DIY Birdfeeder

I love do it yourself ideas and when I saw this on Pinterest I knew I needed a few of these new bird feeders.

I had found a starburst vine wreath on clearance and paid about $2.00 for it. I took off the flowers but you could leave them on there if you wanted. I added twine across the bottom and then placed a terra cotta saucer on top of the wreath. When doing this make sure the wreath is smaller than the saucer because you do not want it to fall through. You really do not want to glue it in place because you need to be able to dump it.

I added twine and a S hook to hang it with and VOILA another bird feeder. I found another smaller grapevine wreath on clearance that will be for one more of these. I am obsessed with birdhouses and birdfeeders.

We hung it up one evening and the next day I saw a mockingbird and the chickadees eating from it. This feeder has chicken scratch feed and black oiled sunflower seeds mixed together. When you have a variety of different seeds or nuggets you will attract more types of birds.

I often see the doves, red birds, blue jays, mockingbirds, wrens, woodpeckers and chickadees eating this seed mixture.

The sounds of nature are so relaxing and every morning the birds serenade as the sun rises and continue to sing or whistle throughout the day.

Taking care of the wildlife is what LIFE is all about.

Early voting is done

Jack and I went mid morning today to early vote.

We walked right in signed in voted and out the door in less than 5 minutes.

Early voting was my solution to limit exposure of so many people and it worked out great.

It does not matter who you vote for just remember to VOTE.

Cricket is 6 months old

Cricket our Cane Corso pup turned 6 months old on August 2nd.

She is starting obedience training on August 10th. This lady will come to our home 2 x per week and work on all her commands and teach her to act like a well-behaved lady.

She is very smart and seems to pick up stuff really fast so I really think this training should work out well for her.

She starts training indoors, then we move to the yard where there are some distractions. As the weeks go on we will move to the park where there are lots of people & distractions. A dog has to be able to focus on commands in all situations.

I feel like she’s probably a 100#s now she grows really fast.

I ordered her an XL kennel and she can stand up in it and sprawl out so this one should be the perfect size for her to sleep in at night. Her collars are 23″ I just bought two new ones for her.

The plastic kiddie pools are not lasting so I think its time we get a galvanized stock tank. I found one that is 2 ft wide x 4 ft long x 1 ft deep for $90.00. Sometimes I catch her in the pool sitting up cooling off and asleep lol.

I will post an update on Cricket’s training during the next month.

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Cucumbers Galore

We are picking 20 – 30 cucumbers every day.

Jack will eat about 4-5 a day he read it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.  I will eat 1 or 2 every few days.

We make cucumber, tomato, and onion salad with Italian dressing it’s yummy. We chop up enough to last a few days.

In the past, Jeanelle and I have made bread and butter and sweet pickles. This is the first time either of us has made dills.

The first batch made 8 quarts I will probably do 8 more tomorrow.

Since Jack is diabetic he does not need the sweet pickles so were not making those this year. I am not much of a pickle person but will eat a dill pickle a few times a year.

We are having a hard time finding jars I know it is the season for canning but its never been like this. I guess everyone’s getting domesticated while quarantining.

Our garden and Jeanelle’s are both very productive this year there has been just enough rain to make them flourish.

There is never a shortage of garden pickers with the four youngest grandkids being close by. Sophia informed us she is the cucumber expert.

A good year with a garden is when it produces enough vegetables to share with your friends and family.

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Boxer dogs in action

Daisy and Zoee love to play different games but one of their favorites is jumping for the stick.

Sometimes it is easier if one is in the house so you can have one on one time.

Zoee is an extreme sports dog she is light as a feather at 35#s and she can jump so high the stick and the water hose are her favorite jumping toys.

Daisy can jump good but not as good as Zoee she is probably about 70#s.

The first pic Zoee landed on Daisy that actually makes them mad at each other lol.

The second pic is all about those facial expressions with Zoee.

Third pic Daisy got a hold of that stick.

Fourth pic Zoee is Dancing.

Getting the action shots for me is always a challenge with multiple dogs next time we will try one at a time.

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Happy Mothers Day

My mother’s life was taken to soon by the greed of others.

Happy Mothers Day and Happy Birthday today to my mother with wings.

May all you mothers out there have a wonderful day of peace while social distancing.

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Cricket week 12

Our Cane Corso Cricket is 12 weeks old now and she loves to eat, play and find sticks.

She eats 4 cups of food every morning and every evening. We buy a high protein puppy food with 28% protein and 20% fat. It is called Valu-pak and we buy it at the feed store by the 50# bag. I think it’s about $35.00.

Our daughter researches a lot of dog foods because the Cane Corso are high energy dogs and they need some really good high protein food. This one was better than the Iams  I was feeding the two boxers. I just put them all three on the puppy/ active dog food.

She was 20#s at 8 1/2 weeks and now at 12 weeks is weighing in at 37#s. She has gained 17#s in a month lol. That seems like an awful lot but she is not fat just stocky and she has a thick body.

She likes to sit or lay down during picture time so much for showing off her physique.

Zoee and her spend a lot of time wrestling so she can be quite active when she wants to be. They have a hole they dig in and they love tug of war with sticks and chase.

Her blue eyes are starting to change colors they will end up being a Goldy brownish color. She had on one of Daisy’s collars in this picture so it was too big. I need to order her a new collar I hate trying to figure out the collar colors. I need to get her a name tag as well with my cell number on it.

Actually, I need to get all 3 dogs chipped.

We expect her to be a minimum of 125# pounds but it could be more she is much stockier than her sister is. We thought the sister would be bigger than her.

Cricket the monster dog will be showing up occasionally to give you all updates of how much she has grown.

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Orioles in the mulberries

I kept seeing a flash of yellow/gold and I could not figure out what kind of bird it was I was seeing.

Finally, after a closer look, I realized it was Orioles I have only ever seen 1 here before.

This is the first year they have invaded the mulberry tree. The mulberries have been getting picked for about 5 weeks and they showed up this week.

Normally it is the Cedar Waxwings that invade our tree in very large numbers. This year it was the Orioles in groups of 15 or so.

I was able to capture a few pictures but they are camera shy. They really are a bright-colored bird.

Nature is always putting on a show you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

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