Monday, June 26, 2017

Uh Oh (Maybe)

This is a small-ish bundle of bees (not in my yard) in the 'hood, up about 10 feet in this plant; the plant is right at the street where people walk. At first I thought it was just a swarm (when a queen and workers split off from a colony and go out in search of a new home; this usually takes just a few days. They are protecting a young queen in the middle of that ball).

Y'all know I love bees and am fascinated by them, but this looks like potential trouble to me: if they were just swarming and resting on the way to make a hive somewhere, I'm not sure they would be making combs. This has been here for about 5 days. On the other hand, this leaf is out in the open with no overhead protection and doesn't seem like a good place for them to settle, so maybe they are just swarming?

Methinks I will go let the homeowner know this is there--the house is not close to this plant, and they may not walk by it--and give them the name of a beekeeper who can come and remove this.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How YOU Doin'?

Old-school Ken has just heard about his cousin Man Bun Ken...hmmm....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

Did you know I take photos of ice machines? I do! They are all a little bit different, believe it or not...


See? The same, yet different! 

A shout-out to my mom, who is suffering through the 117-degree heat in Phoenix today...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garden Check

 Salvia.
 Lisianthus.
 Echinacea.
Salvia con apis.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fun with Effects


Lord knows peonies don't need any special effects, but since I've probably bored everyone with peony photos, I present: "Fun with Effects."

These are most likely the last peonies of the season, alas--enjoy!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!

Here's a favorite photo of my daddy--I do miss him...

Hug the ones you love!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

LOVE!
 LOVE LOVE!
LOVE LOVE LOVE! This girl...actually, this elderly lady...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jack and the Dahlia Stalk

Remember this (taken on May 10)? Look at it now! And there are several buds, too (and some aphids, which I must blast off tomorrow).

(Alas, the other two tubers have not sprouted...boo!).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Side Eye


She looks as if she knows something we don't know... side-eye game is strong!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quilty Goodness


This is a lovely soft and faded quilt--alas, it's also QUITE ripped up so I will be selling it as a "cutter" quilt. All hand sewn, pretty pastel floral prints...so much work! Hats off the the quilters of yore.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Just Because You Can...

This was billed as "deconstructed lemon meringue pie" (it was the dessert at an event--I did not/would not order this).

Um, no: pie is sort of a perfect thing, right, with centuries of bakers making pies. Why mess with it? My English mother-in-law would refer to this as looking like "a dog's dinner." Blergh.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Tallulah-Palooza Friday




Elder dog shenanigans...she was standing under this table and seemed unable to figure out how to get out from under it (frowny face). When you are 14 years old, you're allowed to stand under tables!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Okaaayyy...

Why not? (Spotted on a telephone pole...)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Baby Pom

We had so many flowers on the pomegranate tree this year, but alas, many of them dropped off (not sure why). There is fruit forming, though...yay!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Above and Beyond

 These succulent cuttings have been on the potting bench for about six weeks now...and they are blooming, even though they are, well, cut! Amazing...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Ladies

 These lady head vases belonged to my dad's mother, Dorothy (she's the "Dot" in my Etsy shop names). I vividly remember them being in her apartment when I was a child. My mom just gave them to me. I prefer the lady on the left...


Look how fetching she looks with her peony headdress!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Lunch"

Delicious coconut cream pie (mine) and Bavarian chocolate mousse cake (B.'s). Or, as we called it, "lunch." YUM!

Monday, May 29, 2017

At Last




It's FINALLY peony time! They are almost a month late this year...we've been waiting impatiently, but now we will enjoy them for the brief window in which they are available. Yay!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cotton Ball Sky


I love it when these sorts of clouds fill the sky...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Busy Buzzy

Not much pollen in her bags--she must be getting nectar from this salvia...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shoebox Full of Memories

 When you find a shoebox full of dolls that your mom kept (even though she was not supposed to, right, Vivi [smiley face]?)...those are Dawn dolls above. They are having very bad hair days!
 And these are Tiny Teen dolls.

 Dress forms...
 White poodles...
And tiny pink phones!