Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Flowers

I started another new job in March.  It was a huge promotion for me, so I felt I had to take the opportunity to enhance my retirement income.  I do like my new job.  I'm learning new things about contracts every day.  My new job entails reviewing requests for government contracts for release under the Freedom of Information Act.  They're not the only documents that we get requests for, but they make up a large majority of them.  I recently was able to close out three cases that dated back to 2008!!  One request, if you can believe it, was 11 years old!  Good grief.

On the other hand, having to get up much earlier to start my work day at 6 a.m. has me getting up at 4 so I can leave the house and get on the road by 4:45.  It's not a bad drive in at all, but let me tell you, I'm so looking forward to retirement and not having to fight traffic every single day of my life.  Washington DC is beautiful, and more so at that time of the morning without all the people and the heavy traffic.  I drive by the Washington Monument, which is lit up with its red lights flashing at the top.  And I drive by the Potomac River where I get a great view of the Jefferson Memorial also lit and shining its beautiful reflection in the water.  Sometimes the rowing crews from the local universities are already out there on the river, practicing.  It's almost peaceful!

I haven't had much time to venture out and take photos because most of my days are spent at work.  By the time I get home in the evenings, depending on the traffic and other delays, it can be 5 p.m.  I leave work at 3:30.  As you can see it sometimes takes longer to drive home than it does to drive in.  But that's okay with me because I know I'm headed to the comfort of home and that I'll get some quiet time to myself.  By the time I take my shower and grab a little something to eat, it's time for this pumpkin to head to bed so I can start my day all over again at 4 a.m.  I'm one of those people who can't exist on 5 hours of sleep.  I need to get at least 7 and preferably 8 hours of sleep to function really well.

Because of my schedule, I haven't had time to post much on my blog; and I miss it.  I wish I could have taken a picture of the eagle I saw on my drive home along the GW parkway.  It hovered over one of the huge trees and extended its talons.  I wonder if it had a nest there or if it was hunting for something.  I notice all kinds of crazy things when I'm driving.  I wish I had time to capture each one in a photo and share them with all of you.  This world is so beautiful, and I never get bored or tired of seeing the wildlife. 

I did mange to catch some photos of these beautiful peonies that I bought at the store.  Peonies are some of my favorite flowers, especially the old fashioned ones.  The added bonus is that they're very fragrant.  

There are tons of wildflowers in bloom right now.  I so want to stop and pick some and bring them home with me.  Unfortunately, there aren't many places to pull over and do something like that.  The clover is sweet and blooming and there are tall plants with tiny yellow flowers.  I love flowers.  One day I'm going to have a cutting garden full of zinnias and cosmos and all those easy-t0-grow flowers that just grow longer and hardier the more you cut them.  In the meantime, though, I'm content to see the wildflowers on the side of the road and around the many ponds here.  

There is a huge pond next to this wildflower patch, and there is a Kingfisher that lives in the woods next to it.  I see him quite often and I've tried to get a photo of him, but he's too fast.  By the time I've pulled off the road and gotten my camera in hand, he's gone.  I don't even get out of my car, but he's easily spooked.  He's beautiful.  

This is my long weekend from work.  We work a compressed work schedule and every other week, I get an extra day off.  I chose Mondays because that's my least favorite day of the week.  So today is my Saturday over again, my most favorite day of the week.  To me, Saturdays are like holidays that come every week.  Hope you're all having a great one!


Timmy said...

Beautiful flower photos.

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Knatolee said...

Congrats on the new job!! And the flowers are gorgeous. Yay for compressed work schedules, too.

Razzberry Corner said...

Hi Genny! I love your new job because you are close to me! And we can do lunch!!! :)

You can share your stories, even if you aren't able to take photos. I enjoy hearing about the rowing on the river - I can just imagine. And the kingfisher - that's pretty neat that you see him often! Your photos of the peonies are downright gorgeous. I've told you before that you are an amazing photographer!

It's pretty cool that you are closing out the old cases. Doesn't it make you feel good to complete something that's been opened for that long? I just finished doing forensics on a case that occurred a couple years ago. That's a long time ago for what I do - I mostly work on cases right after the crime occurred. I am happy to be done!

Tomorrow is Monday - back to work...