Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yamaha Electric Motorcycle Tokyo Motor Show 2009

Yamaha's EC-f electric motorcycle has two wheels and one plug ...
By Tim Stevens posted Oct 23rd 2009 8:46AM. Yamaha's EC-f electric ... which is doubtful given the fate of most fanciful Tokyo Motor Show concepts like this. .... I think an electric motorcycle would be fun, but then I'm a cheap mofo ... /yamahas-ec-f-electric-motorcycle-has-two-wheels-and-one-plug

Yamaha electric motorcycle at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 ...
These are "electric commuter concept" motorcycles at the venue Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. during the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009. /Tokyo-Motor-Show-2009/.../I0000Tsqlmo728XA

Snow, Sun, Wind, Blooms. . . It's all Here

It's been a week for weather! We had some of the white stuff above -- twice snowfall warnings were issued and then canceled, with only this quickly-disappearing near-miss to remind us of February's potential.
Then we had clear, windy, cold . . .
and colder -- the goldfish are safely tucked away under a skin of ice. . . .
And in all that cold, bright, February sunshine, everything sparkles, especially the miniature iris, my favourite, that's sprung up among the croci.

and in every corner of the garden, hellebores in pinks and maroons and whites are opening their nodding bells

and whorls of foliage thrust themselves out of their hiding places, as with these Sedum spectabile Autumn joy
The flower buds of this twiggy Daphne mezereum "had me at hello" as the expression goes -- even before they've opened to fuller floral glory and their delicious scent, the concentration of their lipstick-violet hues earns their space in my spring garden.
Every day now, I know, new leaves will be opening, new shoots pushing through the soil. Soon it will be time to get out there and work in the earth, and not a moment too soon!

Meanwhile, though, if you're still cocooning in winter and you have a minute, pop over to my other blog and read my post about finding time for reading. I'm trying to answer this query from commenter Hope and I welcome any of your suggestions: As a mom to two young kids (4 and 2), I've only just begun getting back into regular reading in the last 6 months or so. Though, it is a big challenge, I find that it helps to keep me from losing myself in being a mother and wife. I was always an avid reader as a child and thoughout my adolescence. My question to you is how do you make time for it with your busy schedule? And how did you make time for it as your kids were growing, particularly when they were young and in those demanding years?