Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

Stranded on a deserted island?

I hope Miss Jenny doesn't give me a bad grade for being so late with my homework for her wonderful Alphabe-Thursday!   We've been a leetle busy around this house, but more about that later. Oh, and those colored words with the double underline?  I don't know what's up with that, but just ignore them!

The temperature in Tucson yesterday was 107, according to our hippy dippy weatherman, but I think he was standing in front of the refridgerator with the door open when he took that reading!  It was 115 on my back porch at 5 p.m.!!!  Why am I telling you this? As an intro into our vacation on Jekyll Island, of course!  Do you like the above photo??  I took it the day before we left.  Now here are a few more for your edification and enjoyment:

Laurel, the mermaid

Digging a hole to Australia

Laurel and Emaline

Emaline, the flying fish

Keillor with sandy legs

Beach bums, Amy and Jeff

Amy's daughter, Sarah

Amy did the cooking!  YUM!!!

Granddaddy and Lizzie minded the twins!

Our oldest son, Jeff

Middle son, Joey

Go fly a kite, Joey!!

The sun began to set on our family vacay.

After the family left, Rod and I had a quiet
dinner alone before heading for home.

Don'cha just hate it when people drag out their 500 vacation photos and insist that you see every one??  Next week's post will be a little different, I promise.  See you then!!

P.S.  The blogging gods are messing with my head and my blog today, so if you didn't come here from Jenny's, and you want to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

Once again, those damned  underlined words have appeared, and I have no idea what's up with that!  Please just ignore them!!!!

We're back from the beach, and trying to get into the swing of things here in Tucson, but frankly, it's too bloody hot to play outside!  I missed two weeks of Jenny's Saturday Centus, but I hope I remember how to write a piece in only 105 words, including the prompt.  Here goes:


After what she thought was a rather strange, but nonetheless pleasant, dinner with her new neighbor, Elizabeth arose to leave. Her dinner companion's demeanor changed suddenly, filling her with a sense of foreboding. His eyes narrowed, and a cryptic smile appeared on his face.

"Oh, I have one more treat for you! Please sit!"

He produced a strange-looking bottle, and from it poured a heavy, golden liquid into her glass.
Elizabeth shivered, and her heart began to beat wildly, as the man put his hand on her wrist.

"Drink!" he commanded. "It's an amusing little whine."

"What?????" Elizabeth cried in horror.

"Wine! I meant wine."

If you care to stick around and listen to my music, the next song is entitled "Madeira, M'dear!" and speaks to the dangers of taking wine from strangers!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

E is for Effrontery

The Rogue Speaks:

If you see any words in blue and underlined, I have NO idea what's up with that.  Please do not click on them, thinking you are going to see something fabulous.  It's just junk.


Oh, the effrontery!!!That poor bus monitor!  You know the one I mean--Karen Klein, of Rochester, New York!  She sat on that school bus while those obnoxious, pre-pubescent prols bullied her unmercifully. The "F" word was heavily used.   If my kid had behaved that way, he would be placed in solitary confinement for an indeterminate amount of time, and be forced to eat Brussels sprouts and mystery meat every day.

I went on YouTube today to see the video, and happened to start reading some of the comments.  Now I know just where those kids learned those nasty remarks and foul language. The majority of the comments were appalling, and many of the writers bordered on illiterate!   They spoke of beating those kids while at the same time cursing at each other, and sometimes even using racial slurs.  There were MANY misspelled words and grammatical errors!!

I would not have been as calm as Karen, I'm afraid.  You know me!  I take no prisoners!  Actually, I would have  stopped the bus and throw the little hellions off.  I would have called the school to report immediately just what was going on, and asked a school official to come to the scene.  Thank goodness someone videoed the incident!  That video has gone viral.

Well, that's all I have to say regarding this issue.  My house is such a dusty mess, and I have  a mountain of vacation laundry to wash.  Then I have to nap.

Please go to Jenny's blog to read the other pupils' lessons on Alphabe-Thursday.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

Tucson in the spring and early summer is awash with color when the cacti are in bloom.  I thought you would like to see a few shots taken in my yard and neighborhood.

The first photo was taken very early in the morning because the delicate and fragrant bloom of the Organ Pipe Cactus will close as soon as the sun is bright.  Unfortunately, this plant, which lived by our pool, was killed in the wicked winter we had.  I was lucky to get the bee in this shot, however, these plants are pollenated by bats.

Organ Pipe Cactus Bloom

If you look closely at the photo below, you will see the fishhook spines that protect this cactus.  The spines of one of these in our neighborhood cost us $1200 recently when Little Liz, in a fit of barking at a dog behind a wall, went chest first into it, impaling herself in her chest and throat.
Barrel Fishhook Cactus

This Indian Fig Cactus just won't stop growing!  Rod has to periodically cut down one side of it so we can get to our gate!  The limbs and pads are extremely heavy, since they are filled with water.
Opuntia Ficus Indica
(Indian Fig)
(shading one of our bedroom windows)
Opuntia Ficus Indica blooms

I painted this beautiful bloom and it received a first place ribbon and a judge's award at an exhibition several years ago.  When not in bloom, this member of the Cholla family is quite unremarkable, but still quite dangerous if one gets too close!!
Staghorn Cholla Blooms

While visiting here before he became a permanent resident, our son, Keil, dug one of these up in a walk in Honeybee Canyon and gave it to me.  It sits in a pot on my patio, and never fails to give me these beautiful blooms.
Hedgehog Cactus Blooms

They're EVERYWHERE you look!  But the Prickly Pear cactus not only gives us these beautiful blooms, but also can provide us with  jelly when the fruit is picked and cooked.  Our granddaughter, Gracie, has harvested quite a few of the fruits with the help of thick gloves and tongs.
Prickly Pear Cactus

The buds of the Giant Saguaro are harvested by the local Indian tribes.  I would never attempt to harvest any because I have a fear of heights!!
Saguaro Blooms

I have had this Old Man Cactus for many years. It lives in a clay cactus garden on my patio.  A couple of others in this grouping have died from the cold, but this one just keeps hanging on, although I suspect that that he  is shrinking with age, and may get much smaller.  He used to be a lot bigger when he was younger.   That's just the way life is, isn't it???  Old age eventually wins out!  Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!
Old Man Cactus

Well, that's it for my Alphabe-Thursday assignment from Miss Jenny, our teacher!  I am still on vacation, but as soon as I get home, I will be reading all the other offerings!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

It's Saturday?  Where has this week gone?  We are leaving on Monday for Jekyll Island, and we have been frantically packing, but we're still not ready!  Oh, well.

Now I understand why those gold shoes look so darned big!  And I thought those legs looked a little, well, a little meaty.  So this week's Saturday Centus gives us the big picture.  Jenny gives us 100 words with which to write a little story about that picture.  Here goes:


"But Mama!  All the girls are wearing them!"

"Emma, you are only 5 years old!  You are not wearing high heel shoes, and you are especially not wearing them just because all the other girls are!"

"But Mama!"

"Don't you 'But Mama' me!  No high heels, no lipstick, period!  Just look at my poor feet! How do you think they got this way?  High heels!  That's how!  And what if you fall down trying to walk?  Won't you be embarrassed in front of your friends?"

"But Mama, I won't fall!  Just watch!  See?  I won't fall!  Oh! Oh!  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

I will be on the road next week with only my Kindle Fire with which to connect to the internet, so if my comments to YOUR Centus are short, I hope you understand.  That keyboard is TINY!!