I was stunned this week to see a little stalk growing from the base of one of our giant sunflowers, with a tiny sunflower bud on it! These sunflowers took a terrible beating in a hailstorm over the summer and then the damaged leaves seemed to be rotting after the heavy rains earlier this month. We were planning to cut them down soon, since the flowers are spent now too. But then I saw this bud! I guess we'll keep them a little while longer.
Look carefully, do you see a furry friend? This is a neighborhood cat which has appeared in our yard a few times lately. He comes over the wall and leaps onto our water feature, prowling in those bushes you see above. He catches mice back there, I think. I hear him quietly hunting. I have never lived with a cat and I don't really know much about their ways. But I enjoy it when he visits, he's an interesting fellow to have around.
There's wildlife indoors right now too. This is some sort of moth, still in the chrysalis phase. My mother-in-law found this chrysalis on a walk near her house and put it into a sauerkraut jar for the small Bears to observe. He (or she) has been with us since last week and he's just starting to look like a moth. You can make out a wing now. We're eagerly awaiting his transformation.
Hey, big spender...I received two dollars in the mail this week. We happen to be a "Nielsen family," i.e., we participate in television research surveys for the Nielsen Company. This is our second time doing it; they send you a short questionnaire first, with two dollars in the envelope to entice you to send it back. That questionnaire is used to determine whether you will participate in a much more extensive survey about your television habits, which includes keeping a viewing log for a week. They sent $30 in cash the first time we were chosen. I wonder if they'll choose us again. I'm happy to participate if they do, even though we watch very little TV!
Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here. Thank you very much for the comments on my hat, as well as the post about roadrunners. It was nice to read them this weekend while I convalesced; I appear to have broken a toe on Saturday afternoon. My beautiful new desk and a crocheted afghan (not made by me) were the culprits - I tripped over a blanket left on the floor by the small Bears, who were building tents in the office. When I tripped, I rammed my foot very hard into the corner of my desk and hurt my little toe. Wow, the pain was unbelievable and the bruising is pretty spectacular. Then, because of the funny way I needed to walk, I ended up hurting my back. What a calamity. I spent the rest of the afternoon, and the next day, on the couch with my foot propped up. I was excited to wear new fall shoes now that the weather is cooler, but it's flip-flops for now.