LQQK SQUIRREL!

•02/21/14 • Comments Off

Look Squirrel

I don’t often have squirrels in my yard because the trees aren’t large enough. But with all the snow combined with a back issue making it hard for me to walk to the feeders, I placed a tray of oilers outside my patio door this year. The birds have knocked some of the seeds out of the tray onto the little deck area. Murph is used to having the chipmunks play there but this was his first exposure to a squirrel. He watched it for awhile before he decided to start barking. The squirrel quickly made a get-away scurrying along on top of the yard’s fencing. Murph wouldn’t have stood a chance!

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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MIGRATING BIRDS STOP FOR SNACK

•12/26/13 • Comments Off

robins in hawthorn tree

They’re a little hard to see in the photo, but a group of robins decided to partake of the berries that were on my hawthorn tree. Our regular robins left some time ago, so maybe these were robins from Canada passing through to warmer weather.

The juncos have also arrived from their summer hiatus up north. They’ll stay here most of the winter, eating out of the sunflower oiler feeder.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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N0-0-0 … IT’S TOO SOON FOR SNOW!

•11/13/13 • Comments Off

First snow 2013

Yesterday we woke up to the white stuff on the ground. It’s about a month early for us. I’m not done with all my pruning for winter yet, so the big ornamental grasses took the brunt of the snow’s weight. This weekend is supposed to be a little warmer so I must get out to finish the job and mow the lawn … maybe for the last time.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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LEAF ME ALONE!

•11/04/13 • Comments Off

fall maple leaves

The wind and rains over the weekend made work for people with maples. I cleaned them up yesterday but this afternoon I see that I have to do it all over again. Once this tree loses all its leaves, then my neighbor’s cherry tree loses its leaves which miraculously all land in my yard. What I’ve never understood is why MY leaves don’t blow in a neighbor’s yard.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

UNIQUE CONTRAILS IN SKY

•10/29/13 • Comments Off

contrails

There was an interesting jet trail (contrail) in the sky. I see them frequently as I look out my transom windows. This one looked quite a bit different than usual. It was much wider and had “dots” in between the two parallel lines. I’ve never seen trails with dots. I should have run out to my car to get the better camera, but I thought the design might disappear. As it happened, it stayed in the sky for over an hour – much longer than most. I’ve heard of some conspiracies about contrails with people believing the government is spraying us with various chemicals. I’ll let you decide.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME …

•09/19/13 • Comments Off

roses

I had a birthday this week. It was one of those “monumental” ones that end in zero. My daughters went all out with great presents. I got these gorgeous roses – there’s 30 there. (No, I’m not ’30′) I was also treated to a mani/pedi at a luxury spa. It was the first pedicure I’ve ever had and it was wonderful. I’ll save you from viewing a pic of my toes. :-)

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

CHIPMUNKS ARE GARDENERS??

•08/23/13 • Comments Off

sunflower

I planted a vine this summer to eventually hide the AC unit. However, I had help with the planting. The chipmunks fill their cheeks with sunflower oilers from the feeder then bury the seeds for later snacks. I find the seeds growing in various flower beds. Normally I pull the seedlings out when I find them, but I left these. So these sunflowers are compliments of the chipmunks. The bees are busy with the flowers now, but eventually the birds will strip the flowers of their seeds. I do rather enjoy the sunny yellow addition to the yard.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.