Texas is Gilead
Wednesday 1 September 2021

Today the Texas abortion restrictions go up. Senate Bill 8 bans abortions at 6 weeks, which is unconstitutional under Roe v Wade. But that ruling will be under fire at the Supreme Court, next year. 85% to 90% of abortions happen after 6 weeks.

Local courts in Texas are unable to stop this fiasco because of the interesting way enforcement is set up... The law offers $10,000 to vigilantes to enforce the law by suing whatever random persons who may have helped a person obtain an abortion.

It looks like the abortion clinics and the Planned Parenthoods in Texas will be complying with this new law. But Whole Women's Health (whose clinics AWESOMELY provided abortions until 11:56pm last night!!!) and Planned Parenthood will be helping people get an abortion out-of-state? And Austin Women's Health Center has a great blog post with lots of support organizations: How To Get An Abortion After Texas SB8. (if you have some extra cash, those are all brilliant places to donate to!)

Because, really! Putting women and others in danger by limiting health care is... just evil.

I don't know how we're going to fix this and I don't have a lot of hope since the Supreme Court has turned into a majority religious cult.

But I will do what I do... I'm sending postcards of encouragement to the clinics in Texas.

Sunflowers in our garden plot


The Texas Abortion Ban Hinges On 'Fetal Heartbeat.' Doctors Call That Misleading
Yep. I've said before this crap drives me crazy... An Embryo has no heart at this stage of development. And the heartbeat is just a visual flutter of electrical activity on a ultrasound. no heart. no beat.

The Supreme Court Heads Toward Reversing Abortion Rights

Sign and pass on...
Tell Congress to support the Women's Health Protection Act

Super Important!! Watch and Learn!
Mama Doctor Jones: ObGyn Explains Abortion Ban in Texas

just a pic
Thursday 2 September 2021

Apple in a tree

First apple on a young tree.

ha, I don't know why, but I do like taking photos of apples!

Friday 3 September 2021

Bleh, the air quality was 111 when I left the house this morning, "Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups". The wildfire at Oakridge, the Middle Fork Complex, is about 40 miles to the southeast, and has been burning since 29 July. But we haven't had too many bad air quality days like this.

Looking across the river at Skinner Butte

What the...?? A Woolly Bear!!!

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

I've not seen Woolly Bears for years! Many years. Maybe even like a decade.

Still with the crappy air...

Looking upriver

This is a terrible pic, from across the pond. But you know how I love the vultures!!

Vulture in a tree with wings spread

Comm Garden Photos
Saturday 4 September 2021

Two Goldfinches on a sunflower head

Sunflowers and a blue sky

Two house flies on a sunflower bloom

Cool Bird Day
Sunday 5 September 2021

Green Herons are always exciting to see because not only are they pretty shy, but their beautiful feathers make for amazing camouflage. It's easy to just walk on by, not seeing anybody! Fortunately, today my bike path friend with Little Man the Chihuahua brought this one to my attention!!

Green Heron standing on a stick over water which is reflecting leaves.

And then, I was going to walk on past the Community Garden, but look who was in there...

Red Shoulder Hawk standing on a post.

A Red Shoulder Hawk! Mice and snakes are on the menu for this one, and both can be found at the Community Garden.

Red Shoulder Hawk standing on a garden trellis, surrounded by sunflower heads.

And then, since I was already inside the Garden, I took some pics of the prettys.

Purple Morning Glories.

Roses and a Bridge
Monday 6 September 2021

A bench along the path

When I walk at the river, I usually head towards the wildlife area. But I'm changing it up today and I went to the Rose Garden instead!

Roses in front of a blue sky

I walked across the river to Alton Baker park and took a pic of the pedestrian bridge I just crossed...

a view of Peter DeFazio Pedestrian Bridge

It's called the Peter DeFazio Bridge.

That Bridge Hunter website is pretty cool! I discovered that a pedestrian bridge near my home was actually built over a different river in 1912! It was moved from the Crooked River, to the Siuslaw River, and then to our little Amazon Creek in 1986!

Had no idea they moved bridges! That kind of interesting history is a good reason to take more photos of bridges!! :)

just some pics
Tuesday 7 September 2021

Yuck, bad air quality! Sometimes the smoke from the Middle Fork Complex wildfire reaches us.

sunflowers and a yellow shaded sky

I just love these sunflowers in our garden plot with the rusty red. And so do the pollinators, like this Yellow Jacket! :)

Sunflowers with a Yellow Jacket

Borage is sometimes called Star Flower! :)

the back of a Borage blossom and a clover blossom in the background

Return to reporting covid numbers
Wed 8 Sept 2021

There were 983,922 new covid cases in the US this week, averaging 140,560 cases every day. And on average, 1,364 people died of covid every day.

There are currently 893 active covid cases in my town and 24 people have died in the past week. And the newspaper is now reporting on ICU beds. There are 7 available today. Yikes! 87.3% of hospitalized people are unvaccinated (69 of 79).

Crisis Rationing of health care begins in northern Idaho. The hospitals there are too full to take care of everyone.

And Texas seems to be killing a lot of people... an average of 228 people died of covid Every Day in the past week. Every Day.

Gah! Put on a mask, already! Get Vax'd! Stop Dying!!

Sweet Potato blooms

Day of Critters!
Thurs 9 Sept 2021

Before a walk in the forest, I go round the Rhododendron Garden... First there's five wild turkeys who want to cross the garden path in front of me...

Wild Turkey

Once they are all gathered on the other side of the path, I look to see what they're doing next.

There's a deer who wants to say hello to the turkeys... she's stretched her neck down and giving one of the turkeys a sniff! haha!

But the turkey is all, "no!" and opens his wings a little. "You are in my bubble!" he declares.

The deer jumps back. "oh! oops! Sorry!" and walks around the turkey...

Turns out the deer is a mama! She's got two children with her!

Mama deer with one of her two children

They wander off down the hill before I can get a portrait of the whole family.

Next is a Turkey mama who also has two children!

Teenager Turkey

And then I get into the forest. Of course there's some Song Sparrows!

Song Sparrow

And a surprising number of young Western Grey Squirrels.

Western Grey Squirrel lying on a branch

You can tell they aren't quite adults yet because they don't run away at the first glimpse of a human! *laughs* The young ones are curious, but they soon learn that humans are not to be trusted.

Also, the young ones need to take naps! :)

Friday 10 September 2021

The sweet potatoes are blooming...

Sweet Potato blossom

Sweet Potatoes are native to the Americas and are related to Morning Glories!

goldfinch on a spent sunflower branch

I stopped to chat with my friend, Roz, who has a plot in the front of the Community Garden. He likes to talk photography, and had a photo project when he biked his way up and down the Pacific Coast. Wow, that's cool!

He's also passionate about a cover crop for our garden plots! He asked if I had gotten a bag of free Fava beans so I could plant my own cover crop. That email had gone out the other day, and I assumed all the bags were gone. but nope!! He went to the shed and pulled out a bag for me!

Awesome! I never have success direct seeding most stuff, but for free? Heck yeah, I'm willing to try again! The bag is a ziplock sandwich bag, and it's full, there's hundreds of beans in there!

And since I've kept the sprinklers going since I got back from the Utah holiday (on the timer, of course!) there's lots of damp dirt around the veges to plant the beans in!

Yeah. I'm trying not to have hope, because I've been disappointed sssooooooo mmaaaannnnyyy ttiiiiimmeees!


But I kinda have hope!

Saturday 11 September 2021

Banana Slug eating my one and only Spaghetti Squash


That used to be my one and only Spaghetti Squash.

And now it's food for a Banana Slug. ha!

Stupid Spaghetti Squash, anyway. How many did I plant? like eight? Yeah, I think it was eight... Vege starts, bought and paid for at Saturday Farmer's Market...

They all got munched to death by Spotted Cucumber Beetles, right after I planted them. I wish the bugs had just chewed on my dollar bills, instead, because jeez, putting all those baby plants into the dirt gave me so much hope.

The last two Spaghetti Squashes did live, but they were stunted. And I was very surprised to see that one of the plants had made a fruit.

And again with the hope! That I would eat a Spaghetti Squash this year!

But nope. Stupid Slug.


Here's something nicer to think about...


On the way to the garden
Sunday 12 September 2021

Male Wood Duck in the water

A ripening Apple in a tree

Cedar Waxwing just about to fly away

Scrub Jay
Monday 13 September 2021

I just love this series of photos I took at my Community Garden!

Western Scrub Jay, looking directly at the camera

Western Scrub Jay, reaching up for sunflower seeds

Western Scrub Jay, surrounded by spent sunflowers

And, dang! Isn't the sunshine, catching in these flowers just beautiful?!

Pink flowers, blue sky

hm, I don't know what kind of flowers they are.

Pics and Problems
Tuesday 14 September 2021

I don't know what this tree is... but I kinda like the colour combination with the green leaves and the orange-tan-ish fruit thingees.

Unknown tree and fruit



And when I got home from my very nice walk... My Significant Other decided he was going to fix his computer. I'm not really sure what was wrong with it, but I guess he's had trouble turning it on. I didn't want to deal with it.

So, of course, when he got done "fixing" it, the computer didn't turn on at all.

And, of course, he wants me to solve his stupid problem.

I start fiddling. And fortunately, I've got parts enough to basically rebuild his computer. I think his motherboard had a problem. And the other computer had a problem with the power box. Between the two of them...

Two open computers with cables all over the place

I get the thing working, but I'm pretty annoyed that I have to waste my time on this thing when I told him from the beginning that I didn't want to deal with it.

Covid and Computer
Wednesday 15 September 2021

There were over a million new covid cases in the US last week: 1,153,541 which is an average of 164,792 new cases every day.

2,028 people died every day.

There are 922 people with active covid in my town and 16 people have died in the past week. We are down to three available ICU beds. 77% of hospitalized people are unvaccinated (47 of 61).

So today I continued working on my partner's computer... and I managed to get all the working bits into one computer case! ha. Def not my idea of fun, so hopefully this patched up computer will stay working for a while.

This is the first Brandywine tomato, and the only one this big...

Holding a large tomato

Brandywines are my very favorite tomatoes... but they are not very productive plants. I might get 5 or 6 tomatoes off one plant.

and this year, the plants were quite late in making any fruits. Mid-September is ridiculously late for a first tomato, with no others even close to ripening!

I should probably give up on the Brandywines... after all there are so many other kinds of tomatoes. I'm sure there are plenty out there that I will like and grow better!

just a pic
Thursday 16 September 2021

Goldfinch on a spent sunflower bloom

The birds are happily eating sunflower seeds at the Community Garden!

Bike Path
Friday 17 September 2021

construction signs on the bike path

On Tuesday, walking to the Community Garden on the bike path, I was very excited to see these construction signs! The path on the curve ahead is very broken and very dangerous. A large and deep crack runs thru the concrete, it's well over 100feet long and there's 3 or 4 inches of separation in places... def big enough for a bike tire to fall into. and then too, the slab on the creek side has fallen a little so there's also a cliff between the sides of the big crack.

Last year, they tried to fill the crack with tar. Which kinda helped. At least the crack wasn't so deep. But they didn't do a good job and the crack wasn't completely filled up.

So anyway, this section has been dangerous for a while. And I was glad they were going to work on it. But I was super disappointed when I got to the other side and saw they hadn't started working but did have their stupid tar machine out again. sheesh!

cracked bike path

The next day when I came this way... nothing had been done. It looked the same. sighs.

But yesterday, the construction signs returned. And when I walked to the other end... oh my gosh! There are FOUR trucks and several guys milling about! I think the path is actually going to get fixed this time!!

Yep! and here's what it looks like today...

bike path with black top repair to crack!

Yay! Black top to fill the crack and smooth out the cliffs! And sand thrown on top to keep the sticky down. So much better!

Those darn Cedar Waxwings... they pretend like they want their portrait taken, but it never works out!

Cedar Waxwing, turned away and with a stick in front.

This is the back right corner of the Garden plot...

plants in the garden

On the left is the secondary Lemon Cucumber patch, the vines are starting to die off.

The yellow and orange flowers are Nasturtium. Last autumn, I forked and pulled weeds, and that disrupted the usual self seeding of the Nasturtiums. Only a couple little plants popped up this year. A bummer, maybe I'll plant more next year!

The main part of the photo is the Sweet Potato vines! Which are making me very happy right now, thinking about all the sweet potatoes I will dig up!

At the river
Saturday 18 September 2021

Hawthorn leaves and berries (pomes, actually, like apples!) are just so pretty!

Hawthorn leaves and red berries

And a lovely Green Heron.

Green Heron standing on a log in a pond with water lily pads

The clouds are starting to break up, but there's still some pretty fog out on the hills...

looking out across the pond to the hills covered with low clouds in the background

looking out across the river at my fav meditation place

Stewart Pond
Sunday 19 September 2021

I decided to walk the other way for once and wanted to go up to Stewart Pond. Ugh, what a disappointment!

bike path is flooded under a bridge

The bike path under one of the bridges was flooded. Walking around that mess was complicated, since I could get up to the street on my side, but there wasn't a way back down to the path on the other side. sighs...

And then I finally get to the park. And there's several guys doing frisbee golf. And they also have their dogs off-leash.

It's happy dog time. But zero birds for me to take photos of. sighs!

stairs going up a hill between trees

Let's Blog!
Monday 20 September 2021

Eastern Fox Squirrel

*laughs* Yeah... Re-committing, yet again!

Sometimes I have trouble getting my words out. But I take photos every day! I have pictures to share every single day. That shouldn't be so hard, right?!

Tree leaves going yellow for autumn

I know, I know. I keep saying I'm going to start blogging again, and then nothing ever happens!

I have no enthusiasm and I have no motivation! And I have dropped almost all my other creative projects, in the last few months.

I've been stagnant for so long... yeah, honestly, there's some rot!

How to get rid of the rot? I don't know. But I'm going to keep trying!

Tuesday 21 September 2021


Wait... oh my gosh! There's a couple baby Fava plants coming up!!! I can't believe it!

Fava bean sprouting!

The cover crop might actually happen this year.

covid and a corvid
Wednesday 22 September 2021

Oh good, new covid cases are back under a million for this past week... There were 952,951 new covid cases, averaging 136,136 new cases every day.

On average 2,006 people died of covid every day.

There are 754 people with active covid in my town, and 10 people have died in the last week. Down to two available ICU beds today! 78.9% of the hospitalized people are un-vax'ed (60 of 76)

Steller Jay on the garden fence

A young Steller Jay, at the garden. Jays and Crows are all in the Corvid family.

Mobbed Hawk!
Thursday 23 September 2021

I saw a few crows swooping in the air and figured they were goofing off. I watched them ... and then saw the hawk! The crows weren't swooping for fun! They were mobbing the hawk!

Crow mobbing a Red Tail Hawk

This is a Red Tail Hawk. (And the tail-end of a crow!) These hawks are found across most of the US, all year. In the summer, they also spend nesting time up in Canada.

The crows weren't very serious about the mobbing. There's no nests or young to defend, this time of year. A couple crows wandered off and a couple more took their place.


Mobbing Art!

So artsy! haha, I didn't photoshop this at all, that's just how it happened!

Squirrel Assessment, first 5 days of blogging
Friday 24 September 2021

Squirrel in a tree

Well. Rocky start... I didn't type every day, even tho I did complete three blog posts yesterday. And I've not uploaded anything yet, because there are a bunch of holes that I'd like to fill, up above.

But! Stuff is happening here! So that's exciting. :)

Also exciting...

Fava plants just coming up

Look at all the Favas coming up!

Walk at the river
Saturday 25 September 2021

Great Blue Heron at the Delta Ponds

and... a Woolly Bear!!

Woolly Bear!

2nd one I've seen this season!

Garden + Banned Books
Sunday 26 September 2021

European Honey Bee on a Borage Bloom

Ha... Honey Bees and Borage blossoms go so well together because they are both invasive from Europe! :)

And today is the beginning of Banned Books Week! Ah, my favorite time of year! *laughs*

From the 2020 Top 10 list I have read five! (and six from the 2019 list!)

Here are the banned books I've read this year...

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Harsh. And terrible. But I'm glad I got to read it.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Yep, it's depressing. But surprisingly readable and def a page turner. I read it as fast as I could, just to get it over with.

Rainy Day + Banned Books
Monday 27 September 2021

The lovely colour of this rose attracted me... but had to aim the camera down, because rain drops on the lens is not cool! :)

Rainy Day Rose


Okay! More Banned Books!!!

Here's what I've read from the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019... 26 books!

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
5. George by Alex Gino
6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
12. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (via Audio at work!)
13. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel
14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (The perfect novel??!)
19 A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss (Bun-buns!! super cute!)
26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
27. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
29. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (read in school?)
45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
49. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
50. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
52. The Holy Bible (bits and pieces)
61. The Giver by Lois Lowry
62. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (read in school!)
79. 1984 by George Orwell
82. Awakening by Kate Chopin (this was so boring... but I almost finished it?) (ha!)
84. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
88. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Tuesday 28 September 2021

These are Sunchoke blooms, or more commonly called Jerusalem Artichokes. Weird name, since they're not from Jerusalem and they are root vegetables, not artichokes!

Sunchoke blooms

I just love that photo! Still a layer of clouds from yesterdays rain, but the sun is just peaking thru. :)

And a Great Blue Heron, standing next to some awesome graffiti!

Great Blue Heron and a wall with graffiti sharks

covid, Garden, and Duck Stamps
Wednesday 29 September 2021

Again! Less than a million cases this week! 817,791 new covid cases in the US, averaging 116,827 every day.

Unfortunately 2,044 peole died everday and the US is on track for 700,000 dead in a day or two... we are currently at 693,261 dead, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.

There are still 748 active covid cases in my town ... the cases have been very slowly coming down from our peak on 16 Aug when we had 1182 active cases. 13 people died in the past week.

There are 95 people in the hospital with covid, mostly unvaxed, and I think this is the most we've ever had in the hospital... (hugs) to our nurses and medical people!

Goldfinches and a native House Finch, being happy at the Community Garden.

Two Goldfinchs and a House Finch on a sunflower

Some cheerful zinnias.

Orange and Pink Zinnias

And look at the Favas growing as cover crop at our garden plot!

small favas plants growing as cover crop

green tomatoes on the vine

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

And another Woolly Bear caterpillar! Yay!

I am sad to see a few on the path, squished. I don't know why they want to walk down human paths! I grabbed a leaf, and this one walked up on it, and I took her off the path and set her down in the grass. I don't know if she'll find the perfect place to hibernate here, but I do want to give her a chance!

And Duck Stamps!

Unfortunately, the John Oliver clip from his show Last Week Tonight, is no longer available. But this Audubon article explains what John Oliver did, and I just think it's brilliant!!

Check Out These Hilarious Entries in the New Duck Stamp Contest

And here are all the paintings that John Oliver commissioned...

Last Week Tonight's Duck Stamp Art
Auctioned off for good money going to wetlands habitat and wildlife refuges.

I can't decide which one's my favorite... The Redhead hunting the hunter -- such a look of evil! -- or the Nintendo game, Duck Hunt -- just funny!

Next year, Trump's ridiculous and stupid Hunting Element requirement will no longer be a thing on Duck Stamps.

Botanicals and Bugs!
Thursday 30 September 2021

Beauty berry isn't native, but very striking.

Beauty Berry

Yay, another Woolly Bear!

Woolly Bear caterpillar on the path

Wow! Awesome pic of a Cross Orb Weaver.

Spider in her web

Big Leaf Maple...

Green leaves against a blue sky