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, November 30, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday



When you are gone, what
I desire more than presents
Is just your presence.

Tatted like white lace
Voids in the wet snow adorn
patio pavers.

Photo taken this morning

Join the fun!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

L.A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 David Poole

Theme: MONKEY BUSINESS.  Since it's actually a double theme, I'll also go with APE IN THE MIDDLE.  Second things first:  The four longest answers each contain the hidden word APE, split between the first and last names of a real or fictional woman, consistently parsed as -A  PE-.

18 A. Early Mary Tyler Moore role : LAURA PETRIE.  Fictional Woman - Mrs. Rob PETRIE was a real dish on a favorite TV show from the distant past.

54 A. She played Carla Tortelli on "Cheers" : RHEA PERLMAN.  Real Woman.  You'd have to be, to be married to Danny Divito.

 3 D. She played Nicole Chapman on "Fame" : NIA PEEPLES.  Real Woman, who I've never heard of.  Cute.

 28 D. 1996 Madonna role : EVITA PERON.  Real woman, fictionalized.   Wow.  Has it been 15 years?!?

Plus the extended unifier:

4. With 36- and 62-Across, kids' ball game, and something this puzzle's four longest answers have in 
common : MONKEY

 36. See 4-Across : IN THE

 62. See 4-Across : MIDDLEIn my neighborhood, we had a failure of imagination, and just called this often cruel game "keep-away." 

Hi gang, it's Jazzbumpa, reporting from somewhere in APE country.  Now, this dual theme is tight, cute, clever, and original.  High marks for every bit of that.  The only problem is that it's dead wrong!  And thereby hangs a tail, so to speak.  With that hint, I'll reveal why at the end, (which is sort of another hint, come to think of it.) 

Let's see what other kinds of MONKEY BUSINESS we can uncover in APE country.  Onward!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday / Mellow Yellow Monday

At the OSU - Michigan Game 11-26-11

Both teams were well represented

I was not the only CONFLICTED person there.

Wolverines hung on for a 40 - 34 victory.


Six Word Saturday

Going to the Wolverines - Buckeyes game.

Thanks to Son-in-law Joe!

From Ohio, live in Michigan -- Conflicted! 

 Oh, my - what colors to wear?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Puttin' On The Ritz

Performed by The Ad Hoc Trombone Quartet

From our performance last Saturday.

Sensational Haiku Wednesday


Thinking deeply on
The Vikings quarterback
Situation - Hmmmmm . . .

On second thought, I'm
A LIONS fan; we've got the
Pack, so why Ponder?  

Join the fun!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday


Strange bird . . . (or lizard ?)
Hovers (or hangs?) thrusting its 
Beak (or snout?) in --- What?

Here's the answer.

Once more at the entrance to the Novi, MI civic center, we find this wire sculpture of a figure holding a globe of the earth.  It's still a bit enigmatic, though.  Is that a dancer?  An athlete?  A frolicking child?

Last week's shot made this week's collage
Very cool.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Playing in a Book Store Today.

Part of our annual fund raiser.

Here is one of our selections.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

L.A.Times Cross Word Puzzle Bloggging

 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Julian Lim

THEME: GO OFF, don't GOOF OFF!  Common phrases starting with the words, "GO OFF" are clued* as if the words showed up in the theme answers; but instead, they are reserved for the unifier.  This results in some odd-looking partials until you pull it all together.   Then, you find that the theme questions define the answers quite nicely.
* With asterisks.

A 17. *Get carried away : (GO OFF) THE DEEP END.

A 64. *Act prematurely : (GO OFF) HALF COCKED.

D 11. *Lose it : (GO OFF) ONES  ROCKER.

D 28. *Digress : (GO OFF) ON A TANGENT.

And the unifier:  A 40. Explode, and words needed to complete the four starred answers : GO OFF.   This filled in partially from the perps, and it was not immediately obvious how to parse the goofy-looking  "_OOFF" until I took a good look at the clue.  

Hi, gang.  Reporting here from the DEEP END, it's JazzBumpa, the HALF-COCKED trombonist.  I don't recall seeing a theme approach quite like this before, so high marks to Mr. Lim for a creative and tight theme.  With that in mind, let's GO OFF exploring it.  We'll find some other gems, for sure.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Autumn Leaves

Japanese Maple
And other downed maple leaves
Mingle in my yard 


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday


The morning sun's reflection 
off my storm door cut into the
while making shadows of its own.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Six Word Saturday

This long day is almost over.

Some of it was good, though.

Too much time in the car.

Was ready for home hours earlier.

Good night all - off to bed.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Opera House - Fayette, Ohio

I played there yesterday.

Charming venue, and a very appreciative audience.

Old Opera House
In a fading little town:
Echos of days past.