BP: a few mountains like the ones in Adina's photos would go a long way towards dressing up some of the small towns across our plains states! LOL
Bernie: thanks for the new thread! Sounds like a good day at the market!
Started out hot and humid, then a storm rolled thru. It formed and hit us very quickly and had us scrambling for cover. Whole thing lasted a couple hours and now sun is out and it's nice out. Chance of more storms north later on.
Thunder shower here this morning. Rained hard for ½ hour. Still raining.
Farmers are hoping to spray crops one off these days. Fields are getting very weedy.
We were going to DD house to help with siding, we'll see.
Thanks for starting a new thread, Bernie!
Sally, I'm glad you enjoyed the video. It's a wonderful experience and I'm happy to share it with you all!
Mau, this whole country is set on the mountains...you should see the view from the plane! I think I'll try to get some pics when we return.
Raining here and so cold, 55 only.
Clouds last night.
Thunderstorm early this morning. Cleared off then went partly cloudy. Beautiful day, high 70's. Been at DD house working on windows. A pond liner jumped into my cart yesterday at Menards. So I may go out working on getting that installed.
Most everyday now will be picking & cleaning things for the markets.
As long as I titled this thread, "Bounty & Beauty", I better add some pictures.
I kind of call my gardens "Cottage Gardens" because the lack of formal.
So just a bunch of pictures of various areas that are showing some color now. Even a weed here & there!
Hot and humid with no breeze. It's so bad that my brothers were even complaining today. They are used to the heat and it doesn't usually bother them. Today it did. LOL
My first glad is blooming today but the pics I got yesterday aren't that good so will try again tomorrow. Instead here is my coneflower bed. It also has a few extremely hardy phlox and one black walnut seedling that my dad hasn't gotten around to digging up yet. Have another one on other side of the house that needs dug too. lol
Bernie what lovely Garden Spaces!
Especially love those lilies!
Pep it was pretty rough here too.
91° w/ a heat index of 96 or so... no breezes here either.
Plus we spent a couple of hours w/ Dad in the Home.
The lack of AC kills you when you come out.
Drove home w/ all the windows down and finally got comfortable.
It's down to 74° and feels GREAT! LOL!
Here's a rather, for here, rare butterfly.
72° with a 50% chance of scattered T-storms. We're looking at a high of 87° and it is cloudy.
The reunion was great! I was sitting across the room talking when I spotted something red on someone's plate. When I looked up, the guy eating, was looking my way. Oops, it looked like I was staring. I went over to joke with him that I was wondering what was so red. (It was cake with really red frosting.) I took a piece with white frosting since I was seeing red tongues! I sat with them which one was the relative. Tim was, but Patty, his lady, and I started talking the most. She's into flowers. I rode up here with them and they really enjoyed my flower beds. They have a small yard in Davenport. She can weld and was interested in the small business that started up on the edge of town. The business welds ''country art." It's ok, but a bit too country for me.
Bernie, the little guitar guy was adorable and you set up a nice stand! Very eye appealing!
Adina, their hearts are going to break too when you leave, but I think DD will follow your lead and do just fine. She's gained back so much strength already and will be up to the challenge. Get him over his colic and he will be fine. You have so many wonderful memories in all those pictures!
Thanks for the new thread Bernie, I'm glad to see I'm not too far behind!
Marsue, LOL! I think that would be great! Meanwhile, I'll enjoy our hills.
Pepper, you name them like I do! I have one named "Adeline's Tall Dark Red With Yellow Throat and Veins." That all fit on the label too!
Ric, so nice to get the potting out of the way.
Kopper King and Cups and Saucers are beautiful!
Celia, more baby!!
Bernie, jumped like a fish, LOL! I think your name is perfect! Beautiful beds, and I didn't notice one weed thru the colors, LOL! That's a gorgeous Glad bed and amazing tomatoes! You have nice sandy soil and I love the long shot curve. Is that a solar panel and does it contol the irrigation?
Bernie, MIL is beautiful! Long life to her!
Kelli, once again you've managed to show us the unusual beauty that's out there. Those are the neatest displays I've ever seen and the rose is something else!
Celia, the white clematis is pretty and refreshing!
Pepper, I think that heat and humidity is moving in on us today. Nice coneflowers, and I love phlox!
Ric, we invited my Dad to the reunion. He had good food and talked to a variety of people. Plus, he grew up with some of the Dad's and Mom's. They've sadly passed, but their kids were there. Wow, love the snoutnose! Love the bloom he's on too! Was that a 4 and 40 ride? Four down and 40 mph? LOL!
Another plus to dropping the mower, is the yard isn't shaggy looking yet. I should have had to mow today. It's going to be a miserable week I think and the sun just came out. Brightly.
Joey, I want baby pics as much as anyone! LOL I just can't wait t see them again. How is that JW doing? I'll bet he's a handful now. Oh! And you have a beautiful Black-Winged Damselfly. I wish we had those here!
Bernie, thanks for the new thread. Your gardens and flowers are wonderful!!!
A slow day here yesterday. I've been tired lately and Darrell spent the better part of the day on the roof getting the cooler ready and running. I didn't do much.
I may go get another Ninebark. Even the spent flowers look pretty and the foliage just keeps getting better looking, too.
1/4" hail and solid thunder, no silent spots,power is flickering, I'm running on laptop.
POURING! 600 strikes a minute in the area.
Someone was hit north of us.
Several houses on fire again north of us.
Hwy's flooded... 35,000 houses w/o power now.
I've been out-of-town at my daughter's house since Friday but I made it back home about noon today and It was 96F on my backporch when I got here! Whew! As Crissy said, same forecast, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th chapter! HOT!
Too much to comment on but I agree with everything BP said, so just re-read her post if you want to know what I think! LOL
Spent some time yesterday afternoon with my daughter's extended family--step-kids and step-in-laws and step-grands (great-grands to me except that I'm surely not old enough to have great-grands--LOL) Anyway, we don't think of them as "steps", they are ours just like they would be if they were biologically related to us. :o)) I just put the "step" in there because my daughter is really not old enough to be mother to a 41 yr.old, a 37 yr. old and a 32 yr.old although they call her "mom". LOL (Her husband is just two yrs. younger than I am, so people often mistake him for my husband and her father! Life gets complicated sometimes!) My daughter does have two biological sons, ages 25 and 22, but they were at their father's yesterday, which was appropriate since it was Father's Day. Now that I have given you my daughter's family history, LOL, I'll guess I'll say "Enough said".
Too hot to go out and take pictures but my cousin watered the flowers for me while I was away and they are all looking good, in spite of the oppressive heat!
Hot and humid...again. LOL. Strong breezes today which made it bearable. Storms north of here and tornado warnings along the MO/IA/Ilinois border area.
Lost power for about 20 minutes this afternoon at work. No storms, strong breeze but nowhere near the strength to knock out power so we don't know what happened. Started on the east side of town and worked it's way to us. Had to cover open coolers with plastic and what we call the bunker with cardboard to hold the cold temps in. Kinda had us standing around for a bit but once it was back on the race was back on!! LOL!! We are always running around like chickens with their heads cut off. LOL!!
I have a question. We have trees in the back yard that are about 50 to 60 ft tall. We were outside watering and I heard this loud Thunk on the ground where there's nothing but white oak and pine. A squirrel started back up another tree, got to the very top, did some sort of 'dance' I'm going to call it, and fell again. Immediately went back up a different tree (these trees are right next to each other) and did the same exact thing. When it fell the third time it took off with another squirrel that stayed on the ground, but I found it messing around with the gravel in the driveway, I almost didn't walk up but it took off running. It was a big squirrel, sounded like a 20 pound dog hitting the ground.
Details for Tuesday, June 22
Sunny to partly cloudy. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High around 95F. Winds light and variable.
Evening: A stray thunderstorm is possible through the evening. Clear to partly cloudy. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.
70° and we had 4/10'' rain last night before dark. There's a 40% chance of scattered strong storms today with a high of 93°.
I mowed yesterday and visited my neighbor. It was hot enough doing that. My water jug hasn't been far from me these days! Last night I had a big glass of orange juice. That was good!
Celia, I like Ninebarks. I'd put another in too. Get some rest!
Ric, that's been us. June never used to be so wet, and it's been doing this for the last 3 years now. Twice the town was flooded. This year, only in the lower end of town, and those who get the run-off, have water in their yards. Our town used to drain, till they put the sewer system in, in the 70's. I'm so sorry for the house fire. I hope they didn't lose it. I don't much like losing power anymore.
Chrissy, stay cool. I don't do heat anymore. I used to work in all kinds of weather and it never bothered me. Now it does. Older people aren't lazy or tired. They're just smarter about their health, :o)
Marsue, I love it when great minds think alike. LOL! That sounds like a great time at your Daughter's. Yes, family is family! How can a person turn away a child who needs to be accepted. My DD married old, so same situation here. It's so nice to have someone care for the flowers after you've put so much effort into them.
Pepper, luckily the tornado warnings were well south of me. I haven't heard the chicken phrase for a while! It made me smile because I've been on the other end, shrieking, while the headless chicken ''chased'' me to the tractor! Nice side shot of the coneflower! Don't you love the bonus butterfly shot?
Ric, Catalpas have a place in my heart. My Dad used to clap the leaves to make a big pop. The flowers are gorgeous, but it looks best in someone else's yard :o) That was an old tree!
Chrissy, since the squirrel was feeling no pain, I re-read your post after Ric's answer. It made me laugh.
Ric, I love the second picture! We had a dirty elm next to our property line and I was constantly picking up the driveway. I feel your joy! The first thing I do is take a picture of the new open view too! How nice!
Dyson, I don't think it's ever dark here. If it isn't the moon, it's the street lights or the neighbor's security lights. I long for dark! We have had enough rain. I'm going to grow water balloons instead of tomatos if it doesn't stop!
I am so glad to have the yard mowed!
This doesn't begin to show the beauty, but it's the closest I've come yet to capturing the color. I call it Sunset since I had no name when she gave it to me.
Ric, I take it the tree was in your neighbor's yard and not yours? There is a tree that needs to come down on my side of the fence but the tree is actually on my neighbor's property. He has been saying for several months that he is going to cut it down but now it's too hot so hopefully he will cut it this Fall when things cool off again.
BP; gorgeous daylily--Sunset is an appropriate name!
My forecast is similar to Pepper's: Hot and humid--dangerously so with heat index between 105 and 110. No rain in sight. :o(( I was outside at 6 a.m. doing the watering. I managed to take a few pictures before I came inside. This is Bright Eyes phlox with orange milkweed in the background.
bp I can find the name of that DL, if you'd like, but I think yours for it is Great!
I do agree that Catalpas are great looking in flower.
There's also a nice silhouette look in the fall w/ the pods hanging down.
But it's a trash tree and very weak wooded.
It's blocks our sun and satellite dish AND it's not like there aren't a half dozen of them growing in the corner of the yard... along w/ Trash Ash, Hackberry and Maples...
We're trying to get the owner to take them ALL out!
Marsue, I love the cool phlox with the hot butterfly weed. A nice compliment! I lost my Bright Eyes, never replaced it, but miss it when I see someone else's.
Our neighbor hasn't taken down the walnut tree either. It's a love/hate tree. When I mow, I'm so glad for the shade. I do use the nuts that fall in my yard, but it leaves a mess in the winter. This year I vow to rake the bed off before winter sets in. It doesn't protect and is a mess in the spring. That's when I end up raking out the tags.
Ric, I'm a stickler for real names! If you know it, let me know. I can always use a slash mark, LOL! It's a shame trash trees aren't replaced with good trees. I hope your satellite works better now and I know you will love the sky!
Guess what? It started raining around 7:30 and hasn't stopped yet. Thanks for the sky picture Ric, that was my sky this morning.
Mau in Ohio we have a property law.
Anything over your fence on your side is yours.
So you can trim everything there down.
There are a few really strange looking trees around here...
That Catalpa was a goner anyway.
Rotten to the core, split from top to bottom.
That's why they had the rope tied around it.
Had it been a hard wood, Ash, Oak, Maple, etc it would have been gone years ago.
They took a 32 gallon trash can of composted wood out of the center.
It's in our flower beds now.
Temps have dropped into the 60's and we're getting a very nice breeze.
Flushing out the air in the house for sure...ahhhhh!!!!!!
I love the Catalpa trees. My neighbors butcher theirs into mushroom shapes. Ack! I hate that. So much prettier when allowed to grow naturally. Around here, there are a few that are beautiful, including Darrell's mom's yard. I didn't know the wood was weak.
I'll take that puddle out my front door, Ric--and temps in the 60's, too! LOL
The thing about the tree on my side of the fence is that our property lines angle from the back corner out to the street so the tree is about half on his property and half on mine. There are dead limbs on the top that are hanging over on his side of the fence while the trunk of the tree is on my side of the fence. He says he is afraid of the limbs coming down on his dog pen which is why he won't cut the limbs. I don't really have the means to pay to have the tree cut by a professional tree service or I would do that. Sooooo, I guess I will just have to wait until the neighbor cuts it with the help of his grown son which is what he has said several times that he is going to do. He has told me that he will give me the property on my side of the fence. It wouldn't be much because it runs from point zero at the back corner out to about 2 feet on the outside of the fence at the front corner. However, I don't have anything in writing which is why I am hesitant to do anything. The saga continues. . . LOL
BP: come to find out the phlox may not be Bright Eyes after all. The DGer who gave it to me, Kathy Ann, says she thinks that it might be Omega instead but she isn't sure because she lost the original tag on it, which is unusual for her--she has the names of 99.95% of all her plants!
I looked up Bright Eyes on the 'net and it appears more pink all over than my phlox. What do you think?
Celia: pretty flowers--are the orange ones poppies?
Here's another phlox. This one is "David". I had to prop it up on the coneflowers because it was falling over.
Yes, Mau. CA Poppies. There are Pot Marigolds in there, too. Boy, that would make my neighbor behind us look closely again. If y'all remember, he's the one who thought my JM tree was...ahem...a 'weed.' Heh heh heh
and I agree w/ the ID.
But they got a bit rude w/ me for asking about NoID DL's there so I'll go back here for them.
I thought it was going to be a teaching/ID Forum.
Not my fault there'S 60,000 registered DL's... show some restraint! LOL!
It's turned into a Database/Show off one... it's run by a friend of mine so I won't get testy...;-)
Warm here today but not unpleasant.
Joyce got another 1" of rain this morning.
It missed us by 5 miles or so.
Here's a Red Admiral shot I got this morning.
There were 5 of them on the Butterfly Bush.
80° and hot. The weather radio went off at 2:30 am and 3:30 am. By then our county was in it, so I got up and put the tables, chairs, plants and ornaments away in case we get the wind. The neighbor's cat was following me around, so I fed him. I turned on the air and coffee in case the power goes out up north. We are on their grid and could go out too.
Hard rain. Power blipped out so I had to re-write this. Grrr! New storm policies here. Run the tornado siren for all severe thunderstorms. Our siren JUST went off. The storm is OVER! I know what is going on because I have a scanner. No newsletters have been sent out to inform anyone else. Protocol, harumph!
Celia, perfect hot colors for the summer!
Marsue, we share a tree too and gave it to the original owner in case it needed to be dealt with. We still have a right to trim any branches on our side. I think you're right. I do remember the Bright Eyes as being pinker. I like Omega better. David is beautiful with the coneflower!
Pepper, I love glads.
Celia, smiling over the neighbor! I never did get Fanfare. I love it!
Bernie, glad there are people braving the heat for market. It's a pity the melons aren't in season. I can taste a juicy, cold, sweet Muscatine Melon right now.
Ric, I had a feeling! I actually ordered one from Roots and Rhizomes. It died. I made them replace it and it finally bloomed last year. It was so similar. I thank you for a positive ID because I don't trust myself. I give a two thumbs up for Mauna Loa!! Sorry they were rude :o) I don't even know how to begin searching the database. I haven't had time in 4 years to explore every DG feature. Isn't that sad? Great Admirals shot! It's been my main butterfly so far.
Ric, Thanks for the picture of the red admiral. I have not seen any here yet this year. I was trying to get a picture of a yellow swallowtail on one of our butterfly bushes, but it was too hot for me to stay out. Got to 90° yesterday afternoon.
Mornin Sunfarm! My butterfly bush has buds, but it's not close to opening. It's in more shade than I would like and I wasn't sure how it would do this year. I can't wait till it opens! It's Royal Purple, I think :o)
We had another 3/10 out of this early rain and it's thundering in the north. We might get clipped later.
Playing the ''Glad Game,'' at least I'm getting to hear a lot of thunder this year. I do love thunder!
I forgot I took this butterfly picture yesterday. I can't think of it's name at the moment.
Thunderstorm overnight. I think it covered most of the state. Hard to figure because the weather liar has no idea of what went on. They are only worried about the very small corner of Minnesota called the Twin Cities & weather they can drive 90 MPH in the rain.
Still pretty warm this morning.
I agree about the sirens. They go off so often people aren't paying attention to them. The county Mankato is in is huge. Mankato sits towards the north side. It's around 20 miles to the south to the county line. So sirens are wailing if there is anything in the county. Last Thursday they went off when a storm was at least 40 miles NW of town. It never did get close. Oh, well.
They're like car alarms, huh, Bernie. They go off so often here that no one even looks around anymore.
BP, that very pretty.
Ric, the butterfly colors match the flowers. es.
68°F with 90º for the high.
Dew Point: 38 °F
Wind: 9 mph from the SE
Pressure: 30.07 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 5.90 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 25000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4226 ft
Bernie, did any of our morning storm hit you? I'm not sure where you are on the map. I should look it up :o) National Weather only cares about the coast. The Midwest doesn't exist unless we are really going to get it.
Our sirens used to mean tornado warning. Now it's high winds. There are more old people in town without an clue than there are who do know what is going on. AND, the sirens are meant to be heard when you are outside. Isn't that a hoot? I couldn't hear our's the other day, but I knew they were going to go off because Dispatch told our Firemen to set it off. ''Oh well'' is right!!
Celia, I wish I could grow rocks!
It poured one more time, to give us a total of 1&1/2'' since this morning. The sun is shining now and it's 80° with a breeze.
Back from a morning doctor appt. and noticed the bank thermometer read 96° when I drove past. The "official" NWS instrument here says it is only 90, though my "unofficial" LaCrosse station reads 91.7.
I just know it is hazy and muggy and I am staying in for the rest of the day.
Hazelnuts are ripening.
Ric: great photo of the Red Admiral!
BP: you have hollyhock blooms--hooray! very pretty and the little butterfly is very pretty, too, right along with the brown-eyed susans.
Celia: at least the rocks you "grow" are nice and round! LOL
Kelli: between now and Oct. 10th I have to save 1544.00 for property taxes so getting the tree cut right now is out of the question! If any of the rotten limbs break they will most likely fall on my neighbor's side of the fence so you would think he would go ahead and cut them, wouldn't you?
Hot again here and still no rain. It has been more than two weeks since we have had any rain and with the heat, everything is drying up fast. I hate to see my water bill because I have been watering the flowers but not the lawn. If it is really high this next billing cycle, then I will have to stop watering altogether. :o(( Y'all push some of those rain clouds down my way!
There were a lot of people at Torrey Pines. It wasn't crowded, but there were more people than we see hiking around here. It was a Saturday, so you wouldn't expect it to be empty, but around here, if we see more than 15 people, that is a good bit. I don't know how many we saw at Torrey Pines, but it was more than 50 and less than 200.
We are in the clear now but earlier this afternoon we had a major storm roll thru. High winds and heavy rain. Lots of lightning and thunder. It was raining so hard that people were pulling over cause they couldn't see to drive. Lost power around 4:30pm and it didn't come back up til sometime after I left. Probably around 6pm. Second time this week. Last time we were out for 45 minutes.
Lots of flash flooding happened too. My road flooded in about 5 spots and all the other routes I take were also under water for a little while. I got off at 5pm but it was still storming so I didn't leave til almost 6pm and there was still high water but only a few spots on the roads. Then went back to town to eat at the mexcan place and coming home we decided to take the gravel. One road still has high water in one spot but it was moving slow so we went ahead and drove thru it. That is after watching another car go thru it. lol. He got a big thumbs up from us. LOL.
Brand new lily blooming for me. I think it's called Red Dutch. Paperwork is either thrown away or in hiding so not 100% sure. LOL. I'm hoping the other lily in that bed that came up is Casa Blanca. If it is then I'm good to go. Only a few of them came up and I can't remembe which ones are which and only 2 have buds.
I thought it was the curvature of the earth, too, Celia! LOL
That is some beautiful scenery, Kelli!
Sunfarm and Pepper: lovely dayliles!
I think we sent you "yankees" our tornadoes and the folks in Texas and states west of us have sent us their summer temps! It felt cooler this evening--not quite as humid. Tomorrow we actually have a 40% chance of rain! Hooray! I just hope it materializes!
My moon vine is up to the top step on the ladder and still growing. I'm eager for it to bloom.
After my last post I went out and had a nice walk in the country. It was hot, but felt good to be out. I walked the flower beds. It clouded up and rain was on it's way again! I came in and showered before the power went out. DH followed suite.
Rain around 3:15 pm and the power blipped off twice. We were to have strong winds hit us about 4:00 pm. That was upgraded to a tornado warning, so, 3:55 pm we were in the truck heading down to Dad's. There was a little hail and nothing more. No wind, no black skies. It passed within 10 minutes and we drove around taking pictures. We had another 1 2/10'' rain on top of the 1 1/2'' rain that morning. Insane cackling here!
It's 62* and chilly now :o) We should have a nice day.
Loved the pics. Busy day ahead. I'll have to catch up later.
We have a pretty good probability of thunderstorms this afternoon. We need something to break the heat, but I fear they will just add to the humidity. The severe weather farther north is pretty scary. I presume people in Montana and Minnesota are not as prepared for tornadoes as those who live in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, etc. We have more than enough here, thank you.
Ric: re: your link to the article:Down here, we are accustomed to seeing debris from a tornado strewn along for miles--twisted trees, sheet metal wrapped around light poles, etc., etc.
Years ago there was a tornado that took out a bridge which crossed over a narrow portion of one of our Corps of Engineers lakes. There were 3 fisherman in a boat beneath the bridge and the tornado literally sucked one of those men right out of the boat and carried him off in the air to only God knows where. He was never found. :o(( It's amazing that the other 2 fishermen were left sitting in the boat!
I spent a couple hours outside this morning trimming the coneflowers and daisies and doing some weeding. Although it is still hot, the humidity was a bit lower and it didn't seem as hot. It has been somewhat overcast and we have a 40% chance of showers but nothing has materialized so far. I am holding off on watering the flowers today in hopes that we will get a good shower.
Ric; my ladder actually faces full west. In the photo you can tell that the sun comes up behind the ladder, fence, etc. and because of the big oak in the neighbor's yard, the sun doesn't hit that part of the yard until about 10 a.m. or later but it does get full sun in the afternoon and evening.
67° and foggy across the field. Mid 80's expected with S winds.
Sunfarm, if you live thru one bad incident, you learn to prepare for the next. I still have clorinated buckets of water serving as ''stands'' in corners, from the time we were without power for 3 days. And now we have the pitcher pump outside.
Marsue, that must be terible to see. We see grain bins bent and rolled across fields. Storm stories can be amazing. I hope you got your rain. Dainty beautiful rose!
We drove the jeep all over yesterday afternoon taking pictures of whatever. Then we went to Grandson's pee wee ball game. The third one they've had out of seven :o) The rest were rained out. Last game is Tuesday.
I haven't sized any pictures yet, much less looked at the last two camera unloadings. We've been on the move and I had more important things to catch up on.
We had nearly an inch of rain dumped on us with the frontal passage yesterday afternoon, but at least it dropped the temperature about 18 degrees. It is still very humid outside and very foggy but should be pleasant this afternoon.
I finally figured out why some of my pictures of pollinators were blurry. Apparently my fast shutter speed setting was lost when I changed the camera battery the other day. Ain't technology wonderful?
I'm jealous of everyone's daylilies blooming. I want mine to hurry up.
76.3 °F with 92º for the high.
Dew Point: 48 °F
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 29.88 in (Steady)
Heat Index: 78 °F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 3 out of 16
Pollen: 5.90 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Few 13000 ft
Scattered Clouds 16000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4269 ft
My Dad's place. The water was running across the road and thru the drain tube. Then they had to pump out the lift station across the highway. All that water crossed into Dad's ditch and it crept into the barn.
Sunfarm: great shot of the pollinators in the daylily! :o))
Rusyt: pretty daylilies!
Celia: like BP said, you will be enjoying your daylilies after ours are gone and we will get to enjoy them through your photos.
BP: wow, I'd like to siphon off some of that water into my flower beds! LOL The kids look like they are having fun! Ah, lemonade!
We finally got some rain yesterday afternoon late but it didn't amount to much--just barely enough to get the ground wet! I'll take it though and hopefully we'll get another pop-up shower this afternoon!
Worked concessions at our local rodeo last night. Sparse crowd so we had to make our own entertainment. We had people coming up to the stand to spend a few minutes with us and see what was going on cause we were so noisy and having waaaay to much fun!! LOL
Bed with lots of native plants getting ready to pop. Queen Elizabeth climbing rose on the obelisk. I thought I killed it this spring when I whacked it back but it's really taking off now. No blooms this year but that's ok as long as it rewards me with massive blooming next year. lol
Whoa bp THAT's some water!
Love the Pizza idea! lol!
Last nice day we'll have for a while.
Humid, Hot and T-Storms move back in tomorrow.
We got a nice 'gift' today, along w/ the low humidity.
The Catalpa Tree was stumped yesterday.
We now have 2 yards of shredded tree covering our paths and driveway.
Fitting end to a tree we hated! lol!
Plus the caretaker at the house gave us all the rock in the yard.
We wheelbarrowed about a ton of nice, nice rock for the ponds and bed edges.
Storms last night. A 600 cow dairy got blew apart. They were hauling cows to other farms for milking. Lots of power lines & trees down.
We only had a big wind & lots of rain in a short time.
Off to market.
Marsue, :o) A little rain might get you more. It sure makes it easier to water when the ground is already wet. Great rudbeckia shots! I have trouble getting yellows and whites to photograph true. I'm really like the salvias! You have a bumble bee hanging on. Clero is so colorful! How about a long shot when it's full of blooms?
Speaking of bees, we had a really flat, large, mostly black, bumble bee the other day. By the time I got the camera he took off. He wasn't like our usual bees. I keep looking for him.
Pepper, I haven't been to a rodeo for a long time. The Queen is coming back strong!
Ric, you certainly struck gold!!
Bernie, I feel for the cows. Glad you came out OK.
Dyson, have a great time! Bring some fairies home with you!
Another water picture. Nichols Ag is across the road, and we are on the road behind it.
This is the lowest point in town. My old school is on the left and that's the first grade room windows. They cast skeletons for Doctors, science classes, etc. in that room, and the kindergarten room, even farther left.The rest of the school was converted into apartments.
Ric, we are just saturated. Guess how much rain we got last night, into this morning?
I guess they are doing a good job of letting water out up north, and the rivers and creeks are draining. Otherwise, I would think we would have an inch of water on all the low lying areas in town. I'm just amazed, but not complaining. I won't have to water anything.
I wonder how big the tree ring will be for 2010? :o)
It seems like we all are having feast or famine--floods or droughts with the precipitation this year. At least everything is growing and lush for us, even if we had to rebuild our road after the early May washout. Made my morning tour to enjoy more daylilies, hostas, and now glads blooming. Ate raspberries right off the bush but managed not to consume the ants that I picked with them. Blackberries are showing more color.
77° and still. Rain is headed our way! 80% chance. We'll be in the low 80's. It won't matter, the mosquitos number 3 to a square foot.
Sunfarm, I wonder at the bugs I've eaten with mulberries, but don't dwell on it too much. Ants are a whole other story! The blackberries sure are pretty.
Celia, I wonder if their parents even know it's sewer water? Around here it's was field wash-off and sewer water. Not the fields so much anymore. They really cracked down on how much they can put down these days. They send a guy out to test different spots and tell them where it need more and where it needs less. ROTFL over Isis! Cracked up over the other steak/kitty picture too.
Dyson, nice picture at Round-up!
Pepper, I love the tilted coneflower pictures.
Kelli, next vacation, Iowa in June. Bring a recorder. We have had so much hot lightning and rumbly thunder that goes on forever. Those are the storms I like. Tornado, it gets pretty intense with no basement. I hope for no more of those. No Echinaceas? Is it too hot and dry or you just never had any? I love the first picture! I would go running/rolling down the hill and dip my toes in the water, LOL! It's a beautiful contrast. I love the twisted trees, the estuary and prickly pears :o)
Ric, laughing, she's a long way from Mau!
It will be raining here soon, but it's hot and humid already. We didn't turn the AC on till after 6:30 pm yesterday. It was hot out, but we had enough cool humid air from leaving doors and windows open overnight.
There's a guy a few miles out of town who is qualified to shoot off the big fireworks. I heard the grand finale around 10:00 pm. Expensive as they are, he sets off quite a few over his pond. We aren't friends, but know those who do go out and party.
Pretty warm this morning at 74 but showers this afternoon should cap it in the upper 80s. Rain is forecast to continue through tomorrow. I did finally see some butterflies on the butterfly bush, so got a few pictures even though it was really too hot for me to be out yesterday afternoon.
Hi guys! Sorry I can't keep up with you, but I'm too busy here doing ...everything!LOL I'm happy to say the sun is shining and it's hot, 90F. We're going out with the baby twice a day. He started to sleep better, even 5 hours in a row at night and no more colics, yeah! He is a month old today so I'm fixing a cake to celebrate him!LOL
Andreea is enjoying motherhood,especially now that the wound is healed and she is feeling better. She's getting more sleep now, so everything is in order. Tomorrow we're going to the pediatrician for the first time, so I'm anxious to see what he is going to say about the baby. Nicholas has gained more weight andwith the summer outfits he is a cutie! His mom is having a great time changing his outfits and dressing him, like he was a doll!LOL
He's got a new summer hat yesterday!
Adina, he is such a joy!! I can't believe it's been a month already! Look at those chuby cheeks! He is a picture of health and I'm so glad the colic is over! Andreea is looking better too. It shows that she's getting enough sleep.
Those pictures are a great treasure and I have enjoyed seeing Switzerland thru your eyes!
Seeing sleepy Nicholas makes me want to take a nap.
It's hot and very, very humid outside. We had a storm roll thru this morning and it brought all the skeeters with it. LOL. I want to weed around my onions and taters but can't due to the bugs and humidity. It really takes your breath away.
The good news is I have a Zebra Swallowtail hanging around now!! Usually I get the tigers which I love but I also wanted zebras. Bad news is we have a spider in our shed that is about 8 inches across. Almost all black and no markings so not sure if it's a black widow or another type. We've only seen him once. My dad got pics on his camera but I don't have the software for his camera so can't put them on here.
I can't fit the memory card into the computer and my cord doesn't fit his camera. LOL. My scanner doesn't work either so I can't print the pics then scan them. If my dad still has the box with all the cords then I might get them on here. lol
I have coreoptsis, salvia, snapdragons, catmint, butterfly bushes, coneflowers , tall phlox, joe pye weed, sneezeweed, rudibeckias, and hostas blooming right now. Oh and oriental and daylilies. LOL. I might have parsley growing somewhere but don't know for sure. IT's buried under mums and phlox. Just planted ornamental oregano the other day too. lol
Bernie: sorry about the cows--hope the storm didn't upset them too much.
Dyson: good photo of the RU group--do we get names? Was Joey there?
Kelli: those gnarly pines look like they belong in the opening shot of a scary movie. LOL
Ric: it's Crissy! LOL I'm jealous that she got to meet you and I didn't.
BP; love that 'reflection' shot! Boy, you really have a lot of water up there!
Nice pic of the sundog, too.
Sunfarm: nice shot of the BF
Adina: more cute pictures of Nicholas. :o)) I'll check out those links when I finish here.
Pepper: Wow--8 inches!!!! that's not a spider--that is a MONSTER! Sounds like a tarantula to me. I can't think of any other North American spider that would be that big. I've never heard of a black widow that big but who knows--it might be a black widow on steroids! YIKES!
Bernie: sorry about your garden under water--hope it drains off soon.
I've been busy--watering my cousin's flowers twice a day plus keeping up with my own flowers has kept me busy. I surely must be the cleanest woman in Cabot because after being outside in two yards morning and evening I'm certainly a candidate for a shower when I finish. I think the easiest thing for me to do would be to just turn the hose on myself and be done with it--except then I would have to drive home from my cousin's and get the inside of my car all wet. LOL
My son is getting married at my house tomorrow. My daughter, who is an ordained minister, will be performing the ceremony. It will just be a very small affair--my son and his girlfriend have both been married before and they have been living together for some time so it's not like it's a big deal. Being the "old fogey" that I am, I'm just glad they are getting married and "making it legal". They really do love each other and that is what is important.
Still hot, still humid, still no rain. Oh, wait, we did get about 5 minutes of rain yesterday afternoon! LOL
I had a nice surprise yesterday. There was a box from Alaska at my front door. Anybody here know anyone from Alaska? Of course! It's Kiska! LOL She sent me one of her bowls which she made after she saw a photo of one of my daylilies and liked the color combo on it. Thank you, Kiska. The bowl is beautiful! (I have thanked her privately, too.)
67° with an expected high of 82°. Now we're having nice weather! All week! I'm still not ready for winter in spite of the heat and humidity. We ended up taking the jeep to DD's and watching the boys splash in the pool. It was a nice ride!
Marsue, I water for friends when they're gone too. Funny how you can get so hot and dirty working with cold water. A wedding at your house. How special for everyone! I'm glad to see the ''paper'' too. The bowl is gorgeous and perfect! Aawww, the cute little butterfly! Green eyes is really neat! LOL - before enlarging the next picture, out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was Pepper's spider!! Isn't that cute too, a green bee tucked in!
Pepper, you got hit! At least your truck was washed.
Went to my primary care doctor for a checkup this morning and got the great news that my long-term (3 mos.) blood test that shows blood sugar control was the best in years. It had been up a bit with last year's cancer surgery and treatment, though still not worrisome for someone living with the disease for 8 years.
We had a bit of rain overnight and more is expected during the afternoon and evening, but the trip was on clear, dry roads before the temperature started to rise.
Found these two pearl crescents on leaves in my "bird garden".
HELLOOOO... I am so sorry it's been awhile, I have been busy & didn't have the time I wanted to be on DG .. it is really hot & humid here now..been in the high 90's for weeks & I am praying for rain today!! I think I hear thunder as I write this... hope hope hope.. as we really need rain!!!
Adina what a sweet & adorable baby!!
Sunfarm..CONGRATS!! I went to my doctor this am also but not for mt CT scan..that was a mess so I have to try again next month..this morning's was my PCP too & I've lost another 7 lbs!!! I am so happy as I have been trying for a long time..
Hope everyone is doing well..sorry I didn't get a chance to read everyone's entry.
If I don't get back on before the weekend I hope you all have a great 4th of July!
KY Sally: Hooray for the good report! GREAT shot of the butterflies!
BP: I'm so glad my bowl wasn't Pepper's spider! LOL
Celia: that is some hat!
Cindy: welcome back! It's hot here, too, and no rain! :o((
Pepper: very pretty daylily.
Still hot, still no rain but there is hope. We are getting a "cool" front (that's a relative term) with a greater possibility of rain. Clouds were forming and bunching together but no rain so far.
My son and his girlfriend got married at my house today. It was a lovely ceremony made more special by the fact that my daughter, who is an ordained minister, officiated. :o)) Here's the happy couple with my grandson. If you are on Facebook, you can see the rest of the wedding photos there.
Marsue, Glad to know the wedding went well.
BP, it actually looks like some elevation differences in the Iowa terrain [LOL]. Pretty picture.
I have seen more of the pearl crescents in the past couple of days. Looking for more variety of species in my pictures.
The showers seem to have cleared out and weather should be nice for the next few days-- maybe even through the weekend. I need it to be cooler.
Mau they have about a mile of corn running down a road we travel a lot.
At the end of the rows they have signs w/ the type of corn grown.
I guess for yield testing
The sections are about 20 rows wide.
From the top of the hill we see that affect. Just not that pronounced.
Great Shot bp!
97º today and we're well on our way to it already. Whew! I opened the front door this morning and got hit with a blast of hot air. I closed it again.
Park City is on for today and maybe a silver mine trip.
The city is completely redoing 2 malls downtown. The Z.C.M.I. store has been there since 1868 and was the countries forst dept. store. The letters stand for Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution. They should re-open next year.
Funny, I had a dream the other night that I was in front of ZCMI waiting for a bus.
BP, "Sneaky" on the prayer thread looks a lot like my late TJ.
Nice weather here today-- 84° and much less humid, but I had stuff to do inside. Should be even better the next few days.
Not too bad today. Still a bit hotter than I want but better than it has been. Needed sunglasses everytime I went outside though cause the sun was so bright we were squinting. A coworker said we turned into moles everytime. LOL!!
Two different daylilies posing together. And no I didn't move them together. LOL. They volunteered on their own.
59° and chilly. We'll have a high in the mid 70's. Aahhh, it is still June. My yard is mowed, laundry and dishes caught up, flors swept. Life is a good! LOL!
Marsue, I woke up and got up yesterday. I'm not so early today. (My real time wes 4:20 am. Early enough tho!) We aren't sure how the corn gets striped. Bernie?
Sunfarm, Iowa is not all flat, LOL! In fact, it was pretty hilly over in that area. We were in the next county north and west of us. I'm loving the butterfly/coneflower pictures! I don't have many different butterflies yet either. Thank you! The field caught our attention.
Marsue, I hope the rain lasted long enough to really soak the ground!
Ric, there are quite a few test plots all over our area. Since the field was way over, we didn't see any signs. And Thank you!
Celia, I hear you on closing the door! Wow, you are having a great time!!!
Sunfarm, the dream, that's pretty neat! Laughing, Sneaky looks exactly like Shug's brother Gino, that went missing last year. We never seem to be without an outdoor kitty that isn't ours, LOL! Glad you're getting a break in the weather too.
Pepper, ROTFL! Mole is my description of me in the house when the shades are closed against the heat or the cold. I squint! Aawww, best friends and they are both beautiful! They even have complimnetary colors!
Ric, I spy something pinker! I love how you keep adding. It looks nice!
This is a swing, that is on the way to DD's. I finally leaned out the jeep door and snapped a picture.
Striped corn field? Probably planted different varieties. Each will have a different shade of green. Most plants will be the same way, but some things are not as pronounced.
Look closely at your Iris, Daylilies, etc.
Nearly sold out at market yesterday, so now we will be picking this morning for market this afternoon. First Broccoli & Kohlrabi yesterday. Potatoes are selling better than ever.
Celia: it sounds like you are making sure your friends have a good time! Did you make it to the silver mine?
Sunfarm: aren't dreams funny how they go back into the recesses of our minds and bring up things we think we had forgotten?
Pepper: aren't you glad the daylilies "volunteered" for that photo? Loving those colors!
Ric; like BP, I spy something else pink. Nice bit of whimsy there! LOL Now what are you going to plant to climb up that arbor? Inquiring minds want to know!
BP: lucky you--60F! It hasn't been that cool down here is a while. What kind of swing is that?
Hooray! It is "cooler"--we are heading for a high of "just" 90F! LOL
The rain didn't amount to much but even a small amount was welcome. It was overcast most of the day yesterday and is still overcast but the weather guys are saying that we only have a small chance of more rain.
I spent most of yesterday helping the new bride clean the place they have rented and will be moving into this week-end. The landlord should give them at least half a month's rent free for the amount of cleaning we did. That place was filthy! Yuck, I hate to clean other people's dirt. I don't think the person who lived there before ever cleaned the cooktop burner pans (they will be replaced) or the vent hood. A spray bottle of Mean Green did a great job of de-greasing the vent hood but it took 3 or 4 sprayings to get all the grease off. The bathrooms have been disinfected with bleach, too. More stuff to do today so I will be away most of the day. Talk to y'all later. (The things we do for our kids! LOL)
The 'Pink' is from where Robyn spray painted some Flamingos.
It will be pressure washed off. I'm shooting the pic from Jon's yard.
That Entryway has been up for years.
We haven't planted it but may well making it a Clematis haven.
Mau I hammer the Landlord.
I'm guessing they pocketed the last tenant's security/cleaning deposit and stuck you guys.
Believe me, Ric, I pointed out a lot of stuff to the landlord yesterday when he was there. He probably wished he had never stopped by the place while we were there! LOL He agreed to do everything I mentioned to him and he was very generous in offering a free pizza because my son mowed the yard! Free pizza, indeed! He should be offering free pizzas for a month! (He owns a pizza place.)
No time to catch up on everything. I skimmed a bit, though.
Mau, we didn't make it to the silver mine. It appears to have been permanently closed. It's too bad because you got to go down into the mine 1500' in one of the cages and ride in a carry bucket on the tracks. It probably became too unsafe.
A nice day today!! High of 80 with sunshine and a small breeze. Went to a greenhouse (www.fahrmeierfarms.com) about 20-30 min from here and bought a few things. I would have bought more but restrained myself. LOL. Also weeded my veggie garden some more. It's almost done now. Still have a section that's a decent size to weed but I'll get it another day.
Clematis- Dr. Ruppel
Hellebores- Royal Heritage
Asclepias incarnata- Cinderella
Quoting:That place was filthy! Yuck, I hate to clean other people's dirt.
When I moved into my apartment, I was the first person to live there, so it was very clean. I lived there for ten years. Between general wear and tear, the Northridge Earthquake, and a formerly leaky roof, there would have been a lot of work for them to do. The house we live in now was a a foreclosure and the guy who lived here didn't clean up before he moved out (can't blame him) and the real estate agency didnt clean up, so it was a little on the scuzzy side. Actually, it gets worse than that between cleanings now, but now it's my dirt, not a stranger's dirt. I'm glad the wedding went well. You're a good mom and MIL.
Quoting:No Echinaceas? Is it too hot and dry or you just never had any?
I had one once but it died, probably from lack of water. "Drought tolerant" is a whole different animal here than it is in most of the rest of the country.
Hey, look at this. We have a heat index!
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 5:51 PM PDT on June 30, 2010
Dew Point: 58 °F
Wind: 10 mph from the SSE
Pressure: 29.78 in (Steady)
Heat Index: 81 °F
We went to the beach today.
There is always a lot of seaweed
Celia: I think I would be hesitant about going down 1500' in one of those cages-even if it was in the best condition ever! LOL
Pepper: sounds like you got some nice plants. I'll look forward to photos! :o))
Thanks for the compliment, Kelli!
Love the seaweed! Looks like the beginnings of a nice wig--it even has a "bow" in it! LOL
Oh, poor babies! I hope none of them got washed out to sea!
Our humidity was lower today which made things more pleasant from one standpoint but it was still hot. Still laughing about your heat index, Kelli!
Went back today to the "new" place that the newlyweds have rented. This time I was scraping off a layer of dirt from the base shoe in the utility area. I sprayed it first with de-greaser and then scraped it off with a flat-head screwdriver. More yuck! Also got the kitchen cabinets sprayed with disinfectant on the inside and wiped down and vacuumed the dust off the ceiling around the fan, cleaned the fan blades, and on and on. This place needs to be bombed and re-built! If I had been with the happy couple when they rented the place, I would certainly have offered my opinion which would have been: "Look elsewhere". They were evidently too twitterpated to care about the dirt! LOL Ah, "ain't love grand"?
62° and cool. Not wearing my jacket :o) We have a high of 81° so I'll be able to work out in the yard again! Saturday it heats up again.
My neighbor brought me a small Bluebeard (Caryopteris) shrub yesterday morning, and I had to figure out where I was going to put it. I decided to make the butterfly bed bigger and set it there. I didn't get it planted till 7:00 pm. I did get a start on enlarging the bed, because a rambling rose has to be moved there too.
Ric, that is such a cute picture of Robyn! (We spy the roof flamingo, LOL!) Clematis, so many different kinds!
Bernie, I think it is too. (Corn) Thanks for the confirmation :o) People are tasting real food! Are a lot of them the same people who shop daily?
Marsue, I've never seen another one like it. It's made from tractor seats and it almost loks like a small motor so they would go around. I should try to crop and enlarge the picture. It's really a cute idea, but I've never seen kids sit on it. I would have used a disinfectant wash ceiling to floor. I've helped clean my share of places with friends. It's hard to imagine living where someone else has, but people do it all the time. I guess the trick is to buy/rent from family like we did, LOL! You let the landlord off easy! I hope you ordered a supreme with extra cheese with all the extra toppings available!
Celia, too bad about the mine. It would have been cool down there, and interesting to see how they dug into the walls! I might have been a bit scared to ride in the cage :o) You're having fun no matter what you see.
Pepper, the rain quits and you're ready to plant again! You did well with the restrant and still got a nice selection. Nice daylily!
Kelli, my dirt. Exactly! I do notice the coneflowers need watering here too when it's been hot and dry. Wow! That is nice and cool! Interesting structure and love the flowers! Nice hawk and adorable ducklings! I loved the video!! That was so adorable! Talk about waves crashing! I could sit hypnotized for quite a while watching.
Mau, love is very grand! Besides, you're giving them a place to be proud of and piece of mind that it's clean enough for them.
BP: actually the pizza was pepperoni because that is what the DGS likes. They did put extra pepperoni and cheese on it which made it even greasier. LOL Neat sundog!
Bernie: I would surely love to eat homegrown stuff every meal! How wonderful that would be! Way to grow, potatoes! LOL
Could I say there was a hint of fall in the air this morning? Just a tiny hint--it was actually that the humidity was low which made the 70'sF not seem to be so oppressive. I started the sprinkler and am in the process of moving it around the flower beds every 30 minutes. It is still very dry here. Our high will be around 91F today which is still hot but certainly better than 98-100F!
55° here this morning! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
ALL the cats slept outside last night...lol!
Mau Lovely Bouquet!
bp that's a Neat Sundog shot!
If you look to the right of Robyn in that photo you will see some roots running up the garage.
That's Poison Ivy and ran halfway across the roof and down that split rail fence 25'.
We had a similar one on our garage roof w/ a 2 1/2" trunk.
Took 2 years to get it all out and killed completely.
Robyn and our Son Mat don't get PI... me unfortunately...
Off to dig a few plants and head for Joyce's.
We're picking up a new fish (Shubunkin) she wants to get rid off.
She's converted her pond to Totally Koi.
Kelli, the structure looks like a headwall for a pipe outlet. Could there have been something inside it? WWII relic sounds like a reasonable guess too.
Down to 56 (can't get the degree symbol, gives me back to previous screen, AARgh!) and slept with windows open last night. High temp was only 79. This morning's temperature was lower than any since May 23. What weird weather. I wish the cool with low humidity would last longer than forecast, but should still be pleasant today.
That thing in Kelli's photo looked like a big concrete cattle trough to me! ROFLOL (one that had been filled with dirt to grow flowers)
Ric: I am highly allergic to PI, too. Don't get it anywhere near me! I would have to call in the PI exterminators to get rid of it if it were around my yard anywhere.
Sunfarm: delightful temps! I have seen several dragonflies that look like that but I never seem to have my camera with me when they are flying around. One even tried to land on Friday's stretched out leash the other day.
I'll pass on the enlarged picture, Pepper. The one ringing my doorbell was a pretty good size, but at least it was just a daddy longlegs!
No warmer today than it was yesterday, so the weather stayed perfect. Temp and humidity should be creeping up in the next few days, though.
When I lived in Cincinnati about 45 years ago I helped a neighbor clear out brush early in the spring to put a swing set for our kids behind our apartment bldg. It was warm enough to wear shorts as I squatted down with the clippers to clear out vines. That's when I first discovered my PI allergy. 'Nuf said!
Pep that's a Wolf Spider I'd say.
Basically harmless to humans but a great bug catcher.
They are night hunters. Look and see if it has two bigger eyes facing forward.
6 smaller ones surrounding them. That's the ID Point.
A Nurse spider has 8 eyes all the same size.
Our kids used to catch them in jars.
60° and chilly. We'll quickly warm up to the mid to upper 70's this morning with a high of 84°. It's a little warmer each day with tomorrow being HOT! Today's high is average.
Bernie, they are the smart people. Nothing finer than a whole vegetable meal from your own garden. We ate half a head of cabbbage the other day. I'd could eat potatoes every day! Actually I grew up that way. Dad was a potato guy!
Marsue, I love pepperoni. It sounds like a good pizza with a lot of calories! That hint of fall is here again today. I'm glad you're cooler! The best bouquet is one we grow ourselves! Very nice!
Ric, I hate poison ivy with a passion. It always finds me and it is starting to come up across the road on the old railroad property. I sure hope you kill this vine with a vengence! I'll be looking for fish pictures!
Sunfarm, We were closing some of our windows at night! It's pretty chilly at 60°. I have a long sleeved shirt on my chair till coffee heats me up, LOL! Love the dragonfly.
Pepper, even I felt a "Kiska" before enlarging the picture. That's a spider that would scare me and spiders don't bother me unless it's on my person! Cool way to get the picture! It worked too well!
Sunfarm, ROTFL! Comic relief after the scary part!
Ric, I wouldn't kill the spider, but it sure begs for it. Wow, love the fish!!
Celia, he's a long leggedy!
Into the spider folder and here's mine. The Garden Spider.
Hard to believe, everybody ate lots of potatoes. Now they say they are fattening & not good for you. I will continue to eat potatoes. Whats better than a plate full of small, fresh dug new potatoes, fresh shelled peas, baby carrots from your garden, maybe a pearl onion or two, all cooked together & creamed. See pic below!
Are you hungry yet ?
Near 90º today, sunny & windy. Good thing about wind, it keeps skeeters at bay.
Things sure are changing! Last year we got about 12 dozen eggs a day. Never got to the point of selling real fresh ones. So we cut back of number of hens.
This year we can't keep up. Bought some more hens last week. Of course they need a time to adjust & get into full production. We will only have 30 dozen or so to sell tomorrow.
Sold 61 dozen 2 weeks ago.
Same with the vegetables. Same quantities we would take last year, we are running out this year. We didn't plan for such a big increase, so can't take more than we have.
Okay, Bernie, that was NOT NICE of you to make us drool like that and then not give us any of those good veggies to eat! LOL I read somewhere once in a galaxy far, far, away and long, long ago that if you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one food item with you, that you should choose potatoes. Of course, if one gets stranded on a desert island does one have that kind of choice? Duh!
I hate spiders and Poison Ivy! I will have to admit that the garden spiders are pretty. I was going to say that Pepper's spider is a tarantula but Ric is most probably right. Unless I counted wrong, one of its legs is missing.
Cooler today--only 91F for a high. LOL still no rain. :o(( Haven't gotten my water bill yet--hate to see it when it does arrive! You may hear me screaming even where you live. LOL
Pepper, that spider is beyond creepy. Yikes! Sally, the daddy longlegs isn't much better. When my sister was a little tot, she said, "I can't like 'em siders." I can't like them either.
Let's go back to concrete.
Quoting: the structure looks like a headwall for a pipe outlet. Could there have been something inside it?
What is a headwall? It's possible there could have been something inside it. It's hollow. There are some concrete pipes sticking out of that bluff though not inside that concrete thing. The pipes are about 18 in. in diameter and are full of dirt now. Maybe those are just a defunct storm drain system for the road. Anyway, I guess it's safe to say that there as a prior "civilization" there.
Ric, that koi is very pretty. Mine is just a big lummox.
Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 10:51 AM PDT on July 02, 2010
Dew Point: 57 °F
Wind: 6 mph from the SSE
Here is a picture that shows one of those concrete pipes.
Kelli, A headwall is the small structure usually built at the end of a pipe that sticks out of the ground that has both a vertical part for the pipe end to attach to and a horizontal part below for whatever drips out of the pipe to fall onto without eroding the ground. It may have "wing" walls coming out either side to keep dirt from the surrounding slope from falling into it and damaging the pipe. Does this make sense?
It is funny, but I hate spiders but have never minded daddy long-legs. I don't really relish them but I don't try to eliminate them. I need to take a broom to the area around my door, as I see the whole family is there now. No more pictures of them, just some pretty daylilies.
It got to the low 80s today but was still pretty comfortable and no need for air conditioning, though we will probably need it tomorrow and for the forthcoming week.