Another Week-end Wrapped Up

We arrived back at Sonnystone early afternoon Thursday.  You can read about our trip at My Travel Blog.  Wink had traveled very well, (even alerting us to bear outside the camper one night!) but was glad to get back to his old box, as were we.

Saturday was Olivia’s Dance Recital (as well as the Preakness, which did not turn out well, but I don’t wanna talk about it).  She has really improved and this year was her best.  In fact, the whole (half) of the recital that I watched was better than the last few.  It’s tough to get dancing pictures from the cheap seats without blur, but here’s my best of her best…


Didn’t I warn you about what happens when we go off-grid?  While we were in the Smokies, the news cycle was Spinning, and when I came out of the no-news-zone it took several hours of reading to catch up with the chaos.  I’m glad I missed it in real time.  Reading it all summed up was anxiety-producing enough…  Of course, those of you who watch faux news 24/7 don’t have any idea what I’m talking about…

Busy week ahead.   The garden is growing strong.  Check out the photos at My Garden Blog.  Until we meet again…

Peace

 

Photoblog

Snow, Birds, and a touch of cuteness…

Winter decided to show us who’s the boss around here–for another week or so, at least–and snowed all over the bloomers…  Whaddaya gonna do about it?  Take pictures…

What I actually Like about snow happens at the birdfeeders.  The birds just flock in.  I love watching them…

I got out my bird book to identify a newcomer:  See the little brown guy in the picture below?  He’s an Eastern Towhee.  They usually feed on the ground, but the snow brought him round to visit.  The cardinals, chickadees, and finches are my usual crew.

The snow is now gone, but the danger to the plants and birds is even greater since the temperatures are hovering between 20 and 35.  I read that March is the most dangerous month for birds, as their natural food sources are already emptied of berries and the ground is frozen.  If you don’t already feed the birds, you ought to try it.

Here’s a little bit of Cute to warm you up…

Peace

Photoblog: Orchids and Moss-Men

If I didn’t have these wonderful week-ends in February and March to volunteer at the Orchid Escape, I would curl up in a ball and hibernate for winter…

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden works with our Master Gardeners Program and Evansville Orchid Society to present an orchid display extraordinaire every winter.  Within the Zoo Grounds is Amazonia, a 20,000 square foot “greenhouse” that replicates the beauty and diversity of the South American rain forest.  Palms soar to the 45-foot tall roof and create a lush tropical setting. Howler Monkeys and Toucans welcome visitors to their treetop homes. Tapirs and other exotic creatures wait around each bend in the trail that leads past a waterfall, across a bridge, winding down to  the indoor-outdoor habitat of a pair of  jaguars. It is a perfect setting to pack in orchids of many varieties.  Many are grown there at the zoo; others have been flown in from Hawaii.  Along with some moss art, bromeliads, anthurium, and a gorgeous bird-of-paradise, it’s a great place to hang out on the week-ends.

The show opened last Saturday and I was out there on Sunday morning.  It is even More Lush this year—you Must drop by for a stroll…

The Moss-Men were so cool.  We had the paddler last year, but the birdwatcher is new…

The best show of all, of course, are the orchids themselves…

Shed your winter blahs with a stroll through Amazonia, open 7 days a week, with the Orchid Escape going through March.  I hope I see you there!

Peace

Postcard from New York

Like most postcards I have sent, this one almost beats me back home.  I’ve spent the last week playing Nanny to my grandchildren, traipsing through the heat and humidity to the Met, Radio City Music Hall, NYPL, and some hours just hanging out at the homeplace.  I skipped the Saturday feis, but sweated through yesterday’s in Tappan to watch Emma collect 5 more trophies, and now I’m starting to pack it up for tomorrow’s return trip.

Here’s some highlights….wishing you were here… or had been…

Sisters, Sisters…at the Met,  walking like an Egyptian

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It’s all fun and games until the hug turns into a headlock…

We have seen the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular every year since Emma was born, so it was a thrill to be able to add a mid-year visit with last year’s Spring and this year’s Summer Spectacular.  Love those high kicks…

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Bill’s Burgers is our regular after-show-stop…

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That’s all I’ve got for now, kids, but we’re flying home tomorrow and the grand-daughter count will multiply x2 as we start a month of Sonnystone Camp and Festivities…

Peace and Love…

Week-End Wrap-Up..

I was exhilarated when I woke up to a wet, rainy world this morning!  Last week was hot as hell and every day the weather center warned us of the dangerously high heat indices—all above 100-104.  I think I’ve complained about my excessive sweating before, haven’t I?  As we made our way through the week’s activities, I sweat through a plethora of wardrobe items and sweatbands.  It didn’t stop me, but I’m definitely ready for some rainy days…  Imagine my consternation when I opened up my blinds to see my butterfly bushes had completely fallen on their sides, nearly uprooted.  So instead of watering this a.m., I’ve been fighting the shrubbery, pushing them upright until I can figure out the final cure.  >sigh<

After picking Olivia up from VBS on Friday, we enjoyed the activities at the Shrine Fest…

The Ultimate Air Dogs:

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Fun for the kids…

The Air Show…

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On Saturday, Casey and I opted for the more tame, but no-less-hot, New Harmony Arts Fest.  It was teeny, but the music was terrific…

Sunday I was out at Mesker Park Zoo, doing my MG thing, when I ran into my old nursing-school buddy, Vicki Roberts.  Silly old us, we failed to get a selfie to prove it, but we Will (honestly) get together as soon as we can and talk, talk, talk.  It was the highlight of a great week-end, but you’ll just have to take my word for it!!

Hope your week is full of Peace, Love, and Friends..!

 

Week-end Wrap-Up

I took a break from My garden to hang out at the Zoo garden this week-end.  Our Amazonia Docents met up on Saturday morning and got a personalized guided tour from our illustrious leader, whose name I will not mention without his permission.  He is so damn smart and I learn new things everytime I talk with him.  His smarts are not just with the plants, but also with the animals, so you can see there was  a lot of listening as we walked through the Rain Forest exhibit.

Sunday morning I returned to work the crowd, sharing what he taught us.  I happened to work with a fellow MG who is also a walking talking encyclopedia on all things Amazonia.  What a workout for my brain!  However, my lazy-like-a-fox strategy is to keep these people around for reference…    The animals were more active than I had Ever seen them, especially the howler monkeys who are pretty sluggish in the winter.  But doesn’t Spring perk us all up?

This Jaguar is named Beliza and she is the female part of our Zoo’s duo of the cats.  They have to be kept apart, as they are solitary creatures in the wild and the males and females only come together at breeding time.  These two have two daughters living, compatibly, in a zoo in New Jersey and there are no plans for them to ever breed again because, well, our world doesn’t actually need more jaguars in captivity.  I love her coat…

I walked across the street to a restaurant called “Toast”, where I had arranged to meet up with the Jrs. and Casey.  Toast is fairly new and I’ve heard great things about it, so was excited to try it out.  My crew had arrived before me and were waiting for a table.

The restaurant is right on the golf course and has a lovely patio and a small indoor dining area.  It was not full and I began to question why we were waiting to be seated.  The young lady was stammering and stuttering about how she could maybe put us at two tables, or maybe set us up on the patio.  I didn’t get it.

There’s 2 tables right there, I said, why can’t we just pull them together?  She said she could, but was clearly uncomfortable about seating us.  I pressed on to find out what the problem was, and it turns out a party of 25! people had marched in without any reservation or notice to them.  (they were still there)  If the venue had known, they would have staffed more and cooked enough, but as it was, the group had cleaned out the buffet!  So the kitchen was way behind, the servers were frantic, and what kind of people travel around in groups of 25???   Lunchtime on Sunday in Southern Indiana, it was probably an after-church group.  I hope that they just got a little out of hand this Sunday and that they don’t take their 25 to a different restaurant every week, upsetting the staff and offending other customers.  Perhaps they never worked in food service, but they messed the day up for a lot of people.  The server was clearly uncomfortable having to turn us away, but I’m glad for her honesty.  She could have just sat us down and we’d have figured it all out after waiting and wasting time.  I hope their day got better and that those 25 left a Huge Tip.  Please, call ahead if you are traveling with a group of more than 10-12–or even call ahead with that if it is a small restaurant like Toast.  I Will Return, though, as the food sounds yummy.

So we walked back to the Zoo and ate there.

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The Jrs. went on to walk through the Zoo and we came back to work in the yard…   I’ve got about one more day of planting and moving and I’ll be done.  I’ll show you more garden on Wednesday, but I have to brag that I’ve already got some pretty good-size better boys on the vine!

Hope the sun is beaming rays of Peace and Joy all over you!  Soak it up…