“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”

This morning is oppressive. The air is perfectly still. The sun has disappeared and reappeared. The humidity is 84%. Rain is predicted for tomorrow through Tuesday. We’ll just have to survive today.

Movie night was perfect. There was a breeze keeping us cool, and we had plenty of appetizers to stave off hunger. We didn’t even eat the hot dogs, linguica and salads I had bought for dinner, but we did manage to eat the apple pie for dessert.

I can hear only birds. My neighborhood is quiet. The other day I heard the buzzing of saws most of the day. My neighbor’s huge tree from her front yard was taken down. Now the yard looks bare. You know something is missing.

Every morning I checkout my front garden. New blossoms pop open every day. Today there were tall purple like daisies standing by the fence. Some white flowers are also blooming and two huge clumps of flowers are just about ready to open. I do love watching the progress of my flowers.

Last night, around 1:30, I sent Gracie out for her last time before bed. She stood perfectly still at the top of the stairs then took off like a flash. It was her intruder run. I put on my shoes and was going to the yard to grab her, or even save her, when the rustling of leaves just below the deck told me Gracie was already on her way to the stairs. It was then I heard the hoots of an owl, the first ever here. After Gracie arrived on the deck and stood beside me, we stayed a while.

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6 Comments on ““A flower blossoms for its own joy.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s always strange when a big familiar tree comes down. It’s like someone poked a hole in the sky.

    I have screech owls. No melodious hootings in the night for me. 3 AM screeches instead. Loud ones, too. They are so small to be making such big noises.

    Today is definitely oppressive. I’m considering shutting the windows and turning up the AC. It’s sticky.
    No rain predicted here as far as I know. Just sun and hotness.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s exactly what it looks like. All that great shade is gone and her house is wide open to the sun.

      I hadn’t ever heard the owl before this. I was enchanted.

      This house is getting smaller and smaller, hemmed by the afternoon humidity. I may have to turn on the AC as well. Why should I suffer?

      I hope the rain tomorrow is really coming!

      Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Rather nice here today, some sunshine, strong winds and around 67F Today the wind mostly blew away the flies and the humidity was fairly low so who could complain 🙂

    I rarely see the owls here but we do have a few. My favorites are the
    Pygmy owls and Boreal owls, two tiny owls which are the cutest things one can find in the forest 🙂 We have bigger ones too but they are hard to find even if they can be heard very well.

    I don’t have many flowers that starts to flower in the middle of the summer, lots of spring flowers and lots of autumn flowers so I still have a few to look forward to. This year I especially look forward to a hollyhock I sowed two years ago. It comes fromn somewhere in Siberia and is supposed to have pale yellow flowers.

    What movie did You watch? I have mobed down my dvd player but still haven’t come around to see any movies 🙂 The ones I bought last week will most likely end up in my mailbox tomorrow 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The sun came and went all day, but it was hot and sticky so I put the air conditioner on. The house is pleasant and cool.

      I didn’t see the owl. It was far too dark, but I did love hearing it. That is not a bird that’s is around my yard too often.

      I tried to put flowers in the garden which bloom at different times so I’d always have color.

      We watched the musical 1776. I am not a fan of musicals, but I really like this one as does one of my friends. I actually know many of the words to the songs.

      Hope your vacation has been a good one so far!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    My flight arrived this morning at 4:40 and we had to wait until 5:00 to deplane because US Border Protection and Customs doesn’t open at DFW airport that early. With the new machines that read your passport and take your picture, I was out of there by 5:20 including picking up my checked bag. It didn’t hurt that our flight was the first one to arrive at the International Terminal. When I went outside it was a warm and humid 80 degrees. Welcome to North Texas in July. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I also had to wait one time but not for customs. None of the airline check-in stations were open until 6 so I just hung around with my luggage.

      Welcome home!!


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