I'm not sure she believes he knows what he's talking about. ;-) Maybe it's because when Grandma reads the book, she calls the "chicken" a rooster? (It is, really!) We'll have to get our stories straight. :-)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I harvested our first bell peppers yesterday. This variety is "Better Bells". Maybe they should've been called "Bigger Bells", as they certainly were that! So we had stuffed peppers for supper... mmmm!
Labels: bell peppers
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
(Click on pic to enlarge if you need to.)
With all the rain and humidity we've had lately, mushrooms have begun springing up all over our lawn. I found a lot of these tiny ones this morning. They're only about a half inch across.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This lucky child has NO lack of adorable outfits to choose from, thanks mainly to her two older cousins who have been very generous with their ever-so-cute, gently used clothing. I rarely see her in the same thing twice. :-)
Here she is, modeling a new outfit of her own. The trick is to get her to stand still long enough to get nice pics of it! I guess we didn't do too bad.
So cute, huh? The outfit, I mean. The model is a given. ;-)
Yeah, it's a bit big in the waist. Or maybe it's just the modern low-slung style? ;-)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Grandpa's been teaching her tricks...
... drinking from a hose!
That's all our water fun for now (till we do it again someday!).
So pretty. So many colors. So easy to care for. They come up on their own every year... all I have to do is thin and weed them. They don't require watering, even in the driest conditions.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The results of the poll "How many of the 50 United States have you been in?" are as follows:
- 0 (1 vote)
- 1-5 (0 votes)
- 6-10 (1 vote)
- 11-20 (1 vote)
- 21-30 (4 votes)
- 31-40 (0 votes)
- 41-49 (0 votes)
- All 50! (0 votes)
Wow, 4 voters have really done some traveling! Then again, I didn't think I'd been in very many states, but when I counted up, I figured out it was actually 15.
Thanks for voting, and special thanks to the one who's never been to the U.S.A. I hope you can come visit our country someday!
Labels: poll results
Friday, July 25, 2008
Oops! I've done it again. I've made another 'bird' mistake. The nest I showed you here and said it was a house finch nest turns out to not belong to finches. I checked the nest again this morning to see if the second egg had hatched (indeed it had), and both parents flew up to the deck railing, scolding like crazy. But, much to my surprise, they weren't finches! This was the first time I'd actually gotten a good look at them, because the mother had always slipped out of the nest and flown away in a brown blur prior to today. In my searching to figure out what kind of nest it was in the first place, I knew the eggs were brighter blue than the photos I found online, but the black markings looked right, and having seen the finches, I decided it had to be right. WRONG!
The little birds scolding me from the deck were actually chipping sparrows. Here is a nice photo of one if you don't know what they look like. I did some more online searching and found photos of chipping sparrows' nests and babies, nearly identical to mine. I also found photos of newly hatched house finch babies that did NOT look like mine. So, I think I have it straight now. And I must say, I'm disappointed. I wanted them to be finches. ;-) Now to correct my original posts. *sigh* My apologies for any confusion!!
"With a couple pails of water"....
... who needs a swimming pool... or a bathtub?
And her shorts were already soaked from having dumped one of those pails down the front of herself. :-)
To be continued......
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Talk about getting SIDETRACKED today! I went outside with a basket of hubby's dirty work clothes to empty pockets, etc., before washing them. As I was starting, I remembered the flowers on the south side of the house needed watering, so I decided to go hose them down and then let it soak in while I did the work clothes thing, so I could then go back and hose them some more. [On a side(tracked) note, if you've never used a water breaker (a.k.a. diffuser) for watering, you oughta get one. You can water really FAST that way without damaging the plants.] I dragged the hose over there, and then I noticed that I was already being scolded by the chipping sparrows and I hadn't even gotten close to their nest. Although I'd already checked it earlier this morning (and found 2 eggs... don't know what happened to the third... it was there yesterday), I decided to peek again. Lo and behold, one of the eggs had hatched! And O_M_G!!! I have never seen such a tiny bird in my life!!! Of course, sidetracked again, I had to run for the camera while the mom was off the nest. Here's what I saw. I think this photo is pretty close to actual size, if not a bit bigger. That baby couldn't have been an inch long, stretched out!! AMAZING!!!
Added note: This evening I checked the nest again to see if the other egg had hatched yet. It hadn't, but man, you shoulda seen that teensy eighth-inch beak open for food! So cute! And incredible!
Well, since I had the camera out there, I figured I might as well head out to the wildflower bed and get some more pics. And I snapped a couple in the vegetable garden. And on the way back took some better ones of the moss roses, since the sky was clouded over but it was bright enough for them to be open. Somewhere along the line there, I did get the flowers by the house watered and the dirty clothes fit for the washer, washed and hung on the line to hopefully dry in this 70+% HUMIDITY.
And the other photos I took will be for a later post. ;-)
Another note: This post has been updated to correct identification of the nest and eggs. My apologies for any confusion!
On her way into the house via the garage, Courtney discovered Grandma's supply of rain water that I'd caught and saved for plants.
I think she liked it, don't you? ;-)
Oh, yes... she eventually had her hands in the second watering can, too, which was also full.
Life is so full of delights when you're little! :-)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"Aren't you gonna tell me not to put it on the floor? Well, that's no fun. I guess I'll just have to eat it then."
"Oh, hi Willow."
Monday, July 21, 2008
Remember the contemplators from way back when we were thinking spring would never get here? Here they are again, atop our TV antenna.
"Well, our first kids turned out pretty good, despite the cold. You think we should try another nestful and see how it goes in this heat?"I thought the angle at which they were perched this morning was kind of interesting. ;-) Okay, so it's just an optical illusion. The rods are actually parallel to the ground.
Labels: mourning doves
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
A few days ago, I checked the wren nest just to see if the egg was still in it, even though I knew it had been abandoned. The egg was gone, and it looked like something had partially dismantled the nest. Then I noticed I was being scolded, so I thought maybe the wrens had rebuilt their nest somewhere in the same bush. Of course, snoopy me had to start searching for it.
It didn't take me long to discover this new nest not far from the other one. It was a very neat little nest, similar to the original one (and I have to give the birds credit for practicality in using nest materials so readily available). However, looking into it, I was quite surprised to see that though these eggs were about the size of wren eggs, they were a different color!
Then I had to do some internet searching to figure out what kind of eggs they were. It turns out that they are chipping sparrow eggs. I have no idea when they will hatch but I'll keep peeking, and I will post a "birth announcement" and future photos.
Note: This post has been updated to correct identification of the nest and eggs. My apologies for any confusion!!
The results of the poll "Do you usually dream when you sleep?" are as follows:
- Yes (5 votes)
- No (1 vote)
- I don't know/remember (2 votes)
Looks like the majority of us are dreamers. ;-) I hope they're sweet dreams!
Thanks for voting!
Labels: poll results
Friday, July 18, 2008
On Wednesday I had the privilege of going to Courtney's other grandma's home to take a tour of her flower beds. She apparently has a VERY green thumb, because her many, many flowers were absolutely gorgeous! Here is a sampling of the best. Be sure to click on the image to see the flowers larger. Oh, and take note of the little bloom in the upper left-hand corner. She was along for the tour, with Grandpa H. doing the towing.
"Grandma's not looking, is she?"
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Late yesterday morning, I came down the basement and noticed this scene in our window. Both were sleeping. Well, actually, Willow was fakin' it. (And forgive the dirty window... kitty noseprints!)
Fortunately, they haven't been making a habit of this, and I rarely see the toms. There are, however, a couple of hens that I see nearly every day, and one of them has a baby following close behind her. Mom's pretty protective, though, and as soon as she sees me, they slip into the long grass before I can even think about going for the camera.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Jess and Alex spent Memorial Day weekend in the Smoky Mountains, and while there they noticed a very pretty flower, but they didn't know what it was. Jess posted this photo of it on her blog...
I'd never realized they were actually so pretty! :-)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I bought some new perennials this year. This one is called clustered bellflower, and the tiny buds look like this.
I think both new perennials (and I got 3 plants of each) are going to be very pretty once they get established and start blooming profusely. I put them in front of the house where I'm getting tired of planting new annuals every year.
I also bought a weigela bush for the front yard. It's supposed to attract hummingbirds. It won't be attracting any this year, though. Unfortunately, it didn't survive for some reason. It will be replaced (free) in September.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The pink baby's breath has now been pretty much taken over by the blue of the bachelor buttons.
I've only found 2 clarkia plants that have come back from last year.
And that's what's out there for now, except for some white godetia that don't photograph well, and besides, the only ones that were blooming just got chewed off by... SOMETHING. Rabbit? Woodchuck? *sigh*