Humulus Lupulus or Hops

My neighbor is a beer dude.  At first I thought he was “frying turkey’s” in his garage.  Be careful man.  We don’t need you blowing up your house!!  “Nooooo, he assured us.  Just making a batch of home made brew”.

Last year, beer dude even planted his own Hops bushes.  These have been so much fun to watch grow.  He had them trained up the vine trellis.

This year, the little flowers were close enough that I could get a couple good pictures of the buds as they peaked through the fence.

Hops flower at chez day Hops @ chez day

Even Buck decided to try munching on the little buds.

Buck with Hops Mmmmmmm More Hops

No beer for me.  Last time I took a sip was when the Gordon Beirsch opened in Leawood.  A glass of brew and garlic fries turned my insides out.  I’ve stuck to wine ever since.

Sometimes the smells of things (like pizza) still waft over and tease that, sure, you can eat just a little.  But no.  The pain just isn’t worth it.

More From Wikipedia

Humulus lupulus (common hop or hop) is a species of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae familynative to Europe, western Asia and North America. It is a dioeciousperennialherbaceous climbing plant which sends up new shoots in early spring and dies back to a cold-hardy rhizome in autumn. Strictly speaking it is a bine rather than a vine, using its own shoots to act as supports for new growth.

The species is a main ingredient of many beers, and as such is widely cultivated for use by the brewing industry (for more information, see the main article on Hops). The fragrant flower cones (hops) impart bitterness and flavor, and also have preservative qualities.[1] The extract is antimicrobial, which makes it useful for making natural deodorant.[2] Hops also contain the potent phytoestrogen8-prenylnaringenin, that may have a relative binding affinity to estrogenreceptors.[3] Hop also contains myrcenehumulenexanthohumolmyrcenollinalooltannins, and resin.

You know it’s time for a bath when . . .

your dogs purposely side swipe every blossomed bush and tree

your pooch smells about as lovely as the goodie bag you brought home from the walk

your little baby angel is spending a vast amount of time licking off his undercarriage

your hound trots into the room and you smell him over your teenager

and best of all

when your lovely chien, takes every opportunity to roll in ickies that you don’t even want to know who or what left that laying on the side of the pathway.

yes. it was that kind of morning, when even the Queen Anne’s Lace or fresh daisy’s can’t help this foul smelling scout.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!!!!




Someone left his toy out in the rain

We have been lucky in Leawood the last week to have had rain. Not driving, oh my god, we’re going to flood again rain. But, nice off and on, let it soak in and feel like fall rain.
The back yard has greened up and the plants are looking reading for those beautiful cool days.

So coming home to perfect evening weather to a mystery is always fun.

Clue 1- dry outline


What toy could have caused this??


Yup, fits like a glove.


Silly duffus dog.