Hurricane Matthew has kept us busy this week as we tried to prepare for the unexpected. Watching. Waiting. Praying for those of you to the south of us who still bear much of the storm’s wrath, may you and your loved ones be safe. We have heavy rain, expecting 8-12 inches with 60 mph wind gusts; a flash flood warning now in effect. Internet is spotty today, makes trying to post a test of my character!
I apologize for not getting to visit your blogs this week, hopefully this week will be better.
This week we’re looking for Starts with O, Week’s Favorite, and Eyes.
O is for Overcast sky.
My Week’s Favorite (the only picture I’ve taken this week) is the Encore Azalea.
These were the first Eyes that came to mind–a Cooper’s Hawk–who keeps an eye on the backyard birds.
Apparently, I slept through Monday. Well, not really, but with what I accomplished, one might think so. I switched to Zyrtec for late summer/fall allergies, forgetting the drowsiness it causes. Now I realize that’s why I was so sluggish last week!
Here are Cee’s questions; I hope you’ll share your answers, too.
List 2 things you have to be happy about. First, I’m happy to have figured out my slo-mo problem is nothing more than a side effect, and second, that the lady who pulled out in front of me the other day made it safely to another lane.
If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be? So many wonderfully inspiring places from which to choose…I think a cabin in the woods on a mountain near a water source.
Should children be seen and not heard? It depends on the circumstances. Of course there are times we should all be silent/reverent, but from my experience, children are wonderful sources of humor and wisdom, and should be allowed to be children.
List at least five of your favorite first names. Those would be the names that show up on my phone as incoming texts.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I was grateful to celebrate another trip around the sun, Saturday’s employee-appreciation dinner at a lovely venue, and a visit to the botanical garden; looking forward to cooler temperatures and rain later this week. I’m getting lots of things cleaned up around the house.
I’m sticking close to home this week. In fact, this is the “Fennel and Milkweed Jungle” in my backyard, viewed from a lawn chair. We’re ready for Black Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies and caterpillars! I’m sure the birds are looking forward to them, too – but for other reasons.
Hope you have a great weekend! It’s Father’s Day weekend here in the U.S., thankful for all the dads. Where would we be without them?
Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 76
Friday’s Hunt v1.13 brought to you by the letter M, Week’s Favorite, and Bird or Wings
Today’s Flowers #401
1. Mr. & Mrs. Mallard having a little conversation over dinner.
I was in the backyard taking pictures when our neighbor’s son came home from school. He walks through our yard to get to and from the bus stop on the next street over. He turned to see what subject had my attention and exclaimed, “A duck!” He whipped his phone out of his pocket and said, “I have to get a picture of this!”
2. The starling darlings monopolized the pedestal birdbath after I cleaned it.
3. The American Robin (male) gave up on them and and settled for the birdbath on the ground.
4. The Loropetalum is in bloom.
5. Mr. Mallard is one devoted dude. He stood like a soldier for the longest time while the Mrs. grazed for food, stood in the birdbath doing her yoga leg stretches, and then she finally settled down for a nap.