Blooming This Week

Walker’s Low Catmint

I love catmint! What’s not to love about a plant that blooms spring to fall? It loves the heat, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and is deer resistant. Not that we have deer, but that’s good to know if there are deer in your area.

Gaura–Whirling Butterflies

This delightful plant reseeded itself, so now there are two. I like that! In the lower left corner is the high mallow. Somehow, I lost its picture.  


This yarrow keeps spreading out. It looked like a patch of sunshine on this heavily-overcast day.


Wawa–Not Just for Geese Anymore

Unless you’ve traveled Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland or Virginia, you may not be familiar with Wawa.

Wawa is THE convenience store of all convenience stores. The name is derived from a Native American word for the Canada Goose. They sell gasoline, often at the best price around; and food and beverages. And a LOT of it. They are always busy. 

I stopped by this location today, and found a bit more commotion than usual. A crow swooped downward in front of one of the entrances, but would quickly return to the roof briefly before doing it all over again. As I neared, I found this:


Someone had tossed a cheese puff their way, and the ducklings scampered about trying to get a nibble. The crow wanted in on the action, or rather the food, but Mama wouldn’t let it near. When I moved into position to take the picture, the crow stayed away; Mama knew she could rest then and posed ever so nicely for me. 

So, Wawa isn’t just for geese anymore, ducks like it, too. 

Have you “ducked” into a Wawa lately? 

Back to My Normal(?) Life

This was the send-off I received last Thursday. It seems most were happy to see me leave. 😉

Waving Goodbye

Driving a different route home than usual, I got to explore new territory. I have a better appreciation for those of you able to pull over and get photos of barns and scenery. I saw a few interesting barns, but on a two-lane road with a 55-mph-speed limit, and no shoulder, I failed to get any pictures to share.  

But I did find something new in our backyard when I arrived.

Munching Clover

Some of you know I have a soft spot for bunnies, so this was the perfect welcome-home gift. 

Game Day

The testees finished today, so I’ll be heading home tomorrow. To celebrate, we played some board games this evening. My daughter and I played a game of Chutes and Ladders with the youngsters, then the older “kids” (I’m using that term loosely here, very loosely) played Scrabble. Much fun, not enough sleep! 

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What are some of your favorite board games? And who do you play with?