August 31, 2009

Buffy in the Bathtub

If I get in there, you WILL leave the hand-held thingie outside the tub, right?

You turn the water on right here, please.

Ummmm, so much better than water in a bowl.

Watch it, my feet are getting wet. Here I come! Oh, sorry about your knee, Mom. Is that camera broken?

August 28, 2009

August 25, 2009

Blooming Tuesday for Butterflies

Some of my Favorites:

Spicebush Swallowtails on Pentas

Spicebush Swallowtail on Porterweed in front of Esperanza (Tecoma stans)

Blooming Tuesday is hosted by Ms.Green Thumbs. Visit her to see links to other Tuesday Blooms blogs.

Gulf Frit on Porterweed

Clouded Sulphur on Tithonia

Buckeye on two colors of Lantana

More Tuesday Blooms On Secrets of A Seedscatter, my Garden Blog.

I took more than 100 butterfly pics this morning. Fewer than 20% were good enough to save. The sun was wrong, the butterflies did what they do best --flew, my hands shook, or I failed to wait for the auto-focus on the other 80%. Then I had to choose 5 for the post. There are more from yesterday and Sunday that you haven't seen.

August 23, 2009

Night Blooming Cereus, Epiphyllum

Wind blew the smallest pot of Night Blooming Cereus off the carport ledge and broke the ceramic pot. It lay on the concrete for a day until I finally stuffed it into a plastic nursery pot. The bud hung on and last night it opened.

The pets enjoyed the attention paid the flower because it meant humans came outside past bedtime.

You can see other, better pictures of epiphyllum blooms here: Night Blooming Cactus on my Seedscatterer Blog.

August 22, 2009

Angel Trumpets

Buffy and I rode to Nearest Town with Lane, who wanted to make sure his truck air conditioner was working properly. We drove through the cemetery. The lawn maintenance crew was at work, mowing. Apparently they have a new service. The old service would mow the driveways, skipping the sides next to the lots of people who don't pay for their service. The new service does the sensible thing, mowing the entire drive, then maintaining the lots that pay. The old service would stop, raise the riding mower blade, skip a non-payer, and then resume mowing 20 feet down, leaving an unmowed strip the width of the mower next to the offending lot. Their more intensive work is to weed-eat the grass of the lots and edge around the grave markers and slabs over the graves, or to kill weeds that come up in the lots that have gravel over cement. Our lot has the single grave of the Monkeyman. We do our own maintenance. We mowed our edges of the drives, but the lots that are not maintained made the drives look unkepmt with all that skipping the edges in spots.

We went to the gas station, and to the grocery for milk. As we left the store, we passed a house with a small front yard that had pretty flower beds in front with a huge peach colored Angel Trumpet in full bloom very near the street.

Lane and the Dog are trying to get me to look on the other side of the street at the cat they spotted, and I'm trying to get his attention about the Brugmansia. I had a camera in my pocket. Missed opportunity!

August 21, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

I was invited to attend a Breast Cancer Support Group in town last night. Joyce, who invited me and who was providing the tastiest refreshments ever, told me that the speaker was an Oncologist who used to be Medical Director for the Agency where I last worked.

I was the only woman in the room who was not a cancer survivor. I happened to be wearing a pink dress, not chosen for the occasion, just what I wore all day when I took part in training a Volunteer Group for Hospice. I felt I was switching gears, from talking about the Dying, to mingling with the triumphant Living.

Excellent speaker, Doctor. In the course of his lecture, he was drawing a picture to illustrate a certain type of cancer and as he drew a nipple, said, "The function of a breast is provide milk. It has other functions, but I don't know what they are." Nobody laughed, watching closely as he drew ducts and glands.

I came away knowing much more about cancer treatment than I did before. The sister of my friend Debra had a lumpectomy yesterday for breast cancer and will have a type of radiation that is fairly new, not often done. Debra had conventional surgery and no radiation. We learned more about why and when that is done.

This very upbeat group is having a luncheon and fashion show late next month, to bring awareness to Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. If you follow the link, you'll find Linda Long, facilitator of last night's meeting.

August 18, 2009

Buffy the Allergen Sniffer

Sweet Baby Buffy made another Vet visit this week. Last week it was a ripped-off toenail requiring antibiotics, pain pills and daily soaks. Buffy is now addicted to peroxide, which she licked off rather than letting it do whatever it is that peroxide does besides give off O2 atoms.

This week, Sweet Baby Buffy has the same hairless spots, scratching, paw-chewing and restlessness that she had a month ago. She weighs 57.1 pounds. Buffy is now 9 months old and in the teen-age-hood of canines. In the car, she was whining. When I tried to console her, she made a rude 'Huh' noise that was obviously, "You just don't understand!" and laid down to sulk.

Buffy is also on oral expensive flea pills now. They smell like something dead, and she wishes they were daily instead of monthly.

August 14, 2009

Hooked on Biscotti

Popular blogs write on Fridays about their current favs. When we were in the city today, I picked up a bucket of individually wrapped Biscotti, the Original, with almonds, walnuts and a hint of anise flavor. Since Christmas, we've been eating the Chocolate series: Chocolatti, Triple Chocolate and Turtle Pecan. The containers turned upside down make great temporary plant cloches.

You can see the TV commercial here:

Nonni's Biscotti Video

It's great with coffee, which means Dessert Following Breakfast for me.

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