Sunday, August 9, 2015

catching up


I can't believe it's been two weeks already since I got back. In some ways that is no time and others, worlds away. The very next day after I returned, we drove two hours to Galveston to spend the day with family from Dallas and the Houston area on the beach.


My grandgirl Robin left with us at the end of the day for her week. And just as she left, my sister's two (bigger but still small) black and white dogs came for their 10 day stay.


They're still here. Minnie has grown since she appeared in the yard four weeks ago but not a whole lot.


 And I've worked some days at the store. And caught up on the dangling threads I left to what remains of my business. I have even pulled out the waxes I made years ago of the tree bark around here and that is sitting on my table as I write. It is time to start some new work.


We are entering high summer. These are the dog days. This week we will see triple digits perhaps as high as 106˚. Corn is being harvested and the cotton is starting to pop. The birds are raising their last broods.


It is very dry even though we did get half an inch last Tuesday, the first rain in 7 or 8 weeks. Water is evaporating out of the turtle pond and water lily pond at a surprising rate.


The plumerias, still recovering from being froze to the ground winter before last, should be blooming but they're not. The altheas that didn't bloom in the spring like they were supposed to are putting on sparse flowers now. The yellow butterfly ginger is putting out it's first blooms and the morning glory bush is also blooming.

 
There's more but that's enough for now. It's too damn hot to be outside for any length of time.






13 comments:

  1. Driving through town this week we saw yellow leaves on the lightweight trees and their leaves accumulating against driveway sidewalls. We'll be settling into school and band routines soon. Sigh. And, thank you for your kind comments on my charges. Emily has had an epiphany this year, no small thanks to her wise counselor. We now enjoy each other's company. And yes, I shudder to think of her sucked back into the orbit of her parasitic parents.

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  2. I'll bet in that heat the majority of your time on the beach was really spent in the water.

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  3. You have had a very exciting summer.

    All plants have produced strangely this year.

    Wishing you rain and a wonderfully creative week.

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  4. You got spoiled with the cooler weather in the north.Canned tomato juice today, indoors.

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  5. It does look hot where you are, but I'm already noticing a hint of fall in the air so, hopefully, the scorching temperatures won't last much longer.

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  6. Cute little dogs... I would be spending all my hours INSIDE if it was that hot here!

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  7. i like the black and white crew. :) very dry and hot here too.

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  8. It's hot here too -- and you apparently have it worse than we do. Minnie is so CUTE.

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  9. I am freaking slavering over those tree bark waxes. You got molds? Old Skool rubber? Or New Skool 3D files?

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  10. Our weather is cooling (high 80s) and the days look shorter to me. Fall is just around the corner so enjoying the summer that is left.

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  11. There is no stopping you! Mmm, one of these days, I must get to the beach... ;-)

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  12. Good batch of photos, Ellen. I like the bird feeding her young one. It's hot and dry here in OR too; I wish it would rain.

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