Went out to Lake Crabtree this morning to kill time before my biofeedback session, but despite being a gorgeous cool morning, the birds were all in bed, except for the obligatory heron-and-egret show. Oh, well, there are worse fates than wandering around a park on a beautiful morning, although my sandals and pant cuffs did get positively soaked from the dew, and then full of sand, so I squelched into the urologist. (Many people squelch into the urologist, but few, I daresay, for that reason.)
Day was shot for getting any work done by the time I got home, but there was a chipmunk in the back yard, who's a terribly infrequent visitor, so that made me happy. I wonder if he's showing up for any particular reason, or if I just can see him now that the stiltgrass has been mowed. I did put out some critter feed, the peanut-and-corn mix they sell, in an effort to distract the squirrels from the suet, since I have to leave out the non-hot stuff for the flying squirrel. Oddly, I haven't noticed any more squirrels recently, but on the other hand, the suet is still getting devoured on a daily basis.
The dogwood berries are turning bright red. Did I know that dogwood berries were red? I don't think I did. I feel unobservant.
The plantings at Lake Crabtree had some of the cherry sage I planted. Theirs was practically a shrub! I am hopeful that mine may achieve such size--maybe next year, or the year after.
Something with pink flowers came up in the flower bed. I don't know what it is. It's a delicate little thing, perhaps planted by the previous owner. Is it one of the things I thought was a weed and sliced ruthlessly? Is it a weed trying to placate me? Did I plant it and forgot about its existence? (Probably not. I'm usually good about shoving the plastic tag in the dirt so I know what it is.)
James called me out to the back yard last night to look at a gigantic Chinese praying mantis on the rail. Although a non-native, he was still desperately cool. He was huge, and his tiny little triangular head, with the big black eyes, was so alert and non-bug-like. I was a little alarmed that he might jump on my head--I worry about things like this, particularly when I'm wearing nothing but a towel--but he was still cool.