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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Alpine tomatoes

It's real windy today. I told you these plants weren't pretty. But they'll be a reference point to compare in a couple of weeks. I cover them every night.

This next shot is of the one that wilted before I could get it planted. It'll likely survive.

Ocotillo are blooming at CMO but so far Lucifer Hummingbird seekers are having no trouble seeing them. That can change overnight, of course.

My vertigo is almost gone. Over a week ago I cut out all sugar from my diet. No more yogurt, cranberry juice or dark chocolate. Don't miss it. Hope it helps my health. We'll see. Can't hurt.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Almost back to my old self

Emphasis on the "old." Got watering done today, did some pruning, and other odds and ends. Really wore myself out. Hope I don't regret it. I love my little verbena patch. It attracts butterflies.

Hoping that it'll get lush as I keep watering it, but it probably won't. Good learning experience though. Below is the only Faxon Yucca on either my land, or my sister's adjacent land. It's so lovely, but maybe if we had a lot of it we wouldn't appreciate it as much.

For those of you that are into insects, here's one I don't recognize. (On Little-leaf Sumac buds.)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Definitely spring

In town yesterday I planted the tomato plants. For some reason they grew spindly and limpish indoors. I figured better not delay getting them into the ground any longer. I deliberately took them out one at a time. Trying to be helpful, my husband brought the remainder outdoors to me. I didn't say anything, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get them planted and covered fast enough. Vertigo and all. I made it with all but one. By the time I got to it, it had wilted terribly. I planted it anyway. Maybe it'll come up from the roots. We only planted six this year so we won't be inundated with bushels of tomatoes. Didn't think to take pics. Not very pretty yet.

Came down to my beloved oasis after a dentist appointment late this afternoon. I'm really feeling close to normal today finally. That whatever-it-was really zapped me.

Tomorrow I'll water and service feeders, then go back to town to nurse my tomato plants. Since I got here late and always so much to do, I didn't take photos except for this blooming Button Cactus (epithelantha micromeris). I hope I can get a photo of it when it has fruit on it.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Almost well

Even though I knew today would be a chilly day I felt I needed to check hummingbird feeders. Got to CMO and the feeders were fine, but managed to wear myself out more than I should have. Still have vertigo, but it's getting better.

Upon arriving, I accidentally flushed eight Green-winged Teal from the big tank. Before I realized what was happening a couple of Peregrine Falcons appeared out of nowhere. The ducks dropped back into the tank. Thereafter, they seemed afraid to stay in the water. They hugged the sides of the tank for the rest of the day, and flushing no longer seemed to be an option. I guess Peregrines can pick them off the water. Don't know.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a lovely day so I hope to finish watering and enjoy looking for butterflies.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Physically in Alpine

Mentally, another story.

Here's a newspaper clipping of my daughter's grand opening a while back.

Another boring day in Alpine, but soon things are going to get exciting at CMO.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Near instant gratification

I got to watch butterflies today at my new verbena patch. YAY!

Southern Dogface
Sleepy Orange

I know it's a puny patch, but location is everything. Here are some shots of verbena I took along Hwy 118 today, and I couldn't find a butterfly in it anywhere.

Oasis Mexican Redbud looking good...

I haven't gotten tired of photographing Henry's Elfins yet....

And, in case you're wondering why I push myself so hard, it's because I have to keep up with my sister. Here she is today, doing her thing, patching stucco on the house she built with her own hands.