It is a cold and rainy day. It rained much of yesterday. I slept a little longer this morning.

When I woke up Charlie was sleeping up against my stomach. He never does that. I was grateful for his warmth. And surprised. He is not one to sleep against you. Usually he stays at the foot of the bed.

I can see the rain dripping off the eaves. There is a lull in the continuous rainfall.

Ivy is perched on the sewing machine table on the left side of me, seeing what she can get into. And Charlie is laying on his bed on the right side of me. They pretty much keep me surrounded.

I just let Charlie in and out and saw that the yellow rose that was so pretty the last couple of days has now given way to the rain. The yellow petals have been pulled apart by and are now falling to the ground.

I wanted to show you some of my Woodward Park photos that I took last week. I really enjoy myself walking around with my camera there.

Wood tree carving Woodward Park

There are such beautiful carvings of nature’s critters on display. There are more, but I just took this one photo and moved on.

Woodward Park garden

They have one enclosed section of vegetables. The trellis material they’ve used did a good job of holding up the pepper plants.

Woodward Park garden

My one pepper plant is still producing peppers. I gave four of them to my new neighbor last Saturday.

Woodward Park garden

Woodward Park garden

I am always intrigued by the textures and many colors of gardens and nature. They are really the simplest of things, but I find them so very beautiful.

Woodward Park garden

Can you see the squirrel that blends so well into this background?

Woodward Park garden

You can imagine how much the wildlife at Woodward Park appreciate the many berries and fruits left behind for them for the winter months.

Woodward Park garden

Is this chamomile?

Everywhere I looked there was something to see. To a person who doesn’t love nature or gardens, I suppose they might have been bored by the sights. But I reveled in them.

Woodward Park garden

I don’t know what this flower is either. Looks a bit like a pansy, but it isn’t. The long stem brings that flower to mind.

Woodward park pond

The ponds and various waterfalls there are just breathtaking. Oh, and the koi of course that swim up to greet you when you walk near the ponds.

koi at Woodward park

fall trees through gate

I admired the juxtaposition of the fall leaves against this black steel gate. I always look for interesting angles to photograph.

ponds at Woodward park

Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the photos I took at Swan Lake. I love that place as much as Woodward Park and the beautiful old homes surrounding it.

Whenever I go to Woodward Park, I typically drive the short distance to Swan Lake as well.

And of course I have a few token photos of the pet babies.


Ivy found a paper towel I’d squirreled away somewhere and it is now shredded on the floor. That little toot. If she’s going to tear it up, I wish I could teach her to clean it up afterward.

I guess that wouldn’t be as much fun for her.


What is the weather like where you are? Have the leaves all fallen yet? They are really just starting to fall here.

I’m staying in today just as I did yesterday. I will enjoy the day with the pet babies in the warmth and dryness of my little apartment.


Similar Posts


  1. Yesterday here in lower mid-Michigan was beautiful with mild temperatures. Sunny and very pleasant for the trick-or-treaters. I didn’t have so many as some years and have way too much candy left over! Today has been cloudy with rain again this afternoon and evening and colder.

    Your photos of the park are gorgeous. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Many of the leaves here have turned and fallen. It’s been so wet that they are plastered to the sidewalk and not much fun to walk through and collect. That is always one of my favorite things to do in the Fall. I love the image with the squirrel in the background and the one of the Queen Anne’s Lace or whatever it might be. Queen Anne’s Lace is one of my very favorite “weeds.”

    How nice that Charlie has decided to cuddle a little. Maybe he was chilly, too. Little Miss Lily is quite the girl. So curious about everything, as are most kittens, and full of energy. Don’t you wish you could read Charlie’s mind and know his tho’ts about her? I bet they would be pretty interesting! I can imagine him thinking in “dog language”, “Hmmn, she’s really crazy! But I kind of like her and she doesn’t seem dangerous…so I guess I’ll just keep watch. I think we might be friends after all.”

    By the way, Brenda, I apologize for getting your last name totally wrong in my comment yesterday. I don’t know what I was thinking, but somehow that name popped into my mind when I went to type your last name. I must know someone with it. But who is anybody’s guess! Anyway, sorry for being so dim.

    I’m hoping for sunshine tomorrow–as I always am. Lower Michigan is one of the cloudiest states in the Fall and Winter because of the “lake effect.” I should have re-located to a sunnier place right after I was born! The greyness is just so depressing.

    Tomorrow is Friday again. How does the week go so fast? Hope you have a good weekend with nice weather. Hugs and pats.

  2. Hi Brenda: You probably already know this but I thought it was worth mentioning. My last little female kitty got the spool of thread of my sewing machine and swallowed it all. She was unable to pass the thread and ended up having surgery that cost $1700 (5 years ago). I should have been more careful about leaving my sewing stuff out but wasn’t. She was very sick and lucky the vets were able to save her. Don’t want anyone else to have to go through this. Love your posts!

    1. Thanks for letting me know that. Ouch for the cost! But worth it to save her. I no longer can sew due to arthritis. But I’ll remember what you said about like objects. Don’t want to lose my Ivy!

  3. I’m loving those pictures of that beautiful park! All the wood cravings…someone’s creative! It’s been raining off and on today and it’s suppose to continue for a few more days. I need to rake all my leaves up soon b4 it s…not saying that word. ?

    I’m glad Charlie is getting closer to you. He doesn’t want to be left out it sounds like. ?

  4. Looks like a pea vine blossom. Here in New England it is 65 degrees today. My burning bushes are bright red now and the maple trees bright yellow and dropping leaves like crazy. We are predicted to have rain and wind tomorrow. Love the pet pictures! Colleen and Baron

  5. Gorgeous photographs! When I saw the photo with the Queen Anne’s Lace (I believe it’s a plant related to the carrot family, believe it or not; not sure about chamomile) I gasped; mine were over flowering by the end of September.

  6. I read your blog every morning and have been enjoying it for several years. In central Texas, it has been in the 80’s for the last several days, but yesterday around 5:00 P.m., a cold front blew in with wind, rain, and much cooler temperatures…not a great night for Halloween. Our native tree is the Cedar Elm, and its leaves have been falling for a while…the leaves are small and have serrated edges. I am so glad that you got a kitty…they are so entertaining. My daughter and son-in-law have three pups and two kitties. The kitties are named Ruby and Mabel (after two of my aunts). Have a great rest of your day.

  7. So sweet that Charlie is now more outgoing, wanted to snuggle with you and liking his picture taken now. He is really blossoming isn’t he?

  8. Hello. The first plant you ask about appears to be some member of the apiaceae family — that’s the family that has carrots, parsley and Queen Anne’s Lace in it. Plants in this family are also called umbellifers. I can’t tell how tall the plant is in your photo, so, I’m not sure of its exact identity. The second plant you ask about appears to be part of the fabaceae, or pea, family. That park looks very beautiful and full of wonderful things. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. How sweet that Charlie was snuggled up to you this morning!
    Your photos are lovely. The weather here has been beautiful for a few days. Many of the trees have lost their leaves but still some pretty ones to be seen. My Japanese maple is a gorgeous bright scarlet.

  10. I always look forward to reading about you, Charlie and Ivy. I was awakened by tornado sirens @ 5:30 this morning uck! Luckily only just a few limbs down. My poor Priss was not sure at all about all the noise!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *