Felt Like Summertime Today

Shamrock flowers (I think). On edit, blog reader FLkamper has identified these flowers as woodsorrel, Oxalis violacea

Ann had these little flowers in a pot for a couple of years.  Apparently they weren’t doing too well, so they threw the flowers out along the fence line.  The flowers not only survived, they thrived and have naturalized out there.  They have shamrock-like leaves.  Cecil called them “woodland grass”.  Whatever they are, they were a delight to stumbled upon today.

Roses

Roses are also blooming.  This evening I also saw a yellow one but didn’t have my camera with me.

Today got HOT!  I had the air conditioner in the trailer running for a couple of hours this afternoon.  This evening is cool, but not cold.  It does feel like a slice of paradise!

Today was chore day on the Casita.  I emptied the hot water tank and cleaned the calcium deposits off the anode rod from a week of running Mom’s extremely hard water through it, filled the water tank and added bleach, and changed the air conditioner filter.

Feather

Then I caught up all the laundry, so tomorrow I will be free to play.

Sheba was a major problem today.  She was so good at Mom’s — never left the yard.  But here, she refuses to stay in the yard.  She followed Ron’s truck down to the road.  When he brought her back, I held onto her for several minutes.  But the minute I let her go, she headed for the road again.

So she is tied to the tongue of the trailer now and will have to stay restrained or penned.

Odd, twisted limb on old live oak tree

I am having problems with my gas furnace.  After it gets hot, there is a terrible clanging sound like the fan hitting the metal housing.  I took the cover off to see if I could find the problem.  But the interior is all sealed and I don’t know enough about how they work to chance taking it apart.  So I’ll just use the electric heat and hope that we have hookups if it gets really cold again.

Air plants growing on tree trunk

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15 Comments

  1. FLkamper

     /  November 26, 2012

    Your first flowers are woodsorrel, Oxalis violacea. http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1999

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  2. cozygirl

     /  November 26, 2012

    Well enjoy that sunshine…JEALOUS! We just had our first snow…took trash out and deck was covered…shocked! I have shamrocks…little bulbs like potatoes…can’t kill them. Hoping this Irish lass will get luckier..teehee!

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    • Eeeek! Snow! There’s snow in my future, probably, but hope no time real soon! Wish I could send you some of this beautiful sunshine instead!

      And here’s wishing you all the Irish good luck you can dream of!!! 🙂

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  3. We have had some very warm weather here also. I think the Azaleas are very confused and are blooming like crazy.
    Enjoy the weather while it lasts.

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    • It’s predicted to be in the 70’s for the next several days. There are a few apple blossoms on one of the trees here. Enjoy those beautiful azalea blooms since they may not bloom again in spring.

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  4. RickF

     /  November 27, 2012

    On the noisy furnace.. Ours (a 1985 model) does that as well — in our case it’s the bearings going out on the fan. In some cases you may be able to replace just the fan motor (assuming that is what your issue is) but it could be something else..

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    • RickF

       /  November 27, 2012

      I should note as I forgot to in the prior note that I was referring to our furnace — not implying we’ve got a trailer like yours.. In our case it’s a 1985 RV (Lazy Daze).. Sorry for the confusion..

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  5. We’ve been having nice weather too. So unusual for this Idaho girl just doesn’t feel like Christmas time in my flip flops… But we’re soaking up the sun rays and hoping it holds out till we reach the Q. I just love your pics!! Take care my friend!!

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    • Yes, it is a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it doesn’t feel like winter. But the sunshine sure does lift my mood. Crossing my fingers good weather holds for you!

      Thanks for the compliment. I consider you a dear friend, too. And your blog always makes me feel happier no matter what you write about!

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  6. Gail

     /  November 27, 2012

    Ann’s place looks like paradise! Sheba PITA? 😀

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  7. Is it the lack of other dogs to play with that makes Sheba so unruly now? I don’t understand how she can be so good and then, so bad.

    My curiosity has been stirred with the pictures of the wood sorrel. I have shamrock like flowers but would have never identified them as natives, maybe a cultivar? Now I must research and identify.

    So glad that you are able to enjoy the sun, warmth and family!

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    • Lynne, I am familiar with wood sorrell with the yellow flowers and the tiny clover-like leaves. I’ve often eaten their lemon-tart leaves. I also knew that some had pink flowers, also, but they do not grow in my area.

      I am still puzzled by the fact that these flowers have huge shamrock-like leaves, not at all like the yellow flowered wood sorrel’s tiny leaves that I am familiar with.

      These were a cultivated variety. Originally Ann bought them from a nursery. Maybe under the right conditions wood sorrell grows huge leaves?

      As far as the dogs, Bo and Cookie were originally curious and friendly with Sheba. But they are old dogs and Sheba gets so hyper when she wants to play with them that they have become masters of invisibility. We rarely even see them, although they are somewhere on the property.

      I don’t understand why Sheba is determined to run and escape from here, whereas at Mom’s she was perfectly content staying in the yard. Some days I think we made a really big mistake when we got her.

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