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Tuesday

I went to bed somewhere between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m., probably closer to 12:30.  I woke a little before 9:30 a.m.

I picked up A.J. from the Y at noon.  We went to the food court in the mall for her lunch.  We stopped off at the house.  I'd had breakfast at 10:00 a.m., so I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to bring with us.  We went to Tyler Arboretum.  (http://www.tylerarboretum.org/)  We went to the fragrance garden.  The butterfly house was down, but we went to the area where it had been and saw lots of skippers and a tiger swallowtail butterfly.  We saw a hummingbird come to a red zinnia.

We went to the pond and saw turtles.  The pond was green with algae.  We looked in at the replica of Thoreau's cabin.  It's tiny and the real one must have had an outhouse nearby.  Someone had left a plastic water bottle there on a bench, which wasn't period accurate.  We looked at the demonstration vegetable garden.

We walked a long way to see the paddock where the goats were.  B. at the Visitors' Center said that there were 21 goats, and we saw 7.  So we saw a third of the goats.  That wasn't bad, considering that B. said that the paddock was four acres.  We were sitting by the giant sequoia.  We went back, and saw a goldfinch on the plantings by the barn.  I think the flowers he was on were the little yellow daisy-like flowers on tall stems.  They must have good seeds.

A.J.'s sister and brother-in-law met us at a burger place, and we had dinner.  I came home.  The abutilon was drooping.  I watered that.  It has several orange flowers.  I watered the plants in pots in the front yard, and the plants in the herb garden in the back yard.  The mistflower is starting to bloom.

Later: I chatted with A.W. for a while.