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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mid Week This and That

Yesterday was the hottest day this summer. The temps went to 95. A day for just lazing around. What was that knock at the door? It was the crew that the Byron power plant sent out to clear my woods of debris. I mentioned the heat and asked if they had enough cold water to drink.....forgetting that these people are used to working outdoors in all weather. I was assured that they did and after telling them to come up to the house if they needed ice or anything   I would be home. The machine arrived and soon I could hear chopping and thrashing about behind the tall trees. The machine went back and forth...chopping everything in sight. The work stopped in about 2 hrs. They came up to get me and I went back and looked at what they had done. The stumps and broken branches plus our brush piles are gone and instead... a wide swath of big wood chips. 

They also took down our two over 30 foot evergreens that had died.... due to bark beetles. When these trees started looking like they were going to die...we had all the trees sprayed for insects.One of the workers explained that many trees had died due to the drought last year and the beetles then attacked the weakened trees. I went back this morning and sat on the bench, after watering my new lilac, and thought about the wild life that maybe had nests in the brush...I'm just glad that they didn't come earlier, when the birds and other creatures were sure to be nesting. 

 We had waited all summer for this work to be done and now we will have a better view this winter and not have to look at the mess that was left last fall. A few wildflowers are still in the woods. I hope to have more next year after fall seeding. 
While I was sitting there...this pretty butterfly like the one pictured... came to visit. Do you think that it knows how well it matches the flowers:) I've noticed many more bees and butterflies this year. No monarchs yet, but many smaller ones. The white ones, that I call cabbage butterflies, are always abundant. Russian Sage is perhaps the best attraction in my garden for bees. I don't know much about bees, but the Prairie Preserve just up the road raises bees. Maybe these are some of their's. I wish I knew more about them. 

The mums are starting to open in Mary's Garden. The above picture is what they are supposed to look like, but I was sent something different...a bronze rust color. The picture shows some that are in the front of the house.Last week a big shipment of mums came to our little grocery in town. It looks so pretty now, with mums of all colors just waiting for people to buy them.

I have split pea soup cooking on the stove. You might think yuck...hot soup on a hot day like this..We love soup anytime and after having some pea soup at a restaurant a couple of weeks ago...I decided to make a batch. It's probably my favorite soup and Joe loves it too. Later I'm going to make some bran muffins in my toaster oven, so I don't heat up the house with the regular oven. I have a big toaster- convection oven and it really comes in handy for baking on hot days. I can get a 6 muffin pan in it and I probably will only make 12 and leave the rest of the batter in the fridge for later on.

We've had a couple of scruffy looking cardinals visiting this morning. It must be molting season for them. The look kind of messy right now...not the sleek beautiful birds we usually see. A nuthatch and some chickadees were taking sunflower seeds back and forth to the woods. My little chipmunk friend has made several stops at the feeder too. I'm so glad he has survived the season. We haven't seen a snake this year...yet! Our neighbors had one in their family room just a couple of weeks ago. The sliding glass doors had been left open for just a few minutes and Mr. Snake crawled in.

Well, I guess I had better go and tend my soup. I hope to just relax a bit today while it is hot. Thinking about those poor outdoor workers who deal with all kinds of weather. I for one am very thankful for them and appreciate their good work.


Margie's Musings said...

Oh Balisha! You are always so busy!

Your photos are lovely!

Jan said...

The butterflies seems to have loved the hot weather this year. I've seen so many different types in my garden. Enjoy the soup. Jx

Zoey said...

I, too, feel bad for outdoor workers during this hot spell.

Today we had a tree company come over to give us an estimate on the removal of 5 trees. Tomorrow another company comes for another estimate. I can't wait to get these trees removed!

My butterfly bush just started to bloom and I have hardly any butterflies. I don't know why...maybe they have all gone to your state!

Balisha said...

Hi Margie...You should talk...you are the busiest person that I know. I don't know how you do it all.Have a good weekend.

Hi Jan,
We did enjoy the soup and have some for leftovers. Joe had a bowl before it was finisned. Have a nice weekend.

Hi Zoey,
I've heard others say the same thing you are saying. They must be scarce in some areas and not in others. Jan, in England, has lots of them too.
Hope you enjoy some of your weekend on your beautiful deck.

Brenda Kula said...

The summer before I moved back to OK, it was 118 here. So 95 sounds cool! I loved your narrative about what's going on outside.

acorn hollow said...

I love pea soup but husband does not. As always you are busy I am sure it is a relief to get that work done before winter.

Blondie's Journal said...

I know how happy you must be to have the woods cleaned up. Sometimes our power company comes and trims our old walnut trees when they come close to the lines. And I so hear you on the heat. Other than coffee on the patio in the early morning and a bit of reading after dinner, I've stayed in. Then magically, it dropped to 70 this evening!

My hubby loves split pea soup and I'm not a fan. How silly of me, I should make it for him! I make soup and stews year round, maybe more so in the summer because I like to use up veggies that are getting old.

Let's pray the weather stays tolerable for awhile! ;-D


debra @ HOMESPUN said...

Funny that you mentioned scruffy... Nancy at A Rural Journal has a cardinal picture up this morning and it is so funny! Like he has a mohawk or bed head hair! :)

I have been wondering about bees too! Because Balisha I have so many bees it isn't even funny! people comment on my pictures wondering how I get so close but honestly the bees are too busy in the flowers to care. What I have been wondering is where are they taking all the nectar and pollen...there are no beekeepers around here that I know of / it has made me curious! I could say that I have hundreds of bees on every bush and flower in my yard this year...more than I have ever seen.