Pretending to be Domesticated

I have been busily running about my house this morning, pretending to be domesticated. That’s not to say I’ve done everything that needs attention – no point in overdoing, after all. But I have removed a couple of layers of dust from flat surfaces, dealt with a bit of laundry and a few other things. Now I am ready to sit down and share a few random photos and perhaps some random thoughts.


As the sun presented itself over the hill behind us this morning, I decided it was a good time to wander outside a bit – not too far (that overdoing thing again, you know), but far enough to capture a few things in that beautiful early morning light. It’s been awhile since I’ve done that – but then again, it’s been awhile since I’ve done much of anything besides just enjoy my time with the kids before they left. I must say, I am missing those times.


I found Little Lady Lily (who am I kidding? A lady she definitely is not!) in the chair on the deck, which seems to be her preferred place for sleeping these days. She does come in and grace us with her presence every couple of nights. I wonder what she’ll do when winter arrives again.


This rugosa rose shines in the morning sun. Such a pretty little girl, don’t you think? Not as lovely as a tea rose, but our climate dealt with the tea roses I planted quite harshly and I finally had to give up. Sadly, things of delicate beauty shiver and shrivel in our late frosts – and early frosts too. The weather this morning issued a frost alert. Our little town was not named as one likely to be frosted, but you never know. Yes, it is still August. In your area, that might mean safety for your growing, blooming children for awhile – in mine, not necessarily.

This Gerbera Daisy – the one the Artistic One brought as a spring gift, which bloomed so happily in my window until finally it seemed she might survive outside – has now become comfortable enough in her outside home to bloom again. Sometimes it seems to take awhile for things to bloom where they are planted; have you noticed that? When placed in new, unfamiliar surroundings, do you immediately burst into your full glory, or do you take awhile to spread your roots, become more comfortable with your surroundings, before you shine?


The pot of lantana and fountain grass has matured very nicely, I think. I’m charmed by the fountainy growth habit of these plants, and I think I’ll repeat this planting next year. I might even put lantana in the hanging pots on the front of the garage, since it seems to be so very tolerant of my failure to water as regularly as I should. My kids said they think I’ve developed ADHD and they just might be right – the result is that I decide I need to water plants, but then something else presents itself and off I go. The wrong direction. We’ll not talk about how many unfinished things I keep finding.


The sun shines prettily on this cardinal, one of the stained glass pieces my brother did for me. This is the one meant for Kat – which she can have when I die. It begged me to allow it to live in this window, and it is the only cardinal I shall ever have visit me here, in this western location.


You remember Juan (Won) Carlos, my granddaughter, don’t you? You probably remember her as a nice white kitty however; which she is not in this photo. The day before she was to board a plane to fly to Muscat, Oman, she found, somewhere in our yard, a bunch of loose dirt. She obviously very much enjoyed that loose dirt. Her father, my Gep, was not overly pleased; one cannot, after all, take their daughter to a new home in such a condition. What kind of impression would she make?! Her dirt frolic resulted in a bath for her, which apparently was not so very traumatic because I heard nary a sound, sleeping through it.


Here she is, in her new home in Muscat, feeling not yet completely at home, but safe in her tree, Gep says. I didn’t know the fat chick could jump that high!

That concludes my wanderings for this day. I hope your day, your many days, bring you enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to Pretending to be Domesticated

  1. Heather says:

    I wish I could roust myself to enjoy the early morning sun, but instead I enjoy the early morning dark before I go to bed…around 2am.
    Nice analogy, re: blossoming flowers/people.


  2. When placed in new surroundings, I take a while to spread my roots! I’m glad your son made it safely to Muscat!


  3. suzicate says:

    What a lovely piece of stained glass; I adore cardinals!


  4. Carol – Walking through your blog this afternoon provided me with just exactly the gentle respite I needed. Thank you.


  5. Lynne Ayers says:

    Great wander, Carol. Enjoyed it. I am quite familiar with early, and late, frosts – I’ve seen frost and/or or snow every month except July. Thins we learn to live with – a trade off for the exceptional beauty, clean air, brillliantly lit night skies and animal sound vs traffic. I can live with that.


  6. Angelia Sims says:

    You live in bliss. All your everyday stuff is so beautiful. Love the porch kitty. Reminds me of one of my first kittens. 🙂


  7. Karma says:

    I enjoyed your wanderings, Carol. The gerbera daisy is quite wonderful. I agree that lantana is quite forgiving. We, as has most of the country, have had a very dry summer but my lantana is one of my better looking outside plants right now. I was very good about watering at the beginning of the season, but I find myself worrying less about it now as many of the blooms begin to fade. I’m glad the cat-washing went well! You never know how that will turn out. My kitty is very sweet, but I’m sure that an attempted bath would turn into a bloody mess!


  8. A Lily kitty pic! I swear I’m not obsessed with your cat.


  9. Dawn says:

    I have today off so have been doing some of the domestic things myself..though not too much. Have also sat on the deck reading for hours on end. Heaven. Katie girl the doggie stays by my side and asks me why I am not at work so she can sleep. Silly dog. Glad your son is safe in his new home with his kitty. We all adjust.


  10. Lisa says:

    Frost alert?! Nooooooo! I’m sure Lily kitty will remember the warmth of the family room in a few months. Love the last pic! Looks like Juan will not be getting another bath anytime soon if she stays safely out of reach. 🙂 Thanks for sharing today.


  11. Marianne says:

    I had to look twice when I saw your cat on top of the kitchen units! Bless 🙂


  12. Kathy says:

    Enjoyed reading of your wandering morning, and now I’m missing my kids, too. Except Chris will be here in a couple of weeks after attending his bachelor party/canoe trip downstate. Can’t wait! Love that up-high view of the cat. Yep, wondering how she got up there.


  13. Colleen says:

    Carol, I so enjoyed this and am looking forward to going back and seeing what wanders and wonders I have missed. Happy Sunday to you 🙂


  14. Wonderful post, Carol. Thanks for letting us tag along!


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