|Grasshopper or katydid? She has short antennae and doesn't look like a walking leaf so I'm assuming she's a grasshopper.|
This little character has been hanging around my cutting garden for weeks now. When I first spotted her she was balanced atop a lush Dahlia 'Hollyhill Karen Lee', which she quietly nibbled until it looked as though it had received a crew cut. When the dahlia's stem broke, I tossed the flower in the compost bin, only belatedly wondering if she'd managed an escape. I found her yesterday perched on this sad-looking Dahlia 'Terracotta'. She looked a lot like how I feel, surrounded by dirt and a general mess.
It's taking a long time to finish our roof. The crew worked on it steadily all last week, even returning for a couple of hours on Saturday morning to button down the garage roof in advance of rain. We got all of 5/100ths of an inch, enough to transform the dust that's covered everything into a dirty film. The roofers were back on the job Monday morning. Whether they'll finish today is anybody's guess.
|This is how things looked at mid-day on Tuesday. I've learned the hard way that roofing isn't just hard on the exterior landscape - it also generates a lot of dirt inside the house.|
Interestingly, while searching for indications as to the identity of my small green visitor, I came across a discussion of the green grasshopper's role as a spirit animal. According to this summary: "When a grasshopper spirit animal comes leaping into your life, it signifies your need to make a tremendous leap of faith." Although I can't say I'm one to look to psychic signs for guidance, I've decided to view her presence as a positive.
|View of the harbor from the back garden: the marine layer is back!|
There's light on the horizon. Our remodeling project will get finished, eventually. My garden will be restored to health, in time. Cooler temperatures and rain will return, if not immediately then soon. Congress and the voting public will constructively address the circumstances confronting our nation. I'm going to make sure my green friend finds another dahlia to perch on before her current roost is tossed.
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