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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Living

I took this picture of a toad that had crawled into a empty spot in a partially planted flower flat.  No idea what it was doing there, but it was cozy place and it lingered there for a few hours.  By evening, it had hopped off somewhere, going about its toady business.  In the last few days I've seen several tiny new toads, each no bigger than a fingernail - the next brown, warty generation.

Here's a close-up.


Circle through my yard in their
Own cycle of life.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Six Word Saturday

It's rained every day this week.

Got the Thursday park concert in.

Nate's baseball games weren't rained out.

I was able to cut grass.

It's supposed to rain again today.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Joy



Time to count blessings
And look on the bright side to
Find the JOY in life.

I'm joyful but tired
Today, so only one shot
At the Haiku theme.

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L.A. Time Crossword Puzzle Blogging - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel 

Cross-posted (with a few last minute corrections that did not find their way back here) at THE CORNER.

Theme: Solve This Puzzle.  Each theme answer is a 3-word, common, in-the-language phrase beginning with the letters S, T, and P, in that order.

16. Makes an offer more desirable : SWEETENS THE POT.  Adds some inducements or incentives to an offer you can otherwise refuse.

27. Hopelessly ruined : SHOT TO PIECES.  Literally destroyed by firearms, figuratively in a bad state for any reason.

36. Stock trader's goal : SHORT TERM PROFIT.   The average holding period of stocks purchased on the NYSE is about 20 seconds.  I am not making this up.

44. "Satisfaction guaranteed" catchphrase : SURE TO PLEASE.  Ad slogan.

58. Editor's "Whoa!" : STOP THE PRESSES.  Wait a minute, something just came up . . .

And the unifier:
58. Auto additives co. that hints at this puzzle's theme : STPA company that makes engine oil and fuel additives, functional fluids and appearance products for your car or truck, and sponsors racers. 

Hi gang, it's JazzBumpa, fresh from rehearsal and finishing off a busy day with an outing with our good friends C.C. and Don.  Hop aboard and let's see where they take us. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday - Dancers


Here are my dancing girls after the Disney-themed recital.   The grand finale was "Step in time" from Mary Poppins.  All the competition tap dancers were chimney sweeps - hence the white shirts and smudged faces.  The small girls large group did "Bake a Cake" from Snow White.

They were all terrific!

Flashing feet, bright smiles,
Arms reaching to catch a dream:
All my dancing girls.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Father's Day


Here is a picture of my dad with his only son.  Yep, that bespeckeled tyke is the past tense of crusty old Bumpa.   I look to be about 4 or 5 here, which would make it 1951 or '52 - the Truman Administration.  My sister would arrive in '53. 

The original was badly off-center, so I cropped the right-hand half, which showed his vegetable garden.  That's right folks, I cropped his garden.  You just can't let an opportunity like that go by.

So many years have
Passed; a man long gone, his son
Looks back . . . across time.


Six Word Saturday

Big Recital today - four granddaughters dancing.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Fortitude


 That caption misses being a haiku by two syllables.   So . . .


Suffering weakens
You to the point where only
Virtue can shine through

In adversity
Fight the good fight for honor
And never give up.

Nothing worth while comes
Easily.   Resolve to do
Whatever it takes.

A tough prompt for sure
But you can count on me to
Conquer the Haiku!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Health


My cardiac kid
Had surgery at one week.
Now he's in good health.

Grandson Nate was born with transposition of the great arteries, and had open heart surgery as a new-born.  He'll be 9 in August.  Here is a video clip from last night's baseball game.   He went 4 for 5, and pitched an inning.

Heath is a precious
Gift.  Don't throw it away with
Bad lifestyle habits.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Wetlands

Here is a picture I took on a Sunday afternoon almost two months ago in a wetlands preserve near my house.  Can you see the mallard pair across the water?

Web-footed swimmers
Are there signs that you can read
Among the brown reeds?


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Obama Ate My Lunch

I mean he had the same lunch I do sometimes, from the incomparable Rudy's Hot Dog in Toledo.

He had the FAMOUS Rudy DOG....mustard, onions and sauce of course...and order of fries AND a bowl of our YUMMY chili with beans!
We have Rudy's 2 or 3 times per month, and we live 70 miles away!

Check it out

Six Word Saturday

Got our Mud Hens tickets today.

We have a family outing at a Mud Hens game every Summer.  It's quite a challenge to find even one day that meets everybody's schedule.  This year, with some out-of-town, second degree relatives in the mix, we have a party of 20!

Blimp's-eye view of Toledo's 5th-3rd Field.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Future


Looking ahead.  What
Do you see?  Are you opti-
Or pessi-mistic?

What is the outcome?
Did you bring your bright crystal
To the old ball game?

Past performance is
No guarantee of future
Performance --- Is it?

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L.A. Time Crossword Puzzle Blogging - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Donna S. Levin

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Theme: Center of Attention.  Four theme answers plus the unifier start with synonyms for the human midriff.

17. Abdominoplasty, familiarly : TUMMY TUCK. Two terms for the surgical removal of unwanted fat and droopy skin from the center of the body.

23. Pepto-Bismol target : STOMACH ACHE. Hospital-tested, pink Pepto-Bismol provides fast, temporary relief from various internal disorders of the central region. Temporary side effects may include turning your tongue black.  Lovely.

36. Bourgeois : MIDDLE CLASS. Bourgeois is derived from the Middle French word for townsman, and is therefore similar in historical intent to the German BURGHER. Connotations of these words varied a bit across history. I'm guessing they originated during the late medieval period, as the merchant class developed in the towns of Europe, midway in social status between peasants of varioius sorts and the landed gentry.

49. Lint receptacle? : BELLY BUTTON.   If you sussed the theme, this was an easy fill (so to speak.)  Proper lint removal technique is demonstrated here.

59. Easy A (or where to learn about this puzzle's theme?) : GUT COURSE.   I've never seen this phrase outside of a crossword, and I never had the occasion to take one, either.  I guess that's why my average was only a B.  Of course, in a literal GUT COURSE the midriff would be the center of attention.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here, with a cute and fun offering from Donna.  Nothing middling about it.  Let's get right into the center of things.