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Today is gorgeous: partly cloudy and quite cool, with a brisk breeze, almost autumnal.  :D  I went outside and picked up a bucket of sticks around the old raspberry patch. 

EDIT 8/4/17: I went out and trimmed weeds around the firepit, the Goddess Garden, and the barrel garden.  \o/
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Today is warm and muggy, although not as hot as it has been earlier.  We hauled three huge piles of grass.  

Sweat bees are out in force.  :P  AAAAAAA stop licking meeeee!  O_O  Yes, I was wearing repellent.  No, it didn't help.

The faery ring is still going strong.  Biggest mushroom has opened its cap and has a long skirt flapping in the breeze.  Literally. That thing looks like Marilyn Monroe standing on the fan grate.  :D

Butterflies everywhere today.  Monarchs, including a mating pair.  Painted ladies.  Cabbage whites.  One that's either a black-phase tiger swallowtail or a mourning cloak, couldn't tell from a distance.

My naked lady lilies are blooming.  \o/  
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I went out this evening and picked a handful of blackberries.  Lovely cool day.  The rose campion is blooming again.  :D  We're supposed to get rain this week.
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Today we visited the Coles County Fair Fail. Now I have been to some sad and dilapidated fairs in my time, but this reaches a whole new level of pathetic. Allow me to set the stage a bit: some decades ago, when I was a wee little tadling, this fair was the big event of the summer, a bright and lively event that everyone went to because it was full of fun stuff to do. Today, one of the gates was open, but very little else was. So now, it's not sufficient to check the hours the fair is open, you have to check the hours of individual things inside to determine whether it is actually active. Today it wasn't. And this is the first weekday of the fair; Monday-Tuesday used to be the busiest weekdays when all the animal shows happened. We walked in and it was just dead. O_O We literally wondered if we had misread the signs and come in when it was exhibitors-only, except that this was after noon on the first weekday. Turns out, the fair has been cut back so much that the midway and other stuff didn't even open until 4:00. What the fuck even. >_< Total score: 3/10, and I was going to give it a 2 before my partner Doug talked it up a point on grounds of some partial successes.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 4, 2017
Recipe: "Smoky Chicken"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Treasure Box"
Poem: "The Declension of Gender"
Coins of the World
Saturday Yardening
A Perfect Trip
Unsold Poems from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Read "Moon Ghazals"
Friday Yardening
Economy for the Common Good
Read "Defending Their Own" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "No Power Like the Power of Youth"
Nerd Sex Joke
Moment of Silence: June Foray
Spiderman
Wednesday Yardening
Poem: "This Hazardous Business"
Good News


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 1 with a theme of "Rites / Rights of Passage." I hope to see you then!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" is now complete.  Aidan and Saraphina explore the roof garden.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has included some beautiful temperate days here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, naked ladies.  Corn ears are thickening and the corn seems to be done emitting pollen.  I have been weeding gardens, so they're more visible now.
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Today is cool and bright again.  :D  I'm being extra-careful about my sun exposure after yesterday's splendid excursion. We picked up three big piles of grass, and fortunately, much of that work was done in the shade.  \o/

EDIT 7/30/17: I pulled more weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 7/30/17: I trimmed weeds and brush from in front of the grass pile in the south lot.
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After the street fair, I had enough energy for one round.  I pulled weeds around about half of the barrel garden, which is a lot. 
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For about three years now, my partner Doug has been hankering after Mister Softee, a soft-serve ice cream truck that he fondly remembers from his childhood. Mister Softee of Central Illinois has a Facebook page so you can find the truck. Today they were parked all day at the Warrensburg Corn Festival. So we went, and drove an hour to get ice cream ... and it was the best street fair we've been to. Tiny little thing -- no more than 5-6 vendors, maybe 6-8 food and beverage places, a midway with a handful of rides, and miscellaneous entertainment. But I give them 10 out of 10 points. Let me explain why...

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Today is gorgeous, sunny and much cooler than it has been.  It's currently 79F which is perfect for yardwork.  

So we went out and picked up a bucket of sticks in the savannah.  Then we cut several small trees' worth of honeysuckle and hauled that to the brush pile.  *gasp pant wheeze* 

We spotted an abandoned bird nest in one bush.  Also I saw a pretty big nest up a tree.  I'm not sure what it is, but it's made of twigs (instead of leaves like a squirrel flet) and it's bigger than most of the songbirds.  Too small for great horned owl or hawk, though.  I am wondering if it might be kestrel or something else in that size range.

Round 2, I went out to spray the stubs of honeysuckle and some poison ivy.  Then I spotted a tree with late mulberries on it and picked those, along with some blackberries.  Finally I trimmed grass around the septic garden, so it actually looks like a garden again and not a giant pile of weeds with a few marigolds in it.

Cicadas are singing.  We got rain last night, everything's still wet, so it's a good mating day for them.  They need soft wet soil to lay their eggs in.  Mosquitoes are out too.  >_<
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Economy for the Common Good is an effort to make business perform better on sociological and ecological levels. While I'm not up to the intricate math of a full report and don't have employees anyhow, I do have a small business that is highly interactive and socially engaged. So let's see how that looks for PenUltimate Productions ...

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Today was sweltering.  We picked up two piles of grass, but that's all I had energy for.  It's raining now. 
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 

EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass.  Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.

EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden.  *goflopnow*
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Today we picked up three piles of grass and some sticks.  It is pleasantly cool this evening, but there are sweat bees everywhere.  >_<  I do not enjoy being licked by insects. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Poem: "Chipped"
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Tiger Swallowtail
Gender in Comics
Hard Things


There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia.  Corn ears are thickening.  I picked blackberries yesterday.  Jalapenos are getting bigger. 
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I didn't have time to get outside much today, but I saw this tiger swallowtail feeding beside the barrel garden. So I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures. This is one of the best.  Of the caterpillar hosts for this species, I have wild cherry, basswood, ash, and willow; of the favorite nectar plants I have wild cherry, lilac, and milkweed.  We usually see some of these butterflies in summer, but they're not as common as some other species.  They're a personal favorite.  :D

This tiger swallowtail is feeding beside the barrel garden.
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In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (pots)
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (prairie garden)
Rainbow!
Sunday Yardening
Badger Engineering


I'm back at the keyboard now after a busy week.

The second session of the July Poetry Fishbowl will open on Tuesday, July 18.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been steamy here.  It rained a little yesterday.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I need to pick more blackberries.  I think there are two jalapeno plants with tiny peppers on them, and more cayenne too.  \o/  Evidently peppers grow better in pots than my efforts with tomatoes.
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These are more photos from today.

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