Wednesday, October 26, 2016
flowers and flying things
Re my last post...It may have sounded like I am disappointed (I was) and unhappy (I was) with the way things turned out but I m OK with it now. In retrospect, when I was reaching for that gold ring, I was not having fun. Making the pieces had turned into work and going to the shows was extremely stressful for me, and then there was the debt we kept expecting to pay off when we finally 'made it'. I have a great life and I enjoy the work again and if I never sell another piece, well, that's not why I wanted to do this technique anyway. The whole point of doing this work was to give myself an outlet to do art for myself. I will continue to work at it and not be prolific and I guess my kids and grandkids will have to decide what to do with all the pieces I leave behind.
Last Sunday was a gorgeous day...beautiful blue sky, cool in the shade, warm in the sun, and most important, not humid...a perfect day for being outside. Which I was. All day.
The pool is now cleaned, dried, folded, and packed away where it will stay until one of the kids or grandkids decides they need an above ground pool or I decide to sell it or one of the grandkids begs me to put it up next summer.
Other fall tasks around the yard were tended to hit or miss. I have still to get anything planted for a fall garden though I did buy some broccoli and cauliflower plants and one bell pepper plant that are still in their little containers. I gathered the day's worth of pecans, cleaned out some of the gone by summer bloomers, used the trimmer around the flower beds and the Little Backyard (the mower won't fit through the gate), picked up the dead and fallen branches and threw them in the back of the truck for transport over to the burn pile, dug up the sprouting nut grass from the back bed because you know there was no way in hell I got it all the first time, and I don't know what all. Planted a few pots of stuff, taking them out of the nursery and into the real world.
The birds have vacated though. I've noticed in the last week or so that there are almost no birds around, not even the cardinals, chickadees, and titmice. Or wrens. Even though the amount of seed I put out every morning in the totem bird feeder gets eaten, I don't see them. I've had the tea cup back up for a couple of months now but I never see a bird come to it here lately so I don't know what's up with that.
Still have lots of butterflies. Saw this little hairstreak that allowed me to photograph it.
I spied this dragonfly and moth hanging out on the yellow ginger waiting for the sun to warm them up.
This scary looking guy convinced me I did not want to touch it.
I was taking pictures of the toad lilies
when this hummingbird moth flew right in front of me, not at all bothered by me or my camera.
And the cosmos and other things are still blooming like mad.