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Mildness [Jun. 15th, 2014|08:42 pm]
Clouds formed and the evening is almost gray. There might be color at sunset, or maybe the clouds are too thick already. Fortunately there is not a lot of heat for the clouds to hold in tonight, and tomorrow will be almost cool. I'm not even regretting that watermelons have not yet come down to a reasonable price. I discovered today that Safeway stocks Coca-Cola made in Mexico— made with real sugar instead of corn syrup— and I bought a bottle to see if it tastes the way I remember it. It might be flat, though, as the store doesn't refrigerate it and the bottles look as though they might have been sitting on the shelf for a while. If it's flat I won't buy it again, but if it is good and fizzy I might pick up a bottle now and then when I'm feeling the need for a nostalgia transfusion.

The fruitless mulberry tree which I thought to be near the end of its days when it failed to thrive this spring after being pollarded a few months ago has suddenly decided to put out a dense thicket of leaves. The thin new branches are unseen amid the mass of them, and only a few twiggy bits extend beyond the big green lollipop it has become. The ball of leaves is at least a dozen feet across, and gives evidence that the tree has plenty of life left in it. It won't be providing any shade to the roof this summer, though, and my window will be exposed to direct sunlight for the latter part of the afternoons. It probably will get a bit wider as the season progresses, as long as I keep giving it some water, but by the time it's big enough to block the late sun in the northwest, the sun will have moved south. The Autumnal equinox should restore afternoon shade to my window. I'm looking forward to that, at least.

I have to rush if I'm to get dinner before nine o'clock, when there's something I want to watch on television. I bought a donut at Safeway this afternoon and ate it on arriving home and spoiled my appetite. All those warnings I got in childhood were as well founded as they are unheeded.

Sunday Verse

After Reading T'ao Ch'ing, I Wander Untethered Through the Short Grass

by Charles Wright
Dry spring, no rain for five weeks.
Already the lush green begins to bow its head and sink to its 

Already the plucked stalks and thyroid weeds like insects
Fly up and trouble my line of sight.

I stand inside the word here
      As that word stands in its sentence,
Unshadowy, half at ease.

Religion's been in a ruin for over a thousand years.
Why shouldn't the sky be tatters,
      lost notes to forgotten songs?

I inhabit who I am, as T'ao Ch'ing says, and walk about
Under the mindless clouds.
      When it ends, it ends. What else?

One morning I'll leave home and never find my way back—
My story and I will disappear together, just like this.


[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-06-16 05:37 pm (UTC)
Safeway's donuts are pretty good! I buy one for my son once in a while. He likes the sprinkle ones.

It's out and out cold here today. Did you get the cooler temps? Did you watch your show? (I'm snoopy.)

I like the poem.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-06-16 06:03 pm (UTC)
I get the apple fritter donuts. They aren't really donuts (and I'm not so sure they are fritters either) but they are bigger than the others of the same price and have little bits of apple in them. The frosting on most of Safeway's donuts is really too sweet for my taste, but the apple fritter donuts just have a light glaze.

It did cool off. In fact the house got down to 66 degrees last night. In winter I hate for the house to be that cold, but in June, after a heat wave, it's a luxury.

I saw the show. It was the new one on Masterpiece Mystery with David Tennant. I wanted to see if he was less irritating than he was as Doctor Who. He wasn't. What I'm really looking forward to is the new season of "Endeavor" which is coming up July 1. I found the first season I quite enjoyable.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-06-16 08:26 pm (UTC)
Are Krispy Kremes big where you are? They're too soft and gummy for my taste.

But I LOVE Endeavour! The actor is so good, as is the actor playing his superior. Great, great show.

You find Tennant irritating? The fangirls at tumblr are in loooove with him, but I don't quite see it. Did you like Matt Smith as the Doctor? I only saw a couple of the ones with him and found him skittish, or something. I thought the one scene with Van Gogh in the museum overhearing the curator's praise was incredibly moving.

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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-06-16 10:26 pm (UTC)
Krispy Kreme didn't go over very big in California. They have fewer than thirty locations for the entire state. There's supposed to be one in Chico but I've never been there. In California they have to compete with independent donut shops run by Cambodians. Cambodians took over the donut business here in the 1970s and 1980s, and they have a real knack for making good donuts.

For some reason actors with a twitchy, mannered style have become popular in England, and David Tennant is of that ilk. Smith is too, and so is that guy on "Sherlock" Bennecue Cumberpatch or whatever his name is, though he's not quite as extreme as the two Whos. Shaun Evans, who plays the young Morse, is a refreshing exception, all repose and subtlety. But then "Endeavor" has a much better writer (Russell Lewis) than "Who" or "Sherlock" (Steven Moffat) which probably helps.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-06-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
You're right, I think, about the twitchiness. I do like Cumberbatch as Sherlock, counterposed with Martin Freeman's inwardness, but the writing isn't as good as Endeavour's, for sure.

I'd like to try those Cambodian donuts!
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