As promised, I’ve brought you a few photos from the Portage County Randolph Fair. Next year I might go on my own during the week so I can spend more time looking at and photographing the animals. I’m not sure which are my favorites. It’s a toss up between the cows and the goats.
Several posts ago (maybe more than several), Kathy, the fabulous woman who inspired me to take on the challenge of getting outside every single day for a year, asked in the comments if I’d given any thought to what I was going to do when this commitment ended. I’ve gotten behind in answering comments and didn’t answer her question there, but I have been giving it a lot of thought since she asked. Those of you who have been blogging for a while understand that giving something in the comments a lot of thought often means a blog post because it’s a) just too long to answer in the comments section, and b) too good to pass up when you get an idea for a blog post. When you are blogging every single blessed day, an idea for a blog post is a gift from the gods.
Most of my outdoor time today was spent by a large patch of jewelweed early this morning. The leaves of the plants were dotted with dew glittering in the sun. I’m not sure but I think that’s why it’s called jewelweed. Another name for it is the spotted touch-me-not. The flowers attract the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, and long-tongued bees such as honeybees and bumblebees. This morning the jewelweed was a-buzz and humming with thousands of bees.
It was another lovely weekend filled with family and fun. The house is quiet now, something the cats are appreciating. Both are napping and will likely sleep for the next 24 hours. They tend to be jumpy when little girls and dogs come to visit, and get very little sleep. It’s nice to see them settled down again.
It occurs to me that with all we have going on today, I might end up doing another flash post. I usually like to keep a post handy for those “just in case” days when I either don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to post. So I got up early today to do a “just in case” post. I will schedule it to post and, if I don’t find time to post live and in person later today, we can all visit Colorado Springs in 2010 and assume I met my commitment to get outdoors for the day which I will then tell you all about on Sunday. Or something.
It’s another beautiful day here in the Bogs. It’s not as sunny as predicted (I believe the weatherperson’s forecast was “abundant sunshine”), but I don’t mind the clouds. They add character and depth to the sky.
As has become the pattern here recently, we had storms with heavy rain, lots of lightning and thunder, and gusty winds overnight and into the wee hours of the morning. Shortly after sunrise the clouds began to break up, and all was calm. The pond looked like glass.