D.R.O.O.L. – August 2019

Daily Reminiscence Of Our Lives


“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen



Took another route around VIR this morning, walking 3.33 miles. Got lost at one point when the path vanished into the woods. Wondered on someone else’s property then jumped a fence to get back.

The Shooting Sports building’s weather vanes
Original structure at the bridge
Morning shadows


Going for a long walk around VIR (Virginia International Raceway). Accomplished 4.35 miles and hopefully lost a few pounds….it’s hot!

Morning dew on a Canadian Goose feather

Carolina desert hickory
Spider webs or dollar spot mycelium?


We planned to leave before 10 this morning to drive down to VIR but at around 6:15 we heard barking coming from the back yard. This less than a year old slanky dog was chasing the cats. After doing our best to find his owners in a short notice, made a decision to surrender him to BARCS.


Walking around Leaking park to save time this morning.

Pom Pom spread out


Rainbow of cats


Cicada skin

The hummers are still here. I spend a lot of time watching them. This one is a male Ruby-throated hummingbird.


We don’t have time today to do a long walk so we have to stick around our neighborhood.

Sweet autumn clematis

Mag found another object to play with….


We haven’t been up at the PA line on NCR for a while so we start our morning here today.

Waiting to be toweled off

Extra fun in Beetree run. Had to wash all the mud off. I didn’t pay attention and Mag charged through a mud pit.

There was a fundraiser today on the trail, originated from PA with a lot of dogs walking with their owners. Mag did super good not going bananas since the horses were soooo much more interesting. Ollie (miniature horse) didn’t come to us and I blame all the people. I think it was just to much happening at once.


Cylburn Arboretum small loop. Thanks to Mag, I’ve avoided to step on a box turtle. Cute little thing with beautiful yellow coloring.

Natural arch
Rose of Sharon


Around the house

Cicada closeup

Puffy Rice (front) and Baghira hanging out


Still around the house….

Morning glory after the morning
Knock out rose
Blue mist flower


Toto sunbathing
Mag doing his scheduled roll on NCR


Tiny mushroom


It’s suppose to be in the 90s today so getting up early even though it would be a treat to sleep in – being Sunday. We’re heading over to Leakin Park before the sun melts us.

The Chapel

I love paying attention to my surroundings to be able to catch tiny glimpses of life all around.

Praying Mantises, blue birdhouse in the woods, Costmary w/tiny green insect, Spotted Orb-weaver
Bindweed, Giant reed, Magic porthole to fairyland, Bottlebrush buckeye nuts

Rose of Sharon bud, Lavender, Morning glory, Mint?




We are heading to Oregon Ridge Park for a quick morning walk and will pretty much stick to the red trail today. After arriving, first we walk towards the alternate parking lot to still fit in a healthy loop. I am glad we haven’t tried to park here, lot is closed for “Hot August Music”. We can still walk through it and head up on either of the clearings. The noise/music is eardrum blasting loud.

The humidity and these little freakedelic bugs are killing me. Mag just rolls in the grass happily, no care in the world.

We have found some interesting creatures today….

Large Millipede+Mags nose, Valley and ridge salamander, snail home, Millipede again

….along with some cool looking mushrooms and fungi….

….and pretty forest floor finds.

Partridge Pea, seed pods, mummified Indian pipe, Goatsbeard

Since he took a bath yesterday it was common sense for him to roll in grass, ferns, leaves and jump into mud holes and running water as many chances he got.

We have accomplished 2.74 miles. Not too shabby.

When we got home Zebulon ran into the house and put himself in jail, hoping for a long stay. 10 minutes later he asked to be let outside….🤔



Morning walk in Sudbrook park

Monarch, 2 Salt Marsh Moths, 2 Bumble bees and a Ailanthus Webworm Moth on milkweed, deer
maybe squash flower, tall ‘ shrooms, ridged ‘shrooms, Swamp Agrimony



Hibiscus Syriacus – Rose of Sharon
Milkweed bug larvae
Sunflower shots



Sudbrook quicky

Bumble bee on milkweed, Monarch, Thistle w/Mecidea, Cattail, another bumble, Orange Jewelweed

Polyphemus-Moth at the shop

The Mag
False dandelion



When we only have time to squeeze in a short walk (always try to do at least a mile), I never no where we gonna end up. Since it’s already 8am we’ll head to Cylburn Arboretum.

Sulphur Cosmos, mystery plant, Chicory, Vinca

I took a lot of pictures in their beautiful flower gardens as well but a man came over and said that I cannot be there with Mag. Gave me a stupid explanation about dogs not allowed at all around the flowers only on a less than 6 feet leash (paradox). At that time Mag was laying next to me on about a 2 feet piece. We just walked away. Cannot reason with stupid….

In the tiny bamboo ‘forest’
Southern toad
Pompadour is always happy to see us



Extremely hard day today. Ziggi is leaving to pass over the rainbow bridge. He is part of my original 3 musketeers – Rusty, Ziggi and Clorox – brothers. He has been declining, even though he still gets around. I feel like it’s time. I will always love you!



Meadowood Park 1 miler this morning






Oregon Ridge big loop

Amanita muscaria, mystery ?, mystery ?, Chicken of the woods

Peaceful waters

Box turtle friend

Forest of hope



Roland Park

Neighborhood walk in the evening

Onyx and Muffin



Are you ready Mom?
Echinacea – purple coneflowers, Wingstem, Giant ironweed



Starting August with NCR, walking about 1 mile total up to the first bridge and back. It’s early enough for being alone for most of it.

Bridge overlook
Magnolias seeds

Evening critterfest on my butterfly bush and crepe myrtles.


Published by magzilla44

Magzilla, our AMSTAFF has rescued us in 2017 on a rainy day in May. It was a rough start because we didn’t know anything about him after him walking up on our property. But he has showed us what an amazing person he is and things became happily ever after pretty quick. He is very social, both with people and other pets. He loves his cat sisters and brothers and off course walking.

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