Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In The Greenhouse

                 A nice selection of insect eating plants.

My undergrad studies were in education with a science endorsement centered around botany. I had my first commercial garden at nine years old. I went door to door selling every item for a nickel. I encouraged my children to do the same and they are very active gardeners also. We often share the labor canning and preserving vegetables plus love for the land.

      Egg carton flowers hang on a string, having been prepared by visiting schoolchildren. This is a haven of beauty for many and a favorite place for me sometimes to gather my thoughts.

    This has been a bumpy week  for me, with a variety of setbacks. I had to go into the hospital for heart problems that have plagued me for years. As I write this I am still in bed, waiting to have another angiogram and stent placed into my heart. An update is they put two stents in me and I have hopes of going home.The care has been marvelous and I have told many it is a spa treatment. Yesterday I joked in the lab I was like a secret shopper who goes and reviews a business. I told them I might come down early today just to chat with all of them and see what is new.

      On another thought I am getting married this Saturday. I have lived by myself for the last sixteen years and this is going to  be a remarkable event for both of us. We were introduced by the library ladies this last year, their warning her I had avoided all previous advances by others.

    I had booked a cruise out of Miami into the western Caribbean back in March.  I found an exceptional bargain not thinking it was because it was during hurricane season, a gamble one must take. All the areas we will visit  are relatively unscathed, so I look forward to enjoying a nice trip.

   So with a few bumps in the road I have a positive outlook to pursue a shared life with a lovely lady. I never say I can't do anything without giving it my best always. The preparation has sometimes floored me, the last time I did this was in 1983. I had parents and family still around to do a lot of the work. My happiness spreads to all of you, carried on a gentle prairie breeze.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Stroll: Water Gardens And More

A light rain just made everything freshen up. After three days of heat not common for September or fall, I was almost going to take you to the beach.

I am so hungry I could eat a horse. But often on Sunday it is chicken. Join me for a nice Sunday meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans and a salad, mostly from farm to table. My daughter is a good cook and farmers wife.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Around The Prairie Sits Beauty Everywhere

A mother and her fawn look cautiously before entering the woods.
I listen to the silent flight of butterfly wings all around.
One lights close and I race to record it's beauty.
I whisper a thank you and bid them a nice day.

Blue Lobelia
Monarch caterpillars in the milkweed garden.

Moon Flower

E-e-e-e-e--K! Hentz's Orbweaver

Gomphrena makes a good dry flower for arrangements also.

Miniature Cleome in some Dill
A rose and some Four O'clocks not opened yet. Four O'clocks were always a packet of seed I planted for my mother and still do. I can always hear her voice in appreciation and smile with the memories they create.