Morning Coffee Catch Up

It’s a rainy morning this morning, and the birds are quiet. I wasn’t awakened by the sound of our blue jay friends or the song sparrow today, but by the sound of the rain pattering against the window, one of my favorite sounds. (I feel like I am the last person on the planet to discover ASMR videos on YouTube and I never realized how much I enjoy listening to just sounds, like crackling fires and rustling leaves and coffee or tea being poured)

The past weekend we were big time homebodies. I think we needed it after our last few weeks of crazy! We played in the yard, where I planted a few new flowers in the ugly hole that pulling the cola plant left in the butterfly garden, and Billy and Wyatt munched on lettuce from the garden like a couple of bunnies. And speaking of rabbits..I discovered they are the critters who are nibbling on my strawberries! I guess they came to the right place since this gardener is such a fan of rabbits.

Our front garden is getting wild looking, and I love it. It’s like a ramble of raspberry, lavender, brunnera, yarrow, lupines, milkweed, and snap peas. And I love how the lupine leaves catch the dew like little cups of fairy water.

We did leave the house and yard one time – for ice cream at the park!

Trigger warning – this next section contains pictures of baby mantids so if you are not a fan of creepy crawlies, just keep scrolling! I understand not everyone enjoys them like our crazy family!

Our ootheca hatched! I did decide to bring it in. We used a giant water bottle with gauze over the hole to keep it in, and we have been checking on it a few times a day. And Sunday morning the container was alive and teeming with the newborns! We took them outside and let them go. They were sort of cute! ( I did take some video. It’s on my Instagram if you are curious)

And that is it from around here! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week!


16 thoughts on “Morning Coffee Catch Up

  1. Rain is one of my favorite sounds, too — as long as it’s not coming in the basement! It sounds like a fun week. I harvested two strawberries (more to come) — so far no bunnies! I think they prefer the hostas!

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    1. I really enjoyed the rain we had! Today is sunny again, and cool, and I like that too. I just ate my lunch, alone, on the porch, and it was so NICE! Lol. And thank you Lisa! It’s pretty small right now but next year we are adding another bed. 🙂


  2. It rained here last night…I love that sound of the wind hitting the windows. I even like thunder and lightning…it’s the wind I don’t like. Oh, maybe I should have strawberries out for the bunnies here…they have killed off all of my Asiatic lilies. But, this was their land before it was mine. How cool are those little mantids! The only creepy crawlies I just can’t handle are centipedes and millipedes. One year, a second grade teacher chased me down the hall with the ones they’d grown in their classrooms! I find myself spending more and more time at home where I’m so very comfortable.

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  3. We have had SO much rain this year, which is great for the forest, but it’s getting a little old since we want some summer weather for our visitors.

    I love lupine and spotted some when we were in Sisters, OR a few weeks ago. I should plant some around our house. Good luck with the strawberries & bunnies! 🙂

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  5. I use ambient music a lot especially when I’m reading and it’s been so relaxing. I need to try ASMR videos. Love the flowers and strawberry pictures and Wyatt looks so happy with his ice cream.


  6. Gorgeous photos. Love the one of Wyatt in the grass. Glad for your quiet weekend at home after busy days before that. Your garden, front and back, are beautiful. Look at your strawberry and lettuce? cabbage? Really really wanted to start a garden this year with the grands but Covid stepped in and kept us apart for several weeks. Wondering if we can now at least plant pumpkin and squash at this late date. And hurray for ice cream.

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