Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Sightings

Yesterday while helping people register to vote I spotted this lovely old door.  It was leaning against a front porch wall.  The two narrow panels were made of weathered wood with small arrowpoint -like pieces of perhaps oyster shells hammered into slits.  I know nothing about the door, but it looked old and African, and I want one.
Today at a party at our friends' place these things begged to be drawn:  fresh ginger root, a tiny ceramic bowl, a cinquepin nut, hull, and leaf.
Twining around the railing of the porch where we were eating was a moonflower vine full of buds.  The buds were purple and green , with a cream-colored spent blossom.
On top of the birthday pie was a whirling singing lotus blossom of a candle.  The box it came in said Rainbow Colored Musical Birthday Exciting Candle-- and it was!  We had to dismantle it to get it to stop playing the birthday song---
I'm out of blank pages, so I drew right over some penciled numbers.  This is B playing his fiddle.
B, P, and D playing music, only their instruments aren't in the picture:  B on fiddle, P on mandolin, and D on dulcimer.  Fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Here and There

My friend M came over to hike at noon and we first pooled our resources for lunch.  Then tonight P and I joined D and H and Maya and Jacob at Ichiban to celebrate Jacob's 17th!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Acorns Launched

The big news in the woods today is that virtually all of the acorns have popped out of their caps today.  The only ones that I saw still attached to their caps were a few immature ones such as 8214.  I would love to have seen the detaching.  I did see a few still sitting near their caps and  one with the umbilicus detached but the cap still loose on the acorn.  What could the signal have been?  My son M with whom I was discussing this matter thought shrinking of the acorn due to dryer air.  Makes sense to me.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Arborvitae Cones

Okay, arborvitae are not that exciting in the general scheme of things.  But if you ever find yourself shopping for some, go to a good nursery and buy single leader trees.  These seem to be better able to handle winter and grow taller than the multiple leader trees that show up in big box store plant sales.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

That (Un-Named) Thing

All seven of these are called That Thing, as in That Thing that hangs at the end of the Venetian blind cord, That Thing that they give you at a museum to clip on your shirt, That Thing that pins the corner of the duvet to the duvet cover, That Thing made out of clear plastic that has been in the junk drawer forever,  That Thing that looks like a safety pin only it's rounded, That Thing that says Ciao,  That Thing that you use to hold your graduation cap on your head.