I went out and took pictures. Sawtooth sunflowers, some new asters in the prairie garden, the purple and the pink sedum are blooming. :D Also there are pears all over the pear tree. I saw a preying mantis feeding on a butterfly, and a couple of grasshoppers humping. Sometimes it's all about perspective -- I didn't see the mantis or grasshoppers until I crouched down to photograph the colorful wing of the butterfly.
Later I went back out and watered plants. It's dry here. Someone mentioned online that the wetland at our local nature center is all dried up. :(