Yummy spinach salad, though now my teeth feel like they're made of wood. Or, I guess it would be more accurate to say - what I've always imagined wooden teeth would feel like. It's not like I'm going to test that theory, and George Washington's not around to ask.
I don't know what kind of pine this is in our front yard, but I'm rather fond of it. It has what look like large, pale blue berries in its upper branches. Every time I photograph it I notice something new.
I may be wrong, but I take it as a hopeful sign that the economy may be beginning to turn around. There are at least four lots in our neighborhood that have either been empty and now have new houses going up, or where a slightly ramshackle looking house has been razed and the lot posted for sale.
With the heat wave broken - it's 79 degrees now, not nearly 100 - fall seems to be in sight. I'm not complaining about it being gray today, but cloudy days do make you appreciate shadows! This is from one evening last week.
The heat wave seems to finally be broken - but for how long? These very smooth wintry-looking clouds floated by around lunch time. After lunch the sky looked summery again. (I say this to explain that I took this shot through the window - hence the pale blue circle reflected in the shot.)
I'm on a cooking strike until the temperature comes down some. This morning when I was making breakfast tacos I set of the smoke alarm. So tonight we tried a new Tex-Mex place down the street. The "curtains" on the windows were long rows of purple beads, which cast interesting shadows in the room.
As I was leaving work I saw a bird swoop into a nearby tree. At first I thought it was a mockingbird but then noticed it 's a blue jay. Always so noisy and yet so hard to catch with a camera. This one might be a juvenile - due to being more mockingbird-sized and having a bit of a pointy head.
I was delighted to see the near-sunset light looking different, and hoped these clouds meant rain. I didn't see any, but some heard thunder and had brief showers. The wind did bring the temperature down some, which was very pleasant.
This is the waterfall in the picture from a few days ago. It wasn't exactly cool inside the aquarium, but at least it was lush and green, which is much better than the oven feeling outside. This afternoon we were surprised by a brief shower, but if you hadn't seen it you would have never known that it rained.
Each time I back my car out of its spot I see this tree and I've been wondering why the trunk has such a segmented look. I'm a bit perplexed - it looks like coat hanger wire, and it seems painful to me. The tree just kept going, though. Plants are tenacious.
Spent a few minutes outside this evening in the fading sunlight. Enjoyed seeing the crystal in this mobile throwing rainbows around and seeing a bunch of dragonflies darting around in the patch of sunlight in the next yard over.
Yesterday we went to the Dallas World Aquarium with Michael's family. We thought it would be a cool, indoor activity that would keep us out of the 100+ degree weather. Didn't realize that a good part of the place is a rain forest habitat. The many pools of water and falls looked cool, anyway.
Today I decided that I had the wrong impression about geese. I've seen some that are territorial and a bit aggressive. And, their image is not helped by them being loud and moving like flesh-eating dinosaurs do in movies. The ones we saw today just seemed to hope were bringing food. Here are a couple watching Michael's mom taking photos.
Because most of the Saturn dealerships have closed, we had to take Michael's car to a Chevy dealer for repairs last night. This one is so big it has its own cafe inside that's open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. I've never seen one with its own cafe!
The black square in the upper right corner is a sticker that says "The Tisdales." At risk of showing how out of touch I am with pop culture, I don't know who or what The Tisdales might be, but hope it's not a bad sign that they're advertised on the door of a port-a-john.
Today I had jury duty and cameras are not allowed in the court house. So, here's a photo of Old Red, the original Dallas court house, which is now a museum. I took this shot a couple of years ago when I worked nearby. The texture of the warehouse building in the foreground was always fun to observe with the shadows from the exposed beams changing throughout the day.