A Hodge Podge of No Importance

31 Jul

I’m so glad we’ve reached the end of this excessively hot July.  Perfectly on time, the hostas are blooming.


The coneflowers are trying to survive after the tree limb falling on them and the excessive heat.


Stella is still surviving, but I feel like I should cut more fur off of her.


The squirrel is even too hot to bother leaving when I come to take his picture.


“Really, I’m just hanging out until it cools off.”


Right now, it’s hard to believe I planted the lavender in pots so it has a chance to survive the COLD of an Iowa winter.


Bob was unimpressed with the photo shoot~”I’d rather continue my catnap.”

Bob Cat Napping

Bob was equally unimpressed with bubbles.


Mom and I had fun though.  What else are you to do on yet another day of excessive heat warnings?


It looks like I need to keep practicing bubble pictures because that’s a very important farm skill it’s too hot to do any real work.


Despite having to return to work, I’m starting to look forward to the cooler weather of fall.

Linking to Macro Monday.

44 Responses to “A Hodge Podge of No Importance”

  1. TexWisGirl at 6:32 pm #

    bubbles and squirrels! sounds like a party to me!

    • Teresa at 7:09 pm #

      Doesn’t get much better than that does it?

  2. Sharon Qualls at 6:34 pm #

    I don’t see it cooling off very soon. Around here, August is the hottest, driest month. I heed the warnings and stay in the house.

    Cool bubble pictures! What an idea!

    • Teresa at 7:10 pm #

      Seriously. I’m trying to be an optimist! If July can be hotter than usual, can’t August be even a wee bit cooler?

  3. Seems it has been hot everywhere this year. At least we started getting some rain here though. I love the bubbles. The purple one looks like it has the face of a dog in it.

    • Teresa at 9:16 pm #

      It’s the reflection of the oak trees in the bubble, but it’s fun to see what things you can see in there~kind of like the clouds. So glad you’ve started getting some rain. We could use a nice rain here.

  4. mewithmycamera at 9:59 pm #

    love all the photos!!

    • Teresa at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks so much. Glad you stopped by.

  5. Carletta at 10:41 pm #

    All of these are wonderful but I LOVE the face of the squirrel and the first bubble shot!
    Hoping it’s cooler there for you and here for me. 🙂

    • Teresa at 10:45 pm #

      I am certainly hoping for a cool down, but now they’ve extended our heat warning to Tuesday evening. 😦 Hopefully, you’ll get some cooler temps!

  6. Pieces of Sunshine at 10:41 pm #

    Great bubbles! We don’t have squirrels, they look so cute!

    • Teresa at 10:46 pm #

      I just love the squirrels! They really are adorable. This one is a young one, and not really totally afraid of people yet.

  7. Pondside at 1:27 am #

    I like a hodge podge once in a while!
    Those bubbles are great -especially the one with the scene reflected.

    • Teresa at 7:53 am #

      Thanks. I figure sometimes you’ve just got to take a break and play.

  8. Pradeepa at 1:39 am #

    Beautiful shots. Love the squirrel. He is such a sweet guy.

    • Teresa at 7:53 am #

      Poor baby looked so hot and miserable. I felt bad for him.

  9. Leora at 5:46 am #

    Love your shot of Stella. She does look a bit droopy. The bubble are a cool effect – neat!

    • Teresa at 7:54 am #

      I must say the heat is draining on all of us. She’s actually gotten to where she will come in the house for a few minutes to cool down.

  10. Sandy at 6:18 am #

    Your bubble pictures are neat!! Yes the heat is a real toot right now!

    • Teresa at 7:55 am #

      I’m surprised how it’s such a widespread heat wave. Hopefully, we’ll get back to normal.

  11. genie at 7:02 am #

    It looks to me like you took the lemons of a hot day and turned it into beautiful and delightful lemonade. This series is wonderful and has put a huge smile on my face and in my heart. What a wonderful way to start the week early on a Monday morning. I never thought of trying to shoot bubbles. I am going to have to get my granddaughter to blow them so I can give it a try. That will be such a fun game for us to play. Hope you have a cooler week and that we do, too. It has been so hot here in the mts. of Virginia and we have NO AC. Genie

    • Teresa at 7:56 am #

      I don’t know how you can survive without the air conditioning. I was miserable when mine was not working. Hope you get a cooler week, and have fun blowing bubbles with the granddaughter!

  12. Jane at 7:20 am #

    We are facing down another entire week of 100F+ temperatures and the worst drought in over 100 years. I am looking forward to fall 🙂

    Love the squirrel shots, just fabulous!

    • Teresa at 7:56 am #

      I so hope you get some rain. We’ve been okay here so far, but we could use a good soaking.

  13. Hootin' Anni at 7:38 am #

    All I can say is WOW!!!
    To all of your photos. But my question is…how on EARTH did you get that bubble photo so well?!!! Incredible. Seriously, all of them!!

    COTTON FIELD is my M M link for this week.

    Hope you stop by and have a terrific Monday!!!

    • Teresa at 7:57 am #

      The bubble was luck. I know there was no skill involved in that because it was just trying to figure out how to get it to focus on the bubbles. We’re certainly going to have to try some more. Of course, my mom thinks it’s a hardship to come play with bubbles for me! 🙂

  14. Candy C. at 7:38 am #

    What a great hodge podge! I really like the purple bubble with the reflections, cool! 🙂

    • Teresa at 7:58 am #

      I like that one too~the oak leaves made pretty cool reflections. There were some pictures that had pretty clear reflections of the neighbor’s house.

  15. Ruth West at 7:46 am #

    Hi there! I saw your squirrel at macro monday, love him! Our squirrels never go all floppy like that here in the U.K, especially this summer!!! Lovely to meet you 🙂

    • Teresa at 7:59 am #

      Glad you stopped by. This poor little fellow was so droopy and hot. They usually don’t let me get quite that close to them.

  16. Wandering Thought at 9:09 am #

    A fantastic series of photos! The bubble shot is magnificent. Now, I want someone to blow some bubbles so I could take a picture 🙂

    • Teresa at 10:50 am #

      Thanks. Luckily my mom was willing to blow bubbles since I don’t have any kids around here! Guess she’s a kid at heart.

  17. Robyn at 9:35 am #

    Hope some cooler weather heads your way.

    It has been hot and humid here in western SD. Hot is normal, humidity is not. Sounds like we have cooler temps coming later this week.

    Very neat photos! Thanks for sharing them,

    • Teresa at 10:51 am #

      Thanks for stopping. I certainly hope you get your cool down. Our humidity has been beyond tropical. You walk out the door and the sweat starts dripping off your nose.

  18. Linda Makiej at 10:57 am #

    Marvelous macro shots!! I LOVE the reflections in that bubble!

  19. Karen at 11:51 am #

    An excellent series of shots! Love the squirrel!

    • Teresa at 4:45 pm #

      I love it when the squirrels are young and aren’t too scared of me yet!

  20. I found your comment on Sometimes on Tuesdays. I’m also a central Iowa farm blogger!!!

    • Teresa at 4:45 pm #

      It’s always nice to meet other Iowa bloggers! Glad you stopped by.

  21. That bubble shot with a dark background is beautiful! Love Bob with the bubbles, too!

    • Teresa at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks. It’s just too hot to do much of anything, so bubbles seemed like a good plan!

  22. Martha Z at 6:14 pm #

    Though we have had a relatively mild summer here in the Sacramento Valley, I am looking forward to the end of summer. Too bad we can’t have May and September all year, not too hot, not too cold.

    • Teresa at 8:10 pm #

      I love that idea of May/September all year. I must admit, I do like the changing of the seasons.

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