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Mother Nature Continued

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Canna flowers are interesting. After the flower is finished blooming you can see the seed pods. They are just as pretty as the flower. The pods would be pretty used in a flower arrangement.


Our skies have been interesting this summer. Mexico, Baja area, has had a lot of Tropical Storms, or Hurricanes. Some of the storms we have had rain, other days we get clouds. You can see the moisture in the clouds some days, but not enough to hit the ground. Plus there will be small rainbows. The next day the skies will be clear. An odd summer.




The baby Ducks. They are 4 weeks here. Now they are 8 weeks, and so much bigger. New pics of them soon!


Some of our flowers.












My boy Sarge watching me take pictures. Here ya go Zoey!!


Nothing is better then wrapping up the day with a pretty sunset. Scrub Jay on the line.








Have a good Monday!!


  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/23/2014 3:16PM

    You are surrounded by so much beauty, Jeanne!! What an excellent little slice of heaven you are in. Today we are 59f and cloudy with and occasional sprinkling of rain.
Give Sarge a big hug and a tummy rub for me! (((HUGS)))

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GAILANN48 9/23/2014 9:43AM

    Beautiful pictures - your eye for beauty is unfailing.

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JANET552 9/23/2014 7:11AM

    Love your pictures!

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MARTHA-ANN 9/23/2014 3:10AM

    Beautiful...lots of colour left in the garden

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JOANNS4 9/22/2014 9:33PM

    Thank you for all of the great photos. emoticon

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JAMER123 9/22/2014 8:53PM

    Beautiful photos!! It's interesting to start out with day light and end with sunsets! Sarge seems to be rather happy in this picture. You have changed your wallpaper and I really like the horse, beautiful coloring!!
Have a great week!!
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TXGRANDMA 9/22/2014 8:46PM

    Gorgeous photos! Loved the ones of the flowers and the sunsets. The ducks are really beautiful! Can't wait to see updated pictures of them! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 9/22/2014 8:06PM

    Wonderful thanks so much, Sarge is looking younger, he sure is a happy dog.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/22/2014 2:55PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/22/2014 2:52PM

    Great pictures..
Can I come for a visit?
Just kidding.. (maybe)
Hugs, Audra

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TX_WILDHEART 9/22/2014 2:23PM

    I always love your gorgeous pictures. I love the wallpaper on your page too... Love horses and fall colors. Thanks for the support you left on my blog as well as the link... I'll be reading it soon.
Rhonda


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BOB5148 9/22/2014 12:11PM

  great photos

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TCANNO 9/22/2014 11:11AM

    Doesn't time fly, those ducks are 4 weeks old.

Not heard of the Canna flowers but they look nice.

Still no rain and no roses too dry for them.

Love the clouds.

Have a good week Jeanne.

Trev


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TWEETYKC00 9/22/2014 10:58AM

    Beautiful pictures.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/22/2014 10:45AM

    I always enjoy your pictures, are some of your roses wild roses? They are all beautiful. Love the baby ducks and of course Sarge is so handsome. You have a new background picture, love the horses and fall coloring. Have a great Monday.

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SWDESERTLOVER 9/22/2014 10:28AM

    Beautiful pictures. I always love seeing your flower pics! My garden is in such bad shape since I've been laid up all summer with this broken leg, so I'm already looking forward to next spring when I can get out and get it back in shape. Thanks for sharing.
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KLAD_COCKERS 9/22/2014 10:24AM

    Love the photos of the seed pods - how cool!

I can't wait to see updated baby duck pics.

Sarge is so handsome, as always.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/22/2014 10:16AM

    Pretty pictures. I know about the canna seed pods, they are interesting. Mine are still blooming.

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MARITIMER3 9/22/2014 10:02AM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Jeanne.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/22/2014 9:29AM

    Zoey was excited to see that Sarge sent her his picture. She says he is one handsome boy!!!!! She sends him kisses!!!

Love your flowers, ducks, birds and beautiful skies!! Your area of the world is just amazing!!!

Thanks for sharing and have a great Monday!!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 9:13AM

    Thank you so much for the gorgeous photos! :-D

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INGMARIE 9/22/2014 7:20AM

    Beautiful, all the flowers very nice.
And Sarge, handsome fella is he not.?
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GARDENCHRIS 9/22/2014 7:16AM

    nice roses .... it has been a strange summer here is Illinois as well.

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Starting the day off with the beauty of mother nature

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the 1st of this month we had a pretty sunrise.






Around 7am My Hubby was on his computer that sits in front on our back window. You can see most of our yard, and watch birds etc. He heard a splash in our pool, and then noticed ripples. He went outside to investigate. There was a Dove that had landed in the pool. It was using it's wings to swim from the deep end to the shallow, then just floated like a Duck. Poor thing was scared. Dennis used the pool net to remove the Dove. He then put the Dove by one of our Rose Bushes and Garlic Plant to dry off.



We walked around the Dove to make sure it was ok, and it just watched us. About 4 hours later the Dove flew into our front yard. We were relived. The next day we saw it on our fence in the front yard, once again, just staring at us. Maybe it wanted to say thank you.
Now this is the culprit that knocked the Dove into the pool. A Coopers Hawk. The Hawk never shows up here until Fall. Makes me wonder if we will have a early Fall this year, as this isn't the first time we have seen this Hawk. Hawks will fly into a Dove etc., knock them so hard they fall to the ground, then grab their prey. It didn't work out for the Hawk this time. It stayed on the telephone wire for a bit, and watched the Dove swimming, but became nervous when Dennis was taking pictures of it. It flew off.




Around 10am I saw a different Dove in our front yard.


House Finches and Sparrows where having a feast also in the front yard.




In the afternoon the dogs got a bath. Henley the Hero looked the saddest, so I had to take pictures of the poor lad.




After that we exercised Huck and Meg's.




My friend, who owns Huck and Meg's had 2 huge Pumpkins on her table. This was the beginning of Sept. Early for Pumpkins, but they look nice and healthy. The nurse that takes care of my friend's Mom grew Veggies etc. in her Mom's back yard. A green thumb for sure!


DH just informed me we need to go grocery shopping. I will finish my blog later.
Thank you for your hugs and comments from yesterdays blog. Your kind words put a smile on my face. Nothing like having good friends! emoticon

  
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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 7:32PM

    Those sunrise pictures are really so pretty...and peaceful. I love the dog photos too and your latest blog...the roses are magnificent!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/21/2014 5:32PM

    You always have such a nice bunch of birds in your yard. I'm hoping the hawk will take note that there are people in your yard taking care of the smaller ones and he needs to go somewhere else to hunt!!! Nya-nya, Mr. Hawk!!
Poor Henley!! But he's soft and smells nice again, so I'm sure, once again dry, he's feeling better about the whole thing!! hehe
Always love seeing Huck and Meg's. What beauties they are, but then I love 'em all!!!
Nice, BIG ole pumpkins!!!! WooHoo!!! Would make for great, scary jack o'lanterns!!!
I need to go to the store, too, and DS & I are going out for dinner soon, so I need to see what's on my list that I need to buy so we can go there on the way home.
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!! (((HUGS))) and of course, (((HUGS))) to all the critters!!!

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MARLINDA5 9/21/2014 12:04PM

    Henley the Hero looked very sad indeed but I am sure after he felt better tha the was given a bath.

Huck & Meg looked very happy

Enjoyed the story about the Dove - glad the Hawk didn't get the dove.

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FLORIDASUN 9/21/2014 9:06AM

    Awhhhh lucky little dove! We have hawks in our backyard too here in FL. They are really ruthless predators aren't they? We used to have an abundance of bird feed in our feeders but I started feeling like the birdies were sitting ducks for the hawks and owls that learned this was an easy prey spot. We also had squirrels that loved the feeders but Mr. Bobcat would try to nab them...so we let the feeders go empty. I hated to do that but thought it was more merciful than having our beautiful little cardinals and chickadees get attacked. Then of course there were the nasty crows...don't like those big bullies at all. Every species has them don't they...the pushers, shovers, and takers. Even in the bird world. Sad face!

Mr. Henley should feel all better now...being nice and fresh...he surely wasn't enjoying the 'moment' though! emoticon

Loved your beautiful pictures my friend! I'm on day 2 of a streak I hope to keep getting out for my walks EARLY...before I wake up enough to talk myself out of them! emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/20/2014 5:41PM

    Maybe the beautiful sunrise was your friend Kathy's way of letting you know that she's okay now, and surrounded by those she loved that passed before her. I do think that the people we care about try to send us messages after they pass - we just have to be willing to watch for them.

Poor Henley, he did NOT enjoy that bath. I bet the water felt nice and cool, though.

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TWEETYKC00 9/20/2014 5:07PM

    I'm glad the dove is ok now. Wish I could give Henley a hug to help him with the bath.

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TX_WILDHEART 9/20/2014 12:07PM

    awww so glad you saved the dove... poor thing. Your pups are soo cute.. even if one was sad about bathtime.l YOu know he felt better later!

Thanks for sharing!
Rhonda


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NISSANGIRL 9/20/2014 10:05AM

    So glad u helped the dove and that it's ok! love your pictures!!!! enjoy the weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLGURL 9/20/2014 9:44AM

    Those are beautiful photos! I love your Aussie Shepherds!!! :D (Those are Aussies right?) Sadly I'm in NYC so I don't get a chance to really interact with nature on a daily basis. I miss the hikes I used to take when I lived in a smaller town. But we had an early fall too! Time for jackets~~

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/20/2014 8:09AM

    Great Pic!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/20/2014 8:04AM

    GREAT pictures. You know I just love those pups!!!

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TCANNO 9/20/2014 4:36AM

    Henley looks so sad, but he kept still for you.

Lucky dove must have 9 lives.

Have a good week Jeanne

Trev


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MARTHA-ANN 9/20/2014 2:53AM

    Interesting blog...one lucky dove! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 11:33PM

    I am sure the Dove was sitting there telling you thank you. To be knocked out of the air and fear drowning, a human can be their last chance. Thanks to Dennis having seen it. I have only seen Cooper hawks in pictures but I know bigger birds love to take on littler ones.
Beautiful sunrise pictures!! And then there is poor Henley! So sad :( That's bath time at our house too with Keeleigh.
Thanks for sharing!
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ILOVEMALI 9/19/2014 10:44PM

  beautiful photos, as usual. Coop has been hanging out around here, too -- it knows that we have a bird feeder!

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KIM22211 9/19/2014 10:38PM

    always love the pics!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/19/2014 10:14PM

    Love those sunrises. Nice sunset right now.
Yes I have seen our Coopers Hawk, he's back!! Very quiet when he is around.
Patty hates bathtime too, has been so hot I do it outside too, sure cools them off.

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NORASPAT 9/19/2014 9:37PM

    What an interesting blog. The Coopers hawk lost his meal ticket but the dove can still COO!!

I had to rescue an animal from our pool. I wanted ladders not steps I thought and still believe it was the way to go. The desperate animal was tiring fast. I had to send 6 kids in to the house. I put the net on the longest of our poles. It was almost longer than the width of the pool. I carefully got the net below and the little bedraggles critter just lay on the net panting.
Then ran in to the house.
The kids and I saw a wobbly SKUNK step off the net and on to the grass. He was there for hours and the kids could not go out. They knew the skunk looks good and smells bad so we got out the LEGO on a beautiful summers day. Pat in Maine.
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ALMOMMY10 9/19/2014 9:30PM

    Ah wet dog smell!!! My dog must be weird. When we tell him it's tubby time, he'll jump right in.

That was nice you were able to save the dove. It probably returned to say thanks.

Enjoy your weekend.

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EFFIEANNIE 9/19/2014 9:09PM

    Glad to hear the dove is fine. Love the pictures.

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DOVESEYES 9/19/2014 8:58PM

    Lovely photos. So glad the dove was saved but the hawk must eat I suppose. Thanks so much I love your blogs.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/19/2014 8:54PM

    That dove was very luck you had a pool.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 9/19/2014 8:46PM

    Poor pup going through that torture. Myou pup hates a bath, but tomorrow is the big day. I'm glad the hawk didn'the get the dove. I bet the dove was thanking you for sure. Don't you just love a rescue! Great pics.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/19/2014 7:48PM

    Henley does look a bit sad but then I'm sure he was glad for the bath afterwards!!!
So glad the dove was safe. Looks like he wanted to thank Dennis for getting him out of the water. Too bad about the hawk getting after him.

Beautiful pictures as usual!!

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C-SPARK 9/19/2014 7:42PM

    It is so funny how dogs do not like to be bathed!
Glad that hawk missed out on such a pretty dove! Great pics of the both it and the hawk! Your dogs are adorable!
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INGMARIE 9/19/2014 7:36PM

    Beautiful blog and beautiful photos too. emoticon
Thank you for sharing.
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/19/2014 7:18PM

    Truly enjoyed reading your blog (pictures and narration, too!).

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/19/2014 7:02PM

    Henley looks so miserable about being bathed!

That hawk needs to go elsewhere. I've had two mourning doves coming to my yard for at least two years. Did you know they mate for life? For a time late spring into early summer, only one was showing up at my feeder. Then about a week ago, there were 3 of them out eating bird seed among the other birds! I think maybe momma was hatching a baby who is now old enough and big enough to hang out with the folks until it finds its own mate.

Have a super weekend!
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You will be missed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The other day I had half of a blog put together. I copied and saved what I had written thank goodness, because my computer froze. My computer started running again, but went into snail mode. I got frustrated, so decided to run over to Albertsons, and finish the blog when I got back. Albertsons is real close to our home. A 2 minute drive. I grabbed what I needed grocery wise. I had to buy my favorite drink, Peppermint Mocha, from Starbucks that is inside the store. I have a friend who is the manager of Starbucks at Albertsons. The sweetest person ever. She has Horses. When we were looking for a new place to board our Horses a few years ago she asked if I wanted to board at her place for a real reasonable fee. We would do the feeding and cleaning up after our Horses. She lives in the hills, and there are nice trails there to ride. We were looking forward to riding together. However, she was renting her home, and the person that owned the home didn't want to be responsible for a border. So that canned that idea. Anyway, I would see Kathy now and then and we would chat...I hadn't been to Albersons for about a month, and I want to kick myself for not going there sooner. After they gave me my coffee, I started to walk out of the store, when I noticed a framed picture of Kathy with "we love you" and pretty roses around the frame. I thought "oh, it must be her birthday. I will have to come back". Then I saw "In loving memory". I about passed out. It took everything I had to keep from bursting into tears. I asked the gals that worked behind the counter what happened. They said Cathy died 3 weeks ago of natural causes. Not only was I stunned, Dennis was as well. I am 64, and Cathy was about 10 yrs. younger then me. You just never know what is going to happen in life. Like I said Kathy was the sweetest person. Always a smile on her face. I never saw her in a bad mood. Even when she wasn't feeling well (cold etc.) she was friendly. I loved her red hair. In the summer she would get little freckles that crossed her nose, and they blended in with her red hair. She was cute as can be. I told Dennis I wanted to buy a new plant in her honor and put it in one of my pots. We went to Lowes and I found a red Mum. Perfect. Here is Cathy. I hope her spirit enjoys the Mum's that I bought for her.




Later that day, our Daughter informed us she was giving her bird, Oro, to a friend of hers. I love her bird, but Kathryn thinks her allergies have been acting up due to the bird...I can't blame here there...The minute Oro heard me get up in the morning he would call to me. I tried teaching my birds the "wolf whistle", but the only bird that caught on was Oro lol. I was a bit worried about a new home for Oro though. Some Parrots have a hard time adjusting. When Kathryn's friend came to get Oro, I remembered her from the beauty school Kathryn went to. She is a sweet girl. A quiet demeanor. So Oro should be ok. The gal lives not far from us, so at least we can go visit Oro. I had just taken these pics of Oro, so thought I would share them. It is quieter without him here. What a beautiful bird.






Sorry this blog is a bit of a bummer. I have a ton of pictures to upload, and the rest of my blogs will be of good cheer.

  
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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 7:30PM

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.
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MARLINDA5 9/21/2014 12:01PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Kathy and so young. As you said you never know what will happen no matter what age.

I love the flowers you got for her - very nice.

The parrot Oro is pretty and glad to hear going to a nice home - even nicer is you get to visit.

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FLORIDASUN 9/21/2014 9:14AM

    Gasp....I'm SO sorry to hear about the beautiful Kathy! This makes me happier than EVER that the hubs and I took our long road trip vacation this summer. It's something we've NEVER done and it was SO much fun!

It's so true...we MUST live every day to it's fullest and enjoy life's roses whenever we can! The hubs and I are pretty much work~a~holics...now with he 67 and me 62...No MORE!

It's SO sad to lose someone so young...but if death does anything it taps us on the shoulder and says...don't forget to LIVE!

Thanks for sharing your story...it's a good reminder and one that I'll remember for a good long while!

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MADAMES 9/20/2014 9:20PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. We really don't ever know what the day will bring, and we need to appreciate each day that we have together.

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CHEBBA 9/20/2014 8:16PM

    How desperately sad about your pretty friend Kathy. It must have been a terrible shock for everyone who knew and loved her. She looks to have been a really nice lady - an infectious smile.

Oro is a lovely Senegal parrot - we have two, but they are notorious at pulling their feathers. We've spent a fortune on avian vets, clinical tests, toys, cages, lighting - you name it! Our hen bird Mary has to have hormone implants every 6 months, too, as she has chronic egg production issues. Last year, just after our GSD x Rotti had to have her front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma (it never rains, but it pours!) I had to drive long distance (on a Sunday too, so it was even more expensive!) to an avian vet, as Mary was huffing and puffing and looking stressed; I knew she was in a potentially dangerous situation. She had to be admitted to the veterinary hospital and anaesthetised, as an egg was stuck sideways. The vet had to collapse it internally and withdraw it manually. She had to stay at the hospital for two nights and when I went to collect a much better Mary, the bill was 370 - around $550!!! (Gulp! It was nearly as much as Sarah's amputation! But our Senegal bit the vet, too, so that told the people there what she thought of the bill, haha!) But at least we had our Mary home again and if I hadn't gone, she'd have had nasty end. Senegals can be incredibly difficult to rehome, adults can be so nervous of change - I do hope you get to see Oro often as I'm sure he'll appreciate that. Please let us know how he goes on.

Do you know why your friend died? 'Natural causes' is such a catch-all term and not normally used for one so young. I'm a few months younger than you, but it is scary indeed and I can fully understand how you felt when you saw the picture. I love the Mum idea - lovely.

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/20/2014 5:38PM

    Oh Jeanne, I'm so sorry about the passing of your friend. And to find out so abruptly too. Sending you lots of love and hugs my friend emoticon

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GAILANN48 9/20/2014 2:56PM

    I'm so sorry about your friend, and I know exactly what you mean by the shock. You're right, we never know how much time we have left here, or how much time is left to anyone in our lives.

I'm sorry, too, about the loss of your "grandbird," though at least you can visit. No need to apologize that your blog was more down than usual - it lets everyone know you're a whole person. :)

XO,
Gail

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REMEMBER2BME 9/20/2014 8:03AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so very surprising and a bit scary to say the least. HUGS to you.

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JOANNS4 9/19/2014 9:29PM

    I'm sorry. emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 9/19/2014 7:46PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend. The Mums are a lovely way to remember her.

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C-SPARK 9/19/2014 7:39PM

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. So sad one so young like her would pass away. Very nice to plant a flower in her honor!
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OLDERDANDRT 9/19/2014 2:30PM

    I am soooo sorry for the loss of your friend, Cathy. I guess you just never know! Also about Oro! Why is she giving to someone that isn't you? You seem to be quite close to the feathered friend!
Hope you have a Fabulous Friday, Jeanne!
ps When my computer freezes, I just shut it down and reboot. Sadly it usually needs a reboot every 24 - 48 hours, but it's an easy fix!


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LOSER05 9/19/2014 12:04PM

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MARITIMER3 9/19/2014 11:39AM

    I'm so sorry about your friend. Your blog isa reminder to all of us to enjoy every day and appreciate the time we have with friends and relatives because life doesn't come with a guarantee.
Hugs, Gail

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/19/2014 10:07AM

    Sorry for the lost of a friend, and you are right you just never know, and that is the way it is suppose to be.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/19/2014 10:05AM

    That is a beautiful picture of your friend, thank you for sharing your story and I'm so sorry she is no longer with you. Also sorry about Oro having to go to another home but at least you can have visiting privilege's!!!!

I love the flower tribute to Kathy in your yard.

That's okay, you are allowed a "bummer" blog once in awhile!!! I always love reading whatever you have to say!

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TCANNO 9/19/2014 9:43AM

    That is the trouble Jeanne, how often do you say See you later and never get round to it.

Sorry you have lost a fiend.

I love the parrot and wish I had room for one but I don't.

Try and have a good weekend

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/19/2014 8:52AM

    Sorry for your losses..
But, how very lucky you are...
You had them in your life. even for just a while.
Hugs, Audra

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/19/2014 8:04AM

   
Jeanne, I'm so very sorry about the loss of your friend. I know life goes on, but lately it seems to be a lesson that's being drummed into us. I do hope she didn't suffer and I hope you are feeling a little better very soon

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INGMARIE 9/19/2014 7:45AM

    Jeanne, so sorry to se about your friend, not what was expected ,and too young really. I am 64 as well as you said, we really don't know when the time is up so to speak, better love live and laugh now.

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TWEETYKC00 9/19/2014 7:41AM

    I am so sorry about your friend. Hoping she is watching you and smiling.

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HELEN_BRU 9/19/2014 7:39AM

    So sad when we lose someone that way. It's hard to digest. Such a beautiful girl.

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    sorry to hear about your friend emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 9/19/2014 3:59AM

    Sorry about the loss of your friend, the red mums are a great tribute to her. emoticon

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NEWSTART127 9/19/2014 2:02AM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. Too young... too many things happening to good people. {{{HUGS}}}

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 12:32AM

    Jeannie, I am so sorry for the poss of your friend. You are right that none of us know the when or the why but no matter, there is sorrow attached to it. God bless her and her family as well as you and Dennis. Sending my love to you all.
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ILOVEMALI 9/19/2014 12:01AM

  I am so sorry that you lost your friend. Too young, too soon. emoticon

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ALMOMMY10 9/18/2014 11:32PM

    Life is precious. My father in-law is having surgery tomorrow for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The doctor is also concerned about growths he saw on his liver and pancreas. He 's a tough guy. So I'm hoping for the best.

Sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

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PANDABEAR42 9/18/2014 11:15PM

    so sorry to hear about your friend. she was way to young to have passed. emoticon and prayers to you and her family.

i lost my mom when she was 49 years, that is a young age to pass. you feel they still have lots of living to do yet. i'm 61 yrs. now, but age 49 was a rough one for me.

even having to rehome Oro is like loosing another friend. emoticon hugs and prayers to you and your daughter on having to rehome your beautiful bird. hoping he makes the transition without any problems. hope the empty spots in your hearts become whole again.

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TEALHAWK1 9/18/2014 10:48PM

    emoticon so sorry about the loss of your friend. Your pictures are beautiful

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KIM22211 9/18/2014 10:40PM

    so sweet but waaaaay too young to have lost her! what a beauty! So sad for your loss

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STEELKICKIN 9/18/2014 10:30PM

    Oh sweetie...I am so sorry about your friend. It is okay to talk about it, to lean on your friends here for support. Life is too difficult and strange at times to try to understand it on our own. Talking and sharing are ways we make it more bearable. I am glad you shared her with us. She seemed absolutely lovely and kind. I'm also glad you felt comfortable sharing her with us because we care about what you are feeling. Sad or happy, we want to be here for you. That is what friends are for...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. Big hugs...

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Oro reminds me of my bird Arnold I had so many years ago...

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DOVESEYES 9/18/2014 10:17PM

    It's good friends that you can share your ups and downs with.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/18/2014 10:15PM

    Oh, so sad she was so cute. We never do know what is going to happen. Such a nice tribute getting the red mums.
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TXGRANDMA 9/18/2014 10:14PM

    Oh, Jeanne! That is so sad about your friend! What a tragedy! God bless you and her coworkers, and family. The bird is beautiful! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/18/2014 10:11PM

    I come from a big family (7 boys and 7 girls) but I have lost four siblings...three younger than me (I'm 62) so I have learned that we absolutely must live each day as if it were our last.
So sorry about the loss of your friend.
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2 weeks ago

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Seems I am forever trying to catch up. We house/pet sit for a month. Although we had fun, it sure cuts into my schedule. So here are a few pics from two weeks ago. I have a lot of pictures to download yet from my camera. Downloading must burn calories, right? emoticon

Here is Mama and her Ducklings before we brought our baby Ducks home. They are 3 weeks old in this picture. They are so much bigger now.






Well some bad news. The Cockatiel I thought was Ghost, is actually Corky.
Our neighbors had someone else take care of their birds, and water their veggie garden early this summer. When our neighbors got back, their veggie garden had died. It was never water. They had more Veggies growing then what we did. Plus, my friend told me either Ghost died, or somehow got out of the cage, because when they got back, Ghost was gone. Poor Ghost. Corky does like it when I whistle to her, so now I have fun with Corky. The birds looked exactly alike so it was hard for me to tell. Looks like we will be taking care of their house etc. from now on, because we "did a good job". That was a nice compliment! Here's Corky.




Dennis did a great job on the Duck pen. It has a fiber glass top, but if we have a wet winter, or snow, we can cover it with a tarp.


This is the Duck's house. It is on the east side of the house, so the Ducks will be protected from the wind. 90% of the time the wind blows in from the west. The nice thing about these types of Ducks is they can tolerate the cold.


Henley the Hero was checking out the Duck pen.


A Fence Lizard was on the wall by the pen taking a nap.


Our Canna


One of our white roses.


A Sparrow was checking me out.


Starling not far from the Sparrow.


Geranium in our front yard.


I have a team, "Calling All Hounds", and recently added a new leader, MARITIMER3. She has started a September Challenge "10 minutes a day". If you feel you don't have a lot of time for exercise, especially ST, then please join our group. If you don't have a Hound, or even a dog, don't sweat it. We are all here for a purpose, and that is to encourage each other to keep pushing. That's what this team is about. Encouragement.
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Have a good Tuesday!

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/14/2014 4:16AM

    These baby ducks look cute! How many do you have in total? (And sorry to sound so awfully urban, but why do you have ducks? Are the eggs good? Is it as company, like a dog? Other reasons? I am curious! I remember from my childhood at my grandmother's house that the neighbour had ducks and they were incredibly noisy... but I guess it depends which kind of ducks you have! I would love to have hens if I had a house in the countryside!!!)
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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2014 6:34PM

    Awwww!! I just want to snuzzle those little ducklings!!

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IMEMINE1 9/9/2014 7:34PM

    Beautiful pictures. Love the ducks. emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/8/2014 11:16AM

    Sweet ducklings!!! Love it! So many good shots here!

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C-SPARK 9/6/2014 2:31PM

    They are so cute! Wonder how the dogs will be around the ducks?I suppose you won't let them out for awhile or at all?
That is such a shame about the neighbor's garden and bird! Glad you will taking care of them from now on...you know how to treat those animals and gardens! Great job on the pen!! Go Dennis!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSER05 9/5/2014 9:43AM

    I Love them all emoticon

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NEWSTART127 9/5/2014 1:56AM

    Oh I love all the baby quackers!!!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/4/2014 3:39PM

    The ducklings are so cute! Great photos.

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TXGRANDMA 9/4/2014 12:41AM

    Great pictures! Sorry your neighbors had all that happen to them! Somebody wasn't very dependable. Was that a friend of theirs? I wouldn't trust THEM again! Hope they find Corky........ emoticon

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TEALHAWK1 9/3/2014 11:15PM

    Great pictures sorry for your friends. Some people just don't care.

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MARLINDA5 9/3/2014 2:33PM

    Great pictures - wow - a lot of chicks

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/3/2014 12:56PM

    So sad about Ghost, maybe he flew away, I found someone parakeet, he was at one of my feeders, found the owner and returned. Glad you are watching their place from now on. The ducks look so fluffy love their home, are you going to have a pond?
Will be an adventure at your home, wonder how Henley and Sarge will do with the ducks, LO

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/3/2014 10:01AM

    Corky is beautiful! Wow! And I love the ducklings . . . they're pretty darned cute!

I wish you lived closer to me - I'd be begging you to watch my house. It's not always easy to find somebody you trust to do that kind of thing. Plus then you could play with puppies!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/2/2014 7:55PM

    How tragic for your friends... Why to people say they will do 'whatever' and then not be responsible enough to live up to their word.... Bad enough about the garden, but the bird, too !! Things that money cannot cure.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/2/2014 5:42PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Ghost, that is so sad.
Love the pictures as always, the ducks are just adorable. You and Hubby will make good "duck" parents!!!!
Henley looks like he thinks the pen is fine for the ducks, I know you needed his approval!!!!

Your flowers are beautiful!!!!

Zoey was sitting on my lap but when she didn't see Sarge's picture, she got down!!! LOL!!!!

Loving the Hounds team even though I have a Jack Russell!!!!

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WINE4GIRL 9/2/2014 4:52PM

    Great to read what you've been up to. Poor folks... I'd be livid over the garden and the bird! As always, fabulous pics!

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/2/2014 4:16PM

    Great Pictures

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REMEMBER2BME 9/2/2014 11:17AM

    Outstanding blog. Your pen looks great. LOVE the picture of Hero Henley. You all ROCK! Hugs to you!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/2/2014 10:17AM

    Great blog, Jeanne!! What cute duckies!!!! Your DH built a great pen, too! I think Henley approves, too. If he finds anything that needs to be changed, I'm sure he'll let y'all know!! hehe
So sorry to hear about the bird mix up and the horrible former house sitter!! Sheesh!! It's really not such a big thing to take care of things for folks!! I hope they hadn't given any payment in advance to whoever let the bird disappear and the garden go to pot!
I love all your pictures! That lizard is a pretty one! I used to be alwaysataking pictures of lizards when at Girl Scout camp ( as a leader), b/c I just never see them where I live! My sister in SC has them exerywhere and complains all the time about them, but I think they're cool. I might not like having one in my shoe or jump out of drawer or something, though! hehe But I wonder if having the little bug eaters might be a good thing around here as the mosquitos are pretty bad this year!
I'm going to check out your 10 min. team, Jeanne. I need motivation to get off my butt. I need to realize that 10 is certainly better than nothing and that all or nothing state of mind is killing me.
Stay safe, Jeanne. Love to all the critters! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/2/2014 9:50AM

    Love the duckies and of course Henley, he just has such a face. How could you resist him.

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EFFIEANNIE 9/2/2014 8:45AM

    Are the ducks going to be pets or are you raising them for eggs as well. We had a pet duck for a while, but the fox got her on day. So sad. Looks like you have a very nice pen for them. Enjoy them.

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INGMARIE 9/2/2014 7:38AM

    The ducklings are so cute and Henley the handsome dog, got to love him.
Your bird is very pretty too.
And I really love all your photos, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BABYSOX 9/2/2014 5:58AM

    Love the ducklings and I am looking forward to their updated photos.

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TWEETYKC00 9/2/2014 5:16AM

    Corky is such a pretty little girl. It's too bad about Ghost. Henley of course is a doll and must be loved!

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TCANNO 9/2/2014 4:44AM

    Well done Jeanne, The duck look active and need mum to keep an eye on them.

Not nice to be let down when you go a way when someone sayys they will look after thing for you.

Have a good week

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MARTHA-ANN 9/2/2014 2:45AM

    Those ducklings sure have grown and Dennis has done a brilliant job on their pen.
Sorry to hear about Ghost, people can be so irresponsible you'd have thought they'd have taken care of other people's property better than their own!
Your garden's looking lovely, we officially had the first day of autumn yesterday so we've begun putting the borders to bed for winter, so sad summer's gone emoticon


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DOVESEYES 9/2/2014 2:28AM

    Beautiful

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ILOVEMALI 9/2/2014 1:39AM

  I love seeing your life!!

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SOULFISH80 9/2/2014 12:59AM

    Wow, did you get a new camera? Your photos are even more beautiful than the last time I came by your blog. My favorites are of the animals. Beautiful.

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ZRIE014 9/2/2014 12:59AM

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JAMER123 9/2/2014 12:54AM

    Wow, you have been busy! That's a shame the other people were so irresponsible in the care of another's place! Glad you were there to help them out.
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Starting from where I left off

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On the 8th I was sitting by the pool admiring the Canna. The plants have really grown. I had my camera in hand, and right as I was about to take a pic, Henley the Hero said "passing through". Not sure what all the hurry was about, but he dashed by quickly.


The sun was going down, and was shinning slightly on the Canna leaves. It really brought out the red in the leaves.


This past week or two, the Moon has been fun to shoot. On the 9th, 8:20pm..Nice and full.


The next morning about 5:30am I had to let Sarge out to do his business. It was so nice out I decided to stay outside with him. I looked to my left, and the Moon was hiding behind our neighbors tree. My funky art for the day.


One of our Roses.


On the 11th, 1:30am, the Moon was still looking good. I seldom get this many pictures of the Moon in a short period of time that look decent.


It's amazing it was so clear out that morning. By 5:30 pm our skies looked like this. The San Bernardino Mountains are in the background. Hi Jackie emoticon



DH and I drove over to what I call "the little pond". I was hoping the Blue Heron was there. It wasn't, but I did see 3 Mallards.




I was shooting through a chain link fence. As I was standing there, a female House Finch landed not far from me. It seemed curious.


I kept hearing Killdeer's calling. It's considered a shore bird, but we see them in the strip of desert near us. They lay their eggs in the shurbs. A versatile bird.




I started to walk back to our car when DH noticed a Jack Rabbit drinking from the pond. What a lucky find!


Early the next morning I was walking around the backyard. The sun was dancing on one of my Angels. This is my favorite Angel. I hope this shows up in here. She is holding a globe, and the light from the globe was hitting her face. It looked so lovely. Plus the Angel has a smile on her face. It's almost as if she was enjoying the warmth of the sun hitting her face.


I kept hearing a buzzzzzzzzzzz. A Bumble Bee was checking out the flowers from a weed we can't get rid of. It is a pretty flower, but a weed that has a need to take over. Gerrr.


DH moved my Garden Rabbit. It is now under the trellis. I love the eyes on this Rabbit.


DH is still working on the Duck Pen. I took a picture from the inside. This will be the view the Ducks have once they get bigger.


DH built the pen near the trellis. I think it will detract a bit from the trellis, but it is the only area we had for a Duck Pen. So I will go with the flow. More pictures of the pen to follow.

There was a Raven in our Pine Tree, in the front yard. It kept letting out a Caw.
Not sure if the bird was watching me, or calling for its mate.




House Sparrows were hanging around as well.




I put some peanuts out for the Scrub Jay in the front yard. It hopped down the Pine Tree within 10 seconds.


I walked over to where my Geraniums are, and I spotted a Katydid. What a name for a bug. Kind of a cute bug, but it eats leaves, so not welcome in my yard. I scooped it up and put it on the hanging bird seed dish. Hopefully a bird spotted it, and had a treat. The Scrub Jay ignored it.



I walked to the backyard again. Sarge was with me of course. He decided to take a quick swim in the shallow end of the pool. He was in good spirits. I had no problem getting a smile out of him.


That's how my last week went. I look forward to new adventures this week!
Hope your Sunday is a good one!

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/14/2014 3:59AM

    So beautiful! Your pictures of the moon are probably my favorites, but there was a lot to look at! You mentioned Jackie. I noticed she has left. Do you know whether she is OK? Planning to come back? It makes me sad that she left.
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WENDYSPARKS 9/1/2014 12:09PM

    Nice pictures! emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 8/29/2014 7:25PM

    The funky picture was very cool! You had a couple of great 'lucky' shots in there. Can't wait to see your ducks!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/27/2014 7:27PM

    What a lovely picture of the moon with the leaves on it. Somehow I lost track of your blogs. I have missed you!

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TX_WILDHEART 8/26/2014 9:23PM

    wow wow wow.. love all the pictures

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HIPPICHICK1 8/25/2014 4:30PM

    Wow! Spectacular photos as usual. :-D
Have a great week!

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TXGRANDMA 8/24/2014 9:49PM

    Loved the pictures, Jeanne! I do so enjoy seeing things in your garden and around your house. The angel in the garden is just lovely and the picture of the moon through the trees was amazing!

Hope you are OK, heard about the Earthquake but am thinking it was a long way from you........ emoticon

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 4:47PM

    Beautiful pictures. Loved the moon through the trees.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/22/2014 1:08PM

    Finally caught up on the photos in your last few blogs. Amazing as always.

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NISSANGIRL 8/22/2014 7:20AM

    emoticon Blog! I so love your pictures! the one with the moon and the trees was perfect! Mother nature is so beautiful! hope u have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 8/21/2014 11:55PM

    So beautiful :)
The bunny and the bug were my favorites today :)

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CRYSALLIS1 8/21/2014 4:52PM

    Love your pictures & blogs! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 8/21/2014 4:16PM

    The moon, dogs and roses were just lovely! The new music (to me anyhow) was The Joy Formidable and Empyrium! My cat sits out in the backyard quite a bit and I noticed the pigeons avoid the yard like the plague, he's so funny he likes to chase birds out of the yard or stalk them, he's never caught one yet here though thankfully. He was a killer where we used to live~

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MARLINDA5 8/19/2014 8:24PM

    aww Sarge is so cute

Love the picture of the moon and the tree nice.

I always enjoy your pictures - thank you for sharing

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MARITIMER3 8/19/2014 7:37PM

    Your pictures are absolutely fabulous! I really look forward to your blogs.
Gail

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REMEMBER2BME 8/19/2014 10:16AM

    Great blog. I love the Jack Rabbit and of course the last picture of Sarge emoticon
Thanks for sharing!

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/19/2014 3:30AM

    You always do such gorgeous pictures; it's like a mini-vacation. Glad Sarge & Henley look like they're feeling better!

Can I steal that bunny? Or do you need it to keep the hound happy? emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/18/2014 11:37PM

    This was an awesome blog ! I love Henley , I love your garden rabbit, I love your moon shots.The photos you take are always wonderful .

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SUSIEPH1 8/18/2014 9:44PM

    Ohh Jeanne! I just love stopping by your page .. Your photos are just gorgeous and I love your narration.
Loved seeing your lovely Henly and Sarge too ..
Lots of Love to you and Dennis .. Cuddles for all your fur Babies ... Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TCANNO 8/18/2014 5:50AM

    It's the best part of the day Jeanne but here is is a bit darker in the morning so it is nearer 0600.

Nice blog

Have a good week


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KIM22211 8/18/2014 12:44AM

    always enjoy your pics so much

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TEALHAWK1 8/17/2014 11:38PM

    Love your blog

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/17/2014 11:04PM

    Hi Sarge, love the smile you handsome guy!

That artsy photo of the moon hiding behind your neighbor's tree is just awesome Jeanne!

Your roses are spectacular. So very, very pretty. I can almost smell them through the screen.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    Hi Jeanne emoticon One of these day I will do a picture blog of all the pictures facing your way. So many sunsets.
I really loved that morning moon shot, neato. The jack rabbit getting a drink great. So many surprises. I had a katydid walking on my lamp post this morning.

Nice smiling Sarge. thanks again emoticon Jackie

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MOVEITMARY 8/17/2014 9:11PM

    What super photos! ... and what a busy week you have had! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon. :)

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IDLETYME 8/17/2014 8:21PM

    Great pictures. Love the Killdeer. We had bunches in Kansas and never any here! Thanks for all of your photos! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 8/17/2014 8:18PM

    Love the moon behind the trees. You have a great 'eye' for wonderful photos. Sarge looks so happy, glad he is his old self again.

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NATNOEL 8/17/2014 8:16PM

    Your angel and rabbit are special....I love them !

The duck pen is awesome.

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WESTERNSAGE 8/17/2014 8:16PM

    Wonderful pictures! You are incredibly observant to find all these creatures in such opportune places.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/17/2014 8:12PM

    Amazing! You have incredible pictures, what kind of lens do you have? Love them all. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.

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SWDESERTLOVER 8/17/2014 7:29PM

    Wow, love the pictures. Thanks for sharing!
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ALMOMMY10 8/17/2014 4:36PM

    YOur pic make your yard and journeys so inviting. Thx again for sharing


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LOUIE-LILY 8/17/2014 4:19PM

    Thank you! Beautiful as always...glad to see Sarge smiling and feeling well :)
Have a great week!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/17/2014 3:17PM

    I know I have said this before, but it was never more true you are an awesome photographer. the moon behind the neighbors tree is so pretty Jeanie.

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ILOVEMALI 8/17/2014 3:06PM

  Thank you for this! Our outdoors interest today was a total bird meltdown. Lots of noise. Flocking? Alarm? Nesting? We ouldn't figure it out until we saw a big Cooper's Hawk in our back yard -- all of our resident birds were on High Alert! Once the hawk saw three Humans in the yard, it took off, and all was quiet again.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/17/2014 3:04PM

    Wow! These are wonderful!! Certainly worth the wait!! Henley looks like he's chasing a bird or a critter, but maybe a bug! hehe He was certainly on his way!! To cute!
Love your moon pics! The one with the tree in the way is fantastic!! Professional photographers would go to great lengths to get that one just right and you DID just by being in the right place at the right time!! Go You!!
We have some Killdeer, too and I guess they are considered marsh or water birds, but they can be found pretty near anywhere!
Love the Jack Rabbit getting a drink!! That's another pic that I'd reckon is a toughie to get! As you said, it was accidental, but what a happy accident!
I really like your statues!! Angel and that rabbit!! I've liked him since the first time I saw a picture that you had posted!
I guess Jays are silly critters no matter what kind. We have plain old Blue Jays here and they can be just as silly. As big as they are they are considered ground feeders, but will, at times, hop into a feeder and hog it from the smaller birds!! hehe They sure like peanuts, don't they!?!
Good ole Sarge!! Would have loved to have seen him in the water! He's such a pretty guy!!!
Hope your Sunday is treating you well!! DH as a birthday Tuesday, but since that interferes with the work week, we're celebrating it today. The GC had another birthday party to attend this afternoon, so DH is making a super meal for his celebration for all to come and wish him a happy day! It'll be a fun evening.
Give all your critters lots of lovins for me!! (((HUGS)))

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/17/2014 2:59PM

    So beautiful, love it, thanks for sharing! Wishing you happy adventures this week!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/17/2014 2:58PM

    I do love your yard. It is so nice love your garden creatures and the angel. Your moon pictures are great. Do you use a special lens to get the moon shots?

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/17/2014 2:58PM

    Looks like you had a great time. Love the pic of the moon.

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TWEETYKC00 8/17/2014 2:41PM

    looks like you have had a great time outdoors!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/17/2014 2:20PM

    First of all, great picture of a smiling Sarge!!! He's so handsome, I showed Zoey and she agreed!!!
Love all your wonderful pictures as well as the descriptions of everything. Apparently Henley the Hero had some things on his mind!!!!

The duck pen is coming right along!! Can't wait to see the little ones!!

Wishing you a great Sunday also

Hugs and tail wags!!!
Sandi and Zoey

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MARTHA-ANN 8/17/2014 2:07PM

    Lovely week in pictures Jeanne, love Henley's smile!
Great reflection of the killdeer, never heard of them!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/17/2014 2:05PM

    Hi to you Jeanne and Jackie too! Love the pics as always! You have such a nice place! Looking forward to seeing the ducklings in their new home you hubby is building for them! emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/17/2014 1:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your week in pix, love the angel with the globe, and of course Henley and Sarge, hope Henley didn't ruin your cannas. Mine haven't started to bloom, but I didn't get my in very early, I kind of forgot about them until it was almost to late. Enjoy your Sunday, I may take a nap. Building fence about wore me out. Linda

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LEXIE63 8/17/2014 1:11PM

    I always enjoy your photos. :-) Have a great week.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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GARDENCHRIS 8/17/2014 1:09PM

    very nice!

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