About the yard: Crabgrass. Weeds in the flower beds; not so many in the lawn, not since "Trugreen Chemlawn" mistakenly treated our lawn instead of the one at the same house number on the next street. But we did have some nice lilies and the butterfly bushes are attracting butterflies and (this morning) 2 humming birds. About the blog: It's been neglected, I admit. I have had many ideas for what I thought of as letters I should write to others. But maybe this is the place for them. I'll try that in a bit.