Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by gapsych, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Come on people, this is a group effort!!

    Don't think you are going to get out of this just because you live in a warm climate.

  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hard for me to visualize Spring. Easier to visualize a Slinky.

    We don't really have 4 seasons in California although there are
    several hotels and restaurants here that are named The Four Seasons.
    I understand they are all very pricey. that would explain why I've
    never been in any of them.

    I did see what some might consider a sign of Spring last week. A
    tulip magnolia tree in bloom. Tried to find a picture of one. Looked
    at 20 sites. None had a picture. Not my cup a tea.

  3. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    When you stay at the Four Season's do you get to choose you room in the season you want?

    I saw a sign of spring last week. A robin frozen to the ground. Poor thing.

    Okay, now I am visualizing a slinky!!

  4. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    I'm visualizing a flock of Robins sitting on the lawn outside my bedroom window. And green leaf buds on the trees near by. And crocuses pushing through the soil in the flowerbed outside my door. And daffodils. And fresh air! Warm fresh air! None of this cold, damp air we've had all winter. And a Slinky resting on my window sill where I left it lay last Fall. A SLINKY????? LOL. Oh, and kids playing in the playground. And people out walking and chatting with their neighbors. Spring. Sweet Spring.


  5. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    Sometimes I suspect that I myth some of Rock's words.

    Guess I can imagine a slinky handing down from the roof like a trellis, with a fragrant vine entwined.

    Cheers, mr Bill
  6. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    mr Bill. Thanks I now get the "slinky" reference. LOL!!! That's a great one Roch.

  7. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Oh yeah, now I get it! You're pretty good Rock!

    When I picture spring in western NY, I picture of having to wear only 3 layers of clothing instead of 5! Of not having the breath sucked out of me when I walk outside. Of seeing the sun for more than 5 minutes. Of seeing the tulips before they're covered up by snow again. Of walking the dog and not having to climb 35 foot snow drifts (and trying to avoid sliding down the other side on my arse).

    Keep in mind that this all takes place on one day in western NY.

    We have a joke around here that we have 2 seasons......winter and July 4th.
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member


    Well, the above is all that's left of my post. I doubt that "V" stands for
    victorious. Vicious, maybe. Vacant? Vacuous?

    Ok, will try again.

    Yes, the Slinky. Do you remember when it was new, MrBill? And the etch a sketch,
    the Barbie Doll, silly putty, the Hula Hoop, Clue and Scrabble were new and wonders of
    the ages when I was a kid.

    Jan, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was written by
    Judith Viorst. She has written lots of books. Her poetry books have provocative
    titles like: I'm too Young to be Seventy and Other Delusions.

    Or, When did I Stop Being 20, and Other Injustices.

    You're right about extreme cold weather and the kicked in the chest sensation.
    I grew up in S. Minnesota. Spent one year in N. Minnesota. Like being in a different
    country. The temp was 20 degrees colder, and there was another month or so
    of winter.

    I'm sorry to hear the utility company was so tyrannical. When Lily Tomlin portrayed
    the phone company as rude and dictatorial back in the 70s, the whole country loved her because that's the way the modern world is.

    The only chance to be treated w/ friendliness and courtesy is to move to a small
    town where people know each other. Furthermore, they depend on your business.

    Better quit before this blows up too. Back later.
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    seen a flock of robins, Fay. But used to see 2 or 3 at a time back in Minnesota. We
    often had jays, blackbirds, meadowlarks, sparrows,and woodpeckers in the back yard.

    Robins were a harbinger of Spring along w/ tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths
    in mom's garden. You can see a pic of the grape hyacinth at

    Small flowers. Much shorter than tulips.

    Gap, I don't know what options are available at the Four Seasons. Ones that
    involve substantial sums of money, I would guess. Much more interesting I
    would think would be the Madonna Inn at San Luis Obispo, CA.

    Every room has a different decor. Gordon and I were in S.L.O. many years ago.
    I had a court appearance, and he had to appraise some properties for Freddie Mac.
    We eschewed the exotic Madonna Inn, however.

    Well, time for chores. Am doing the dishes and feeding the cats. They get a treat
    along w/ their kibble tonight. Chicken broth. It's Huckle's favorite.


  10. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Spring is springing here in western NY!
    The geese are beginning to fly north again!
    The huge piles of snow are beginning to melt.
    The dog is able to find grass to poop on again!
    We've been able to turn off the heat and open the windows the last couple of days.
    We're supposed to get rain for the next couple of days.

    and the best thing of all..........

    I didn't have to wear my winter jacket when I went out today!

  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Every Spring my mother used to recite:

    Spring is here. The boid is on the wing.
    How absoid. I've always hoid,
    The wing is on the boid.

    Often saw the ducks and geese flying south. Seldom saw them coming back

  12. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I've taken to following you around, Rock. Where did your Mother ever hear that one! Or do you take after her, and she made it up maybe?

    No robins here in Mexico that I've seen, we must be off their fly-way? -but we do have a bluebird couple hanging around, as well as a pair of cardinals....

    haven't checked my neighbor's house yet to see if the barn swallows are building nests on her adobe walls tho.

    I love tulip magnolias, that was always early to bloom along with the daffodils & crocuses in Chicago area... here the Jacaranda trees are starting to bloom at the slightly lower elevations. But the bouganvillea keep flowering in those areas no matter what, almost, so there's never lack of color!

  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    HaHa! I thought I was following you around.

    The tulip magnolia that Zippy and I walk by was in bloom last month. I was
    surprised to learn it was a magnolia. Doesn't look much like the bigger
    magnolia trees w/ the white flowers.

    The jacarandas are at their peak here in May. Clouds of lavender.

    No, my mother didn't make up that elegant bit of verse. Ten years ago or so, I
    saw it in the funny papers. Cut it out and sent it to her. My uncle used to say
    it too.

    In S. Minnesota we had lots of pheasants. Would often see hawks. A killdeer used
    to make her nest in the vacant field near our house. Just scraped together some bits
    of gravel. If you walked by she would cry and drag her wing on the ground in order
    to lure you away from her nest.

    There were eagles in N. MN. Lately they've moved south. Last time I was in LeRoy, MN,
    we stopped on the banks of the upper Iowa river that flows by the edge of town.
    There was an eagle in a tree. Only several months old, but already huge.

    When I moved to CA only saw magenta bougainvillea. Now it seems to come in 3 or 4
    colors. The lady next door has it in pale orange.

  14. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    but it keeps snowing (lightly) nightly. Every other day is sunny and the other day is overcast. Still, Spring is definitely coming. Yeahhh.

    I do remember all those "new" toys, Rock. I even gave a slinky to my brother for Christmas, but I think he was disappointed.......the slinky was just too "young" for him. I suspect I wanted the slinky more than he did. Guilt! And at such a young age.

    Spring! So close! Cheers, your mr Bill
  15. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I did not realize how long I have been away from this board.

    We used to say:

    Spring has sprung.
    The grass has riz.
    I wonder where.
    the flowers is.

    We hit 70 degrees and sunny yesterday. While it is still warm, we are getting a lot of rain. I am hoping that March showers bring April flowers!!!

    Don't forget to set your clocks an hour ahead this weekend.

    [This Message was Edited on 03/11/2010]
  16. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    around here we used to say....

    "Spring has sprung
    the grass has riz
    I wonder where
    the birdies is?"!!!

    Still haven't seen a robin yet. Can't wait until the crocuses (or is it croci?!!) and tulips start showing their pretty little heads!

    I love the smell of hyacinths. Did I spell that correctly?
  17. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    It's supposed to be in the mid 50's here in Western NY this week!
  18. victoria

    victoria New Member

    That some I know who live way up north would agree with...

    Dear Spring

    Dear spring, you are late once again.
    Yet you claim that you’ve been here, since when?
    Thirty days? That can’t be:
    It’s still cold out, you see.
    And some sun would be nice, now and then.

    By Madeleine Begun Kane,
    (She got the Robert Benchley award in 2008, btw, most deservedly!)