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Outdoor Happenings

You know, if you just pay attention, miracles happen around us every day.  These are some observations I made today.

My plamaria blooms about this time every year.  It Winters in my garage every year and loses all it's leaves.  Yet every year, it sprouts leaves and blooms wonderful flowers.  The hummingbirds always visit it.  Speaking of hummingbirds, mine are still visiting the feeder every day.  I know one day soon they will be gone.

Our Passion Vine, I swear you can watch it grow.  In the Winter, the vine completely dies.  I remove the dead vines and place them in my compost pile.  This is the trellis without any growth.  Remember, hubby built it for me.

It is now mid September and this is what it looks like.  The vine makes the most beautiful purple flower.  In the mornings, bright golden butterflies dance around it.  Soon they will be gone.  The eggs they laid turned into catapillars that eat the vine.  They generate their cocoons, and it will start all over again.

We planted a Shumard Red Oak tree about 7 years ago.  It was a memorial to a dog that had been such a long time loyal family member.  The tree has continued to grown bigger and stronger every year.  It did lose a majoy branch due to the early ice storm last year but has continued to thrive.

This year, higher in the branches, it is covered in acorns.  Here is one I picked and the small knife is for scale.

Oh, and just because - a picture of my "new" car.  It is a 2011 Toyota Camry.  I am getting used to driving it. One of the best things about it, we purchased on the "no payment" option.  Translation, we paid cash.