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Peace offering

Sixteen years ago, a friend gave me a spathiphyllum plant as a thank-you. Also called peace lily, white sails or spathe flower, it is an easy-care houseplant that doesn’t need much light. It bloomed every year like clockwork. Just a couple blooms in March/April. Then for five years (2014-2018), it stopped and I missed those dazzling white spathes, symbols of spring.

This year, it bloomed again! Here are some pictures from first sighting on March 19th to today.

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March 19 – peekaboo, i see you

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March 20 – first bloom release

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March 23 – moisture pearl hangs from tip

 

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March 26 – second bloom on the way

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March 26 – bustin’ out

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March 28 – free to unfurl

 

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April 7 – peace lily pair

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April 7

 

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April 10 – second bloom

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April 14 – Tamil New Year

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April 18 – inflorescence up close

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April 27 – the white spathes turn green with time (in sunlight)

Reference:
Wikipedia: Spathiphyllum wallisii

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Make me a cosmopolitan!

Big D, the city I call home, surprises and delights when I’m least expecting it. Check out these lovingly rendered signs around town.

The puns in this one put the happy in Happy Hour for me. So do the lettering, colors and illustrations.

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Centric Bar and Grill, June 2017

Anyone else see the subtle TGIF around the wine glass (top left)? Or is it just me?

A lot of care and creativity went into making these Dallas Comedy House menus:

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Dallas Comedy House, May 2017

So fun! I love “Key & Peele Lime Pie” and “the Such a Ham sandwich”! I also like “IMPROVISE your own.” But my favorite has to be “Nom, nom, nom” under Food. See it? Truly great puns, like this one, are stealthy. They do not call attention to themselves. Nom, nom, nom sits there perfectly happy if you see the obvious reference to food but leaps off the board to tickle your funny bone if you uncover the hidden joke (nomination, in this case).

The list of libations:

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Dallas Comedy House, May 2017

The DCH signs are high up on walls, and the angle of this shot makes this sign harder to read. My faves from this board:
Steve Martini
SarahDay Night Live
LizLemonDrop
the Woo-ie CK

😀 😀 😀
For being a teetotaler, I left both venues in high spirits.

The most punderful time of the year

Signs that wordplay is alive and well in Dallas!

Near Mockingbird Station, around Halloween:

Halloween sign near retail store: fab-boo-lous

No scar(e)city of puns. Dallas is well-equipped.

Near Trader Joe’s/Walnut Hill:

Walkens welcome

Locks to laugh about.

Christmas cheer around here:

Gnome for the holidays

Where to go for my wordplay addiction? The elf-help section.

Happy you here! Err … I mean, Happy New Year. Too much punch can do that, ya know!

Office cutie

Look who traveled all the way from Glasgow, UK to Dallas, Texas, USA. Resilience Fox.

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Being used to forests, he took to the plant in my cube.

But it made him sneeze: “Atishoo! Atishoo!” So I gave him the whole box.

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He took a tissue and dabbed his little snout.

Then he finished his tour of my cube.

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Deciding he liked the monitor stand best, he made himself comfy there. That this forest dweller would want a Dell nearby didn’t surprise me. But there is another plus to the location that appealed to him — a buddy. Can you spot his buddy? Clue in the last photo. Leave your guess in a comment, dear reader.

Resilience Fox came from the caring hands and heart of The Star and Heart Studio on Etsy.

Sparkling wit

These beverage cans hide a playful side. Literally.

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Here they are from the front. All slick and smooth.

And here’s the playful side.

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Bai Bolivia Black Cherry – Take your taste buds for a wild ride on a cherry-go-round of flavor.

Side 2

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Bai Bogota Blackberry Lime – Blackberry flavor so insanely delicious, it defies all lime or reason.

I wanted to Bai a Coke alternative to go with pizza. While nothing compares to Coke as a pizza bev, these antioxidant infusions fit the bill, Bai and large. They’re a fizzy, flavorful counterpoint to the crisp crust-soft cheese magic of pizza.

Sweetened with erythritol and stevia leaf extract, Bai Bubbles are 5 cals a can, if you’re counting. Each has as much caffeine (45mg) as a cup of black tea. Their colors and flavors come from fruit and vegetable extracts, so they’re clean and look gorgeous in the glass. Cheers!

Thanks for reading! Until next time, good-Bai!

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.