Thursday, May 31, 2007

Life on the Wild Side!

Well, I DID warn you, didn't I?

I wasn't sure just how much time I was going to be able to put into this blog-thing, and the time passes so fast when you get up, go to work, go home, change clothes, go back to work (either in your own studio or back to the job because your desk looks like it threw up on itself or a herd of monkeys made a mad pass through your office), go home again, get some sleep and then do all over again the next day, and the next day, and the next..... Whew!!!!!

But, this last week (now that we're on summer hours - no Fridays!!), I've found myself actually finding time to do things like relaxing in the gazebo with a good book or some knitting or just watching the wild life in the back yard. Planting a container garden took most of the week-end because I had to find homes for each and everyone of the seeds that I started inside which had sprouted, and I wasn't about to send any one of those little gems into a compost heap. No sirree!!!! Not after they'd been watered and talked to and babied to make sure they didn't get too dry or too much sun too early - they were going into the GARDEN - somewhere.

As a result of all of these little seedlings/sprouts I'll probably be able to feed our whole neighborhood and some of the next one if everything grows and produces anything. Tomatoes anyone??? How about peppers or cucumbers, or - zucchini?????? Not the long, straight ones, mind you, but the small, roly-poly ones. Really, I've never been one to tend toward the ordinary - that should be obvious by now.

I got a chance to meet a new neighbor last evening - nice and quiet, no loud parties, but I'm afraid that if I bring a Lazy-Boy into the house, the new guy may stay longer than I'd like.

How cute is that? This is the house next door that's been vacant for some time. Apparently this little one moved into the chimney - nice and safe. At least for now.

I was sitting in the gazebo with a glass of juice and my book, glancing up now and then to watch a bird at one of the feeders or the chipmunks playing around the sunflower seeds that had been set out for them. I stood up for a bit to stretch and saw what appeared to be a frog head on top of the chimney and couldn't really figure out what it was - at least until the head started to emerge and turned into a raccoon!

This neighborhood is full of wild life - remember that I live in the middle of town. OK - not THE middle, but close enough. Last Friday morning - about 6 a.m. while I was having a cup of coffee in the back yard with the birds and a chipmunk - I saw deer strolling down the alley. Couldn't believe it - didn't have the camera handy - was afraid to tell anyone for fear they wouldn't believe me. Luckily, one of the neighbors saw her, too. I tell ya, I might as well be back living in the country.

Enough for now - more tomorrow. It's Friday tomorrow - no school - no work. I can catch up on things.

Oh, before I go, remember that flowering crab that was full of robins in February? Well, here it is just covered in it's spring finery.

You should have seen it full of robins! The blooms are gone now, but each one of them will become a berry to help feed the birds that will remain in the winter. And, those that return early.

I just couldn't resist this shot - I was standing under the tree, admiring the view above. I just pointed and clicked!

The bees love this tree when it's blooming - even though I'm allergic to bee stings and I try to keep my distance when they're around, my presence doesn't seem to bother them in the least.

Time to go - more tomorrow.

Have a good night everyone!

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