Lazy Day Squirrel

I love my squirrel visitors most of the time when I see them they are in my bird feeders.

Last Friday this one decided to have a rest while he was in the bird feeder. I was 6ft from him and he never budged. He stayed in there for at least 30 minutes if not longer.

On this particular day he was my lazy day squirrel he has done this before but I missed it. The grandkids told me that they saw him in the feeder laying down taking a nap.

This squirrel all laid out reminds me of Fuzzy our pet squirrel our dad brought home to us when we were younger.

When I see squirrels I always think of my dad I know this was his way of reminding me he is always watching over me.

 

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Eye on you

This heifer’s eyes allow you to see her personality.

When she was put in the pasture beside us she was very standoffish, shy, and kept to herself.  She did not even stand with the other heifers.

A few months later I gained her trust and now she is the first one to the fence to greet me.

A heifer’s eyes show you deep into their soul.

When you win her trust that is when you can form a beautiful friendship.

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Blooms, Succulents, and Sedums

This is our well shed and I enjoy changing out what’s hanging on the walls.

This was my hanging herb planter but it is now for succulents & sedums. This is on the right side of the well shed from the back. There is a pink crepe myrtle and white plumbago.

On the backside are the window frame, planter box, and stars accented with dianthus, wandering jew, and pink chi – chi bushes.

Chi – Chi’s is a cousin plant to the purple showers which you have seen on my blogs in the past.

On this particular morning, the humidity fogged up my lens so that gives the images a softer look than normal. I was going to redo these pictures but I and decided I liked the look.

I love all the plants blooming in all the colors it makes me very happy.

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Sunflower morning

We mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together to feed the birds in our area.

We have all kinds of birds, blue jays, bluebirds, red birds, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, dove, chickadees, wrens, house sparrows, brown head cowbirds, black birds,  black bellied whistling ducks, hawks, buzzards, grackles, crows, & ravens then we have quite a variety of seasonal birds that hibernate in our area for the winter.

This beautiful sunflower glistens in the morning light on the back fence line as it reaches for the morning sun.

There were two bird nest one wren and one house sparrow in my hanging baskets off the back porch. One had baby birds the other had eggs and I did not get pics of either one because birds fledge so fast 12 – 15 days from eggs to flight.

When the bird’s plant seeds for us I think it’s their way of saying thank you for feeding them.

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Barbed wire fences

Barbed wire has quite a unique look with its spikes and twist of the wire.

It is used most often for cattle fencing but some people use it to keep others off their property.

When it starts to get loose it’s often twisted around another piece until it can be repaired.

The cedar fence post is aging its curves and textures accents the color and spikes of the barbed wire.

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Calf time

This baby calf is right next door and he was about 3 days old in this picture last Saturday.

Most of the new calves next door to us come up to me on my first attempt to call them to the fence. Gotta love it.

I was able to grab a few pictures and this one has the cutest eyes and a crazy hyper personality. He takes off running and kicking like he is a few months old.

Country Life at its best!

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Have a safe and happy July 4th.

I know we are all very tired of this COVID 19 pandemic stuff.

Texas opened back up way to soon we all knew this at the time but some of us still stayed home while many went out to eat or to the bars.

If people had stayed home we would not be getting this 2nd phase as bad as we are. This week Pearland, Manvel, Alvin, and Houston all have put in face mask orders so if you are in these towns in public you must wear a facemask.

Thank goodness they closed the beaches because everyone loves the beach and people would be migrating there this weekend.

We have been blessed and have not been sick. We have only been around our daughter, son in law, and grandkids, and my mother n law. We are avoiding most people.

My husband and I have been isolating as much as possible since the end of March.

All of our groceries are picked up on curbside, I get a few Amazon deliveries a week and a chewy and a Walmart or 2 every month. If by chance we had to go into a store we wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer and the wipes.

I spray the house with Clorox disinfecting spray every few days.

All the groceries are wiped down before being put up all the bags are tossed in the garbage.

We have only picked up food 4 times in 98 days and I am so tired of my own cooking. That is why I have been making new stuff lots and lots of new stuff. I even made a cornbread zucchini dish that was amazing.

I am tired of staying home but I know this is what is best for everyone.

I feel like we have done as much as we possibly can do for the last 98 days I just wish everyone would listen and do the same.

We still have plenty of disposable masks, some mask my mother n law made me and lots and lots of hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap from my auction wins.

Now only if I could find rubbing alcohol.

If you must celebrate do it with ONLY your household do not bring anyone else into your house be smart about this.

At this point, everyone who has been in contact with 10 people is sharing germs with those who have not been in contact with others. This is how the virus spreads.

If you have been around other people at work or at the stores do not risk being around the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

We have shared over 500 cucumbers but we have been very smart about this. We place them in clear bags( I also won at auction) on the tailgate to my truck people text me when they are on their way to pick up their cucumbers. This has allowed us to share with our community but not interact with the public.

If everyone does their part we can get through this but it has to be all of us doing this together.

Happy July 4th – Stay Safe and wear your face mask.

 

Recycle Patio Chairs

We have had these patio chairs for years I wanted to recycle them so I came up with a plan.

These chairs had the cushions that are attached for the back and the bottom

We bought some new spray paint for the black metal. We bought cedar fence boards and cut them in pieces for the slats and I ordered carriage bolts to attach it all.

Everything was stained with cedar stain and it worked like a charm.

We did the table which was glass underneath but did not account for the fact there were no holes in the glass so it warped from the rain so we are currently working on a new plan for the table. Jack says the glass will shatter if he drills it so we may just take it out and add slats from there.

We have been replacing deck boards x 9 on our side deck and this time we will be painting it. We had to replace the step down between the two decks.

We have power washed the deck in the past and put clear on it, stained it several times different colors so now its time for something new so we will paint it brown it is just a matter of finding the right brown so far 4 samples were all wrong.

This deck has an upper section and a lower section the upper is 10 x 10 sections x 3 so that part is 30′ x 10′  the lower is 12 x 10 sections x 2 so that part is 24 x 10.

We honestly use our screened-in back porch and deck more than this deck because we play with the dogs in the back yard. Our back yard is 80% shaded in the evening so it’s really nice back there with mature trees making our shade.

You have to replace rotten boards and repaint or stain decks every few years to maintain them. Even treated wood will eventually rot and that is what happened here but it has lasted really good.

The first part of this deck a 10′ x 10′ section was built 21 years ago and we just added on to it as time went on.

Medical Insurance vs Cash Pay

I needed to get an MRI and I have not met the deductible of my new insurance.

My cost was going to be $3300.00 needless to say I canceled the appointment.

Our daughter Jeanelle told me to call back and get the cash price.

It will be $394.00 for the MRI and Approx: $95.00 for the radiologist to read it. Less than $500.00 this is so crazy.

I called back and made a new appointment and it is one day before the other one was.      I will be paying cash and smiling that I saved a bunch of money in the process.

MRIs and I do not get along so this time we are trying Diazepam 30 minutes before and another at the time of the test if I need it, nighttime sleep mask, and earplugs. Hopefully, I can get through it.

I am normally not claustrophobic but there is something about the MRI that really bothers me. I think it is the combination of the tunnel and the noise.

 

 

 

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