Friday, July 15, 2011

The Birds and the Boys

Yes, it’s summertime here in St. Louis, as it doubtless is where you are, too. The thing is that summer in St. Louis means living in a steam bath. We are known for the Gateway Arch, the fabulous baseball Cardinals, toasted ravioli, and the Endless Humidity Festival. It’s seriously like living in a terrarium with countless heat lamps accelerating the moisture content of the air. It’s hard to breathe outside on days such as the ones we’re having now. The heat index here was 115 a few days ago, and unlike what they say in Phoenix, it is NOT a dry heat.

Yes. I am done complaining.

But there are other signs of summer. Look at this! These adorable LBJ-birds (Little Brown Jobbies) are building a nest INSIDE OF MY GERANIUM pot! I watched them over the course of several days, and they were diligent, indeed. Now the nest is complete, and contains four little bird eggs. It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

And speaking of cute, check out my husband, the Center of the Universe (CoTU). Of course, when he sees this post, he may decide to become my EX-husband, but hey—he posed for the pictures. What did he expect? He ventured out one day (before the heat index went into the 100s) to trim some shrubs, and when I took him some cold water this is what I saw! I had to get the camera.

People go on safari with less gear than this. He’s wearing safety glasses, hearing protection (that leaf blower IS noisy, after all), a knee support brace, and a dust mask. Yes, my intrepid protector, braving the front yard.

Thanks, CoTU, for your caution and good sense. Good thing you don’t have to build a nest inside a hanging planter. You don’t have the equipment for it.


  1. I do not envy you that humidity, I can't breathe when it's humid!

    Stopping by from SITS!

  2. Very funny! Dust masks are GREAT - keep you from hacking up grass bits and stuff the next day (smile) - love the intrepid warrior pix you got there - I may brave Alpha Hubby's wrath and post the ones I took today... or not. Visiting from SITS.

  3. That's COTU?! The Hannibal Lector-esque mask threw me. As for knee braces and ear plugs, I wear those to the office; I'm 42, and falling to pieces. Indigo x

  4. I'm sure he was flattered! My husband gets so annoyed with me for posting pics of him on Facebook and Twitter. But I'm PROUD of him!