Looks Can Be Deceiving

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Be Careful!  Looks can be deceiving.  What may be easy on the eyes may just be a serpent in disguise.

~ Author Unknown

So I have another garden story for you.  I was out watering my garden the other day and I turned around and saw these beautiful yellow flowers on my blueberry bush.  It took me a moment to realize that there should not be yellow flowers on my blueberry bush so I took a second look.  Yes, maybe you saw it right away – these are not flowers, they are caterpillars and yes, they should not be on my blueberry bush.  Isn’t it amazing how you can be so excited about something beautiful one moment until you see it for what it really is and somehow that beauty disappears?  The caterpillars were very beautiful and I tried to thank them for their beauty but in the end, they had to go.  I took one last look at their flower like appearance and then I cut off the branches and threw them over the hill.

Little Things

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I think it is important to find the little things in

everyday life that make you happy.

~ Paula Cole

Well, it has been awhile since I shared anything about my garden but today these little carrots made me so happy I just had to share them!  I think that I have been trying to grow carrots now for about the past 5 years. The greens on top of the ground always look beautiful but I assume that my clay-like soil has usually prevented them from growing any bigger than the size of a baby carrot.  So you can only imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see these beauties when I pulled them from the ground.  Now, I know, you are looking at them and going, really, they are still so small.  Well, you would be right but compared to my previous years, these are monsters. No matter – they made me smile anyway!  And really, I think that this is why I have a garden: to be surprised and to smile at whatever happens to grow!

Wasting Time

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
~ John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

This is a photo of Mount McKinley in Alaska that I took when we were in Denali National Park in the beginning of July.  I was on vacation with my family. We did a short tour on land and then spent 6 days on a cruise down the inside passage.  What a wonderful way to spend a summertime vacation.  I do not normally like to go away for more than a week because my mind keeps telling me that I need to be at work.  This year we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  We had many days on the cruise ship where were just idle: watching the ocean, looking for whales and eagles, watching the glaciers and ice floating in the water -always in awe of all of the beauty that surrounded us.  I hope that you had some wonderful experiences this summer as well.  If not, no worries, there is still time!  Go sit by the river, or the lake, or take a day trip to a park and watch the clouds float by.  It will definitely “by no means (be) a waste of time.”

Summer

LBItoesSummer is filled with breaking the rules,

LBIFlowerstanding apart,

LBIcactusignoring your head,

LBIsunsetand following your heart.

How are you doing with all of that?

Summer is almost over, better late than never!

These pics are from a recent three days on Long Beach Island – I’m trying to practice what I preach!