Archive for the ‘Misc.’ Category

Buffy

 This is definitely a disjointed blog, and

a sad day.

Buffy, our 12-year-old chocolate lab, passed away over the weekend from complications of old age. She was a big girl, weighing almost 100 pounds.

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Actually, she was our son’s duck and goose hunting buddy when she was younger. When she got older, she became my hiking partner.

  We hiked a LOT! … and camped occasionally too.

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   Southern Illinois has a wide variety of places to hike, and we visited and revisited several of them over the years.

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Lately Buffy was sick enough that we only went out when she wanted to take a short walk in the backyard.

This picture was taken when we were both much younger.

My days now are ……

Unexpected Composition

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Our triple window in the living room faces west. Sometimes I just snap pictures from where I sit on the couch and watching TV.

This picture has a combination of varying elements: 3 plants outside the window. The distant treeline on the other side of a large cornfield. Then there’s the tree in our front yard. The sun nears the horizon, its shape altered by elements listed above.

I was quite surprised when I saw the picture. It doesn’t look anything like what I saw in the camera. I know it’s a plant under the sun. The yellow edges the outside of the sun and adds the vertical yellow line through the middle of it.

Like I wrote: I have no idea how the elements resulted in the picture. I’m so glad they did

Another Face

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I always take pictures of the full moon (some, like this one, from in the house). The trees blocked the last full moon until bedtime. So, I took the camera in the bedroom and later took pictures through the south window when the moon peaked through the trees. I didn’t realize until the next day, when I was looking at the pictures, that I photographed what looked like a moon spirit …

The man in the moon does exist!

Changes

I sit on the couch, staring out the picture window across the room from me.

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Thinking. I am sad and adjusting.

I found out recently that I’m in the early stages of Alzheimers. It became more apparent this morning when I was reading through blogs. I always have several done that I can pick from to post. Others I write and post when completed.

Anyway, it became apparent that my Alzheimer’s occasionally affects my writing. There I sat, reading and rereading, trying to make a change in one, but couldn’t come up with a way to change it that suited me.

I will definitely continue to write blogs. Anxiety is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  My meds keep my stomach upset most of the morning. The anxiety keeps me from driving at this time.

So, basically, I will blog what I find in our 2-acre yard like I have been doing. I am knitting a lot, making diamond-shaped washcloths for Christmas presents.

Anyway, I will continue to write blogs. I enjoy them too much not to.

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The rose above is a family heirloom that grows in my butterfly garden. My great grandfather gave it to my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

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p.s. I heard about two positive results this afternoon about coconut oil and its affects on Alzhiemers.
You might research it. I haven’t had time yet.

Evening Loop of Backyard

I start a loop walk of my backyard before going in for the night.

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Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the love-in-the-mist.

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Love-in-the-mist (Nigella sp.) is an annual

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and has an interesting seed capsule.

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A crustose lichen grows on the old pear tree. I refuse to cut down what’s left of the tree’s skeleton.

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This moth posed for only two more pictures after this one. A little light orange shows on the tip of its abdomen and on the leading edge of its forewing.

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I found this oddity in the grass. The white fluff was all I saw at first, until I started to pick it up … there was a dead caterpillar attached to it … it looked dead.  If anyone knows what the white fluff is, I’m interested in knowing.

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It is a perennial. This one stands five feet tall and soon will display its flowers.

Tiny Reflections

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I’ve had a fascination with reflections on water for a long time.

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Even the smallest beads of water have reflections, designs and distortion.

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It’s the leaves surrounding it and the sky that reflect on this drop of water.

 

A Slimy Resident

I found this slug on a leaf of a Solomon’s seal plant.

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A slug is a snail without a shell.

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Slugs live underground where they can remain moist.

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They feed on tender leaves, seedlings, soft fruit, fungus and decaying matter. They breathe through the “hole” in its shell called a mantle.

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Birds, toads and ground beetles are a few of the predators that eat them.

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Slugs are one thing I rarely see, and I wouldn’t have seen this one if it wasn’t for the wet weather.