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Not Quite Autumn, but Getting There!

Autumn in Phoenix: The nights are cooling down, the mornings are pleasant, the days are still hot (upper 90's), and the Home Depot is full of grass seed and new plants. The doors and windows are open for the first time in months and a lovely breeze is blowing by.


We got a lot of the shed torn down this morning, and hope to have most of the rest done by tomorrow morning. The grass is all cut and being watered, and the dog wonders if we're insane as he watches us work from the shade.

Silhouette seems to be doing quite fine. He's taking his thyroid pills and he's starting to use the box in his new Kitty Condo (a large cage with levels and carpeting, etc.; he's not happy all the time in there, but it's better than locking him in our bathroom and it keeps Churro from bugging him or stealing his food), so things look better on that front.

Under the bridge, up the street, you can see this, perfectly framed by the bridge itself:


Less telephoto:


I neglected to mention that, while walking down 5th Avenue from the Met last Saturday, there was all this ruckus coming from one of the trees. I noticed several people had stopped to look up, so I did, too -- the nesting pair of Central Park hawks was in the trees above us, one sitting with its wings out, calling, to the other who swooped down and out of sight. It was amazing! I didn't get a picture (nor did I, apparently, snap a shot of the Plaza Hotel as we passed it.)

I did, however, always stop to take pictures of squirrels.

Few of them were willing to stop and pose for me.


Yesterday was finally cool enough that I wore my new Doc Martins all day to try and break them in. I need to stretch out the insteps a bit, they're still tight across the tops of my foot, but fit well otherwise! Once they're broken in they'll be nice. (Wishing I hadn't sold my old Docs back when I changed my style from "bull dyke" to "cowgirl." I should have known I'd sometimes want to change back...)

I can haz strawberry.

Very cool story.

I had also meant to show nutmeg3 my current desktop when we were in Rhode Island:

Because I've had that one up for a while and I was about to change it again (so very changeable!).


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 17th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
that reminds me of living in FL where fall is much like everyone else's spring.

nice pics and I love the turtle and the strawberry. I heard the cat story on the radio coming back from the mothman festival.
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yep! The doors open and the world is safe to enter again! :)

Sep. 17th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Squee! I know those monkeys, LOL! I love the bridge/Empire State shots, and of course the squirrel. A group of us were watching a standoff between a squirrel and a hawk in Central Park one day, and the bike rental guy said the hawk always wins. I was too upset to stay and see. :-(
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
I meant to show you when we had our computers out, but I forgot!

Yes, the sad circle of life -- I know intellectually that hawks eat squirrels, but I wouldn't want to see it, either.

Sep. 17th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
The turtle and strawberry beg to be iconned. And huh, I'm on the J-List mailing list. :D

Yes, the cat story is very cool! It's been all over my FB animal rescue posts.

Mmm, I love the framed arch and building. Seeing the hawks, too, that's very nice.
Sep. 17th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2011-09-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
J-list started following me on Twitter (not sure why, but I've always been glad they did), so I follow back and, of course, spend money... :P

I've seen the cat story a million times since it first broke -- it's nice when a good news story gets so much push!

Yay for icon!
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, there are a lot of fun things to spend money on at J-List. It always has FMA stuff I want and cannot afford, though.
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
TONS of stuff I can't afford!
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Yessssssss. *sadface*
Sep. 18th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Actually, the days are pretty nice, too. It's getting to be weather for going to the zoo and the botanical garden and for hiking. :-)
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
YAY Botanical Garden!

Sep. 18th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
Over here in the subtropics the nights are not QUITE cooling off yet, and it's depressing me.

Sep. 18th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hopefully soon! *fingers crossed!*

{hugs!} Happy Sunday!
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