Thursday, April 30, 2009

Geese Intervention

They made it! Not without help, but they made it off the roof after their nest was moved to a better spot. Whew, that was scary.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Silly Goose & Bev's Beauties

Have you ever looked back at something you did and said to yourself, "What was I thinking?!" I'd bet this mother goose is going to be saying just that when the baby geese hatch and she has to figure out a way to get them off this roof. It is about a 15 foot fall with asphalt on all sides. I hope she and her mate that is hanging around have a plan. Speaking of plans, I had lots to do today but took a detour to visit one of the most beautiful private gardens in our area. My friend Bev is a Master Gardener in every sense of the title. She knows everything there is to know and can tell you the name of each plant in her massive garden. The spring bulbs have exploded in her landscape with vibrant yellows, oranges, pinks, and purple.
The garden paths lead to a surprise around every corner.Bev's garden was a wonderful break from the errands and just the reason I was so anxious for spring to come.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Baby Ducks

I saw the first batch of baby ducks at the park yesterday. Their Mom was leading them from the nest straight into the freezing cold water that was very swift from all the recent snow and rain. I hope they made it. By the way, this photo was from a while ago, it is obvious these baby ducks are a bit older.I was at the park because we had our Annual Master Gardener Plant Exchange. It is one of the most popular events that we have each year. We have a few generous members that have green houses that supply most of the "exchange". There is no exchange really for them, they seldom take anything in return. Believe it or not there were tomatoes there that already had fruit on them. My exchange items were some of Aunt Clara's Hens and Chicks, (Aunt Clara gave my Mom a start over 50 years ago. I got a start from my Mom and have since given countless starts to others. Long live Aunt Clara's Hens and Chicks, kind of like the never ending colorful stories about her.), some Veronica Speedwell that gets too big for the spot I had them in and the pictured Mexican Primrose. I still have more if anyone that lives close by wants some.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Horny Nephew

Photoshop was only involved in the dark glasses because the horns are a fixture in my brother's home. I don't like the hunting thing and the horns in the living room are not my particular taste but they did make a funny photo when I urged the nephew to stand in front of them for his birthday photo. With SC's recent announcement they seem appropriate now.
(Just kidding of course)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Moose and Squirrel

I introduced you to Moose and Squirrel as puppies a few days ago. They are now two years old and NF's health made it necessary for them to find new homes. Lucky for them a niece jumped at the chance to take them both. I am thrilled they get to stay together and am a little envious that they are moving to Florida. No more snow for them! Thanks to BC for grooming them yesterday so they will be pretty for their first airplane ride and new adventure. And thanks to Mom for her photo assistance. I couldn't resist taking photos of them on the rocks and in front of the spring flowers. It is a nice change to get some photos without snow. (You can still see it on the mountains but not in the yard). Squirrel on the run. Moose the model.
He was a natural in front of the camera and was definitely ready for his close-up.
Well, goodbye and good luck to them both. I wish them well and NF too. Cancer sucks :(

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Any Time Now

The Magnolia is blooming in the park! Those blooms are a sure sign of spring and the glorious weather that will be here
The funny thing is that I worked in the park for two days this past week and when the rain came back on Wednesday I was relieved. You read that correctly, RELIEVED. I like to believe that I am still young and strong but my body sometimes lets me know in not so subtle ways that I'm not all that young or all that strong. The truth is, I needed the time between the good weather and the bad to heal the scratches, bruises and sore muscles.
But that was a few days ago, I'm ready again and can't wait to feel the aches and pains of a hard day's work and the satisfaction of looking at the accomplishments of the day. Given my work is in a public place I hope that someone notices and that our efforts help to beautify and brighten their day.

Friday, April 3, 2009

NF, Moose and Squirrel

The answer to last week's post is Not Yet! Spring is taking it's time this year but you wouldn't know it by the behavior of the ducks and geese in the park. They are totally in the mood for spring and makes the park an X-rated theater with plenty of explaining to do by the parents that innocently bring their kids there to play. All I can say is mallards need a few lessons in love.
The weather is too bad to pull out the camera so I decided to post an oldie but goodie. This was taken a couple of years ago when a dear friend's dog had puppies. The bigger puppy is named Moose because he was a "pig" and poor Squirrel wasn't getting enough to eat. NF ended up bottle feeding him day and night until he was strong enough to eat on his own. After all that love and attention she couldn't let either one of them be adopted and added them to her family.
Now the table has turned. It is NF that is fighting for her life. The same lady that hiked to the top of Secret Lake with us just last summer. I have no doubt that if the fight can be won she will win her own words she is a, "tough old blister". Please send healing thoughts her way.