Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 24, the rest of the day


Walking to yoga.  Looking east over West Park.

Flowers in the park.

Redbud leaf.

Walking home after yoga.  Looking west.

Birdfoot trefoil.  I learned this is non-native -- introduced as a forage plant for animals, and now naturalized all over the continent.  It's pretty........


Vetch, black-eyed Susan, and daisies.....

Looking back toward the east entrance of the park.  Eastern sky over West Park.

The nice garden on 7th street which was full of iris a few weeks ago was full of lilies on the 24th.

Walking on.  I have no idea what this is.  It looks leguminous, but the pods were big.  And looked full of air rather than seeds.......  If it were mine, I would totally have opened a pod to see what was inside!

I bet this pod was well over four inches long.  Working on six, I bet, with that long point in the upper right corner.  And over an inch wide.


parrots imitate sounds -- and dance to the music


From The Conversation -- an article about study of what goes on in parrots' brains when they imitate sounds and dance.


Monday, June 29, 2015

June 24


This is the beautiful garden at the end of my old block.

Lilies, and I don't know what the green stuff is.

Lilies and petunias.



Butterfly weed.

Butterfly weed and lilies.

Lilies and poppies.

Looking down the block toward my first house.


Lilies and evening primroses.


After purchasing sugar snap peas and strawberries at the farmers' market, we went downtown to do some banking, visit the post office and get lunch.

This artist was painting in the window of the pet-supply store.  You can almost see that she has a (green) tablet in her hand, which presumably has the image of the dog she is painting.

Cute pix.

Downtown gardening.

On our way back to the car after lunch, we walked by the Kingsley Street side of the Deli.  I'd never seen this map of the various Zingerman's businesses before.  I like it!  As with much of Zingerman's long-term signage, it's 3D.  Words are cut out of wood, as are (in this case) buildings.....  I like the way they've edited the navigation info down to the minimum that will get the job done.  Very nice.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 23


This is one of the few summer posts you'll see that is all about my yard.


Butterfly on the downspout.  I believe this is a red admiral.

Love the shadow.............  Look at the antennae, and their shadows..........

You'll recall that we planted four pairs of tomato plants.  Two plants of each of four varieties.  One of each got planted in a bucket with nice new potting soil.  The other got planted in whatever dirt is in the big planting bed.

Never think that it doesn't matter what sort of soil a plant is growing in.

Happy plant, in potting soil.

Sad twin plant, in nasty dirt.

Love my daylilies!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Did you know fiber is a carbohydrate?


If I ever knew fiber counts as a carbohydrate, I forgot.

I just started a class on the science of cooking, and they asked us to read a nutritional content label and answer some questions.  I got one wrong because I didn't realize that the "total carbohydrates" includes fiber.  I suppose I should have realized it from the format, but I didn't..........

"Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested."

Good to know.............




Yesterday morning there was a skunk in our yard.  I believe that is the first time I've ever seen a skunk on my property in my whole life.

I hope it was the last!

We still have no fence on the north side (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......).

We didn't see where the skunk came from.  My better half spotted it on the patio, and it went out under the fence in the southeast corner of the fenced yard.  RIGHT next to the house......  I got there in time to see its hairy white tail, but no chance to even think of pics.

Striped skunk Florida.jpg
"Striped skunk Florida" by Kevin Bowman - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinbowman/232824293/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I rested an old board against the bottom of the fence, and held it in place with the garbage bin.

I figure anything you can do to discourage a skunk from coming into your yard is probably a good thing.

I shouldn't complain -- there is a major deer problem in town (too much food, too few predators).  It is very rare to see a deer in our neighborhood.  But maybe it's getting worse.  One of my neighbors saw one in the early spring, and I saw one six or eight weeks ago.

Better a skunk passing through than a herd of deer, I suppose.  Especially as we no longer have a dog to aggravate a skunk and get sprayed by it....


June 22


Walking downtown for a special Tunisian dinner.

Did you notice this, in an attic window?  This is what caught my eye.

My daughter and I enjoyed the Tunisian dinner at Zingerman's.  EJ (who wrote the blog post in the link) did a better job than I did of taking pics during the event, so if you want to see pics, check it out.  I'm even in one of them.

It was a good dinner.  The dates were really especially good, and I loved the eggplant and tuna, too.  Majid's engagement with the food of his country ("Southern Mediterranean, not Middle Eastern"), and his level of passion for producing those foods in ways that are traditional, yet good for workers, is very evident.

Isn't it excellent that it is possible to enjoy those foods in the comfort of our own homes?