Saturday, June 11, 2022

Nature Taking Over

It's been a very rainy spring but suddenly our cool wet days have come to an end and HOT, dry weather has started. Our time has been spent responding to the demands of Mother Nature lately. For instance, Rob started off to the grocery store one morning last week. He wasn't even out of the driveway when the 'check engine' light came on. We've only had the car about six months so he went straight to the repair shop. The repairman came back to him in only a few minutes and reported that a squirrel had made a large nest and chewed on some wires. Who would think this little guy could cause so much damage?

Both our front and back yards have become strawberry fields. Wherever you look you see little red berries peeking out. Tsar used to love eating them but now the birds, deer and opossums snack on them.

We're on baby watch around here. Rocket J is showing signs of having some new kits hidden away. As a result, she has an enormous appetite and is turning up around 6:30 each evening, long before dark to dine. She has also shown up in the morning a couple times. We expect her to bring her babes out late this month or maybe next month. She's eating about eight cups of kibble a day plus any leftovers that we add to her bowl.

The opossums were here last month for a few days but have disappeared again. We think they'll be back in the fall after they've raised their families.

I was reading on the porch the other morning when a doe with a brand new fawn wandered by. I didn't have my camera handy but it was a beautiful sight.

We also have a very demanding woodpecker that prefers dog kibble to seeds. If we forget to put any in the feeder, she starts pounding on the gutters. The sound sends us racing outside to feed her. Who's training who?

Friday, May 13, 2022

A Nature Walk

 Today, Friday the 13th, we're joining Miss Molly for a nature walk. We had to get out early, before Mom's first cup of coffee because our temperatures are in the 90s this week. Mom doesn't much like the heat so when we got our pictures we returned to the coolness of the house where we will lounge all day. Actually Mom has an excuse. She had steroid injections in both her knees this week so she can lie on the couch with ice packs on her knees and nobody can complain.  

 So anyway, here is what we saw on our early morning walk. In the front yard the wild strawberry patch has grown enormously. Last year it was just a little spot under the tree but now about a quarter of the yard has little yellow berry flowers and a few little berries are already showing. I think some of the berries have already been dessert for our night crew.

Next we started down the driveway and the Weigela is blooming. Half the plant has big buds getting ready to open and the other half is already open. 

The wild rose growing on the corner of the fence is starting to flower. Dad and that rose have an ongoing  fight. Dad tries to keep the plant in bounds on the corner of the fence but the plant wants to spread. It reaches it's thorny arms out and snags Mom's hair when she walks by it. Our bird friends planted it for us a couple years ago and I personally think the plant will win the battle.
Around the corner of the fence is our patch of cool Iris. This year we have a couple of smaller ones with a little yellow in them. We're not sure where they came from but it's nice to see the variety.

Some little periwinkle flowers are peeking out. These eager spreaders have taken over parts of the yard but since they don't have to be mowed, we don't really care.
The few remaining Pyracantha are in full bloom which means lots of tasty orange berries for the birds this fall.

We're expecting more rains over the coming week so it'll be interesting to see what new blooms we can find next Friday. Now to go cool off.
Your pal, Mackey

Friday, April 22, 2022

Earth Day

  The girls and I are joining Molly and lots of others on an Earth Day walk to admire Mother Nature's handiwork. We didn't go far, just around the yard. 

We started with the huge Forsythia in back of the house. 
Then we stopped at Bentley's plum tree. 
This year we were really lucky to have the plum, cherry and crabapple trees all in bloom at the same time. That rarely happens. The weather had been so crazy that I didn't think we'd have any blooms. We had a freeze two days ago. Yesterday we had tornado warnings all day and today is supposed to get to the mid 80s. Then more rain and cold starting Sunday.

The neighbor has some perky daffodils.

In the back yard the cherry tree is in full bloom.
The crabapples are coming into flower except for the grafted branch that has been in full flower for a week. That was Norma Jean's favorite tree and she usually came in with white apple blossoms all thru her coat.

The Star of Bethlehem flowers are open. They're such happy looking flowers.
We found some little wild hyacinths.
Here are some bright yellow flowers. OK, I know they're considered weeds but they really are bright and happy. And who decides if they're weeds?
This is the best part. When we moved here we had a couple little patches of violets next to the fence. But my bird friends have been busy and now the violets cover most of the yard. They're my favorite flower and they always make me smile.

Even the Oak trees are getting ready.

Isn't Spring pretty? Happy Earth Day everyone.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

My New Job

 Hi Everybody,

I can't wait to tell you all about my new, very important job. 

 I'm a tolltaker. That's right, I collect tolls. 

You see when we had lots of dogs living here we would all go upstairs at bedtime and Mom would give us each a bedtime cookie. Then we'd each find our bed and settle down for sleep. But things have changed since the other dogs left for the bridge. You can see here that Mom has just pushed everyone's beds into one corner of the room. I'm the only one now that sleeps in the bedroom. Syd has her crate downstairs, so I have my choice of dog beds.

  But I've decided that the routine should change a little so now at bedtime while Mom and Dad are turning off the lights and checking that the doors are locked, I race upstairs and plant my ample rump in the bedroom doorway. In order to get into the room Mom and Dad have to each pay me a toll.
This is what I accept as tolls.
I can count to four so I expect each person to pay me two treats. If they don't pay, I don't move.
After the tolls are paid, I jump onto the bed for my nightly belly rub.
Then I get down and make my selection of which bed to sleep in. It's a pretty easy job but it pays well and makes me very happy.
Your fat little pal, Mackey

Friday, April 1, 2022

Winter Days

 There have been plenty of cold blustery days this winter.  Some of them have been pretty. I liked these shadows in the snow.

Some have had interesting sunrises, such as this where there are stripes in the sky.
I've spent a lot of time knitting and stitching and reading. Some of my favorite subjects are puppies and kittens. Who would have guessed?

Since the start of the covid lockdown we've kept a jigsaw puzzle going in the kitchen. Sometimes we work on it together but usually one or the other of us spends some spare time puzzling. Here are some of our finished pieces.

It's amazing how many new, sealed puzzles are missing pieces. Wonder where they turn up. Two of these have had extra pieces. I wonder if those people got our missing pieces.