Monday through Tuesday, September 5-20, 2022—SO, SO

We settled into a rhythm the last couple of weeks, not doing nor experiencing anything out of the ordinary, but continuing a busy Hot Springs Village lifestyle—same old, same old (SO, SO).

Our weekly schedule included church and pickleball on Sunday, pickleball and golf (for me) on Monday, pickleball and golf (again, for me) on Tuesday, pickleball (sometimes twice) and golf (for Kay) on Wednesday, pickleball and golf (for me) on Thursday, “gardening” on Friday, and grandkids’ soccer on Saturday. And of course, church and social board meetings occur nearly every week. Kay’s pickleball game is steadily improving, whereas my golf game is steadily declining!

Tuesday golf with COHUMC men

We are really enjoying pickleball at Diamante, despite the “awkward” courts; they have a bit of tilt, but play just fine. And, we have met the nicest folks there—a real blessing—though most are some 10+ years our junior. A special thanks goes to Jen Stout for organizing our Diamante pickleball play.

Wednesday morning pickleball at Diamante
Wednesday morning pickleball at Diamante
Wednesday morning pickleball at Diamante

I did get out to make a few photos in the back “yard” here in Hot Springs Village during a few walk arounds. Butterflies were in short supply, and have been all summer; it has been disappointing to say the least.

Least Skipper (about the size of a little finger fingernail)

There are still a few dragonflies around, though it’s the same few species; they seem to be smaller as the season comes to an end.

Eastern Amberwing laying eggs
Blue Dasher
Eastern Pondhawk
Slaty Skimmer
Slaty Skimmer
Slaty Skimmer

Some wildflower blooms are appearing in wet areas adjacent to our place in Hot Springs Village. Arrowhead plant tubers were made into a decoction for treating indigestion, rheumatism, or as a diuretic for urinary and kidney ailments. The tubers were also used as a poultice for treating wounds and sores. Headaches, Alzheimer’s, tuberculosis, and blood sugar control are other reported uses.

Arrowhead plant
Mexican Primrose
Mistflower

Even a few hummingbirds are nectaring at the feeders, though they are really skittish.

Immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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