Getting back to myself…

This is going to be a quick post…

Still don’t have internet!

Two sticks and a nut

Walnut to be exact!

Not having internet right now has been a struggle! I should be mad… frustrated. Yes! Annoyed? Yes! But not mad. That takes a lot of energy, and today is a carefree day!!

Mulberries

So, again, I have a ton of pictures! But they’re on my computer… I guess this is a good challenge for me. Taking new pictures with my cell phone and not repeating myself.

When I get internet back, each post will include a “picture of the day” – a picture I took while I couldn’t use the internet!

Holes in a dead tree

Kind of hard to see…I noticed them yesterday while taking pictures with my Canon. The trunk to the left has all the holes…I’m sure something is living in there.

I left it the way I did because I find it interesting…the holes, the scars, the vine wrapped around the branch.

The other side of the same tree

Know the difference between a Canon and cell phone camera? Focus!

Red holly berry and green leaves

Every day is a new day…today is no different!

White wildflower

So, that’s about all I have for today…without ruining tomorrow’s post!

“They are not dead who live in our hearts they leave behind.” – Tuscarura

“All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.” – Arapaho

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may not remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” – tribe unknown

Picture of the week?

Butterfly beer

Taken Sept 13, 2018

What is butterfly beer?

Well, quite simply, it is over ripe fruit and beer. You can use just about any soda…I use root beer. The website, national butterfly center, says to use bananas and brown sugar. Check out theur website for more info!

I just use fruit and soda…they absolutely love it!

Another thing you can do to help pollinators is water and marbles. Place marbles in a shallow dish and fill with water, making sure nit to cover the marbles. The marbles are to keep the bees from drowning.

🐞🐞🐞

I plan on posting again later! Soon, maybe. Today is Saturday, so I’m not stressing about anything

Until then…

“While I breathe, I hope”

– South Carolina state motto

TREE FROG CELL PHONE PICTURES

Hanging out on hummingbird feeded

They hung out there all day…I first noticed them around 8am. At dinnertime, around 6pm, they were still there. (The one on the inside had jumped over to the deck, but had pretty much not moved all day. ) They are nocturnal creatures after all.

The bigger one seemed to be having troubles before I took this picture…I wiped his mouth off (he had gunk in both corners of his mouth), and put him back. Much happier!

Hanging out at the pool
Oh so happy
All by his lonesome

So hopefully I will be able to get back to my normal posts tomorrow! It’s been a real struggle using my cellphone…zaps my battery quicker than you can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! Don’t know if that’s spelled right…I sounded it iut as I wrote it.

No quotes or abstract photos today!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

CELL PHONE PICTURES

Peony seed pods

I’ve already been out working on one of my gardens this morning…the bugs are terrible!! Don’t think I’ll do much more today – the bugs are only going to get worse as it gets hotter.

Wet lilacs

It did rain a little this morning.

Fly on yellow sage leaf

Don’t know exactly when we will get the internet back…my boyfriend needs to pay the bill. That’s all I’m going to say about that…

Little purple wildflowers

I first noticed these flowers yesterday! I’ve got really good photos of them…with my other camera!! So, when I can I will post them.

They’re really pretty when they’re open…pink with yellow-white spots with blue centers.

I had a terrible time getting my cell phone to focus on what I wanted it to focus on. I was really getting irritated…gotta work with what I’ve got for the time being.

Another bird on a wire

So, I’m going to spend my day going through more pictures and editing. This afternoon I’m going to clean the pool…it’s almost there, after today’s vacuum it should be ready for swimmers!

Words of wisdom (from Native Americans):

Don’t be afraid to cry, it will free your mind if sorrowful thoughts.

– Hopi

Day and night cannot dwell together.

– Duwamish

It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.

– Apache

Just the facts, ma’am!

Actually, just some pictires…

Brown and black bug on green leaves
Green bug on green leaf
Purple and white flowers

I’ve learned…

-that it’s not what you have in life, but who you have in life that matters.

– that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you’d better know something.

Baby oak tree

This tree will eventually overpower the lilacs and crepe myrtles, but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s going to take years and by then… maybe it won’t be so bad.

Three yuccas
Ready to bloom…almost
Pink and green

Pink begonia flowers and green leaves. Mostly junk, but there is an azalea bush!

Full bloom

Sun drop flowers

Kalimba

Telling me he needs some water! He drinks out of the toilet when there’s no water in his bowl. Luckily for him, I don’t use that blue stuff or any other chemicals that stay in the tank or bowl!

Abstract

So, until tomorrow…hope all is well and there’s plenty of sunshine to keep you warm!

LAKOTA INSTRUCIONS FOR LIVING

Friend, do it this way

– that is,

Whatever you do in life

Do the very best you can.

With both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,

The Power of the Universe

Will come to your assistance,

If your heart and mind are in unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of the People

One must be responsible because

All of Creation is related

And the hurt of one is the hurt of all,

And the honor of one is the honor of all.

And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

F you do it that way,

– that is, if you truly join your heart and mind

As one – whatever you ask for,

That’s the way it’s going to be.

– passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

CHILLY TUESDAY

The internet is down at my house right now so I’m writing this on my phone! It will take a little longer than normal…

I’ve been busy this morning going through photos to put on my portfolio page, when I can get to it! And of course, they’re all on my computer. So it will have to wait until later!

Guardian owl

Waking up this morning, it was only 51 degrees outside! A bit chilly, especially for June. I’m dreading cleaning the pool later, but it has to be done. At least the sun is out…that will help! But soon enough it will be hot.

My boyfriend brought the owl home from work and put it down by the pool…I guess this morning. When it got light enough out and I checked on the pool to see how clear it was I noticed it. Of course, I couldn’t see exactly what it was so I went down to check it out! My boyfriend came out on the deck at that time and laughed, saying, “Sure didn’t take you long to find it!” Now to figure out where to put it!

Green and white hostas and rock pathway

I transplanted the hosta last fall, after I put the rock and stones in. I think I need to add more river rock, we shall see. If for nothing else, to help keep the grass away. I plan on getting more rock with this paycheck, so I should be able to!

The clover is starting to take over….that’s easy enough to take care of.

I’m pretty sure this is Queen Anne’s Lace. I’ll have to keep an eye on it!

Grapes!

Of course, they’re not ready to eat yet! But they’re getting there…

Three apples on the ground

These are from the neighbors tree and they don’t spray them, so they’re no good for humans to eat. But deer love them!!

No raspberries yet!

Soon enough I will have raspberries! Yummy in ice cream…and with bananas and milk!

Hanging ivy

Just one of my many house plants.

Spider plant in owl planter
White hydrengea

It’s huge! Almost as tall as I am…I’m 5ft3.

Hydrengea flower close up

If I were to add acidic soil to the base, it would probably turn a different color.

I keep forgetting to dump some coffee grounds when I dump them once a week or so. (Coffee grounds are acidic and plants that like acidic soil drink it up.)

I know, another rose! But the following pics are abstracts. Hope you like!

I personally like the one with the blue/purple bighlights the best!

So…I don’t know how long the internet will be down, I will do my best to post as often as I can! Probably, until then, I will post pictures taken with my phone.

Have a great day, what ever you choose to do!!

I’ve learned…

-that you cannot make some one love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

-that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

-that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

(I have no idea whose auotes they are.)

It’s been a rough day!

And it’s only 930 in the morning!!

I’m working on a post…the house internet is down and my phone’s acting up. I will have a post at some point today!

Some old photos…

Kalimba 2015
Me and my son

Ok, I promise I will have something (good!) for you later this afternoon!

SUNDAYS PLEASURES

June 3, 2019

This post is really about yesterday…it was a busy day, but I was (almost) totally relaxed. When we went to the store, a couple of drivers pulled out in front of me! Someone is watching out for me, because I wasn’t in any accidents – only close calls. I don’t know what it is with drivers today…thinking that if they pull out in front of someone will get them there faster. You’re going to the store, right? What’s the big rush? Even if you’re on your way to work, no reason to almost get in an accident! Anyway…we got through the store and back home safely!

That was the most stress I had all day!

Some pictures my boyfriend took. I think they’re interesting…

If you look closely, it looks like a teeny tiny cat peeking up from behind the tarp. We have no idea what it is!

zombie rabbit

You almost wouldn’t know that the rabbit is there if it weren’t for its glowing eye!

On to Sundays Pleasures…

Holly cleaning the pool

This is probably the only “recent” picture of me you will see. So enjoy it while you can. My boyfriend took it from the porch, looking down on me and the pool. The pool is getting a little cleaner every day…I’ve stopped vacuuming it and only siphon it. The vacuum seems to only stir it up too much. I did get the pool clean before the storm, which wasn’t all that bad. Some thunder and lightning and rain…

The following pictures were taken after the storm…

green yucca

Looks like a huge asparagus tip… this is the original plant that came from the old farmhouse when we moved. For the life of me, I can not dig it up so I can get all the junk (weeds) out of it. So it has to stay as it is, just clean it up every year.

white flower ball

Another flower a friend gave me…thank you!! Notice the rain drops?

tiny purple flowers

I have trouble photographing this flower, it is so small!

yellow and green

This is a jimsonweed flower.

bug on flower

Not sure which one I like better…probably the top one, the bug seems more clear.

bee on rose

The bugs are starting to settle down now, which means I can get pictures of them… most of the time, anyway!

abstract of rose bud opening up

I like getting “soft” pictures of roses like this…especially the pink ones! It’s not totally in focus, but in focus enough to tell what it is. I guess it’s the artist in me coming out!

pink rose bud

So, that’s the highlights of my day yesterday! For some, it would seem boring and a lot of hard work…but I really enjoy my life and what has been given me. I may not go to church on Sunday mornings, but I work so people can.

So, we start another work week and life goes on…hope everyone has a great day and an even better week!

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” – unknown

“Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent

CAREFREE SATURDAY 4

I had to work til 1pm today and I wanted to get the pool cleaned before any storms hit…plus, we needed to go to the grocery store today. That is why I’m so late posting today. The pool is getting cleaner, the fridge is full and the sky is dark. Getting ready to storm…

So, yesterday was a pretty good day. Very relaxing…

trimming the fence line

We have about a half mile or so of fence line to clean up every couple of weeks. Of course, it all depends on how much rain we get. When it’s really dry the vines and weeds seem to grow the best.

It’s my neighbors fence, but if we don’t trim it up, it won’t get done and it’s hanging out into the lane and it’s a pain in the butt when it comes time to mow. My neighbor used to spray it a couple times a year, but he doesn’t anymore. Hasn’t in a few years.

My boyfriend trimmed the fence line while I worked in a couple of the gardens and the azalea bushes. Honeysuckle has gone rampant.

Not sure exactly what this is (above) but it’s interesting looking! It looks to be some type of cone, it is on the blue spruce pines that line our lane.

I just thought this was interesting, so I took a picture. Not sure exactly what kind of grass this is! (I need to get busy doing some research!!)

green berries

These berries turn orange and red in the fall…they’re the same berries that are used in the horn of plenty and other decorations in the fall. I believe they are called bittersweet. Can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, so I would not suggest eating them…just use them for decoration.

This is a mocking bird and I’m surprised it came out as good as it did. I only used the regular lens. As I got closer to it, it flew away…oh well.

yucca

It’s actually opening up a little…when I’m done here and I know it’s safe, I will walk down and get some more pictures. They produce a beautiful flower in early summer.

yucca…and weeds

It’s nearly impossible to get all the weeds out! The best I can do is trim everything back and try to make it look good. There is a mimosa tree growing alongside it that I trim back twice a year or so.

In the background is one of my holly trees I transplanted three years ago – give or take a year. On the left side of the picture is a sage tree. I’ve actually got two of them – both in different gardens (one is closer to the house) – both I did not plant!

Red and green

I just can’t wait for the raspberries (and blackberries) to come into season. We should have a bunch – and considering that I’m home more this year, I should be bale to get more than I did last year (last year I may have gotten a bowl full! – not much).

I think these taste better than store bought berries. Of course, I don’t put any thing on them – just let them grow!

spider and leafhopper

While I was getting all the honey suckle and blackberry bushes out of my sage tree I noticed these two bugs (the picture of the leafhopper didn’t turn out – bummer!). I have searched for the name of this spider – but I have yet to find it! I am determined to figure out what kind of spider this is – no matter how long it takes!!

grape expectations

This is a lily! Will be purple when it blooms – shouldn’t be long now! My tiger lilies will be blooming soon too. Hummingbirds love lilies… I’m trying to plant native plants as well as plants that pollinators and hummingbirds are attracted to. I just planted these purple ones this past spring.

black eyed susan

My black eyed susans are getting ready to open up! Actually, a couple already have. I will have black eyed susans now until we get our first freeze. If I can keep my boyfriend from mowing them down, that is!

This was actually taken on Friday, but I figured I’d include it.

clover flowers

I finished the day with this picture and the one below.

It seems like I didn’t do much and I don’t have much to write about… my stress level has gone way down since I decided that Saturday would be my day to do what I want. Not what everyone else wants me to do. I did go to the video store and get a movie (Band of Brothers) and I had to get some more shock for the pool. But no more running around like crazy on Saturdays… I have also started reading more lately! I used to read all the time, but didn’t have time for it since I started working (or I was too tired!)!

So, Carefree Saturdays is really working for me and I will keep it up until the end of time if I can!

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath,trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

(I’ve actually been saying this for quite a few years!)

“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” – Amy Poehler

“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective” – Doe Zantamata

Happy Onion Smokes
(abstract lumen print)

MUSHROOMS AND FLOWERS

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.)

MUSHROOMS…

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!

… AND FLOWERS…

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.

mulberries

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.

milkweed
bug on a sun drop flower
tiny green grape leaf
delicates

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

FLOODING

First, I have to say we’re ok. No real damage was done…we were under a tornado threat for an hour or so yesterday. Didn’t get any thing but heavy down pour and high winds! No damage was down that I can see… water ran through the property, almost looked like a river going through the back of the property.

I had taken this picture earlier in the day. I had been working on the “crooked maple tree” and decided to take this photo. (I will be blogging about cleaning up around the tree at a later date.)

This is exactly why we have the berm where it is. If we didn’t have it, all this water would be going under the camper and around the house. My boyfriend asked if the neighbors are partly responsible for water run off from their property…I think they are, but I have to look into it. The only problem might be is that going to them could cause a rift. But if I asked them to help because we want to put a garage up, it might not be a problem. They know water runs off of their property and onto ours.

No need to worry, I didn’t go out to take pictures until AFTER the storm. We were supposed to get another one behind the one with the tornado threat…if it rained we slept through it.

The picture above was taken under my pink dogwood tree. That’s the closest that “flood water” gets to our house. For the most part, anyway. The worst of it stays in the back of the property, diverted that way on purpose.

Luckily, I have been working on the berm lately. Every once in a while it needs to be done.

I could have kept going, but it looked like another storm was coming and I didn’t want to get caught out there with all that water and an umbrella! A few years ago we had a lightning strike take out our heat pump…it struck a black cherry tree below the house and traveled up the water to the house. Didn’t want that to happen to me!!

BEFORE THE STORM

I, like I usually do lately, was walking around taking pictures and noting any work that needs to be done…when I got back to the house I saw this big guy on the sidewalk. This is exactly why I keep the screen doors locked almost all the time. We had one in the house a few years ago (about the same size)! Don’t really want to have to go through that again!!

He is big, about 5 feet long, but he doesn’t really scare me, as long as I can see him and it’s outside.

I believe he’s living under the sidewalk near the mint garden (he had slithered into the mint garden in the picture). I actually touched it to get it to curl up a little so I could get this picture.

They’re actually good creatures to have around…as long as they stay outside. They eat mice, which we haven’t seen any sign of in a couple of years!

Well, that’s about all I have for now. I don’t think I’ll post any quotes or abstract photos today. My boyfriend and I have a funeral to go to later this morning.

So, hope everyone has a wonderful day and I will be back in touch sooner rather than later!

A TREE FROG AND FLOWERS

Yesterday I worked…in my off time, I snapped some pictures and cleaned the pool. It is looking much better! Almost ready for a couple of swimmers. I think by this afternoon or tomorrow it will be ready. Some of these images were taken Tuesday evening, most were taken yesterday either before work or after.

purple bearded iris
ants on fallen flower seed pod

I didn’t know this until recently, but the green “bulb” is actually a seed pod. I had my suspicions, but didn’t know it for fact until a few days ago…maybe a week or so. I believe this (above) is an iris seed pod.

Not so sure I like this, but I’m still including it. I might take some more pictures of it in a little bit when I go and water my lilac transplants. The lilacs are looking kind of shabby…I hadn’t really watered them in a couple of days. The big ones look the worst…of course, the bigger the plant is that you transplant, the more water it needs. I know when you transplant trees, no matter the size, you need to water them for a year…staggering from twice a day to once a month. (twice a day for two weeks, once a day for two weeks, every other day for two weeks,once a week for two weeks, then once a month for the remainder of the year) I guess I should treat the lilacs the same way!

I can’t remember what these are, but they’re pretty. A friend gave them to me a few weeks ago. I planted these and the purple flowers above under one of my lilacs. I’m actually thinking of digging up the whole area around this particular lilac and seeing what grows…wildflowers wouldn’t be such a bad thing!! As long as there’s no grass.

I believe these are called sundrops…again, a friend gave them to me. They’re planted up closer to the house.

wilted iris
wild lettuce

This plant has medicinal properties…you take the sap and boil it and strain it, makes a substance that is stronger than morphine. The sap can also be made into a poultice and used on bruised skin, causing the skin to not bruise as bad.

I find all this natural healing info very interesting and nice to know. I may not ever use it, but on the other hand using plants to heal is much better than using the chemically produced stuff.

straight from the garden

You can believe that I ate half of them before they got inside. A couple of them needed to be washed off… There’s nothing better than eating fruit or vegetables straight from the garden!

three mushrooms

I’m going to be taking pictures of these mushrooms every day or so, until they are no longer. Every year, since my dad had the trees cut down and the stumps started to rot, at least one mushroom has grown on one of the stumps (there’s four).

They seem to change a little every day…maybe I’ll make a post about nothing but these mushrooms after they’ve gone kaput.

We were under threat of severe thunderstorms yesterday afternoon…we only ever got strong winds and a little bit of rain. The mountains to the west have something to do with the storms hitting or missing us (I think the mountains break up the storm…I’ve seen it where I’m standing on my property and it’s been storming to the north and south, but nothing where I’m standing. Kind of weird, actually!)

storm clouds abstract

My beloved tree frog! He finally came back yesterday!! He was actually croaking when I picked him up…I never hold him very long, just long enough to snap some pictured.

I know the subjects of this blog are in reverse order of my title for this blog… I did that on purpose! For some reason, I felt like ending this post with the frogs. So, this is how it is!

I hope you enjoyed!

And, as always, until next time…

“Close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to your heart.” – unknown

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you never spent the night with a mosquito.” – African Proverb

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