A Little Taste of Global Warming


This was not a typical 4th of July celebration. It isn’t every day that you get homemade ice cream (and it went like hot cakes). There was still some left when I took this picture. The hot dogs and burgers were fabulous, too. Not to mention some terrific salads, watermelon and that rich lemon cake. Did I mention the lemonade, iced tea and cider?

As far as I know, nobody passed out from the heat. Several of us reached a point, however, when retreating to the air-conditioned car seemed the best part of valor. I was informed afterwards that guests continued to arrive after we left. A good time was had by all. And the thunderstorms were gracious enough to hold off until very late in the day. All things considered, it was a fabulous 4th of July celebration (even though it felt a lot like August).

One last picture: someone enjoyed the ice cream he helped create with his own honest labor!



How Do They Do It?

Until very recently, this tree was very bare and drab. Then all of a sudden it popped! Spectacular! It actually delayed my breakfast for several minutes. That’s really saying something.

Mornings Are Still Chilly!


Just because we have temperatures in the sixties during the day doesn’t mean we don’t have to plan for a chilly start to the day. Dress in layers, eh? Lately it has remained warm well after 7 pm (which makes for a delightful day). I have even retired the fur hat for the time being. Saw several really nice goldfinches today and a very plump looking cardinal!

I found this cartoon by Glenn McCoy on GoComics (a great site to just browse different cartoonist styles); took me a while to post here, but I have been chuckling about this one since I found it (before it warmed up to today’s balmy temperatures). I enjoyed his work so much, I followed him to Town Hall [townhall.com] which is a conservative site that showcases his work, among many others that I enjoy (yes, Virginia, even Liberals can enjoy cartoons by conservative cartoonists). Just to give a flavor, here is one by Mike Lester (from his web site).


While I’m at it, here is another great site to visit if you are interested in political cartoons: the AAEC [Association of American Editorial Cartoonists]. They have an interesting option of requesting permission to reprint their work by contacting the cartoonist directly. I really enjoyed Chuck Asay’s cartoon for today and I asked for permission to reprint it here. He was gracious enough to allow it.



Serendipity on the Mountain


Elderly dog climbs mountain, then rests while I take pictures of hawks (at least that’s what I think they were); here is my best shot with my little point-and-shoot. Yes, Virginia, I know that wasn’t the best choice if I wanted to get an award winning shot.


I actually managed to get four birds with one shot; nice clouds. It was a beautiful day up there (and the first decent opportunity to climb the mountain since the ground dried up from all the rain we had, only a fond memory now).