Leopard Grasshopper

Several years ago on a hot August afternoon, I found this Leopard Grasshopper sitting on my quartz stone at my front porch. I guess, it was looking for shade from the sun. For quite some time I sat next to it, while it watched me carefully. After capturing some photos, I left it alone. And when the sun began to set, it left the porch and hopped on its way.

August Garden

I love August! A lot of flowers in all kind of shades of yellow, orange and reds bloom and attract dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbirds at this time of the year. Here are a few photos of some blooms and the smallest dragonfly, I’ve ever seen before.

It Is Peach Season

A few years back, Kevin and I planted a peach tree in our backyard. Luckily it was producing fruit in the same year. But back then, we had five peaches growing. And Mr. Squirrel had his own way of sharing: Four peaches for him, one for us as a family of four. I quartered the last peach, so we all could enjoy a little slice of fresh “heaven”.

The following year, we’ve got about a dozen peaches. And Mr. Squirrel was much more generous: He took his four peaches and left us with the eight remaining fruits.

This Spring, our peach tree was in full bloom. And we could tell, we would get tons of peaches this Summer. But I’ve noticed they are a little bit smaller this year. I wonder, if the drought has a big factor in it. The tree didn’t get as much water as in the previous years. And I might have to consider some fertilizer for the next season. So, while Mr. Squirrel, the Blue Jays, Mrs. Mockingbird and Mrs. Sparrow are happily munching away my peaches, I had to rescue some for ourselves. On Monday, I filled up a bowl. And when those fruits are gone, I have to grab some more from the tree. In the meantime, Luis keeps Mr. Squirrel in check. Mr. Squirrel is allowed everywhere on our property, but not on the peach tree. As soon as the Squirrel jumps in that tree, Luis is getting havoc. Once he gets outside, he chases the squirrel across the fence. “No, no! No peaches for you, Mr. Squirrel.”

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Fresh, homegrown peaches from our tree in the backyard

Mars At Its Closest Approach To Earth

Last night, Mars was at its closest approach to Earth with a distance of onlyย 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers), this year. In August 2003 the two planets were just slightly little closer with a distance ofย 34.6 million miles (55.6 million kilometers). The next time, when the Red Planet is closest to Planet Earth will be in the year 2035.

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Tonight, I’ve got a good view of Mars on my street. At 10:00 PM CDT it is clearly visible in the southeastern sky.ย  (08-01-2018)

I’m Poking My Head In …

… to say “Hello”. Sunday, I was released from the hospital. And so far, I’m doing good at that stage, where I am right now. Next to a little bit of house work, I need to walk. That will help the medicine to work and dissolve these blood clots faster. Kevin is a trooper. He has to poke me in my belly twice a day, for ten days. After that I’ll get blood thinners in pill form. He doesn’t like to do it. But it helps him, when I jokingly call it: Operation Bee Sting. That makes us both laugh, and it is only half as bad as it sounds. The next couple of weeks, I have to visit the doctors a few times. And then we’ll go from there. So far, so good. I have to take it day-by-day for a while. Patience is the key. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Btw, after I brought Katelynn to her Band Camp, I saw this beautiful Widow Skimmer sitting on the neighbor’s Crape Myrtle tree this morning. I’ve got my camera real quick and captured a photo of the dragonfly. It’s definitely dragonfly season. That makes me happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Widow Skimmer Dragonfly on Crape Myrtle

Hello, I’m Still Kicking!

I haven’t posted much the last several days, due to the fact that I’ve got sick and ended up in the hospital, again. Eight weeks ago I was in the hospital, when the doctors found out I have chronic anemia. Well, my blood count and my iron levels look good now. But the medicine, one of my doctors prescribed has a side effect: It caused me to develope blood clots in my portal vein, which leads to the liver, lungs, spleen and stomach. After a couple of days with severe pain in my tummy, Kevin drove me to the E.R. The doctors ordered a sonogram and a CAT scan. They also made sure, I have no issues with my gall bladder. When the E.R. doctor came back with the results, I was kinda relieved to get an answer. It was not an answer I was hoping for, but I finally knew, why I’m hurting so bad. The same morning, I was admitted for an over-night watch to the hospital. One night turned into three nights, which is okay for me. Because I want to make sure, I will feel better and get the right prescriptions. I know I’m in good hands, here in the hospital. So, I will take it easy and day-by-day.

But I can’t wait to post more blogs with photos of my daily adventures. See y’all soon, again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hugs ๐Ÿ’— Tanja