The Bag Lady spent most of yesterday outside, working in her yard. It was one of those gorgeous days - warm, sunny, reasonably calm winds. She mowed the lawn, then tackled a messy spot around one of the big spruce trees in her back yard.
The tree is close to her firepit, right behind her outdoor oven and the area around it had, over the past few years, become the respository for all kinds of things - firewood, rocks that were discarded when she built the oven, pieces of old fence boards, chicken wire and all manner of detritus. All of it grown over and around with wild rosebushes and a few poplar trees! She forgot to take a picture of the mess before she started, so you'll just have to use your imaginations. She isn't done yet, but it is looking a whole lot better. The Rancher even got in on the act and lent a hand by cutting down some of the larger trees for her with his chain saw.
When they finally played out, they lit a fire in the firepit to burn up all the dry bits of wood and such, and settled in with a beer. The sky was that perfect shade of blue that makes it look like it goes on forever. There were gulls flying far overhead, nearly invisible, they were so high. A squirrel spent a good portion of his day chattering and chiding them from the top of a pole nearby. There were birds singing in the trees and flitting around the feeder, and occasionally they could hear the American Kestrel babies in a nearby tree, cheeping as their parents brought them something to eat.
All in all, one of those perfect summer days.