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Monday update

Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm still going strong. Had a great weekend!!! So thankful to get through the weekend without a gain showing on the scale. And it is a bit surprising . . . not only did I enjoy the BBQ on the 4th, but I've been OD-ing on fruit all weekend (if there is such a thing)!! With all this fresh, sun-ripe fruit, I am not feeling a bit guilty. (Think forward 6 months when all we can find is apples with taste and texture like cardboard.) The watermelons have been awesome this Summer . . . and the nectarines, peaches, apricots, black cherries .. . . oh, yummmmm!

This morning I enjoyed some fresh raspberries from my back yard . . . I'm really looking forward to the blackberries. Last year we had an over-abundance of plump, juicy, sweet blackberries. By the end of the Summer, I started giving them away because our freezer was maxed out. I have one bag of frozen blackberries left . . . and I'd better use them soon because I noticed some are already starting to turn.

With all this outdoor activity, I'm really thankful my shoulder/back/neck is not protesting. Each day this past weekend, I spent several hours outside working around the property. . . . dragging and stacking limbs DH trimmed from our trees, spraying RoundUp on poison oak, etc. (We want to make the 200 feet from our house 'defensible' from possible fire hazards which means under trimming the trees, clearing brush, etc., etc., etc.)

DH drained the pond and the koi are really happy to see the sunshine again. We also released into the bigger pond two baby koi that have 'graduated' from the small pond by our front door. Since being released, they've been happily checking out their new territory. Next time he drains the pond, we'll separate the water irises and lilies. They are in full bloom right now and absolutely gorgeous.

Our pond and overflow area seem to be providing a very nurturing environment. The mosquito fish seem to be doing their job, too, cos we've not been over-run by mosquitoes. We have been spotting little Pacific Tree frogs all over the lawn, and lots of lizards darting in and around the rocks around the pond. We've seen a lot of butterflies, and several smaller blue dragonflies as well as some larger red ones. There is a weird looking something or other afixed to a plant near the waterfall . . . .DH says it is transitioning from that stage into a dragonfly. How cool!!! (I know nothing about dragonflies and will have to do some research.)

This morning while trimming the grapevines and preparing a spot to transplant a tree and some native grasses, the little fawn stopped by for a cool sip of water. It's so adorable to watch it maneuvering through the woods with its spindly legs, and then go bounding away through the brush. I tossed the grape vine trimmings over the fence so it could have some green stuff to munch on. It flicked and twitched its little white flag tail . . . . I like to think it was saying thank you.

Enough rambling on, how was your weekend?
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  • GABY1948
    Your yard sounds so beautiful...and I love the fawn pic/story...we have many deer on our property too...I never tire of them!

    Have a great evening!
    1809 days ago
    great day sounds good.
    1809 days ago
    Your yard sounds gorgeous! I would love a little (it would have to be very little as we live "in city") in my yard some day. If I fed that little fawn we would have an entire herd (or whatever they are called) coming to our house and eating all of my flowers! Deer are a big hazard in our town and there has even been a couple of planned "huntings" in the city limits.

    That fruit sounds sooo yummy and today is grocery shopping day for me emoticon
    1810 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful home and yard. I could spend relaxing time just sitting outdoors at nature. I love to see deer in our back yard.
    1810 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like You have a Beautiful place with Nature all around You including Wild Life. The Fawn sounds like it very Cute and Sweet. Sounds like You had a Wonderful Weekend too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2013 3:22:55 AM
    I love reading about all the nature around your place. I love dragonflies. I have never heard of mosquito-eating fish. I didn't know there was such a thing.
    Glad you had such a great day. That fawn sounds so cute.
    1810 days ago
    What a multitude of animal and insects life have around you. And all those fish!
    My weekend was busy with gardening but the rewards of all the fresh veggies is worth the work. Take care! HUGS!
    1810 days ago
    What an amazing blog. Too bad you did not take a pic of the "weird looking something or other afixed to a plant near the waterfall" I think would be interesting to see. Glad you had such an amazing weekend.
    1810 days ago
    What a lovely day!
    1810 days ago
    Great Day! Thanks for sharing.
    1810 days ago
  • DARLY55
    I love fresh fruit, too! Nothing better! It sounds like you have a nice balance in your gardens, enjoy!
    1810 days ago
    Wow on the fawn. We could use mosquito eating fish. State woods behind us and we get eaten alive. went to work without hose today but legs are polka dot!
    1810 days ago
    All sounds good!! ........ and how fantastic to have all that fresh fruit!!! ....... emoticon .......... Glad to hear your shoulder is better!! ..... Yeah!!
    1810 days ago
    Blackberries grow wild here in Tasmania almost a weed they tend to take over. I will be waiting on summer coming when I can pick my raspberries and fresh fruit from my trees Yum Yum
    1810 days ago
    All that fresh sun ripened fruit sounds so good. I love fruit so much and this year it is so expensive at the markets. $8 for a medium watermelon and most other fruits around the $2 a pound price.. I'm always searching for sales.

    Your place sounds so beautiful and peaceful. I live in the forest on rocky ground and all I see are trees and more trees.. and a few bunnies, squirrels, deer and tons of birds.

    My Monday has been good.. Thanks for sharing your day!
    1810 days ago
    Your home sounds idyllic. Sigh You're lucky to live in such a beautiful place. The only wildlife I get to watch are the squirrels and rabbits...although I have to say, the tiny baby rabbits are adorable. You sound very happy and content. That's nice to hear.
    1810 days ago
    What an awesome experience! Congrats.
    1810 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

    1810 days ago
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