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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Photos of May

The dovelings are near ready to fly... This year's deck garden has begun... Ember's latest portraits... the damage to the old maple from last week's late snow storm... https://www.flickr.com/gp/therovingeye/wz652J Sign in to see full entry.

The Gummint Made Me Do It!

For some time now, it has been an intention to clear up the mess on the desk in my bedroom. Even day before yesterday I felt that mood coming on... before it faded away again to a preference to do anything else. But it had to happen. Today is the last day I can apply for my annual license tabs for the truck without a late fee. And it requires things like the insurance coverage information. So... I suspected that buried somewhere in that paper chaos was the current insurance card. And so it... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday is Monday

There was thunder today! Twice it rolled along overhead, and there were just a few drops of rain here--Enough to rouse me up to bring in the tomato starts, and put the hail covers over the pepper plants! But there was no hail today. There was a bit here yesterday, or was it the day before...? Whenever, north of here saw quite a lot more! I have been thinking a lot about civilization lately. This afternoon I have been watching a PBS series called FIRST CIVILIZATIONS, even taking notes to write... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Sunshine!

Yes, it's back, and bringing spring along with it. The garden box is glowing with delights, and the vegie plants are warming to it... The dovelings are growing, and yesterday while Mama perched on the nest, a definite doveling butt was visible poking out from under. I imagine they will fledge in another couple of weeks. I wonder how many broods the parents will go for this summer. Eurasian Collared Doves are noted for 3 or more clutches a season. And Papa is already cooing in that come-hither... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

And the day after...

The snow is nearly all gone now, after a day of cascades and little off-the-roof avalanches. The lilacs are bowed but unbroken; the maple did lose a couple of limbs, one about 5-6 inches thick, I think. There are broken branches all over town, up and down the block, too. The rest of the week, we have warming temps up to maybe the 80s. Oh, and all my plants look fine, though the peppers and tomato starts appear to have bent under the load. Maybe with sunshine, they will all stand up tall again. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

next morning...

Last night I went out with a broom and knocked around the lilacs to shake off the heavy snow that had them bent to the ground. I have just come in from doing it again this morning. None of them snapped overnight, though I have heard from other corners of the Springs of trees and boughs broken. The maple out front seems to still be intact. Mama Dove is tucked up in the corner of the deck's roof, and though there is ice and snow all around on the reed fencing and deck furnishings, her corner looks... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 20, 2019

me on display

And here it is, snowing... temps in the mid-30s, and likely to go warmer, so I am not so worried about the garden, but... Really, Winter? Yesterday evening we turned the guest room, with all its wide white walls, into a gallery for most of the photo canvases I've accumulated in the past several years. The thing is, if there is a gene for out-of-sight-out-of-mindedness, I have a couple of them: If things aren't in front of me, I forget I have them. So these walls have become a staging area for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Seriously, Winter...?

Temps down in the 30s overnight... but the garden is still good. There is a big plant sale for charity going on this weekend which I mean to visit. Forecast for the week has us expecting highs in the 60s. But it's Colorado, and it's weather, so who knows? Mama Dove was out and about yesterday, so I took a liberty and a quick feel inside the nest, and yes, the babies are there, two of them, and already a pretty good size. I am so pleased they have enough room to grow now! One of my favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday accomplishments

Two days in the 80s, with doors and windows shut snug all winter now open to let in the occasional slight breeze... The gardens were watered before noon, and are perky now in the evening. I am thinking already of dragging out one of the fans to move air through the house. Today we finally got the Chinese paintings up on the wall alongside some of the photos on canvas. It's the first time in months, many months that the wall by the stairs has been wholly switched out. This means I'll actually... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday sunshine!

First thing out of bed... well, second thing actually... I was out playing in the gardens. The front deck got watered last night when the pretty orange and yellow blooms in one big pot were drooping, and this morning they are all upright and lovely! It is below where the dove is now nesting--the new nest we set up a while back--so she has a garden to enjoy, if doves do enjoy gardens. On the back deck, the peppers and tomato plants got watered and I finally put some bulbs and corms in soil that... Sign in to see full entry.

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