Hope all is well in your world. I tried to get here yesterday but there was a massive storm. Oh, it was sooooo good. Monsoon season is the bestest - when and if it rains of course. You wait thirsty for months and months, and then a down pour washes everything away. Love it.
I took a video I'll share at the end.
Imagine not having rain for months and months in a row like here?
I used to have a teacher in high school who always said, Sundee and Mundee.
I loved that.
He taught, hmmm, let me try to remember.
Some science class?
I know it had to do with earth, but it wasn't geography or social studies.
It was one of those AP classes, geo-sciences and nature stuff.
I can't remember.
But I loved that class.
Anyhow, we would go out to rivers and catch little fish real quick with our hands, measure them, then send them back. Or we'd test layers of soil at the riverbank.
But that's another story.
He used to say words in a way that I found fascinating.
Like, Sundee and Mundee, instead of Sun-day and Mon-day.
He also said ruts, instead of roots.
I think about that all the time for some reason.
One of those things that sticks in your head I suppose?
My mom always said that, the way people pronounce things should be respected and not rudely corrected.
We all pronounce things differently, and that is a wonderful thing, says she.
I agree with her.
I can never pronounce the sometimes best word for Mister Lovee, which is ornery.
I always say, honor-ee, instead of ore-ner-ee.
I know I am saying it wrong, but saying it any other way sounds uncomfortable to my tongue.
On another note.
I figured out that the zinnias take off madly when the rains come in July.
No wonder they were so pretty in September, October and November last year.
It's getting zinnia-ee goodness out there.
The dinner plate dahlias get huge huge huge, and then flop over in the rain, drunk from all the drinking.
Insert a yumm just for effect.
And a YAY, because the tomatoes have not ended, yet.
I vow to always start my tomato vines indoors in late winter early spring like this year.
Wow, what a difference.
Also, I didn't plant them, but somehow, some seeds I did plant must have been for orange tomatoes. A couple of vines are gifting them. Fun!
(picked yesterday in the rain)
I made blt's with maple bacon this weekend.
They were sooooooooo good.
Like, sooooooooooooooooo good.
I cooked the bacon on one of my cast iron skillets on the burner side of the grill in the yard.
It makes clean up sooo much easier.
I only make it once or twice a year, mmmm.
I did two chop down trimmings of the hollyhocks, as I read somewhere on line to do.
And guess what?
A whole new wave of hollyhocks are here.
I have sooo many other things to share besides garden and garden.
But, I just don't want the memories and pics of summer growing things to go to waste.
I know, it's booooring.
I used to think it was fun to share garden galore, but then someone said she would die if she saw another flower pic - and then I was like - Oh, interesting thought?
One assumes that everyone likes flowers.
I for one could look at gardens all day.
I loooove garden books, but that's me.
I could never grow tired of a flower, they inspire me so.
Oh, the other day, I went to bed alone.
And woke up with the big fluffer nutter next to me.
With his lil' tongue sticking out.
I had never seen that before, so I ran for the camera...
Annoying puppy mama.
What can I say?
I admit it.
I am one of those crrrazy dog people.
Oh yes I am.
By the way....
I decided to try to make a video.
I used to make them all the time.
I had not made one in a long time mainly because my new video camera has issues, and it is hard to work with the files in my video making program.
But, I tried a different way - which took 8 hours to make.
Videos take forever to make.
At least, they take me forever.
I thought you might love to see the monsoon rain in the desert.
A sun shower had such sparkly rain I couldn't get over it.
Then the storm turned the earth to night in one fell swoop.
It was all good in theory.
Alas, I think the video is a crazy blah mash-up in the end.
The evening got sooo dark, it's hard to see, and don't mind our annoying chatter.
So, a video.
Monsoon and Fur, here goes...
See you soooon!
ps: Two amazing things that happened this weekend.
First I thought hummingbirds were fluttering all around me - about 20 of them.
Until I realized they were HUGE dragonflies. Faint.
I had never seen such large storybook dragonflies ever.
Then, about 10-15 orange butterflies were flying about in a circle by the gypsy wagon.
They are there still, days later, and seemingly live there. Magical. There are a bunch of all types of butterflies right now in the garden. Love them.