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Flower of the day: July 3, 2020

Henry James

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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    1. I was surprised too! We have severe droughts so our creeks are usually dry. It was a beautiful afternoon walking with the kids and enjoying nature. Ellis got too tired and sat in the stroller mostly. Thank goodness it’s an all terrain stroller; it was like pushing a coach and horse over uneven roads.
      100 degrees is pretty up there, like getting into the car and not being able to touch the steering wheel. Whew, we’re getting there too, so I feel your pain.

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      1. It has been brutally hot all weekend and will continue at least through Wednesday (94 all next week, maybe Thursday too). The fireworks are still going strong – I wish I could say they’d be gone after tonight, but no – they will go, not as loud until Labor Day.


      2. Hot here too, but the weather is volatile from hot to mild. At night it gets chilly.
        Oh, sorry you have to deal with so much fireworks! That beginning rumbling sound can startle. I wonder where people buy these fireworks and how much money they spend on them. shrug…a hobby that I don’t understand perhaps.

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      3. No, I don’t understand it either and one guy on the City community forum bragging he had spent $1,000.00 on fireworks – not that is crazy! I was worried as we’ve not had rain in a very long time. The grass is getting yellow – soon it sill be crispy.


      4. Oh my, that’s a lot of money for fireworks. My husband and I were trying to guess how much people spent on fireworks and thought it couldn’t be cheap. We guessed a thousand dollars. Geesh.
        I don’t know those people but I did say “thank you” for making us happy to see fireworks. My kids were oohing and ahhing sitting in the front seat with us. We parked at a Walgreens parking lot to see the fireworks coming from someone’s house.
        But I wouldn’t be so happy if those loud noises and smoke smell were constant like in your neighborhood.
        It’s getting yellow here too…was green in the winter. It turns orange in mid summer. Fire danger alert!!

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      5. Yes, that’s a lot of money – and literally, as the expression goes “the money just goes up in smoke” … people tried to say “well we had to entertain ourselves as we were cooped up.” You have a Facebook neighborhood forum too Esther? There were a good many people complaining about the noise affecting their dogs, babies, veterans with PSTD and losing sleep. I did not write anything – quite honestly, I don’t make any public comments like that. Because it is so hot, the A/C was pulling the smoke smell in on 4th of July, when the most fireworks were going on.

        I will keep my fingers crossed that you don’t experience any wildfires. We have not had a good rain and there have been several grass fires mentioned on the news, but not anything like California’s forest fires and devastation.


    1. Awww, thank you so much! I love to hear that. hehehe
      I’m doing pretty good. The update in my medication change seems to be kicking in now. I’m more aware of my problem so I tell myself to have more patience. Thank you for asking!

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