Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring in Portland and Las Vegas

Spring has sprung
 Fall just fell
Robins chirp
Frogs burp

It is officially spring in Portland although with our very unusual mild winter things have bloomed here a little early. The daffodils are about finished but the tulips are bursting with color.
It is Spring Break for the schools here and the lovely MeMa has taken advantage of it and gone off to Vegas with her two partners in adventure Andrea and Debbie. Taking a break from casino life she managed to send a few photo's
Evidently Tulips in Vegas are bursting a little better.....yes, well moving along......
The view out our sun room is starting to look quite colorful, Rhododendron Christmas Cheer is the first to bloom.
Finally after six years my fan palm has decided that palms like Oregon and has put on 
some new growth.
The Vegas Girls are staying on the 14th floor of the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, look at all those palm trees.
Their first adventure was riding the High Roller, each pod holds 40 people and it takes a half hour to make one revolution....... needless to say one gets quite a view......look at all those palm trees will you! Perhaps palm trees do prefer Vegas.

The Mt. Fuji Cherry is in splendid form this year each flower cluster the size of an egg.

Everything is in bloom in Vegas

Athena the lone surviving Koi swimming toward me looking for some food

 Pond at the Bellagio....don't see any koi in that pond!

It is getting warm enough for the last of the orchids to go out in the greenhouse along with the little pink flamingo.

......Ok that is one very impressive flamingo dear, but it stays in Vegas.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blazer Basketball Fan

Portland Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum standing hip to shoulder with his biggest fan.

I believe in most American households the sports fan of the family are usually male, but in our household it is the lovely MeMa.  She never misses  a game and if she can't watch it on the television then she will listen on the radio.  Our youngest son Ian is an ardent fan as well and the two will text back and forth when excitement is at a peak.  Vivian my Volvo, sports a very large decal of the Blazer Team logo that Ian created while employed at a local sign shop.  I have actually been stopped and asked by folks who had been driving behind me, where they could get a matching decal.
Nicolas Batum has been with the Blazers NBA Basketball Team since 2008.  Born in Lisieux France, he has had an impressive career starting in Le Mans in 2006 before the Portland Trail Blazers acquired him.
You can imagine MeMa's surprise when the French Teacher at Franklin High School mentioned that the  Batum assembly would be held in the school library.  MeMa rushed out and purchased a new Blazer sports shirt just for the occasion.  After Batum was finished speaking the attending students where allowed to ask questions, but only in French.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Daylight Savings Time

Dear Mr. President,
You are cordially invited to Menagerie Manor for the 41st annual clock re-setting extravaganza.
March 8th
Bloody early because there are soooo many to re-set.
Ya better bring your own, because you don't look like a Scotch drinker.
Tell your pilot to land the helicopter in the Franklin High School Football field as March 8th is a Sunday, then ask anyone in the gathering crowd of nosy people to point out Menagerie Manor.
Clock #1
Seth Thomas, Westminster Mantle Clock -1928
This event is timed, no pun intended. When "Old Westminster" here strikes 9 o'clock the fun starts. It is Spring forward so this one is easy but be sure to stop every quarter hour and let it finish chiming. Now don't start whining Mr. President those are MeMa's rules and she is very guarded with this clock because it was our house warming gift to each other when we moved in. Besides there are clocks on all three floors.
Tick Tock!

Did I mention this is a timed event......Yes!! in one hour.

Clock #2
1900 New Haven Cut Glass Boudoir Clock
You might want to put white gloves on for this one it shows every finger smudge.
Tick Tock!
Clock #3 
Circa 1880 - French Carriage Clock. After you wind this one, put it back in its glass fronted traveling case, you never know when we might take that carriage ride.
Tick Tock!
Clock #4
One of my personal favorites, 
German made Cuckoo clock purchased on a family vacation back in the 60's. 
And mind the Aspidistra!
Tick Tock!  
Through the swinging door and into the kitchen, the busiest room in the house.
Clock #5
 MeMa's much cherished apple wall paper is a perfect back drop for this large bright red clock by Sterling & Noble. Although battery operated it is a nice solid clock and easy to set.
Clock #6
The other kitchen clock, not easy to set in fact I would toss it if it was not for the radio.
Now back through the swinging door, out through the dining room and into the Nursery.
Tick Tock!
Clock #7
Now this precious  little gem and I do mean gem, holds the secret to sending the "Little Terrorists" into slumber land even after I have loaded them with sugar.....the sound machine. Heart beat, croaking frogs, creaking crickets or a nice gentle babbling brook. A must have for all MeMa's who have Poppi's that think nothing of serving cake and ice cream for's dairy!
Tick Tock!
Clock #8
Next stop the ladies room clock "Big Ben"
Tick Tock!
At the end of the hall, the Master Bedroom
Clock #9
MeMas clock is a wonder of the modern world that is beyond me. It is the most multi-functioning marvel that I have ever seen, it even puts the time on the ceiling for when one can't sleep and it will glare the time at you in big red numbers reminding one that they only have so much more time before the alarm goes off. Rotten bastard clock!
Clock #10
 My alarm clock, the one that goes off after I roll over and stare up at the red numbers on the ceiling.
Tick Tock!
Clock #11
My gold pocket watch.
Now back out to the hall and up 15 steps
Tick Tock!
Clock #12
My parent's anniversary clock, After carefully removing the dome, you slide the the lock down over the wire that the pendulum hangs from then you set the time by only moving the minute hand never the hour. So you can see how this would be very time consuming if setting clock back an hour. 
Now down the hall to the happiest room at the Manor, the "Mickey Room"
Clock #13
Boring but functional
Tick Tock!
Clocks #14 and #15
MeMa's Mickey Anniversary clock and Mema's Mickey travel alarm.

Clock #16
Another Mickey clock next to a Mickey television
Clock #17
Tick Tock!
Clock #18
Out of the Mickey room and into the library you will find one of the most confusing clocks to set let alone read....good luck!
Straight through the library and into the front guest room.
Tick Tock!
Clock #19
This little gem from the 1940's could be a runner-up in an ugly lamp contest but is a cherished relic that belonged to MeMa's father.

Clock #20
MeMa's parents anniversary clock, once again delicate
 Ok, now we zip back down those 15 steps, dash through the dining room and then the kitchen and.....oops, I forgot to mention the fourth floor. Buck it up buttercup its only four steps down to the sunroom.
Tick Tock!
Clock #21
One of my very favorite clocks....the Audubon Bird Clock. A different bird call for every hour struck. But there is a whole process to follow in order to get the bird call to match each photo.....Get it right sir the instructions are on the back.
Tick Tock!
Clock #22
And the second clock in the sunroom is this charming but heavy 1950's little electric travel alarm clock by General Electric.

Now on to the final level down the 12 steps to the theatre room.
Clock #23
OK I'm taking it easy on ya here it is the only satellite clock so it sets itself while giving the latest in temperature and weather.
Tick Tock!!
Clock #24
Vintage Coca Cola clock that used to hang in the lobby of the Avalon Theater in Clatskanie
Clock #25
Keeping proper time is an integral part of my business so it is imperative that this clock in my dressing room is set exact.
Tick Tock!
Clock #26
 Nip into the laundry room and your done with this back up 12 steps, through the sunroom and into the garage and head to my shop.

Clock #27
I like to put in a bit of time out in the shop but never shall I miss cocktail hour.
Tick Tock!
Clock #28
Now you can exit the shop through the back door dash through the center garden nip across the foot bridge over the pond and you will find a very large clock with bold numbers. That would be the
"last call" clock for any guests that choose to ignore proper party etiquette.
Now out the wooden gate to the front porch and please stick to the path else the Crazy Cat Lady will spend the next 20 minutes hissing, spitting and getting her litter all in a fuss about strangers running up her side of the property.
Tick Tock!
Clock #29
The front porch clock used to be the laundry room clock until MeMa bought the present one. When I stuck this one in the charity box it magically re-appeared on the front porch.
And then there are the clocks in the three cars out there in the garage that would be
clocks #30, #31 and #32.
Mr. President just to remind you this is a timed event, no time for breaks and dress properly with comfortable shoes. Mr. President maybe we should just get rid of that nasty old "Daylight Savings Time" bunk and just save ourselves a whole lot of work. Just saying!