Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ahh My Little Chickadee

Sometimes I get a little carried away with my camera.  A couple of days ago, between the raindrops, I heard the chickadees, they have a very distinctive chirp, so I slowly, slowly walked out to the backyard with camera in hand.  Spotted him first on the neighbors sad dead tree.....

I have a couple of bird-feeders in the back yard but the chickadees sometimes are skitish to come to the feeder when there are so many others flocking around.  He sat there observing the possibilities of how to partake in those yummy sunflower seeds.  I can see his little mind thinking...."oh what the heck, I'll just go down and check it out. "

OK, now I am here, but it looks like most of the seeds have fallen on the hosta leaves....

Ahh, here they are....thank goodness these leaves are big enough to hold me while I forage for food.

Suppose there are more over there?

Are you watching me?  And by the way, your siding really needs a good power wash.

After a few more bites he was back to the tree, looking rather stuffed and sleepy. Probably nap time. I totally agree that after lunch is a good time for a nap.

Saturday was gorgeous, blue skies, pleasant temps so I took advantage of the nice day and worked in the garden, transplanted a hosta from back to front, planted 3 ferns....I really love ferns but I haven't had very good luck with them.  The new variety I bought is called a Christmas Fern and it is supposed to thrive in dry shade which is exactly what I have in the front yard.  Keeping fingers crossed, if they survive I will have them on my nursery list for next year.  My front yard garden is surrounded by a maple, a honey locust, and a silver maple and between those 3 they drink suck up all the water leaving my poor garden so dry.  This year has been a different story with all the rain. Right now, it is raining again...what can I say.

Stopped at TJ's after church to stock up since I am hosting Bunco tomorrow evening.  Had to buy some fresh flowers, don't you always buy flowers when you go to TJ's?  Found these beautiful red gerbera daisies and thought I would share them with you.  They look mighty purty on the back porch!!

Must go, watching Poldark and the Crimson Field on PBS, I enjoyed them both last week so anticipating good things tonight.  Happy Sunday!!  Hope you have a joy field-week, 13 days until Paris but whose counting.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.  ~ Maya Angelou

Until next time.....

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Little More Sun, Please

I like that quote, and what is giving me joy today is that touch of blue.  Blue means clear skies and sun, a couple of things that we have missed much of this summer.  Yesterday was in the 60's with rain, the day before, rain, the day before that, rain. etc etc.  But....because of all that rain, the garden is flourishing, growing literally by leaps and bounds, except for a couple of tender small plants that the bunnies have decided they can't do without.  ARGHH!!  And it has contributed also to the abundant weed count.  My exercise consists of bending and pulling, bending and pulling.

I bought a morning glory vine at Ace Hardware in the Spring and she is doing marvelous. Love those heart shaped leaves and the light that illuminates from the center of the flowers has always fascinated me.

The Day Lilies are beginning to bloom.  There are a myriad of colors scattered throughout the garden, always a pleasure to see each one bloom.

And the Monarda (Bee Balm) is about ready to burst.  I love it in bloom, it attracts bees and butterflies, which is a photographer's delight!!

The hydrangea that never bloomed last year is blooming with more blooms coming. Oh that makes my heart sing.

Honestly I am surprised by the growth considering the lack of sun, but I guess it is making up for less sun with more rain.  Mother Nature continually amazes and baffles me.  Here we are drenched in the Midwest and the West is so dry.  A little balance is definitely in order, please.

I hope you have had a great week, and a good one to come.  I leave for Paris in exactly 2 weeks from today.  Excited, you bet, even a little nervous over the prospect of seeing so many beautiful sites and wanting to capture the moments. Everyday is planned and scheduled except for one, and I think I will venture on a walk on my own thru some off-the-beaten paths. I have a plan, I just hope the weather cooperates since there is only that one day to venture by myself.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Be Careful

Relaxing, eh better rephrase that, napping on the backporch on Sunday afternoon, I woke to sirens. Now sirens are a rather common disquieting sound in my neighborhood since I don't live far from one of the busiest north/south byways in our town.  A spot where there are accidents and speeders aplenty, thus the sirens.  But these sirens were loud and close and they kept coming.  After I finally decided the need to investigate all the noise, I opened the front door and this is what awaited me.

What the heck is going on.  Ofcourse I grabbed my camera and out the front door I went, like all curious neighbors when firetrucks and ambulances are surrounding your neighborhood.

I spied a few neighbors across the street, naturally I joined them and started in with the questions....what's happening.  Apparently a house on the cul-de-sac, only about 4 houses from me, caught on fire.  I did not know the neighbor, but the story goes that she had just remodeled the house from top to bottom.  Oh my heart sank when I heard that, seeing the firemen with their hoses and axes doing their job, putting out the fire, but in-turn destroying the home and all the work you have just completed.  The fire was under control by the time I joined the neighbors, more smoke than fire, but....the pet dog was still inside.  The hero of the day appeared with dog in hand handing her gently over to her owner.

No one else was in the home and it was such a joy to see the owner and her sweet pup re-united. They gave her oxygen and very shortly thereafter she was walking and seemed perfectly fine.

I am not sure what caused the fire, nor where exactly it started. But I do realize how quickly your home can be destroyed.

About a month ago my clothes dryer which is on the 2nd floor, stopped putting out heat to dry.  The dryer itself seemed to be in working order, just no heat.  Calling the repairman I dreaded the worst, but what he found instead was a backed-up hose that leads from the outside to the back of the dryer. Stuffed and totally filled with sticks, feathers, cotton, snips of fabric, and a nest with 5 eggs in tack. The birds were using the hose as a heated place to build their nests. This is what was causing the "no heat".  And then he warned me that this could have easily caused a massive fire with my gas dryer's open flame and all these dried sticks and twigs, a disaster waiting to happen.  Oh boy, huge prayer of thanksgiving that I escaped this could-be disaster. So yes, fires can happen without us even knowing the cause.  But I learned a valuable lesson and will now check and keep that hose clear.  Be careful, be safe.

The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.  ~Author Unknown

Until next time.....