While Delaney naps, I take a rest and read; sometimes I nap too.
For those of you who have read this blog from back when we lived in Nevada, our beautiful valley experienced a devastating fire last week and one home was lost. Click for big to see the homes that the firefighters saved - all but one! This is what the view would be from our old house. Not only is it ugly, there's no vegetation to prevent catastrophic runoff next spring.
I think this photo speaks volumes. Our mailbox looked just like this.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I spent my final day as living history interpreter for this year and one last afternoon of cribbage. Izzie is a seasonal hire, a 19-year-old college sophomore and Jayden is a 17-year-old high school junior who just had completed a 3.5 mile hill workout with his cross country team before coming down to his volunteer shift, both amazing, motivated and responsible young people and I will miss them.
I have finished this area of our yard and will leave it alone to grow together, probably a couple more years before it looks mature and planned. Next year I'll start to plant that area behind it which is just dried grass and aspen tree volunteers. We'll need to add irrigation there before I can start planting.
I've had help from our songbirds who have dropped seeds here and there, some grew and some didn't. This snapdragon is between a rock and a paver so I don't expect to see it again next year. They've donated a lot of violas in random spots and I am quite happy with their cheerful little faces.
This is my favorite of the random donations. I used an app I bought called Picture This to identify it as Chinese Hound's Tongue. We're hopeful it will be back next year.
The sure sign that the seasons have begun to turn is this red leaf in our maple tree. Even though the days are in the 80s, the morning temps are in the low 40s, quite chilly and the tree is taking its cue from that, which means less outdoors time and more time spent indoors and the end of summer. I hope to be weaving an hour a day by next week.