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, August 29, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Freestyle

This sad August, three
People I love have lost one
That they loved, to death.

Funerals are for
The living.  To mourn and to
Celebrate a life.

My sister's husband,
The mother of a dear friend,
My wife's aged aunt.

Rest in peace.
You were loved and will be missed.

Join the fun!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday / Mellow Yellow Monday

French Braid Emily

Down by the water
I found a girl with golden
Flowers* in her hair

*[Only dandelions
Cleverly braided in by
Cousin Amanda]


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

LA Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, August 23, 2012  C. C. Burnikel

Theme: 13,203.58 down 68.06 (0.51%)  This is the level of the DOW Jones 30 Industrial Average stock index, commonly referred to simply as the DOW, as of Tuesday's close.  Each of five theme entries contains the name of one of the component corporations, split across two words of the answer.  

16 A. Certain music teacher : VOCAL COACH.  This singing instructor has a heart of Aluminum, indicated by the firm formerly known as the Aluminum Company Of America. [8.82 up 0.02 (0.23%)]

21 A. Outmoded street fixture : COIN TELEPHONE.  Back in the day, this chip maker's products were not at the heart of pay-per-use telecommunications devices. Now, its hardware and software are in computers, disk players, mobile phones, and possibly in places where you would least expect them.  Now you know INTEL. [26.11 down 0.12 (0.46%)]

36 A. Succulent part of a rack : RIB MEAT.  Hmmmm.  The closer to the bone, the sweeter is the meat.  In this RIB cage we find not a heart, but the International Business Machine Corporation. [198.65  down 1.85 (0.92%)]

48 A. International Tennis Hall of Famer who won consecutive US Opens in 1997 and 1998 : PATRICK RAFTER.  News to me, since I don't follow tennis.  Did you know that Oreo cookies and Oscar Meyer meats are brands owned by KRAFT Foods? [41.11up 0.34 (0.83%)]

59 A. Louisiana nickname : THE BIG EASY.  Is N'walins the heart of LA?  Maybe Hatoolah can fill us in.  This is the nickname of that famous city.  Hidden deep in the 9th ward we find the initials of the General Electric Company.  [20.85  down 0.08 (0.38%)]

And the unifier:  67 A. With “the,” much watched index, a different component of which is hidden in 16-, 21-, 36-, 48- and 59-Across : DOW.  The DJIA is one of many indexes presented by DOW Jones and Company. 

Hi, gang!  Company man JazzBumpa here. Are you ready to take stock of this puzzle?  It's a product of our fearless leader.  Let's get down to business.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mellow Yellow Monday

Here is another shot my Lovely Wife took.  This time it's the lighthouse at Old Mackinaw Point.

With the lit-up bridge and last vestiges of sunset in the background, it looks like a post card shot.

Follow this link to Shadow Shot Sunday II.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Sojourn


On this strange journey
Without map or G P S
The road lies ahead . . .

[Yeah, I'm a day late.  Deal with it.]

Join the fun!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mellow Yellow Monday

A Partial Eclipse of Emily

Gathering dusk counts as a shadow, doesn't it?
My Lovely Wife took this shot of our oldest (Amanda) and youngest (Emily) granddaughters, with pink clouds and the Mackinaw Bridge as a backdrop.

Follow this link to SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY II.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Six Word Saturday

Finally Got Some Grass Cut Today

When we got back from vacation, my lawn mower wouldn't work.  It's still in the shop, with parts on back-order.

Then some family issues got in the way.

Then we had three days of rain.

Borrowed a mower and got most of the back cut today.

Some of it hadn't been cut in almost a month.

What a strange summer this is!