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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Have a good Tuesday!
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
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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