I've been pretty much entirely ensconced in the work project that's eating my brain. I have been sporadically keeping up on my blog-reading at a rudimentary level, but I've been staying out of many interesting and engaging comment threads (because that would mean that I'd be commenting and obsessively watching the thread play out, rather than doing the work I need to do right now).

Today, I did get the lawn mowed, cleared out about 5 years of orphaned and disorganized files on my computer (so that there are spacious expanses ready for the video files I am uploading), spent some lovely quality-time with my beloved, and even watched an actual movie (Meet the Robinsons" -- which I missed when it came out -- no time for a review -- I'll just say that I thought it was choppy and frantic in places, but I did get a little misty at the end when the geek-family had a hug-fest -- which probably had very little to do with the quality of the movie, and much to do with my mush-vulnerability).

We've had our first really warm days in the last week (where I live, Summer doesn't usually start until July 5th, and we refer to the preceding month as "Juneuary"). With the temps in the high 60s - low 70s (and yes, that's "warm" here), flowers are popping out, grass is growing faster than my desire for mowing, and dandelions are flinging their fluff throughout my lawn.

Fortunately, since I've been forced to play with the new equipment that I brought into the project this week (Oh! New technology! Twist my arm!;), I have a little video to show you -- proof positive that I am, in fact, still alive and kicking, and that I do, in fact, live in Paradise -- this video was taken in deep twilight with the new camera -- and shows the view from my "smoking porch" -- rhododendrons in full bloom, and the japanese maples setting it off -- I had to pan to my raspberry patch, too -- cuz they could use some love right now -- it's been so chilly that they haven't had the heart to bud out.

I basically wanted to see how "twilight" and "night" mode looked on this camera -- and I'm still trying to adjust to the ultra-fast zoom -- but LOOK at those rhodies!!!!!!

I'm pleasantly fatigued, and remaining focused.

Posted byPortlyDyke at 1:44 AM  


Anonymous said... May 26, 2008 at 8:13 AM  

Great video! Is that your voice at the end? It is lovely!

NameChanged said... May 26, 2008 at 9:15 AM  


pidomon said... May 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM  


Bob said... May 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM  

Beautiful! The wild rhodos haven't started blooming yet, but if the Mountain Laurels are any indication, there's gonna be a lot of blooms this year. I haven't seen the laurels so covered in years!!

(and the video played for me! Yay!)

Anonymous said... May 26, 2008 at 11:26 PM  

Oh Yeah, those rhodies are quite LUSH! Thanks for the touchdown!!

Bitty said... May 27, 2008 at 4:53 PM  

Raspberry patch -- I am so jealous. I haven't lived anywhere where raspberries grow for decades.

They were the best free food of my childhood.

You do live in paradise!

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