Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments about the back garden.  I really appreciate them.  I have been making it a point to take a stroll around the garden, daily, and I am noticing all the little changes that take place.  Some of the roses I had photographed just a couple of days ago have now faded and others, photographed earlier, have dropped their petals and are waiting to be deadheaded, while new buds are forming to bloom later.  My mother was an avid gardener and she used to spend hours tending to the garden before her health began to deteriorate.  Whenever I am in the garden, I feel that she is also there, with me.

Today, when I was in the garden, I saw a very colorful bird that I don't recall seeing before.  It had a yellow body, black wings and, most striking of all, a reddish orange head!  I didn't have time to take a photo before it flew away, but, I looked it up and identified it as an adult male Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)!

I used to feed birds in my yard and I used to have a bird bath, but, now, with the cats, I don't actively feed birds.  But, some birds come to eat the cat food and they find other things to eat, as well, including grass seeds and insects.  Today, there were several small birds feeding on the pineapple guava flowers (they like to eat the base of the petals), seemingly unconcerned by the fact that there was a cat (Snowball) curled up in the tree while Snowball slept, ignoring the birds completely!  I told my daughter about that and she said, "Only in your garden".  LOL. 

Today, I took photos of the front garden, but, that will be another post.  In the meantime, this is a photo of the side yard - a narrow strip, five feet wide, between my house and the wall between my property and my neighbor's.  I am calling it The Meadow! 

Side Yard!
The Meadow
The weeds are taller than the succulents I planted along the wall! 

Yesterday (Sunday), I watered the back garden, did a couple of loads of laundry, and cleaned the bathroom.  Today, (Monday), I started the car, cleaned the fridge, cleaned the litter box, took the trash cans to the curb, changed the bed sheets, and did another load of laundry (the sheets that were on the bed).  Today's high temperature was in the mid 60s (65F), but the forecast says we will be in the 70s tomorrow, 80s on Wednesday, and 90s on Thursday and Friday!  Yay!  My kind of temperature!  LOL.  So, in anticipation of the warmer temperatures, I didn't put the flannel sheets back on the bed.  But, I will still keep the blanket and two quilts.

Of course, I had help with the bed making:

First, make sure the quilt is smoothed out
Then, stretch out and zzz

Today, I am grateful for:
- The garden
- Seeing a new-to-me bird
- Working appliances
- Help with making the bed
- Video chatting with my daughter

My joyful activity today was being in the garden and seeing the western tanager.

Monday's To Do List:
- Change bed sheets - DONE
- Load of laundry (bed sheets/towels) - DONE
- Dust living room & dining area
- Clean the fridge - DONE
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Dust: Living room, dining area, family room, and my bedroom
- Errands, if any (grocery shopping, etc.)
- Water the garden, front and back  (Back was done on Sunday)
- Water the house plants

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for Tuesday?


  1. Do you get lots of butterflies in your 'meadow'?

    How kind of Dancer to help with the bed making - he obviously didn't want you to struggle on your own. I'm sure he only has your best interests at heart!

    1. There are both butterflies and little birds that come to eat the seeds of the dandelion-type flowers.

      Isn't Dancer one of the most helpful cats you've ever heard of? LOL!

  2. I really enjoyed your walk around your gardens yesterday and today. Do you many problems with pests? We have a lot of problems with deer, groundhogs, rabbits, and squirrels around here, not to mention bugs.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. The only pests I have in the garden are the cats! LOL. Sometimes, I get possums and, once or twice, I've had raccoons that come to eat the cat food (haven't seen a raccoon in at least a couple of years). One year, a baby bunny showed up and seemed rather tame (allowed me to pick it up); my daughter named it Usagi, the Japanese word for rabbit. I just let it be in the garden and people used to knock on my door to tell me that my pet rabbit was in the front garden and I would tell them it really wasn't my pet rabbit, but, I'd pick it up and take it to the backyard. But, of course, it wouldn't stay there, and, one day, it disappeared. There used to be squirrels, but, not since the cats arrived! Last summer, I had to deal with their fleas, though, which was a problem. I'm considering getting a pest control service to come out and spray the garden for fleas, before the summer, but, so far, I haven't done anything about it.

  3. Hahaha
    We all have the ugly spots in our yard no doubt.
    Thanks for " keeping it real ".

    Dancer you have a lovely spot to stretch out.

    1. If anyone asks, that is my contribution towards celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which is tomorrow (April 22) - I grew a strip of meadow for the birds and insects to enjoy! LOL.

      Dancer does enjoy a freshly made bed! :D

  4. Thanks for 'the meadow' ... now, multiply that by several acres and MUCH taller weeds/grasses/mystery plants, and you can imagine this utter disaster we seem to be cultivating- I think it is going to require a tractor to locate the ground-at least we have no rain in the forecast today, but the ground is an absolute marsh-I'll wade through and pick roses though, so we can enjoy both the sight and scent of those-
    Dancer is such a good helper ...I imagine you are glad he's an 'indoor boy' to keep you company now- the kitties here at Paige's are outdoor cats, but they live in specific areas and seldom venture far- there are the 'patio kitties,' the 'back porch kitties,' the 'front porch kitties,' the 'deck kitties,' etc ... Jamie loves to go out and help me feed all of them (her help frequently consists of wild chasing, but fortunately all are friendly and tolerate her idea of 'loving the kitty')-
    We are trying the garbanzo beans tonight ... using your suggestions- the ones we have made as a roasted spiced version have been quite a hit with everyone ... so here goes ...
    Do take care ... and always, fondest thoughts from here-

    1. Barb, I thought you'd appreciate the photos! LOL. As I told Debra/56Steps, above, that bit of 'meadow' is my contribution to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) - a strip of somewhat naturalized vegetation. What you have is a Texas-sized version of it! They do say that everything is bigger in Texas, don't they? You are not cultivating an "utter disaster" as you put it, you are cultivating a natural habitat for the enjoyment of pollinators and birds and others. Some much needed feeding and nesting grounds for birds and insects and, probably, many other small animals, too (although you might not want to think too much about that! LOL!)

      Ooh! LOTS of kitties for Jamie to love!

      Oh, I hope you enjoy the garbanzo beans. They freeze well, too, by the way. In fact, yesterday, I took out some that I had frozen and microwaved a bowl of them to have as a snack with my tea. The rest were kept to thaw in the fridge and I will warm them up for my brunch, in a bit. If, no one likes them cooked, you could always roast those, too. :)

      Keeping you and yours in my prayers as always, Barb. Last night, I said a special prayer for Whitney. (((HUGS)))

  5. What a joy to see a "new" bird! You did well to identify it, by the time I get to my bird book a readily identifiable bird suddenly seems to be impossible to find!
    Well, this morning really took the biscuit! We woke up to snow on the trees and ground and it kept on snowing all morning! The wind was blowing and still is, but at least that extra snow has melted and the sun keeps peeping out. I saw a bewildered robin wandering into the cover of the woodshed, but the goldfinches are still busy at the feeders.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. These days, I find that the internet is easier to consult than my Field Guide to Birds of North America book!

      Oh, my! More SNOW! April showers bring May flowers, they say, but, I wonder what April snow brings! If this Covid virus was not a thing, I would say, fly down to L.A., where we are having warmer temperatures and sunshine, today! Stay warm and stay safe!

  6. I love reading about being grateful. That's the best. My Monday was darn good. I got to paint outside and work on raised beds and little tin cans. Fun stuff. Happy Garden Days. Hi. I'm Ivy.

    1. Hi Ivy. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Sounds like you had fun on Monday! I am guessing that you are getting ready to garden! :)


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