?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Random Thoughts - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
February 10th, 2008
10:11 pm

[Link]

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Random Thoughts
It's COLD here in the Chicago area!!!! Damn, it's cold!!!! And we've had three huge snows - one in late November, one in mid-December, some small ones, and then the huge one last week. The weather man just said on TV that we have had 42" so far - wow. I was going to guess 3 feet, but was afraid I was overestimating. Last week was the worst because, although it was beautiful to see the trees covered in snow, the snow was the perfect density and stickiness to overload the trees and stay on them - so much so that when it all melts, we're going to see a lot of damage to evergreens, that hold a lot of snow.

I have tall bushy evergreens in back - they're like arbor vitae, but 20 feet tall. The snow stuck to them and actually BENT THEM OVER DOUBLE. Seriously. Fortunately, it warmed up just enough to cause most of the snow to drop off, but I was beating the snow off of one that was still bent over the fence and touching the ground tonight. COOOOOOLD! Will they straighten back up? Some have come back most of the way, but they may not.

What about movies? I've seen "Michael Clayton" and, to be honest, I don't see why it was nominated for best film. It seemed like an episode of "Law and Order" to me. What do the rest of you think? I've also now seen "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will be Blood", both of which are multi-Oscar nominees. Both of them are similar, in that they revolve around 3 main characters, all male. In each of them, two of the three characters are obsessed with triumphing over each other, and just won't let go, no matter what the consequences. And both films are head-scratching "what did I just see?" movies. Were they great? Well... I really would have rather seen movies up for Oscars that were a little more meaningful and not just (possibly) praised because one can assume they must be great because it's not clear what they're about.

OMG... I'm officially a curmudgeon! *L*!

Oh, wait, I almost forgot. I just finished putting together a photo book from scans of our earliest family photos (at least, earliest of my immediate family, starting from when my mom and dad were married). It made me try to remember things about being at my grandparents (my dad's parents) house, and I always seem to think of playing with a little tea party set that was made out of wood and fit into a red wooden apple. I thought for years I must have imagined it. This time I decided to try looking it up on eBay, and lo and behold - I found it - *L*!! How cool is that? Anyway, apparently it was a dimestore toy made in Japan and sold in America in the '50's (back when Made in Japan meant it was cheap, in both senses of the word). But here it was on eBay, and for the low, low price of (gulp) $119!!! *L*! Anyway, I had to share a photo of it:




Hey... some other apple tea sets just showed up on eBay that are much less expensive... maybe I'll bid.

(17 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments
 
[User Picture]
From:ninquelosse
Date:February 11th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
(Link)
I remember having a bamboo dishes-and-pots set - tiny cups, bowls, even a wok and its stand. I wouldn't be surprised if I still had it... somewhere. Your apple set is very cute and looks familiar too - maybe a friend had one.

Holy mother it's cold tonight - although looking at Oak Park's temps it's about five degrees "warmer" here. I put on my coat, hat, gloves, scarf & boots to walk run thirty steps to the compost bin tonight. We had some weather-related trouble earlier in the week, so I'm just happy we're getting snow and not more fricking rain.

I haven't seen a movie in months. Maybe we'll go see Spiderwick Chronicles this weekend - Neil Gaiman's daughter Maddy liked it, so I think SB will too. *g*
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Bamboo? How adorable.

*L*! Sounds like a good recommendation for a movie; plus, you know what? When I see the little boy in Spiderwick, I think of SB!
[User Picture]
From:msilverstar
Date:February 11th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
(Link)
I wish I could send you some of our warmth! It's all my fault, I finally got a service to clean our rain gutters so of course it stops raining.

*is a curmudgeon too*

[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
(Link)
*L*! Yep, it's all your fault!

No, wait... it's those darn kids! *shakes cane*

*joins you in curmudgeonliness*
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
(Link)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Really?!?!? I was so hoping somebody would say that - *L*! Thanks!

I'm feeling that way about snow this year, that's for sure. Yesterday I stopped at a Burger King, and had to open my car door to order and pay... because the window froze shut! *GT*

Love your misty purple trees icon.
[User Picture]
From:woodnymph12
Date:February 11th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
(Link)
*random comments*
I'm intrigued by your bent over double trees-- that must look so surreal! I bet they'll bounce back eventually. I wonder if you maybe you have red cedars (Juniperus) or white cedars (Thuja), or some more exotic conifers? For what it's worth, where I'm from the Thujas of that size are especially bendy and resilient.

Good luck keeping warm!
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I know... I wish I'd taken pics when they still had snow on them; "surreal" is a good word. I kept thinking they looked Dr. Seuss-like.

White cedar? It's possible; I'll look it up. Thanks!
[User Picture]
From:lavendertook
Date:February 11th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
(Link)
Ya know, that apple tea set is looking familiar to me too . . . hmmm.
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
(Link)
*G* Cool!
[User Picture]
From:gayalithiel
Date:February 11th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
(Link)
This is unbelievable! My co-worker JUST did the very same thing!!! Her apple tea set from childhood was missing a plate and she had given it to a cousin....and was now regretting it. She bought hers off ebay for a similar price to yours and brought it in for us to see. It's so cute!!
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 11th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
(Link)
*LOL*!!! That is amazing! How do these coincidences happen??? But you can see how that could make such an impression on a little girl. *G*
[User Picture]
From:quasievil_bunny
Date:February 12th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
(Link)
It was a balmy -1 this morning. At least the winds weren't as bad as yesterday.

The snow is pretty. Makes everything look like it's been covered in sugar.

However......

I'm sooooooo over the cold.

Brrrrrrrrrrr!
[User Picture]
From:psyknife
Date:February 12th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
(Link)
She lives!
Hi :-)
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 13th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
(Link)
Every once in a while I find my way here again - *G*.

So, have you finished The Subtle Knife yet?
[User Picture]
From:psyknife
Date:February 13th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
(Link)
Yeah, I finished the whole series, remember... you commented on my rant :-D
;-)
[User Picture]
From:rosamundeb
Date:February 13th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Oh, yes! Sorry - I think it's Hyel who was in the middle. *G*
Powered by LiveJournal.com