Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thankful Sunday--August 31, 2014

I am thankful for 
sweet potato blossoms.

I don't like sweet potatoes. I'm not even going to pretend that maybe they're alright if they're cooked the right way. My mother used to make sweet potato pie when we were kids and that didn't do the trick. They were still yucky. I didn't like them as a kid, and I still don't like them as an adult. But I have a new appreciation for them.

I was visiting Miss Landers yesterday and looking at her garden. I noticed what I thought were wild morning glories and told her she should be careful because they can really get out of hand. Then she told me that those were not morning glories but the blooms on sweet potatoes. This was news to me because, goodness knows, I had never tried to grow them. It turns out that sweet potatoes are in the same family as morning glories and that is why the blooms look the same. And the delicate blossoms are beautiful.

I am thankful for sweet potato blossoms because they will be the first thing I think about now when I hear sweet potatoes instead of those long meals as a child when it took me four glasses of milk to finish the one spoonful of sweet potatoes that my mother made me eat.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Second Look--August 27, 2014

While there are still flowers blooming, most things are starting to look a little ragged.  Some foliage is turning brown and what once were large vistas of flowers are now just a few here and there. Fall is definitely coming. The birds are still abundant at the feeders, but that population should be changing in the next month or so as the migration south begins. I am going to be especially sad to see the hummingbirds go. While we have seen them every year around our lilies, this has been the first year we have had a feeder right outside our window to watch. Their little bodies and humming wings continue to amaze me.

Here are some things I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

Praying mantis on Blackeyed Susan

This is one of a couple of day lilies that are still blooming.

Little bees are enjoying the balloon flowers that continue to bloom.

Late spring we planted a spindly tomato plant in a pot by our back door. It just now producing its first tomatoes--but they are beauties.

I cut back the Rozanne Geranium and it is now having a resurgence of blooms.

I thought that this caterpillar was heading for the grass until I took a second look and saw ants foraging around it. Then I wasn't so sure that it was heading anywhere anymore.

Most of these birds should hang around for the winter. (L-R Carolina wren, chickadee, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, goldfinch, cardinal

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Today, I'm going to drink more water.

Drinking the recommended amount of water has always been a problem for me, but I'm trying to correct that. Do you drink easily and often like the males do in my family or do you struggle to fit in all in like I do?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thankful Sunday--August 24, 2014

I am thankful for an abundance of tomatoes.

This is the time of year when gardens have been producing for a while and there are extras of many things. I am thankful that that is happening with tomatoes and I had enough extra to make some salsa. Yum!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Second Look--August 20, 2014

Here are a few things I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

Ward especially liked the Fibonocci spirals in the middle of this sunflower.

This wheel bug was about an inch long.

We had a good rain and a whole new group of mushrooms sprung up.

Along with the mushrooms, this bright orange fungus grew this week.

The dark coloration around this squirrels mouth and arm is different from any I've noticed before. I don't know if this is normal or the squirrel got stained trying to remove the hull from a black walnut. :) I'm going to start paying attention to see if I notice this pattern on any other squirrel.

The goldfinch are at their absolute brightest now.