I mentioned a few days ago that I was a little sick. That was then.
Now, I'm a little more sick with what I would describe as a mean cold. Nothing serious, just a pain in the butt for a while.
I worked two days sick due to a student teacher coming in Monday, and then the Florida Writes FCAT writing test yesterday, but today I wimped out and stayed home.
A long, fitful, coughy, achy night forced the decision.
So, I 'm feeling like a big baby and second guessing my decision, but it's done, I'm here.
I'll spend the day guzzling green tea and orange juice, and not talking.
Except here of course ... where I feel a ramble coming on ...
This is Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia).
While gathering rocks out at Billy's swamp, I noticed it was growing everywhere, so I plan to gather seeds from it this spring as it is a plant I have coveted for a long time. Davesgarden says it is easy to grow from seed as long as you plant the seeds while they are fresh.
Some were already forming flower spikes, so I need to keep checking.
Feel free to remind me.
The pines are finishing off their male cones and soon vast amounts of yellow pollen will be drifting through the air towards waiting female cones.
I don't seem to be bothered by pollen, but I know this is a tough time of the year for lots of folks.
My seventh graders were amazed to find out that there were male cones and female cones.
Peaceful scene, but you could die here if you weren't paying attention. If you don't see the large gator in the ditch, just look up at my Pure Florida header photo ... that's her in close up. In defense of gators, an attack would be extremely unusual, but you should keep them on your mind when tromping around in their habitat.
Right after I finished shooting her pic, my cell phone rang.
I set the camera down to answer it and a huge otter crawled out of the ditch and loped across the road in front of me.
I don't have any pics of it of course.
Stupid cell phones.
Farkleberry is blooming.
Domestic blueberries are blooming.
Jessamine is blooming.
Redbuds are blooming.
Hogplum is blooming.
We were under a tornado watch last night, but only got rain. 1.5 inches!!
Emma made a 100 on her math test.