Sunday, September 22, 2013

A New Way to Exercise.

Yesterday I went shopping with my daughter and son-in-law when they were looking for appliances for their new house.  While they were doing the comparisons, I took the two older granddaughter out to the garden center to look at the plants.  (You knew this would happen.) We looked at the different plants. I told  them the names of each as well as why they would or would not do for the new house.  A front apparently rolled in because the wind picked up and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees.
 We chose to go back inside and looked at yard art and the seeds.  We found Butterfly Weed seed
Why we wanted the Butterfly Weed.
... only one package left so we picked it up, some Johnny Jump ups, and Nasturtiums they could plant in the hanging back which could be brought in on cold days.  Of course I found one or two other things I could buy to spoil them with.

The transaction for arranging delivery was taking a while so the parents suggested we check our stuff out and wait for them on the benches in front.  We picked up some water, and chocolate coconut water ( this was a hit with the girls)  to keep cool with... (didn't I just say a front came in?)  We checked out, I declined a sack, thinking no need, then we headed to the benches... Oops, the benches had been removed for winter time.  Our second choice was to go sit on the back of the pickup tailgate and drink our drinks.  That was a hit with the girls.  I put them in the back of the pick up and started unloading the basket.

We forgot, no keys.  As I put the plant in the back, the wind picked up again, and before you could say Jimmy Cricket off went a package of seeds that were sitting next to my purse.  I went in pursuit.  Smack, I heard another package hit the ground behind me as the wind came again swooping the first further away.  I jogged to it and started back for the second.  By this time the oldest girl saw what was happening as two more seed packets took flight.  She stood on the back of the tailgate and giggled as she pointed out where each packet had gone while I jogged from one side of the parking lot to the other in pursuit.  I finally retrieved them all, and stuffed them in my purse.  By this time the little girls decided it was cold and we snuggled and drank our coconut water until mom and dad came out to let us in.
When I got home, I sat down in the chair and put up my feet.  Fun?  Yes, but maybe planned exercise might be better... Where is my Curves membership card?   

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Humiliated by a Gopher.

Since I began blogging in 2009, I have had photo envy of Carol at Reflection's Flora and Fauna .  I love the way she catches wild life.  I have been trying so hard to catch an animal, bird, insect, or reptile in a nice pose or at least a realistic pose instead of a blur.
This last weekend I had my chance, or so I thought at a picnic the family went on at a local park in California.

My son in law, called my granddaughters attention to the fact there was a gopher digging next to us.  In a few minutes it was evident he was coming up.
I grabbed my camera and rushed to stand near enough ( I am terrible with zoom coming out clear) so I could catch a shot of him as he emerged.  There I stood, camera aim... so I thought, first picture was of grass, second was of freshly dug grass.
Then!  I caught a shot as he emerged.  I clicked 3 more times but only got him once as he paused to look at me considering what I was doing.

The quick as a flash he flipped and I was left with a picture of his backside.  I stood  for 10 min with my camera ready to catch him coming back up... I hoped...but he never came back and I looked quite foolish with my camera aimed at a pile of dirt.

Not giving up though.  I love taking the time to capture pictures of nature and beauty around me. Hope you are having fun too.