Oh, what a beautiful morning; Oh, what a beautiful day !!

Petunia in Nasturtium planter

Pink roses & yellow rose

Transplanted yellow rose bushThe weather is just perfect: Not too hot, not too humid, slight breeze!!  The gardens draw me like a magnet!! I cut rose buds from bushes in the yard of the vacant apartment. Drawn by a magnet  **And** I cut slips and planted in hopes I could eventually have my own bushes (one pink, one yellow).  Then I decided to dig up the yellow bush and put in a planter.  I fear it is the wrong time of the year to transplant a rose-bush but I am concerned about saving plants from “The Slasher.”  Eventually that yard will be plain and boring; the shrubs and plants will be gone.  I’ll pamper the yellow rose-bush and it may reward me?!  A humorous thought: A Petunia was anxious for TLC (tender loving care) like I lavish on my Nasturtiums (and others) and put down roots in a planter specifically for Nasturtiums.  When that bloom appeared, I asked “Where did you came from?”

One customer at a time….

I’m “downsizing” one or two items at a time.  Management frowns on “stranger” vehicles crowding our small resident parking lot in a cul-de-sac.  Just for the fun of it, I’m posting the items I’ve advertised for sale.  As I’ve found in the past, very few people respond to my ads.  I’m living among retired missionaries and those that prepare for missionaries.

There were actually three separate ads but compiled into one for this (boring?!) blog message.

Memo to myself, I’m still editing this.  Starting with “Insane…” it will be in the “more” mode.
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Same song, new verse !!

Mama Blue is vigilant near the nest.

Mama Blue is vigilant near the nest.

Baby Bluebird

Baby Blue has been very hyperactive in the nest this morning!!  I’ve been monitoring the activity as I work on a “downsizing” project.  And Mama Blue has been sitting–for hours–just outside the bird house.  I’ve never witnessed this before. Does this mean, as I speculated yesterday, that Baby Blue is almost ready to abandon the confinement he has known these past few weeks??  Yes, “he” because (even at this early age) the feathers are very blue (the indication it’s a male). With all the movement, I dare not open the door because he might fledge prematurely.

For the first time in months, I really felt motivated to tackle the “downsizing” project again.  Suddenly the boxes that I labeled “save” don’t seem very important!!  I’ll begin to load the KIA and take items to a thrift shop raising money for their battered women shelter.

Baby Bluebird on the nestSquirrel at the fountainPostscript, Friday, June 21, 2013, 11:00 AM: I’m busy with my renewed interest in downsizing.  But I took time to check on Junior.  I was extremely careful because he has been so active the last two mornings.  Then one of my squirrel friends “posed” for me so, of course, I had to take his picture.

More Bluebird pictures.

Baby Bluebird

Mama & Papa Bluebird

Papa Blue just fed the baby Bluebird.

More BLURRED Bluebird pictures.  By now, you know I’m obsessed with my Bluebirds!!  The other day I placed a step-ladder next to the Bluebird house, climbed the ladder, and cautiously opened the door.  I took that picture with my faithful old Samsung camera.  Well, all the pictures are with the faithful Samsung but the last picture is the image from the Hawk Eye Cam.  I had just delivered mealworms to the feeder (picture two) and Papa Blue had just delivered mealworms to the baby in the nest (picture three).  From the amount of feathers, I speculate it won’t be long until it leaves the nest.

I tentatively planned to take my T@B travel trailer out for the weekend.  I thought I wanted to enjoy gospel singing at “Singing on the Mountain” near Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.  **BUT** I don’t want to be away when the baby/babies fledge.  From the books I’ve read and the information gleaned from the Internet, I know that Mama Bluebird starts a new nest immediately after the babies “fly the nest.”  The proprietor (me) needs to immediately empty and clean the bird house.  From experience (last summer) I know Mama started a nest in another bird house.  I passionately desire another Bluebird family this season–where I can observe them!! With a little bit of luck I should be able to get the camera focused so I have clear images of the life cycle in the nest.  (Would you agree that abandoning a relaxing weekend trip to monitor a bird house is bizarre?  I can’t help it; I love my Bluebirds!!)

Turmeric for dementia symptoms

Just found this web site: http://www.naturalnews.com/040858_turmeric_Alzheimers_Disease_dementia.html I’m going to check the health food store for Turmeric in capsule form.  Lately I have been so frustrated because my “recall” is too slow!!  I once heard the saying: “There isn’t anything wrong with our memory; it’s our recall that is slipping.” I’ve always had (IMHO) a good memory and this failure to recall is embarrassing!!  Yesterday, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the word “imitation.”  There is another saying: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I was telling a new acquaintance that a visitor to the area behind our apartments was impressed with our plants and flowers, and landscaping.  She wished the view behind her apartment was as impressive as ours!!  Originally, I was the only one that worked on a backyard garden.  Now several neighbors have created their own… with their choice of plants.  Recently my immediate next-door neighbor planted a tomato plant and two pepper plants.  Just prior to that, a rose-bush.  Furthermore, many other plants  in hanging baskets and in-the-ground this Spring.  She frequently tells me that I am her inspiration.  ~~  Well, I digressed.

I’ve searched the web for additional links and I list them here.

Alzheimer’s isn’t the only condition that might be affected by the brightly-colored spice: “Curcumin has been proven to be an extraordinarily potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. These properties make it effective for cancer (prevention and treatment), arthritis, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and many other health issues — all demonstrated in clinical studies,” says Lemerond.
To boost the efficacy of the curcumin compound, some studies show that it should be ingested with Vitamin D supplements. The two substances then work together to stimulate a type of immune cell that can “clean up” the beta amyloid more quickly and thoroughly.

and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

However, I like this link best: http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/961-turmeric-protects-your-brain-cells

More later.

Postscript, Thurs., June 20, 2013, 6:30 PM: I just ordered Turmeric from this company.

Postscript, Tues., July 16, 2013, 5:00 PM: I’m faithfully using turmeric.  Just read this; here is another suggestion.

Exciting news !!

Hungry baby BluebirdI didn’t capture the image but I’m inclined to believe there are now two baby Bluebirds in the nest. That is a wide-open mouth begging for food. I’m grateful for fuzzy images!! The investment in the Hawk Eye Nature Cam (camera) wasn’t a total loss.

FYI: While doing other tasks inside and outside, the TV is “on” with the continuing image of activity in the nest.  My faithful little Samsung camera is nearby so I can (perhaps) capture a picture.  I’m constantly running through the apartment for a tool–or to put things away. Today the temperature will soar to ninety degrees so I have been watering in my yards, and neighboring yards (vacationers), since 8 o’clock.  It’s time to think about brunch and get ready to go to work.

Two new….

Raining hard !!

Two newly transplanted plants.

Chair with VineThis morning, another needed bag of planter soil prompted a trip to Lancaster, South Carolina. First stop: Goodwill–but I deemed any items I might like as “too expensive.” Then to Home Depot for soil. Later: Christian Services Thrift Shop. Nothing for me there either. However, near the dumpster, with a pile of trash (mattresses, etc.), I spotted a chair to use as a plant stand.  I hadn’t been home ten minutes until the soaking-wet upholstered cushion was off the chair and I was testing for the right size planter for the seat (from my previously purchased selection).  The third (of four) Sweet Potato Vine was quickly transplanted.

Extremely hard rain drove me indoors for about an hour.  During a lull, I inserted a Coco liner in a wrought-metal hanging basket and prepared planter soil.  Petunias were still being transplanted (from small nursery containers) when a clap of thunder and a cloud-burst forced me indoors again.  “Third times a charm” (so they say) and I finished that task before the now continuing rain (4:45).  Honestly, I’m quite wet as I sit here preparing this message.  Feels good on a hot humid 80 degree day!!  ~~  Gratefully, the fourth Sweet Potato Vine should be my last transplant.  It’s a relief to have that project behind me.  IMHO, the newly transplanted are blessed to have plenty of fresh soil and a healthy rain!!

Planter soil the only major expense today.

Gardenia bush

ClematisIf Mother Nature doesn’t water our plants, I water my next-door neighbor’s Gardenia bush.  I love to pick Gardenia blooms and have them in the apartment.  They smell gorgeous!!  ~~ The first two Clematis blooms on the plant designed to climb on a handrail in my front yard.  ~~ Flowers, flowers, everywhere!!  I love them!!

Footnote at 8:00 PM: The rain stopped and I went outdoors to clean up after earlier planting, and put things away. I discovered the first Phlox, and first Bonfire Salvia. (Although when I went on-line for a link, I began to question whether I have Phlox–due to large variety. And I learned Hummingbirds are not attracted to Bonfire Salvia.) In my backyard, there are lots of Scarlet Runner Beans and I can’t imagine how they went from bloom to five-&-one-half inches almost overnight.


Bonfire Salvia

Scarlet Runner Bean

Scarlet Runner Bean