Alicat - Me too, I don't wear shoes at home - said to be good for one's feet. Tho' I have to be careful where I step when the bees are on the lawn!
Heather - Hope your Dau & chn settle soon. But, oh dear, not see the family until C**mas - that is such a long time for the children to wait.
NiteOwl - Welcome back. Hope your health is better.
Luckily last eve I tuned into The Nest shortly before getting tea and saw the chicks removal & return. Very exciting. And now back this morn to catch up on the names. So appropriate. I'm so pleased the schoolchildren were involved in choosing the names. Their involvement will help to spread the word about Mother Nature's wonders.
Hi, all. I hope you're all safe from the foul weather in Britain. I promise I'll do replies and catch up with everyone tomorrow -- and start the new thread if no one else does.
I've been just plain lazy for two days. I worked like crazy getting all of my outdoor work finished before the heat wave, and I paid the price. I was tired, achey, and wicked cranky! LOLOL!
It was 40 C (104 F) yesterday. Today it was 38.8 C (102 F), and the heat index temperature (the "feels like" temp) was 43.3 (110 F). The heat wave is expected to continue for another week at least. We've had a Fire Warning in effect.
Some people had severe thunderstorms tonight, but so far all we've gotten here is wind, dust, and dry lightening. Looks and feels like the 1930's Dust Bowl days. I may have to load up the wagon and head for California, like prairie folk did in the old days. See you after I cross the mountains, Annette. LOLOLOL!
The National Weather Service expressed "concerns about wildlife development" in Indiana. This weather will be very hard on wildlife populations, as well as people, especially the homeless, the elderly, and anyone without AC.
I was weeding the day before yesterday, and a HUGE shadow went over me. It was the Great Blue Heron. Poor fella. There's no water in the creek, so no small fishies. GB Herons are very adaptive, though. He's probably eating the cicadas (loud insects like locusts) out of the treetops. Or eating small rodents or toads. I heard him honk-croak on the creek bank today, so he's surviving.
Everyone have a great weekend!
Sandy: I'm glad that you survived that awful storm. Sounds horrific. Those kind are really scary.
Evening all: Spent 1-1/2 hours up the orange tree today - managed four bags of oranges, which I took to the Food Bank en route to the rose garden. Still umpity more oranges to go. Little Ms. Delilah has a fractured femur in one leg - she was racing around (at her other grandparents' house in Prescott) and somehow ran into a wall (she was pushing her walker at the time). Not sure of the chronology, but granddaughter ended up at the Emergency Room when Litte Miss D couldn't walk. They have an appointment with the orthopedist next week to see if she needs a cast or can get by with the splint the ER folks put on her. G'daughter very unhappy with situation and will be able to rearrange her and her OH's schedule so they won't have to leave her with anyone else. Do wish daughter and I were closer, but that may happen next summer after g'daughter has got her Paramedic certification. I think California is looking better all the time to her!
AQ: We have ads on many HD stations even when we pay for them. Can't argue with any of the your chocolate smiles, though must confess I think nuts are a plus.
BrendaH: Thanks for the ringing and tagging alert. Was surprised that Nadal was out so early - I wasa looking forward to seeing him in the finals.
Alicat: I think metal-toed shoes are what we need from now on!
Heather: Do let us know how all is going there - we're thinking of you.
Diane: I like the names - how nice they let kiddies choose, but which is which? So if you load up the Conestoga now, you should be here by - what? - September? Seriously, do hope this heat wave breaks for everyone back east before too long; sounds must miserable.
NiteOwl: So good to see you. Another lovely video - I'm always fascinated by jet contrails and try to figure out where they're going. I was saying to Lindybird that our sunsets here are very quick - blink and you miss them, must be nice to see the sun sink slowly rather than disappear in a matter of a minute or two.
OG: Glad you're okay - hope J gets over his virus quickly. Don't you catch it!
My sister was visiting her grandkids in Milton Keynes for two days and got home to Lincolnshire to find flattened flowers and the news that there'd been a tornado in nearby Swarby with trees lost, etc. Just awful. Am off to have quick breakfast with friends in the morning, then to the gym. Sunday I'm meeting my daughter for breakfast (a popular eat out meal out here). Have a good Saturday everyone.
Hello NiteOwl - pleased to meet you - your oh vid was a lovely calming start to the day - love your dog!
My photos here (eventually)
Tracking device fitted to peregrine to deter gunmen here
ALAN - maybe we should be tagging ALL GUNS so that the police can follow their whereabouts!
Ospreys Rule OK, but Goldfinches come a close second!
OG: LOL! Please come to America.
Thanks for all the chat, too many to reply to individually. Lady P got the results of her MRI brain scan back and they are all clear so that is a big relief. Yesterday she had to go for an Endoscopy to try and find out if her asthma inhaler has caused problems in that area but that has all come back normal as well. Back to the GP on monday and then the hospital on wednesday to see the ENT specialist so it is just one thing after another at the moment.
This morning we went to Oundle and had a walk around the town and then went to Barnwell for a picnic. Lovely day but quite breezy. Saw 2 red kites at Barnwell but did not have my camera unfortunately. Just took Hamish out for a walk and now watching some of the tennis. Surprised that Nadal went out early and it was a close thing for Federer last night.
New BLOGS with photos.
Diane: Re tagging guns, didn't they just try that (I'm thinking Fast and Furious) and look what happened? :-)
Alan: Brilliant news re Lady P - what nice way to start the weekend.
Annette in SoCal
Diane: Re tagging guns, didn't they just try that (I'm thinking Fast and Furious) and look what happened? :-)
LOLOL!!! Point taken! That didn't go so well, come to think of it.
Three days catching up to do - oh, silly me! At least the sun has been shining most of today – OH did the strimming to finish off the lawns he mowed before, and even he painted a bit more fence. I have been busy inside as J chose the menus for his birthday, which needed more prep than other things! J was off work since we fetched him home Thursday lunchtime – flu-like symptoms – rather poorly. I hope he will get to work Monday for the last three days of term.
Margo – I hope you are getting some sunshine over the weekend. I have been cheering myself up by remembering the lovely summer-like days we already had twice earlier in the year! Will be thinking of your sister this coming week – I hope the op goes well. And enjoy Wimbledon – Monday, I think you said.
Alan – I don’t think I have admired your Grebe pics – especially the one with the eggs – great photos. Good to see Lady P’s reassuring news, but I wish they could help her more with the facial pain and the apparent meds reactions.
Brenda – lovely to get unexpected Wimbledon tickets – some good matches to see too. We didn’t get to the academy show Thursday, as J was very unwell and we decided to stay home and keep an eye on him.
Linda – I hope you are having a great weekend away. I hope all goes well for your Eldest moving south – will he have to look for a new job, or has he got a transfer? Interesting photos of the Swing Bridge and Crabs! Nice sunset photos.
Annette – please stop cleaning your house so enthusiastically – it wears me out reading about it! Apricot Muffins weren’t planned – “someone” forgot to thaw the blueberries! Sorry about misdiagnosis for toe – I hope it is now improving. Did you ever hear any more about the exploding tree by the freeway? So sorry about Delightful Delilah’s broken leg – poor wee girl! Will be good if Granddaughter can get back to be near her Mom and you in S.California.
George – unusual that they actually have the forethought to make the traffic calming changes while school is out! Haven’t found the time to watch Chris Packham new series – don’t even know whether OH has recorded it!
Alicat – sorry you have another bruised toe! Do take care where you put your feet! I hope you are enjoying using the new washing machine – after your Dad, of course!
Sandy – that storm on Thursday sounds really bad – we really do count our blessings here this year – most of the weather has been missing us, or we have been just on the edge of it. I hope you have had some normal rain to wash away the “deposit” in the garden!
Patricia – thanks for the report on N I ‘s Big Day at Stormont – sounds a wonderful event, so glad the rain just held off long enough, and well done to you and Tweed!
Heather – was so pleased your Daughter and Children were on their way Friday – must have been exhausting travelling all that way, with extra worry over the railway situation that day, on top of her stressful situation.
Diane – so pleased about the Chicky names, especially happy for Deshar School having the choice! Quite nationalistic names – very topical! I hope Caledonia will keep her full name. Sorry to read about the danger the heat is causing for wildlife – as well as vulnerable people. Pleased you are being sensible and staying indoors with the aircon.
NiteOwl – welcome back – and I hope your health stayed good during the holiday. Nice sunsets – and some lovely shots of Jess too!
Excuse short replies and leaving some folks out - memo to self – don’t leave it so long next time!
Alan: I'm so glad that Lady P's MRI scan and the endoscopy both indicated no problems. I do hope that she can get some answers and some effective treatment soon. Please give her my best wishes. Beautiful grebe photos from you.
Patricia: Thanks very much for the report on the Queen's visit to NI. I'm so very glad you had such a lovely experience.
George: I will look out for the Chris Packham programme. Sounds wonderful. I hope they get your road sorted quickly! Nice to see you!
Margo: I hope you have a wonderful time at Wimbledon! Best wishes to your sister. I loved the story about Billie.
Brenda: So happy that you were able to get unexpected Wimbledon tickets! Yay!!!
Wendy: I hope your family enjoys all the July birthdays.
Lindy: That swing bridge was intriguing. Your sunset photos were simply gorgeous, but like OG, my favorite was the seagull. I hope your eldest's move goes smoothly. Hope you're having a good time away.
Heather: I'm glad your family is finally arriving home. Oh dear, he doesn't plan to see the children until Christmas?! Not my business, but...dang.
NiteOwl: Welcome back. Thanks for the lovely video!
AQ: I loved the Friday Smiles. You've been sounding much better in your posts. I'm glad you're are recovering and feeling better.
Cirrus: Good to hear from you. Glad you're back watching the nest.
OG: So sorry that you had to miss the school show. I, too, hope that the osprey remains Caledonia -- the full name.
Annette: Just terrible news about Delilah's leg. I do hope that your granddaughter can relocate to California after she obtains her paramedic certification. Sounds like it would be better for all concerned. I'm also really sorry that your toe didn't improve over the week! Awful that it was misdiagnosed. Yikes! I hated to read about that tree exploding into flames. If any fires ignite near your home, grab your OH and Lightening and get out. These recent wildfires have been abnormal. Don't take any chances. Enjoy your Sunday breakfast with daughter. People here tend to meet at restaurants for breakfast, too. Not me -- I can't be civil or coherent until at least 10:00 a.m. :-))) LOL
All: A huge derecho storm (like a hurricane over land) swept across the midwest and eastern U.S. last night. 13 fatalities and millions left without power. It wasn't too bad over my land, and my power stayed on. The extreme heat wave continues here.
Everyone have a good Sunday!