February 20th, 2015

by himself

Comfy kitty

Lightning thinks we put all these blankets and pillows there just for him. Only his due, you know.

Hold the pea

The Prince
Hold the pea
beer

You learn something new every day

In re-reading Tolkien's own lecture notes on Beowulf, I found something I already knew: Wes hal (short for wes þu hal = May you be in health) is simply the polite greeting in Old English. And I also knew that that is the ultimate source of wassail. What I did NOT know is that the typical Old English toast when proferring a tankard of ale was Beo þu bliðe (= Be thou blithe). Which I think will make a fine response the next time Kevin raises a glass in my direction and starts spouting in Irish, Slainte agus saoghol agat!
compass rose

This place holds a piece of my heart

I've been moving old pix from my hard drive to a jump drive for storage. Checking to make sure they all transferred, I randomly opened one from five years ago. Wow, I thought, I didn't realize how striking that was!

This is Lake Weimer at my old Scout camp (now a mountain biking park), seen from the inflow just under the highway embankment. But on this April day, just beautiful.

Lake Weimer

On the shores of old Lake Weimer