Last Day of August Already??

4:03 pm.

How is it already the 31st? that means school is in four days!! Which is totally exciting, but it also feels strange, like the few-last-days-of-summer in any year previous. Ah, well, I have my school supplies, my schedule 9which, by the way, for the first time in all of history had absolutely nothing messed up in it. It’s suspicious…it’s peculiar…it is scary! (sorry, I just couldn’t help but quote Nightmare before Christmas..it’s almost that time! Wow!))

Oh my, have you ever seen such a parenthetical tangent such as that before? I certainly have not. Haha.

Wow, Spongebob is on the television (I am in the living room), and it is a classic episode: Pizza delivery.

“Will you let go of that stupid pizza already??”

-“I can’t, it’s for the customer!”

“Who cares about the customer?”

-“I do!”

“Well, I don’t!”

(Wind stops)

-“(gasp) Squidward!”

image found at: http://www.ovguide.com/tv_season/spongebob-squarepants-season-1-75886

 

Lolz. Those ones were the best episodes. Now they are just stupid, and not even in a good way. The old ones actually had character and humour. Now…they’re just terrible.

Wow, I really hadn’t meant to make Spongebob Squarepants take up a large portion of this entry. Anyway.

The trees here are starting to change colour! It is CRAZY! Here’s a picture of the birch tree in my back yard:

I don’t know if you can tell, but the leaves are turning yellow, and some even orange-ish.

And here’s one of the ground in my backyard:

 

I’m also happy for autumn (would it be capitalized? I’m not sure if it is a Proper Noun. Anyway.)

School countdown: four days!!

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Summer’s Winding Down/Birthday Announcements

11:58 am.

Wow, summer’s really coming to an end. Nine days left! And yet I am as ready as ever–a little while ago, I was walking around my house with my backpack (full of school stuff) on. Think of me what you will.

Also, we have a couple birthdays today! (“Attention, crew, this is your captain speaking. Everyone please report to the bomb bay immediately for hot cakes and sweet cream. We have a very special birthday to celebrate!” Sokka, Book Three, episode 19)

image: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/sokka/images/2344478/title/captain-speaking-screencap

Anyway…

Happy birthday, Tim Burton! He is 54 today.

image: http://collider.com/tim-burton-frankenweenie-beetlejuice-2-sequel/164718/

Also, happy birthday, King Ludwig II of Bavaria! He died (a while ago), but today is his 167th birthday.

image: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_II._(Bayern)

Finished!

7:43 pm.

Whoo hoo! I just finished reading the section of the book i’d to read for honours English class, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Now I am officially allowing myself to think that I am completely ready for school to begin. We have… *elevator music*…ten days until school begins. Wowzers! Is that all?

School Stuff Yay!

8:45 am.

Today’s the day, the sun is shining, the tank is clean…*gasp* the tank is clean! The TANK is CLEAN!

hem…Anyway.

Hooray, today is registration day! For school, that is. If you are unfamiliar, registration is when we get our pictures taken, receive our school id’s, get our classes schedule, as well as our locker number, and also pre-order our yearbooks.

And I’m so happy! For the past week or so, I’ve been longing for school and mental stimulation…Summer feels too long some times. Is that weird? Haha.

I woke up this morning at 6:24 am. I’m training for getting up at an alarm, you see.

Noodle, however, seems just as content to sleep the day away…Silly little cat.

 

Oh yes, and i do believe I promised some cat photos…Here’s another:

I’m cute. Yeah. So, you should pet me. Now. Cos I’m cute.

 

He’s so fluffy and adorabubble!! There are few things more pleasing to the eye than a napping kitty with his paw over his face…

 

“Why don’t you keep an eye on the neighbourhood for me, Ricky.”
(It’s okay if you don’t get this quote, it’s from The ‘Burbs, a movie which maybe five people inthe whole entire world have seen…Which is odd, seeing as it is a Tom Hanks movie…Anyway…sorry for the rant, it’s rather irrelevant to the kitty in the window.)

Right. This is not a cat, as i’m sure you’re aware. I took this at the store yesterday. I thought it was funny: Traditional Italian-style Wedding…In a can! lolz

 

 

 

Post-Wind Beach Finds

4:52 pm.

I haven’t written in forever, but don’t be mad 🙂 because I have some awesome pics for you guys.

For the past few days, we have been having rather strong north winds here in Traverse City. Yup, north winds, washing treasures from Lake Michigan into Grand Traverse Bay. So, my mom and I decided that we had to go to the beach and do some treasure hunting, because what better time to do so?

And let me tell you, we really did find great stuff. Here are some (okay, lots of) photographs of my haul:

Bottle necks/tops. note the scary-sharp one (glad I found that with my hand and not my foot); the well-frosted milk bottle top; and two that are very well-frosted (can you tell?), the center one and the bottom-left one.

pieces of pottery and porcelain (unintentional alliteration, apologies (haha)), with painted designs. I held up the yellowish one so you can see the scale pattern.

bits of smoothed terra cotta.

Metal pieces: a large spring (mattress?), square, circle, square-head nail, bottle lid/top/cap, two fragments of enamel, and another of those C-or-G’s that I found on the 14th (see 15 July entry).

Bottle Bottoms, including a lovely aqua one (possibly a mason jar rather than a bottle), and a square-bottle bottom. Seen here bottom-down.

Bottle bottoms, seen here bottom-up.

Shells, brought in by that wind–at other times, you are lucky to find even a partial, instead of an entire half.

Glass bits with words/letters on them. I hold some up in later pictures; the ones I don’t, are ones that say something about Traverse City Brewing Registered…along the lines of the one from my entry, “Amazing Discovery!”

This says “A. W. W.”…no idea what that would mean.

This reads, “BREWING”

This one reads, “PARILLA”… I searched it, but came up without any results. if anyone knows…Please comment!

These are all coloured bits of glass. Many are jagged, so they will go into colour jars (glass jars into which I place coloured pieces/shards of beach glass)…except the clear/white one to the right, and the center green one–both of these are very nicely frosted.

these are nice pieces of glass…because they are special. One has chicken wire embedded in it! I’ve seen this on Etsy, it’s apparently uncommon and desired. Again, here are the two well-frosted pieces of glass…the green one, I’ve decided is fro a 7-Up soda bottle from the fifties or sixties, judging by colour and how frosted it is. I’ll show close-ups of the other two pieces:

This piece is a bottle bottom; one which I was rather excited to find. Here’s why: I know it to say “SHOENHOFEN CHICAGO”, even though the rest of SCHOENHOFEN is broken off. I know this because I found another of these. I didn’t feature it here on my blog, but I had looked it up, and this was a brewery in Chicago a while ago–the brewery was under this name from 1875 to 1925, which is why i was excited to find it. It’s old! I wonder, though, whether this bottle was brought here, or if it actually traveled in Lake Michigan from Chicago to GT Bay? The latter seems much more exciting, anyway 🙂

This is the seal from the lid of a Mason jar! It reads: “WHITE CROWN CAP PAT. 11-22-10″… As in, 22 November 1910. (Which, coincidentally, is the same date as the release of MCR’s latest album…only that was a century later.) How amazing is it that I found one AMONG ROCKS AT THE BEACH that is perfectly whole??

This I was especially excited for…It is part of an insulator! It is the most beautiful aqua blue glass I’ve ever seen (the lighting here doesn’t do it justice). It reads “TENT 1893”, which would have said PATENT. And from the way the letters and umber look, i would say that the letters and numbers were hand-laid onto it. Wowzers!!

Here’s another view (of the outside)

Here’s another view (showing the inside)

And look at THIS! A whole jar! It reads “POND’S” on two opposite sides. It is lovely milk glass, and besides a non-fatal crack, it is in great condition for being over 90 years old… I had judged myself (while at the beach) that it was pre-WWII, because of how incredibly thick and heavy it was. I looked it up 9wasn’t that hard to find it, really), and I was correct. It is circa 1920s. Here is where I found it (only mine doesn’t have the lid): http://deannamoyers.ecrater.com/p/14388251/1920s-ponds-cold-cream-jar

Here it is again…

And this is just wonderful as well!!! It is a great little glass jar, roughly three inches tall. It has absolutely NO damage about it, which is awesome. It is, however, very well, very evenly frosted. Around the neck it reads “2 FLUID OUNCES”. Too bad there aren’t more details for research, but I love it just the same.

Here is part of the lining of a shoe. It appears to be leather. One can even see the tiny little tacks in it!

Now look at this again, because it is lovely.

What a Lovely Birthday

3:47 pm.

Two days ago was my birthday. Wowzers. Yeah. um…idk.

Yup, so we did an evening picnic at the beach, which was awesome, cos we hadn’t been to the beach in quite a while. The weather was very nice, there were hardly any other people,and i found stuff. A couple pieces of glass, rocks (including a few petoskeys), and a great piece of driftwood, which is probably completely dried out now (i found in in the water, partially buried in sand).
My mom found an awesome old sand-polished bottle neck which I am totally jealous of…

The cats are fine. Noodle is currently begging for treats at the cupboard downstairs in the kitchen, and Snowbelle is sitting at the open front door, acting cool (cos she totally is).

Goodbye!

Hey…About those Cats and Olympic Games

9:07 am.

Hey… sorry i haven’t written in, like, forever… I feel boring.

The cats are fine. Noodle is being goofy and needy as always (i gave him treats when i came downstairs after waking up this morning, and about 43 seconds later he was at the cupboard begging for them again), and Snowbelle is acting cool as usual (she did Statue Cat on the stairs and looked at me when i came down, as if to say, ‘Yeah. You love me. I’m beautiful. Noodle, he’s just…pathetic. Pay attention to me… I’m cool.’).

That was about the longest sentence in the history of…something. Sorry, just woke up, can’t think completely straight.

I’m wondering when Gabby Douglas, that awesome and energetic tiny little gymnast of ours (the US) is going to show up on a cereal box.

And Michael Phelps left the Olympics in style, with a final gold in the relay last night (well, it was last night for us…time may vary.)

So…yup.

See ya.

Post-Script: My birthday is tomorrow; wowzers.