Looking Back | August 2019

Looking Back | August 2019

August, die she must
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.
April Come She Will, Simon and Garfunkel

If you asked me what I accomplished in August my response would be, ‘not much’. But as I look at these images, it seems I accomplished more than I realized!

There was so much making… pies and jams, sewing, and always knitting! Plus, hours in the gardens (although if you saw them today you’d be doubtful of that!)

Vegetable Garden Productivity was stunningly awful. I never had more tomatoes than I could use and not enough to preserve any for future use. The only tomato plants that had any success at all were the Oxhearts – and even that was a manageable production. As for my flower beds – alas, the deer ravaged them multiple times this month…sigh.

The biggest changes were in light and skies – those August skies were less blue but rather filled with interesting clouds! And, as the August days drew to a close, we felt the first inklings of the change of seasons. Cooler breezes paired with cooler days and nights that  required another blanket on the bed and a sweater for my morning garden excursions.

The video this month was so much fun! There was so much butterfly footage! Including “Butterfly Skirmishes” – which look like a gentle, swirling, fluttering dance…those Swallowtail’s are very territorial, it seems!

And with that, August memories are tucked away.

What about you? What is your favorite August memory?

P.S. If you want to knit a hat or two for Asylum Seekers in NorthEast Asylum Cities – all details about a KAL are here!

Macro Monday | 8.25.19

Macro Monday | 8.25.19

The light was the winner as I thought about how to compose my photos. I also played with color removal – I learned things too, which is never a bad thing!

My weekend just flew but, it has a wee extension!! Steve took today off and we are heading out to find new walking shoes!

I also randomly picked a name (from the two who wanted to be considered for The Nickel Boys) and the winner was respondent #2! Pam I have emailed you – get me your address and I will get the book in the mail to you!

Happy Monday everyone! See you all back here tomorrow when I join Juliann for an update on my word!

Macro Monday | 8.19.19

Macro Monday | 8.19.19

Waning summer days
mean heavy laden branches
with dew covered gems


I have been amazed at the volume of raspberries I have picked this year! And, this weekend’s harvest will soon be transformed into lovely little jars of jam!

And that is not a bad way to spend a Monday at all!

Looking Back | July 2019

Looking Back | July 2019

 

July was a tough month for me but in looking back, I am happy to see some very good things despite it being such a challenge! July 3rd might be my favorite picture of the whole month though! That single pierced ear has brought lots of laughter! (although a freshly washed and fluffy Sherman on the 13th is not bad either!) Though there was lots of rain (as you can see in the video below) the skies were so amazing in July – so many clouds!

Now for the video – my plan was to get 31 days of walking, but you all know that did not happen. I had hoped to maybe be back walking in August, but today that seems very unlikely…and yes, my frustration is growing! I got video all but one day – but I did take a photo of my new Birks so I inserted that in place of the missing video! I also managed to capture the elusive Hummingbird Moth along with so many bees and butterflies!

 

Macro Monday | 8.5.19

Macro Monday | 8.5.19

Today, I have no words so it is a very good thing that I managed to take some photos last week.

This is a deer-resistant native PA plant (I think it’s a Cardinal Plant). It was not happy where it was and had not bloomed in several years. I am glad it seems to have settled in to its new spot well!

The coleus this year is amazing – but this species is really spectacular.

But, the zinnia’s are the gift that just keeps on giving… prolifically! Which is a very good thing because shortly after this picture was taken the deer came and ate them…in broad daylight!!

I am going to find comfort in the tasks of Monday and I hope you can find some solace today also.

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