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June 27, 2012

Buddleja and a Peninsula

I’m here with a little announcement this morning: feel free to take an extra day or two to finish up your photo hunt this month if need be.  Reason?  I have a last minute trip to Cape Cod planned for tomorrow through Saturday.  Saturday was the date the photo hunt was due, but now since I won’t be home until Saturday night, it is unlikely I will post my own hunt before Sunday since I’m not done taking my photos yet.

I didn’t want to head off to the Cape without leaving you with a few new pictures though.

I haven’t seen many butterflies yet this summer – but some lovely photos over at Robin’s place have me hoping I will see them soon.  My butterfly bushes are just beginning to bloom..
butterfly bush budding

and the milkweed is out too.  I’ve left some stalks here and there around the yard especially to entice the monarchs.

milkweed

I thought butterflies, and maybe the hummingbirds too, would find these lantana attractive but so far they don’t seem to be of much interest.

lantana

I’ve been enjoying watching the color-changing that the blooms go through as they mature.

fresh raspberries

The raspberries are ripening regularly now, and I’ve been enjoying eating a daily handful.  I suspect we will have quite a few to pick when we get back.

Our weather forecast for the Cape over the next few days couldn’t be nicer: upper 70’s to low 80’s with mostly sunny skies.  My mom tells me the summer kick-off sand sculpture event in her town is happening over the next few days, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing that.  Last year I saw what was left of the sculptures after a couple weeks had passed.
sand sculpture

It looks like we have a nice few days to look forward to – I hope you have something nice to look forward to too. I’ll be back in the blogosphere on Sunday, and also looking forward to seeing your photo hunts. (Gee, that’s a lot of looking forward! 😉 )

Are you wondering at all about my blog post title?  I was having trouble coming up with a title for this post even though I knew what I was going to write about, so I decided to wait until I was finished writing to title it.  I thought of “Down the Cape” or “Capeward Bound” as possible titles but they seemed blah to me.  I googled “butterfly bush” for possible inspiration and that’s where I found “Buddleja.”  According to Wikipedia (and I know you have to take information found on Wikipedia with a grain of salt), Buddleja is :

commonly known as the Butterfly Bush,[4] is a genus of flowering plants. The generic name bestowed by Linnaeus posthumously honoured the Reverend Adam Buddle (1662–1715), a botanist and rector in Essex, England, at the suggestion of Dr William Houstoun. Houstoun sent the first plants to become known to science as buddleja (B. americana) to England from the Caribbean about 15 years after Buddle’s death.[1]

The peninsula, of course, is Cape Cod.  Buddleja, peninsula – they kind of rhyme, no?   If that title doesn’t get me noticed by WordPress, I’ll never be “Freshly Pressed,” lol!

June 24, 2012

It had been far too long since…

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 9:05 pm
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…the poochachos and I went for a walk.  With the busy-ness, issues and recent heat, Teddy and Daphne had been just a wee bit neglected by their mama in the walk department.  Don’t get me wrong, we have a nice sized yard for them to romp around, but for them, nothing matches the excitement of a walk on the leashes, outside of their little backyard world.

I swear Teddy figures out what is going on from the moment I make the decision to go for the walk.  This past Saturday morning, as I sat on the edge of my bed putting my sneakers on, Teddy began to whine his happy whine.  I hadn’t touched the leashes or the “special orange bags” but I swear he knew what was happening.

It’d been so long since we took a walk along the powerlines into the woods, I was unprepared for the changes that had taken place in our absence.  The path that we take to the fireroad along the powerline was all grown in:
overgrown path #1
We had to hike through some tall grasses and thorny vines to get where we were headed. My legs are a bit scratched up.

Apparently a lightening strike had taken place:
lightening strike?

I was happily surprised by the wildflowers everywhere I looked:
wild daisies

wild susan

Wildflower meadow

Even a little daylily appeared on the edge of our path!
wild lily

I even took a video with my phone because I wanted to share the sounds with you as I followed the fire-road for a bit, but my phone is unfortunately being a bit persnickity about sharing that video.  I tried emailing it to myself – froze my phone in the process – and tried uploading directly to YouTube from my phone – video no where to be found on YouTube.  If I get it to work anytime soon, I’ll add it to this post.

There was a little downside to this walk too.  When I got to one of my favorite sections of the pathovergrown path #2

when normally the only sounds I can hear are the red-winged blackbirds and peepers and on warm days like this one was, the cicadas, the dogs and I were assaulted by deer flies!  I put on my bug repellent before heading out for the walk, but these buggers didn’t care.  I hurried through the normally very quiet and peaceful section of the walk swatting all the way.

Daphne always looks forward to the creek crossing near the end of the walk so that she can do this:Hot n tired golden retriever

but I couldn’t let her linger as long as she would’ve liked due to those nasty flies!  Does anyone know, would a stronger deet percentage repellent help?  I was using fairly gentle “Skintastic.”

I certainly won’t let a few obstacles prevent the dogs and I from enjoying more walks this summer, but I will definitely be looking for a way to be more bug free the next time!

June 22, 2012

What I’ve Been Up To

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 12:16 pm
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I’ve been out of school for a week now and I thought it was about time to show you what I’ve been up to and what’s going on around the yard lately.  Of course we had recital this past Saturday, so getting ready for that took up time but I’ve been puttering around taking care of other tasks as well.

garden progress

The garden is progressing along nicely.  I’ve had one major weeding session since planting everything a few weeks ago and I’ve been pretty good about remembering to water in the morning when needed.  Fairly low maintenence so far, and I’ve got…
baby cucumbers

baby cucumbers,

baby summer squash

baby summer squash,

baby zucchini

baby zucchini, and even

baby cayenne pepper

a baby cayenne pepper!

The raspberries are coming along too..
raspberries

..I’ve already eaten a few!

As for those flowery-type thingies that I love so much, the bee balm is back..
bee balm

..and I’ve purchased and re-potted a few others, like this geranium,
geranium

and this cute purple, puffy algeratum:
IMG_8395

In addition to weeding, watering and repotting, I’ve been scrubbing and conditioning too. No, not me! Well, okay, yes me, but I was referring to this:

pool finally clean!

After quite a bit of opening work, the pool is finally ready for use.  Just in time too!  Here in the northeast, as is much of the country, we’ve been experiencing our first official heat wave of summer with temps in the 90’s for 3 days in a row.

I’ve also been taking care of this little patch:
yard work

This past spring, hubby finally finished burning all the debris that was left behind by all the violent weather we experienced in these parts last year. Unfortunately, we had to use a spot in the middle of the lawn to do it since the fire had to be a certain distance from the house but within reach of the garden hose.

I shoveled out the pile of coals, loosened the earth beneath and planted this patch of new seed: watching grass grow
Scott’s tells me I’ll have nice thick grass here in about a month.

I won’t let you think I’ve been doing nothing but work over the last week.  I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy myself in my happy place, too:

My happy place

Happy summer everyone!  So what have you been up to lately?

June 19, 2012

Dancing in Wonderland

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 10:01 am
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Hello there friends! It is the day before the official beginning of summer and I am finally feeling relaxed.  My last day of school was last Thursday and my girls’ last day was yesterday.  Phew!  70 days off to enjoy.  In addition to the end of school, we are also at the end of the dance season.  This past Saturday night was our recital.  I took LOTS of photos at dress rehearsal.  My daughters and I were in a total of 14 dances: 8 for Meghan, 4 for Sarah and 2 for me.

To anyone who doesn’t consider dance to be a sport, I beg to differ!  Check out the power, beauty, grace and concentration in these photos.

glitter1

Meghan dancing to “Glitter in the Air” by Pink.

clocks1

Sarah dancing to “Clocks” by Coldplay.

painted1

Meghan dancing to “Painting Flowers” by All Time Low.

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Sarah dancing to “Bad Influence” by Pink.

“Alice in Wonderland” was the theme to recital this year.  All dances had some connection to the tale.

As I said, I took many more photos (if we are friends on Facebook, you can see more there) but these are all that I’ve edited so far.  And I have the feeling a couple more just might make their way into this month’s photo hunt!  Are you working on yours?  I can’t wait to see what you shoot.

June 10, 2012

Photo Hunting in June

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:51 pm
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I’m back!  While I didn’t receive a ton of comments to my previous post, I received enough to come up with a little inspiration for this month’s hunt.  I apologize for not getting to posting this until 10 days into June.  Let’s get a little abstract for this month, shall we?  Not abstract art or photography, a la Scott a few months ago, but words that are a little more abstract and perhaps a bit of a challenge.

I think those words would have a nice feeling, so very different from how I was feeling earlier this week.

In addition, I’m going to include 2 bonus shots this month, ideas supplied also from the comments section:

  • Strewn,  because I liked Cathy’s idea about words rhyming with June and I think this word has some neat possibilities
  • Toast, because it was Gerry’s idea and I love Gerry’s sense of fun!

Take until the very end of the month to get your photo hunt done, to help make up for my tardiness in posting this month.  If you’d be so kind as to help me spread the word and help to get your blogging friends to participate, I’d be very appreciative.  As usual, leave your links to your photo hunts in the comments section of this post.

And because I am not capable of doing a blog post without a photo, here’s a shot of some new-to-me flowers I am trying this season, lantana:

 

June 8, 2012

Photo Hunt Stuck!

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 8:14 pm
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Hi everyone.  It’s June.  Has been for a week now.  June is an even-numbered month.  Do you know what I usually do in even-numbered months?  Of course you do – a photo hunt.  I’m sorry to say that I am really stumped for ideas here!  I’ve started and stopped writing one post idea.  I’ve scrolled through my old photo hunts.  I AM STUCK!  With all that has been going on around here recently, my creative juices just ain’t flowing.  So now, I am hoping for some help from you, dear readers!  Here’s what I am going to ask of you: leave me a one word comment here in the comment section of this post.  If I get enough comments, I will create a photo hunt list from your comments.  It is Friday evening as I am typing this post.  Hopefully, enough comments will roll in over the course of the weekend, and I will have an “official” photo hunt posted for you by Sunday evening.

What do you think, friends?  Ready to help a fellow blogger out?  First word that pops into your mind – post it below!

Here’s a pretty dahlia to look at while you think! 🙂

June 6, 2012

In the line of duty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 4:08 pm

Hello reader friends.  I’d like to start by apologizing for my recent absence from the blogosphere.  We’ve gotten into that crazy-busy time of year as the end of the school year approaches and I haven’t had the time to sit and write and read blogs as much as I’d like to.

On top of all the usual busy-ness at this time of year, a terribly sad event that sickens me to my stomach has occured this week, and I felt the need to express my feelings here in this space.  As many of you may know, my husband is a police officer in the city right next to the little suburb where I live.  On this past Monday, in the middle of a sunny afternoon, a police officer in the city my husband works for, was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The story, as I understand it, is that the officer was escorting a couple living in an apartment complex.  The woman had just had a restraining order issued against the man, and asked for police assistance when the man came to the apartment to gather his belongings.  Upon reaching the apartment, the woman and man went inside when the man suddenly slammed the apartment door and shot the police officer through the door.  He then shot the woman (who I believe is still in critical condition), opened the door and shot the officer again, ran out of the apartment and killed himself.

I feel sucker-punched and sick to the stomach.  Someone who could conceive of this type of violence obviously has no regard for human life.  As angry as he may have been, what solace did killing a 36-year veteran of the police department bring him?  Desperate enough to take his own life?  Why take innocent other lives with him?

We will never have the answers to these questions.

Thank you for allowing me the space to express my feelings today; I know this is not what you normally come to my blog to read.  If you have the opportunity, say “thank you” to a police officer today.