reindeermoss: Also if you are gauging bloom time, my first peonies opened today.
May 20, 2013 12:59:02 GMT -8
Fia: This time of year we get swallows. Pro: they are cute birds. Con: they can make a mess. They are a protected species and it is a federal crime to disturb them or their nests. We like them, but haven't seen any for a couple of years here.
May 20, 2013 17:46:51 GMT -8
Fia: As far as blooms go..... I will take some pics of my glads which are opening now.
May 20, 2013 17:48:17 GMT -8
reindeermoss: Fia, is this the swallows that spend the winter in Argentina? As in the song, "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano."
May 21, 2013 3:20:37 GMT -8
originalbunnymom: Diane and Fia! I have both peonies and glads waiting to burst onto the scene... perhaps just another week, although we usually have both by Memorial Day weekend. I will keep you abreast - <and a thigh and a leg> (Can you guess what I've decided to BBQ?!)
May 21, 2013 3:42:37 GMT -8
originalbunnymom: Ooooooooh Diane!! Just saw that last post was 256! I think we've thrown out a challenge... ;-)
May 21, 2013 3:44:22 GMT -8
reindeermoss: Bunny, that took all of my editing skills. I could never persuade a professional writer to "write to fit" the available space, but I'll gladly rewrite to squeeze my text onto a page. It took a few weeks to realize we have a character counter at the bottom.
May 21, 2013 4:08:40 GMT -8
reindeermoss: taa-daah. Another 256!
May 21, 2013 4:09:10 GMT -8
Fia: Diane, I don't know about the swallows going to Argentina, but they are famous for going to the mission of San Juan Capistrano, California. http://www.sanjuancapistrano.net/swallows/
May 21, 2013 9:23:31 GMT -8
Fia: The link above is not clickable, but you can go there and see a short story about the birds.
May 21, 2013 9:24:46 GMT -8
Fia: I never noticed the character counter. It counts as you type! even the smileys.
May 21, 2013 9:28:21 GMT -8
reindeermoss: Creatures that migrate such distances each year to an exact destination are amazing to me. Sounds like the swallows follow a very precise flight schedule. Fia, are you close to any of the places the Monarch butterflies spend the winter?
May 21, 2013 12:07:35 GMT -8
Fia: I don't remember what time of year it was, but a few years ago we were inundated with monarchs. It was the most beautiful and amazing thing to see so many fluttering about at once. I think it might have been spring time.
May 21, 2013 12:34:52 GMT -8
Fia: I always thought they died in the winter. So they winter over somewhere? I'm about 2 hours or so from the Mexican border. Beautiful Lake Elsinore.
May 21, 2013 12:36:41 GMT -8
reindeermoss: They spend the winter in a couple of CA locations and most of them return to Mexico. Read "Four Wings and a Prayer" by Sue Halpern. It is a fantastic book. It makes you realize how insignificant humans are in the big picture.
May 21, 2013 12:41:54 GMT -8
originalbunnymom: The Monarchs are a most amazing experience...
May 21, 2013 15:57:34 GMT -8
originalbunnymom: Wild weather warnings here - we actually were under a tornado watch for all of 25 minutes. Hearts and prayers for all those <devastated> today...
May 21, 2013 16:00:11 GMT -8
Fia: Let's send healing thoughts and prayers to Oklahoma.
May 22, 2013 9:57:14 GMT -8
reindeermoss: My kid had ACL surgery yesterday and is convalescing at my house. She's an occupational therapist, and not happy being on the receiving end of "health sciences." Made it through the first night post-op. Hoping to see measurable improvement quickly. Oy vey!
May 23, 2013 4:49:09 GMT -8
Fia: Diane - YIKES! Surgery is never fun, but knee surgery makes me cringe. I hope she has a quick recovery. Being an OT herself should help her. At least she'll know what she needs to be doing. I know...easier said than done.
May 23, 2013 10:02:53 GMT -8