It’s summer! Don’t get benched!


Crepe myrtles bow

Rain last night loaded down the flexible branches of this crepe myrtle.

Mercedes reflections

The Mercedes wasn’t under low-hanging boughs, yet it did collect leaf-bits.

Am treasure truck

A Treasure Truck is good at attracting attention based on name alone. I hear you have to sign up for a steady diet of emails from AMMMMMazoNNNNN to find out what the deals are and where the truck will be. On balance, I’d prefer similar info on food trucks.

Scent hypothesis

Redbud backlit

Not far from the house I helloed with a fellow who was walking his dog. I don’t remember him or the dog, so perhaps we haven’t crossed paths before. He smelled strongly of patchouli and the dog was something like a black standard poodle. I kept going and turned the corner, and finally the patchouli scent faded.


Later, I walked in the street past a parked pickup, windows closed, as no sidewalks on that street; I couldn’t tell for sure, but wondered if it had been there all night. I caught the scent of pipe tobacco, or the sweet tobacco smell some of it has, as I passed the driver’s door. But only near the door.

Nonchemical weedkiller

My question: do smells linger longer in super-humid air?

If I had to do captions, I’d start with something along the lines of “backlit redbud leaves,” “rampant polebeans (auto-correct changed that to plebeians, harhar),” and non-chemical weed-killer (except it is made from petroleum chemicals, I recall).

Producto local

Producto local basil

“Producto local” in Spanish means what you might guess in English. The basil is from our front yard/garden plants, and the pesto I made from these leaves was superb (and tasteeeee!).

Producto local peaches

These are Georgia peaches, albeit from the groc-store and not our property. We are so lucky to have the final droplets of last year’s maple syrup from our neighbors’ in northern Michigan (no-Mich?) to add to the peaches, and a new 2019 ration to turn to when those droplets are consumed.

We are living large, and very lucky.


Fence ivy

I set off on my walk, and soon was wondering what theme I’d come up with for my walk-pictures.

Fence azalea

I thought fence/ivy…and then I found fence/azalea…yay! I thought…then I realized even at two, they had become boring already.

Yellow door

And…I found yellow door…and, aha, new direction to the pattern.

Playground shadow

But, no other architectural details…only a shadow in the playground. Still not terribly rewarding.

Butterfly bush flower spike

So, finally, here’s a flower spike on, well, I know it as butterfly bush. Perhaps.

* Progression is not progress.

Pictures not wordiness

Lily proud

Lily bloom and bud.

Redbud pods

Redbud pods; it’s in the legume family.

Bicolor hydrangea

Bicolor hydrangea bloom; mixed pH.

Moving right along

Free tunnel

Downtown Seattle traffic patterns have been changed by the construction/opening of a long tunnel on 99; it hasn’t been open long, and is still free. So we gave it a try! Smooth!

Rainier out

Above ground, we had great views of Mount Rainier…however, I only had a cell phone to snapshot it. It looms, no doubt about it. Massive landform.

Calamus Reservoir

Airborne, our route passed just south of the Calamus Reservoir. It’s that NW/SE darkness above the plane icon (note engines; can you see the propellers? resolution may be too hammered to display them). I worked on an archaeological site that’s now under the water before they dammed the river. The Calamus River was the most constant-flowing river in North America, we were told (perhaps still is?).

Midtown dogwood

And now we’re home in dogwood-town. Great trip! New HS graduate in the family! So proud! Fast trip, but very fun!

So proud

Tree in bag

Ho-hum part of the day: my walk. Found a tree in a bag, which the sign calls a hairnet. Dubious ethics; the idea is to preserve the fruit from the birds and other living things for donation to people.

Roadside sweet peas

Roadside sweet peas. Yay!

Jag logo

Our ride. From the manager’s selections; same rate as the Ford Focus we reserved. Hah!

Le pomp

Le pomp. In a hockey arena.

Le circumstance

Le circumstance. Hat toss to a John Williams composition for Star Wars; very appropriate. And…we have a new graduate in the family! Congrats to Sam Two-Name, beloved of all. He’s just to the right of the middle and you’ll never be able to pick him out. Does it help if I tell you he he’s wearing blue high-tops?

Apologies for the delayed post; just too darned much going on into the evening, plus the time difference. Yawn. Smile. Smile bigger.


Tigre pantera

While out for my walk, I made a new friend: hello, tigre-pantera! This one loved a head scratch and pet.

Cruise ship saturday

We saw a few cruise ships passing yesterday, perhaps three, and almost half-dozen today…bound for Alaska, we’re told, and regulars along this route on Fridays/Saturdays.

Umbrella deck view

We spent some time today prepping for the grad party, and finished our chores ahead of schedule…so opened a bottle of wine and sipped our way through some white pinot while enjoying the sun-warmed deck from the shade.

Icecream cake cut

Dessert, of course, was the high-point of the menu…a pair of surgeon-made and surgeon-dissected ice cream cakes…about one and a half consumed before everyone was too full to eat another bite…which means there’s half in the freezer awaiting tomorrow’s coffee hour. Yay!

Long summer for the HS graduate, as he moves into the dorm to begin college life in late September (surprise: quarter system!). I hear the job search will begin Tues…after the last after-graduation event.

Need one, buy three…make that twenty

Rhodo bumble

Today was one of those busy-busy prep days; the main event is dinner honoring the HS grad tomorrow, and the to-do list included a costco visit. I’m telling you, is that an experience. I think I’d only been in one once before, and it was to buy tires (insert tale you hypothesize here).

Rhodo really bumble

But you are probably more worldly than I and costco’s ho-hum to you.