Today was hot. And of course that means it was time to spend all day in dirt, upkeeping the landscaping, pulling weeds and planting a few new pretty things. Perennials are my style, because I can count on them being there next year too. I wish I had a green thumb and the patience required for annuals. Sunscreen was applied amply of course, and I didn't burn, thank God. As I was packing up to go inside for some lemonade, I spotted this little fellow sitting on a yet-to-bloom purple coneflower. (It's a grasshopper if you couldn't tell). My nephew waited for me to finish snapping a picture before he touched the leaf and it went leaping for a new hang out. Thought it fit my theme of "Precious things held". Brown Sharpie, watercolor wash.