Monday, March 31, 2014

CROWS vs STARLINGS


Several weeks ago ,
 I wrote a post about the influx of crows in my neighborhood.



I "borrowed" this photo from Denise @

http://autumnskyranch.blogspot.com/
thanks Denise

I have to say that I prefer the crows to the Starlings
that have invaded our territory 
and are cleaning out the bird feeders.
 




Too bad..
You're too big for my feeders...



Good birds and bad birds...
just like people..

Friday, March 28, 2014

IS IT SPRING YET??

The calendar seems to think so.
Spring is trying very hard but only on the weekends.
This weekend 
is going to warm up with two inches of rain predicted.
Temps to be in the sixties next week.
It sure looks promising..Maybe a happy dance will help.

Are we tired of talking about weather ??



 It seems to be the topic of conversation
 whether it's good, bad, hot or cold, sunny or grey...
You get the picture !!

Have a happy weekend..


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WINTERS LAST HURRAH


 Yesterday was a very strange day as far as the weather went..
Steady snow showers whose "flakes" melted as fast as they fell. 




It  "snowed " all day with temps in the low 30's.
The shrubs looked like popcorn bushes or cotton, if you will.




It stuck to the ground in very unusual patterns.




I guess it only laid where the ground is still frozen.






Meanwhile, 
the sun tried to make an appearance all afternoon.



Let's hope this was the end of it !!
My sister brought "Mr Froggie" to me the other day
 thinking he would be cute on my bird bath.




I added a flag.
The birds are starting to ignore him.
As you can see,
it's frozen and snow covered  for now.

 

Have a sunny day.




Monday, March 24, 2014

WATER DELIVERY 101

As promised a week or so ago ...

When Max first made my home his,
he would only drink from a dripping spigot.
This was very inconvenient in many ways. 




If I left him over night, he just didn't drink.
I could tell, because he always splashed water when he drank..




As you can see, he hasn't forgotten how..




After quite some time...months,
we got him to drink from this fountain.



Finally !!!
He graduated to a dish..years later.
He drinks a lot and often.
 



Oh by the way, he's back to his old dish..




Can't win 'em all..or even most of them..
Enjoy your week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

SPRING CLEAN UP


Spring cleaning (outside) has started around here.
This week it was mulch.



It's always fun to watch it delivered...
Tractor trailer loads are "pooped" out on to the parking lot.
There's a mechanism inside the truck that pushes it out..
And you though it was the mulch elves.


Then it is loaded onto a truck with a Bobcat.


Now it's time for the "mulch elves".



It is distributed by them with wheelbarrows and hands only.
They work very hard and long.
Today they started at 7AM and worked til 6 PM 
and it was drizzling the entire day.




This is the Forsythia that was cut down this time of year in 2013.
It's starting to yellow 
and it looks like it will be allowed to bloom this year,
as will my Hydrangeas.






This area was pretty much denuded by them last year in their
"leaf removal maneuvers".




So,
I decided to just mulch it rather than seed it.
This ground would be tough to seed and I thought it may help the tree roots that are all scarred up as well.


We'll see how this holds up !!
For now, it looks a lot better and..
No mud.
Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

VEES NOTE CARD PARTY

 I am joining
 Vees Note Card Party.

 http://ahavenforvee.blogspot.com/

You can find her "Button" on my sidebar.
Here are four pictures from my blog posts.

 This one is "courtesy of Bev at Bee Haven Acres."
 






 



I think these might make nice note cards..How about you?




Monday, March 17, 2014

WHO ASKED HER ???

Mollie always has an opinion, a comment or something to say.
She doesn't even have to be asked.




I told her that I was going inside to work on my blog ..
"That again !!!...tell everyone I said to have a good week. 
Oh, and yes, 
HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY .."



 

Friday, March 14, 2014

SURE SIGNS OF SPRING ???


 Snow Drops..




Daffys



Tulips



Mums



There's a little yellow in the Finches now.




The red blur in the background is Mr. Cardinal.





He always has to be part of the party.




I was taking multiple Finch pictures and all of a sudden,
there he was..
He is not a sign of spring..He's been here all winter !
This is all tongue and cheek..Spring!! Ha!!
Temps in the 20's with 0 degree windchills..Brrr.
I heard a rumor that Spring is only a week away..
Have a lovely weekend.





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WHERE'S THE OFF BUTTON ???


From time to time Mollie just goes nuts.
She's been doing this for years usually after coming in from a walk.

 


I don't think she has any idea where she is or where she's going.
This was preceded by a Max attack
 sending him under the couch
 to safety.

  

 Poor Max..He sure puts up with a lot..
I hope your day is kinder and gentler.


 

Monday, March 10, 2014

FROM MY WINDOWS


I'm sure a lot of you have bigger icicles but I thought these 
were interesting pictures..
They were taken through my front door.
 



Our world has been pretty black and white lately.


This is the first I've seen Bluebirds for quite some time.


I guess it's just a matter of "serving" the right thing.





I really need to clean my kitchen window..
or my lens...maybe both.






My new BFF...




Sooner or later he finds a way !!!




There are a pair of these..I think this is the Mrs.




I hope your week is  sunny and bright....
Maybe it will help get rid of the rest of the snow/ice.