KyLady feels a bit guilty for being happy about rain in her last post. Even though she knows that wishing for nasty weather doesn’t cause it, she was truthfully glad that the weather sucked the whole first half of the month. The consequence of all that rain was flooding which destroyed lives and homes in the eastern part of my fair Kentucky. I love these hills but flash floods are treacherous.
The sun finally peaked out from behind a thick blanket of clouds Thursday afternoon. By the time I got off work, there were no clouds in sight and the air was cool and calm. Since I have no grading to do just now, I loaded up my kayak and skedaddled out to Greenbo Lake. I wanted to go to the river, but was concerned that it might still be at flood stage – muddy, with garbage and giant limbs floating all over, and perhaps a swift current which would make paddling up river too much work. Greenbo is the closest lake to my house - 22 minutes from our driveway to the marina.
Greenbo was beautiful, just like silk. The sky and trees reflected as clearly as a mirror, and I could sit on the water and not drift anywhere…the water and air were that still. BUT...of course there’s a but…there was a church group of teens out there – like 40 or so loud-mouthed hyper kids in canoes and kayaks. It was happy noise at least, but I wanted the silence when nobody is out there. There were also people fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, and boating all over the place. It was the wrong place to go to get away from civilization and humanity.
One of my succulents, the one Erin gave me that inspired my succulent garden, finally gave up. It was not healthy from the get-go; it had been terribly overwatered at the store and never recovered. Anyway, I replaced it and added another specimen…along with another rock and a piece of driftwood. The wood is a bit too big, but I like it. Perhaps someday I’ll move it all to a bigger container and it’ll be just the right size.
|Succulent garden 2.0|
|Miss Molly found nothing to nibble on and has no appreciation for succulents.|
All this rain has brought many fungi to life in the woods where I walk Miss Gracie. Toadstools are kind of creepy and mysterious…they just pop up unexpectedly. Some are deadly poisonous. I’ve oftentimes wondered if the soil has something to do with how they are shaped or what color they are, or are those characteristics completely determined by the spores that are their seeds? I should do some research on that, and then I’ll know.
|I've never seen anything like this before. Maybe it's extraterrestrial.|