“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”

Today is a delight. It will be in the 70’s during the day and the mid 50’s tonight. The breeze is ever so slight. The sunshine has a fall look about it. I stayed outside with Gracie a little bit this morning so I could watch the birds. The goldfinches love the new thistle feeder, and there were four of them on it at once. One got a little possessive and chased a chickadee away. I have a new thistle feeder I haven’t put out yet, but I will in a bit as I have to fill the sunflower feeders again. Luckily I bought new seeds the other day: mixed, sunflower and thistle. I’m ready for the onslaught of the birds. Where’s Alfred Hitchcock?

This has been a busy week for me. I was out every day but yesterday. I even lost track of the days. This morning I had to think about yesterday in order to remember today. I double-checked my guess by looking at the calendar. I guessed right.

My neighborhood is noisy. I can hear lawn mowers, hedge clippers and blowers from next door. They’re probably due here next. What I don’t hear are voices or even cars. The kids are in school, and the traffic has lessened since Labor Day.

My garden has flowers in bloom. They are beautiful. Three of the four front fence pieces are covered by white clematis. I keep the gate open as the flowers have spread and have started covering the gate space. I have to sidle through. When I do, I worry a bit about the bees, but they don’t seem to care about me. They have the flowers. I added red hibiscus two weeks ago to the back of the front garden, the only bare spot. The flowers were on sale so I took the chance. The first few days I hand watered, but then it rained and it rained again. The flowers took hold. The buds have blossomed. They are tall enough to be seen from the road and add a wondrous color to the garden. Now I want more color for the few here and there spots needing flowers, but that will be for next year unless, of course, I find another great sale.

I think I’ll go to the farm stand. I’d like some home-grown tomatoes. I’m also still hoping for Thai food. My taste buds crave coconut shrimp. It is probably not a coincidence that the farm stand is on the way to the Thai restaurant.

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8 Comments on ““It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I yawned my way through the fawning pregame to last nights match. Mark Wahlberg going on about the Superbowl that he had left early, some old dude called Kraft and his stupid Nikes, Belichick with nothing to say to a bunch of high school kids and a couple of golden balls and then on to the main event – the unbeaten season ahead.

    And then once again the Pats got their balls deflated

    Uncle Eric and the Kansas City Chiefs are off and running and running and catching the ball.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Ordinarily I would not grace that first paragraph with a comment, but “Kraft and his stupid Nikes,” demands a response. All proceeds from the stupid Nikes benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boston to which Mr. Kraft has donated a million and a half. Be ashamed. Be really ashamed!

      As the season progresses, we’ll compare notes!! I have faith in my Pats.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Grey dull and rainy here and quite chilly, just above 52 all day.

    I did eventually find thistle seeds here and they cost the same as gold I think šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ so the birds here will have to do with the usual sunflower seeds they always get šŸ™‚ They are so spoiled now days that no other seed will be eaten šŸ™‚

    Lots of my autumn flowering perennials didn’t flower this time, I think it was the long draught that made them decide it would be better to save the energy for next year instead. The first frost should already have been here but so far we’ve only been close so no more flowers will be put outside from now on, instead I’ve started to bring them indoors to be put outside next spring again.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is still sunny and warm, not hot. The day is lovely.

      I buy three kinds of seeds. Besides the thistle and black oil sunflower I buy an assorted seed with nuts as some of the larger birds like that the best. I was surprised by how popular the thistle is.

      My garden gets automatically watered every early morning so the late perennials shot up and bloomed. I love this late garden. I noticed Indian Pipes this morning. They are wild flower perennials which grow best in the shade. People think they are mushrooms, but they are not. They are white because they don’t contain chlorophyll. I’ll take some pictures later for you.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        We have seed mixes but none contains nuts of any kind, those we have to buy in special packages. I’ve always wondered why but I guess they make more money selling them like that šŸ™‚ Some birds, like the European Gold finch almost only eat thistle seeds so I rarely see them in my garden but quite often in the fields where we have lots of thistles.

        I watched the first episode of Midnight, Texas yesterday and it was interesting enough to make me want to see more. I guess I won’t really know what it is like until after at least three episodes.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        Some of the seed mixtures have seeds like millet which add weight but little value to the bird. My mixes have great seed, but they aren’t cheap.

        I don’t remember why I didn’t like it. Maybe it had to do with the books which I really liked.


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