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Friday, September 30, 2011

Odd and Sundry

Mostly just odd. You can blame the morning paper; that's what I'm doing. John told me the heartwarming story of a little cat with two faces called a Janus cat and that's when my mind took off. I decided to look around for some "odd" things this morning.

A Janus Cat

I thought it was odd yesterday when Sheila mentioned that she wanted to make a Disappearing Nine-Patch after watching the videos. Why, so had I! And I already had. What fun! Google it at You Tube and you'll find many easy to follow directions.

Looking out my new kitchen window, without any moldings, I saw something odd.

Okay, it didn't really look like that; I just have an aversion to flying the flag upside down. It really looked like this...

flag reflected in a driveway puddle

Lastly, I've been wanting to discuss this phenomenon with you for some time as I've noticed it happening time and again. First, here's the monster morning glory.

And a closer look...

A bee inside the blossom taking a nap...yes, he's still alive. What if the blossom closes?

His little blossom bed becomes a tomb. Because I dead head the spent blossoms daily, I know that this happens a lot. I'm perplexed by it. It just seems so odd and the perfect waste of a little bee.

Thus concludes odd and sundry for today. Hope that your Friday is terrific!


  1. Of all the blooms I have seen this year in blogland your Morning Glory at the mailbox, has been my favorite. Enjoyed your Odd and Sundry,

    Have a great weekend, we are finally going to have some real fall weather.

  2. That's it, Vee. I don't know why I'm not following you - so I will be as soon as I've sent this comment.
    I noticed a bee in a foxglove the other day - he was very slow and drowsy. Perhaps it's not a waste of a bee, but the natural end of life at this late point in the season.

  3. What fun you are!! I loved reading your thoughts...so fun to begin the morning with a chuckle.

  4. Hello Vee - I did get the chance to start the quilt and started with some fat quarters of Christmas prints my sister had sent me. How many different prints did you use? I'm anxious to get more blocks done today and start playing with the patches. Thanks for leading me to the Missouri Quilting Tutorials. I was telling the farmer that it's so great to learn so much in such a short time.

  5. Vee, I loved those odd things you shared:) What a nice place to nap..at least as long as the blossom is open.
    Lots of smiles this morning:)

  6. Hmmmmm.....that last one is a puzzler. Won't that be a neat one to ask when we get to Heaven? Did He plan for morning glories to be a place for bees to go when they were ready to die? hmmmmm.......

    I really enjoyed this post.

    You have a wonderful eye and curiosity.

    Thanks for your kind words at Vickie's blog!!

  7. My thing with flags is seeing torn flags. .can't cope with that. I keep a close eye on ours. We have no puddle to upset me further with it being upside down.

    I so enjoy the way you think. It starts the day just right.

  8. Vee,
    I think I have made this quilt! Or at least started it and it is a UFO. I shall check out the video.

    Doesn't look good for the fair on Sunday but this is Maine and it could change. There is always antiquing LOL.

    Have a great weekend.


  9. Poor bee, but he had one last cozy place to sleep. : ) Better than getting swatted to death.

  10. I had seen the Janus cat article just moments before I clicked on your blog. Cool kitty, huh?

  11. A great read to go with the cool pics this morning! I love seeing Life through YOUR eyes!

  12. Maybe you should just mark his little "tent"and he'll be safe for another round of hunny makin'!

    I like your odd and sundry..mostly odd. What is sundry anyway..I mean, I know odd..I know odd very well..but sundry? not so much...

  13. I saw the article about the Janus cat online late last night. It was a wonderful person who decided to step up and fight for his life and give him a home.

    The flower looks like the perfect place for a bee to draw its last breath.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. ♥Not odd, that flag reflection in a driveway puddle. 'Tis a very cool Photo OP, that's what it is. :-)

    As to the napping bee, he ought to crawl out of your dead-headed blossom, unless you stomp on them when they fall, or sweep them away. :-)

    Oh and you know, you have to remember to REPORT on how the napping bee survived (or not). Now that you posted this! Tee-hee-hee. Well, you do!

    "Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees." ~~Faith Baldwin

  15. So many ponderings this morning, Vee! I have been delightfully pondering why I am suddenly hearing so many lovely chirping birds outside my kitchen window the past few days, mainly lovely cardinals singing their harts out. I guess it is migration time and I live in an area which is a flyover for many migrating birds on their way south. It seems they have decided to stop a few days, visit Brooklyn, and fill my mornings with song! :)

    Maybe the bees sleeping in your Morning Glory flowers are at the end of their life cycle? Perhaps they are to go in a bliss of pollen? To everything there is a season...

    Have a good weekend!

  16. I don't know if I could handle a cat with two faces. But then.. I feel sorry for it so, perhaps I could. :)

    I'm sure the bee will be fine. He's probably been in a lot tighter squeezes than that. :P


  17. Hello, Vee - I saw that Janus cat on TV yesterday, don't remember what show. It was wierd looking for sure, and I couldn't figure out which mouth it ate out of (end of sentence preposition - sorry Ms. Teacher...) ;)

    I saw a house the other day that really upset me - they had intentionally hung the flag upside down. I wanted to go over and say something to those people, but decided I'd better not - not the kind of folks you'd wanna mess with (prep.) - and they were not of middle eastern descent either!

    As for your bees, I'm like some of the others. Perhaps it's a sweet safe place to meet one's end...That thought makes me happy! Glad you shared that!

  18. Vee
    You had so many nice shots today-I don't know which is my favorite!
    The flag is glorious against the pines, the quilt is so neat, and the sleeping bee-who ever gets a shot like that!
    But the cat-Oh my, poor little one.
    That is sad...
    I always love dropping by-Kimberly

  19. this is why we love your blog so much!
    you notice things the rest of us miss
    but then share them in such an
    entertaining way.

    i agree, that does seem a waste of a
    perfectly good bee . . . wonder, though
    if he has two faces?

  20. Hi Vee,
    I'm impressed you dead head every day! Upside down flags are quite disturbing. My high school embarrisingly got plastered all across the news when a group of Mexican American protestors hung the U.S. flag under the Mexican flag on our school flagpole with the U.S. flag upside down. Horrible! Thankfully they weren't students from my alma mater that did it but that info comes after the fact...
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Another fun post filled with this and that. I never quite know what I'll find when I open your blog - and that adds to the appeal.

  22. Wait till I contact the Dept of Agriculture and tell them I've figured out what's happening to the "bee" population! Boy, are you gonna get it! :D

  23. The odd and curious; makes life interesting and causes us to ponder. Perhaps the bee was doing just that...finding his burial place. Or perhaps he was just drunk on the nectar! Ha! I have loved seeing your morning glories this summer! Blessings to you today!

  24. What a great post sweetie!!! I saw that unusual cat on Yahoo yesterday and couldn't believe it my eyes and he's lived really long too! Have a gorgeous fall weekends dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

  25. Yesterday I heard about the death of a cross-eyed possum who apparently was an internet sensation and now a two-faced cat. This is all news to me... I guess I need to get out more.
    I have, however, seen the bee in the morning glory scenario. Although I had not thought about him still being in there when the flower closes up.
    Lots of food for thought here today.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  26. I'm smiling (for the umpteenth time today)! You picked a good title...odd & sundry.

  27. I enjoyed this post and love that beautiful morning glory with the sleeping bee. Which brings me to something odd. I was getting some corn stalks from the neighbours garden this morning and noticed a bright yellow squash blossom that had about 4 bees inside it. Don't you think that's odd too? LOL I hope you have a nice weekend. We're in for some rain here. Pamela

  28. Your morning glories still look so fresh and vibrant! Mine are already getting dried up leaves. I saw that cat on the front page of AOL yesterday (at least I think that's where I saw) :)

  29. Your monster morning glory is the prettiest I've ever seen, dead heading it does it good. Not a fan of bees, he's on his own as far as I'm concern. As my parents would say "you got yourself into this, get yourself out."

  30. I LOVE morning glories so much!!!!! They bring back precious memories of my grandmother's house many moons ago. Yours are gorgeous! Ok, it's your job to make sure the little bee has moved on when you do your dead heading.

    You delight me sooo much!!!
    I need to try the pillow case,someday.

  31. Vee,

    You have so many comments! Wow!

    I have never seen that with the bees before...how strange that they take a nap in the flower....

    Thanks for sharing your 'odd' things with us today! That cat is just creepy to look at.


  32. This truly is an odd post!

    The disappearing nine patch was a hit at the county fair this year. I had never heard of it before. I'll have to check out the link because I don't get it.

    Love the flag photo... not odd but beautiful!

    You had better be careful how you dead head. You'll soon have the C.F.P.F.P.C.(council for the protection of food producing creatures) at your door. And they will not be happy!

    Blessings, Debbie

  33. I was just passing through and thought id stop and say hello. Have a very nice weekend everyone. Richard from the Amish community of Pennsylvania.

  34. Hi Vee!

    What a fun post! I love the odd little story of the cat - I love cats! The quilt is beautiful - I'll have to check into the pattern, I've never heard of it before...very pretty! Poor little bee - I do hate to kill a bee, they are so busy and productive. I guess he was just looking for a sweet place to take a nap - very cute. And the Morning Glory is so beautiful. I think that most of my flowers are most beautiful this time of year, they must like the cool mornings and warm days.

    Have a wonderful week-end!


  35. You are such a creative lady...and you can see by all these comments what a joy you are to visit.

    Morning glories...I will have to plant some for next year...they would be so much better to look at than the ugly old fence.

  36. I'm loving where your mind goes.... that makes 2 of us. LOL Your pictures are great.

  37. OOO, Vee...no one but you would be worried that a flower was going to close on a tiny little bee. I suspect that he/she will wake up at the first tiny movement of the closing flower, fly off to his/her lovely/handsome sweetbee and live happily ever after. WHEW....

  38. If only, alas the little bee was found in the closed morning glory and that is the rest of the story. I have since googled this and discovered an entire thread at some discussion board covering the subject. Guess it's just a part of nature. I'd never have known if it weren't for my love of a tidy morning glory. ☺

  39. That poor cat is the stuff of nightmares :(
    I made a pillow using the disapperaing nine patch, turned out well but the fabric choice wasn't too good.
    And holy smoke on your morning glory! Mine was all vines until a week ago, now I have nice blooms. I am not going to peer inside to see what's lurking, to many spiders on the porch!


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