Archive for June, 2005

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Reid State Park and Around the House

June 22, 2005

A couple of weekends ago we went down to Reid State Park. We’ve been to this park before, on our honeymoon, and not much has changed. It’s still very pretty, despite the fact that we got there at low tide.
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The beach looks nice, but I’m sure that if it had been a sunny day instead of chilly and gray, it would have been teeming with peoples.
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Some Sea Roses (which smell wonderful) were growing between some rocks on the cliff overlooking the ocean.
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On the way there and back, we passed this interesting rock painted like a turtle. I don’t think this is the ‘turtle of enormous girth’ but he’ll do for a scenic attratction.
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In gardening news, the gladiolus that I planted in memory of my grandmother are growing quite well. They’re those green shoots between the hosta and salvia.
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In the back yard, the field is full of white daisies, yellow dandelions and orange dandelions, which I had never seen before. There’s also plenty of purple clover blossoms and, oh yes, lots of mosquitos. Fortunately, there are still many dragonflies around and they’re doing a pretty good job keeping those numbers down during the day. At night however…I think they need to add a graveyard shift to their schedule.
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My new hero…

June 11, 2005

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It’s been kind of hot here the past couple of days. I know, I used to live in Florida, I should be used to that. However, I was used to living in Florida with the A/C working at all hours.

We don’t have A/C up here in Maine. It’s really hot right now (about 90) but by Tuesday, it’s supposed to be back down in the 60’s and low 70’s again. Which is nice, and because of that, I don’t really think we need heavy duty air conditioning. Maybe a small one for the bedroom, but not much else.

But, why do you ask, is the Dragonfly my new hero?

Easy. We’ve had a very wet Spring. Since the warm/hot weather hit, the mosquitos came out in droves and have made being outside completely miserable.

Today, when I took China in the back yard to brush out her loose hair, I realized that I wasn’t being bitten by the pests despite the fact that I had forgotten to spray myself down with Off.

That’s when I looked around and saw that our yard is now full of dragonflies. Anyone who is afraid of Dragonflies would call it a swarm, but fortunately, I’ve never been afraid of Dragonflies. I’ve always found them quite pretty.

Dragonflies eat mosquitos and the ‘swarm’ now inhabiting our yard is doing it’s job quite nicely. It’s such a nice change from the past few days.

So, you keep on buzzin’, you Dragonflies. I swear I’ll never squash a one of you.

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Hee Hee Hee

June 8, 2005

A good comic makes you laugh AND think. Medium Large is one of the best.

Edited to Add: Be sure to click the image to read the whole thing – it’s wider than the blog.

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Around the House

June 4, 2005

This has been a rather sad week for me, but I don’t really feel like writing about that yet. So, I want to post some pictures of how beautiful it’s getting around here. It’s getting warmer, too, but hopefully it won’t get too unbearable. First, a look at the ‘tree project’ tree. It’s completely covered in leaves now, and you can see that the smoke bush next to it is FINALLY starting to grow leaves.
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Here is a shot of the back of the house. These two trees provide great shade and keep the house cool. You can see that we also got a grill the other day and we plan to use that a lot this summer.
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And lastly, here’s a picture of my flower garden in the front of the house. It’s not a full, overflowing garden, but I’m getting there. I added a couple of Irises and some Gladiolus bulbs yesterday, so hopefully they’ll be blooming in the next month.
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