A wild sunflower appears!

A wild sunflower appears!

sunflower seedling

Okay, it’s not exactly wild, but it is the first self-seeded baby sunflower I’ve spotted this year. Isn’t it cute? They start out so tiny but they get so big so fast.

Of course, it’s in a completely inopportune spot — in the middle of a lawn area (I say “lawn” ’cause that obviously ain’t grass), too far from anything to be staked to as it gets bigger, and on the south side of the tiny orange rosebush, which means if I let this grow here it’ll eventually block sun from the roses.

So, it’ll have to get moved. (It’s the first one of the year, and I hate pulling out plants anyway, so yes, it’s definitely getting moved, not done away with.) I’ve transplanted plenty of baby sunflowers before and they always do fine. I wonder what the flowers on this one will look like!

I found this little guy yesterday (I think?) but today I found some more surprises in the front yard. The sad, clearance-sale hostas I planted way too late last year made a comeback!

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Cats and plants and dogs, oh my

Cats and plants and dogs, oh my

Well, just one dog.

This is Lola:

Lola

She’s an almost-5-year-old black German Shepherd Dog (with lots of white dustings, and in this picture a stray white hair stuck to her nose), and she is very cute. You will be seeing more of her in future posts.

As promised, here are some pics of growing things — and also a few cats, because they like the nice weather, too.

First up is Logan, who at almost 15 is the oldest of the pets (or varmints, as I like to call them). He also is very into catnip, so this is his favorite place during his brief trips outside:

Logan

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Camp NaNo

Camp NaNo

Camp NaNo

Another quick post today. (I did remember to take my camera outside yesterday, but of course the battery was dying, and then today it was pouring rain on and off all day. So garden pictures have to wait till next week.)

Every November there is this thing called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, where participants try to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. Twice a year outside of that there is Camp NaNoWriMo, where participants choose their own word count goals and write whatever they want, novel or otherwise.

Camp NaNo is in April and June, and I’m participating in the one this month. My word count goal is 30,000 (which is only 1,000 words a day, highly doable if I actually sit down and write), and the project I’m working on is an unfinished novel — one I actually started for NaNoWriMo back in 2008. It’s currently at a little over 50,000 words (not all of which were written during NaNo itself, so I didn’t “win” that year), and since I tend to write long, will probably take…a lot more to actually finish the story.

But, 30,000 will get me closer, and hopefully I can keep up the momentum and finally finish the thing. I spent my writing time yesterday getting the files from Scrivener on my old laptop and uploading them to Google Drive so I could work from my Chromebook (I love many things about my Chromebook, but its single biggest downside is that I can’t use Scrivener on it) and rereading some of what I’ve already written. I haven’t worked on the story in a long, long time, so it’s a little hard getting into the right mindset. I stopped writing before because I got stuck on a particular scene, but I should have just skipped it and kept going — something I’ll have to keep in mind this time!

I’ll include word count updates with the rest of my posts this month. Currently I’m behind at 0/30,000, but I think I can make up the difference over the weekend. We shall see~

Visiting chickens

Visiting chickens

chicken

This is a picture from last year of one of the neighbor’s chickens. They have two, and since their yard isn’t fenced in, the chickens like to go exploring. They’re pretty friendly, and I’ve gotten to pet one of them, although they’re much more interested in any food you might have for them. (And yeah, I totally feed them if I can find something when they stop by.)

My dog, Lola, sometimes ignores them completely when she sees them, sometimes watches them, and sometimes (namely when they come up on our front porch) she barks and barks and acts like she wants to rip them apart. I really want to get two or three chickens myself this year, so it’s going to be a fun process teaching her to leave them alone.

Short post today! I’ll try to remember to get outside with my camera tomorrow and take some pictures of growing things. Or of Lola. Also tomorrow is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo, which I am signed up for and will be attempting to use as motivation to make some progress on a novel draft. (Another thing I’d really like to do this year is actually finish a draft!)