Monday, June 8, 2015

checking in

it's been over a week
but so busy
some days very warm, others with a fire burning...
these two startled me
out the living room window
one mostly shed out, 
the other still wearing her ghost coat
 my friend has her funny ones "back ta home"
 school's out for summer 
at their community school
and they return across the road
for summertime.
  it seemed i got the nectar out a little late
but the hummers were around
 through the screen their edges are unclear
 i caught the tip of the tongue
 one eats while another sits on a last year stalk
of black eyed susan
 the news is the turtle egg laying!
i generally see three every morning
big mama snappers
on the road sides
working on laying business
 and this silly teen, like my students
making a lot of noise outside my classroom
 only five more days with students
 lovely plants all along my walks
 seeds, too
 just checking in to let you know
i am still around

the stomach virus was BAD. 

i'm better, mostly.


Alice said...

Glad you're better. I have missed your words.

Velma Bolyard said...

alice, thanks! i have had so few lately. barely speaking outside the classroom!

Anonymous said...

busy time of year but it will be so wonderful when your time is your own. delightful pictures as always, love the donkeys.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i love the week AFTER school's out! and those funny mini's...

Suzanna said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. Very appealing mini-donks, so fuzzy in the long grasses. Along the roadside seems a bit hazardous for egg laying, but everything has a reason I think.

Velma Bolyard said...

suzanna, the roadsides here often run along wetlands, where turtles live, and the roadsides are often sand, the preferable matter for turtle laying. so many get hit, and i have often stopped traffic to help a turtle cross. a sad number get killed by accident, and some idiots actually like to hit them.

mansuetude said...

Watched a turtle fall n bump her head on some large sharp rocks the other day. Wanted to help but wasnt sure what or where her intentios were. Wondered if it was egg laying... Lovely flowers. Be well soak up some summer quiiet...

neki desu said...

restore your energy and enjoy your surroundings

Velma Bolyard said...

m, yes, not knowing if/how/when to interfere can be puzzling. the egg laying is such serious business.
neki, thanks, trying to!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you're happy! And that you're feeling better now. xx

Velma Bolyard said...


jude said...


Velma Bolyard said...

jude, hey, you! HEY!

Mo Crow said...

the turtles face is so full of serious intent!
are you on holidays now?

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, snapping turtles are fierce looking and pretty special.

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