It’s a Mimosa!

Thanks to everyone who responded to an old post, in which I asked, “What is this fern-like tree with a koosh ball blossom?” It’s a little embarrassing that I have to crowdsource my nature queries. It’s because I come from the land of the ice and snow (and factories).

Is this a baby caterpillar?

This guy looked like Elton John, circa 1974, as a teeny, tiny fly.

He’s a little rocker.

photolodico:

Lilacs. 

My old neighborhoods in my home state Michigan have very little on St. Elmo in terms of natural beauty, but I do miss the abundant lilacs every spring. I can almost smell them through these pictures.

copseden said: That's a mimosa. The leaves are also reactionary. Stroke them and they'll slowly fold up.

Wow, thanks! I’ll have to try handshaking that tree.

Anyone know what kind of tree this is? It looks like a fern with a koosh ball blossom.

Anyone know what kind of tree this is? It looks like a fern with a koosh ball blossom.

Dollar flower bunches with your bonus card at the Tennessee Ave. Bi-Lo! Also, they’re running a crazy good deal on Southern Home Cumin - two jars for $1.19. Five bucks gets you a buttload of cumin and roses at Bi-Lo. Good smells abound.

Dollar flower bunches with your bonus card at the Tennessee Ave. Bi-Lo! Also, they’re running a crazy good deal on Southern Home Cumin - two jars for $1.19. Five bucks gets you a buttload of cumin and roses at Bi-Lo. Good smells abound.

We’re getting our own farmers market, huzzah! It’ll be at the foot of the Incline on Fridays from 4-7pm, beginning with the May 30th grand opening. Now all we need is a karaoke night up in this ‘hood and we’ll be legit civilized.

Pleased to announce that the pile of dirty old tires has left John Wilson Park. In their place we now have open grass and an unfettered view of two trees. Thanks to whoever removed them.

Pleased to announce that the pile of dirty old tires has left John Wilson Park. In their place we now have open grass and an unfettered view of two trees. Thanks to whoever removed them.

Mother’s Day

Back in January, when I was bundled beneath two coats, pushing my kid’s stroller through a frigid chill en route to the library, I glanced at the Ben Miller Park baseball diamond and concocted my spring fantasy - a hardcore wiffle ball match with my husband and daughter followed by a trip to Slick’s Burgers. Today my fantasy comes true, for this is how I’m spending my Mother’s Day.

We are headed to the park shortly and I think the weather is just right - mild, overcast and a little muggy. My pale flesh couldn’t be happier. And although I try to not eat red meat every time I go to Slick’s - we visit too enough for that to be healthy - I’m definitely indulging in a beefy burger with truffle fries today (free upgrade from regular fries for moms!). It’s time for mama treats. Happy Mother’s Day, everybody!

As promised, here is a link to the St. Elmo Plan Presentation from early April. I’ve just started perusing the many fun and fascinating maps within, imagining all the exciting changes that could take place. From a pedestrian standpoint, I see a lot of positive development proposed. I look forward to digging in deeper.

p.s. I’m viewing the documents via the free Dropbox app for iPads, which I downloaded several months ago. As I recall, setting it up was a fairly simple process FWIW.