Whew! Even Taking a Break Is Work

Fair warning: the reason I wrote nothing in any of my blogs yesterday is that even when I was resting I was doing stuff! Since I’m not at the computer yet, I’ll just summarize and write more later.


Friday was spent driving all over the county with Lee and Mandi looking for a good used car for her, and seeing if we could find a replacement for our huge diesel truck that we could actually use around Cameron.

I actually liked this white, because we could put a sign on it. A nice used vehicle.

We found that I like a Chevy Traverse and Lee likes Suburbans, which are still too giant for me. Unfortunately Lee couldn’t get the trade-in he wanted on the truck, so we walked away. But al least I realized that a smaller SUV was okay for me and at least some Chevy vehicles aren’t plasticky.

The drive was worth it, though, because the countryside on the back road to Rockdale was gorgeous.

Enjoying Spring

Most of the weekend so far has been busy, but we also have taken lots of time to sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful weather. Finally it flooded during the week and not on Saturday!

The swallow is applying mud to the side of the nest.

While sitting, we’ve watched a barn swallow couple work on their nest. They go to a mud puddle, gather a bit of mud, fly to the nest, and carefully apply it to the nest or wall. It takes a while! The nest has doubled in size since last week.

They keep working when just Lee and I are there, but Mandi must sit too close to them, because they just swoop for her. The little video shows the bird as she leaves the nest. Action shot!

The meadow

Since both lawn mowers are broken at the moment, our house is surrounded by tall grass and flowers. The pasture behind us is resting, and its grass is so tall that the Vrazels in their huge truck looked like a boat floating on a sea of grass this morning. You couldn’t see the tires.

Brody and Carlton love to explore with me.

After a stressful but fun time at the Master Naturalist Earth Day Celebration (more on that later), I needed to de-stress and strolled through the high grass and flowers with the dogs.

Carlton leaps across the tall meadow flowers.

Wow, there was so much to see! Many pipevine swallowtails and black swallowtails were out, along with lots of those huge, loud native carpenter bees. We have many native bees here in addition to lots of honeybees.

Black swallowtail.

I also found two flowers I’d never seen before. One is a tiny flower that iNaturalist insists is a dwarf blue-eyed grass. It’s rather pink and hides in the grass, which may be why I missed it before. The regular blue-eyed grass is very showy, and a joy to see.

Dwarf blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium minus.

The other one is Texas prairie parsley. We only have one plant, but it’s quite striking. It would have been mown if the mowers were working!

Texas parsley looks like stars. Polytaenia texana.

I also found our winecups, looking good.

Winecups in annoying but clover.

The paintbrushes are spectacular still, so I got a good picture for our Facebook page.

Little house on the big meadow.

Thankful for Nature’s restorative powers today. And I wish those of you who celebrated Passover this weekend or Easter today, much peace and love.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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