Welcome to my blog Upstate Girl, (a.k.a Follow Your Bliss Part II), I am an independently published author. This blog is all about writing and the stuff that inspires me to write, the joys and obstacles that come along with the writer's life, and my fascination with the psychology of people and what makes them tick...the human condition, as is...and my love for words, playing with them and making sense of them...and I throw in a few photos from my acre of the world just to make things pretty...sometimes there are things I have no words for, only pictures will do.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday afternoon...




The bee balm explosion in my garden...there's so much of it this year the hummingbirds have no reason to squabble over it, but they still do anyway... at any given time I could have at least four or five buzzing throughout this area, all is well until one bumps into another or a sixth bird shows up...then all hell breaks loose and the chipping and shit spraying begins...(yes, they spray poo!)

There is a wee bunny living in that tangle too...but I guess I haven't downloaded that batch of photos...when I do, I'll add it in...(promise!) Although I know it's the little shit who ate my morning glories, I rescued a few of the seedlings and have them growing in a pot on the porch out of wee bunny's reach...(edit later: here's the bunny!)



I just added my new widget at the top for The Fractured Hues of White Light, a free read of chapter 1 for anyone interested...I've been slowly adding "readings" and discussions to my Q&A at Goodreads, it's a little slow, but it should pick up once readers finish reading it and have things to talk about...and of course, I'll do another giveaway as soon as the current one is over...

I had fun on Thursday night at The Gallery, Suzanne put henna tattoos on my feet...I'm enjoying them...but once in a while I forget and catch a glimpse of this "stuff" on my toes and say...What the hell is on my foot? (That's a hell of a rash.) Oh, good, it's just henna...

I've been relaxing a lot this weekend, between the unbearably hot weather and just being on the go all last week, I'm beat. I'm still feeling a bit rough around the edges...Monday is coming too soon...

I've been working on chapter 2 of my next novel in line for publication Drinking from the Fishbowl, proofreading is a slow process, I read the chapter forwards last weekend, and now I'm reading it backwards, I just go paragraph by paragraph, page by page, scene by scene, once I'm satisfied that these bite-size bits are "settled" I move on to the next...I'm always suspicious when I glide through without a hitch...did I read it, or did I just scan it? I'm shooting for next June to publish (seems like the pattern.) It is a fairly clean manuscript, but I want to take my time to fine tune and catch anything dumb that I might've done...I maintain that if my name is on it, it's got to be at its best...

I keep poking around looking for more photos...the ones I haven't downloaded yet...guess, that means, I'll be back later! (Here's more pics, bumble bees!)

This little guy on the catnip has an orange stripe...

This little fellow seemed to be taking a nap on this flower...

4 comments:

ruma2008 said...

The scene is really beautiful.

Your photography is splendid.

Thank you for showing a wonderful moment...

From the Far East.
Greetings.
ruma

Gina said...

i am enjoying your summer with you (in my winter) ... that we have the same plants and bees in our garden .. but sheesh you get humming birds (lucky thing) ...
i am sure we get something out of the ordinary too but that wont come to light until i observe and post (roll on summer !) ...

wattle birds in winter though ...

enjoy reading you >>> Gina

Pat said...

Are some of the flowers wild flowers? I can imagine you out there strewing the seeds in a wide arm fling into the waiting ground. Beautiful photos, even the little sweet @#$# bunny.

Laura J. Wellner (author pseudonym Laura J. W. Ryan) said...

Many of the flowers are of the "wild" variety, the milkweed, Queen Anne's lace, Mullein, daisies, Black-eyed Susans, May Flowers (magenta colored viola's which the bunny was sticking her head into), jewel weed and lots of catnip (for the kitties of course!) The hollyhocks came with the house and self-seed, every year I have to dig up about a dozen of them and transplant them to a more sensible place (not in the middle of the yard)...I'm going for the kind of garden that self-seeds or spreads, it's different every year, tho' I do save lots of seeds and spread them around. The evening primroses came from my mother's house, a dozen plants became hundreds in no time...it's the kind of garden that could take over the world! Bwaa-ha-ha...