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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Mud Hens Mascot

Hens Mascot Muddy
Does a fowl swamp-bird dance to
Entertain the crowd

Another lousy cell-phone shot of Saturday's game


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Mud Hens Baseball

In the first inning
Of the Mudhens Baseball game
A tough 3-2 loss


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Sports Day - Football Early, Baseball Late.

Grandaughter Samantha cheerleads for her team.

Then to Toledo for the Mudhens.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Weary


Late night of blogging,
Rehearsal tonight. No time
To be weary -- Yet.

Join the fun!

L.A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Theme:  FACE splitting grins. Each asterisked clue announces a theme entry that splits the word FACE down the middle and uses the halves as BOOK ENDS.  They're not really intended to be amusing, but I do have to smile at the cleverness.

20. *Miss : FAIL TO NOTICE  An ineptitde in keen powers of observation.

28. *Simulated living room feature : FAUX FIRE PLACE.  A decorative mantle, perhaps a hearth, a psuedo-fire chamber, but not a place for a fire.

45. *Feature of many Bee Gees songs : FALSETTO VOICE   Description here.

And the unifier 51. Headline that would shock the Internet community (or put another way, hint to the divided word in each of the answers to starred clues) : FACE BOOK ENDS.  And a nice word play at no extra charge.

Hi gang, JazzzBumpa here.  Let's see what these BOOK ENDS hold for us.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Haiku Wednesday - HOME


Home this afternoon,
A "procedure" this morning.
I'll sleep well tonight.

A place of comfort:
Solace, haven and refuge
Shared with those you love.


Join the fun!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

View from St. Ann's Church, Mackinac Island, MI

Hard working horses
Pull their weight and more, in a
Place with no autos


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Thursday, August 11, 2011   Clive Probert

Cross-posted at The Corner

Theme:   PUNCH LINES.  Common descriptors for types of boxing punches are given new figurative definitions, with a humorous wallop.

17. Very angry, informally? : RIGHT CROSS  Right means very, in this usage. The punch, delivered with the right hand, crosses over the opponent's leading arm.  I believe Laila is delivering one above. 

26. Tackle box item for liberals? : LEFT HOOK.  Liberals are left-leaning- figuratively.  The punch, delivered with the left hand, is powered by turning the core muscles of the back to swing the arm.

44. Chuck steak, for example? : UPPER CUT. Eating high in the cow.  The punch involves an upward motion of the striking hand with the arm bent up at the elbow.  It is usually targeted at the chin, and is most useful at short range.

And the unifier: 58. What 17-, 26- and 44-Across are, figuratively and literally : PUNCH LINES.

Plus a bonus:  18 D. Recover from a knockout : COME TO.  

Hi gang, It's JzB making an atypical Thursday appearance.  Let's fight our way through this puzzle.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

In the Butterfly House near St. Ann's Church on Macinac Island

Brown striped flyer, what
Sweet nectar draws you to
That yellow flower?


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Haiku Wednesday - Distance


No inspiration.
My thoughts are far off in the
Distance.  Where are yours?

Join the fun!



This treat is composed of a campfire-toasted marshmallow sandwiched between graham crackers with a chunk of Hershey chocolate bar.  I first learned of it many years ago when my sister was a Brownie. The S'MORE is a tradition on our family vacations.

I think of it in the singular since I only allow myself to have one.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday - Fish Tale


The big one really did get away.

A girl and her fish.

Up close and fishional.

The Emily Catch-and-Release Program.