241: Sunday SignagePosted: May 22, 2011
The above photo was taken near the county dog warden’s building while M and I were out and about dropping donations off to various places. We stopped by the local animal protection league to give them some kitty litter. I switched my cats over to a different brand, and had a full 40 lb. container of the old brand. They were happy to get it. I’m sure they go through plenty of kitty litter.
There is a lot happening in and around the pond lately. The blue gills must have laid their eggs. While out on my walk today I saw the fish hovering over the small depressions they dig to lay their eggs into. We have a lot of fish in the pond, and need someone to come by and start fishing it since we can’t keep up with it and conditions are getting pretty crowded. We have some good sized bass in there for those who don’t like blue gills.
The rhododendron bushes are taking off, flowers blooming or about to bloom. Some of the bushes didn’t survive the winter, poor things.
I have a companion on my walks. A red-winged blackbird insists on following me around the pond. He’s probably acting as lookout (guarding his nest and children), but it’s kind of nice to have his company anyhow. He chatters and whistles a lot.
I have a photo of him making a very clumsy landing, but I don’t want to embarrass him by putting it on the blog. The photo above was taken when he’d regained his balance.
The dragonflies and damselflies are back. I heard the owl in the woods yesterday at sunset as well as a few bullfrogs. There seem to be more green frogs, too. It’s getting quite noisy around here, but I don’t mind. It’s nice to hear the sounds of spring and almost-summer once again.
Weather notes (for those who like weather reports): It rained this morning, but not for long. The sun came out and it turned into a hot (80s) and humid day. Thankfully there is a nice breeze to keep things from getting too bad.
Garden notes (for me, because it helps to have this to look back on when there is some question about the garden): The tomatoes and dill are planted. We replanted the lettuces and Swiss chard. It might be too late for those, but the first batch failed and it doesn’t hurt to try again since I usually pick this stuff when it’s small to use in salads or stir fries. Planted the basil and rosemary in pots. The peppers and cukes I planted on Friday look good so far. The asparagus (which we’ve been eating a lot of!) is just about finished. I found some bugs on a couple of the spears today. Took photos so I can identify them.