August Reflections – 2019

Carol A. Hand


Pinto, Queenie (my parakeet), and I
survived another summer July
this one challenging, hot, and dry
Trying to encourage Pinto to eat – July 23, 2019


Garden washouts a yearly event
strategically planned with malicious intent
perhaps police intervention this year will lead to an offender’s lament
Garden Waterslide Washout: Neighbor’s Annual Birthday Event – July 20, 2019


Backyard visitors coming down from the wood
does with their fawns grazing in my urban neighborhood
bunnies galore and a stout raccoon roam
while paper wasps build a new home


Bees and butterflies feast on flowers
during pleasant, sunny afternoon hours
Transitioning to teaching the next onerous process
while bountiful gardens and harvests proceed nonetheless


Wishing you all bountiful harvests and mild beginnings of seasonal transitions

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    1. Thank you for your delightful comments, Bill. Great minds must think alike – or at least some of us who were born in 1947. 🙂 Originally, I looked up the meaning of “august” – “marked by majestic dignity or grandeur” ( Then, I wondered if this meaning led to naming the month. Here’s what I discovered. “August was named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C. Previously, August was called ‘Sextillia,’ which was Latin for ‘sixth'” ( I decided not to complicate my simple post with the evolving history of how the months of the year were named and sequenced. 🙂

      I am deeply grateful to you for sending such thoughtful wishes. ❤

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      1. We share a wide-ranging curiosity, Carol. I am humbled by your very kind words and for sharing the photographs that show how we are quite literally grounded in the profound soil of this shared planet. Flora and fauna and the fanciful. Thanks for including Pinto: fellow ground traveler, and Queenie: winging it in the troposphere 🙂

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  1. Your gardens look wonderful! I hope you have a freezer. As for the neighbour with the big slide, consider the water he is sending your way free. Your plants will put it to good use. Wishing you the best wishes across smokeless clear skies. Bob

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    1. It’s always a gift to hear from you, Bob. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and lovely wishes.

      I do have a freezer and have already frozen 24 quarts of green beans. I also learned something valuable from your posts. I never thought of using swiss chard in salads. It was delicious with slices of cucumber!

      In terms of my neighbor, he’s quite the charming bully and was certain the police would laugh at me. They didn’t laugh. One can always hope that he will learn something as a result …

      Sending my best wishes to you, too, dear friend. ❤


    1. I will let Pinto know you are sending him good thoughts. Last week I had to feed him by hand – rice in chicken broth, sometimes with chicken and sometimes with eggs and vegetables. This week I have had to cook ground beef and chicken. He won’t eat otherwise. I do hope he will be willing to eat canned dog food someday soon! But he is doing much better. We go for short walks twice a day and he’s beginning to trot again…


  2. Hello Carol, lovely photographs and sentiments. We have had an unusually hot few weeks in Europe, here in Birmingham the temperatures reached the high thirties and my friend in France reports 42 degrees. Nevertheless, the garden continues to thrive and having left a “wild” bit, I also have lots of insects and butterflies in abundance. Lovely!

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    1. It is always a pleasure to hear from you, Helen. 🙂 Thank you for your kind and lovely comments, and for letting me know about your part of the world. It’s not easy to find out what’s going on outside the borders of the isolationist USA these days. I am glad to hear that your garden is thriving despite (or perhaps because of?) the heat!

      Sending my best wishes to you. ❤


  3. I enjoyed and appreciated this beautiful post. I read it, slowly…reflecting on the gardens of my childhood and those who both tended them and taught me to appreciate them…a wonderful reflection. Thank you, dear Carol. Blessings for a bountiful and beautiful harvest. 🍁🙏🏻

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    1. Dear Carrie, I so appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you for kindness and for sharing your reflections about gardens. There are many special moments in the presence of so much beauty, peace, and blooming life. Wishing you bountiful harvests, too, dear friend. ❤

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  4. I haven’t been allowed to “like” three of your posts. This hasn’t happened on the few other blog sites I’ve read recently. Is there a logical explanation you’re aware of that could account for this? Has anyone else had a similar problem? It seems strange.

    I’ve had problems like this many times in the past, but it always involved a site that posted about subjects the powerful in the U.S. don’t want people to talk about – Israeli terrorism, Venezuelan democracy, Iranian attempts at peace, critiques of Capitalism, things of that nature. I don’t understand why I’m having trouble on your site.

    I hope you have a beautiful day. 😀

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    1. Never mind my previous comment. I was just prevented from “liking” a post on Rosaliene Bacchus’ site, Three Worlds One Vision. Apparently it’s about my site. Your site was the first for this to happen. Hopefully, there’s a logical explanation.

      Enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

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    2. Same annoying problem here. WordPress is all over the place these days, ever since they partnered with Google.Sometimes it seems obvious they’re generating hits to drum up ad revenue. They’ve never denied it when I asked… Silence is often admission. I just type Like! in the comments window.

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      1. WordPress “partnered” with Google? What does that mean? Did Google buy them or is it just some type of alliance? I don’t know any financial details, but I’d think Google is too big to do anything other than buy WordPress. Google purchases companies on a regular basis. Either way it’s not good news. Google is a cancer.

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        1. WordPress has the details on their website. It’s where I read about it. It’s supposed to be some sort of great improvement but Ike you say, we know who wins when someone makes a deal with the 😈

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  5. I was allowed to “like” your post today on a library computer. 🙂 I still have what I believe to be censorship problems on library computers, but they aren’t as bad as what I deal with on my fairly new iPad.

    The first 2 days I used my iPad it worked like a dream. Instant access to every site I tried and use of many tabs. It was very convenient and I felt able to do so much more than with my older iPad.

    Then, on the third day I had it, I put personal information in it so I would be able to use Facetime to speak with my wife who happens to be in another country. Within hours I started having the same problems as with my old iPad – incredibly slower speed and trouble accessing certain sites. Within hours. And after writing about Palestine and Venezuela the problems got even worse. I don’t believe in coincidences.

    When I had a problem accessing my blog two times, for months at a time, it wasn’t just while using my iPad. I couldn’t access it on library computers in both NYC and Long Island. Interesting, isn’t it?

    I hope you are well. Thank you for the joy you bring to my heart. Stay strong.


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    1. Thank you for your kind words, A Shift in Consciousness, and for letting me know the challenges you have been having with WordPress. I am sorry you have work so hard just to share information and connect with others. I am grateful though, to be able to learn from you. Sending my best wishes to you. 💜


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