Crazy Hawks

We have so many hawks this year I guarantee you will see them several times a day.

This grown hawk the darker red one and the juvenile were together in a tree that fell down this week from the storm.

This was a favorite lookout tree on the fence line for the hawks I am glad it will be gone but this part of the tree is still upright the other half the tree was uprooted.

I do like taking pictures of the hawks they photograph pretty well and their colors just blend in with nature.

Capturing wildlife while posing in nature scouting the next meal.

Plants

With our latest cold blast, I lost a lot of plants.

Some will come back and some will not.

What I noticed this time was Azaleas, Crepe Myrtle, Texas Sage, Louisiana Iris,

Paperwhites, Wild Privett Hedge, Fringe, and another hedge I can not remember the name of all survived.

Now the pink showers, purple showers, creeping daisies, succulents especially Aloe Vera and ferns look dead. Some will come back.

The Mexican heather froze but it always comes back so we will see who makes the great come back.

I did put some Aloe Vera indoors just in case.

I love plants so much I collect more than I can protect.

For Livingston, we are ONLY planting freeze-hardy plants because it is always 10 degrees colder there.

Update on the Livingston House

This past weekend our son Joshua brought his skid steer to do some clearing and leveling on the hill.

When you have trees mulched it leaves behind 4 – 6 inches of wood so all that wood has to be scraped into piles.

The good thing is Jeanelle & David can use it at their place next door for the muddy areas on the trails because the kids are always driving the Polaris Ranger around.

He got the hill scraped and it looks good. This is a picture of him on the skid steer.

The concrete guy came out and gave a general bid. Our plans show an 11′ 9 x 40-foot front porch well we are also going to do a back porch the same size. The side entrance is by the kitchen and there will be a sidewalk joining both porches.

Even though we are on a hill with concrete you still buy dirt for us it looks like 6 – 8 loads of dirt to go down before the concrete. He will come out this week and shoot a grade and give the actual estimate for the job.

We could have a slab in a few more weeks. Woo Hoo!

I made the down payment on the building but told them by the time we get the culvert set, the temporary driveway built, and the slab and plumbing it will be the end of February before we can start the building.

It sure would be nice to think that we could have the house by the end of March this is my springtime dream.

We wanted a Barndominium that will be Zinc metal which is dark grey with a white roof and black trim and black trimmed windows.

Here are a few pics of the property on the hill we are thinking of naming it “Magnolia Hill” because there is a magnolia on the hill. That is it leaning on the right-hand side it is leaning because there were other trees supporting it at one time. We are hoping it will straighten back up again. If not we can brace it until it realizes it has more room.

There are a few clusters of magnolias on the property in the front and the back yard.

I want a black iron gate that is 20 feet wide with Magnolia Hill on the gate and maybe our address.

Progress is moving along and I will share pictures as time goes on.

The Cane Corso Studs of Shady Acres Leggett

Here are the two studs of our daughter’s Cane Corso breeding business in Leggett Texas.

Whiskey is much larger than Mako he is about 165#s and he just bred his first female Hippo.

Mako is Jeanelle’s number 1 stud people request him for breeding I think he is about 115#s. He just bred Storm again.

These dogs are large dogs but very sweet and lovable. Shady Acres is located in Leggett, Texas.

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