REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Friday, August 2, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Random 5 Friday

1. The Globe Thistles have started to bloom; they are strange flowers on strange plants that grow at least 5 feet tall. First the flower has all those little purple and white spiky things, and then the blossoms burst at the ends.  These thistles aren't "stickery" at all, and the bees love them.

2. I've been under pressure this week with some deadlines (for volunteer activities!), and for the decision to co-sign on an auto loan with one of our nieces.  We approached her because she needs to establish good credit (a divorce 8 years ago did her in); I have excellent credit, but the loaning bank doesn't look at humans--only records. Her credit is "bad," so the percentage rate is high, and that makes the payments too high for her.  I'm still negotiating because I know her!  She won't miss a payment.  This morning, I'm visiting our small more-local bank to inquire what interest rate we could get there.  

3. We had a thunderstorm yesterday, but it came with welcome rain--almost half an inch at our house.  It's not good for farmers who have started the grain harvest, but things should work out okay. 

4.  I still don't have a dress for our son's wedding on August 18; my husband will get Aug. 9 off so we can travel over the mountains to Washington and do some shopping. 

5. The hummingbirds have descended on my feeders again.  I don't remember this happening in previous years; maybe they know something we don't!  Often, there are four female hummers feeding at once.  I've put up a third feeder next to hanging baskets on the back porch.  (We did wonder if forest fires might be affecting them, too.)  

Nancy...I'll miss your beautiful textures, but I've collected all that I can.  Thank you!


14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love those thistles! wow! guess the hummingbirds are getting ready to migrate soon?

Lisa Gordon said...

How come my thistle does not look this pretty???
Loved reading your Random 5, Evelyn.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Ramble Ann said...

Our thistle's are different here in Ca. Yours are pretty! I need a dress for a wedding to but it is not until November 9th so I still have a little time...I hope you find something special..

Michelle said...

Those thistles are beautiful! I have had a lot of hummingbirds this year as well.

Nancy said...

The thistles are so pretty....I love that they are so different....

I hope it works out for your niece. Everyone deserves a second chance.....

August 18 is my hubby's bday...sounds like it going to be a big day for your family...Good luck on finding a dress...

Barbara Shallue said...

Those thistles look and sound amazing! What a great Random 5 - good luck to your niece and on finding a dress! My son got married in April, so I sympathize!

Mary said...

Beautiful thistles, vibrant color, and wonderful photos of them! We live outside Portland and need rain here too. I can't believe i'm saying that. Come Oct/Nov there will be no dearth of water... :)

Sharon said...

The blue globe thistles are spectacular! And you captured the bee on them, too!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is a very cool thistle. have fun at the wedding. ( :

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful photos. I love the thistles. We're noticing a little more hummingbird activity here too.

cocopaws said...

Love the thistles with that vibrant bee upon them! Well captured. Glad you got some rain, much needed!

cocopaws said...

Love the thistles with that vibrant bee upon them! Well captured. Glad you got some rain, much needed!

Nancy said...

Those are nothing like the thistles we have here -- love the purple/blue color.

Tricia said...

Oh I love this! Who would've thought that thistles could be so pretty?!