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Monday, August 20, 2012

Oy, such a play I saw!

So, last night I ushered at Fiddler on the Roof at the Music Circus. Oy! Such a play, you should see such a good play. I was thrilled because I once saw a great version of Fiddler on the Roof in Davis, in the 1980s I think, and it was full of Davis town people, like angels they could sing, and it being the first time I ever saw the musical, I thought I'd never see the likes of such good performances again. I nearly what I'd inadvertently set out to prove, I saw Fiddler at least twice since, one a horrid performance - again in Davis around 2002, with a Tevya that didn't bother to fake an accent or even attempt the humor necessary to the roll. That performance nearly broke my heart. Then I saw yet another Davis performance better, but no smoked herring. But last night, I saw such a performance! Wonderful, a funny and touching Tevye, a brilliant Golda, and the funniest version of Tevye's dreaming about Golda's Grandma I ever saw. Such performances are why people come to plays!

The performance was sold out - every seat in the theater. There are tiny folding chairs for ushers, but there wasn't even one for me. I sat in row U, the very last row of the giant theater in the round, on the steps. Guess what? I had the best seat in the house!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Hark! Who sits upon my shorts?

Soo.... I think it's animal week at the Miller household. First that Cooper's Hawk flew into the yard, and then, today, I was changing my clothing, and when I reached onto the chair for my shorts, who was sitting on top of my shorts, looking like King-O-the-Hill?

King 'O the Hill

Have not clue one how that little bugger not only got into the house, but into my bedroom!  I mean, sheesh! Is there no such thing as privacy anymore?

Made a grab for the bugger, but I guess my lizard nabbing skills are rusty, and it made a nose dive into the laundry hamper down below.

Pretty, long-tailed, Alligator Lizard

Now the hamper is in the big room, waiting for me to slowly empty out my skivies, then take Mr. or Ms. Alligator Lizard out back for some freedom. How did it get in? No laundry out there I dragged in... no cat to drag in the odd critter. No clue. Window? They're all screened. Open door? Doesn't happen - most the time... and if it did come in the porch door, that means it had to crawl all the way through the living room, down the hall and then UP on top of my chair, my shorts! 

  • The Lizard is often seen laying peacefully in the shadows of rocks or seen skittering around in dark holes, between light and darkness and is thus referred to as the 'dream walker' or one who lives in the dream world. Dreams are important to the human psychic and depict subtle messages from deep within the mind. Lizard medicine reveals these hidden messages during the dream state. Proper interpretation of these dreams often requires the assistance of one trained in the ways of the lizard medicine. 
  • A powerful totem to have, lizard reveals your weaknesses, your strengths and prompts the energy of change.
  • The lizard is very sensitive to ground vibrations, they have keen eyesight and superior hearing. Those who feel the spirit of the lizard can learn ways to use their enhanced sensory perceptions to connect with their deeper psychic and spiritual awareness.
  • One power of the lizard is its ability to escape from danger by leaving its tail behind and growing another. When lizard slithers into your life, it may mean a need to move quickly to avoid danger and be prepared to leave something behind.

  • Hum... energies of change... dreams... issues I haven't been able to face in my concious lives - must admit. Have been having the most incredible & vivid anxiety dreams of late. Thanks Lizard! Will take that under advicement.

    Saturday, August 04, 2012

    Hello! Who's there?

    So, this morning I was being lazy, lolling on the couch, and I heard one of the hens give a loud, indignant squawk. Looked up, and guess who came calling?

    Look who flew in for a visit with my chickens
     I think this Cooper's Hawk was flabbergasted by the size of the 'sparrows' walking around in my yard. And they all wore little funny looking red hat thingamabobs too. I call little red chicken head gear, 'combs'. 

    Dang... those are the BIGGEST, funniest looking sparrow's I've ever seen.
    Hum... maybe I won't mess with these. Too much mayhem potential.
    Now I see Cooper's Hawks fly by regularly, but only once 3 times I have had them land close to my yard, in neighbor's trees. This is the first time I've seen one right smack dab in my yard, and eyeing my pets no less!  Happily, the hens are large enough to put off even a young inexperienced Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk. Now, if a Red-tail or Red-shouldered Hawk had a mind to catch a chicken breakfast, well I think then I'd be short to the tune of one little hen. 

    This Coopers sat still long enough for me to grab my good camera, and shoot this through the living room window. Then, while I was still gawking like a kiddie at the circus, it took off, no doubt for an easier meal elsewhere.