My Spring vacation ends today. Tomorrow back to work, teaching. On the list of chores for ‘vacation,’ several tasks were accomplished, some were not. I changed the flatbed tire, carted the Case DX-55 for repair and managed cleanup in the corrals. The tractor remains in the shop for repair. The barn alleyway remains unpaved with rain coming tomorrow. I shall have to wade through mud after the rain.
The unexpected came up. I shopped for a lower-gas-mileage car, preparing to trade in the white F-250 (I’ll be left with Old Bull, the gray 2002, F-250). Shopping for a new car ate up two days of the seven-day vacation. Is that not the norm? I did not purchase a new vehicle.
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I spotted a male Western Bluebird yesterday perched on a yucca-flower stalk, occasionally turning around on the dead pods, flexing its wings.
This morning I saw two monarch butterflies, one in the grove and one near the house. They fly higher than treetops.
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Spring arrives in a couple of days.
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I have continued to photograph each new flower I see on the ranchito. I’ve not identified all of them, but they have been photographed. Yellow predominates as blossom color. Here are clover with yellow blossoms and a pale-leaf yucca whorl. The pale-leaf I am confident in identifying, but as to clover, have you ever looked up how many clovers there are? There are several genus and species listed on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website. This clover abundantly erupts on the ranchito.