Weekly Musings

It's been a few weeks since I've updated you on my decomposing stump.  Who knew that watching a once vibrant tree decompose could be entertaining.  We lost the tree from a storm maybe five years ago?  We (meaning he) never cut the stump off to the ground.  Whenever we arrive home from a walk, we stop to assess the progress.

Fungi, insects and what was once thought of as a bear, well.....now we shrunk the culprit down to a pileated wookpecker, makes more sense doesn't it?  Although the bear idea was a fun one.  I hear him in the distance at times during the day and I've seen him fly over our property while he's searching for those tasty bugs.  One day I will catch him (with the camera) and prove his existence.

Today I'm off to pick up our daughter for a three day visit.  We have each day wide opened for adventures of any sort.  Maybe we'll just sit around and talk, which is okay as well.  She hasn't been home since May and I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'm woefully behind on menu planning which is what I should be doing instead of blogging.

Do you see that!!!!  A leaf that is NOT green.  I will embrace this notion that fall is getting closer.  Not soon enough but that wee little leaf gives me hope.  I've heard the cicadas (not those monster ones everyone was trying to scare us with) and I'll count their music as another sign that we are inching our way to fall.  I know all you summer lovers are cringing at the thought.  As excited as I was about that leaf and there were more, I continue to strive to appreciating the season I'm in.  Thanks to AC I can do it quite elegantly :)

Have a lovely weekend, my friends!


  1. As much as I dislike the humidity our summers bring with them, I'm not ready for this summer to be over. Seems like we just blinked and half of our summer break is already over.

  2. Tree stump decomposition is my kinda entertainment! Love it!
    As much as I do love fall I think I will hold on to summer a wee bit longer...
    Have a wonderful visit this weekend!

  3. Those are great photos. The power of nature never ceases to amaze me. A yellow leaf is rather exciting this time of year, but I won't be able to anticipate the coming of autumn with any gladness until the end of *next* month : ). Have a wonderful time with your daughter!

  4. Enjoy your time with your daughter and have a wonderful weekend! :)

  5. Have a wonderful three days with your daughter :)

  6. I'm looking forward to fall as well. I find you stump fascinating...and pretty. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter and a great weekend!

  7. Watching a decomposing tree stump sounds like perfect entertainment! We have had a few hot days, and I hope for just maybe 3 weeks more, then I can settle for autumn :)
    Have fun with your daughter - my eldest is coming to stay for two weeks, with her family - so looking forward to that xxx

  8. I can see a tree from my kitchen windows that has quite a lot of yellow leaves already. But I think it might be more a sign of too much rain than an early fall. As much as I like fall I am afraid that if it comes too early it will be followed by another long winter and I really don't want that.
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the time with your daughter!

  9. I'm trying to appreciate summer more too, but this one is just too darn hot!

    Have a lovely time with your daughter :)

  10. Hope you and Rachel are having a ball!!! Girlfriend time----the best!!!

    The only summer enjoyment I'm doing is from the air-conditioned house!!! bring on autumn!!

  11. Fall is my favorite season and I welcome it with open arms!

  12. I am with you about fall, but I've been enjoying this summer much better than the last one--it's not quite so hot yet! But I too always long for days with cool breezes and beautiful leaves. Love the mushrooms on your stump! How fun to watch that little ecosystem develop:)

  13. Have fun with your daughter; those moments are precious at any age! I love summer in the PNW....very little rain and clear skies, but not too hot.


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