Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beautiful visitor, beyond the begonias and identity

- Discovering this beautiful butterfly hanging out by my front door at the condos when I got home from my walk with friends on Saturday morning.  I went inside to get my camera and thought it would be gone when I got back.

- But no, it stayed and hung out for a while.  Just needing a bit of rest, I guess.  It was a peaceful few moments and I thanked it for dropping by before leaving it be.  I checked again about 10 minutes later (quietly opening the door and peeking out) and it was gone.

- I Googled and found what kind of butterfly he or she is:  Red-Spotted Purple
"The Red-Spotted Purple is not a swallowtail, but a brush-foot, and is black with blue or blue-screen scaling. At first glance it can be mistaken for a swallowtail, but it has no tails.  Orange or red marks are seen on the tips of the wings."

A Saturday morning gift, I think that was.  :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Perfect harmony, September Wonder and avocado toast

 - That's a bird feeder (there in the middle) that my late father gave me once - guaranteed to keep away squirrels (so far, so good.)  Click to enlarge to see a chickadee feasting on birdseed.  The feeder is designed for little birds, but the cardinals sit in the tray and eat the seeds that the little birds dropped.  Photo taken last weekend - it was a regular party there for a little while, cardinals and chickadees sharing a snack in harmony, but they all flew away except this one, when I loomed up to snap a photo with my phone.

 - Coworker Bobby went to Ellijay, Georgia last weekend to pick apples and shared these beauties with us.  This apple is called September Wonder.  Isn't that a lovely name?  It's a variety of the Fuji apple - sweet, crisp and delicious. 

- Look at the time there - I had a little photo shoot this morning at 5:43am.  A late summer peach, an avocado + two banana peppers that came from coworker Tony's garden.  I love that everyone shares.  And I have plans for that avocado for this weekend, inspired by this post from food52 called How to Make Avocado Toast.  Yes - there will be some avocado toast at my house this weekend.  :)

It's raining out - I love the sound of it.  And I love that it's Friday.  Happy weekend, y'all!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mountain morning, great big flower and peace

- I have a little hodgepodge of photos from my recent trip to my sister's mountain house hanging out on my desktop.  If you click to enlarge, you can see a lone fisherman there across the river at the edge of Mr. Martin's farm.  He turned up every morning, about the same time, and caught a few mountain trout each time, throwing the tiny ones back.  This photo makes me wish I was sitting there right now, with my coffee, new purple glasses (see box in post before last) and Flannery O'Connor's Prayer Journal, that a friend copied from a book for me.

- My sister calls the woman next door (that's a bit of her house here) "Miss Gail" - she was my sister's late mother-in-law's friend, both from Florida.  They used to come up in May and stay until October to celebrate the cooler air.  That's what Gail still does.  I loved this big flower in one of her flower beds.  It must be in the Morning Glory family, because it closes up in the afternoon.

- View from the road to the house, about a mile away from it.  That's someone's well-worn driveway path on the lower left and their fields below.  I titled this photo "Church and Fields."  If you click to enlarge, you can see the little church there, right in the middle.  Sigh - I feel more peaceful already. 

Favorite thing this week - a man I work with is taking the day off to take his ailing father fishing for the day.  It's his father's birthday.  He says he couldn't think of a better present. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sit a spell, pure bliss and confetti

- What a nice idea - a chair right in the flowerbed.  At Green Willow Gifts in Hayesville, NC.  If you click on the red link, you can just spot it in an early photo (far left in front of the house) of the shop on their website. 

- Back home, on Wednesday, at the shopping center that houses my favorite Chinese take out place, nail salon and grocery store, I had ordered some Hot & Sour soup (battling a cold) and also needed milk.  The nail salon is right in the middle, so I skulked past on my way to the grocery store, hoping not to be noticed.  But on my way out of the grocery store - there she was, waiting on the sidewalk, my nail technician.  She had a look at the state of the polish on my toenails (bad) and tried to lure me in.  So funny.  I promised to return on Thursday and did go back last night for a blissful spa pedicure. 

- Getting out of the shower at my condo and spotting an errant piece of confetti on the floor.  :)

And it's the weekend - so looking forward to it!  I hope you have a great one, my friends!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day weekend, shopping and party over here

I spent some time on Saturday morning in Hayesville, North Carolina visiting a few shops, including a new  favorite - Green Willow gifts, run by two women who are funny as heck.  This is the shop with the rescue cat I posted about here in July.  

 - I walked in with four other women right behind me (they were sisters and friends) - the other one offered us a glass of sparkling wine.  It was 11am and I thought about it for a second before saying yes.  :)  It turned into a party when almost everyone said yes.  

- My thought is - they get you slightly buzzed and you decide you can't live without the stuff you browse while sipping.  I did not want that cap though.  :) 

- When I turned from taking the photo of the plant in the boot planter on the front porch, the kitty, referred to above, wanted to go inside and waited with practiced patience for me to open the door before I left.  She immediately plopped down inside the foyer and stre-e-e-tched out.

- My box of purchases, guarded by a couple of frogs in the flowerbed.  The blonde one helpfully sprinkled confetti over everything.  Sigh.  My favorite - those scissors there on the left that are for cutting herbs.  I sat the box down to take a photo of a chair nestled in the flowerbed, but the photo needs some work at home.  Maybe you'll see it Friday.  Thanks for coming to the party!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Home away from home, early morning peace and weekend reading

- This image of the river behind my sister's mountain vacation home is my desktop image on my computer at work.  When I am feeling stressed (which is all too often when I'm working), I look at this and can summon up the sound of the river and feel more peaceful.  I'll be looking at this scene by the end of the day today.  Car is packed - as soon as I leave work, I'm on my way. 

- Feeling a sense of nurture as I water my (now straggly) outdoor plants in the early morning hour.  I love this time when it's still dark out, no other sounds except the birds singing and the paper delivery lady making her rounds.

- Reading material for the weekend (other than a pile of magazines), Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (she is a friend) and Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal (she was a neighbor when I was a child growing up in Milledgeville, Georgia.)  Two southern writers who, I'm certain, would have liked each other.

I hope you have a weekend full of peace and good reading.  Have a great one!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Keeping on, if you can't beat 'em... and welcome to the world

 - Stopping by Doug's organic garden for tomatoes after walking on Saturday.  I liked the nice display of pumpkins and gourds.  The pot of cherry tomatoes in the foreground is like my potted plants at home - beginning to show signs of throwing in the towel for the summer.  A little straggly, but still producing.  (In the case of my home geraniums and such - they are still producing blooms, but straggly.)

 - I always enjoy the group emails Doug sends out about what is available.  The one that came yesterday ended with this:  "The competition is mean out there. First the rabbits eating 280 out of 500 sweet potatoes plants, and now the field rats (I think) are digging out the sweet potatoes and eating half of it, and move on to the next one. I just have to grow enough for everyone."  So instead of being impatient, he just compensates by providing enough for the four-legged creatures, too.  What a nice man.

- There's a new baby in our family.  Born to niece Abby - Sawyer, weighing in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces.  That's a big name to live up to, but so far he is quite laid back and just wants to sleep.  A man after my own heart.