Nov 30, 2008

This year was my first at seriously growing roses. It has been a learning experience. I suspect that I didn't provide enough water or fertilizer for the bushes because they mostly seemed to struggle in the heat of summer. This potted rose tree was an exception. It continues to bloom spectacular orange roses. The lovely Mrs. Sneed and I went downtown to see Cirque du Soleil-Saltimbanco. We had a really good time. I love a traditional circus, sans lions and tigers and bears. The performers were amazing in their skill. Mrs. Sneed especially liked a bicycle performer, who entertained us with his ability to make his bike one with himself. I enjoyed all of the performers, and I was particularly impressed by a young juggler. At one point he juggled seven balls. A little known fact is that Merle Sneed used to juggle, although the high point of my juggling career was the ability to juggle three quart bottles of Pepsi. I could juggle four balls once upon a time, but seven is incomprehensible to me. In order to juggle seven, five have to be in the air at all times. That takes unbelievable hand eye coordination and years of practice. We also celebrated Younger Son Sneed's 32nd birthday this evening. Daughter Sneed and her family joined us. Oldest brother and family were not able to make it because of the demands of a new baby. Even though we were only six, rather than ten, but we ate like a family of ten. It was the only fair thing to do. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

12 comments:

Squirrel said...

Can Merle juggle cigar boxes?
Great work with the roses.

Squirrel said...

Happy Birthday to Son Sneed the Younger. You Sneeds are celebrating a lot lately!

Megan said...

Saltimbanco is one of the better ones, I think.

Just last night I was talking about the circus to my niece. Well, really to her parents that were listening to me tell her about it...but the seed was planted in any case.

Coffee Messiah said...

That circus is exciting. I remember when they 1st came to SF and started putting their tents up (yes, it was outside in a tent before they became too big a show for that.

Happy BD to the son and let's see a photo of your juggling, or a Youtube ; )

Kurt said...

I can juggle the demands of a moderately successful zine business.

bella rum said...

Merle, you never cease to amaze and electrify. You can juggle!!

We enjoy gardening but roses elude us. We get a lot of mildew/mold here, but my brother in law raises roses in Florida. Where could it be more humid than Florida? We must not have the knack. That rose tree is very beautiful and I'm significantly envious.

tut-tut said...

Those roses are beautiful.

You certainly have a lot of tricks up your sleeves!

Nan Patience said...

Roses do seem difficult.

Glad you had fun at Cirque du Soleil.

I can't juggle hardly at all.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Incredible colour on those roses! Beautiful! Mine all had black spots this summer on the leaves. Pretty.

Steve said...

I would think juggling three one-quart bottles of Pepsi would build some serious arm muscles!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

we saw circque du soleil only once, it was fantastic and definitely not enough!

wonderful color to those roses....I wonder what orange roses symbolize...

happy birthday to the younger son sneed! 32 is a nice number.

Annie Ha said...

you should come to Pasadena to grow roses, they just grow here. Nobody knows why. Even my black thumb mother couldn't manage to kill them...