Monthly Archives: July 2015

Jam-Packed July

Pretty yellow butterfly

Pretty yellow butterfly

Sikkim Cucumbers

Sikkim Cucumbers (and my awesome pants! haha)

Mimosa Blossoms

Mimosa Blossoms

Little yellow wildflower (a perk of not weeding the garden!)

Little yellow wildflower (a perk of not weeding the garden!)

A quick little one-point perspective painting

A quick little one-point perspective painting

My friend/coworker (who is a brilliant painter!) and I are doing a little collaborate painting. I started it, now she will add to it, and we'll pass it back and forth until we deem it finished!

My friend/coworker (who is a brilliant painter!) and I are doing a little collaborate painting. I started it, now she will add to it, and we’ll pass it back and forth until we deem it finished!

Bumblebee and sunflower

Bumblebee and sunflower

A turkey strutting in the playground at Forest School

A turkey strutting in the playground at Forest School

In snake-tree news; Smoochie hosed out the snake-toilet (eww!!)

In snake-tree news; Smoochie hosed out the snake-toilet (eww!!) Not sure if this disturbed them or not but we really couldn’t help it, it looked gross!

Farther up in the tree...I spy shedded...

Farther up in the tree…I spy shed…

Snake skins!

Snake skins! Wish I could’ve photographed this process as it happened!

The same tree...another day...another reptile!

The same tree…another day…another reptile!

A skink; and a fat one!

A skink; and a fat one!

It scampered off into the snake hole!

It scampered off into the snake hole!

I was diligently picking off all these squash bug eggs, but the squash vine borers eluded me and we lost most of the pumpkin plants. But there areare lots of loofah gourd squash plants doing quite well. There's always a bright side to gardening!

I was diligently picking off all these squash bug eggs, but the squash vine borers eluded me and we lost most of the pumpkin plants. But there are lots of loofah gourd squash plants doing quite well. There’s always a bright side to gardening!

Missouri River valley

Missouri River valley

Here's a shot of my organized and meticulous method of curing/saving garlic. Hahaha

Here’s a shot of my organized and meticulous method of curing/saving garlic. Hahaha

A tattered butterfly resting on the deer fence

A tattered butterfly resting on the deer fence

Floral on floral on floral!

Floral on floral on floral!

A dragon's egg cucumber

A dragon’s egg cucumber

My study buddy at the library

My study buddy at the library

A few weeks ago we had Vacation Bible School at our church. There were about 25-30 kids there which was a great turnout!

The theme was "Camp Discovery" and the teachers did a great job decorating the classrooms.

The theme was “Camp Discovery” and the teachers did a great job decorating the classrooms.

I was in charge of the arts and crafts! VBS was Monday-Friday 6-8PM; a very busy week!

I was in charge of the arts and crafts! VBS was Monday-Friday 6-8PM; a very busy week!

A simple one-point perspective lesson

A simple one-point perspective lesson

Following directions (as usual)

Following directions (as usual)

Doing whatever she wants (as usual) hahaha!

Doing whatever she wants (as usual) hahaha!

I love painting with kids, they are so creative and don't second-guess the process of painting!

I love painting with kids, they are so creative and don’t second-guess the process of painting!

This was a great abstract piece by a 4 year old.

This was a great abstract piece by a 4 year old.

Recess!

Recess!

Snack time! (and representing Auburn; Aunt Spy's alma mater)

Snack time! (and representing Auburn; Aunt Spy’s alma mater)

The end of VBS ended with a water balloon fight; a long-standing tradition!

The end of VBS ended with a water balloon fight; a long-standing tradition!

The teenagers filled water balloons all week; 1500 of them!

The teenagers filled water balloons all week; 1500 of them!

In baseball news…

The Knights are league champions!

The Knights are league champions!

Knights fans

Knights fans

Nana and my sister (visiting from FL!) at one of the games

Nana and my sister (visiting from FL!) at one of the games

Climbing in the playground at the ballfield

Climbing in the playground at the ballfield

Watching warm-up in the shade (it was near 100 degrees at several of the games, whew!)

Watching warm-up in the shade (it was near 100 degrees at several of the games, whew!)

Hitting the trail

Hitting the trail

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Paw-Paw trees. I have yet to sample a paw-paw (I've heard it tastes kind of like a banana).

Paw-Paw trees. I have yet to sample a paw-paw (I’ve heard it tastes kind of like a banana).

Tiny bright red mushrooms

Tiny bright red mushrooms

Pretty blue-purple wildflowers

Pretty blue-purple wildflowers

Leaf

Leaf

A feather

A feather

Little mushroom

Little mushroom

The Spy golfing

Four!

The kids with Nana & Pop, who we enjoyed having in St. Louis the whole month of July!

The kids with Nana & Pop, who we enjoyed having in St. Louis the whole month of July! Golfing, tennis, swimming, movies, etc., etc….thanks for all the fun and good memories!

On to August!

But first a good night's rest under a blue moon!

But first,a good night’s rest under a blue moon!

Missouri Botanical Garden 7.27.15

Lanterns

Lanterns

The Lantern Festival is going on now (through August 23rd) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The lanterns are best enjoyed at night when they are all lit up but it was cool to see them in daylight too!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

At the children’s garden…

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

The kids in the maze...

The kids in the maze…Hmmm where are they?

Hi!

Hi!

And there's the Spy!

And there’s the Spy!

These "pincushion" gardens were very cool.

These “pincushion” gardens were very cool.

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

This nearly black elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

This dark elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

The children's garden is set up like an old west town. I saw so many beautiful hanging baskets!

The children’s garden is set up like an old western town. So many beautiful hanging baskets!

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

That huge tree is an...

That huge tree is an…

Osage orange!

Osage orange!

Duck

Duck

Peacock

Peacock

Rope...

Rope…

walk

walk

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Lily pads

Lily pads

Detail

Detail

Haha

Haha

Reflection

Reflection

Fuzzy stalk

Fuzzy stalk

Huge koi

Huge koi

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

Of course, we had to get a few...

Of course, we had to get a few…

Souvenirs! The coolest one being...

Souvenirs! The coolest one being…

A Venus fly-trap!

A Venus fly-trap!

Watch out flies!

Watch out flies!

Happy Monday friends!

Harvests, Art

Celosia (related to amaranth the leaves are edible and can be used like any green)

Celosia (related to amaranth the leaves are edible and can be used like any green)

The blackberries are nearly as big as baby's palm!

The blackberries are nearly as big as baby’s palm!

Missouri River sunrise (taken from the Daniel Boone Bridge)

Missouri River sunrise (taken from the Daniel Boone Bridge)

Plum! (the first of this tree; we only got 3 of them, but it was still exciting to finally get fruit!)

Plum! (the first of this tree; we only got 3 of them, but it was still exciting to finally get fruit!)

Corn (Kulli Black Incan)

Corn (Kulli Black Incan)

Check out these corn "feet"

Check out these corn “feet”

So cool!

So cool!

Busy bumblebees in the milkweed

Busy bumblebees in the milkweed

Sikkim cucumber (wet with rainwater) has a cool orange color and a crackle finish! (tastes the same as regular cucumbers)

Sikkim cucumber (wet with rainwater) has a cool orange color and a crackle finish! (tastes the same as regular cucumbers)

Our awesome new eno hammock! (thanks Nana & Pop!)

Our awesome new eno hammock! (thanks Nana & Pop!)

Lemon Bee Balm

Lemon Bee Balm

(part of) the garlic harvest!

(part of) the garlic harvest!

Dragon Tongue Bean blossoms

Dragon Tongue Bean blossoms

Baby showing a dragon tongue bean. These are my favorite beans to grow: crunchy, fresh and very pretty too!

Baby showing a dragon tongue bean. These are my favorite beans to grow: crunchy, fresh and very pretty too!

Seed saving (Nigella)

Seed saving (Nigella)

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

The rose of Sharon flowers turn this pretty blue-purple after they're done blooming. Tons of the spent blooms fall to the ground...

The rose of Sharon flowers turn this pretty blue-purple after they’re done blooming. Tons of the spent blooms fall to the ground…

Enough to make designs with!

Enough to make designs with!

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

And a few shots from the St. Louis Art Museum…

Torso with Smoochie (I tried to get him to take off his shirt and pose next to this, maybe next time) Hahajahah

Torso with Smoochie (I tried to get him to take off his shirt and pose next to this, maybe next time) Hahajahah

Ancient...

Ancient…

Flip flops!

Flip flops!

Look! It's just like being at our house!

Look! It’s just like being at our house!

See Tonguey at the very top of the picture and Tonguey II peeking out of the hole?

See Tonguey at the very top of the picture and Tonguey II peeking out of the hole?

Tonguey II as it turns out is the female (she is bigger and way more protective of the nest). I figured the larger one was the male but I don't think that is actually the case.

Tonguey II as it turns out is the female (she is bigger and way more protective of the nest). I figured the larger one was the male but I don’t think that is actually the case.

Who needs TV?

Who needs TV?

and this is really gross but I want to share…

Snake Toilet. Seriously gross. But at least it doesn't smell.

Snake Toilet. Seriously gross. But at least it doesn’t smell.

Tonguey II looking quite small with just her head peeking out

Tonguey II looking quite small with just her head peeking out

Tonguey II going under the deck probably to hunt for mice

Tonguey II going under the deck probably to hunt for mice

I’ll leave you with a more pleasant image (not that snakes aren’t cool and all)…

This large painting was my favorite of our latest visit. So dreamy and peaceful. Interesting how every time you go to the art museum you may be drawn to different pieces.

This large painting was my favorite of our latest visit. So dreamy and peaceful. Interesting how every time you go to the art museum you may be drawn to different pieces.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!