June: End of the Month

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In FIFA World Cup Play Nigeria made some beautiful plays. Moses covered for the goalie who was off his line and what a great save it was.  But then Joseph Yobo made an own goal when the soccer ball was defrayed by the goalie only to hit Yobo and fly into the goal. Yobo was also celebrating his 100th game. France was the victor.

Algeria (1) vs Germany (2) was expected to be a great game as well. The teams played 120 minutes plus their stoppage time. Both teams were visibly fatigued with leg cramps, heat exhaustion and mental stress. Down to the last 10 minutes when all the scoring took place. It was another heart-pounder.

  

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Mother Nature’s Abundance: Sunday’s Beautiful Garden

Garden water drops 008I picked up my little camera to take some quick pictures to post today. As I stepped out onto the patio I got a surprise.Dove 003
He may be hard to see but I didn’t want to get too close.  I talked softly and he sat there. The cat was up on the window sill having dinner. I didn’t want this little guy to be his dinner. It looked like a baby and was very still. I slowly pointed my camera. When the lens clicked the whirring sound made the dove fly, just as well, It would not be safe for him. We also have a Perigrine Hawk That comes in the evening looking for dinner too.Aloe 008
The Aloe in the late afternoon sun looked good. It won’t much longer, the blooms are withering.
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The bees were visiting my Butterfly (Buddelia) Bush.
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The bees were also visiting Rosemary and my French Lilac who have been coexisting for 20 years now.Garden figs 022
My fig bushes, are filling out nicely. I call them bushes because they are growing so low to the ground. The branches are so heavy with fruit. God is good. Watering earlier left this beautiful drop of water on a Kale leaf, serendipity. (See the first photo.)
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I hope you had a beautiful Sunday.

FIFA: World Cup Games

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My mantra with the last set of games has been, “It’s not about the game of soccer, it’s about the games we play.”

Today Robin van Persie of the Netherlands went down in the box and got a free kick. Robin made an incredible fall and sold it well. There was great debate about this. Mexico’s coach was justifiable angry and made it know. Commentator Roberto Martinez after the game put it very tackfully. I may be paraphrasing here, “Anytime Robin is within 18 yards of the goal it is a delicate situation.”  Players should have doubled up on him, Marquez needed to keep his distance from Robin considering his reputation. The ref called what the ref saw and the ref’s call is final.

Javier Hernandez said Mexico needed to play closer attention to detail. Well that pretty much speaks of all the teams recently.

Uruguay fell apart without Suarez. It is sad that a team depends so mush on just one player.

It is such a surprise that Brazil did as well as they did, they played very sloppily.

Garden: Today’s Roses

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Lucky Strike, I didn’t see the visitor until I looked at the picture.
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Stretch, our rescue box turtle. Right after this he took a gulp and a big bubble came up and under the water he went.

Friday: At the Del Mar Fair

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The Del Mar Fairgrounds opened at 11 a.m., we were inside by 11:30 which I thought was pretty good time. Once inside to the left there was a stage with a live group performing Beach Boy songs.  I didn’t recognize any of them. You be the judge. They do just live up the road from San Diego it would be an easy venue for them.

I wanted to see how my two oil painting entries did.  So we walked through the Bing Crosby Hall to miss the crowds on the fairway. The Master Gardeners were very informative. I visited the Rare and Exotic booth outside the building. Greg Silverstone (not sure on that last name) gave me a Plumeria blossom and advice on how to grow them. Plumeria blooms are used primarily in Hawaii in their leis. Inside the hall at the far end before we exited I found a booth that sold Plumeria bracts as well as started stems. Not wanting to carry them around I told her I’d be back. I’m sure she had heard that a lot.

Under the grandstands was the art exhibit hall. The art entries have multiplied a hundred times over what it was when I entered my first photograph into the art exhibit. The competition is intense. I found both my paintings readily and was happy with the results.At the fair 007My Cat at the Window got a Blue Ribbon

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and my Mailboxes got a Second Place.
Both painting were from photographs I had taken. I read recently that even painters in the Renaissance knew about the use of a pin-point camera and used it in their work.

FIFA: Germany (1) vs USA (0)

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Soccer is played one game at a time. Today it rained for nine hours before the Germany/USA game started. People abandoned their cars in the street and forged forward to get to the game. Soccer is a struggle for the fans as well as the players.

One of the U.S. players collided early with the ref but no one was carded. For all the water on the playing field the game was played quite well. Stops were difficult for both teams and cards were given for slide tackles that could not be stopped. Not many players rolled on the field today. There were a couple of nasty hits with the of U.S.A.’s players knocking heads. Jermaine Jones came away with a bloody nose. Clint Dempsey took an elbow to the face from a German player which must have been painful.

Germany scored in the 54th minute and U.S.A. wanted a goal but it didn’t happen. They did manage to hold their own. Thanks to technology after Portugal made it’s second goal you could see the red, white and blue fans holding up fingers  2 for Portugal and 1 for Ghana to show the score.

U.S.A. moves through to the next group.

Before the game it was announced that Suarez will be suspended for four months from all international soccer games. He is eliminated from the World Cup, from his own team play with a nine Uruguay games penalty and a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs.

Babies bite for oral stimulation it is how they learn about their world. Young children bite when they don’t know how else to deal with their frustration.  My cousin bit me when we were little. I bit him back. As expected my Aunt saw the retaliation not the initial offense and she then bit me. I didn’t do it again and I haven’t forgotten it even after all these years. I hope Suarez doesn’t forget — this just didn’t hurt him, it hurt his team, his fans, his countrymen and the children who looked up to him.

FIFA World Cup: What’s missing?

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What’s missing from the World Cup Season this year? Some of my favorite players.  From the United States — Landon Donovan, it was never clear why but okay I don’t coach the team. One of the coaches said, “We don’t always pick the best players, we pick the best teams,” that to me means people who play best together. But who is still missing Thierry Henry, Michael Baluk, Franz Riveri? The sparkle and the shine aren’t there. Maybe that was the intent.

I know players get older and they retire either from the game as in Kobey Briant or International play.

Tomorrow Germany plays the United States. There seems to be a lot of excitement about it as well there should be. Germany has a great team. They are outstanding in many ways and they have a height advantage over most of the teams. I’m sure Jozie Altidore will be missed. He is a very strong player in his position.  Dempsey has done a fine job as Captain for the U.S.A.

Good luck to both teams.