Mid-Summer: Cicadas, Solstice and Mosquitoes

We are there – the longest (and typically hottest) days of the summer. Two things are on my mind: Cicadas and Solstice.
Oh, add a third – mosquitoes.

First thing: Have you heard any of the summer cicadas yet? I heard one brave little insect screeching all alone five nights ago. His call wavered, then fell into silence. He waited. I’m sure he
was wondering if any of his friends had popped out of the ground yet. …

Nature Trivia – It’s Summer!

We are never too old to learn!
One of the great things about this blog is learning all the interesting things I pass on to my readers. Today, with the help of the Farmer’s Almanac for gardening tips and Knowledge Cards from the
Sierra Club on birds, we’ll all learn a few things.

In my last post, I wrote about the Blood Moon, or Pink Moon in April.Remember the Native Americans gave names to each of the monthly full moons?  (Although sometimes we have

Pink Moon – or Blood Red?

You decide. Was last night’s full moon actually blood red, like the astronomers had promised? Or was it the Pink Moon I’d told you about in
yesterday’s post?

I watched the lunar eclipse from northeastern Oklahoma. Well, at least the first hour. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

The Pink Moon, mentioned yesterday, is a term used by Native Americans, who named the moons according to their phases and cycles. It helped them keep track of the …

Planting Time?

Brrrr. Is this the last cold snap of the season?
I hope so, because my seed packets are waiting and my fingers are itching to put on my gardening gloves and get out into the soil.
Today’s post is all about planting, and features tips from the Farmer’s Almanac about things to plant and all kinds of gardening advice. Enjoy the read!

  • Gather ‘spring tonic’ greens now: dandelion greens, fiddleheads, and leeks.
  • Hydrangeas and goldenrod …

Vernal Equinox Arrives

There’s something about that name —
If you know what it means, that is.
It means SPRING!

And the equinox part means that the time of night’s darkness and daylight is approximately the same. Here in Oklahoma, at a latitude of 36 degrees, this means we get really close to 12 hours of

We’ve had Mardi Gras and entered the season of Lent, we’ve changed the clocks and jumped forward for Daylight Savings Time,  the …