The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
see my other blog,
Retirement Blues. (There be dragons!)

I claim copyright and reserve all rights for my original material of every type and genre.

Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Friday, April 29, 2011

In Case Anyone Cares

Blogging will take a back seat for a while.  Just too much going on between now and the middle of May.  All good stuff - but YIKES - I'm on overload.  Nobody said retirement would be like this.

Perhaps you can track me down.

And perhaps the world will go sane, while I'm otherwise occupied, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

I might be in and out, but out is far more likely, for the nonce.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Haiku Wednesday - Free Form

Anything goes, so:


From Flood to Final Curtain
But wait -- Entropy? 


Doom on 5-2-1
Words of mad man or prophet?
5-2-2 we'll know  

What vengeful God placed
Us in this sad vale of tears
As prelude to Hell ?


"The chosen" escape
Five months of chaos: the Spring
Of our discontent

(For explanation click
The underlined words above.
They are active links.) 

Blogger editor has screwed me up royally. I lost my first shot at this, spacing is a mess, I can't get 5-2-2 to be underlined, and I have no time to try to fix any of it.

Update: Hours later, I was able to fix the spacing, but 5-2-2 still remains un-underlined, despite all my feeble efforts, and, alas,  one of my haiku vanished into the ether and is now forever lost.  Boo-hoo.

Join the fun!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mellow Yellow Monday -- Easter

On Saturday, I saw the Easter Bunny scoping out my yard.

Looks like he believed us.

Happy Easter, however you chose to believe and celebrate.


Six Word Saturday

Monday - snow; Thursday - cut the grass.

We call this SPRING in Michigan.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Shadows


He's always with me,
My Dark-side Siamese-twin,
Until lights go out.


When all eyes are on you, your
Shadow is watching.


Three sisters dancing
Cast reflections and shadows
Reaching for the heights

Above, back to front:
Granddaughters Amanda, Rebekka, Samantha

They danced to this song.
"Spinning, laughing, dancing."
Mom, dad, and both grandmas were in tears.
Even crusty old Bumpa was a bit misty-eyed.

Join the fun!

L..A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging - Wenesday, April 20, 2011

Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel 

Cross-posted at The Corner 

 Theme - CLANDESTINE CLAN - each asterisked theme answer contains a hidden family member, spanning words, and stated familiarly.  (Good Lord, I just used "asterisk" as a verb.  Don't tell my daughter.) 

21 A. *Ages : FOREVER AND A DAY.  Or the 12th of Never perhaps.  That's a long long time.  DAD spans three words.  Hi Dr. Dad!

29  A. *Surgery prep area : SCRUB ROOM.  I read recently that doctors are more careless about ygene than they should be, and neckties are horrible germ carriers.  Hence the need to scrub.  BRO is brother, of course.  I am one.

39 A. *"Aha!" : JUST AS I SUSPECTED.   Sometimes I get it right, but that might be by accident.  Wow.  SIS spans three words.  Makes BRO seem like a piker.  Well, my SIS is pretty industrious.

48 A. *Bout with very big contestants : SUMO MATCH.  Those SUMO wrestlers are big guys, aren't they.  We can let MOM get away with only spanning two words, 'cuz MOMs work hard all the time.

And the unifier --  59 A. Groundbreaking sitcom, and a hint to four different three-letter words concealed by starred answers : ALL IN THE FAMILY.  Archie, Edith, Gloria, and the Meat Head. 

Constructors' notes are at the end.  Full disclosure - I gleaned the theme title from the notes.  It's been a great few days for me, with the granddaughters' dance competition, performing with Wayne, and now getting inside this puzzle from the dynamic duo of Don and our own gracious hostess.  No walk in the park for me, but achievable with good Wednesday level effort, and lots of fun, to boot!

I'm quite proud of myself for detecting the theme and sussing the unifier before I saw it.  Finding nothing in common among the first three theme answers, I started probing for hidden words, and had an "aha!" moment when I found them.  Wonderful pattern with 5 theme entries, the center one spanning the special 16 x 15 grid, and just a Q and Z away from a pangram.

Hi gang, it's JazzBumpa.  I guess incuding Bumpa was too much to hope for, but Gloria, the lovely wife is implied in the unifier, and, ironically, I sneak in at 69A.  Well, the family's all here.  Let's stop in for a visit.


An action shot from the tambourine dance from Esmeralda in competition last Friday.

Update:  Here are two more views of her amazing performance.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Dance Competition weekend - three granddaughters dancing.

Amanda got PLATINUM on her solo!

Yep - PLATINUM is higher than GOLD!

Here is a version of the Esmeralda  Variation that is pretty similar to what Amanda did.

Did I mention --- Amanda is 13?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Attention


I wanted to write
A Haiku on this weeks theme  --
What was it again  .  .  .  ?

Join the fun!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mellow Yellow Monday -- PIE!

About a month ago my lovely wife made the most perfect and beautiful lemon meringue pie ever.

Since there was no yellow in the original shot, I took another with the lemon pudding box included.

PIE (f)or PI

Such a perfect lemon pie
That I felt compelled to try
To test a basic geometric thesis.

But in spite of all my thinking
(It nearly drove me to drinking)
I couldn't cut in 3.14 pieces!



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Growth


Young minds working hard,
Projects on cause and effect,
A method of growth

I'm judging a science fair today - 3rd and 4th graders.  It's always a treat to see what they've done and hear what they have to say.

Join the fun!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mellow Yellow Monday

Granddaughter Alexa's 5th Grade Class had an original poetry event on Wednesday.  Here she is, reciting her poem, "Shadows."


With a shadow by your side
You'll never be alone,
Even down the emptiest street
Of a deserted town,
Down a long, twisted road
Both of you walk together,
With haunting memories
Following close behind,
Ghosts of memories
That will never leave your side.

© 2011 by Alexa

In the brightest light
Your shadow friend will connect
You to the dark side.

And now the Yellow!

Here is the entire class in a group shot with their teacher and student teacher.   
(Back row, either side of the "V.")

And another Shadow