Friday, September 18, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday, September 18, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Floral Friday Fotos, Signs 2,

and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Cloudy Skies (Sky Watch Friday)

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 14, 2020
We had 3 inches (7cm) of rain last Saturday, and partly cloudy skies with a few showers this week. Actually, I stopped here to photograph the Egret, and thought the sky was interesting, too!

Great Egret, Ardea alba.

2. Spider Lily (Floral Friday Fotos)

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 18, 2020
Surprise Lilies, Lycoris, are members of the Amaryllis family of plants.

In late Summer or early Autumn they produce showy umbels of funnel shaped flowers.

They are perennials that bloom on bare stems; the leaves appear after the blooms fade.

3. The Ten Commandments (Signs 2)

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 15, 2020
The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice.

4. Portrait of a Grasshopper (Saturday's Critters)

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, September 8, 2020
It's not often that I can get a Grasshopper to pose for me!

5. Killdeer (I'd Rather B Birdin')

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, September 13, 2020
The Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, an American Plover, is most often seen near fresh-water ponds, mudflats, and sandbars.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Eurasian Collared-Dove, September 16, 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday and My Corner of the World

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, September 13, 2020
As you can guess by their name, Eurasian Collared-Doves, Streptopelia decaocto, are not native to North America. They apparently escaped from a pet shop in the Bahamas and flew to the southern United States. Now they can be found across much of the US and Mexico. Like other Doves, you can attract them to your yard by offering seed and grain on the ground or in a platform feeder.

Have a blessed day!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, September 2020

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The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7b

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There are still a few blooms in the topmost branches of Althea, Rose of Sharon, a tall shrub.

My Encore Azalea 'Autumn Royalty' is full of blooms.

Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus

The Spiderworts I found on the side of the road and moved to my garden are almost finished for this year.

It is no surprise that Asiatic Dayflowers are commonly called Mouse Ears! They are cute little things, but they can become invasive and difficult to control.

Honeysuckle is another invasive plant that has to be kept under strict control.

Cypress Vines, Ipomoea quamoclit, have feathery leaves and tiny star-shaped blooms.

For a look at things to come, my Spider Lilies, Lycoris, will probably open up tomorrow!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pine Warbler, September 12, 2020

Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 5, 2020
Here in northeast Mississippi, Pine Warblers, Setophaga pinus, are year-round residents, but their migratory range extends north into southeastern Canada and west alongside the Mississippi River. They eat insects, seeds, and fruit.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Sky Watch Friday, September 11, 2020

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Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, September 8, 2020
We have had partly cloudy skies this week with cool morning temperatures, but later in the day, our temperatures are rising to about 90F (32C). Pickwick Lake and Dam is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority's system of locks and dams to produce electricity, create lakes for fishing, boating, etc., and improve navigation on the Tennessee River.

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Soup Recipe, September 8, 2020

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Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 5, 2020

Here in the southeastern United States, after a hot Summer, we are beginning to get cooler weather, especially in the mornings. And naturally, cooler weather means it is time to start thinking about soups! 

Lea's Vegetable Soup

Potatoes, as many or as few as you want, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

One large Carrot or several smaller ones, cut into bite-sized pieces

One Sweet Yellow Onion, peeled and sliced

One clove of Garlic, peeled and cut into tiny pieces

Olive oil for sautéing the onion and garlic

One can of Beans, undrained (I like the dark red kidney beans to give more color to the soup)

One can of Fire-roasted Whole Kernel Corn, undrained (Del Monte)

One Chicken Bouillon Cube with Herbs and Spices (Wyler's)

One packet or cube of Ham Flavoring (Goya is the brand I like, but whatever you have will be good)

Directions

Put cut up potatoes and carrots in a soup pot. Add enough water to cover. Add cans of beans and corn with their liquid, and turn heat to medium-high. While waiting for the soup to boil, sauté the onion in olive oil. When the soup is boiling, add the garlic to the onion and sauté for one minute more. Add onions and garlic, and any oil in the skillet, to the soup. Add the chicken bouillon cube and ham flavoring. Stir well, turn heat down to a low boil, and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender.


I like the soup just the way it is, but my husband adds fresh-ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Have a blessed day!

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