Offering to the Sun God

Whoever is in charge of the Climate Control Dial

Has turned it in the wrong direction.

If I thought it might work,

I’d do a sun dance in the street.

Instead, I offer a few photos of my Valentine’s Day flower from Charlie.

Here’s to warmer days ahead!

πŸ™‚

62 Comments on “Offering to the Sun God

  1. Cheerio, George. Love the colour and structure of these blooms. I think they’re dahlias? As one of your other commenters said, Sun God has gone fickle here in Victoria, Australia too. Love flowing to you in Victoria, Texas xxx

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    • Hi, Golden Girl! The blooms are a kind of chrysanthemum. This weather is freaky all around, I think! Thank you for the love! πŸ™‚ It’s always a smile event when I see that face!

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  2. Right??? And colder in beautiful Texas since your post, I’ve heard. Thank goodness for charming Grandson’s who can brighten up the gloomiest of days. Beautiful beauties. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Elisa! I’ve been thinking about you in Atlanta! Another blizzard strikes! It’s cold here, but nothing like in Dallas or the south and southeast where that band of freezing weather is strung out! Spring is bound to come around sooner or later. πŸ™‚

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  3. You’re right about that! The climate guy is upside down. Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we’re praying for more snow and cooler temps and watching with green eyes, as the snow piles up back east where they can’t use it. Such a shame.

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    • I know, Linda. We seem to get water in all the wrong places at all the wrong times. That arctic front totally bypassed you and headed south and east. Something is amiss. Our most valuable resource is water, not oil, I think. But, try telling that to a Texan. πŸ™‚ I grew up in the Piedmont region of NC. We were in a protected area there too. Victoria, where I live now, is also oddly protected from violent weather. I am the only person in my neighborhood who has a number of palm trees. They all froze one year, and nobody replanted them. I lost mine that year and would have lost them a couple of years later except that I wrapped them in burlap and nursery cloth with lights. The guy down the street, who is from Florida, asked how I saved mine. When I told him, he looked as if that was incomprehensible and didn’t replant. I love palms and would replant them if I lost them. They are too big to protect now. Fortunately, I won’t live to see them lost again, but they will be eventually. The pacific coast seems to be perpetually plagued by forest fires and mud slides. I don’t recall having known about such flooding in the middle of the country as I’ve seen in the last few years. We are totally unprepared for those kinds of catastrophes. People rebuild in the same places knowing it’s going to happen again. It’s insane. I hope you get snow and rain soon. πŸ™‚

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  4. What a thoughtful young man your Charlie is. Any help with the weather that you can provide will be much appreciated – I assure you. We had -10F the other day and those that forecast the weather are promising the same for tomorrow. Brrrrr. I hope you are well. D

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    • You need a sheepskin coat with the wool left ON. Chuckle…. I cannot imagine -10 degrees here. I’d freeze to death. I’m wearing two layers of polar tech underwear as it is! And it isn’t even freezing here! Yes, Charlie is a sweetheart. Thanks, and here’s to warmer weather for the animals! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Lynette! Good to see you. Charlie is a sweetheart boy. He always thinks of me for every occasion. The flower is a bright spot in an otherwise dreary winter landscape here. I understand that summer there has been a hit-and-miss affair! When are the birds more active and begin to nest with their young?

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  5. Many, many years ago…I did something of a rain dance, chant included, while standing on a rock at the end of our backyard pool…and it rained…..for reals…….so maybe, if you did a sun dance in the street, it might work, too. What do you have to lose, dear George? πŸ™‚

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    • Maybe I’ll do it late in the night so I won’t get hauled off to “the home”! Otherwise, somebody is bound to think I’ve escaped from the nursing home down the street! Chuckle… And these neighbors call the cops if a stranger walks down the sidewalk! Once, one of our employees came to take my car to the shop and it stalled just down the block at the stop sign. An old man on the corner called the cops. Here came Jose knocking on the door to get me to explain to the cop that he wasn’t stealing my damn car! I about had a fit! Can you imagine? I would have laughed except that I was absolutely irate. Jose laughed about it later. He was not surprised… I shouldn’t have been surprised either. I think I live in the wrong neighborhood… πŸ™‚

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      • No, you don’t want to get hauled off to “the home,” no more than poor Juan wanted to get hauled off to jail for taking your car to get fixed….goodness, with the nosy neighbors. πŸ™‚

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    • I would imagine they really are loving the weather! I want sustained warm weather too. I’m weary of alternating warm and cold days. It’s odd. Every year, I forget when the temperatures actually do get warmer! It seems time now! Thanks, Jo Nell!

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  6. What a sweetheart Charlie is, as for the weather these days, it seems the world over is in a state of confusion. Summer here in Victoria, Australia has been a bit hit and miss. Glad to hear that your state of health is not bothering you, happy thoughts always.

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    • Winter here in Victoria, Texas has been about the same hit and miss event. Warm days alternate with cold depending on where the arctic fronts meet the warmer Gulf air. It’s been horrible for the midwest and northeast this year. Thanks for stopping by to visit me! I appreciate that! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Sylvia! Charlie is a sweetheart boy. It’s probably a bit colder here than in Florida since the arctic front kind of dipped down toward Texas and headed north to pound Boston and New England again. I’m sure they’re weary of it! It’s been an odd winter here. No real freeze, but warm days and cold days alternately. Spring is just around the corner, though, and I’m sure it will arrive since it always does! Chuckle… I have to find out what your latest adventure is all about! πŸ™‚

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  7. Beautiful shots George. I know what you mean – yesterday was a bit of a shock to the system – so cold and windy whereas the day before it was around 70! The bright side is at least we are not in Boston. πŸ˜‰.

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    • NO kidding! I cannot believe the amount of snow in Boston. I don’t know how those people even get food into the houses! No place to move the snow out of the city even. It’s terrible. My niece and her husband lived there for a couple of years while he did his residency in pediatric cardiology at Harvard. They loved it, but they didn’t have these terrible snow storms one right on top of the other! Even then, it was hard for southerners to move about! Chuckle… Something is screwy about this weather. I walked outside yesterday morning and it felt fairly warm. An hour later, the wind was blowing cold air suddenly. I expected that we would get some effect from the latest arctic front though. The sun is back today and it’s not so cold. People in Boston would laugh at us, of course. πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Lynda! I loved the flowers and the sweet card that Charlie brought to me. Grandchildren are such a joy!

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    • Ah, thank you, Andy. Do you know that I immediately see the images of the reflections on the glass of shoppers when I see your face! And, of course, the mountain images. I don’t usually associate an image with a photographer, but those images were so striking that they stuck in my head. I also recall having worried that you were obviously photographing from some dangerous spots on the mountains in order to capture those dramatic images. Thanks for stopping by, Andy. I appreciate that! πŸ™‚

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      • It’s my pleasure, George. I always make sure I’m safe when I stop for images in the mountains. The worst that’s happened is that my skis have slid of my stance and I’ve had some work to do to get back up the slope to my poles and rucsac!

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        • When I saw that photo of the hiker on a distant ridge, I felt as if I were standing in your boots. It was a scary feeling! I hoped you were paying attention to your FEET!! πŸ˜‰

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  8. I’ll accept your offering but I’m hopeless with dials, George! How’s it going? (weather apart!) I know, I’m in the wrong blog to ask for details but I glimpsed you in the comments as I flitted past, and just wanted to ‘high 5’. Superb shots! He must surely be appeased by those πŸ™‚

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    • I certainly hope he’s appeased, Jo. Those folks in New England could use a bit of relief from the onslaught of storms they’ve had non-stop for days now. I have no idea how they manage to get the basic of food and stuff. Boston has been buried for days. Nowhere left to put the snow since the snow farms are all filled up. It’s terrible. I’m doing fine, Jo. Surprised at how well I’m doing, actually. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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    • I know, Sue. Me either. Those poor folks are buried in snow and ice. There is nowhere left in many areas to move the snow out of the cities. Surely this is the last of the arctic fronts. πŸ™‚

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      • It’s to be hoped so, George… though if they want to send some over here next weekend… before I leave the north again… they are more than welcome!

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  9. We will gladly trade some sunshine for your melted snow and ice. Maybe the most needed pipeline should move water east to west! Beautiful flowers. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, too bad the snow can’t be shipped westward. We haven’t had snow here in South Texas for several years now. It’s fairly cold, but certainly not a problem. I really feel for the folks in the Midwest and Northeast! This has been a cruel winter for them. Thanks, Ogee!

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  10. All I have to offer is an ice cube. πŸ˜€

    Had to go go out for an appointment, so I actually took a few photos with the phone. Will post some, but, unlike your post, they will not be warming anyone’s heart. πŸ™‚

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    • I know this has been an awful winter for the folks in the upper half of the US, too. Boston has been hit with three heavy snow storms in a row now. There is nowhere left to move the snow so they are using snow melting machines. It’s dangerously cold, too. Spring is bound to arrive one day! πŸ™‚

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  11. What beautiful flowers! That Charlie, he’s such a sweetheart. So very nice of him to remember u on Valentines Day! Grandkids just make everything better!!! Happy Belated Valentines Day and GALentines Day to u, my dear friend!

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    • Thanks, Glenda. Charlie is eleven going on forty. The card he chose was heartfelt and grateful. When Kelli asked if his dad chose her card, he said he chose all of them himself including the one from JC to Kelli! πŸ™‚ Such a thoughtful, mature child.

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