Shamefully, I must confess something: I'm tired of summer already. I don't know how it happened or why I can't just bask in the little bit of free time I've managed to cobble together. Even when you don't "work," if you're a bit of a project junkie like myself, you can always fill up your schedule. This summer has been no different, in that regard. It just seems like there's so much more I want to do that won't happen till Fall.
So, how have I been spending my time?
First of all, there's Gonzo maintenance (see kid in red shirt). Friends from Viet Nam visited and he has really been looking forward to hearing an update on their lives on the other side of the world. As of today, two out of three of the pictured dudes are off to do mission work in Virginia and Tijuana, Mexico. Just think: they're going to spend a week doing backbreaking work in the hot sun when other kids are sitting by the pool...and yet, they are still smiling. I kinda dig that.
To liven things up a bit, I've been trying out "tips" and "hacks" to see which ones are worth doing. Buzzfeed had a video clip that showed a different way to cook pasta...it seemed too good to be true. Lay the pasta in a deep skillet or shallow pan and cover with cold water. Bring it to a boil and stir occasionally. Cook till all the water is gone. No huge pot of boiling water, no strainer, minimal clean up. Why did I need a YouTube video to tell me to try this? It's so simple and it works. Score.
Critter watching continues. All the baby birds have flown off and now I turn my sights back to the cow-boys and cow-girls. Literally. I have a longstanding habit of never saying "calf", "heifer" or "bull." The main reason is because I think it's cute that my husband corrects me each and every time, especially when I call calves "baby-cow." I've only been doing it for a couple of decades or so.
There's an African Brahma cow-boy in the field and every time I look at his horns I think three things:
- How does your head hold those monsters up in the air?
- Do you have a headache - daily?
- Why do I want to give you a demon name, my African buddy?
Those horns are weird shaped and creepy. The cow is lovely, friendly, and sweet-natured. It's not his fault that I'm weird.
Meanwhile, I continue my "Lap Cow Project 2015" where I attempt to make these three cows so tame that it will make you feel good all over.
As it is, they play with the dog (Coco Loco) and run along the fence line with her. Whenever we check the garden, they give me a moo-shout-out. Part of that may be because I keep feeding them goodies...but I'm going to pretend they just like me and they are very smart.
Of course, I'm doing a little more cow photography than the average person.
Actually, I think the cow-gang (I also omit "herd") have their eyes on the cantaloupe patch that mysteriously appeared on the compost pile. If I'm translating the moos correctly, they're saying, "hay stinks - throw a cantaloupe over."
I'm glad there's fencing between them and the melon patch. It gives me hope that we might successfully harvest a few.
Seriously, there is at least a dozen gorgeous cantaloupes. You're saying to yourself "this is a side of her I've never seen...melon obsession..." I'm think the cow obsession was weirder, but okay...I'll go with melons...
The other two things that occupy my time AND are growing like mad are the sunflowers and my art supply purchases. Ironically, the two are linked. The supplies are being purchased for kids that have taken an art class with me next Fall. Meanwhile, I keep going out and taking pictures of the sunflowers to use as reference photos for sketching homework. Something tells me they will be drawing cows, too.
Bees are supposed to be in trouble; great numbers of hives collapse and the population of these buzzin' brothers are diminishing...but not in my yard. In fact, I think there are abnormally large numbers out there this year. I can't take a picture of a sunflower without 5-10 bees in the frame. I swatted them away repeatedly till I finally gave up and took the picture below with three bees saying "cheese."
I'm getting into a whole lotta nothing overall. Fall can't come soon enough. Stay tuned for October when I rant about the cold.