Yesterday Hugh walked home from school and was disappointed to find that I was the only one in the house.   He had found a turtle in the neighbor’s yard and wanted to show it off.   He described it as “pulsing” in his hands, which I found  ”repulsing.”

But thank heavens I had the presence of mind to snap some pictures, because by the time Malcolm got home 10 minutes later, the turtle has escaped from its Diet Coke fridge-pack box lined with grass and sped away.  We followed what appeared to be a trail of mashed-down grass before realizing it was the track from the wheelbarrow.  The turtle could not have gone far, yet he was completely untraceable.

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After dinner, we had an amazing dessert prepared entirely from scratch by Ian, from crust to curls.  Lemon meringue pie.  No turtles were involved in the making of this treat.

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On the table were peonies, one of my all-time favorite flowers.  The pink ones are transplanted from Chris’s childhood home, where dozens of peony bushes lined the front walk.

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The peony is so gorgeous, but so fleeting.  Fortunately, one has been captured on paper.

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Also spotted in the last 24 hours:  the first lightning bug, a bumblebee, a hummingbird, and a bunny.

Seen anything interesting in your backyard lately?
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