Doves just wanna have fun

I never know what I might see in the 3 bird baths that sit together in the backyard.

I think its so funny all the birds visiting will get in one bird bath & be crowded when there is plenty of room in other bird baths.

These doves like everything else are just looking for a place to cool off and get a drink. I try my best to change the water every day so it will stay cooler but they like it better in the sun than in the shade.

Yesterday we finally got a little bit of rain 1 1/4″ hopefully there will be more to come in the next few days.

Doves just wanna have fun.

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Parks and safety

My sister and I walk & bike ride and this week we joined a gym.

Today we were walking in one of our favorite parks that happens to be mostly shaded and you are surrounded by nature.

We had done round 1 of the trails and were on the path part.

There normally is us and 4 others at this park in the early morning this is at 7:00 a.m.

I looked up and I see this guy standing by his car but he is obviously watching this young girl 25ish running. I told my sister I had a bad feeling. I took out my mace spray and moved it where I could get to it easier just in case we needed it.

The girl had lapped us she was running not jogging and she was heading toward the guy when he all of a sudden he raised the hood of his car. Once she spotted him I think she knew something was not quite right she turned around and went the other direction.

We kept walking hoping to cross paths with her but she actually went to another park across the street so she was safe.

We continued to watch the guy without letting on we were watching him. All of a sudden after we are coming around the path he headed to the trails where we were going next. He left his hood up on his car and the windows down and was walking the trails the whole thing was creepy.

Once he was out of site we got into my truck and left but not until we drove past his car to get the license plate number just in case we might need it.

I am glad to know the girl left the park but I do not think he knew this. I think he went looking for her on the trails. It was one of the scariest things ever I just felt he was up to no good by watching his actions.

First of all, no one should run, walk, jog or bike by themselves it is just not safe. Make sure you pay attention to what is going on around you it could save your life or someone else’s.

The trails are very secluded through a brushy tree area and often times you do not see anyone on the trails. The trails are 1 mile there and back so no one would see you unless they were going down the trails.

We have since decided not to go back to the park for a while because it really bothered us both.

Remember there is always SAFETY in Numbers and please pay attention to what is going on around you.

Morning Glory

Good morning to the morning glory vine and flowers.

This flowering vine really puts on a show.

My sister gave me this one and it is in a pot but and I have it wrapped around a small oak tree.

It is one of the first things I see in the morning when I step out the back porch.

Sometimes it is the little things that can put a smile on your face in the morning.

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Texas Heat

It is quite hot here in Texas and the humidity seems to make it worse.

My sister Sheri and I walk 3 – days a week and we start walking at about 7:15 a.m. and it’s already hot.

We are determined to get in our exercise so we will persevere and wait patiently for the cooler fall temperatures.

We found a park nearby where the squirrels are all very friendly so yesterday we took some food for them some chicken scratch corn and sunflower seeds and they were quite grateful.

I would love to photograph them but carrying my camera on a walk like this is too much. Maybe I will try my phone but I am never crazy about the pictures I take with it.

When you can add natures beauty and the wildlife to your walks, it really makes your walks even more special.

Gladiola blooms

This year I had found 100 count gladiola bulbs in a box at Walmart for about $15.00 I bought two boxes.

We built a new bed around one of the oak trees in the backyard and made a gladiola bed.

According to the chart on the box, it was about a month past the date I should plant them. Well, I figured it was worth a try and low and behold they are now blooming.

The price was great but I did get tired of planting 200 bulbs lol. It takes a good size bed for that many flower bulbs. We built it up with a lot of dirt but they are still falling over does anyone have any suggestions? Do gladiolas always fall over because they are top heavy?

They are the most beautiful colors and color combinations of flowers I am truly enjoying them.

Flowers brighten our days and most of all make our yards more beautiful.

You are in charge of what makes you happy and for me, it’s always planting things that bloom.

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Our duck friends

These two Black Bellied Whistling ducks come by every morning and every evening.

They eat some of the seed I put out and stay a little while. They never seem to mind me taking their pictures.

I changed the sign while editing just for them since they whistle instead of sing.

I love these ducks and I look for them most mornings. I need to give them names like maybe Fred and Ethel. When I talk to them they just look at me like they understand.

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The Eastern Bluebirds

We have so many birds in this area of Texas but one of my favorites are the small Eastern Bluebirds.

I caught them having a pool party at the bird bath. I know these are juveniles because their blue is very limited. The adults are a lot bluer and their chest is a darker orange color.

They can splash a lot of water out of a birdbath really quick. At one time there were 4 in at a time with others zipping around waiting their turn. I even saw a few adults supervising.

I am glad I was able to sneak back into the house and grab my camera to get a few action shots.

Nature never ceases to amaze me the beauty is all around us we just need to take the time to notice it.

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