SUNDAY – DAY 188: Wha-ta hell! My clock radio woke me up this morning from the heart of hillbilly heaven. What happened to my classic radio station? It was there somewhere in the background playing Bach, but it was being drowned out by a country/western station and a twangy girl singer mooing about being wronged by a false hearted lover. Don’t get me wrong, I openly admit I am not a fan of today’s over-abundant sound-alike girl singers in the genre, and I don’t appreciate them moving in on my local classical FM bandwidth. OK, so while it might be caused by low-flying satellites, or solar flairs, I prefer to think it is the work of some mustachio-twirling villain’s vendetta to ruin my Sunday morning wake-up. Either that, or Mlle. Renee is using her tail to serve as an extra antenna to get me out of bed to get her something to ear. It only happens on Sunday mornings.

I just remembered that I forgot to show you the Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Cookies I baked for my brother yesterday.DSCF0445

My Origami Calendar Challenge – Like I noted yesterday, no challenge on the weekend calendar again. But to keep my fingers nimble I asked another of Stan DeMon’s cousins to visit.  Meet Flora DeMon from Hawaii.DSCF0432_2

FLORA: Aloha, boys!

FRAN: She’s our cousin?

STAN: Distant, very distant.

If you would like to fold your own member of the DeMon Family, just follow these simple steps. Remember you have to start with a perfectly square thin sheet of paper.DSCF0428

If you don’t know how to fold  the starting  BIRD BASE, I refer you to my post of DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #131 – MAY 11, 2013

 ROUND AND ABOUT THE WEST WALNUT MANOR HOMESTEAD – Well, its July and the Rose Of Sharon (Althea Hibiscus syriacus) is busting out all around the yard.


I grew these shrubs from seeds I collected from the plants that grew through the fence of the Sisters Of Saint Mary’s Motherhouse behind St. Mary’s Hospital several years ago. My shrubs are now about five-feet tall and have reached mature blooming state. They are a member of the Hibiscus family that is native to China and India. In the Western world it received its name from the Biblical Rose Of Sharon which it isn’t. It also grows quite well in the mid-west where it can be trained to grow as a shrub or tree. Mine are rather shrubby.  If you look closely you can see a visitor at the bottom of this blossom.



That is one big old bee who is really getting coated in pollen. DSCF0438

I expect to have a bumper crop of seed pods this fall.

Anybody want some seeds? They still carry the Sisters’ blessing. And they’re easy to start in the spring.

Meanwhile, back in the backyard a member of the near extinct Eurasian Tree Sparrow family dropped in to see what kind of seed was in the feeder today.DSCF0442

Looks like mostly cracked corn, and he prefers the millet and nut pieces.

To hot to cut grass today, so I’ll just rest today and get to it early tomorrow morning or after sunset.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on July 7, 2013, in MY DAILY CALENDAR, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Since I can’t taste those cookies, thanks for the treat of looking at your garden with its flora and fauna.

    • The cookies were disappearing so fast at my brother’s house that he filled a baggy with them and hid it in his sock drawer. He’s diabetic and I made them with artificial sweeteners and pumpkin and oatmeal both of which are good for him.

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