Tuesday Tidbits #188 Do You Feel It?

The morning birdsong has given way to crickets chirping. Have you noticed?

Here in NW Pennsylvania we have recognized it.

That autumnal feeling is slowly inching its way into our backyards.
Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea taking on it’s late summer look.
The Hummingbirds are hanging around a little bit longer at the feeders. Are they getting ready for their long journey to warmer weather?

Hello and Welcome!

Cooler weather was felt a few days back and it sure was a treat! The hot and humid weather can zap my energy where outside work and play comes to a cease.

However, I’m not quite ready to give up on Summer… so “Summer On” I say!

Fun on the Lake.
Summer’s Morning Glow on the lake along with the dancing of Purple Martins.


We stepped away from Pennsylvania for a few days to visit family in Texas. It was HOT! Seeing family made the heat much more bearable.

Seeing Longhorns always reminds me of the day I tried to feed one. I jumped out of the back of an old pickup truck with some food in my hand. As fast as I jumped out… I jumped right back in. I about got knocked over with their longhorns. One quick move with their head and bam… you can be down on the ground in no time! I now let the feeding of Longhorns to the experienced Cowboys and Cowgirls!
I get a kick out of seeing the chickens eat sour cream. They love it!
When we are in Texas we enjoy watching the deer come into the pasture.
We have ourselves some posers!

Funny Story

As we headed to Texas we parked near the Cleveland Airport. (We fly out of Cleveland.) We were to text the parking lot one hour before we arrived… which we did. When we arrived we pulled into the lot… and wondered where the official lot keeper was. We drove around and finally spotted a small car. The attendant was in the car… he rolled his car window down ever so slowly and told us where to park.

We then parked but I wondered where our shuttle was. So I walked back up to the small car and asked about the shuttle but after he…. s l o w l y rolled down his window… he said… “I am your shuttle and will drive up to you in a few minutes.” I walked back to our car and thanked God we only had two carry ons. Because that’s all that would fit in his car trunk! After a few minutes he pulls up to us and packed our luggage into his small trunk. We got into the car and at this point I am starting to wonder if this is all legit… are we being kidnapped???

There was no conversation as he BLARED the radio music and as slow as he was with the car window the opposite he was with his driving. We were now in a Shuttle Race Car!

All the while as we sped by others and were listening to the top 20… I prayed we were on our way to the airport. At one point sweet man started to question it as well because the exit for the airport was coming upon us. Sweet Man started looking at me with wide eyes and made me aware (with his facial expression only because remember we can’t communicate because the radio is blaring) that the exit was right there in front of us. So now let’s add more drama to this story… we were 4 lanes over!! You guessed it correctly… he buzzed that car over 4 lanes of traffic and whipped right down the exit to the airport! Sweet Man and I were holding on to the hand pulls from the car’s ceiling.

With our hearts beating at a rate faster then a sprinter running a race… we made it to the airport intact and with a story to tell. And I was repeatedly thanking God we made it! And what makes it even funnier… the same guy picked us up at the airport when we arrived back from Texas! 😬😳

Summer Produce

We are enjoying the summer harvest of so many different farmers. From sweet corn to squash to beets to tomatoes! It’s all delicious and so very fabulous! How about you? What are you preparing with your summer harvest?

Thankful for this bounty in our kitchen.

Late Summer Gardens

Lots of dead heading goes on at this time of year but the beauty is still there for all of us to enjoy.

This Yarrow enjoys lots of bees and ladybugs.
Are these Ladybugs or Asian Lady Beetles? Asian Lady Beetles give off an incredible odor as a defense mechanism if they feel harmed in any way. At times this yarrow plant will smell very badly due to these insects!
I’m still bringing the outside in.

Thank You

I do believe that’s it for this week. As I always try to convey… we sure do appreciate all of you. Thank you for joining us for another Tuesday Tidbits.

Do I see some leaves starting to change?

Wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead. Whatever you have planned… make every summer day count.