Author Archives: Gita Mani

About Gita Mani

Nature lover. Punster. Foodie.

What a punderful world

Wordplay makes life more fun. Look at the puns that showed up in different (if unlikely) places.

1. At the grocery store

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2. At a concert

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I love this one! Why’d you go to that concert? Ya know … Jazz Becuzz! ­čśÇ

I’ve been to two Jazz Becuzz┬áconcerts in the last couple months. The first featured five Dallas singers (Carolyn Lee Jones, Breggett Rideau, Jennifer Martin, Mahogany Miller and Andrea Wallace, with Larry Davis (piano), Buddy Mohmed (bass) and Jaelun Washinton (drums). What a dazzling array of singing talent and top-notch accompanists. The second featured The Brehms┬á— delightful musicians with a great sense of humor!

So, why do you like music? Ya know … Jazz Becuzz.

3. In a cookbook

A pun in a book of vegetarian recipes? Miso happy that me can’t stop crying. By the way, Nina Olsson authors Nourish Atelier.

That’s three puns. Is there a fourth, you ask?

Well … it isn’t original, but here goes: May the 4th be with you. Happy Star Wars Day!

 

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White Rock Lake, Dallas – 2

Happy Earth Day! White Rock Lake is home to flora and fauna that boost the happy.

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A pair of coots

The coot’s white bill and dark feathers and its bobbing motions make it Chaplinesque.

The Filter Building sits on the southwest bank of White Rock Lake.

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The Filter Building once housed a system to purify lake water for city consumption. In the 1950s, the city began to rely on its other lakes for water, so the Filter Building stopped serving its original function. Today you can rent it for private and corporate events.

Glad they left the name and the very cool sign untouched.

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Mauve magic of Texas mountain laurel

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Coot stalking

The white structure is a boat garage.

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The water looks fine. Let’s go.

I took these pictures one misty morning last month. Here’s a sunny day post on White Rock Lake from four years ago.

Bethany Lakes Park – Allen, Texas

This Allen gem has four lakes, each with its own personality.

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Mostly mallards

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Reflecting pool

A walking trail surrounds this lake.
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This stopped me in my tracks:

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Anhingas and gulls

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Unparalleled parking

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About to nail the landing

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Soli-tree

These pics are from last weekend when temps rose to 60+ Fahrenheit. Not the norm for winter, but this is Texas where temps drop 20 degrees in as many minutes when cold fronts hit.

Look at the pics in these Yelp reviews of this very park. Spring! Canada geese. Picnics. Possibilities.

Here’s the City of Allen listing for Bethany Lakes Park.

Dayspring Nature Preserve – Allen, Texas

When it’s brrrry cold outside, there’s always photos from the month of May.

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Nature preserve beats traffic jam

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Indian paintbrushes (ratibida columnifera) surround firewheel (gaillardia pulchella)

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Sheer re-leaf

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‘Round the bend for mind to mend

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Path-o-logically peaceful

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Air filter

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Decked out in emerald

Here’s the City of Allen listing for Dayspring Nature Preserve.

Nothing to sneeze at

This post falls in the category of “details that make a difference.”

Look at this picture. What do you see?

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A box of white facial tissue?

Look again. This brand tells you when the box is nearly empty.

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See the pale blue tissue under the white one?

First of 10 blue tissues before the box is empty. A cue to stock up.

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Hint, tint!

Subtle, right? Here are the images, side by side.

This kind of care in product design makes for a superior UX. Small details that surprise and delight or make life a little bit easier, sweeter, smoother.