned she was going to be 100 years old this year!  I glanced at her record and wondered how I never noticed her birthdate before, December 12, 1912.  Given the unusual date, 12-12-12 I told her about my grandson's birthday, 11-11-11 which made her chuckle, "Someone else has a special birthdate like mine!"
Clara does not look nearly 100.  She does her hair nicely, has a sense of humor, and if others speak loud enough has no trouble keeping up with a conversation.  When asked her secret to longevity she'll say "Walking.  And lots of hard work over the years."
She admitted she does have some memory issues (don't we all?!) and proceeded to give me a couple of examples.  "Sometimes I can only remember one or two things at a time.  I might put a teabag in a cup and sit down to enjoy it before I realize I forgot the hot water!"
Thank you, Clara for brightening my day!

I saw this sign in a lululemon store in Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Big Wave

I stood at the end of the main dock at Petoskey's marina in a bitter cold blasting wind under dark cloudy skies when the sun peeked through the clouds. Big waves crashed against the break-wall.  This was one of my favorite images.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Night Skiing

It was dark and only 15 degrees outside but I wanted to
 cross country ski so I took off for Petoskey State Park.
I started on the Campground Trail in the woods.  It was
 dark but not  as dark  as this photo makes it look.  There
 were a few stars  out but  most of the light came from city
 and ski resort lights  reflecting off the clouds and snow.
The lights in the above picture on the left are Harbor Springs from  the beach.
 The two brighter lights are Boyne Highlands on the left and Nubs Nob on the right.

I crossed over the dunes onto the beach where it was a little brighter.
 The gurgling of the waves under the ice was a little spooky but I was awed by
 how different this very familiar stretch of beach seemed under these circumstances.
This is what the lights of Boyne Highlands ski runs look like from across the bay.
The red lights are radio towers.  Come on, use your imagination!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mark and Kathy

We finally got enough snow to cross country ski and  spent two 
glorious afternoons at Birchwood with Mark and Kathy.  
Late afternoon sun on the treetops

A heart imprint left by a ski pole

Kathy, Mark - great people, I wish they lived closer!

Just after sunset

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pink Rose

A beautiful pink rose from Image North after my mammogram 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Tea With Priscilla

Taken with iPhone 4
edited with snapseed

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Blue Ice

Erich took these photos in front of his house after a windy day sent sheets of ice up on the beach.
  I love the turquoise hues in the crystal clear shards.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Trying out some special texture effects on PSE
Ellis and Grama Mary very relaxed

Happy New Year 2012!!