This month is nearly past!
August, this day is your last!
Your time went so fast!
by Leona J. Atkinson
by Leona J. Atkinson
August is almost over; the kids are back in school. Summer comes to an end, and it is time to get prepared for Autumn. We finally have an official date to get the flooring done in our house. Earlier this month, I cleaned the garage out to make room for some furniture and some boxes. I really don’t like to look forward to move all the furniture around and deal with the mess of the construction. But once it is done, it will look beautiful. I have to keep the positive outcome in mind. 😉
The garden needs to be prepared for the Autumn/Winter season. A lot of crops love the cooler days, like cabbages and carrots. That’s also a good time for weeding the garden, since the mornings are not so hot and humid anymore. Soon, the migrating birds and insects will visit the garden. It will be good for them to have a welcome place they can rest, before they have to move on to travel south.
In the meantime, I’m sitting outside with a cool drink in my hand and enjoy the last days of Summer.
It is that time of year, when the hummingbirds migrate from Canada to Central America, where they will stay to spend the Winter. When I water my garden, I hear them chirping all the time.
Over the last several years, I have seen hummingbirds visiting my garden to energize and get ready for the long flight along the Gulf of Mexico. I usually put a couple of feeders up, and I have flowering shrubs, they like to feed on. Last year, I created a little hummingbird garden next to my greenhouse, which included a firebush, bougainvillea, lantana, and some salvia (garden sages). I also added a water fountain for quenching the hummers’ thirsts and taking a bath to cool off in this North Texas heat. My reward was that the couple visited with their offspring. Three young hummingbirds and their parents chased one another, having a drink of nectar from the trumpet vine blossoms, and then chase each other again.
I would love to find a hummingbird nest one day. Maybe someday Momma Hummingbird decides to build her nest in my yard. That would be so awesome!!!
What is a better way to enjoy the birthday, when the kids are in school, and the husband is at work? That’s right. I do a little photo-hike along The Colony Shoreline Trail. And I was lucky, today: I actually could capture a pondhawk in mid-flight; several Great Egrets were close to the shoreline; a Great Blue Heron was on water watch directly on the edge of the trail; and a squirrel and enjoyed a fresh osage orange.
WOOHOO, we made it! Yes, we made it through over twelve weeks of Summer Break. The last couple of weeks, Katelynn and Sara couldn’t wait to go back to school. The boredom and arguments got bigger by the days. Yeah, it was definitely time for school to start, again.
At this morning the kids were up by 5:45 a.m. By 6:15 a.m., they wanted to go to school. I had to tell them several times, that we have time for at least another hour. “But we can’t wait to see our friends and teachers, again!”, they said a little bit impatiently, because time didn’t go by fast enough. I’ll promise you, by Friday I have to wake them up. And I’ll get: “Can I stay in bed for another five minutes?”
But today, I enjoy that the nest is empty for the next several hours. It’s my Birthday, and my “Me”-time. When they both get home, they will flood me with stories; papers, which need to be filled out and signed; and what else the teachers said, the girls need bring to school by the end of the week. YES! Everything goes back to “normal”, again. ❤
A year ago, fairies moved into our garden. They liked the flowers in the frontyard and decided to stay. When Sara came home from school, there was a little fairy house standing on a brick under the gourd vines. She noticed it immediately and asked me: “How did the fairy house get there?” “The fairies must have built it over night”, I answered. Sara was excited, she had fairies in her yard. And of course, she had to show the little house to all her friends.
Last week the fairies added a teapot house, so they would have more space to live in the garden. Sara was happy to see, the fairies still like to live in our yard. Her little friend was asking, why the fairies live only in our garden and not in her’s. Sara said: “Maybe, when you ask your Mom and Dad, if they can plant some flowers and herbs, the fairies will build a house in your garden too.” That was such a cute answer. Sara’s friend said: “Yeah, I have to ask my Mommy. She wants to plant some flowers in the backyard. Maybe the butterflies and then the fairies will visit.” In the meantime, they both enjoy looking at the little fairy houses and the garden lights, before it is bedtime.
Today, the fairies decided to stay in. There are some remnances of Hurricane Harvey coming in. It’s too wet for the fairies to help the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and hummingbirds. They all try to stay safe and dry from the rain.
After a little bit of rain from the outer bands of “Harvey” earlier today, we had a stunning view of a orange/pink-purple/blue sunset from our North Texas frontyard.
Last Tuesday we found out, Sara needs a pair of glasses. Today, we picked them up. When she tried them on for the first time, she said: “Wow! Mom, I can see sharp again!” Sara moved her head around to see all the beautiful things, which became blurry for her looking into the distance. And then she smiled from ear to ear. It is perfect timing. On Monday is the first day of “Back To School”, again.
Now, the days are getting shorter and the nights become slightly cooler. Autumn is on its way. It is time to prepare the garden for the cooler, more comfortable days ahead. Soon, the Monarch butterflies and the Hummingbirds are migrating south into Mexico, again. They need lots of feeding stations along their way. Our local critters, birds, and insects need a place to feed, rest and hideout as well. Here are some photos of the newest blooms, and some are collections I’ve got over the last few years.