Two things before I get started…

  1. I was going to do this yesterday, but with the storm and flooding, it got postponed…
  2. I got to sleep in today, so everything is a little later than usual!! And by that, I mean EVERYTHING!! My cat stayed out all night last night, so I didn’t get up until 530am this morning. It is now nine o’clock and just now getting started on the blog. But that’s ok,right? Since it is a carefree saturday!
something stinks!

Why do cats do that anyway? (In all honesty, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen any other cat do that!!) Anyway…on to better things!

Fungi growing on a white azalea bush. I have to look into this and see why and how to take care of this.

star mushroom

While I was working on my “crooked maple tree”, I noticed mushrooms growing on the berm. So, of course, I had to take pictures!! (I will post about that tree at a later date, but here’s a picture of it when I was done.)

crooked maple

It didn’t take that long to clean around it! Of course, it helps that we have a battery powered saw that has different attachments. I used the saw and hedge trimmer for this particular project. Makes life so much easier…as long as you keep the batteries charged. (One battery will work for a few hours… we have two.)


Like I said in an earlier post, I will do one solely on mushrooms at a later date. I guess this is just a tease…

mushroom(s) growing on a stump…you might recognize this. It’s just an extreme close up of the same mushroom I’ve posted about before.

another view

I don’t eat any of them because I don’t know exactly which ones are good and which ones are poisonous. I don’t think I want to be going around hallucinating either… LOL!


hosta and hydrangea around a boulder

This is under a huge (Siberian or Russian) elm tree and yes, there are bottles in the tree. I got the idea while we were up in upstate Pennsylvania camping one year. We went to Rock City in New York and they had this tree with bottles in it – all different colors and sizes and as high in the tree as one could safely go. Mine only hang from where I can reach it from the ground…maybe one day I will hang them higher, but for now, it works.

peekaboo peony

The peonies are starting to die off, but I can still get some good pictures if I crop them right.


I don’t know exactly what this is…some kind of wild flower, maybe? I’ll have to keep an eye on it and look in the wildflower book I’m borrowing from a friend.

bug on a sun drop flower
tiny green grape leaf

Pink rose in a green depression glass

black eyed susan close up
nature’s spit

I’m calling this Nature’s Spit – but one website I just looked at (YouTube – Roger Griffith) states that this is cuckoo spit and is caused by the feeding of the light green nymph or Spittlebug stage of the brown froghopper insect. I will have to do more research on this… it does look like there’s a bug in there, so it could be.

yellow green and white

Yellow sun drops in a green and white garden (Mint, day lilies, hostas)

Well, I could upload pictures all day long and just keep on talking…but I’ve got a pool to clean (it’s looking better by the way) and some gardens to tend to. Be sure to look for CareFree Saturdays 4 tomorrow. I do work in the morning, so I may not get to post it til the afternoon… but I will post it tomorrow.

So, until then, hope everyone’s Saturday is the best it can be!

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be distorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

tiger lily swirl in grey and red

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