I’VE BEEN WORKING HARD!!!!

•05/24/15 • Comments Off on I’VE BEEN WORKING HARD!!!!

Back yard
I’ve been really busy this Spring! I’ve put down around 100 bags of mulch and just under 1000lbs of top soil. I have large landscape beds all around the house, plus I put a new 5’x24′ bed in next to the back of the house. When I bought my home 18 years ago, it was a new build with NOTHING! So to have it now look like this is very rewarding!

Click to see more photos of my recent yard work.

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FLOWERING TREES ARE SPECTACULAR

•05/04/15 • Comments Off on FLOWERING TREES ARE SPECTACULAR

Flowering Crabapple

Have you noticed how plush the flowering trees have been this year. Apparently all conditions have been perfect for maximum flowers … or maybe they were as tired of the winter as we were and decided we needed some cheer!
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NEW PETS IN THE YARD

•04/08/15 • Comments Off on NEW PETS IN THE YARD

Squirrel at bird feeder

Three squirrels are now regularly coming to the large feeder. My neighbor refills the corn for them. Generally they ignore The Murph because apparently they feel safe from the feeder’s height. Usually he just doesn’t see them unless they’re running along the top of the fence. I bought a special peanut feeder for the squirrels which when they stand on a ledge, the lid lifts for them to access the inside peanuts. So far, the squirrels haven’t figured it out but a nighttime raccoon has. It cleans it out whenever I fill it! Bummer!!!!
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DOXIE SNOW TRAILS

•02/22/15 • Comments Off on DOXIE SNOW TRAILS

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 on CRITTERS APPRECIATE FOOD IN WINTER

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 on IT’S A JEEP THING …

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 on WINTER SNOW IS “ruff” ON DOXIES

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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