Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice, June 21, 2018

Today is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer.  I am in the Northern Hemisphere, lower Middle Tennessee, USA and starting tomorrow, the days will be getting shorter.  I celebrated by going into town to run errands.  Unexciting even by my standards but I will share with everyone.

The morning was rainy, dreary and made for ducks.  I was quite happy - any day it rains and I don't have to water the garden is a good day for me.

The next thing I saw on my journey was a dripping wet cow.  She was not happy like the ducks about being soggy.

Further down the road, I disturbed some vultures while they were eating breakfast.  The buffet was provided by a well-seasoned armadillo in the middle of the road.

He did not like me looking at him.

They were concerned I might eat their breakfast.

The sun began to shine as I arrived in town so I decided to search for signs of summer.  Which flowers would be blooming today?

It appeared the daylilies would be the winner (of my imaginary contest) until I saw these zinnias blooming magnificently in a hell strip right beside the road.  Zinnias - one of my favorite flowers, which I can't grow very well. They seem to grow great for everyone else but me.  Since it is my contest and I am the only judge, I voted the zinnias winners.  Summer is officially here.

When I returned back to the quiet of the countryside, I could feel myself relaxing.  It felt good to be home.  Everything and everyone (except for the ducks) were happy to be dry again.  I am sure my neighbor's cow missed me while I was gone.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Today's Blooms, June 15, 2018

It seems I must apologize for complaining about the cold, wet, late Spring we had this year.  In an attempt to catch up, many of my flowers decided to bloom at once. I love it. When I checked last year's June post, there were only a few flowers but this year everything is blooming. The biggest surprise are the daylilies. Oh, what a little (deluge) of rain will do.

This one is my favorite.  It is a deep dark wine color, almost black.  Every time I see it, I catch my breath because it is so lovely.

I claim no credit for any of the spectacular blooms.  They did it themselves either by reseeding or being a perennial.  This year I have been extremely busy and unable to work in my garden.  Out of desperation, I have embraced the weeds. This is Daisy Fleabane which is very happy beside my blanket flowers.


This has been the most amazing thing of all - my yucca plant bloomed for the first time EVER! It has been in this spot for about ten years.  It doesn't look great because I snapped the picture after a storm and most of the blossoms had been knocked off, but I am happy

Perhaps I should do less in the garden since it does better without me. 

Last June (2017) Scooter posed in front of the butterfly weed and I thought it would be fun to take the same picture again.  He disagreed.  He was no more cooperative this year than he was last. His manners have not improved and I think his belly is a bit more rotund.

"Who are you calling fat!?" demanded Scooter.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Scooter was Surprised by Nana

Nana came to visit me!!

Nana was on a big adventure and stopped by to see me.  She explained she was moving to Alabama to take care of Cousin Beau full-time (he needs enormous amounts of attention).

Give me more attention too
You can't leave me I whined. I am going with you but am terrified of riding in a car and always throw-up everywhere. Because I love you so much Nana, I will be brave and drive your car. 

She was impressed because it was the first time EVER I voluntarily jumped into a car.  I can be awesome when I want too.

Let's GO!
Nana said she will be back to visit and Mom is planning another trip to see Cousin Beau.  If I am brave and learn to ride in the car further than the mailbox, I can go too.  We snuggled for a few minutes and then they left.

I love you, Nana

Hey Scooter, this is Cousin Beau and I wanted to let you know Nana arrived safely.  I will be responsible for guarding her now.  You have done a good job but it is my turn.

What do I do?
Scooter, Nana is hard to handle! She is always causing trouble. She won't allow any bathroom accidents in the house.  If I bark and scare the little boys riding their bikes on my street in front of my house, she shuts the blinds until I settle down. She will not let me chew on the new grandbabies' toys.  What if she makes me eat vegetables or asks me to say please. What do I do?  You must be brave, learn to drive the car quickly so you can HELP ME!!

Woe is me.
Hurry up, get here and distract Nana so I can be naughty. I am depending on you.

Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up.
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Scooter's Difficult Thanksgiving