Marvel at the one perfect Tiger Lily that bloomed in my back yard?
This was a potted plant that I shoved in the ground after it looked dead last winter.
OK, that took a few minutes.
Contemplate the terrible beauty of this Desert Bird-of-Paradise in my front yard?
Fast growing, beautiful bush, but the seeds and seed pods are poisonous. Like much of life, I suppose.
Well, that used up another few minutes ...
Check on my baby hummingbirds?
Yup, they are both still there. Each head is about the size of a garbanzo bean. They should be flying away soon.
It's hard to get a good picture of them for reasons I explained in my Mom's Day post.
I could spend many moments observing, but the mother hummer buzzes me off, she doesn't like to feed them if I'm too close, so I leave.
Maybe she spent too many years sleeping all twisted up like this!!!!! hmmmm ....
Oh, I know! I will play "Desperado" and go out "riding fences" for the afternoon! Yes, this is a project I feel bad about putting off any longer, so today is the day! My 80-yr old Dad has a piece of property up in the pinyon pines that needs some fence repair. He's always done this sort of thing himself, but I can tell he doesn't really feel up to it right now. I guess he's been a Desperado long enough.
The property is in a funky kitchy mountainy neighborhood that Dad purchased about 20-yrs ago. He and my mom had planned to build a small cabin for summer vacations there. But the years passed and the cabin never got built, then my mom died, so the piece of property still sits undeveloped.
This winter, neighborhood road crews attempted to bring the neighborhood into compliance by regrading roads, cutting down trees in the road right-of-ways, and installing new high pressure water meters as a fire aid. It's in a high fire danger area.
In the process of all this roadwork, much of my Dad's old wooden fence was destroyed. Apparently the neighbors were starting to complain. So .... DK and EK to the rescue! Now, we know nothing about fencing, but we managed to roll up & remove the unsalvageable parts, shore up the teetering old wooden posts, and even repair a driveway gate.
Afterward, the required victory dance! All Done, Hooo-Haaah!
Check out the Cicada husks we found on some of the fence posts.
Click up any of these images to enlarge.
Well, it was a pretty good way to eat up the day before the final presidential primary. Plus it helped out my Dad. I am really on pins-and-needles about tomorrow. Montana and South Dakota will wind up what has been a long and sometimes silly, sometimes brutal, primary "season". Now we need to get beyond flag pins and pastors and concentrate on the serious work ahead of us. We have an illegal immoral war to bring to a close, a country in desparate need of social & civil reform, and a planet that is threatening to destruct. Time to stop carping at each other and work together before time runs out!