We’re not going to lie. We worked pretty darn hard and squeezed a bunch into one months’ time. But we also had some fun and enjoyed some ‘vacation’ time too.
One of the first things that we did was give Annie a proper bath (her first in three years).
The above shot is a before / after. That frackin’ dust was just not letting go despite all of the rain (our usual method of washing the van) we had been through. And when Nicole’s folks asked, “Didn’t the van used to be blue?” we knew that it was probably time.
Of course our ‘down time’ included looking at a lot of critters and foliage. Like this cute little Adult Breeding Western Palm Warbler (one of several new-to-us-since-we’ve-started-paying-attention birds).
In the ‘something that doesn’t happen every day’ category... We were outside finishing up the painting on a portion of the house. Nicole had just finished rolling and Darlene trimming and Nicole’s mom had come out to see how it was going. As we were standing in front of one of the walls and windows talking this red blur goes whizzing by our heads and smacks into the window. Most likely the new owner of a pretty intense headache, the cardinal then flew away into the trees to recuperate.
While out stalking flower and bug close-ups one day, Nicole notices something dangling from under a leaf. Not sure if her eyes were deceiving her she got closer and took a macro shot.
Still not sure what she was looking at but pretty sure it was ‘something’, she did some investigating. These are the egg sacks of the Green Lacewing. To give you and idea of size, the seven of them hanging here cover the length of 1/2” total. Nicole continued to return to see if she could witness hatching but it appeared that it had already taken place.
This is a photo of a Green Lacewing that we saw in Texas on our way to FLA. The larvae of these (nicknamed Aphid Lions due to their voracious appetite) are highly sought after to control garden pests like aphids, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies and other slow moving insects. The larvae pierces their prey and sucks out the body juices. Yummy!
There was really no telling who the surprise ‘critter’ visitor of the day would be. One morning, Nicole’s folks were out on the porch reading the paper when they heard splashing in the pool. Knowing it was many moons before Nicole and Darlene’s rising time, they ruled out human activity and investigated to find a duck enjoying an early morning swim.
As for working, well.... ‘someone’ was always watching...
Others just went on about their business and required discovering.
Well, we are now months behind on our blogging so we really ought to let the sun set on our tales of time in FLA and get to moving on down the road (in a literary sense, we’ve already done it physically). It was a wonderful month with family and although we worked a lot, we played some too.