First: Congratulations to mr. and mrs. mmw at two gardens, the proud parents of new twins! Babies arrived early and mom is taking it easy.
Second: Birthday cards from the pet insurance company reminded us that our kittens are having their first birthday about now. And they still won't sit still for pictures.
Third: The Austrian woman who was held hostage in a basement for 8-1/2 years (not to be confused with the Belgian woman who was held captive for 24 years) is starting a new career as a television talk show host. Link. My first reaction (i.e., the first two seconds after I heard about it) was something along the lines of "Was it all a publicity stunt?"
Fourth: Did you know that Barack Obama smokes? I just heard about it today and I'm still surprised. Who smokes anymore? I haven't decided who I'm going to vote for this November--and the Democrats still haven't decided who to nominate which seems bizarre because November is not very far away--but can I vote for a smoker? Especially one who wants to quit, but can't? My grandmother quit all at once the day the Surgeon General warning was issued. It's legend in my family. Anyhow, whatever.
Fifth: I want these.
Sixth: A white amaryllis bloom (last seen here) was waiting for me when I got home from vacation. Enjoy!