Monday, January 30, 2012

IS THERE NO PEACE?

              Every morning..EVERY MORNING....
                    This is what happens
       as soon as Mollies little paws reach the floor.





I can't help but feel sorry for Max.
Even though he gives it back sometimes,
 he gets the worst of it.
This usually ends by his being chased to the basement or my intervention..
Poor Max....

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Friday, January 27, 2012

BUZZARDS

                                                    At Christmas time,
              on my way back from West Virginia ,
                    I happened upon this sight.


I think they are "Black Buzzards".
really

 They just stand with  their  wings spread..
sunbathing....
                     an ominous sight to be sure..


When I first approached them,
they were  sitting in the brush with wings spread.
Eerie!!!


 There's a very mysterious bird story surrounding the Black Vultures of Gettysburg.
For over 100 years
 more than 900 Black and Turkey Vultures have gathered among the canyons of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
 The story goes that the first birds appeared on 
 July 1, 1863.
This was the final day in a battle which saw 50,000 men and thousands of horses die.
The men were buried, but the corpses of the horses were left lying on the battlefield.
 The vultures dined in style. They may even have stayed all winter and scavenged on the frozen carcasses.
 Twelve months later the vultures returned, something they do to this very day.....
(Upon further research, they are
American Black Vultures.)




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SOCKED IN

                                We have a very different look today.
           
                                                                        FOG..



                                                                   Definition of FOG
1a : vapor condensed to fine particles of water suspended in the lower atmosphere that differs from cloud only in being near the ground .....

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During the day, the sunlight heats the earth and warm air right above it rises. During the night, the earth radiates back heat into space. At sunrise the earth is often colder than the air above. This is called an inversion because air doesn't rises anymore.
                                                           
                                                     
                                                                         OR
               Warm air moving over a cold surface..


Visibility...zero


This amount of moisture at below freezing temperatures
makes roads and walkways very icey.

SO


I dug out the Yac Tracs...



They're great..like studs for your boots..

Because,


Like the mail man...
"Neither rain, snow or sleet, blah, blah,blah
shall deter us from our morning walk."
We were the only moving things out there..

Monday, January 23, 2012

FIRST SNOW FALL

This morning we woke up to a white landscape,
the result of our first snowfall.


It wasn't very impressive..4-5 inches.




I guess my favorite part of a snow storm
is while it's falling.
We missed that part
 because it snowed during the night. 
Mollie and I went for our usual walk this morning.
 Being a Saturday, no one had shoveled yet.
(including me).
Tough walking..(for me)

I finally got out to shovel and was all finished
and putting stuff away when....
Upper Allen came by with its wall of snow..



I have more snow on the sidewalk now
than
I did when I started to shovel..
Now it's heavier and wetter...
Chuck came by just then
 and said he would come back later and take care of it.
Thank goodness for Chuck.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.
I'm off to make some oatmeal..
perfect for a day like today.


Friday, January 20, 2012

BEDTIME

" Now I lay me down to sleep".



"I pray to God my soul to keep"......



ZZzzzzzz....


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ROUTINES

Some things come to be expected..


Like...

A little piece of lunch meat first thing in the morning..
Mollie has to get something in her stomach
when we get up.
She sometimes throws up when her stomach is empty in the morning.
 This way, she makes it through her walk.
In anticipation, 
Max is always waiting for us in the kitchen
when we get up.



Same thing at bedtime.
Max, of course, can't be left out.
They don't let you forget either.

Monday, January 16, 2012

PLOP, PLOP, FIZZ, FIZZ

                                                  
                                                Oh what a relief it was...


Several weekends ago,
I spent way too much time working
an embroidery project.
As a result,
my neck and shoulders were in a lot of pain.
Spasm vs arthritis ?? Probably both..
  I had almost no sleep for two nights. 
 Ice, heat and inti inflammatories were of no help.
SO...


I resorted to an old tried and true remedy.
A MASSAGE.
"Oh my", she said, "You are one big knot
from your knees to your earlobes"
She worked on me for an hour and a half.
When a left,
 I only had a little discomfort in one shoulder.
"Thanks Mary Ann." 

Friday, January 13, 2012

HERE BIRDIE BIRDIE...

Where have all the birds gone??
Except for a pair of Mockingbirds



and


an occasional Chickadee,



My feeders are bare..
I haven't added any food in weeks..


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE..OR NOT

One morning last week, we woke up to this..
Actually, this was after our walk.
It was 17 degrees before our walk.



This was the coldest morning so far this year.
Thankfully, it wasn't windy.


Even the rhodies were shivering.



Kitty (probably) prints across my frozen pond.



Bring it on old man winter...



We're ready for you!!!!
Two days later it was 65...



The hydrangeas are producing new buds.



                    The Poppys are greening up.


The Sedum is pushing up new buds...



and
The Asters are getting a head start too..
The Rodies are no longer shivering.
(Too lazy to go take a picture).
I hope they all brought their winter coats along.


Monday, January 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS TREES AND FIREPLACES

It seems that Christmas trees and fireplaces
can take a big part
in setting the Christmas mood.



Christmas lights



Bee Haven Acres



Penn Station in New York




Joes special tree...
He trims the branches from last years tree
and decorates the trunk.
( Doesn't take up much room)



This one is a little more traditional..





Rockefeller Center, NY City



West Virginia..
One can't beat a fireplace for a warm , cozy feeling.




Mechanicsburg



Bee Haven Acres...

I hope you had  a cozy fireplace
and
a pretty Christmas tree in your Christmas.



Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 IN REVIEW

                                                                 
                                                      2011                                                            




Last year started out cold but that did not
deter us from our appointed rounds.

                                                                                             
                                                                                        

The snowfall here was 31.1 inches
spread out over a lot of
"several inches" snowstorms".






The year brought many bird visitations
and  required lots of bird feeder fillings.



The first robin sighting is a sure sign
of springs arrival.



I always look forward to visits from Ann and Joe
in March after their return from the South.
(another sign of springs arrival).



In Late spring I await the arrival of  "Quackers".
She seems to have designated my pond area
as her nesting place..(5 years now).
She and her "hubs" spend the weeks  before
egg laying languishing around the pond.







Soon after hatching,
she sneaks them down to the wetlands.



There were nine this year...
I think that six of them made it to grow up.



My year included several farm visits to
Bee Haven Acres.



The spring  visit always includes
welcoming the newest additions.



Karens "farm" brings donkey visits
and an occasional ride.


Tough getting on and off these days...


                                                                                 

2011 had its share of critters..,





and record amounts of rainfall...
(40 inches).





We took some trips down memory lane,


traveled to West  Virginia for  family
 time with Ann and Joe,


saw beautiful sunsets,




celebrated Holidays,



and enjoyed pretty flowers,




pretty food...



and yummy food...
(makes my mouth water).






This fall, we had an early snowstorm
that devastated many trees and shrubs.
It was wet and heavy.
With the leaves still on the trees,
the weight was too much.
People were without electricity for days
 and many trees were beyond saving.



Thanksgiving was celebrated by Tom and Edith.
"Phew, we made it through another one".


And, as always, there were
the ever present animal antics.


2011 was a happy and healthy year for me.
I hope it was for you as well.
Please stay with me as we travel through 2012.
I wish you only the best.