|The week, indeed the world, is centered around|
around my mother's pug, Jake. This is Jake
explaining that I was in his chair and needed
to either move out or pick him up.
|My mom has lots of iris in bloom now, so there|
will be a lot of these pictures, They are too
beautiful to choose between.
|There is lots of iris, but there|
is only one Jake.
|We bought a lot of plants and filled a lot of pots.|
|Jake and my mother enjoying happy hour on|
the patio. While it was raining back here, we
had clear, cool, beautiful days in Kansas.
|This is a view of Kanopolis Lake, a state park where we spent|
many enjoyable weekends, camping and water skiing, when
I was growing up. We took a drive out there one afternoon
when the planting was complete.
|It was a good afternoon for wildlife at Kanopolis, we|
also spotted these turkeys.
|If you look closely, you can see a deer along the water in the|
lower right of this picture.
|A solar powered fountain in the birdbath. This was|
mesmerizing to watch because the frequency and height of
the spray varied constantly with the amount of sunlight.
|Backyard wildlife. A fuzzy picture, but this is an oriel on|
|A squirrel drinking from a small birdbath.|
|Jake is no threat to the backyard wildlife,|
and they know it.
|Rabbits, squirrels, and birds have free access to the back yard|
without being molested by the resident dog.
|The only thing Jake is a threat to is any food that hits|
the floor, on purpose or by accident.
|The last of the iris.|
|An old fashion pink bush rose.|
|This is my mother being interviewed by a|
reporter for the local paper after the announcement.
The event was held at a grain elevator out in the
middle of nowhere, but still, about 50 Democrats
showed up. She knew, and talked to, most of them.
|Back home Wednesday evening, snuggling with Maya. She has been within arm's reach of me|
ever since I got home.