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2017-09-20 06:22 pm

Birdfeeding

A few days ago, I filled the birdfeeders.  Today I saw a mourning dove on the fly-through feeder, so at least one bird has discovered the seed.  \o/ 
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2017-09-19 04:24 pm

Tuesday Yardening

Today is warm, partly cloudy, and muggy.  We went out to the orchard and removed many many field weeds from under the pear tree.  It is a bumper year for pears, they are all over the ground already, with plenty left overhead.  If I have the energy, I'll go back out later and pick up a bucket of them to make pie filling. 
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2017-09-17 06:37 pm

Sunday Yardening

Today has been warm and muggy.  We finally got some rain!  \o/  There will be more chances later in the week, too.

I had to go out and reposition flowerpots that fell over.  Again.  I moved some around and maybe that'll help hold them up. 
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2017-09-15 05:32 pm

Friday Yardening

Today is cool and mostly sunny.  I trimmed some weeds around the forest garden and Doug helped me set up the new birdfeeder.  Then I filled that one, the hopper feeder, and the fly-through feeder. 
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2017-09-14 07:26 pm

Thursday Yardening

Today was mild and mostly sunny.  I went out and watered plants.  We got a little rain but it hasn't helped much. 
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2017-09-10 02:57 pm

Poem: "The Gifts That Move"

This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "give to charity" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-09-06 04:50 pm

Wednesday Yardening

Today is partly cloudy, breezy, and cool.  I went outside and watered plants. 
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2017-09-04 04:27 pm

Monday Yardening

Today is mostly cloudy, breezy, and rather warm.  I picked up sticks along the south side of the driveway and dumped the trolley in the firepit. 
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2017-08-30 10:37 pm

Wednesday Yardening

Today was warm and partly sunny.

I went out and took pictures.   Sawtooth sunflowers, some new asters in the prairie garden, the purple and the pink sedum are blooming.  :D  Also there are pears all over the pear tree.  I saw a preying mantis feeding on a butterfly, and a couple of grasshoppers humping.  Sometimes it's all about perspective -- I didn't see the mantis or grasshoppers until I crouched down to photograph the colorful wing of the butterfly.

Later I went back out and watered plants.  It's dry here.  Someone mentioned online that the wetland at our local nature center is all dried up.  :(
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2017-08-26 07:23 pm

Saturday Yardening

Today was sunny and mild.  It's cooled down quite nicely now.  I went outside and watered flowers.

My sawtooth sunflowers are blooming near the east edge of the yard.  I wish I could get them to grow in the prairie garden.  I've tried taking seeds there, but so far no luck. 
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2017-08-23 04:31 pm

Wednesday Yardening

It's a lovely cool day outside, at least until I wore myself out.  I took the clippers and cut brush alongside the patio. 

EDIT 8/23/17: I went back out and moved a bit of brush from the savanna, and also trimmed grass around three saplings there.
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2017-08-22 04:20 pm

Tuesday Yardening

Today is mild, sunny, and breezy.  We got some rain last night, so I went out to pull field weeds from alongside the patio and strip garden. 

I've been seeing lots of butterflies today.  There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.

EDIT 8/22/17: I went back out and pulled more weeds farther along the patio edge and by the birdgift apple tree.
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2017-08-21 10:41 pm

Poem: "Only in the Gift"

In return for a beautiful day and a truly stellar performance from the Sun God and Moon Goddess, I am posting one of my eclipse poems for free.  You can see some of my eclipse photos here.


"Only in the Gift"


I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world 

a reminder that we live,
moment by moment, 
only in the gift of
his infinite light.
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2017-08-20 06:08 pm

Sunday Yardening

Today is sunny and hot, ugh.  I made it out to water plants and pick a pepper for Doug's supper. 
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2017-08-19 04:50 pm

Saturday Yardening

Today is mostly sunny and hot.  :P  We picked up three piles of grass, and I filled the trolley with sticks to dump in the firepit.

Lots of butterflies out, though, and bees.  Yay bumblebees, boo sweat bees. 
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2017-08-18 03:31 pm

Poem: "Lycoris"

This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Lycoris"


In spring, the strappy green leaves
emerge from the fertile earth
but bring no blossoms.

The leaves turn yellow,
then brown, and fade away.

In summer, surprise!

A sudden resurrection
out of the dry bare ground
raises flower stalks like magic,
pink lilies spreading themselves
in the sun like naked ladies.

* * *

Notes:

Lycoris is a type of lily with many different names including resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked ladies.  Both my parents and I have these, and they're beautiful flowers.

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2017-08-14 05:03 pm

Monday Yardening

Today is mild and humid with cloud cover.  We cut several piles of weeds from around the lilac bushes, then hauled them to the grass wall or the firepit.

I had to quit early because the mosquitoes were eating me alive.  That was ten minutes ago and I still have pink imprints of my hand on my thighs.  I can actually count the fingers on one.  The other slap marks have mostly faded.

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and picked up a bucket of sticks from the house back toward the eastern edge, then dumped that in the firepit.
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2017-08-13 05:26 pm

Sunday Yardening

Today is mild and partly cloudy.  I cut brush in the savanna. 

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and hauled the trimmings to the brush pile.
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2017-08-12 04:44 pm

Saturday Yardening

Today is partly sunny, mild, and breezy.  We picked up piles of grass alongside the driveway. I filled the trolley with sticks.

EDIT 8/12/17: We went back out and picked up several more piles of grass in the savanna.  I got about half a trolley of sticks.

As it is getting dark, we are done for the day.