I still haven’t been able to get my iMovie program open on my computer, so I don’t have any videos to share with you this week. Hopefully I will be able to figure out how to get it fixed soon. In the meantime, I still have some recent photographs I can show you.
We encountered something strange on our walk at the Arboretum the other week. As soon as we got out of the parking lot and onto the Arboretum grounds, we came upon this sight below.
I’m not sure if you can tell, but there are lots of round, bright green objects on the ground. We were both puzzled as to what these things were. I had never seen anything like it before, and neither had Linda.
We found one that had been broken open and we could tell that it was some kind of seed pod.
I posted a picture of it on a local Facebook group and several people replied that it was an Osage Orange, sometimes called a Hedge Apple. Although it is not poisonous, it is not eaten by humans or livestock because of its woody pulp and latex-like secretions when cut. However, squirrels will get the seeds out and eat those. We did see a few squirrels running around, so hopefully they feasted on some of the seeds.
I found this picture below of the beautiful chrysanthemum that I posted a closeup of last week. It’s very strange, but it doesn’t look the same color as the flowers do in the closeup. Maybe it has something to do with the angle that the light was hitting it. It looks orange from a distance, but the individual flowers look pinkish!
I wish I had a video I could share, but right now that isn’t possible. I do have a pretty good picture of a hummer at the new feeder. I was watching them closely this morning and I believe there are three hummers going to the feeder. There are two smaller ones that only have a few colored feathers on their chins. I have seen both of these fellows at the feeder at the same time, sitting there for about 20 seconds before one of them starts the chase. Then this morning, while one of the little guys was at the feeder, a somewhat larger hummer came up and his entire head was a lovely fuchsia color. It was beautiful! Of course, they both immediately left on a chase, but I did see the bigger guy later a couple of times and he definitely has more feathers with color on his entire neck area. I am hoping I can at least get a picture of him for next week’s blog.
THE LAST OF THE GARDEN
I finally got around to making some hot sauce with the last of the jalapeños and the one habanero from my garden. I added in some yellow bell peppers to the hot sauce just so it wouldn’t be too hot and also to keep the color I wanted. It turned out pretty tasty. I also am still getting a few red tomatoes every now and then from the green ones I have sitting on top of my bar. They aren’t as tasty as they would be if they had ripened out in the garden, but they are still way tastier than the ones you get at the grocery store.
Even though today is National Black Cat Day, Summer Girl has agreed to relinquish her spot this week to her two cousins in Florida. On a very sad note, my sister Manners and her partner Susan had to say goodbye to their little chihuahua, Mimi, this past week. We are all devastated as she was truly a little sweetheart, and Linda and I are both so glad we got to meet her when we visited in 2019. Manners and Susan are totally at a loss and don’t know what to do with themselves without her. After twelve years of her constant companionship, there is a big empty space where Mimi used to be. They are going to be missing her forever, but are glad of all the years she was in their lives. Rest in peace, sweet little girl!
The week before the sudden loss of Mimi, their black kitty Indigo fell and broke his leg. Both of these events happened within days of each other. I’m glad to report that Indigo is doing well but has several weeks of recovery ahead of him. I am sure he is wondering where his buddy Mimi is.
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