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Turning Back Time

I had a wonderful 60th birthday and then it was time to turn the clocks ahead one hour.  Getting older and losing an hours sleep  in one week has me tired but so excited for spring!  We will look back on this past winter and ask where winter went, a far cry from New England last year, this one was more to my liking 🙂

Here are a few shots from my world in recent days. Having trouble with uploading images I will try some single posts or put them on my Folsom Mill Studio blog

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Thankful For This Unusual Winter

Wow what a difference a year makes and in so many ways!

There is very little snow on the ground yes I know it can still just be a tad late but I personally am through the worst part of winter, with spring arriving in what, just 4 weeks!  I am dancing even with sore knees.  lol Not so sore I took a shot in each and it helped a lot and will give me time to get my pup cared for and guess what Mom’s surgery on left knee was such a success she is being allowed back home early!  Wow see what I mean about being thankful.  So many prayers said and great thoughts and energy how could she suffer again.  Thanks so much.

Our garden club will attend the Boston Flower Show next month so heads up there maybe flower photos soon lol  We are now taking orders for Pansy Bowls at just $15 for a full 12/14″ bowl brimming with pretty little flower faces I can not wait for mine to greet me each day as I arrive home.  Maybe I will try to paint them 🙂

Having Mom be in a better place my man doing OK with his pacemaker and my knees not hurting so bad now to get my pup feeling better all will be right in my small world.

Not sure about my reader so many I left a like on today I had not seen forever and ones I usually see were missing 😦  I will keep searching till I find you 🙂

I am going to try to add this video here not sure if the video will work 🙂

Just a moment in my world lol

I made an attempt at getting comfortable at a gallery I belong to and attended a Feb. 14 Art Party where I had a Black and White Pen and Ink / Watercolor hanging as well as Wolf Moon on a special wall our local Watercolor teacher invited her students to show thire piece of winter watercolor.  I actually unwound and had fun 🙂

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before it got crowded 🙂

I have even been crocheting again

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This is for my son’s old girlfriend who got married and is having her first baby.  I had so much fun as I had never done any of this type of crocheting before 🙂  yes indeed learning so much than I ever thought I could.

Have a Great Day you can see I have every intent too 🙂

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Sunrise and Wild Turkey

No morning and actual Wild Turkey greeted me as I woke late this morning.

A few ducks joined in as well and a random Hawk and a bunch of my small birds who love the full feeders I hang out for them.
I even saw a male Finch and he was wearing his bright Yellow outfit. I can now relax. Surgery is set for the 17th of April.  Everything is just about perfect except we are set to get slammed again this time some snow but 40 to 70 mph winds depending on which station you listen too.  So I will fill the feeders and keep the shovels by the door tonight and come morning be prepared to feed a flock of  25 to 35 wild turkeys along with all my doves, juncos, black birds, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, robins, titmouse and the ducks.  When it is nasty they all stop by to see me for something to eat now all I have to worry about is keeping the hawk from picking them off.  I have trained JT to bark and let me know when she sees one and then I just step outside and off it goes.  I have hundreds of acres beside and behind me it can shop at.

So here is a couple of shots of the place today.

 

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Daily Prompt:Linger/First Warmth After A Long Winter

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The best day for me to linger would be the day the horrid winter,  truly gives up it’s strong hold and allows spring to arrive with all of it’s beauty. 

You know the kind of day, snow banks filthy from too many months of winters cold,  when the earth lets out a sigh and you witness it  begin to drink up the moisture that once would only allow more ice to form. When the frost beneath the yard was just too thick to allow for drainage of any kind to begin.  It is the kind of day I wait so long for.  I hear about it coming on the news and I get ready.  I bring out the table and chair from the barn,  yes we are tough here up in the northeast.

  As the morning arrives I will be ready.  The sun will come up and greet me at the kitchen window, beside the coffee maker where I will stand and wait for it to finish all the while I will soak in the first rays of this special day.  By the second cup JT and I will make our way to the table and chair lying in wait for me to sit and linger.

The birds will be signing their absolute prettiest tunes and the Apple tree will have swollen buds as will the Forsythia.  This is how I will spend each morning after that first day of warmth, lingering in the yard with my girl,  soaking in the suns warmth only from now on with sunscreen.

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Winter Has Gone And Reared Her Ugly Head OK Maybe Pretty For some

Yes pretty for those of you not having to SHOVELI IT!  So pretty just to sit and chill looking at folks like me stuck in New England when their hearts are missing the south!

Remember this view?

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This one too

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Welcome to my world today! Just 24 hours later.  The saying here goes “Don’t like the weather, wait a minute!”

Now once again a winter wonderland

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Shoveling for the dog and the birds once again. 
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Heavy wet stuff had the boughs weighed down badly
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It came down to beat the band!
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This was were the ducks swam yesterday in the pretty sunshine.
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Look what he got to move for it’s maiden voyage  🙂

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Messing around while I had my feet up waiting to go out for round 3

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Yes they came to the feeders to fill up

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The Apple Tree had all kinds of birds on it as the truck or snow thrower or me with my camera spooked them

I am not lying when I say I want YESTERDAY BACK!

Then again I want tomorrow to come too as our very handsome New England Patriots Quarterback will be in Denver to play against Manning.  Sure hope they don’t stop to get high well any higher than the Mile High, at the stadium.  GO PATS!!!!!

 

 

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New England

What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day?  Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside!  It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good.  I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.

Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds.  Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil  sunflower seeds were devoured.  That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form!  We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through.  So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here.  What a mess there was of empty shells.  So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper.  Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England.  I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
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This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.

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Seasons here often get mixed up.  As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.

Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.

The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream.  So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.

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Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean.  I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.

I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore.  I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked.  I stopped going to Weight Watchers so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME 🙂  She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket.  She always finds treasures just like us.  We are a perfect family.
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How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day.  There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.

There were even surfers who wanted to get out and enjoy a warm January day
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It was nice but not that nice! 🙂

Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must.  I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
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Have a great Weekend

GO PATS!!!!!!

 

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Our Black Bear Is Very Naughty

You know I love my wildlife and you know I feed my birds and I have spoken about this Bear before and since I moved my computer out into the quiet kitchen area of the house and am no longer set up overlooking the lower yard and river. I miss a lot.

This morning I slept in till 6 AM as I went to bed real late. I put the coffee pot on and filled up my containers with fresh sunflower Seed to take out to fill the feeders so they could have breakfast while I read your blogs. I have been leaving the feeders empty to not entice this big black bear and any others with it from destroying the set up my darling made for me to feed them all. We recycled and used an old umbrella fabric removed and holes drilled in ends to hang feeders and suet from oh and a BELL since he destroyed it a couple of weeks ago so I can tell when he is out they’re messing with it so I can get PHOTOS after all it is what I DO right.

Well it was raining and JT grabbed her Frisbee and me the seed and off we went out to less than 100 feet from the back door maybe 60. I toss her the toy off she goes to catch then go potty and right back she comes to me for another throw. All the feeders full and us wet after 20 more throws we head back in. My coffee smelt great poured a cup and brought up the new reader to find all of you.

I am enjoying the coffee and reading and laughing and crying as some were real touching when the dog starts going NUTS!

Barking and carrying on. He was still asleep but he yelled BEAR. I go to grab my camera and both are plugged in and charging. I grabbed the Easy Share and I get into the living room where there was only a screen between us and the bag of seed and him and the feeders full of seed. He broke one arm but when JT scared him and our human voices he started to beat feet out of here. Thankfully. Then he stopped and start to turn to look our way and I screamed “Get out of Here” all the while JT going nuts and the poor cat who was outside took off and was not seen for 6 hours.

So here is the only shot I got.

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Not sure if you can make him out but this is when he stopped and turned and looked at me and the dog seeming to not be worried about us much.  I may end up not feeding the birds there goes my Dragonflies 😦

I swear I was just saying life was so CHILL lol then heart beating what would I do if he came through the screen wanting the whole bag of seed 😦

I shall load the shotgun and have it ready with the camera  and fire over its head with hopes of making him change his address.

OK I am officially no longer bored

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Hummingbirds and CB’s

Well yesterday, the 10th of May, our Hummingbirds finally made it back here to spend the summer with us.
As I sat playing frisbee with JT I had a female hummingbird sit upon the clothes line just to the left of where I was sitting. She looked healthy and I was glad to have just hung fresh sugar-water out for them. The Apple Tree is what I go by. As it had started to look as if it would burst forth in gorgeous blooms, I readied their feeders.

Up here in New Hampshire we have the Ruby Throat variety of Hummingbirds and an occasional Hummingbird Moth visit us. You know I love these little fighters though, I keep learning more amazing facts about them.

So did you know I had just one tattoo? It is in fact a life-size Hummingbird and this was also what I used for a CB Handle. Now the handle was used when traveling cross-country in the tractor-trailer we never used our own names? Did you have a CB and a Handle? I was trucking when Burt Reynolds made Breaker 1 9 pretty famous. Many songs, mostly country ones, have been done all about trucking, highways and roadie. I loved Convoy’s line “Crash the gate doing 98 and let them truckers roll!”

I had some wonderful times driving the night hours out there on the quiet roads of America. I usually drove after we had our evening meal and kept laying down the miles till it was time for breakfast, when the ex and I would switch. He did not want me, a greenhorn, in all the rush hour traffic he figured at night with just other rigs on the road what could happen.

Well let me tell you one of the stories from so long ago. I was heading west and in Kansas and had stopped to grab a coffee to help get me through my 12 hour shift. The road was dark and filled with many wild animals you had to not only watch for but to avoid as well. While filling the thermos for my evening run I was talking with fellow drivers who would be going the same way, WEST. So we followed each other out and got our trucks rolling down the interstate and chatting on our CB’s we all introduced ourselves and they thought Hummingbird was awesome! I told them it was because I was FAST! They loved it and off we went hammer down, (pressing the gas pedal). We gabbed for hours with each of us keeping our eyes peeled for the police as we were not doing 55. Then someone who had the lead suggested we try something he had all his lights on and if you have traveled the United States you know what I mean, LOTS OF LIGHTS on his rig. We truckers have a special name for ones like this, Chicken Hauler. Yes we have lots of nicknames like our CB Handel’s, like your personal car is called a 4 wheeler. So with truck out in front fully covered by tons of lights and the one in the rear of our convoy(a group of MANY RIGS) with its lights on, all of us in the middle had just our marker lights on NO HEADLIGHTS! Yes not to swift, were we night riders of our countries highways, mostly hell raisers and non conformists.

So mile after mile with our radar detectors working over time ever mindful of State Police we continued this way for miles and miles at a very good clip! Then we hear the bird dogs go off(radar detectors had names too) as a trooper was headed east and running his radar and capturing us all speeding but also us dummies in the middle of the convoy running without headlights. Now they run CB’s as well and had been listening to us talk and I was a very young female and they were all experienced truckers and who do you think the cop came for, yes ME! I saw him go into the medium strip and it was such a dip I saw his headlights shining on the sky above. He then came flying up the highway behind us and by now yes all of us had our lights on and speed to about 60 mph but he had locked on to me he said in the end.

So my trucking CB buddies were gone, I was alone except for ex in the bunk sleeping. I was in big trouble! This officer walked up to my driver’s door and told me to come back to his police car. As I opened the door and started down the ladder of our cab-over Freightliner he saw how young I was and ordered me to go back in and get all my PAPERWORK! License and registration book and my Log Book! OH NO I was really in trouble I hated doing logs as I could not do them the correct way as I had been taught to in tractor-trailer school not with the ex.

So with all of this placed on the floor of the cab I climbed down then reached up for all of this and headed back to the waiting officer. I am ordered to get into the back where upon he proceeds to read me the riot act about how I could have been killed. I told him if I had to pay a fine on the spot he would really see me die, at the hand of my ex-husband yes really young and dumb! I was not to speed or play around and I had a CB and Radar machine so there would be no fines! In the end this trooper was very nice and gave me a $20 fine I mailed to them from home. Sadly this was not the last time I drove FAST, like my little Hummingbirds! I too had places to go and people to see.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mom’s! I am going to have my best one yet! It is also JT’s birthday!

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Not Funny On So Many Levels

I know this is not FUNNY on so many levels but I have to tell you it not only made me take a Double Take

but sent me up the road to turn around to snap a few photos to share with you all.

Now these Guinea Hens do no LIVE here

They FLEW IN

They could not help themselves honest they couldn’t lol

 

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They are so pretty aren’t they.

Wonder why they are not fed enough at home that they have to hunt  the local neighborhood for food.

Can one be sued for a crop that NEVER comes UP?

Boy the man who worked hard to make his place pretty is not going to see the humor in this act!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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see the tape clearly they didn’t

 

 

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They didn’t see that money was laid out for a NEW LAWN either

How many ingredients in this future lawn had been added to the seed

I will let you know if they going missing.

I will have to watch this place like the hawk that is always above us doing hunting of his own as I will add clover seed throughout the property  to sweeten the soil and add clover for all the local bees who hang out here before heading down the street to the local hives.

 

I did laugh then I worried about the birds then came home and saw a Bunny, Groundhog and birds lurking close to MY GARDEN not all my Peas came up so either they were duds or someone is hunting my SPACE too!

See you soon

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What A Week

Now I am laughing as I write this post,  no tears,  not anymore well till I write story on Tuesday but even then I will lean towards POSITIVE as you all have been wonderful with me and for me honestly the ones who ran out,  maybe they didn’t,  that reader on Google drove me back to WP  Reader for now and I  will try to follow you through emails so I miss no posts we are not getting any younger,  my birthday is less than three weeks away and THIS WEEK  had me feeling even older than the 56,  I am.

So here are a few photos not good enough for primetime as some were taken through a window where the stove was cranking out warmth .

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See what winds and powdery type snow can do for  a  New England landscape.  This came down like crazy and then the sun came out and temps. rose into the 40’s F and me stuck reading the scrawling GOOGLE READER,  heard water dripping on the built-in plant window,  beside the desk.  I  hardly left the desk all day yesterday and it was BEAUTIFUL by February in New England measures now today we had snow till noon and winds are moving at highway speeds yes 55 to 65 MPH.  Many have lost trees and POWER fingers crossed I get post out to you all before we do.

I will show you a more from yesterday then some from today.  Today I did go out to shovel while boyfriend and JT went to get part for coal stove can’t have that breaking on us.   There was no more than 3 inches of light fluffy stuff easy to move but it was brutal with those winds.  12 miles further east they had 6 inches fall so far.

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Just so picturesque hey see one of our Chickadee’s?  This was the weekend to count birds I gave up TOO MANY,  so very hungry and me the sucker for the wee ones .

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Now this was my attempt to shovel a path and spread cracked corn and sunflower seeds all along the shoveled areas for them to SHARE,  well I have a flock of Juncos who call my place home each winter and with all the food on ground really for them look where I found them

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Hanging out in the Apple Tree scared of all the big bad bullies as soon as I stepped out the bullies departed and down came the Juncos.  More food thrown out for them

Spring has to be on the way my Cardinals are so beautiful and they were scared in the winds today so pardon more lousy photos through the window

as I tried to capture their mating colors  BRING ON SPRING early like Phil promised

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One of 8 Males who call this place home

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WOW They are so beautiful when they are looking for the ladies!

now it is the girls turn and I am sorry small camera and window shots not really what they are like here but you will get the idea I think check out their beaks I used to raise parakeets and I can tell.  So much you still do not know about me

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sorry it was snowing like crazy but isn’t this bird pretty

I scared one of the squirrels and he grabbed a seed and covered his face with snow poor baby too cold to be looking for food but a branch broke off the Willow that had been chewed by the Beaver and I had left it up so they could have their winter home sadly it is now an open air model they must be starving with no way to dig through 2+ feet of snow.

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BRRRRRR

Well I took my little monster out with me and after she takes her time doing her thing next thing I know is she was feeling so frisky in this frigid air she decides she will HERD ME I tried to catch her mean look but sadly I came up short her too it just has not been a good two days for perfect picture-taking.

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She really is fresh when she is acting like a Border Collie.  This afternoon I was the Mommy and gave her a bath which she hates but boy does she love the blow dry and comb out  now she is warm and napping and so very pretty and silky to the touch>

Well I hope you enjoyed my post it was nice to come here and chat with you and do a show and tell

For all of you west of me Keep The Snow I have birds who want spring as much as me

Yes I am HAPPY and LAUGHING

again Love you all  and hope you get the weather you need as well

Peace

Eunice

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I can’t wait to see these beautiful Roses covered in blooms and bees yes LIFE IS GOOD

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International Great Backyard Bird Count, 15-18 February

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called The Great Backyard Bird Count 2013.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

You’re Invited to the Great Backyard Bird Count

Please consider taking part in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 15-18. The count is being integrated with the eBird online checklist system—which means that the count will be global for the first time. Anyone, anywhere, with Internet access can take part in the count. [If] you already participate in NestWatch, then you will not need to create a new account for the GBBC. If you’re watching birds that weekend, simply enter your checklists at www.birdcount.org. You’ll be prompted to enter your existing login information.

Participating is easy. Simply watch birds for at least 15 minutes at the location(s) of your choice on one or more of the count days. Estimate the number of birds you…

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I Love Heron, gators not so much

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We watched this bird as it hunted for food and caught a fish!

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We wondered if it had young it was feeding, in the grassy area just out of my reach with the camera..

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I have these birds here in my stream in NH but this area is perfect for viewing them in action, no wonder the  State of Florida made a  pull off area here..

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Now he sees us, he better pay attention.

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Yikes!  Lurking and watching and probably hunting too.  I would never cut it as a wildlife photographer I would close my eyes  and miss the Kill Shots

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A beautiful view on our Easter trip with Mom, who had never been to the Everglades area of FL.

Here are  some other locals who wanted their photos taken.

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So pretty this bird is all shimmer and Brown in color.

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This bird was so vocal.  Drumming and signing.  He like the camera or us.

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Not threatened by us, maybe we were their protection, lol .  We still were not ALONE

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In just over a half hour, we saw so much in just one spot along Alligator Alley

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Yes a Vulture too

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Since we are on our third day of record heat I decided to share this place I love in Florida.  It is important to have wild and scenic spots so you can reflect on what is really important in your life.

That day we were about to get hit by a bad hail storm so I took roads  that got us out of harms way to which my Mom said ” I do not know how you drove in that!”  Finally a little appreciation for my brains and Driving ability!  lol

Stop along a road some day on a trip and see what you can see and don’t forget to SHARE WITH ME!

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March comes in like a LION

March rolled in with 12+ inches of snow, here where we call home.  Crazy really for us to be surprised by this, we do live in NH but this has not been a NORMAL winter.  We have been so spoiled by grass and warm temps and the birds singing their spring songs.

Our little Juncos have know idea what is going on.  So there I am crippled in pain from clearing the yard for us and on go the boots to shovel a spot for them to eat seed, I scatter for them.  As I am watching the wildlife scratch the ground, crack the shells for the fruit inside, out of nowhere comes a Hawk,  no this time I did not run out to confront him with my camera, lol I just got angry at myself for making these  little birds, sitting ducks . From now on seed will be scattered up against the house or in the rose bushes, the bigger bird will think twice before going after one of our brood.  I know he has to eat but that is what rodents are for!

JT LOVES the snow!  She loves playing with her  ball in it and wonders why I don’t want to play with her like I do in summer.  Silly girl she is and such a wonderful dog for our family.

See what I mean!  She looks at me as if to say Let’s  Play.   I remind her to play with her ball and to have fun and  as she pushes it into the snow, I can’t even see it,  as I snap another photo.  I am glad she is happy and full of fun.  I just wish I had her stamina.

I call her in to warm up, as I wipe her down  we close the door till tomorrow, when I hope to wake up and see it was all just a bad dream and it’s really is a beautiful spring day.