| SAW THIS HANDSOM CHAP IN OUR BACKYARD THIS AFTERNOON|
It was under a slightly warm and windless cloudy sky that Pheebs and I ventured out into this morning. With boots and paws, we stirred up some gravel at our country road walking spot and following that it was a slow and leisurely 15mph drive around a few more gravely roads before heading home.
|THOSE ARE ROWS OF CORN ALREADY GROWING|
I poked around outside a while before noticing a rather rapid drop in temperature. Shortly after that, I heard distant thunder and skies began to darken. As the thunder drew closer, the skies became dark enough to set off our nightlight sensors. And then came the rain, and did it ever come!! (we didn't know it at the time but this storm continued to pick up strength as it traveled east heading inland causing major damage with 80mph winds causing the deaths of two people due to falling trees)
| IT WAS REALLY RAINING HARD IN OUR FRONT YARD|
| RAINWATER GUSHING OUT OF ONE OF OUR DOWNSPOUTS|
It was probably the sound of the rain pounding on our steel roof that lulled me to sleep in my sunroom recliner. By the time I regained consciousness, the rain had stopped and skies had brightened. Even a few brief hints of sunshine.
| AFTER THE RAIN|
| THIS BUSY BUMBLEBEE HAS A LEG UP ON ITS POLLEN COLLECTING OPERATION|
Putting on my duck boots Pheebs and I headed out for a walk through the wet grass over around the Park's pond. It was nice to hear the bullfrogs chuggerruming. After the rain, everything looked so fresh and clean. Our area's Spring foliage is at about its best right now.
|SPRING'S VIBRANT FOLIAGE AROUND OUR PARK'S POND|
| AND WHAT WOULD BE A WALK AROUND THE POND WITHOUT ANOTHER TURTLE PICTURE|
Home from our walk I took a stroll around our back yard where some of our lilac trees are in bloom. Not all of them have blossoms every year. Our 30' Japanese lilac does not have a single flower on it. Lots of leaves but no white blooms.
|OUR BACKYARD LILACS|
It is still a nail-biter here regarding our Park's sale and it remains unknown whether the proposed final deal signing has been officially reached yet or not. It doesn't look like it so far and I wouldn't be surprised if this whole crazy thing collapses yet again. It is a rather bizarre situation going on here at the moment and a lot of residents are very much on edge about it. It's almost like that feeling one gets when they feel something good or not good is about to happen but they don't know when and what it will be. But they do know where it will be!!
| I THINK THIS MIGHT BE A TYPE OF AZALEA|
| CHIPPY'S DOING A HANDSTAND|
Ellen's Groove:: A 'fun practice session' with Ellen and her Dad, Hovak.
| TRILLIUMS, HOSTAS, AND FERNS|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( There was a man sitting at a bar, and he looks over at the gentleman sitting next to him and says, "Hey, you look familiar. Are you from around here?" The man answers, "Yeah, I live down the street." "No kidding?" says the first man, "Well, so do I. And hey, you look about my age. Where did you go to high school?" "Oh I went to Francis Lewis over on Utopia. Graduated in '66. How 'bout you?" "Get out. I went to Francis Lewis. And I graduated in '66, too." "Where'd you go to college?" "Beloit, in Wisconsin." "No way! I went to Beloit too. What dorm?" "Kevin Sullivan dorm." "Sullivan? You're not going to believe this . . ." Joe the bartender walks over, and the first guy says, "Joe, you won't believe it in a million years. This guy went to the same high school as me, graduated the same year I did and went to the same college. We were even in the same dorm. Isn't that amazing?" Joe looks at them both and says, "Yeah, that's just plain amazing." A third man comes in and says, "Hey Joe. What's new?" Joe says, "Not much. The Johnson twins are drunk again."
Pretty refreshing to see from down where I am. It's hot and spring got cut short. So rain, lilacs (which are rare now here anyway) and bumblebees are fine to see. Thank you. Hope Kelly can feel better...hard to cope with med side effects. Best wishes to you both. And thanks, as always for the lovely look into your world up there.ReplyDelete
Your photos just made my evening, Al. Loved every single one of them and couldn't pick a favorite if I had to -- they are all absolutely outstanding.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the Lily-of-the-valley and lilac photos. Miss those down here. Great photos as always.ReplyDelete
My lilacs haven't leafed, the blossoms are forming and we just had two mornings of heavy frost and 27 degrees. Sure am enjoying seeing all your flowers, leaves and sprouting stuff!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful lilies-of-the-valley...they were my grandma's favorite flower & her birth flower for the month of May. I used to pick them in the woods for her. There also used to be a cologne called Lily-of-the-Valley. So many memories this morning. Thanks, Al.ReplyDelete