Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Another Harsh Winter Ahead??

My mother had 1001 ways of predicting the weather...and, more times than not, she was correct. (In fact, she was right more often than any weatherman I have ever listened to.)
I have forgotten more than many of those ways, but one I will never forget because it comes in handy as an excuse to not worry about your diet and/or weight:
"If you eat more than usual or necessary, a harsh, hard, winter is on the way."  (Apparently our bodies need the extra "sustenance"...i.e., layers of fat.)

While it's a bit early by my mother's prognostications, I've been eating like a newborn I am fearing another (the last 2 have been especially brutal) wicked winter. 

(Isn't she adorable??? My great niece I mean....)

So, today I thought was a good day to take a few photos of this year's "pretties" to look back on during the long winter ahead.

Compared to most years, I have very little to commemorate....I seriously cut down compared to prior years given that I knew I would not be able to keep up with plantings both here and at the lake...
Besides, it was an "odd" year (to say the least) to shop for much of anything here....including plants.

But here are a few photos I took today:

(Lantana and petunias, with volunteer petunias below) 

 (Coneflowers seem happy this year)


(Bee Balm)

(More coneflowers and smoke bush)

(Volunteer petunias and baby's breath poolside)

(Angolina and impatiens) 

(Looks to be a good year for Bittersweet)

(The first of the Hibiscus opened today)

And for a loyal reader/commenter who probably cares not one whit about cute piglets or flowers, here's a quick pic of my boring, slow, pathetic, progress on The Wretched White Whale.  

I am hoping you are all well and safe and finding ways to tolerate the extreme heat, humidity and lack of rain so many of you are experiencing.  

(PS...I truly appreciate all of you who take the time to read and comment.  I know I am a bit "all over the board" content-wise and THAT will never change, but every now and again I run into people who read my blog (really!) and say "I wish you would do a post about....{whatever}!"  I don't know if those few are representative of more of you but, if so and if there is anything you would like to suggest as a topic or about which you are curious, let me know.  As those of you who know me know, I might not "stick to it," but I certainly will give it a whirl.)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Two Jonahs and Not Much Else

I realize it's been a while since I've posted.
Truth be told, I haven't had (and still don't have) much to say.  
I know; surprised, aren't you?
But I'm here...really.

A few have asked after the progress on my whale rug, so I took it off the frame to snap a few photos....only to realize I haven't made much progress at all. (I hate doing letters....)

Liza Bean decided she was going to try to play Jonah and get in the whale's belly....

Then, of course, Jonah II had to get into the picture....literally.

So, as you see, not a whole lot of progress since my last post....and looking now, I think I will be re-doing "Rum" least the "M" in it. 
In the pattern version I had seen, the words beneath the whale were not printer-block style like the upper words but in the pattern I received, they are.  And, of course, little things like that can throw me.

We spent the Independence Day holiday weekend at the lake.

This is our little piece of paradise:

(I thought I had shown this previously, but Lauren (a/k/a "GT") says I didn't.  Since she is always correct...just like my ya go.)

We have an eagle nest right outside our front door, and as I was having my first coffee outside on the morning of the 4th, I looked up and saw this eagle(let):

I believe this is one of the 2 babes born last summer as his/her chest is turning white quite nicely. (Eagles don't attain their full "colors" until about age 4 or 5.)

We had a few friends over, and a friend who is an amazingly talented musician provided us with live entertainment. (I did a very short video to share, but can't seem to get it from FB to blogger....go figure.)

Afterwards, we watched endless fireworks over the was like having a front row seat to the best show in town.  Truly, you didn't know where to look first. Sorry no photos of those but I was sitting at the end of the dock and don't take my phone or camera night...after a few glasses of Chardonnay.... (I know I'm a music video, no fireworks photos), 

After the company left and the fireworks settled down, the moon came out and did an encore. 

In my book, she steals the show every time.


I hope all of you are well and safe and hold tight to peace when and where you find it.