Before the blizzard, quiet

Late this afternoon or early in the evening, we expect a blizzard. Not much new snow, but we’ve a lot to be blown around, having received snow during the first days of the week. If we get to stirring around, this afternoon, we still have time to duck out to the grocery for last-minute purchases. In the meanwhile, I have chicken and fish to get into the oven to bake, so we can eat even if we lose the electricity. Must also fill up the water jugs and pitchers. Not that we are expecting the storm to be that long or eventful. Just keeping in practice.

In the meanwhile, the Scampers are taking a nap.

Sound Asleep


Best wishes for your day!

Winter, Arriving | Blizzard on the Way

From the National Weather Service: The first round of snow has left much of the region with around 5 to 8 inches of snowfall. Snow will continue across mainly southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota into the evening hours, with an additional 5 to 10 inches of snow expected by Friday morning. Blizzard conditions will develop this afternoon along and west of the Red River Valley, continuing into the overnight hours. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected.

When I let the Scampers out before breakfast, they found themselves nearly up to their necks in snow. They are now recovering.

After Snowdrifts

Comfortably tucked in, here, waiting out the storm. It never seems to arrive as horrid as the weather service makes it sound. Well, almost never. So we make preparations and enjoy the time off from having to “do things”. The other of us is sleeping in. ::smile::

1st Tuesday’s Photos, After-meal naps

While we were busy with sorting, cleaning, discarding miscellanea, and moving furniture, the Scampers wore themselves out with trying to help. Thus morning, afternoon, and evening naps on the loveseat, where they were out of the traffic patterns.

My SETI computer is dismantled and living in a box, scattered parts. I hope to have the small computer table up (Al’s now got my desk in his room, his computer desk out in the workshop building and repurposed.) At the end of this process, many boxes of odds-and-ends will land in the local landfill. Also, the to-be-shred stacks multiply. More boxes needed.

the SETI search
for signs of alien life pending…
late fall housecleaning

Copyright © 2018-11-05, by Liz Bennefeld.

Wild flax flowers, 6 August

Wild Flax in Raindrops © Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2018-08-06
Wild Flax in Raindrops © Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2018-08-06

During the night hours, a thunderstorm came through the area. When I first took the Scampers out for the before-breakfast outing, I brought along my camera. In the course of taking photographs, I found raindrops coming down once more. Lovely!

The top photograph and the other wild flax flower that resembles it are growing in the south side garden, where I was in despair that nothing would grow, this year. I’ve more Baby’s Breath, a number of Blue Wild Flax, and the Plains Coreopsis; I am under the impression that the one version of the Wild Flax is annual and the other, perennial, but I do not know which, anymore. I do know that the flax plants that have the larger, smoother petals reseed like crazy. Only one of the other type showed up in this year’s backyard garden.

The only moth that I spotted today was resting on the outside of the back door, protected by the storm door. A smaller version of the other that I recently posted (on one of my blogs), but a bit darker and with sharper markings. (Ach! I will see if that photo is also close at hand.)

This morning’s moth

Insects and Flowers, 4 & 5 August 2018

Cabbage Butterfly

The weather was stormy, earlier in the week, with small clusters or lines of thunderstorms and rainclouds. This is the time of the year when the wildflowers die off in my garden. There are lots of seed pods on the blue wild flax stems. I do not know about the coreopsis, other than a few have appeared that might be from the second sowing of seeds, a few weeks back.

In the side garden, I’ve got mostly weeds, but a couple of Baby Breath plants have flowered, and also a Plains Coreopsis. Waiting to see if anything else appears from those seeds. They are supposed to be drought tolerant, once they germinate. Below are a few photos from my last outing with the Scampers, this evening.

I expect that ragweed season will soon begin, if it hasn’t already. I’ve just changed the filter in the air cleaner in my room, after Al gave it a good cleaning out. Hoping that if I stay inside on the breezy days and exercise in the gazebo (glass all around and equipped with a fan to maintain the direction of the air flow), my breathing will loosen up, again.

Hate giving up the out-of-doors for any reason, for any length of time, however short.