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Things I like today… chapter 4.

 

I like…

This road sign we passed on a country lane.

 

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Notice to salesmen – please move along.

 

 

 

I like…

Sitting on my deck reading,

 

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And being quiet enough to have a few visitors drop by.

 

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I like….

This kind of race.

 

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I might get a little winded…

But at least I know I’ll be able to cross the finish line.

 

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I like….

My fruit infuser pitcher.

 

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I know I should drink gallons of water daily, but let’s face it…unless it’s toning down my bourbon?

I’m not really interested.

 

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But chop up some fresh strawberries and let it sit overnight?

Quite tasty.

I’ve tried pineapple. Wonderful!

Mango? Meh.

Watermelon? No flavor at all.

Pear seemed like a good idea….

 

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But it turned brown and slimy in mere hours… so no to pear.

 

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(Don’t worry, it took me a minute to get it as well.)

 

I like…

 

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This picture I took of my flower bed with a triple rainbow shadow.

 

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Alvin’s evil twin.

 

Chipmunks….

Everyone thinks they’re cute.

Me?

 

 

Not so much.

If you think they’re cute, you haven’t met Ervin.

Alvin’s evil twin.

 

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He taunts me daily.

Digging into my mulch and planting stolen sunflower seeds in every available garden bed.

 

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He sleeps on the deck furniture..

 

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And is positively psychotic… staring in at me from the deck.

 

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And then launching himself in mid air to slam into the window.

Repeatedly.

 

 

He’s even made it into the house on occasion.

 

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But now…

 

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He’s discovered the plant pots.

 

 

How do I know?

 

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Aside from the scattered dirt on the table?

 

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Busted!

The little bastard is now digging and planting seeds in all my potted geraniums, begonias and petunias.

How do I know?

 

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The large sprouting sunflower leaves are a dead giveaway.

Cute? My ass.

 

 

Look at those teeth!

He’s probably plotting to chew off my toe in my sleep if he ever gets back in the house.

 

 

Things I like today…. chapter 3.

 

1.  Peonies!

 

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Great big colorful, heavily scented blooms.

 

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If you’ve never smelled one?

I’m sorry.

 

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They rival roses and lilacs for heavenly natural scent….

And I fill our house with them while I can.

 

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The husband’s little nephew used to call them Pee On Me’s.

 

 

But either way?

They’re glorious.

I like.

 

2.  The combination of wine and chocolate?

Always a winner.

 

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But actual wine flavored chocolate?

 

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Score!

Get yourself some immediately…. you won’t be sorry.

 

 

I like.

 

3.  A bean bag store that stacks their products like an ice cream cone?

 

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I like.

 

4.  Two for one jewelry.

 

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Buy a bracelet get a necklace…

 

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And they both look good.

 

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It’s true, I can.

Don’t hate me.

I like.

 

5.  A fox with attitude.

 

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This one stuck his tongue out at me.

Cheeky little bugger!

 

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I like.

 

Things I like today… chapter 2.

 

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A Maine woman is experimenting with weed to dull a lobster’s pain as he’s plunged into that boiling pot of water.

 

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There are worse ways to die than high.

 

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The article in case you want to read it:

Baked Lobster

I like.

 

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A local homemade R2D2 warning drivers to slow down.

 

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And this one reads in his spare time. Who knew?

I like.

 

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Rhododendron season.

 

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For a burst of pure color it’s hard to beat.

 

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I like.

The bees like…

 

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It’s all good.

 

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And finally…

 

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The dollar bill I received in change….

Complete with instructions on how not to spend it.

 

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I like.

Some garden fluff.

 

Japanese Iris season.

 

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I like it.

 

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The butterflies like it.

 

 

 

Life is good.

I also like shopping at ginormous greenhouses.

 

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Rows upon rows of blooming beauty.

 

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The colors.

 

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The pointy planters.

 

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The endless succulents.

It doesn’t suck is what I’m saying…. and I always come home with a car load.

 

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And yes, there’s that.

This particular greenhouse even had a Dr. Seuss tree.

 

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And something called a Sensitive Plant that I couldn’t stop touching.

 

 

Have you seen these things?

They’re bizarre.

Touch them, and they cringe like Melania when Donald rolls over in bed.

 

 

But I didn’t buy one because…. let’s face it, it has to be touched. And I’d never get anything done if I sat around touching my plant all day now would I?

 

 

And while I’m sure some of my readers have a similar problem?

Please…

Try to refrain from sharing.

There are some mental images I just don’t need.

 

The pollen apocalypse.

 

Forget zombies.

 

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Forget nuclear war.

 

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The pollen is here and I swear it’s going to kill me before the other things have a chance.

This year we’ve seen a crazy increase in pollen. While we normally have a few days of yellow dust choking our air every spring, here we are starting July and we’re still covered in the crap.

How much pollen is too much pollen?

 

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The barn porch furniture is covered.

 

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The kitchen porch is covered.

 

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The back deck is covered.

 

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It’s in every outdoor crevice.

 

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And running down the driveway in streams after a rain.

 

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Nothing escapes it.

 

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Open your windows?

 

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It covers the stove.

And the washing machine.

 

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You know those crazy videos you see on the news…

The ones where someone shakes a tree and clouds of pollen emerge?

 

 

I saw our neighbor do that but didn’t have my camera handy….

It’s insane.

 

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I wish WordPress had Smell-O-Vision.

 

I really do.

 

 

 

Because it’s apple blossom time at Casa River.

 

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And next to lilacs, they’re my favorite natural scent.

We had a long wet spring….

 

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And now even the smaller trees are bursting with blooms.

 

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Every little branch is covered in fragrant blossoms…. and when the breeze blows?

Pure heaven.

But since Smell-O-Vision isn’t available, you’ll have to take my word for it.

 

 

It’s that good.

Fun fact : Every tree we’ve planted in the past 15 years?

Dead.

 

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I don’t know why… they just died. Some lasted a few years, others mere months.

But this apple tree?

 

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The one I didn’t plant? That must have sprung up from a floating seed….

Grows 3 feet every summer.

 

 

 

And this year, it’s bee nirvana.

 

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Sorry..

I had to.