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 27, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday



 Dale Carnegie said
Only the prepared speaker
Can feel confident.


Playing Blues in F -
Just child's play; but in D flat?!?
That takes confidence!

Second vid at the
Link.  It's up again for the 

Join the fun!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Toad Ya So

My lovely wife - no
Fan of toads - agrees that they're
Better than chipmunks

Mad Kane's Limerick Off

My entry.

A woman was putting on airs
In lieu of her clothing. “Who cares?”
She said, “without frocks,
I’ll display all my locks.
Don’t like it? Then never watch bares!”

Read all about it here.

But wait - there's more!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Post Cards

Post Cards

The card I waited
For arrived a while ago.  
Now I am post card.

I nailed the ace of
Diamonds to the fence around
My yard.  On a post.

For all etiquette 
Questions, mail Emily Post.
She'll send you a card.

This is a blog post
That is torturing the theme.
I am such a card. 

Join the fun!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

L.A. Times Crosword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, June 20, 2012  Gary J. Whitehead

Theme - BATTER UP!  Three non-baseball-related phrases each end in a word that doubles as a pitch.

17 A.  White castle offering.  HAMBURGER SLIDER.  The White Castle SLIDER is a 2 1/2 inch patty served on an equally small bun.  Feel free to speculate on etymology in comments.  A SLIDER pitch has speed between the curve and fastball speeds.  It has lateral movement, but less so than a genuine curve ball.  If it doesn't break enough, it is said to be "hanging,"  Hitters considers these to be gifts.

24 A.  Gadget for sharing a TV signal:  CABLE SPLITTER.  Needed if you have more than one TV or signal receiving device.  A SPLITTER pitch is thrown using a split-fingered grip and a fast ball delivery.  It is a slower pitch, though, similar to a change up.  It generally drops and breaks at the plate.

40.  Angler's weight:  FISHING SINKER.  This is a small weight used along with a lure to increase the rate of sink or casting distance.  A SINKER pitch is a genuine fast ball that has both downward and horizontal movement.

And the unifier:   53 A.  Types of then can be found at the ends of 17-, 24-, and 40-Across.  BASEBALL PITCHES.  Nice theme - right in tune.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa at the plate.  Let's strike out (no - not that way) circle the diamond, and see if this puzzle is a gem.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday -- Frost

March this year was extremely warm.  April was a bit cooler.  On the morning of April 12, I took this picture, showing the frost on my lawn.  This was probably the frost that damaged the Michigan fruit crop, which will be in very shot supply this year.

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mellow Yellow Monday - Cousins

All 11 grandchildren only get together as a group once or twice a year, and it's always a wild time when the do. A couple of months ago it happened at our house. Amidst all the other action, there was also driveway art.

We've been taking kids on the couch pictures for well over a decade - in the long ago past when there were only three little tykes.  Now they spill off the arms and onto the floor.


Sunday, June 3, 2012