Sigyn Speaks

A Re-rematch (Sigyn Speaks)

Poor Loki!   The whole cherry-pulling business has made him grumpy and discouraged.  I don’t cheat, honestly!  I…I just think the cherries like me.

I managed to find another pair of twin cherries so we can play again.  Now, in my efforts to cheer him up, I wouldn’t go so far as to sabotage a cherry stem so that he could win.  If he found out, he’d be very mad.  But I did notice which cherry seemed to have the weaker stem, and I’m making sure to choose that one.

Ready?

Steady?

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Go!

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Loki!  You did it!  You won!

I think he suspects something…

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Loki, look!  Here’s your prize!  It’s the biggest, blackest one I could find!

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Anything to keep my sweetie happy.

: )

A Dash to the Outcrop, Part I: Old Friends (Sigyn speaks)

The humans are on their way to the Big City to the South.  Fortunately, the outcrop that the human female and I love so much is on the way, more or less.  We are making a quick stop to see the effects of last year’s controlled burn.

The last time we saw this place, it was on fire.

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It looks very good!  There is a lot of new vegetation coming up, including this ground plum (which the human female says is not a plum at all.  Common names will get you into trouble every time.)  It is a true prairie plant, and the fact that it’s here and happy is a good sign.  She says she only sees it in good years.  It will make a big, round legume fruit.

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The bluebonnets are back!   This is a different kind than the sort on the roadsides.  This one likes sand rather than clay.

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The big yellow flowers and round fruit in this photo belong to bladderpod. The trifoliolate leaves belong to bur clover.

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Some botanists say that the bladderpod should be Physaria rather than Lesquerella.  “Lesquerella” is more fun to say!

Loki likes the spiderwort.  Usually, they are blue, but the ones here are more purple.

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Wild onions!  They are everywhere!  And do you see the little green bug?

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Really, it is hard to walk without stepping on something in flower.  It is a very good year!

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What I Found in the Yard– Sigyn Speaks (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

A whole lot of blue-flowered vetch that Loki says the human female really ought to pull out of the lawn but which I think is rather pretty.

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Lyre-leaf sage, which politely declines to grow in the flower bed where it’s wanted and insists on coming up in the yard.

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And the first satellite dish of the season.

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: )

Thank You, Xylem (Sigyn Speaks)

The human female’s students have been studying Angiosperms, which is just a fancy word for flowering plants. I like this week of lab, not just because I just adore flowering plants, but also because there are always leftovers.

Look, Loki!  Today, it’s carnations.  I bet you’re wondering about the colored water.

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The carnations started out plain white.  If you put them in colored water, the flowers will take it up, and it will travel upwards in little tubes called xylem

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…and the dye gets deposited in the petals, leaving a lovely, stripey place to have a little sit!

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Loki, shall I ask the human female if there are any more plain white carnations left?  I hear this works just as well with green food coloring!

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Oh, No! Not You Too!

The human female, daily dismayed at her advancing avoirdupois and her increasing rickettyness*, has joined a yogurt  yoga class at the university.  And before I could stop her, she talked Sigyn into doing it with her.  Now, twice a week, I have to eat lunch by myself while Sigyn does all sorts of bendy things in a quiet room full of limber people in stretchy clothes.

There are names for all of the poses.  I can’t possibly be expected to remember them, so I’ll let Sigyn narrate.

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Hi! Sigyn here!  We like to start with some simple relaxation and breathing.  In and out.  In and out…  Let your mind go empty.**

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Reverse swan dive up, opening up the spine.  Imagine that string pulling up on the top of your head.

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And bend forward, walking those feet back into downward dog.  (I know it looks like I’m topless, but I promise it’s just that the back of my shirt is flesh-colored!)

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Return standing, then lunge forward into warrior one. 

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Now balance on that front foot.  Keep your hips facing forward.  Don’t forget to breathe!

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Now we work on strengthening our glutes and abdominals with bridge.

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If you can raise one leg.  Good!  Now hold…

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Now back on one leg, reach back and hold one foot.  Feel those quads!  Don’t worry if you have trouble balancing–you’ll get the hang of it soon!

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Move downward into plank (you can do kneeling plank if you prefer.)

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Push up into cobra.  Keep your neck nice and long.

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Two more times. When you’re done, lie back down and–

Sigyn, aren’t you done yet?  I’ve been waiting for you forever and you promised we’d go for a walk.

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Fie!  Too many spandex-clad, shushing people in here–I’ll meet you outside.

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*I don’t know how she manages to be both stiff AND wobbly, but she does!

** The human female’s natural state–Loki

A Bit of Botany (Sigyn Speaks)

Hello!  I’m with the human female at the herbarium today.  I tried to get Loki to come with us because he’s been feeling cooped up lately, since it’s been too cold for walks.  But apparently he’s having a Grumpy Day and doesn’t want to play with plants and databases and fun things like that.  Poor Loki.  I’ll leave him to sulk, and by the time I get home, he’ll be all smiles again.  I hope.

Ooo!  Someone left a whole bunch of little white paper bags on the worktable.  I wonder what’s in them?

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Look!  Moss!  I just love moss!  It’s so soft–like a botanical kitty!  I always want to pet it.

And this little one has cute little spore capsules!   Bryophytes are so cool!

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(later)  I had so much fun helping the human female hunt down and correct errors in the database.  But the BEST THING about today is what we found growing by the car as we were leaving.

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Henbit!  Little purple hand puppets. Spring is coming!!!

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What’s This? (Sigyn Speaks)

Where has Loki gone?  Sigh. I honestly don’t know if I want to find him or not.  Every time we try to talk lately, it ends in sniffles on my part and shoutiness on his.

Well, I guess he was here at some point.

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What a mess!  What’s he been up to?

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Huh.  Looks like he was writing me a note.

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Well, I like that!  He couldn’t even be bothered to spell my name correctly!  And is he sorry or not?

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Hee hee hee.  Oh, Loki, what were you planning to rhyme with “purple“?

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Bet?  What bet? Steve is betting on something?

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Is THAT it?  That’s what’s been bothering Loki?  He thinks I like Steve better than him? Silly Loki!  As if I could be swayed by a big smile and some cake.  After all we have been through together, does he still not get that I like my men like I like my chocolate?  Dark, smooth, bitter, and just a little sweet does it for me every time!

Where is my frowny Frost Giant?  I think someone needs a hug!

: )