Monday, October 20, 2014

MISCELLANEOUS DRIVEL


While walking past my door the other day, I  looked out
 to see if there were any Hummingbirds.
Look how I hung this hook!!
It's been like that for two days..
I couldn't have done that again if I tried.





This is more like it !!!






My friend and neighbor does a lot of handiwork that includes, among other things, beautiful knitting.
A lot of her knitting is donated to our fairs to sell.
Recently she knitted a baby blanket and the person that bought it
asked her to knit a matching sweater and cap.
Isn't it adorable ?





From my kitchen the other day, I noticed this under my couch.
From a distance it didn't look anything like kitty feet 
but that's what it turned out to be.
Max strikes again.



My brother in law has been spending a lot of time in the wood shop
making these beautiful bowls from wood by "turning" on a lathe.
This was going to be a goblet but the stem came off.
I said that I could find a use for it.



Tillandsias, Bromeliad or Air Fern
(no water necessary )


I guess there are two sides to every story.
This is the one and only Hydrangea blossom I had this year.
It was blue and huge. I finally decided to cut it. 
As you can see, it is two faced !!



Happy Monday !!


Friday, October 17, 2014

DINNER OUT

A group of us went to an old inn that is located 
in the Blue Mountains of Perry County, Landisburg, Pa.
It is situated along Shermans Creek
 that in this particular area includes 6 warm springs 
the largest of which is nearby.
It was first warranted in 1793, destroyed by fire and rebuilt 
just after the Civil War. 





The Inn has a very interesting history that I was going to share
 but it is lengthy and copywrited.
 If you want to read about it, 
"Google" "Warm Springs Lodge Sherman Creek".
You won't be dissapointed.
The history includes lovers duels with swords and pistols, indians, 
and it's transition to it's present state.
It was first opened as a Spa. 





I believe this was a porch that has since been enclosed.
The history includes many old pictures
 depicting the changes it has undergone.
The area has a lot of wildlife for hunting and fishing.
Rare birds have been seen here 
making it a favorite haunt of  Audubon Society members.












You can see Shermans Creek in the background.
It's much more impressive further down.
The ride up was beautiful with all the colors of Autumn.





It's a beautiful area with a lot of wildlife for hunting and fishing.
Rare birds have been seen here 
making it a favorite haunt of  Audubon Society members. 





Food was served family style
 with a salad bar and Apple Pie for dessert.
I don't think anyone left hungry. 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MAX HAS A NEW LOOK


Monday morning I made four trips to the groomers.
Two for Max and two for Mollie.
 



Max had become horribly matted over the past few months.
Try as I would I was losing the battle.

 


The groomer said that once they start, they just keep multiplying.
It seemed that combing them made it worse.
No fur here??
Actually they were bad on his back and rump.
 



So at the ripe old age of 15?, he was shaved for the first time.
He looks so different..like any other cat.

 



He was pretty good until the THREE of us flipped him on his back.
The big objection came when she shaved his "privates".
Not that he has anyhow...



Mollie had just had her bath and was waiting to be clipped.
She watched the whole procedure from her crate.
She's not too sure about this new look..
That makes two of us ..Probably three...
 



She sure gave him the once over when she got home..




 There's the look I've come to love..
He spent a lot of time grooming his new self when we got home.




 I think he misses the blanket of fur he used to carry around.
He always slept on his side in this chair..




He looks so small..I wonder if he's cold?

 



All is right with the world..Nap time..I may join them.

 



Some  leftover moon shots from last week...

 





Monday, October 13, 2014

DO YOU SPEAK "SQUIRREL"?


I have a tree just outside my "den" window.
Most of the time when I look out,
there is a squirrel sitting just like this.



I have had my windows open most days of late.
I love this time of year and the crisp, fall air.
Lately it has come with quite a bit of chatter,
usually because of an intruder on the ground.






 After all. it is HIS tree...

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

ANY IDEA WHAT THIS IS ?



My neighbors daughter, Ann was here the other day. 
 As I was walking her out,
 I noticed that the top of my artificial tree was leaning.
When I went to straighten it I saw this very unusual bug.  







 Look at the "sprocket" on his back..
I wonder if he is chain driven.





Ann thought he was a very unusual "tree topper".
Good one Ann.



A fellow blogger said it was a "wheel bug."








From Wikipedia..................

The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus), in the family Reduviidae, is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, being up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in length. A characteristic structure is the wheel-shaped pronotal armor. They are predators upon soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, Japanese beetles, etc., which they pierce with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue. Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered beneficial insects, although they can inflict a painful bite if handled carelessly. Wheel bugs are common in eastern North America, although many people in the region have never seen them. They are camouflaged and very shy, hiding whenever possible. They have membranous wings, allowing for clumsy, noisy flight which can easily be mistaken for the flight of a large grasshopper. The adult is gray to brownish gray in color and black shortly after molting, but the nymphs (which do not yet have the wheel-shaped structure) have bright red or orange abdomens.
Wheel bugs are highly regarded by organic gardeners because they consume a variety of insects and their presence indicates a healthy, pesticide-free ecosystem. "They’re the lion or the eagle of your food web,” Dr. Michael J. Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland, notes. “They sit on top. When you have these big, ferocious predators in your landscape, that tells me that this is a very healthy landscape, because all these other levels in your food web are intact.”[1]

Of course, I knew that..Thanks, Diane



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

THE END OF SUMMER


 I think summer has finally left us..





These are still hanging on but not for long...
 



This is my last Daisy...
 




My last Hydrangea..
 

 

Cool and very blustery last weekend..but bright and sunny.
Still lovin' this camera.



Monday, October 6, 2014

UM PA PA

Oktoberfest !!!
My sisters car dealership had a combined open house and Oktoberfest this past weekend ...
 




An "authentic" UmPaPa Band...









Dark and light beer on tap...



German Potato Salad..



Pulled pork and sauerkraut...




German sausages...
 




Soft Pretzels with lots of different kinds of mustard..



I've been eating in a tent a lot lately...



Sister Ann..


Her husband, Joe...




Free food and high priced cars..




Ann's dreaming...$110,000.00 !!!



Today they were giving it away..$10,000.00 off !!



 This is more my speed..
Probably couldn't afford this either.
Thanks Mercedes...




Have a wonderful week....


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