It's about time for another Casper photo.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
We have a new member in our bull terrier group and she makes jewelry. She handpaints the object (flowers, birds musical instruments, DOGS) and seals them. So now I have this minature piece of bull terrier art to wear around my neck!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
One of my favorite garden sections. The hosta on the left is "Yellow Splash Rim", the center one is "Sea Fire" which is much more yellow in the sun than shown here and the one on the right is "Northern Exposure." There are several different kind of ferns in this bed and it is one of my favorites.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I wish this didn't have a shadow in it. I just sort of held the camera low and snapped. I'm not sure if I'm the shadow, or not. I'm usually careful about it but it was a bright sunny day and I was just looking for flowers to shoot. I still like it.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I think it's Fred, but honestly I don't know. The one who fluffs up like this the most is the one who will chase the Canada Geese away from the other swan if they get too close so I assume that is the male swan. He almost looked like he was sunning himself here. (Not quite like an Anhinga...) because no one was around except the other swan. These two are SO cumbersome on land it is almost comical to watch. They fold their necks so that their beaks are almost on their breast and they slowly waddle around on their big, black, rubbery looking feet. They also occasionally list to one side while swimming and flap a foot out of the water. I have no idea what that is about, but I could watch them for hours.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This is one of three beds that I weeded and mulched today. This is on the right side of my driveway and there are a few spots that lost plants so it's a bit thin right now. I spent about three hours, most of it on my hands and knees it seems. But I weeded and mulched everything from the end of the driveway down to the front door. I also weeded and mulched a small bed out back and moved some plants that had grown up on a path. I'm pooped, but happy with how much we got done today. Butch made at least 5 trips to the compost pile for me.
Friday, May 21, 2010
My numbers are still screwed up. Sheesh. I'm too tired to care at this point--what a loooong week. I am trying to help out a friend by taking care of their dog while they are out of town on a busisness trip. The dog was diagnosed with lymphoma and not given long to live a couple of weeks ago, but seems to be thriving. She had better stay alive while I am here. I'll get pictures tomorrow, today had just been too long. She is a sweetheart of a Great Dane, just a big love.
In the meantime, more garden photos!! My tree peony has two blooms on it after being almost destoyed by deer the winter before last. I guess they are tough.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I spent too much time on Ancestry.com today. I found this, although you will have to take my word on it. It kind of made me laugh. It's a page from the 1920 census and it looks like there are 25 people in the household, ranging in age from 4 to 60+. My grandmother, at the age of 24 is listed as one of the household members. The head of the household is listed as William R George. People local to me may recognize that as "Daddy" George, of the George Jr Republic, now known as the William George Agency. Whoever scanned and interpreted the data from the census misunderstood that this was not a household. They also misread Penna for Russia, so it looks like my grandmother's father was born in Russia. With a name like O'Connell, I don't think so. Luckily you can add your two cents when there are discrepencies like this. But I did get a kick out of it. I met Daddy George's daughter when she was an old woman and she still remember my grandmother 60 years later. Kinda cool.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This is Spot. We have named him this because he has a peculiar spot on his other wing. It almost appears to be a white or tan feather. But it has been there for several days, thats how we know it is the same bird. Of course when I had the camera out he walked from one side of the yard to the other without once turning that side to me.
This is an Eastern Phoebe gathering fluff for it's nest. We have had Phoebes nesting here since we bought the house. The first year they had their nest on our outside light and we could never turn it on while the nest was there. Then my neighbor put up some ledges under the eave of their garage and they moved next door. But they have always been a part of the neighborhood. They are insectivores, but always perch a moment on the crossbars of the feeder station.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sometimes it amazes me that Casper loses enough hair in the spring that her spotted skin shows through. I don't know if it is her age or the meds she is on or a combination of everything but she almost looks a bit dalmation-y. :-) You really only notice it when she is this close--like in your lap.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Long day--work, doctor appointment, feed horse. I finally got home, had a bowl of soup and watched Gene Simmon's Family Jewels. A little guilty pleasure. I was never a Kiss fan, couldn't even tell you a Kiss song, but I get a big kick out of this show. Now I'm off to bed with my book!
Yesterday got away from me once again. It was a long day at work and a busy day after work, spending an hour or so playing with the grandkids. Nathaniel did sit on my lap for about 15 minutes while we watched the end of Toy Story. I think he thought my laughing was funnier than the movie. We also sang along with "You've Got a Friend in Me" while Brennan laughed at the two of us. Nothing like those two little ones to lift your spirits.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Well, the bird walk was fun, as usual. This is my third year, my sister's second and my next door neighbor's first year. The rain put a tiny damper on things, but we saw Baltimore Orioles, Robins, Cardinals, Barn Swallows, Yellow Warbler, White Crowned Sparrow (3 of them) Killdeer, Flicker, Chipping Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds, House Sparrows. And a muskrat, too. :-)
After the walk we always have a breakfast (delicious!) and more birding conversation after which I stepped outside to takes pix of the gardens before we left. (The birdwalk is held at an Apple Orchard/ Garden center. They have beautiful display gardens.) I found the resident cat in amongst the ferns.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Well, duh. I guess my feeling down in the dumps was easily explained. I was listening to my iPod at work and an instrumental version of "Shenandoah" came on and it was one of dad's favorites and a song that we played at his funeral and it made me realize that the anniversary of my dad's death is next week, and this weekend is Mother's Day. A double whammy of sorts. Then when I got home, I had a Mother's Day card from my stepdaughter. It just touched me so much that I started to cry. Butch seemed to understand the fragile state I was in so when I asked him to take me for a ride, he just said "where do you want to go?" We ended up going to Auburn over all these back roads, so that I could look for historical markers. I have always been intrigued by them and have been taking photos of them since last year. I took almost two dozen, so it was a successful trip. We never found the Millard Fillmore birthplace sign but found this instead. It made us both laugh.
We also had a late lunch at a place in Skaneateles where you can get breakfast all day--so I did. Tomorrow is the annual Mother's Day weekend birdwalk and breakfast at Baker's Acres in Lansing, which will be fun. Happy weekend and happy mother's day in advance.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
It's going to be one of those days where the 365 picture isn't much. I even used this one for two groups. >sigh< Just not feeling it today.
Yesterday my boss had a fight with her girlfriend and I happened to be the first person to talk to her after it and she blew up at me and once again said hurtful things and was raising her voice at me and even when I asked her to stop she didn't and I finally just walked away from her. I went to the postmaster and he is no help whatsoever, but it did let him know where she was when he was paging her. (On the phone fighting with the GF.) Today, she tried to act like nothing happened, like everything was hunky-dory. I put my iPod on and left it there all day, only speaking to her when it was needed, just doing my job. I'm tired of her crap, and I know that she appreciates me but when she blows up like this, she says things that make me feel like she doesn't really like me, that she's only nice because she needs me. I am very good at my job and she knows that she needs me more than I need her. (We have two new employees who came from another office recently and one of them asked me why it is that I can do the manual letters all by myself, but that on my day off it takes 3 people. I told him to ask HER.)
The only good thing today was, I heard the PM page her. Then page her again. Then again. I ran into him later and he told me that he found her out in the lobby with her girlfriend. (You can't hear the intercom out there.) I'm glad he was paying attention--he even called her cell phone before going out there. I'm glad she got caught.
It was sort of insult to injury to get my 25 year pin today. My boss made me feel like shit yet I get a big thank you today for all my years of hard work. Right.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
On the road with Rhiney! Today I put Rhiney in his traveling pod and put him in the car and took him to visit my friend Karen. He'll be leaving on his around the world trip in a few days and this gave him something to do in the meantime. We met Karen at her barn and after I kissed all the horses on the nose, we walked up the road to where Karen will be building her house. She and Rhiney posed somewhere in the vicinity of the future living room. He promised to come back to see it when it was finished!