Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kid Stuff

I played two rousing games of Uno this week with my son, granddaughter and grandson.    Afterward, my newly-six-year-old granddaughter advised me that I was The Main Loser.   But, she explained, with sweet solemnity, there was good news, too --  she had noticed that, although I had lost both games, I hadn't made a fuss about it.   (Thanks for noticing!)

My three-year-old great niece was playing with  Scully, a stuffed parrot with a bandana on its head, and chattering to herself.    "Scully is a parrot," she said.    "All parrots are birds."    She paused for a moment, gave me an impish grin, and concluded:  "All birds wear hats."      I was duly impressed.   That's about the level of logic I had when I was taking logistics, not my favorite class, in college.

I like the way little kids think; they make me laugh.    But I know for sure that they grow up too fast, because today is my first little kid's birthday.    It doesn't exactly seem like yesterday that he was born - for either of us, I'm sure - but it sure doesn't seem like it could have been 36 years ago, either.   He was the cutest little kid I've ever seen, and grew up into the best man I've ever known.    I love him, bunches and bunches, and hope he has the best birthday ever.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gaggles Of Grackles

From the corner of my eye yesterday, I saw an explosion of water from my backyard bird bath.   When I went to investigate, I found over a dozen grackles crowded into the little pool, splashing and cackling like crazy.   It looked like an avian fraternity party, a bunch of rowdy birds, acting like fools and enjoying it very, very much.   They made me laugh.  This morning the bird bath was littered with black feathers and poop, the equivalent, I suppose, of cigarette butts and empty beer cans.  The chickadees just shook their heads while I cleaned it up.

(Today the doves have taken over.   They are a much quieter crew, but at the moment, three of them are lying in the water, facing the middle and filling the bath.    My bed and breakfast is very popular this summer, which has been hotter than any of us are used to.)

My sunburn is peeling (and itching!) like crazy.   Besides being bad for me, it's just plain yucky!

This weekend we are celebrating my granddaughter's 6th birthday.   Where did the time go?   I spent a bit of time looking over the photos from around the time of her birth, and am amazed all over again that today's lovely bundle of energy and charm could have come from that tiny speck of a person.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cooling Off

My sister and I are spending the day babysitting my nephew's . . . . swimming pool. The water temperature is 88 degrees. Life is good.







Post Script:  The water temp was above 90 degrees when we left.   Used nearly a bottle of 70 SPF sunscreen, but still burnt to a cinder.    What a gorgeous way to spend a much-too-hot day!



Friday, July 6, 2012

What IS This?!

I was watering my garden this morning, avoiding getting ready to go to work (as usual).   Just a normal, lazy morning.    When suddenly I saw this huge wasp-like bug on a garlic blossom.    It's hard to tell from the photo, but this creature is about 2 inches long, and unlike anything I've ever seen - and I've seen a bunch of bugs in my lifetime!    Can anyone identify it?
And now, moments later -- thank you Google! -- I can tell you that it's a Cicada Killer Wasp.    I've been around cicadas my whole life, but I've never seen their giant nemesis.   They nest in the soil of a sparsely planted lawn -- guilty -- and our cooperative extension says that the best way to get rid of them is to water and fertilize the grass.     Experience tells me that's not likely to happen at my house, so no more bare feet in my back yard!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

When Life Gives Us Lemons, It's Not Always A Bad Thing!

I have lemons, two of them, on my lemon tree!    I bought this little lemon tree at the end of the season last year, for about $2 on clearance, just because I thought it would be a pretty indoor plant.   I assumed it was an ornamental and wouldn't bear fruit, but last week I discovered the baby lemons.   I suppose it's unlikely that they will hang on to maturity, but I sure hope they do!
I'm not working today because my employer doesn't want to pay me holiday pay.   It's a shame, because today will be the day that most of our hospice families are able to visit.   Many patients are unresponsive when I visit, so the families are the ones I really want to see, but many of them work during the usual week.  I offered to go in with regular pay, or no pay at all, but apparently that's a big No-No.

So instead, I am enjoying my Independence.    
I'm hoping to do a little cleaning (because a LOT of cleaning is needed!), get caught up on my laundry, and work on a quilt square that has to be done by a deadline that is rapidly approaching.  There is an "excessive heat warning" again today --  it is too hot outside for me to think about doing anything else!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

It's Been Hot!




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