Michael, armed and ready to evacuate a couple of yellow jackets that decided to visit us this afternoon - inside. He had some similar visits during the summer, but usually not in groups, and we thought that was done now that it's colder.
This is one of my favorite photos from last weekend. If you don't recognized it, that's the hole at the end of the world in the background. I'm hoping I can get as many photos this weekend to stock up for coming weeks - since it gets dark so early lately.
Last weekend was a beautiful day and I was able to get a bunch of photos for a rainy (or busy) day. At the hole at the end of the world - can't help but watch the ducks - in case one goes over the edge.
Rain continued today and the cold front finally came through this afternoon. My coworkers and I kept an eye on this dark cloud as it moved across the sky. It looked like a bruise. You can see the contrast where the base of the cloud shows next to the clear sky between the buildings. Michael and I think the one furthest back looks like a tower-style computer case.
Late this afternoon as it was raining, the sky and its light changed every couple of minutes. This was a bright patch as the setting sun broke through the clouds and made the buildings have a yellow hue.
The weather's been very nice this week, but beginning tomorrow there's rain in the forecast. These crape myrtles are across from our office building. I went outside during lunch yesterday with some workmates and the sun felt really nice.
A few weeks ago when I was looking across a parking lot at a group of birds, someone nearby said "It's grackle season." Now even more so. There are swarms of them perching all over and swooping around in a mesmerizing fashion. This one was hopping from car to car poking around in the area between the windshield and the hood - looking for a meal, I suppose.
Sweet potato-carrot soufflé experiment #1. Our neighborhood grocery store makes a yummy carrot soufflé. I was so convinced that it had sweet potato in it that had to try it again, but I was mistaken, so I decided that I'd try combining the two. I discovered that the oven in this apartment loses heat, unlike the previous one, which gained massive amounts of heat. The result is yummy but has more of a custard-like texture than a cakey one, though that's not a bad thing.
He's still here - we half expected he might be only passing through. We decided that in the bushes was a more appropriate place for him. Our neighbor says seeing him there makes her giggle when she drives by. Us too.
Some days I have to find the photo and other days it finds me. Michael discovered this morning that someone left a gift on our front porch. I wish I'd seen the look on my face when I came around the corner and saw it!
This very odd looking fruit is called Buddha hand, or fingered citron. It's thought to have originated in India and to be one of the oldest known citrus fruits. When I first saw it I imagined that some starfish got mixed up with the lemons at the store. (Michael's been telling me about what he's learning in biology.)
I'll spare you the guessing game on this one. It's stoplights through raindrops on the windshield. A little creepy, huh? I knew from the forecast it was going to rain today, but I didn't hear the "all day" part.