3-fer Thursdays

A New Day

Today, I am returning to the world.  Slowly, but surely.  And I am thankful . . . 

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For the flexibility to carve out time to just roll with a rather nasty reaction to my shingles shot.  (As in . . . sleeping for 18 hours in a 24 hour time span.)

For Vernors . . . because when you're not feeling well, there is nothing quite like it.  (Thanks, Tom.)

For having completed the 2-shot regimen and never having to go through this again!  (Also . . . for effective shingles protection.)

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?

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Three Things That Bug

It's November.  The month of gratitude.  So I'm just going to get this out of my system this morning . . . so I can begin the month with a clean slate.

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Today . . . three things that bug me:

1 -- We had lots of very adorable and very polite children "trick-or-treat" us at our door last night.  (My Halloween candy strategy is demonstrated above:  purchase candy kids like, but that I won't eat.  Win-Win.)  But.  There were far too many that grabbed their candy and walked away . . . without so much as an acknowledgement or thank you.  (And several of them leaped off our rock wall, which although tempting and fun for kids, makes Tom a bit of a curmudgeon.)  I wanted to take the candy back from the rude kids, but by then of coure, they were already leaping from our wall. . . So.  That bugs me.

2 -- I got an email from someone who wants something I have.  She wanted to set up a time today or tomorrow to make an exchange with me, and said that she could shift her schedule (and I quote) "in any way possible to make this happen."  So I sent back an email, outlining my schedule and suggesting a few options for her.  Her response?  "I guess we'll have to set something up next week then."  What happened to shifting her schedule "in any way possible to make this happen?"  So.  That bugs me.

3 -- I remain perplexed by my inability to comment simply and easily on some (but not all!) Blogger blogs.  When I try to leave a comment "signed in with my Google account", there are a few Blogger blogs that don't seem to recognize that I AM, in fact and definitely, already signed in with my Google account.  (Because I AM signed in with my Google account.)  Nothing I do seems to "fix" this.  In fact, Blogger is now suggesting that it would be more convenient for me to "sign in with my Google account" when I comment.  (No. Kidding.)  But, of course, I AM signed in with my Google account.  (And I have discovered that it is impossible to "sign in with your Google account" when you are already signed in with your Google account.)  So.  If I have left a comment on your Blogger blog signed in with my blog address and not my email address, please know that I really love you and your blog.  Because before I can leave that comment, I need to "prove I'm not a robot" in several mind-numbing ways before I can leave the comment.  (I can click on fire hydrants, motorcycles, hills and mountains, and crosswalks with my eyes closed.)  (Because "I'm not a robot.")  Anyway.  If any of you have a solution or suggestion to my issue, please let me know.  (This never happens on Blogger blogs that have a separate pop-up window for comments, by the way.  On these blogs, apparently I AM logged into my Google account.)  So.  That bugs me.

Okay.  I feel better now!  On to November -- the month of gratitude.  With a clean slate.

(Anything you want to get off your chest today?)

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Up North . . . But Different

Yesterday, I piled the dogs in the car and headed up to our little cabin . . . where we met Tom (already up there) to finish up a few shutting-down-for-the-season tasks.

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Same lake.  Same view.  But different.

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Same deck rail.  Same trees.  But different.

Here are three things that are REALLY different about being up north in the fall:

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1 - The docks and boats are out of the water for the winter.

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2 - I'm wearing the hand knits both outside and inside.

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3 - And . . . I'm wearing socks and shoes!  (Truth be told, I had my flip flops on when I was getting in the car.  And then I thought about all the sh*% Tom would give me if I showed up at the cabin - where it wasn't even 40 degrees F - in my flip flops . . . and opted for shoes.)  (It was the right choice.)

It's lovely to be up here in the fall.  But very different!  

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Garden Whimsy . . . Fall Edition

I like to do a little decorating out in the garden for fall.  Not much.  Nothing elaborate.  Mostly just . . . 

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1 - Changing out my containers, adding some mums, and throwing in a few pumpkins.  (With trusty old "Skelly-man" for seasonal interest.)

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2 -- Having fun with pumpkins.  I especially like using the pumpkins with unusual shapes and colors.  (That's a real pumpkin on the bottom, topped with a pottery decoration that just happened to fit on top.)

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3 - And bringing out the old, familiar favorites.  (Skelly-man, above, and this pumpkin face have been part of my fall garden d├ęcor for 15 years now.)

It's fun to bring a little whimsy to the garden in the fall!

How about you?  Do you decorate outside for fall?

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Mushrooms Everywhere

It has been really rainy this summer up north -- and especially in the last month or so.  The lake level is higher now that it was earlier this summer (which never happens).  The mosquitoes are out of control.  And there are mushrooms growing everywhere in the woods.

Here are three mushrooms that I found particularly impressive this week . . . 

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I love the colors and shapes and textures of the mushrooms.  (The mosquitoes?  Not so much.)

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My Very Hungry Caterpillar

For many years now, I've had a thriving butterfly garden.  (See my post from earlier this summer about my garden and how easy it is to plant and certify your own Monarch Waystation.)  And over those years, I've seen many a Monarch butterfly, flitting among the blooms.  But I had never actually seen the Monarchs laying eggs on my milkweed plants.*  And I had never seen a Monarch caterpillar.* Until this summer!  

* (I'm sure they've been there, doing just those things.  But I had never been there to see it.)

In July, I happened to be out in the garden and noticed a Monarch laying eggs.  I was thrilled!  (I posted this video on Instagram.)

And early last week, I found a very hungry Monarch caterpillar.

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He's gone now . . . off becoming a butterfly!  I look everyday to try and find the chrysalis, but so far?  No luck.  If I do find it, though, it will be the true triumverate of butterfly gardening:  eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis.  (I'd be over the moon. . .

To celebrate my caterpillar, I thought I'd share three quick facts about Monarchs with you today:

  1. Monarchs can produce four generations during one summer. The first three generations will have life spans from 2 - 6 weeks and will continue moving north. During this time they will mate and have the next generation that will continue the northward migration. The fourth generation is different and can live up to nine months. These are the butterflies that will migrate south for winter.  (My caterpillar falls into this fourth generation.)
  2. In their larval stage, Monarch caterpillars feed almost exclusively on milkweed, and as adults, get their nutrients from the nectar of flowers. The monarch will always return to areas rich in milkweed to lay their eggs upon the plant. The milkweed they feed on as a caterpillar is actually a poisonous toxin and is stored in their bodies. This is what makes the monarch butterfly taste so terrible to predators.
  3. During their migration, Monarch butterflies can travel between 50 - 100 miles a day.  It can take up to two months to complete their journey to winter habitats.

Beautiful, fascinating creatures!  I'm so happy to share my garden space with them.

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The Cat's Away. . .

I dropped Tom off at the airport yesterday.  It's just me and the dogs for a few days!

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You know what they say?  While the cat's away, the mouse will play!

Not that I change my routine all that much when Tom is away.  (We really don't get in each other's way.)  But there are some noteable differences when I'm at home for a few days on my own.

  1. I let the dogs sleep with me on the bed.  (No room when Tom's home.)
  2. I spread projects all over the kitchen island and leave them there.  (As my kids would be quick to tell you, this is taboo in our house!)
  3. I don't cook.  (I have a batch of leftover carbonara that I will eat for every meal until it runs out.  Then?  Take-out sushi!)

How about you?  Do your routines change when you're at home on your own?

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Garden Delights

My garden is full of things that make me happy . . . flowers, foliage, birds, pollinators.  (You know the drill.)  But there are also little hidden "garden delights" that bring a smile.

Like . . . my little stone turtle peeking out from his home in this succulent bowl.

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Or . . . . this little yellow house with the stone chimney, standing sentry at my patio doors.

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And . . . this little kitty, hidden in my herb garden.

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Gardens delight . . . in so many ways!

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Outside Inside

During the gardening season, I love to bring what's blooming outside . . . inside.  You can usually see what's blooming in my garden -- right there on the kitchen counter near the sink.  Or on the dining room table.  Or even in my bathroom.  

Today, we've got . . . 

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Heliopsis

Ornamental onion.

Purple coneflower.

Flowers are magical . . . outside and in!

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