Tuesday Note

Popping in to say hi! I have a devotional due Wednesday and it’s taking longer than expected. I should get back to my normal blog-reading and visiting schedule once that’s done. I miss you and look forward to catching up. I hope the weather is being nice to you, wherever you are. We got an inch of snow that caused a few delays this morning, but it’s mostly gone now. Hugs!

Thank you for the words I'm about to write...

Thank you for the words I’m about to write…

Wordy Wednesday

I’m so excited–family coming this weekend! So much to do to get ready, like clean house. So what did I do today? Laundry. Watered the garden. Pulled weeds. A ton of weeds. I did start straightening up inside a bit.

Here are some flora and fauna photos from last week’s visit to the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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I’m going to take off the rest of the week from blogging. I hope you have a great weekend and that I’ll see you back here on Monday. I’ll try to visit your blogs in the meantime, if the opportunity arises.

Hugs, Patti

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday and 5 Random Thoughts

My days of the week are totally mixed up! I’ve been attempting to keep the hours of a morning person–some days out of necessity–but I keep falling back into my regularly-scheduled program. 

THANKFUL THURSDAY

I may have said this before, but I’m thankful for our public library. It offers a wide selection of magazines to read without paying a subscription fee, Wi-fi, use of computers for those who don’t have one, and music, movies and, oh yes, BOOKS on everything imaginable.

Now for some RANDOMNESS

1. I love Wi-fi! Our downstairs a/c is inoperable, so I’m sitting in a zero-gravity lawn chair under the oak tree with birds singing overhead. Some of them might be telling me to go back in the house where I belong, but I don’t understand bird-speak. (Or I’m feigning ignorance–shhh don’t tell!)

2. This is the first year milkweed planted the previous year returned. I’m ready for the Monarch butterflies to appear. Hopefully they’ll get here before the aphids. IMG_1559

3. The Bee Balm is robust this year, also. Maybe a hard winter isn’t so bad for the garden, after all. IMG_1560

4. Cutting back the Butterfly Bush in late winter, we discovered a rotted section at its base. We lost about a third of it, but the remainder is coming back strong.IMG_1562

5.  The Coneflowers have a lot of buds.IMG_1563

Bonus Randomness

This is the Fennel jungle. Fennel is a host plant for Black Swallowtail butterflies. I hope we see lots of them this year.IMG_1564

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Thursday

     I tried to create a post for Wild Bird Wednesday (on Thursday) but the computer froze while loading the images.     

     It’s been a very full day, quality time with the treadmill this morning, then met hubby for lunch. I had some business to take care of inside the bank–with a real person. Then I picked up a prescription, came home and cooked dinner. Then we were off to get groceries.

     It’s almost midnight, and I’m going to call it a day. I should get by to visit your blogs tomorrow. Really missed everyone today.

 

 

 

Cloud Cover

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The sky never ceases to amaze me. Yes, I had my head in the clouds again. This was taken as I drove home from the Traveling Pen workshop, Saturday. (Isn’t that a great name for a writing workshop?)

I love that perfectly-straight line that allows a peek of the blueness beyond. To me, this demonstrates why it is called “cloud cover.” Doesn’t it look like a soft blanket, or partially-rolled-up window shade?

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?

We don’t follow NASCAR as avidly as we used to, but decided to watch the Daytona 500 Sunday. Not even an hour into the race (which started around 1:00 p.m.) it began to rain. The race was red-flagged and didn’t begin again until 8:30 p.m. That made for a long day for everyone. Fans were evacuated from the stands when lightning threatened. Estimated attendance at a Daytona race is 250,000. That’s a lot of a people to evacuate. Congratulations to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on his win. I know “Jr.” is dropped when there is no longer a “Sr.,” but his father’s legend lives on in the racing world.

Just Peeking In

 

Downy Woodpecker--just peeking in on you

Downy Woodpecker–just peeking in on you

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

No sooner than hubby asked if the mockingbird had been around in the cold weather, the very next day it showed up!

Here's a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

Here’s a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

It didn’t look pristine for long, hubby shoveled paths to the feeders. Wednesday may have been the first time ever he couldn’t get to work.  I wish he’d been able to enjoy his day off, but it was spent clearing snow, and fretting about orders that needed to be placed. This morning, he had to dig through the barricade of snow the plow left before he could get the car out of the driveway.

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Now you know!

Now you know!

Too soon, our day came to an end.

Too soon, our day came to an end.

May you be warm, wherever you are today.

 

This and That, Thursday

The Hampton Roads Writers Conference starts this evening and runs through Saturday. It’s being held ten minutes from my house–very convenient. Friday is a long day, check-in 8-8:30 a.m.; the last session ends at 5:00 p.m.; followed by the Mix and Mingle Social, which I won’t be attending. I’m just going to learn what I can, not looking for an agent. 

Went for a walk last evening. The sky was gorgeous. 042048As the sun set in the west, the Harvest moon was rising in the east. 055A post isn’t complete without a bunny.004Blogging time will be limited the next couple of days, but I’ll visit when I can.
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