Hawks: Yesterday as I was walking through my house I noticed a hawk flying very low over my front lawn. I have seen many hawks flying high above the acres of trees which back up to my property, but never one so close. It lands on the Japanese Maple out by the mailbox. I head to my kitchen door where I can get a better view. There is the first one, and now on the mailbox another hawk. I watch for a moment, then run to get my camera. When I return, the first one is gone, but the one on the mailbox is still there. I walk outside my kitchen door and snap this photo:
I watch it for a while. After a bit it takes off and lands on the lower branches of a very tall maple in the neighbor’s yard.
Laundry: A few days ago I returned from a 5-day vacation with friends and decided yesterday that I really needed to do a little laundry. The weather here was just beautiful, warm (not suffocatingly hot) with a slight breeze. I did the usual cold-water wash in the machine, then hung my shorts and tees out on the line I have running between two trees in my back yard. I used bungee cords to wrap around each tree – and that leaves a hook to attach the line to on both ends. That way I could get the line very tight, the bungee cords would give for me to attach the rope, and I can remove it and reattach it very easily if I wanted. Although it takes a little more time to hang the laundry than to throw into the dryer, I notice that when laundry hits the dryer it may stay there for days… this way my laundry is all done at the end of the day.
It is wonderful to take the time during the middle of a work day to spend a few minutes outside enjoying the colors of the season – the yellow black-eyed susans, the purple and white cone flowers the small fuscia yarrow… and all the different hues of green found in plants, grasses and leaves.