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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GOD IS WITH THEM

•07/18/14 • Comments Off

Cross over Ukraine

The airliner that was shot down over Ukraine is a terrible disaster. Of the various news photos of the debris, I was moved by one particular photo that showed what I assume is a utility pole. It’s shaped just like a cross and with the smoky air gives the impression that God is with the 298 people who lost their lives.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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ANY PORT IN THE STORM

•07/16/14 • Comments Off

Plane in storm clouds

A storm was moving into my area with some interesting cloud formation. Just as I was taking some pics I noticed this plane flying into the turbulence on its way to Port Columbus.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

CELEBRATE FREEDOM ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

•07/04/14 • Comments Off

Pledge of Allegience

Since Spring, I’ve noticed more people flying the American Flag. Our country’s liberty and freedom are under attack by the Obama administration. He supports the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia law as evidenced by the many members he has as advisors in our Whitehouse. He subscribes to Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Cloward-Piven. Be sure to read about these ideologies to see how they are being implemented. Protect our freedom! Fly the flag to show your allegiance.

Photo taken with my Blackberry.

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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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