Gila's Place

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A cruise to free the mind
As a kid, I got in trouble all the time for being late getting home. My mom imagined all kinds of things I might be out doing; none of which she approved of, and likely none of …
Flood waters and wildflowers
Days and days of rain have kept the farmers out of their fields and gardeners chomping at the bit to turn a few rows. Boredom sent me on a country cruise on a rainy day and I …
Moonshine Xpress
I've shot a few pics with these guys. They are always a riot to work with. On this particular day they were an hour late to shoot on a Sunday morning, every last one of them hung …
Last night’s storm
It's been awhile since I shot pics of lightening so when last night's storm rolled through I decided to go shake off a little dust. The light show was great but not a whole lot in the …
Geese, geese, and more geese
I regularly cruise a small portion of Southern Illinois and infrequently I will see Canadian Geese; usually no more than three at a time. It's just odd in contrast to the days where I both loved and …
A walk in the woods
Took an evening hike and found the woodland flora waking for the season. Virginia Bluebells, Squirrel corn, and Cutleaf everywhere. Caught a few sunsets and a herd of deer running at dusk. Good evening overall. Enjoy the …
Romey knows how to lay it on thick
Roman; my constant companion. He's a loyal ole boy. Love the stuffing out of him even when he's working me. Romey has enjoyed staying with Granny since she came home from the hospital a few weeks ago. …
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is one of my favorite herbs. It smells and tastes great and is good for your health. The lemon balm plant produces beautiful lemon scented leaves. Leaves are typically used in teas, sauces, salads,¬†soups, stews, …
African Violets sprouts
I've never had much luck with African Violets. I've killed them from neglect, too much love, and probably things unknown to me. A couple of years ago I inherited several Violets. They were old and some spindly …
Baby ZZ plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
It's the little things, really. Bad days goes bright when you see your patience pay off. Last summer I inherited a really neglected ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I immediately separated the plant at the root into three …
Momma’s Kitty
Crystal is my Momma's kitty. She showed up at Mom's and mom brought her in. A few weeks later she had a litter of kittens. She's all fixed now. Just a few months ago, Crystal was a …
My (in)sanity
Seriously. I love gardening but trying to stay on any kind of schedule with all that's going on is next to impossible. This is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants operation, no doubt. It wasn't meant to be, I had it …
Ditch kitties high on catnip
My neighborhood has its share of feral cats. A litter of four was born last spring in the ditch across the street. This is one of the four and she's beautiful. One of the other four looked …
Turkey, deer, and a lot of lingering snow
Spent too many days cooped up after the snow so I had to venture out. The main roads in town weren't terrible; side roads a different story. Still so many snow covered roads out there. Out in …
The Ruins: Sayman Hotel, Sullivan Mo.
I am reposting this piece I did back in 2012 to see if I can dig up anything further on the Sayman. Have you ever passed The Sayman on you journey through the Missouri Ozarks? In 2006 …
Birds finally made it to the frozen feeder
I wasn't sure the birds were going to make it to the feeder today. The sleet and ice just kept coming. The finches showed up. Finally. But they were the only ones.
Frozen here
I have somewhere a good distance away that I need to be. But this is my current reality. It's the view down the street from my house at midday. Doesn't look like much, right? What does it …
And so it begins
Borage, Chamomile, Zinnias, Snapdragons, Daisies, Petunia, Coneflowers, Sweat Peas, Tarragon, Lemon Grass, an that's just a few and just to start. I can't wait for summer.
Just an adorable kitty to start your day
Mom's kitten (yes, she couldn't have been more than six months old when she showed up), had kittens, and this is one of them. I'll share the rest another time.
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