Thursday, June 30, 2016


Luke treated his siblings to ice cream today.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Finishing Touches

One of Stella's birthday gifts belatedly arrived today. It's a toy hairstyling set, and it got put through its paces. We all look rather fabulous now.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


She's still wearing her crown. (Dennis and I often wear ours, too.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


On Father's Day, Dennis and Sam got the goods they needed to build the catapult Sam has been dreaming of for a long time, and things got off the ground today.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Like a Dryad

Stella made flower crowns. She, Dennis, and I wore them all day long.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Birthday Girl

Stella turned seven today.

Friday, June 17, 2016


On Wednesday, Sam bought a package of water balloons. They've kept him and his siblings entertained for days.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Here Today, Mostly

I've been keeping my eye on the nest in the rafters of the back porch. Today there was enough light to get a shot of the babies filling it, and I discovered there were five of them! It looked like a tight squeeze. Later in the day, I noticed that the nest was empty. Wondering if the birds might still be close by, I carefully opened the sliding glass door—and quickly closed the screen when I saw the mama bird swooping into the porch and heading straight for me! She held up about four feet away from me, but fluttered and flapped and looked generally unhappy. Then, two of the babies started flying around the porch from wherever they had been perched. It was a mêlée for a while. It struck me as rather amusing and I likely overstayed my welcome. I'm glad I did, though, because by early evening, none of the birds were to be found. Oh, and that little guy peeking out on the right reminds me of Gollum in the animated version of The Hobbit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Long-time Companion

This is Stella's bunny, Maria.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mid June

Pollen is everywhere.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

No Longer Alone

My showstopper has been joined by friends.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


This little guy caught my eye earlier today. leads me to believe it's a Long-legged Fly, Condylostylus spp., which eats smaller insects like aphids. If so, this guy is more than welcome here.

Friday, June 10, 2016


I posted this photo at Ruff Edge Design for The Story of the Light, but that bloom is so over the top, I had to share it here, too.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Four on the Couch

And a few items beneath the couch.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Dunk

Today's rain didn't stop these basketball players.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Shooting Hoops

The basketball hoop in the driveway gets a lot of use.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

One of the Locals

This fellow was hanging out on the deck. I'm pretty sure he's an Eastern Phoebe, who was bringing a little snack to his better half, the little lady sitting on the nest up in the rafters of the porch.