I guess we all have our on definition of what serene means to us. To me sitting quietly on a beach and watching the waves wash ashore is the epitome of serenity. But there are many other things that bring me peace and joy. I love sitting on my back porch and watching the wild birds.
And working in my garden which by the way is coming along great so far. All most all of the radishes I transplanted last week took and that makes me so happy. It was an experiment. I was not sure if one could transplant radishes but I knew I had to thin them out and I just can’t stand to throw away any plant. So now I know. And the two new rows I planted are all peeping out of the ground. One row is the same as the others that are almost ready to gather, I got one this morning, and the other row are white radishes which I have never grew or even eaten but I will now.
And every thing else is coming along. We had mustard for dinner one day last week and could gather more now but I’ll wait a few days and see if my sister-in-law wants some when she comes to our family Christmas party this weekend. The collards are also ready and I plan to have some for Christmas dinner along with the ham and other fixings (fixings is a good old southern word for what else one might cook.)
And as you can see the lettuce is almost ready to gather some for a nice salad but I’ll give it a couple more days. We’re eating out tonight but my husband doesn’t know it let. I’m just too busy to cook.
I won’t bore you with photos of all the other vegetables but I do have a few tomatoes and one bell pepper. I hope the critters don’t get my pepper again. They’ve stolen the last two before they were big enough for me to pick. I’ve put Cayenne pepper powder on them to deter the unwelcome guest. We’ll see if that works.
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Last Friday my seven-year old grandson had the day off school and I was blessed to get to have him for the day
He and I had a picnic at a wilderness park that he loves dearly. Of course he had to share some of his lunch with a curious squirrel. I bet that rascal just hangs out close to the tables because he knows most humans have a soft heart and will give him some of whatever they are eating.
After we ate we hiked on the boardwalk and climbed the tower (I don’t like the tower but you can’t let a seven-year old go up there by himself.)
It was a pleasant afternoon and even the animals were enjoying the beautiful weather so we got a peek at the wildlife inhabitants.
I won’t bore you with all the photos but trust me there were several different gators, turtles, herons, crows, blue jays and many others. I am so glad we had this time together and took a peek at the animals’ life and homes; making memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon until then take a walk in nature, you might be surprised how much you will enjoy it.
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I have so many butterflies in my yard this year it is amazing. Of course someof my flowers are paying the price but I’ve planted enough to share with them and still have plenty for myself. Some of the caterpillars love my Dutchman’s Pipe vine and I have to keep a sharp eye out so they don’t eat enough to kill it. And I do have Monarch but I haven’t been able to snap a photo of them yet but I will keep trying.
I love sitting at my dining table or out on my back porch with a nice cup of coffee early in the morning and watch them dance from one flower to the other. They even share with the humming birds.
I just had to share these pictures with y’all. I hope where ever you are that you are blessed with butterflies and birds. I court them as God’s beautiful blessings.
Thank you for stopping by until next time don’t just stop and smell the flowers also relax and watch the butterflies.
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To paraphrase Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I haven’t posted lately because I don’t go on my computer when it is thundering and lightning. Foolish … maybe, because I have a circuit breaker but I’m rather be cautious than have lightning strike my machine. We have had our share of storms in the last few days. That is a good thing since our water table is low. There is a restriction on what days one can water their gardens and lawns even if you have a private well. I usually don’t concern myself with such cares because I know God will give us what we need when we need it. The recent rains have helped the shortage a lot.
I won’t complain because I love everything about Florida; bugs, storms and all. When I was a child I was fortunate enough to go fishing with my Dad and brothers to Apalachee Bay thus began my interest in this state. Then we vacationed a couple of times in Naples and I was definitely hooked. I made a goal and told my parents “When I get grown I’m going to live in Florida.” Of course as typical parents go they didn’t take me serious. But here I am today fulfilling that goal.
We have the Gulf of Mexico on one side and if that is too tame for you we have the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Both sides have their plus and minuses. There is absolutely nothing that compares to the smell of salt water and walking along a sugar-sand beach with a tropical breeze ruffling your hair and the sun kissing your face. I will definitely visit other states and enjoy what they have to offer but I will always return to my wonderful piece of Florida. I hope you can come to visit and see what I’m talking about but be warned once you get the sand between your toes you will want to keep returning.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.
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After waiting and watching for what seemed like and eternity I was finally able to get a quick shot of one of the humming birds that visit my yard. They are so fast and I am so slow that getting this photo was like winning a grand prize.
I love birds and butterflies and I guess the people who doesn’t are few and far between. I plant flowers to attract them and put out food like so many others. But there is one scene that I often see and I call this character a featherless bird. There is a street that I travel on quite a lot and it is lined with some very nice apartments and condos on one side and a golf course on the other. So I assume this particular bird lives in one of them. Really it isn’t a bird at all. Out in front of the condos there is a man that does his exercise on the side of the road. Now let me tell you; this is not a body builder or even a body that you would go “Wow!” over. Bless his heart. He is so skinny so I assume with all his workouts he is healthy. He has red frizzy hair and certainly not a tan to brag about but I guess he thinks he is a fine specimen of mankind and that we all want to see him stretch and what have you. In the summer he wears tiny running shorts, running shoes and socks; no shirt which would improve the appearance. He looks like a bird who has lost all his feathers. And in the winter he wears what looks like red thermal underwear with long sleeves and legs. Trust me this is not a pretty sight. I don’t want to be mean because he has every right to be there and I think it is a great idea to keep in shape. But come on, take your stretching to your yard or condo then if one sees you jogging by it won’t be so hard on the eyes and heart. I salute him for being brave enough to do it beside a busy street and I’ve seen him for years so all I can really say is “Good luck Red and go for it.” Bless his heart.
Thank you for stopping by. This is not my usual post but I wanted to get this off my chest. I will keep driving that way (you know I could go another street if he offends me but he really doesn’t) and I guess he will keep stretching and I will continue to picture a featherless bird. Hey someone might think he looks great! Until next time God bless.
Order in my yard; are you kidding? There is absolutely nothing that you might call order in my plants, trees and flowers. I’ve mentioned before that I am a plant collector so that makes my yard eclectic. If someone is trying to get rid of a plant I am the first to volunteer to take it. Plus I cringe if I must thin and discard any of my plants. But sadly that was the case yesterday. My husband and I worked out there for hours thinning and tossing. Now he can easily do away with any or all my plants. Every time I lug one home he says “Now where are you gonna put that.” I simply say “I’ll find a spot.” And I have to watch him like a hawk because he loves to clip; never mind if the season is right or not, he will be out there clipping away. Get this; he complains about my flowers but when we have guests he is the first to take them on a stroll of our yard and boast about the plants. You’d think he did all the work.
Okay…okay it is not pick on husbands week. I guess I’m crankie because my back muscles are sore this morning. I used some yesterday I must not be used to using. That bad husband will rub Biofreeze on it when he finishes eating his breakfast.
We both like to sit on our back porch in our glider and watch the birds and butterflies enjoy our flowers. I put a Shepard’s pole and hung suet within a few feet of the porch so we have a wonderful view. I’ve been able to snap photos of several species (is that what you call them?) of birds. The one I can’t seem to catch is the humming birds and we have several that come to visit. Oh well in due time.
I’ll be posting more of them in future posts I’m sure and especially the humming birds when I get them. I gotta run it is time for a back rub.
Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and keep gardening, bird watching and enjoying life.
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This morning I was working out in my back yard. I suppose some would say garden because I do have flowers and plants out there. I’ll admit “I’m a plant collector.” When I see a plant I like I get it knowing I’ll find somewhere in my yard to put it. My poor husband just shakes his head when he sees me lugging home something new. Anyway, back to what I meant to tell you. I was working away transplanting some beautiful red, rose and white geraniums from the pint size pots they came in to bigger nice pots with plenty of room to grow. I think geraniums are so pretty and since these were marked down like 75% of course I had to buy them. I turned from my planting table and there was this beautiful white bird; some kind of crane, running its long beak down in the ground and coming up with earthworms; helping himself to my natural aerators.
I said “Welcome” and turned back to my work and my quiet visitor continued with his searching and eating. He was a polite fellow only getting what he could eat then he went on his merry way with a full tummy.
I decided to give you a quick glimse of another part of my yard….. a teaser for another post.
Until next time I’ll be busy tending to my plants and I hope you have something that you enjoy doing. Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.
I have been trying for years to snap a photo of a Sand Crane and the other day I got lucky. I was in a parking lot and this fellow walked right up to my car window. Usually they travel around in pairs and once in a while they will have one of their young with them. But this old man was all alone; makes you wonder what happened to his mate. Maybe a car hit her. I could believe that since they cross on a busy street and never hurry. They will have traffic backed up while they stroll leisurely across. I’m glad people do stop for them because they are magnificent creatures. We are blessed to be able to observe them. Do they just have one mate for life? I have no idea but it is worth checking out.
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