Monday, August 1, 2022

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy August, everyone! A new month begins and I hope it's a good one for all of you. Whenever August kicks in, it stirs up nostalgic feelings. I think about the school season approaching when my kids were little and of my own when I was a youngster. And then I am once again stunned by how quickly the time has gone by.

So...what's going on with you? Share in the comments! Last week was socially active and it looks like this one will be, as well. Thursday we were invited to a small house party with a few friends. It was such a beautiful evening that we sat outdoors for the entire time. Saturday we met up with another couple for dinner in the small city of Vaudreuil, which is about 40 minutes from here. And yesterday morning I met up with my walking buddy at 7:00 AM. This introvert is exhausted!

The garden continues to thrive. The spray I used to get rid of the Japanese beetles has worked like a charm. Eva, our variegated maple, is free of them. Now she can focus on looking beautiful. And our hydrangea tree, Odin, is developing blooms We are going to enjoy a phenomenal autumn display! I'll make sure to take pictures. Our two giant sunflowers have grown in leaps and bounds. They are about 4 feet tall now. Can't wait to see the huge flowers! I didn't take many photos this week but below are a few for your viewing pleasure.


This plant just keeps on blooming! I can't get enough of it. Daisy-style flowers are my favourites.

The image does not do justice to this plant. The flowers are much more impressive in person.

This is an annual but it adds a beautiful touch to the garden, don't you think?

And finally, I can't resist sharing yet another video I took of our favourite garden visitor.



That's it for today, friends. Enjoy the funnies and have a wonderful week ahead! Wishing you all an amazing August, too!

26 comments:

  1. Your plants look beautiful. Thanks for the funnies!

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  2. The last three totally cracked me up! Thanks for the LOLs, Martha!

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    1. You're welcome! I enjoy hunting these down.

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  3. My area seems to be out from under the awful heat wave we've had for the past week, thank goodness.

    The spray I used to get rid of the Japanese beetles has worked like a charm

    Keep on spraying. Humans must be ruthless with bugs. There is eternal war between humanity and buggery.

    The real nightmare for that astronaut would be the cat shedding hair all over the inside of his space suit. He'd be better off riding the floating SUV into a kamikaze attack on the giant city-destroying grasshopper from outer space.

    Don't be too surprised if you eventually get a plethora of chipmunks. When free nuts are being handed out somewhere, word tends to get around.

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    1. The Japanese beetles haven't been much of a problem lately, thank goodness. They are a true menace in the garden. HAHA! And you're right, once you start handing out peanuts, the chipmunks will arrive. If you feed them, they will come!

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  4. Took me awhile to see reality on the suv

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  5. Love the giant grasshopper! Too funny!

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  6. The year is flying by, hard to believe it's August already.
    Our shops have 'back to school' uniforms, pen and pencil sets, folders, lunch-boxes etc. etc. all ready to buy for when the children return to classes in September.

    Your garden visitor is adorable and many thanks for the chuckles.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's the same here, Jan! Back to school products are everywhere!

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  7. Lovely flower photos, Martha. Glad your garden is healthy. Thanks for the laughs.

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    1. Always a pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  8. Time does go by quickly. I look forward to going school clothes shopping with my niece and her kiddos. It doesn't seem that long ago I was taking her shopping and dreading the loud music in Hollister.
    Beautiful blooms. I am glad Eva is bug free. I understand how you feel about socializing. Even though it is fun, us introverts need a lot of time alone. Great comics- love the cat with the mouse coming out his nose. :) Have a wonderful week. XO

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    1. Oh, that is fun! I used to enjoy going shopping for clothes and supplies when the school season arrived. My kids grew up too fast! Happy weekend. xo

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  9. When my kids were young, I had an upset stomach every August when they went back to school because I missed them so much. Let the dog check? That would be Penelope's face.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I know that feeling in the stomach, Janie! Every year that they got older was an emotional one.

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  10. Our gardens are on the downhill slide now. Things have been at their peak.

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    1. As we get closer to fall, the garden will wind down.

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  11. I agree that mild breezy days can invite one down to the memory lane more often dear Martha :) it happens to me with peak of each season as well.
    Glad that outside festivals are being held to enjoy beautiful weather.
    I am happy with your walks and buddy who accompany you regularly :)
    What grace of lord that your garden is blooming so nicely my friend!
    Loved the white blooms most .
    Eager to see huge sunflowers like you.
    More blessings to you and loved ones!

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    1. Thank you, Baili! Blessings to you and your lovely family. I can't wait to see the huge blooms on the sunflowers. It is quite a sight!

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  12. The grasshopper on the windshield serves only to remind me of the serious decline of insects. I can't remember the last time I had to clean off my windshield from splattered bugs.

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    1. Looks like they've all migrated here. Our windshield has been constantly filled with bugs this summer and we don't even travel that far! But I agree, there is a serious decline with insects.

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  13. The last picture is the best (even though there are no flowers in it)

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    1. Some of my favourite plants are foliage plants!

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