Friday, May 29, 2020

Something Sweet

Sweet peas, something sweet in a rather awful day.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Boy and Girl

 The orioles are still hard to capture them as they are VERY skittish. Here's the boy on the telephone wire.

 And a girl at the feeder...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


 So happy to have captured these girls in flight...the second one did give up and let the first one enjoy the flower (melaleuca).

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


 OMG, y'all, the babies have landed! Two or three days ago we heard tiny little peeping/cheeping sounds, and sure enough, dad and/or mom has been VERY busy feeding these ravenous things.
  I mean...

Hello, babies!
Amazing to watch the parent bird(s)...they come to feed the babies at least every 5 minutes or so. It must be quite exhausting!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Sunset Drawering

Doesn't this look like how a kid would draw a sunset? Love it!

Friday, May 22, 2020


I made Mason jar ice cream...a fun little experiment that tastes more like what it is (shaken and frozen whipped cream) than "real" ice cream. Still, kinda cool and seems like a worthwhile thing for kids to try.

Thursday, May 21, 2020


 Yesterday was National Rescue Dog Day, so these pix should have been posted last night. No words necessary, just: Tallulah Mae. We miss her so very much.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


I do find it somehow poignant that plants/weeds will grow wherever they can...this is a hole in the middle of a street, which means cars are driving over it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Egg or Tissue?

I will never stop marveling at these Matilija poppy flowers. They are sometimes called "fried egg flowers," but to me they look more like "crinkled tissue" or "crumpled Kleenex" flowers. So cool! 

P.S. This is not my plant...

Monday, May 18, 2020

Chalky Fun

 Remember this volunteer sunflower?
 Someone has left this sweet note...
And this funny face was in the middle of the road.

Friday, May 15, 2020


 Would you please look at this cuteness? This sweet (and large) dog was padding around a nursery where we went to order a new fountain for our feathered friends. So sweet, so mellow, so cute.
Speaking of feathered friends...amazing blue feathers when he/she opens his/her wings.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Watch Out, John James Audubon!

Hey, y'all, I sketched a bird! I'm ridiculously proud (leaving aside the horrible feet/legs--the online instructor didn't cover that, LOL). Super fun...our homework assignment is to sketch FIFTEEN birds this week...yikes!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Uh Huh

This is how I feel every morning when I check the much more stupid and horrible can it get? IDIOTGATE!!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coffee Art, Part Eleventy-Million

 Here is today's Nespresso art. What do you see?

 I see a slow loris on a branch blowing bubbles (or a koala) first I thought hedgehog but I changed my mind.
With bonus alien face!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day 2020

 Happy Mother's Day! Here I am at my high school graduation with my two grandmothers and my mom (who is sporting some VERY cool 1980s glasses!).
And this is one of my favorite photos of my sweet mother--she still has this wonderful smile. I love you, Vivi Sue!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Peachy Yerm

Not the prettiest, but a pretty yummy simple peach crumble.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Kiddie Pool

 The fountain is currently out of order as the tubing needs replacing. In the interim, I put out some shallow dishes for the birds...and I'm happy to report that they are using them! Including our male oriole show-off...

 So cute!
 The feet are killing me!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sign o' the Times

This muffler man is following the rules...unlike many people in the 'hood who seem to think they are very special and thus don't have to wear a mask. Grrr...