painted dogs

 toonman insisted
 these were hyenas
 he was wrong
 i told him
 you're wrong they are painted dogs
 he said
 they look like hyenas

 well maybe
they are not

  they are
 painted dogs aka african wild dogs

 these are 2 of a litter of 6 
only a few months old 
they live with their parents
 in a large habitat 
 lots of room
 be seen
the cincinnati zoo 

if you'd like to know more about them here's a link

and then

there was 
the polar bear 
who found something
i think edible
 in the pool
 taking it with him
he walked through the waterfall 
much to my delight 


indulge me 
i love elephants
 i shot these in the order 
i am posting them
 it amuses me 
i hope you enjoy them 
i do

i'm back!

i am back
 the weather was perfect 
my friend mary and i
 packed a lot into 2 and 3/4 days

 we ate a lot of good food
 met up with some terrific people

 old friends seen
 new friends made
 lots of photos taken 

went to lebanon

 a small midwest town about 40 minutes from cincinnati
 had a fun lunch with some lovely ladies

 went to the cincinnati zoo 

 drove aimlessly
some of the interesting neighborhoods of cincinnati
flowering trees

 captured two glorious sunsets

all in all a wonderful time was had
i am glad to be home

not so wordless

i took this one morning 
 i walked to the subway 
the skies were not white 
 they were not blue 

my back is a lot better 
when my lower back goes wonky 
i know what to do

 this mid-back stuff
 is not something 
i have a lot of experience with 
in fact
 the last time this happened
 was so long ago 
i barely recall 
what i did to make it go away 

i am leaving for cincinnati
 very early thursday morning
i'll be back on sunday

next week
i will regale you 
lots of photos 
tales of adventure
the great state of ohio!

weekend antics

 i left the office around 3 friday
 it was a nice day
 a bit windy
 a bit less warm
 a true spring day
 i think april is a fickle month
warmish sunny days
cold windy rainy days
 no thought 
 how mean that feels

my friend liisa
 is visiting from finland
 she and her significant other kimmo
 were at the eataly dinner 

i had gotten liisa a gift
 she always brings me something from finland
this trip was no different
 she brought me some luscious raspberry filled chocolates 
 a darling striped purse from marimekko

 way back in the day
 i was in love with marimekko
 i had several throw pillows covered in their iconic fabrics 
as well as
 a striped set of bed linen

 i got her
 a sparkly necklace 
forgot to bring to dinner
 forgot to bring it home on friday 
 i decided to go get it 
i could give it to her sunday
 when we met for mani/pedis

liisa kimmo and i ended up meeting on saturday
 at the office 
i gave them a tour of the 43rd floor 
then we walked to brookfield place 
formerly known as the winter garden

where there's an exhibition
artist heather nicol
 its a sound and sculptural installation
 six large scale fabric forms
 that swirl gracefully overhead
 while sounds of voices in song
 can be heard 
tho not loudly 
not clearly
not really
 it competes
the din of voices 
taking photos

just one of the six sculptures

see the palm trees
they thrive 
under the dome 
 what will always be
 for me
 the winter garden

kimmo put aside his dislike of iphones
 he has a samsung
 to take this photo
 liisa and me

started off well
 my middle back decided to spasm
not much fun that
after the mani/pedi
really, did you think a spasming back would stop me from beautification?
i let liisa go meet kimmo for a picnic in central park

i went home 
 spending the rest of the day
 lying in bed 
 a heating pad and a book

this better get better fast
 i am off to cincinnati on thursday
for my yearly visit
 with my friends mary and jay
of course 
their sweet cat zozo


earlier this week
 i was on my way to the subway
 headed to the office

i always
every day that is
 take a photo 
to use with my weather report app
 i share it on instagram
 its a thing i do

 that morning
 i spotted someone i knew
 sort of 

thats wimsey
 he's a getting on in years hound
  i met last summer in riverside park
 i photographed him then
 if i wasnt so lazy
 i would go find that photo
 share it or link to it 
i am lazy

i am also
a fan
 visual change
any change
that i use

 if i ever consider participating in a beta test again
 shoot me 
at the very least

 all the weeks months of this beta thing
 i think we're near the end of it

 the word beta 
is no longer on the photo icon
 in the icloud

 there was an upgrade
 to the operating system on friday 
the emojis are now sorted differently
 i hate it 

the syncing
 one to plug
iwhatever  into the iMac
change a setting

 i did this
 the fucking iPhone still insists on it being done



i hate things like this
they make me want to scream curse and throw things

 patience is not part of my make up
you knew that