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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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.