May 14, 1999
brief notes from the pond
The pond's full now, but the water's too clear. It just looks like a dirty swimming pool. It's when the water turns green-brown with algae and suspended
particles (but not too much!) that it becomes a pond.
The toad that Bob brought is sitting happily on Toad Island.
Mark and I pondered names the other day and have decided to call him Algae. (Although that could become rather confusing, I suppose.) He's a handsome little fellow.
I love toads.
We went to see The Mummy this evening. After all the bad reviews I'd heard, I was prepared to use all my "bad kung fu appreciation" genes in order
to enjoy the movie. It started off really bad, but then it occurred to me that they might be doing it on purpose to sort of spoof the feel of old mummy
movies. In that frame of mind, I found myself really enjoying the movie. And when it was over, I decided it had to have been a comedy, because although it
wasn't consistently silly, it had some truly hilarious scenes. Mark and I roared during the big hack-and-slash scene with all the lesser mummies. In my opinion,
the only thing the movie really lacked was Bruce Campbell (of Army of Darkness fame). I won't say anything else about it because I hate spoilers.
My seat at the Waterlily Café
From time to time I'll have larger images linked to smaller images in here, mostly for myself, but also of course for anyone else who's
interested in seeing the larger pictures. (Taking this idea from Carole's journal, A Journal of Sorts. I love her pictures!)
For instance, today there's a larger image for the top image (of limited interest, I suspect, included more for sentimental reasons) and for the bottom image of my toad, Algae, looking out over his domain (I really like this image).
And this one is clickable, too, mostly to be consistent. But I probably won't remember/bother to mention when there's clickable images, so if you're interested, you'll know they're sometimes clickable.
© 1996 Royce B. McClure
Yea! I've been working on revamping my archives and making thumbnail calendars for each month, with tiny images and onmouseover titles/descriptions for each entry. It's
amazing the difference it makes to me, being able to look through each month at a glance, and easily find things I might be looking for. And, of course, I adore eye candy
sorts of things. Anyway, they load really quickly and are pretty neat, so try them out if you're interested. I was so excited about how well it turned out that I had to mention it in here.
(note from future)
You know those "if you like this, you might also like..." books for finding similar authors and so on? I love those. I had this idea for a
burb of 'you might also like...' recommendations for journals. Not having the time to actually maintain such a burb, I begged Heidi
to take it on, and goddess that she is, she agreed and has put together a wonderful burb for it, You Might Also Like.... Go check it out,
and feel free to suggest any similar journals that you can think of.
some of my favorite things...
I'm absolutely addicted to Arizona Green Tea. (With ginseng and Sue Bee honey, yum!) And it comes in the most beautiful bottles, decorated with Japanese garden scenery.
Blossoming plum branches, a curving bridge over a pond with koi, a stone lantern, a gnarled and twisted pine tree, the faint outlines of mountains in the mist. I'm
so crazy about the packaging I took a few little pictures of parts of the bottle to use up the rest of my memory card today. Very silly!
"She concedes that she's the one she pleases."
And the pine trees on Tortoise Hill
Reflected in the clear waters
Of the palace pond
--visitor to Kameyama Palace, 1276