Last Day at Ann’s

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp's nest!

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp’s nest!

Today is our last day here at Ann and Cecil’s place.

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo.  Ann came out with a can of wasp spray as soon as I told her about it!

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo. Ann followed soon after with a can of wasp spray!

Cecil drove a friend to a doctor’s appointment in Gainesville.  Ann was exhausted from spending too much time in the kitchen lately.  Ron went to town and wandered around there for a while.  So I took the opportunity to hunt down photo subjects.

We also did our own dinners tonight.  I grilled seasoned zucchini squash and sauteed chicken tenders, onions, peppers and garlic for an easy one-dish meal.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

Since I don’t have any exciting adventures to share today, I’ll just post photos again.  🙂

This lady wasn't impressed!

This lady wasn’t impressed!

Cecil wasn't sure whether this was Fred or Joe.  :D

Cecil wasn’t sure whether this was Fred or Joe. 😀

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes.  But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes. But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Florida is for bugs.  :(

Florida is for bugs. 😦

Cool tree skeleton

Cool tree skeleton

Discrimination.  :)

Discrimination. 🙂

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Field of oxalis

Field of oxalis

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Leatherleaf florist's ferns

Leatherleaf florist’s ferns

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Maturing poke salad.  At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

Maturing poke salad. At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo.  :)

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo. 🙂

Turtles in the pond

Turtles in the pond

A carpet of Virginia creeper

A carpet of Virginia creeper

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Perfect Campsite, Water Dog & Crockpot Pizza Recipe

Sheba is a real water dog!

We have a gorgeous campsite here on Ann’s rural property.  Spacious, private… and with a fish pond for Sheba to play in!

Sheba checking out the pond

I get so tickled reading about RVSue’s dog Spike and his water antics.  Looks like I have a water dog of my own now!

It started out with Sheba playing in the large dog water container that my brother in law has outside underneath the hose.  She splashed, jumped and did her best to  get inside the pan.  So I thought, I wonder how she would do in the pond?  So I walked her down there and as soon as she saw the water, she went barrelling toward it.  She hesitated only a couple of seconds before diving in and taking off swimming.

She’s in!

We are loving our awning.  It makes our little Casita even more fun to use!  We cooked breakfast and grilled hamburgers for dinner under it.  I don’t know why we drug our feet so long about getting it cleaned up and ready to use.

We took it in this evening as thunderstorms are predicted tonight.

Perfect campsite!

In the dog pen

Always Number One

None too soon as it sounds like the bottom just fell out of the sky!

A couple of people asked for the low carb Crockpot Pizza  recipe that my sister fixed for us yesterday.  So here it is.  Click on the picture to go to the recipe site.  And it gets top reviews from me!  🙂

This is not my photo. It’s from the low carb recipe site. Click on the picture go go to the recipe page.

Country Road & Beaver Dam

Down my rural lane

My country road

Late yesterday afternoon Ron and I took a walk to check out the beaver pond about 3/4 mile from our house.

Wild carrots grow all along the road.  They fascinate me.  Such intricate clustered white flowers — each one with one tiny purple flower in the very center.  I used to enjoy dipping the flowers in batter and frying them for an unusual treat.  But since I’m trying to eat wiser, I just admired the flowers this time.

wild carrot flower

Wild carrot flower

But even more interesting than the flowers is the birds-nest form the flowers take on as they go to seed.  At first, it looks just like a cupped birds nest, but they progress into a completely closed cage-like formation.

Funny…. when I was younger I thought studying plants was the most boring thing on earth.  Now I find it endlessly fascinating.

The wild daylilies blooming season is past.  I found one single flower remaining.  The rest of them look like straggly bunches of grass now.  I used to thoroughly enjoy fully exploiting the edible parts… corms, shoots and flowers.  But it has been so hot this year, I haven’t had much desire to go digging in the dusty clay or bushwhacking through tall weeds to get to them.

wild carrot flower birds nest

Wild carrot birdsnest fully closed

I think, too, once you have learned a plant and its uses, that simply taking photographs can be as rewarding as eating them.

When we got to the beaver pond, we were disappointed and saddened.  The water is WAY down.  And it looks like someone sabotaged the dam.  There were large rocks on top of it that someone must have put there.  And the dam had fallen into disrepair.  I am afraid that something happened to the beavers.

beaver dam

Due to the low water level, grasses and weeds are growing, and the dam appears to be abandoned and in disrepair.

We did get a good bit of rain last night, so the water level might be up a little.  I’ll check the dam again soon and see if it has been repaired.

On our way down to the pond, one of the neighbors’ aggressive dogs ran out and accosted us.   I am not usually afraid of dogs, but this time I was really frightened.  One of the owners’ kids came out, gathered up the dogs, and assured me, “They won’t bite you.”  Yeah, right.

They are supposed to be fenced or chained, but no one enforces the laws out here.  On our way back, again the dogs came out at us, but the kids rounded them up again.

daylily flower

The one remaining daylily bloom

I used to enjoy taking long walks, but I am feeling less and less safe.  The only place I really enjoy walking anymore are the trails when we go camping.  It’s so sad, because I do live in a beautiful area with so much to take in on long, leisurely walks.

Whew!  This post is getting long!  I’ll quit talking now and just share some of the photos I took.

[Note 8/8/2010:  The beaver dam is in complete disrepair.  Apparently someone killed the beavers.]

erosion and tree roots

This eroded tree root by the side of the road looks like something out of "The Hobbit"

groundnuts

Groundnuts plant

wild quinine

Wild quinine

wild carrots by beaver pond

Wild carrots by the beaver pond

red clover

Red clover looking a little heat stressed

buttonbush

Not a great picture, but I included it because it is the first time I have seen buttonbush flowers growing here.