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Uh-oh… Apparently, Mr. J. Cricket has a death wish… Lucy leisurely considered the dessert menu And finally decided She was entirely too full for desert anyway So, she watched with only a passing interest as Mr. Cricket went happily on his way Oblivious to his good fortune ­čÖé

Miss Lucy B. Dragon surveying the kingdom That was. Ah, Miss Lucy, What grand baby dragon dreams! ­čÖé A Pox on you! ┬áMiss Lucy says…

This is a┬áKnockout┬árose. (The blossoms do look as if they’ve been knocked around a bit) I was wandering around the nursery the other day When I saw these huge pots of classic-looking shrub rose bushes ┬áI’m not a rose person, but the bright color appealed to me After the Big Winter Freeze So, I bought one of them although it was over five feet tall Two of the nicest boys delivered it… Read More

Koko is the latest resident at the Legend House She is an African Pygmy Hedgehog They’re about five inches long She hid in her hut after we brought her home When I notice her running on Che’s old wheel In the late hours of the first night I knew she would be okay in her new home She is Charlie’s birthday present He will be eleven years old on April 29, 2014… Read More

The sun was shining. ┬áIt was warm. I headed off to the garden center To find plants for the Garden Bones Lilies and Hibiscus and Ferns What I bought was a Coral Cactus Grown by Costa Farms In Florida The directions said to water her infrequently Keep her in bright light Suitable for a desk I wondered whose desk is in high-noon-desert light? She’s sitting on the porch ledge against the screen… Read More

On my way to Mickey D’s for iced coffee I noticed a wide field of grain Under the setting sun, it looked absolutely golden I raced home for the camera and the wide-angle lens When I returned, the field wasn’t quite so golden anymore I had visions of photographing my┬álandscape from a very low and dramatic angle Well, forget that Risking loss of life and limb parked alongside a busy highway I… Read More

Dinner If there is anything That-Green-Chicken (as Kelli calls her) Loves more than little bits of chicken It’s great gobs of pasta She finished off her scant serving And While I was fetching a glass of water Dove right into mine! Burp…

The winter freezes left a skeleton garden Covered in the corpses of Fan Palm Fronds Pygmy Date Palm Fronds Flowering shrubs Hibiscus The Carolina Trumpet Vine Gone from the pergola Leaving only shadows To stand in for shade And A baby Tree Frog Taking refuge under cover of the rocks That protected the winter fountain Where there was a view of graceful Pygmy Fronds Sheltering the porch Only bearded Pygmy trunks remain… Read More

An ancient Pygmy blossom Dried on the trunk of a Pygmy Date Palm tree Tiny dates once grew on the stems During pruning of the old fronds, these dried blossoms were overlooked They were undoubtedly among the first fruits produced by the tree Years ago The┬áblossoms were once heavy with clusters of tiny dates The shell was green and the blossoms were bright yellow The tiny fruits developed from the stems Although… Read More

It is springtime in South Texas A time for sweeping away the losses of winter A time for planting A time for renewal And New beginnings It is a time of gratitude for friends who surround us Friends who wrap their arms around us Friends who support us while we find our way I am grateful to all of you Who so generously support me in This springtime of loss and renewal… Read More