Coincidence or Symbiotic Relationship?

The Christmas Cactus on my kitchen windowsill blooms rather frequently for a Christmas Cactus.  In May 2018, I wrote about how it had bloomed three times in the previous twelve months.  Since then it bloomed this past December just after Christmas and is now blooming again.  However, the African Violet that shares the windowsill blooms infrequently.  But when the African Violet does bloom, it does so only when the Christmas Cactus is in bloom.  Is it just a coincidence, or are they in some sort of symbiotic relationship?

 

“We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”  (Denis Waitley)

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shadows

Afternoon shadows on the old shed

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Sweet Gum Shadow

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Solar Eclipse Shadows on the Back Deck

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At the feeder: Chickadees

The little chickadees flit in and out so quickly that it has been difficult to photograph them…

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My birdie looked wise
 With his little black eyes,
As he peeked and peered from his perch at me
With a throbbing throat and a flutter of glee,
 As if he would say–
 Sing trouble away,
Chickadee, chickadee, chickadee-dee.
(From the poem “Chickadee” by Hanford Lennox Gordon)

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

Rustic Fences

Fence at Cherokee Farm, New Echota Historic SIte

 

Fence at the Vann House Historic Site

 

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Fence at the Wooster House, New Echota Historic Site

 

Fence on Whistlestop

 

Kellum Valley

 

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The Golden Hour

From the back deck on one of the few evenings this Spring that we haven’t had rain…

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“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”  ~Aaron Rose

Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Animals- “Tennessee Bird Walk”

“Take away the trees and the birds
All have to sit upon the ground
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Tennessee Bird Walk is undoubtedly one of the craziest songs I’ve ever heard. Written and recorded by country music husband and wife duo Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, it was released as a single in 1970 and went to Number One on the country music charts.

I was in high school in Australia in 1970, and the song played continuously on the radio there.  However, when I returned to the U.S. later that year I couldn’t find anyone who had ever heard it.  To this day I don’t know anyone, except my old friends in Australia, who is familiar with this song.

If you’ve never heard it, have a listen.  It’s so crazy it was included on an album called “Kooky Kountry” that was released in 2009.

 

 

Take away the trees and the birds
All have to sit upon the ground, uum
Take away their wings and
The birds will have to walk to get around
And take away the bird baths
And dirty birds will soon be ev’rywhere
Take away their feathers and
The birds will walk around in underwear
Take away their chirp and the
Birds will have to whisper when they sing
And take away their common sense and
They’ll be headed southward in the spring

Oh remember my darling
When spring is in the air
And the bald headed birds
Are whisp’ring ev’rywhere
You can see them walking
Southward in their dirty underwear
That’s Tennessee Bird walk

How about some trees so the birds
Won’t have to sit upon the ground, uum
How about some wings so the
Birds won’t have to walk to get around
And how about a bird bath or two
So the birds will all be clean
How about some feathers so their
Underwear no longer can be seen
How about a chirp so the birds
Won’t have to whisper when they sing
And how about some common sense so they
Won’t be blocking traffic in the spring

Oh remember my darling
When spring is in the air
And the bald headed birds
Are whisp’ring ev’rywhere
You can see them walking
Southward in their dirty underwear
That’s Tennessee Bird walk

Songwriters: Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan

Song Lyrics Sunday

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

The patterns in spider webs

Spider web patterns

 

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Murals

There are very few murals around here, at least I can’t think of any.  This one is painted on the side of the Batesville General Store, which actually is a restaurant and is located about 20 miles away.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Occupation – “Wichita Lineman”

“I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
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Songwriter Jimmy Webb was inspired to write Wichita Lineman  while driving along a completely straight highway flanked by an endless line of telephone poles.  Headed into the setting sun, he saw the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop one of the poles and believed it to be “the picture of loneliness.”

The song was recorded in 1968 by country music artist Glen Campbell and not only reached the top of the American country music chart  but also reached number 3 on the pop chart and topped the adult contemporary chart.

 

 

I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
I hear you singin’ in the wire,
I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

I know I need a small vacation
But it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

Songwriter: Jimmy Webb

Wichita Lineman lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

 

 

 

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The gift of springtime

Crocuses along the road

“A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.”

(David Steindl-Rast)