Before the rain….

Mandevilla vine

Mandevilla vine

Mandevilla vine

Hanging baskets

Contain garden


Cypress Vine

Cypress VinePictures taken just prior to “more rain”; two days anticipated. It has been unseasonably wet and there has been tremendous damage in areas near by. My garden has suffered from “too much rain”; far fewer blooms. Today I was compelled to document the Mandevilla Vine climbing the closet organizer. The vine is growing from the white five-gallon pail. I couldn’t stop with three pictures!! #7 & 8 are Cypress Vine–successfully grown this season but a failure last year. Hummingbird with Canon.My plants were specifically chosen to attract Hummingbirds. I’m rewarded with many!!  (6:30 PM: Finally made progress transferring from Canon to blog. ~~ Challenges!!)

Lorraine in her backyard garden.

Cynthia visits Lorraine's backyard garden.12 noon: Goody, goody, I had a visitor!! I’m delighted when someone is interested in my garden!! When Cynthia wanted pictures with her smart phone, it provided the opportunity for pictures with my camera. (When was the last time you saw a picture of me??)

Challenges !!

Test picture with Samsung camera.It’s 12:30 noon as I start building this blog. I want comparisons between the old Samsung and new Canon. Also comparison images, between cameras, of Bluebird babies photographed from the new television set. True story: I spent the entire morning working with my two new electronics!! Had I studied the manual last night, I would have charged the battery. When I attempted to install information between Canon and my laptop computer, the battery needed to be installed and Canon turned on. It was a curious “wait” and “start” morning.  Between applications, I read the manuals for the camera and new TV.  Furthermore, I switched the antenna lead-in from older TV to new TV hoping to improve image quality of the Bluebird nest. It took over an hour while it automatically set up the channels. The picture looks good with my “going into retirement” Samsung camera. Next I’ll learn how to get images off the Canon and on the blog. Preliminary assessment: Poor picture quality from Hawk Eye Camera to new TV set.  ~~  Stay tuned?!  ~~


Test picture from Canon camera

Good grief; this is as complicated as a Rubik’s Cube!! It’s 1:30 and I finally figured out how to get images off the Canon and available for this blog. 1:45 and I can’t find the downloaded images!! 2:00 PM: Lost is found (but I’m not sure how to retrace my steps). When I decided to name this blog “challenges,” I didn’t envision the depth of that statement. ~~ OK, Canon image is sharper!

We’ve had a brief rain storm the last hour. Current outdoor temperature is a pleasant 80 degrees. I’m not “sweating” my projects (big grin).


3:00 PM and a decision has been made. Sansui TV is going back to BJ’s. I just switched the Bluebird camera connection back to the Vizio TV and the image literally jumped off the screen at me. It’s that good!!  ~~  Really hard rain at this moment!!


6:00 PM: I stumbled on a PBS program (at 5:30) that I thoroughly enjoyed!! The Wild Photo Adventures host was talking camera language I didn’t comprehend. I’m going to make a note (physically made a note) to follow that program.  My new Canon has features I’ve never used–but would like to learn.

Free entertainment !!

Squirrel on bird feeder

Squirrel on bird feeder

Squirrel on bird feeder

Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder9:20 AM: A casual glance out the window alerted me to another “happening” in my backyard. A squirrel was on top of the “squirrel buster” bird feeder. “How did he get the top off?”

Hummingbirds on the feeder

Female Hummingbird

Female Hummingbird

Hummingbirds on the feeder10:45 AM: For the first time, I saw four or five Hummingbirds circling the feeder. A male Ruby-throated Hummer was fiercely defending the area and others were forced away. (But the two on the feeder appear to be females?!)

Hummingbird & Mama Bluebird11:00 AM: The entertainment continues–and the squirrel is attempting to get the roof off the bird feeder!!

My own three-ring-circus?!


Mealworms for the babies

Mealworms for the babies11:35 AM: “Mama Blue” delivers mealworms to the hungry baby Bluebirds.


Question: Do you recognize some of the bird feeders? They were “for sale” at my yard “yard sale”–but didn’t sell.  They joined the other items in my cluttered backyard.


Repetition with black & white arrows

A little birdie told me”  they are getting weary of my same-subject blog messages. I looked up synonyms for “repetitious” and found it a delightful way to spend half-an-hour. Check the definition of some of these words?  Use One Look  Dictionary.
aeonian, alliterative, boring, dull, echoic, iterant, iterative, long-winded, plangent, pleonastic, prolix, recapitulatory, redundant, reiterative, repeating, repetitive, resonant, tautological, verbose, windy
I love the Internet!!  I find so much information about topics I’m interested in: Bluebirds, Hummingbirds, Turk’s Cap, Fuchsia, Jerusalem Artichoke, etc.  (And I find lots of clip art!!) One site takes me to another site, and it’s a fascinating journey.  Only a couple of days ago, I was researching a way to document the nest-cycle of the baby Bluebirds.  This is stimulating the grey matter in the old lady’s brain.  I don’t want my brain to get lethargic!!  I’m using Turmeric… as I mentioned in an earlier blog.
Here’s an off-the-wall change the subject.  (Note: new topic!!)  At work I was asked to type some information from hard-copy pages to the computer.  I appreciated an opportunity to do something during an otherwise non-productive afternoon.  I was delighted to realize that my typing skills are still excellent.  I’m a “touch typist” and my fingers fly over the keyboard when typing into a computer (and I’m accurate).  To brag a little bit: I was timed at over 1000 keystrokes per minute in years past when typing skills played a role qualifying for a job.  I’m so out-of-touch (play on words) and wonder “Do ‘they’ teach typing anymore?”  I don’t “twitter” or “tweet” or text but know that spelling has been reduced to abbreviated letters.  What a sad commentary: The younger generation won’t even be able to spell words.  I’m not laughing out loud.