I decided to just post captioned pictures of some things that happened while I wasn't blogging, so I can have a record of at least part of those days.
|More roses, yay!|
|The pineapples are getting larger|
|I hung the tray feeder from one of those mystery trees by the other feeders and |
added freeze-dried mealworms to it.
|At night, Middle Son called to say he was working on the "Orlando 48 Hour Film Project" with his|
friends and asked if we happened to have a corded phone they could borrow for their movie.
Despite my decluttering, I had kept one "just in case" so he came over to borrow it. I hope they win!
|Greg and I took an afternoon walk on the Lake Minneola Trail. It was|
super hot (99F).
|The car drove off the lake, up the boat ramp. They have those at Downtown Disney too, now that I think of it. Ooop, sorry "Disney Springs".|
|Native Green Anole, a rare sight as they have been steadily replaced by the non-native brown anoles.|
|This used to be a large pond. It's about 1/3 of the size it was last year!|
|There were several people fishing there, though, first time we actually saw anybody else out there!|
|We walked through the woods all the way around the pond so we could have different vantage points. We came across those weird fungi growing at the base of a tree.|
|Little Blue Heron|
|From the other side of the pond. We walked on this grassy area. This is usually the bottom of the pond!|
|I think he caught something but the darn grass is in the way and I can't really tell!|
|We found this pretty, empty turtle shell. Greg wanted to bring it home (why?!) but I convinced him that we might get in|
trouble if the species was protected so he left it there.
Then we drove to the small pond right outside the Florida Bass Conservation Center, further down the road. As we approached the pond, we saw a dune buggy and wondered about it. The driver was very friendly and ended up being from Clermont. He had ventured into the Richloam Wildlife Management Area from about where we usually hike on the Van Fleet Trail, and had gotten lost on the dirt roads without a map, but finally emerged here. We told him how to get back to Clermont on the regular roads. Now I want a dune buggy too. It was very cool and seemed like a lot of fun.
|As he was driving away.|
In the evening, we took our son to eat at Redwing Restaurant, off SR33. We love it. Greg had the frog legs, gator tail and catfish. I had a salad, which, actually wasn't great at all and definitely not worth the $10 we paid for it, but Greg loved what he ordered. I like their lunch menu better :)
My daughter attended Grad Bash at Universal Studios with a million (or so it seemed, she said, it was very very crowded) other high school seniors that afternoon and evening. She and her BFF had a dreadful time and regretted going very much. They were ready to come home at 6 p.m., just 2 hours after they got there, but the buses weren't leaving until 2 a.m. and even if I had wanted to go pick them up, the park wasn't letting anyone in or out after a certain time. I slept for several hours before I had to go pick them up at 3 a.m. so I was fine. Between Prom and Grad Bash (neither of them were events she and her friend enjoyed at all), several hundreds of dollars have been wasted. Most of it wasn't my money (her dad paid for it) but it still pisses me off.
|I made pancakes for breakfast. Yum!|
|The boys were playing one one of the cat trees :)|
|I stopped by Publix right after dropping off Youngest Son at school in the morning. I love that they're open at 7 a.m.|
|Daughter was awarded the Siemens Scholarship via the National Merit Scholarship Corporation! She will receive $1,000 per year at college (up to 4 years). They still showed that she picked UCF so she let them know she's now going to UF.|
|I harvested some grape tomatoes, jalapeños and serrano peppers.|
|I guess I'm not purging the rest of my files today either...|
|LOL. They stopped long enough to take the first picture and then resumed their playing :)|
|I mixed several batches of seasonings.|
|I harvested some fresh thyme|
|Princess wanted to help with folding the laundry.|
|And then Tabby Kitten tried to iron the clothes by laying on top of them :)|
|I finally finished purging all the files, dismantled Princess's cardboard box "bed" and then ordered her this one from Amazon. I redeemed Discover Rewards and a $5 gc earned via Microsoft Rewards so it's only costing us $3.60.|
|Explorer spent the afternoon and evening cuddling next to me.|
|Later on, all three kittens played with their tunnel. My daughter joked that it looks like they just invented the telephone, hahaha.|
|Empty boxes = happy cats!|
|At RaceTrac, I got a free Long-John donut for Youngest Son (with survey reward code)...|
|And a Sodapalooza refill, of course!|