Saturday, June 29, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty-Six

As I sat down to work on this post I thought, “too bad we don’t have many pictures this week – I guess people will have to make do until next week when we’ll have a ton.” Ha! That was just crazy talk. Not only are there a lot of pictures, I decided to just do ONE collage. So just settle in for the duration people – you’ll be here a while.

Sunday, June 23rd
Our Easter lily bloomed! It’s just lovely. Big smiley faces in the Bug household.



We have these tiny thumbnail sized toads in our yard. This one is hard to see – it’s in the bottom right of the photo. I left Dr. M’s hand in there for comparison.


The moon!


Monday, June 24th  
Dr. M was up really late & took this early morning bonus picture of the moon.


Goldfinch! I just love these bright yellow birds…


Here’s a better picture of one of the tiny toads – although it’s hard to tell, it’s as small as Dr. M’s thumbnail. So cute!


I was at work & heard some women squealing & looked up to see them pointing at the fountain. What was all the fuss about?


Made me smile!


I took a walk around the neighborhood & saw these signs that also made me smile.


The moon! (Yes, it was a two-moon day.)


Tuesday, June 25th           
Squirrel.


I really like this early morning moon shot.


Geranium.


Wednesday, June 26th   
Daisy Nation!




Gully-washer! It just POURED.


And this guy wasn’t too sure what he thought about that!


Thursday, June 27th    
Dr. M was driving around trying to get my car to stall (because he ordered a part to see if that would fix the stalling problem & of course the car ran perfectly after that). Guess what he saw?



Love this flower.


Friday, June 28th   
The State of the Bug: 1. TGIF! 2. I’m in my car instead of the Bugly! 3. Um, will my car make it all day without stalling? The answer is yes, it made it all day without stalling! 4. Ugh - my eyes are SO PUFFY. Need to get to bed sooner!


Dr. M took pictures of our daylilies – they’ve started blooming!



This was my view out of my office window all day. LOVE the fluffy clouds & blue sky. Can you see the reflection in the building? Pretty cool view I must say.


Saturday, June 29th     
The tomatoes are coming right along.


Flowers in the garden – zinnias & marigolds.



Little downy woodpecker – so cute.



Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Brain Dump

·         I’m reading this series of books about a woman who is a forensic sculptor. She is no Kay Scarpetta (I know – not the same line of work, but that’s what I thought she might be like). And the author is certainly no Patricia Cornwell. This is one of those “used to be a romance novelist wanna be a thriller” kind of deals. And they’re light & fluffy & filled mostly with women who won’t do what they’re told (the best kind of woman IMHO). BUT. Almost every other book in the series involves going to Colombia to thwart some evil drug lord. Or has a prominent character who used to fight with the rebels. Or was a Navy Seal. I’m getting a little bored with the formula. Not only that, but the strongest epithet anyone uses is, “Son of a bitch!” All those Navy Seals/Mercenaries & not a single F-Bomb? Not that I like cursing in my books – it just seems odd. Of course, since I’m on book 11 of a 20 book series you know I’ll just keep chugging along. I’ll try to keep the whining to a minimum.

·         Does anyone know the significance of this? I had just done dishes & was sitting outside crocheting. Dr. M went back into the house & found this.



I didn’t put it there. He didn’t put it there. There’s not anyone else (I don’t think). Hmmm.

·         I felt slightly light-headed* today heading back to the office after some lunch-time shopping. So what did I do? I drove faster. Because by jiminy if I was going to pass out it was going to be in my work parking lot, not on the street! Does anyone else do this? Does it make even the least bit of sense? It reminds me of the time in Zambia when I was driving my mom & grandmother to Victoria Falls from Lusaka – I got REALLY sleepy so I started driving faster so we’d get there quicker. Aren’t we all glad I don’t drink?

·         This being Junior Warden is for the birds. We’ve got: a kitchen sink that drains into the floor, a ceiling coming down because of air conditioner condensation, a door that won’t shut properly unless it’s slammed, a ceiling fan that won’t work, an older congregation who can’t really maintain the landscaping (& no budget), and BEES. And the bees are probably honeybees so I’m not gonna be spraying those suckers – I’ll have to see if someone will come & get them. My initial research tells me the chances are slim & we’ll just need to coexist with them – even if honey DOES drip down the walls.


OK. All done now. So, how’s your day been?

*I’m fine now – this just happens occasionally.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty-Five

Well summer is here with summer-style humidity – ugh! I guess I’ll be wearing my hair like the State of the Bug below until September – ha! (Note: as per usual I typed “But” instead of “Bug” just now – maybe I should just change my blog to But’s Eye View.)
Sunday, June 16th
Cardinal antics.


Flowers in the yard.


A toad!


The moon!


Monday, June 17th  
We have a medium-sized tomato right now. Who wants to place bets as to whether we get it before the squirrels do?



Hummer in the Hood.


Tuesday, June 18th           
Flowers in the yard.


The daisies are starting their daisy dominance.


Sunset!


Wednesday, June 19th   
The State of the Bug – bed head!


We went to the Reds game Wednesday night. We had a great time – our seats were up in the nosebleed section, but in the shadow & there was a nice breeze coming in off the river. We got to watch Jay Bruce hit a homer (Bruuuuce!), but left in the 11th inning because it was so late & we live an hour away. They ended up winning in the 13th.


The moon!


Thursday, June 20th    
Yes, those are Christmas lights in this tree on Dr. M’s campus – I guess it saves the grounds crew some hassle in December.


Blue Jay/Squirrel tête-à-tête. 



Pinky the geranium.


The moon!


Friday, June 21st  
The daisy invasion is now complete.


Saturday, June 15th     
Robin in the bath.


Look – a sparrow photobomb!


Our Easter Lily is so close to opening up. It looks so funny because the blossom is as big as the plant. Sadly, the twins didn’t make it.


I passed this sign in our neighborhood & had to get a picture of it. I wonder how many babies they sold & if they’re giving the unsold ones to Goodwill? I’m also very confused about what the “more” is. Toddlers? Teenagers?


Late addition - super moon eve!



Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask!