DOXIE SNOW TRAILS

•02/22/15 • Comments Off

Doxie tunneling thru snow
Yesterday we eventually got a little over 6″ of snow. Murph has to hop like a rabbit as the snow gets deeper. Rather than having dog pawprints in the snow, Murph’s trails look more like a snow plow has gone thru the yard. The worst part of his playing in the snow are all the snowballs attached to the feathery hair on his legs.
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CRITTERS APPRECIATE FOOD IN WINTER

•02/02/15 • Comments Off

It’s a cold day with a strong wind so one of the backyard feeders is busy today. I finally have been able to attract squirrels with my neighbor’s help. He originally started putting peanuts and corn on his fence. Eventually we lured them closer to the house. He’s seen 5 squirrels at one time but the most I’ve seen is 3. The pop bottle and plastic disc was to prevent chipmunks from cleaning out the feeder during warm weather. He buries the sunflower oilers which then sprout throughout all my landscaping. It doesn’t prevent the squirrels from jumping onto the feeder.
squirrels at feeder
After the squirrels left the birds took over, cleaning up the seed on the ground thanks to the squirrels scattering it..
birds under feeder
I put out suet in both the back yard as well as the front. I’ve never had birds care much for the “real” suet, but they LOVE this no-melt brand that I buy at Home Depot in a box with 8 blocks. The red-breasted woodpecker is a frequent visitor.
red-breasted woodpecker
There is another critter that stalks my yard and that is a hawk. I haven’t been able to get a photo of it yet as his good eyesight is able to spot me through the window. I realize it needs to eat also, but I really hate to see him grab a bird or the chipmunks.
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IT’S A JEEP THING …

•01/07/15 • Comments Off

Jeeps
When the going gets tough … the tough get going! Saw these 3 Jeeps in the employee parking lot at the Post Office. There were also 2 Cherokees nearby. Maybe Jeep should use rural mail carriers cars in their ads. I had new Goodyear Wranglers put on my Cherokee last Monday so I’m set again for snow. My 1998 Jeep has 152,000 miles on it and it’s the least troublesome car I’ve ever had. At this point, it’s a faithful old friend. “It’s a Jeep thing – you wouldn’t understand”.
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WINTER SNOW IS “ruff” ON DOXIES

•01/06/15 • Comments Off

Doxie in snow

Murph got a new warm coat for Christmas. His previous plush coat only covered 1/3 of his body. It’s hard to find coats or sweaters that are long enough to cover “most” of him. Although he has long hair, his belly is mostly bare, which is a problem when your legs are only 3″ long. Most dogs leave footprints in the snow. Murph leaves a snowplow path!
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BUMMER – WINTER IS HERE!

•11/17/14 • Comments Off

1st snow 2014 in central ohio
We woke up to snow this morning. While it’s pretty, it’s too early. Someone on Twitter said that Al Gore was found in Tennessee with his tongue stuck to a metal pole. I put Murph’s sweater on him before opening the blinds to go out. He looked out, then seemed to sigh as if to say “not this stuff again!”. His bare belly suffers in 2 or more inches of snow plus the snow forms balls that stick to his leg feathers. But overall he seems to enjoy it … bounding thru the snow like a rabbit.
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IT’S LEAF RAKING TIME

•10/03/14 • Comments Off

Fall Colors

The Fall colors are in full display. This is a view from my backyard. The ornamental grasses are shooting up their plumes so it won’t be long until the birds pick off the tiny seeds. I put up a squirrel feeder filled with peanuts so my neighbor and I can enjoy watching them. I’m enjoying the green while it lasts because I hate when the white stuff arrives!
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NASTY CRITTERS – FOG ‘EM!

•09/18/14 • Comments Off

Yellow Jacket killer

 

A bunch of yellow jackets decided a portion of my home would make a good place for THEIR home. They were flying into a small space between a trim board and the siding. My neighbor helped me by climbing the ladder and between us we used about 8 cans of Hornet/Wasp sprays over several days. The sprays didn’t work. I then bought an attractant bag – the yellow thing in the photo. While it worked in downing about 100 yellow jackets it also captured some hornets as well. But despite all my efforts, the yellow jackets prevailed.

I finally decided that I needed to call the professionals since I didn’t want this nest to do any damage to the house. The pro used a ‘license required’ fog in various openings around the siding. He said it may take a few days to kill all the insects. So far it seems to be working for the most part as I’m finding several dead critters both inside and outside my home. There are still a few yellow jackets flying near their entrance but they’re kinda dopey. Once I no longer see any bugs flying around, I’ll caulk all around the board to prevent them from getting in next year.

I learned a few things from the pro-guy. Yellow jackets and hornets are in the wasp family and aren’t “bees”. Both of them kill honey bees! That may explain why I’ve noticed fewer honey bees on my flowers that normally attract them .

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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