The rules are:
Monday, March 31, 2008
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Not pictured are the yellow onion sets for the garden and Yukon Gold potatoes that I plan to try growing in garbage cans.
Now that I see all the seeds laid out here, I'm thinking I may have gotten a little overly ambitious about being able to take care of all of these this summer! It certainly will be a colorful garden though if my crops are successful.
I also got an e-mail message yesterday that my my Envirocycle Compost Tumbler has been shipped!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The weather guys were only half right and boy, are we thankful for that! We've got about 3-4 inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground but that's nowhere near the 5-10 inches they were predicting when we went to work early this morning. It snowed pretty hard for most of the morning, but by 1:00 it was pretty much done. We had one more burst of snow between 3:00 and 4:00 and then it finally stopped. The roads are wet and sloppy, but no real travel problems. We're not even going to shovel this stuff because temps are probably going to be warm enough tomorrow to melt most everything off.
Here are some pictures of the birds that were in the backyard when we got back from grocery shopping earlier this evening.
A fairly large flock of Red-Winged Blackbirds stopped by. Here are a couple of females and a male picking on some of the bunnies corncobs. I like to see the females; you don't see them very often at the feeders once their nesting territories have been established.
Here's another large group of males enjoying the birdseed in the tray feeder. I'm glad I cleaned all the snow out and refilled these trays when I got home from work.
There were also bunches of robins in the backyard. Last weekend when I saw my first robins, I took the last two buckets of old apples from the basement and dumped them out on the ground. Fortunately, for these robins, they were able to find some of these apples that had been buried under today's snow.
Robins aren't really keen on eating birdseed, but we did have a customer at Wild Birds Unlimited who put out shelled sunflower seeds for his robins and they loved that. Robins also really love mealworms. I think tomorrow morning I'll take one of my tray feeders and put out some treats for the robins to tide them over until the snow has all melted. Then they can go back to digging around in the backyard for their own treats.
Here's a little video of a bunch of robins who were taking advantage of some of the dried-up crabapples still left on my tree from last summer. I still have a couple of highbush cranberries with fruit on the branches, but they must not be as tempting or tasty as crabapples. Maybe the cedar waxwings will like the cranberries when they come back.....
Here's a little treat I picked up for my squirrels at the grocery store.
There was a shopping cart full of clearance priced (99 cents per pound!) Brazil nuts and pecans left over from Christmas (there's 6.4 pounds in these 2 bags). That's a heckuva deal because 2 weeks ago when I bought some of these nuts they were still $3.29 per pound. I just couldn't pass this up and I know my squirrels will be so happy!
(Update: when I was taking some of these pecans out for the squirrels this morning, I decided they were so nice that maybe I'd just better save a few back and make a nice pecan pie for Mr. Johnson.)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
They had to travel across the pack ice on these big sleds.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
On March 6th of 2007, I posted my first blog entry. You can see it here. No title, a couple pictures and only a few lines of text. I was a complete Blogger idiot! I was inspired by reading Julie's blogs (can't even remember how I discovered her blog in the first place, only know that it was during a boring day at work and I had no other real work to keep me busy). My main reason for starting my blog was to keep my family members entertained and so they could keep tabs on what I was up to (since I'm not very good at calling on the phone or other normal ways most people use to stay in touch).
Looking back to a year ago, I had no idea what challenges, opportunities, knowledge, and new friendships blogging would bring to me. But here I am one year later, still pecking away. I am now (mostly) proficient at posting, adding pictures and even downloading movies. Overcoming the initial frustration of figuring out what I can do with Blogger and getting around its "quirks" has been enough to keep me challenged and wanting to learn more.
An added benefit has been getting my mom involved in my blog too. My friends have become her friends and I'm so thankful she's enjoying this and becoming more familiar and proficient in her computer skills. One of these days, I need to go down to her house and spend a couple of intensive hours giving her some Blogger lessons and getting her a Google ID so she doesn't have to post "anonymous" comments anymore. Maybe I should find out if she would like access privileges so she can be a guest blogger for me.....
Thanks blogging friends for sharing this past year with me and I look forward to spending the next year with you!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Mary C. tagged me the other day in this post for the six word memoir, inspired by Hemingway, who once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. He came up with: For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Here are the meme rules:
1. Write your own six word memoir.
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
3. Link to the person who tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
4. Tag five more blogs with links.
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
As he was walking up the driveway from the mailbox this afternoon, he couldn't contain his cries of glee while waving the envelope containing this at me:
Monday, March 3, 2008
And this is not the first time BOY has been a chick foster mom.....here are some other pictures Michele took in 2005.
And the really amazing thing is that it's a lifelong friendship. Here's BOY with Zha-Zha (one of the 2005 chicks all grown up into a pretty little hen).
I would dearly love to get some chickens for our place here. Michele's advice is to get 4-6 hens but no roosters (because they will drive the neighbors crazy). I'm not too worried about my neighbors, but a rooster might drive my dog Sophie crazy. Her chickens are free range and she says they eat tons of bugs in her yard. Now I just have to convince Mr. Johnson about how nice it would be to have some chickens of our own!
Thanks Michele for sharing allowing me share your story and pictures in my blog.