Yellow Jackets

This hive of Yellowjackets was under our star jasmine.

Part of the Jasmine climbs a lattice fence and then part of it makes a walkway to our shed from the fence like an arbor of sorts.

Our daughter Jeanelle walked under it and then she was bitten a few times. This could have been very dangerous if they had all attacked.

Thank goodness the grandkids were not stung.

Jack was able to find the hive and take care of it.

Sometimes they build hives in places you never would think about so always check around you house and in your bushes very well.

 

Baked Parmesean Squash

I had seen this recipe and wanted to try it.

We put up a lot of a squash this year so we have plenty to experiment with.

Cut yellow squash or zucchini into thin circles and place on large baking sheet with parchment paper first.

Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then sprinkle parmesean cheese .

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until parmesean is golden brown.

This was really good and something different to do with squash. A kid that does not like veggies much would love this.

 

 

Painted Gourd Birdhouses

Jack got down the gourds that my grandfather gave me 25+ years ago.

I knew I wanted to make birdhouses out of them someday but I kept forgetting about them.

They were quite dried out which is a good thing and they were full of seeds I can plant. Seeds do not expire lol. A ziplock bag of seeds out of each gourd.

These two are for our yard.

I have the third one primed for my sister Sheri who can paint it like she wants it painted.

I wanted these painted using the same technique but using different colors. I used metallic paints and then a coat of Marine Spar for protection and shine. The hole saw for the hole and the drill for the top holes for hanging.

The yellow and green one got rained on since it was already in a tree in the backyard. The blue ones home is being determined but I think it will go in the front yard.

Thank You to my grandfather ( Daddy Dub ) for my gourds even though it has taken me many years to get my project done.

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Sheltie Puppy Party

This is my sister Sheri’s and her husbands David two new Sheltie pups they are 4-month-old siblings.

The brown one Missy Hogan is the female and the black and grey one Turbo is the male he has one blue eye.

Trying to keep two very active pups still for pictures was quite the challenge but my sister and I were able to pull it off.

Next time we will try to add in the cat now that should be exciting.

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Bird bath party time

I have been taking quite a few pics lately of the birds having birdbath parties.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted some very bright low and behold it was a Bullock’s Oriole. These birds are from West Texas not our area so its not wonder I have never seen one before. I had to come in and grab my Birds of Texas book and look him up.

Notice the water spraying across the picture from the action of the birds in the water.

I have seen him two days in a row and both times he was with the Eastern Bluebirds so I am guessing they are friends.

Since the birds seem to crowd into the shallow birdbath the most I am going to take my deep ones and turn them into planters and I will figure out how to have a trough type bird bath so 20 or so can get in at the same time. Just imagine the pictures with that.

Its so funny because there will be 8 in the birdbath and another 8 flying around waiting for the shallow birdbath. By the time they are done there is no water left in the birdbath.

I go out and refill it and they will come back while I am still outside.

I love my birds as much as my grandmother and my dad did.

Appreciate the beauty of nature it is all around us take the time to enjoy it each and everyday.

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A foggy October morning

October 3, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. it was 72 Degrees with 94% Humidity in Manvel, Texas.

The humidity has been high all week long and the temperatures get around 95 degrees during the day.

I love the fog and its mystery so naturally my camera and I went outdoors to take a few pics.

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Extreme Diabetes

I have been trying to get my husband to go to his primary care doctor for about 6 months.
He has always been a junk food junky and no matter what I said he would not give it up.

He had lost 18#’s in the last 6 month and he was very hungry. He was getting up several times in the night to pee.

I had my suspicions and even told him I felt like he had diabetes but he kept ignoring all the signs.

At his long-overdue Dr. visit His A1C was 11.6 which is a 3 month average of 285 for his glucose. That is very very high in fact his Doctor used the words Extreme Diabetes.

Normal A1C is 4 – 5.6 and normal glucose is less than 100 when fasting. He had fasted for 20 hours prior to his appointment because the soonest appointment we could get was 3:30 in the afternoon.

He started on his medication on Saturday so we could watch for side effects. There were plenty of those on the first day and different ones on the second day.
He stayed home on Monday to allow his body an extra day to get used to the new medication.

He is taking Xigduo XR 5mg/1000mg 1 pill a day for the first week then he ups that to 2 pills a day.

The junk food junkie is getting a big reality check in his daily diet and some things will be harder than others.
Potato Chips, Chocolate, Cokes and Diet Cokes have to be given up.

His favorite foods are potatoes, pasta, and rice. A few times a month will be about it on those and then it has to be brown rice and wheat pasta.
Potatoes will be rarely.

Wish me luck dealing with a My Junk Food Junkie.

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