Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The clouds in the sky seemed to be breaking up from the strong winds from below. It is a great pattern that does look well planned out.
We had bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches for supper last night. It really is a treat to have a great tasting tomato. I remember one time when my grandmother fed me a tomato sandwich with mayo and bread only. It really tasted so good and she really didn't have anything else in the house to feed me. I have lots of roma tomatoes yet to ripen and the large steak tomatoes are used in the sandwiches. The steak tomatoes are few in number.
It is the middle of the week and we will be cold most of the day. The furnace thermostat needs to be adjusted so it will turn on earlier in the morning before we have to get up for me to go to school. I like that it isn't so cold that we have to wear a coat at this point. I do wear a coat at night when I walk Barney. Barney loves this cool air and gets excited to go outside. He seems to be a little bit more willing to go out on his own this days which means we don't have to walk him so much. He still gets walked by my wife around noon and I take him at night.
It is good that you stopped by today. Have a great rest of the day.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The arrangement of rocks have been there for a long time. I will move them in the fall before the snow falls. I don't even know from where they originated. Maybe they were in a bucket that needed to be emptied before I carried water. They sort of looked like they are a planned sculpture. The tomato was picked and sits in the arrangement until I get hungry and take it inside.
The other large burning bush is just now showing leaves that are tuning red. I discussed this in years past but the soil that this bush grows in is different than the other burning bush. It use to be a gravel roadbed for a driveway where this bush is planted. I think that is why they grow differently.
It is Tuesday. I am grading reading reports today. I was told to be lenient as the skills of the students vary in ability. A student who tries really hard may not be able to pull of a good display or have a great writing ability. I have them give me a verbal report on the book and that does increase the points if the person is well versed and describes the book clearly.
It is a good day and we are warming up to 70 F. today. The furnace was humming along this morning and we did need it. Old houses can be cold houses. I hope everyone is having a good day and thanks for checking in today.
Monday, September 26, 2016
The mandevilla has opened its first bud into this wonderful bloom. For a tropical kind of plant it waited to bloom this fall when it has cooled down.
A zinnia, which too is a late bloomer, has pale colors as it first opens. It will darken as it matures. A monarch circled and landed in the area but then left in the wind heading to the top of the trees nearby.
The hostas are looking weathered but this one still has its leaves intact. The weathered one are too sad-looking for me to even photograph.
Just like the bad focus on this photo, the tomato patches are becoming blurry messes. The vines are failing and falling. The tomatoes end up on the ground and need to be picked quickly to keep the insects from biting into them. The flavor of the tomatoes are really good this year. I had abundant vines and enough tomatoes for two people to eat during the late summer months.
It is Monday and I am back at school teaching seventh grade grammar and literacy. Knowing the difference between and autobiography and a biography is being discussed. Dangling modifiers and misplace modifiers is being taught to all these corn-fed students. I am in the most part enjoying my short term teaching job and today is the half way mark to the finish line. As the fall ends and winter moves in I will be glad to not have to get out into the weather. We were cold today and my furnace was running smoothly.
I wish everyone a great Monday and thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
One of the many silver spotted skippers in the garden this fall. They seem to be the only butterflies left to gather nectar from the blooms. The bees are doing very well right now but the bumblebees seem to be gone.
The golden privet does not seem to ever grow into a large shrub. It seems to die down every few winters and just starts over again. In the fall the colors from the leaves are so great to see.
The mandevilla plant is now ready to bloom. I am sure that I will be taking photos of it in bloom soon. It has taken it all summer to come around to put on some buds. I have a couple of branches that has buds on them. I know that I mentioned earlier that it is going to get moved into a larger pot. It does well inside in the window as it vines up the blinds of the window and I have to keep cutting it back. I has never bloomed inside but usually blooms outside in the summer.
Red and green remind us of Christmas but this shrub will soon be all red with red berries. One bush is turning and the one growing right next to it is not. I should photograph that sometime to show the strangeness of how they don't mature at the same time.
I will share for the last photo this blurred shot of the blue morning glory. It could be painted and look just like a Georgia O'Keefe oil painting. I hope everyone will have a restful day. Thanks for stopping by today.
We are the proud owners of fiber optic cable now for our internet connection. When I use the borrowed school computer and do the blog, I am moving around in double time motion. It is good and it is bad. I will get use to it and we were so deserving to have the new line after all the time we have wasted in waiting for things to download. Barney really made good friends with the cable guys and barked to ask them to stay and play. They really were nice to him and he appreciated new members in the family.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Last evening I could see that I had blooms next to the east garden gate. All I could see was the leftover blooms. This morning I was pleasantly surprised as to see how far the late blooming vine has matured.
I had plenty of blooms to see and to photograph. One bloom that I was not expecting to see was the one that was next to the back door.
This vine grew up from last years seed as that was my dominate color of blooms last year. It is a great surprise and I am glad it was the weekend and I was home to see it.
Thanks for stopping in today. I wish everyone a great day.
Friday, September 23, 2016
It has been hot the past two days and we had rain falling this morning. The clouds from yesterday afternoon are not looking tremendous but their compositions are great to see.
I did discover that after I had lost a blog on Tuesday that I then forgot to post the Thursday's blog. You get two blogs today. It has been a busy week at school and exhaustion sits in once in a while when it comes working with students for long periods of time.
It is a warm, humid day today. It rain large amounts in the early morning but it has stopped. A town north us had heavier amounts of rain than us that caused flooding in the streets.
It is Friday and I am looking forward to it being the weekend. I hope everyone is doing good and feeling well. Thanks for stopping by today.
Somehow or someway I lost Tuesday's blog. I don't quite remember what was on it so I may share things again. I don't think I will ever figure out why it was deleted but I will claim it was probably human error on my part. I did think that I had posted it but I don't know.
We are giving reading tests on computers today. It seems to be an easy task to get them to do it but they all do have to have earphones to listen to the questions. They all have to log in with their own personal id usernames and password.
I wish everyone a good day today.