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Tuesday Morning Herd Check-in: Greetings of the Moosekin

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  1. Giant Renaissance Food People Descend Upon New York

    Arcimboldo created this unorthodox produce portrait of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II back in 1590. By that time, the Italian artist had been painting for the emperor and his powerful Habsburg family for more than 25 years, so presumably, they’d grown used to his visual jokes. (The emperor has “peachy” cheeks and “ears” of corn, get it?)

    Though he also dabbled in the angels and saints that were the standard stuff of art in his day, Arcimboldo is best known for his “scherzi” or “capricci” – “meaning jokes or games,” as David Brown, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, explains in this video.

  2. Khloe

    71 degrees with an expected high of 80. Strong storms are possible again today. I slept through the worst of everything yesterday.

    May their journey through space be beautiful.

     photo catseyenebula.jpg

  3. Hot and humid with thunderstorms predicted. Need to see the claims adjuster about getting my car fixed. Hope to spend the rest of the day inside since this weather triggers asthma attacks. Seeing my new doctor on Thursday and hope she can do something to help this infection to go away.

    Wanted to do something in a black and white theme with the art. This is called The White Lady.

    The White Lady photo TheWhiteLady_zpsf07b9971.jpg

  4. iriti

    Sleep deprived; my early day but I couldn’t get to sleep last night. Should probably not have watched as much news coverage as I did.

    I’d like the universe to leave elementary schools alone for a while, please. Thankyouverymuch.

  5. We went out for an early walk. The air felt thick. Now it is clearing some and we have no expectation of rain today. About 65 degrees now, heading to mid-70s.

    Here is an interesting story about our smart dolphin friends:

    During an exercise in March, conducted not far from California’s historic Hotel del Coronado, the trainers sent a dolphin down to look for the pre-positioned target objects. The dolphin dove down, came back up – and gave the trainers a signal they didn’t expect. “It had found something where we knew something shouldn’t be,” Fallin said.

    The training team dismissed that first signal as a false positive. But when the same team went back to the same place with a different dolphin, the location was flagged again, Fallin said. That’s when the trainers started taking the animals seriously.

  6. anotherdemocrat

    Hot & muggy at 7 am. Yeah. Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, maybe hail. Oh joy. But we probably won’t even get a drop.

    Eating breakfast, reading as little about Oklahoma as I can, so I can keep my breakfast down. Got to remember to have cash on hand at church on Sunday, there’ll be a special offering — and every penny given to UMCOR goes straight to helping people, the administrative costs are absorbed by the church. And they stay uintil everyone is back in a house – were in New Orleans still 5 years later, because people still needed them.

    And then there’s this:

    Richard Engel ‏@RichardEngel #Afghanistan: Surge in Women Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes,’ says human rights watch

    and on that note, I’m bringing out the biggest “make AD feel better” thing in my arsenal:

  7. pittiepat

    gun again today.  Only a 50% chance but….  We eventually went under two severe thunderstorm warnings last night but the storms stayed mostly to Columbia’s west as they trained to the north.  I reprogrammed my weather radio so I’m waiting to see if it actually works when a watch or warning goes up.  I’ll have to hide out in my bathroom even though it is on an external wall but it’s close enough to the next building, I doubt anything would punch through.  Every other room has multiple windows.  Wherever you are today, stay safe!

  8. Jk2003

    Beautiful sunny morning here.  I note storms in OKC again this morning.  Terrible.  My college roommate lost some of her roof.  Her neighbors house is gone.  She has two little ones and they are all fine.  Her husband is national guard so she won’t see him for a while.  

    Ugh.  I can’t stop looking at the coverage.  Need to check on my old clinic but have been too wimpy to do it yet.  Have a good day everyone.

  9. wordsinthewind

    and such devastation in Oklahoma. We used to get those storms, they would start west of us and do most of their damage in our unpopulated areas. These days the dry line has moved very far east so the storms are starting here which means all the damage will be in more populated places. And we’re still not having that conversation about climate change.  

  10. bfitzinAR

    actually still raining/raining again – but it was a bit scary for a while.  The sky was greenish and the winds were loud – I’m on an emergency alert program and got 2 calls for severe thunderstorms with high winds and hail and 2 calls for tornadoes sighted in the region – but no damage (that I know of).  One of my dept’s grad assistants lost power, a fence, and the roof of her garage – fortunately the Home Health people got there almost immediately and hooked up her mother’s “equipment” to a generator.  I haven’t looked at the news – I know enough to be upset, I don’t want the particulars (I have enough bad dreams, I don’t need any more).  I vote with iriti – leave the elementary schools alone thankyouverymuch!  Gotta go – lots of stuff I couldn’t do yesterday because the paint fumes messed with my head as well as with my eyes that needs to be done as of yesterday.  Sigh.  {{{HUGS}}}

  11. slksfca

    We had some fog roll in last night but this morning is clear and blue. But it will be cooler than yesterday.

    I watched DWTS last night; it’s down to four finalists. My money is on the little Disney teen star to win. She’s really very good, a joy to watch on the dance floor. Charisma! 🙂

  12. PadreJM

    here in the Eastern Columbia River gorge.  It’s still only 55 degrees and we’re looking at a high today in the low 60’s.  It was raining fairly hard and steady when I headed down for the 7:30 Mass, but has eased up now to occasional sprinkles.  We really need rain, and are supposed to get another wave of it this afternoon, with perhaps some sunshine in-between.

    The social service office at the Center was absolutely slammed last week, and I had extra pastoral responsibilities as well, so my desk resembles the aftermath of a bomb going off in a paper factory.

    It’s been a little quieter this morning, so I’ll try to play catch-up while I can.

  13. I slept more than 2 hours this afternoon. Solid. Can’t remember the last time I had a good nap, much less a long one. Must have needed it!

    Jim’s going to make a peach and rhubarb betty to take to work tomorrow for a co-worker’s birthday.

    And right now, he has 8 days of work left.  

  14. anotherdemocrat

    Ok, I know the world is far from perfect — the tornado yesterday, and awful stuff happens all the time. But — while I was waiting fo my grilled avocado tacos, I read the following things:

    the groundbreaking for our new central library is next Saturday!

    there is a new edition of Fahrenheit 451 (!), with a forward by Neil Gaiman!!!!!!!!!!

    Joe Biden called former Longhorn Kevin Durant to thank him for his million dollar donation to the Red Cross for tornado relief

    Then I drove home, listening to a song titled Chocolate. And I listened again.

    Now I’m at home, watching an episode of Castle, with both Adam Baldwin and Michael Dorn guest starring. And I have my new John Scalzi book. My life, right now, is pretty fracking amazing.

  15. wordsinthewind

    she is growing up every day. She now can sit on command and is finding her puppy pads about 80% of the time. She remains a really sweet natured dog too, her earnest desire to please is sincere. She and our old dog have come to a better udnerstanding since we armed ourselves with a water pistol. Calm is much likely to prevail and we’re at that sweet spot where it doesn’t even need water, all we have to do is pick it up and rattle it and things settle right down. Grace is beginning to understand that the old dog is never going to play with her so biting her on the butt just causes a commotion that draws the wrong attention. She actually walks right by without taking a swipe sometimes, the old dog is happier with this. I spend way too much time just playing with the puppy or paying special attention to the old dog while the pup is napping. My days get away from me and I just think this won’t last much longer. My days will get a better schedule and we’ll have two nice dogs who mostly don’t irritate each other. We are those kind of folks who take their dog(s) with them everywhere we go, we don’t miss the people and places who don’t like dogs.

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