red wing blackbird takes flight
Mother Nature can’t quite make up her mind as to whether it’s spring, summer, or winter. There was hail and snowfall in our region yesterday, and nighttime temps still routinely drop below freezing. There are days that we are lucky to hit 45 degrees and then the next day the temp will rocket up to 75 or more. We’re trying to take the good weather as it comes and not get too dismayed about the less desireable stuff. We recently had a barbecue at Roque Bluffs state park and I caught several pictures of the red wing blackbirds that call the park home.
Tonight we barbecued at home – up on the balcony to keep us away from the curious hogs, LOL. Although it has been too cold to put our garden in yet, the kids and I spent the weekend putting in a wide array of container plants on the balcony – assorted lettuces & spinach, kale & chard for micro-greens, heirloom tomatoes, and edible flowers. I can’t wait for them to start popping up!
The weekend didn’t start off well. I pulled a deer tick off Arden’s neck and took him to the local emergency room for a preventative dose of doxycycline because Lyme disease seems to run rampant here. His bite site was red and inflamed, making it likely that the tick had been there for some time. Unfortunately, despite our higher-than-normal rates of Lyme disease, the fact that I had the tick with me and it was definitely a deer tick, and the obvious irritation of the bitten area, the doctor refused to administer antibiotics. We are keeping a close eye on Arden. The bite is healing very well and he’s shown no signs of joint pain, fever, rash or other symptoms of Lyme disease. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, when the heck is the medical profession going to catch up with the reality of this epidemic??
Daddy and Mary
My Dad had his 84th birthday and we took him and his partner out for a nice meal. The best part of the day was seeing how much Mary loves my Dad. <3
We spent the day with Dad and Mary. The kids had a blast flying kites, playing catch, running around and being wild. :)
BOAF “Apple Sampler”
I found a little time to finish off an old WIP. Nicky and I went through a box of stitching stuff that still hadn’t been unpacked and it was a treasure trove of WIPs. This is Apple Sampler by Birds of a Feather stitched on 36 ct Lakeside Linens Patina using the called-for GAST. I wasn’t thrilled with how the letters got ‘lost’ in the red of the apple but the kids assured me they really are visible. I added our initials and the kids’ names, and removed the erroneous apostrophe from its, but otherwise followed the pattern more faithfully than is usual for me. ;)
your guess is as good as mine
Lately, any time I upload photos from my camera I find that Rowen has taken one bajillion photos of the dogs or close-ups of the grass or other things that I simply cannot fathom with my boring, middle-aged brain. This, however … this picture just killed me. I’m dying with laughter as I look at it. I have no idea what she was up to, but I’ll take it over duck-faced adolescent selfies any day of the week.