Wednesday, 5 September 2018

September Notes

The days are getting shorter. Crickets are in full chorus with their soothing but slightly melancholy songs and monarch butterflys are everywhere. Goldenrod is in full bloom, offering bees one of their last chances for this year's nectar harvest.

  A Monarch sunning on dew-drenched asparagus fronds.

A banquet of goldenrod beckons nectar loving insects.

A young (witness the fuzzy thorax) honey bee on a goldenrod spire.

I'm enjoying watching two wild turkey families here. A large flock of two adults and twelve poults hang out near the bush lot and another family of two adults and six poults hang out near the barn. Sometimes they take a stroll across the lawn. I suppose the shorter grass helps them spot insects.

My back lawn is a shady and inviting spot ...

... for all kinds of folk ...

... and their families. The smallest poult leads off behind their mum.

Our old barn invites turkeys of the vulturey kind.

"The better to see and smell you, my dear."

These very hot and humid days compel me to spend more time indoors where it's cooler. I've been playing piano, gabbing on the phone and watching 'Better Call Saul' on Netflix. Beside being cleverly written, the episodes are peppered with wonderful, energizing soundtracks by Chuy Flores. This piece is called 'Methadone' from episode 6 of series 3. (You may want to look away from the dizzying filler graphic.)

I've also been doing a little sewing. My new, darker kitchen floor left the room in need of brightening. So I covered the kitchen chairs with off-white painter's cotton drop-cloth material. It does help brighten the area.

I used painter's drop cloth material to cover my kitchen chairs.

A geometric black/white/yellow throw livens up the easy chair.

Oh, and I recently took a big step towards modernity. Following my brother's example, I've now severed ties with the Bell landline in favour of my very first cell phone service. The new plan (from Rogers) allows unlimited long distance calls within Canada for only one dollar a month more than the land line that had no free long distance calls at all. I do keep my old phone number and if problems arise, well it's only a month to month agreement. Of course I'll continue to ignore all those pesky telemarketers.