Daily Photo: Sienna Inspiring Me

tortoiseshell cat on the windowsill
Sienna inspiring me.

Something about Sienna is making an idea go “ding” in my head, and I think she’s sending it to me.

“Don’t you think I’d make a nice kitty shape for a magnet?”

Yes, you would!

“How about one of those glass things you’re trying to make now?”

I think the votive jar I’ve started that’s next to her is giving us both ideas.

“Pillow, maybe?”

Please, Sienna, stop it! I’m trying to work on something else!

Really, this is the first day that hasn’t been hot and choking with humidity, and studio work is difficult in weather like that. I’ve actually been working up there only late at night or very early morning, and Sienna has been there with me. Yes, she is helping me hatch some new ideas. Let’s hope it stays cool enough for me to follow through!


From the back yard and beyond

Another visitor to the yard, a tiger swallowtail, and this time a black phase female. I saw a regular swallowtail yesterday, yellow with black stripes, but couldn’t get a photo in time. I’m so happy to see her. My yard is typically full of them, but with few flowers after the groundhogs and deer had their way. I’m glad I got a few annuals to welcome them back!



From around this date in past years

Oops, Mimi Doesn’t Need to Be Watered, 2018

Mimi keeping a safe distance.
Mimi keeping a safe distance.

I unintentionally watered Mimi with the hose earlier so she is keeping her distance for now. If you look closely she is talking.

We had a great time out in the yard on Sunday morning. There had been little to no rain all week and my fledgling garden needed to be watered. Normally I find the old oscillating sprinkler to be wasteful and I’ll carry watering cans or water each plant by hand, but there’s just something about watching that sprinkler swinging slowly back and forth and spattering the entire garden. Watering like that is actually good for the birds and the bees too. I keep bird baths around which bees and butterflies use as well, but getting some humidity in the air and droplets on the leaves is good for them all, and I’ll often see both birds and bees fly in the water spray. Plus, it’s cool for photos.

It isn’t summer until I bring out the heirloom oscillating sprinkler just once. My mother bought it some time in the 1950s.

The sprinkler.
The sprinkler.






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Kelly on the Windowsill tile

Kelly enjoys the sun on her back on the bathroom windowsill, and also likely the reflected heat from the deck roof, just below. It’s not all that warm outside, but just warm enough to have the windows open in mid-afternoon. The pussy willow is right outside the window and the dappled leaves were charming, and the blue sky beyond. Read more and purchase.


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