On Friday and Saturday night we had storms move through our area. Between the two nights we had 5 1/4 inches of rain in our rain gauge. On Saturday night the storm started about 9:30, with small wind damage in our area but parts of Kansas City had widespread wind damage and power outage. Some reports said the storms packed winds between 70-75 miles per hour with lightning, heavy rain and scattered hail. We had the rain, didn’t hear any hail. After the storm on Friday night we had lots of leaves in the pool so kind of think we had more wind then on Saturday night. Kansas city didn’t far so well with winds toppling trees, knocking down power lines and damaging homes and businesses. The severe weather canceled several events on Saturday night including Boulevardia, Funk Fest and a Willie Nelson concert. Kansas City Power & Light reported …
We have a male and female red birds that seem to have a nest in our front tree. They take turns coming for drinks. These Doves have been regular visitors to our fountain the last couple of weeks. The Robin couldn’t decide to take a bath or just sit on the water coming out of the top. Fun to watch all of them as they come and go.
We drove down to Holan’s on Saturday morning, way top early to be up and out for our normal mornings. However, the temp was going to be in the high 90s with heat index around 109, so it was a good thing to get started early. Farmers’ Market, Hobby Lobby and At Home was on our list of places to go. The first market we went to was the wrong one but we finally arrived at the BIG market and it was really nice. One of the booths had nothing but orchids. There were several different colors and larger than I have ever seen.     We passed The Big Biscuit and thought we would have breakfast, but the line was out of the door. So on we traveled looking for a cafe Holan had eaten at once. After having a little problem finding the place, we finally found it. …
So what is a Sarracenia? It is a plant that is commonly known as trumpet pitchers. We saw these at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. We were very impressed with the market – there were over 70 stands with all kinds of vendors. There were booths with beverages, lotions, herbs, eggs, fruits, plants, oils, honey, pasta, meats and prepared foods. One of the vendors had several trumpet pitchers, which caught our interest immediately. Sarracenia is a class of carnivorous plants. The top part of the pitchers has a nectar-like secretion and a combination of color and scent which attracts insects . Once the insect starts eating the nectar, which has the effect of a narcotic drug, it causes the insects to lose it footing and to fall inside. Once inside they die and are digested by the plant. Pitcher production begins at the end of the flowering period in spring, …
Holan had a new store for us to check during are trip today. Scheels opened the company’s new flagship store in Overland Park, Kansas in Corbin Park in late June and has 220,000 feet two-story building of retail shopping. Shopping is a very good word to describe this store. It has something for everyone and if you don’t like shopping there are other things to do. The different shops offer technical running gear the latest fashion, hunting, athletic shoe, hiking boot, and casual footwear. Selection is largest in Overland Park with everything for toddlers to all athletes, serious hikers, beach goers, hunters and the fashion conscious. There is a World Class golf shop, bike shop, ski shop, canoe and kayak shop, and fishing shop. The gun and hunting shops has the largest selection of guns in Kansas to include collectible firearms. As we entered the store we first saw a …
Our dragon-fly is coming back every day now. It’s interesting to watch him and Steve feels as if he was communicating with him. Steve would move his eyes and the dragon-fly would move his. Steve would move his head and the dragon-fly did the same. Katy came over and the dragon-fly landed on her finger nail.      
Steve made friends with a dragon-fly at the pool. The dragon-fly came around several times and would landed on Steve’s finger each time. Steve felt as if they were communicating. It was interesting to watch and to see how long it stayed.
Several people have seen this fox in our neighborhood. It was spotted by Rick and Dee while they were out walking. I saw it the other morning in our cul-de-sac. He looks as if he needs food, just hoping he doesn’t attack anyone or our dogs.  
We were leaving Holan’s house after getting everything moved out and cleaned. It was the last time we would be there before the closing. She always had spider webs on the light by the garage. Sometimes there were small frogs clinging to the siding next to the light for warmth. This was the hard work of a spider tonight. It was so pretty and the picture doesn’t show the details and the spider is hard to see.
A year ago, Dee said we needed a lime tree. Steve walked into Wal-Mart and there sat a lime tree. It was as if it was meant for us to have the tree. I looked up on the internet to learn more about them. It said that lime tree produce from November to March. It had one lime on it when he bought it. We didn’t see another one all winter. Steve took the tree outside and by mid summer we had lots of limes.
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