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Mild [Apr. 21st, 2015|09:40 pm]
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Now that it's cooled off a little it feels very much like a normal spring, but the back yard is currently almost bereft of flowers. I had to deadhead the roses the other day and only one is still blooming. There are a few blossoms on the third azalea bush, but they are a pale salmon color and are hardly noticeable. Everything else is either already gone or yet to bloom, except for the volunteer lupines which are flourishing. The day was hazy and from time to time the haze would thicken until it was almost clouds, and then the light would dim and the lupines would turn a darker shade of purplish blue. They are very restful to see in that sort of light.

The walnut tree is growing more catkins. The first crop was ruined by the rain and cold weather, but apparently not all had yet bloomed when it came on. The rest of them are blooming now, but I don't know if they will provide enough pollen for all the blossoms. Still, unless the tree doesn't get enough water there should be a better walnut crop this fall than I was expecting there to be a few days ago.

I didn't get enough sleep last night, and had only a short nap this afternoon, so I'll probably get to sleep fairly early tonight. I'm almost nodding off right now, but if I go to sleep this early I'll wake up too early again tomorrow. This happens too often anymore. I really miss having a regular sleep schedule. But if I wake up too early tomorrow at least I'll have something with which to occupy myself, as the new supermarket ads will be posted on the Internet. As much as I dislike shopping I always enjoy making out a shopping list, which is my first task every Wednesday. There's always more stuff on my list than I actually end up buying. Maybe that's the source of my pleasure in list making. The list costs nothing, and I can have everything I want on it.

The night air is very pleasant. It didn't get too hot today, but neither is it getting very cold tonight. There are a few crickets chirping and I'm going to go out and listen to them for a while. It might still be a bit too hazy for looking at the stars, and the moon has already set, so it will be just me and the crickets and the darkness— and probably a feral cat brushing against my leg. There are certainly worse ways to spend a spring evening.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-04-23 01:51 am (UTC)
Your roses have already gone by? Wow. I heard something about upcoming meteors. The Lyrids or similar? Hope you can see them! I can't see anything from here but the roofs of neighboring businesses.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-04-24 08:01 pm (UTC)
Somehow I totally missed the Lyrids this year. I've been very muddled the last few days. The view from here probably wouldn't have been great anyway, as it's been fairly hazy of late.

The roses bloom throughout the warm seasons, being dormant only in winter, but you have to remove the blossoms that have died in order to get new ones to grow. That's what the deadheading is for. Alternatively, you can just cut bouquets of fresh roses, but Portia likes to knock over vases, so I don't do that.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-04-24 08:07 pm (UTC)
OK, gotcha on the rose situation. Roses don't smell pretty the way they used to...

Portia, Portia, Portia. You may relate to the video at this link to my humble Tumblr: cats!
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