Looking out

The male cardinal is looking out for the female who was eating.

I often catch the males guarding the females. Around here I think its from the hawks who love easy prey.

I have found most the birds around here like the open feeders.

I have one closed feeder the titmouse, sparrows and woodpeckers like its a house type with plexiglass.

I have 12 bird feeders spread across our yard area which is one acre. I generally feed a few times a week and the rest of the time they are on their own. We have lots of plants and trees that produce bird friendly berries or fruit.

Nature gives us the presence of her beauty and requires so little from us. Appreciate the little things because their beauty is all around us.

The mulberry bandits

Once you hear the song of the cedar waxwing you know they are back.

They are here for one reason and one reason only that is to eat the mulberries right off the tree. They fly in groups of 20 – 30 and go to town all the while wearing their mask and filling up on berries.

We have 4 of the purple mulberry trees and one white tree but the purple are so much better. The largest purple tree is our biggest producer and I was hoping to make some jelly this year.

I think they are beautiful birds and I love to hear them but we really enjoyed picking the mulberries last year with the grandkids. They would run for the trees the minute they drove up so they could eat some berries.

Purple stained hands and lips and lots of giggles to go around. These are the moments that make life so precious.

Meet Honey

Honey is an 8 week old miniature Dachshund that our daughter added to their family of dogs. As you can tell she is a blonde.

Little Lady and The Tramp have welcomed her to the Weenie Dog Family and she and Little Lady play chase and wrestle while Tramp tracks whatever critters have crossed the paths of their yard. He gets on a trail and gets distracted.

She came over to play in the clover in the pasture it was a hoot to watch her she would disappear because the clover was taller than her. Then she would come out soaking wet from the morning dew. Hopping through the clover like a rabbit she was all worn out by the time she was done and went and took a nap.

I am sure there will be more photo sessions of Miss Honey coming soon.

Crossvine is blooming

We have this same variety of crossvine in several different locations in our yard and this year it is blooming like crazy.

The hummingbirds love this vine and you will see them often getting nectar from the flowers.

The paperwhites, wisteria, azaleas, and now the crossvine have all bloomed this year. I honestly thought the freeze would stop everything from blooming. It just goes to show you never doubt mother nature.

Flowers come in every color and shape plant different varieties and colors so you will always get to see something new.

Covid Vaccination

I received my first Covid vaccination March 6 and my second March 27. I had the Pfizer injections.

These injections are timed out 3 weeks apart.

I have had no serious side effects from either injection. I was prepared because I have allergic reactions to a lot of medications mostly antibiotics.

There is a small red spot on my arm that started out the size of a dime the first day then a nickel then a quarter now day 2 it’s about the size of a half of dollar from the second injection. It is slightly raised like a mosquito bite and felt a little bruised for about 24 hrs. This is not bad at all it is slightly itchy I can tell it’s an allergic reaction but I knew this would happen with me so I was prepared.

I had to travel about 16 miles to get my shot at a large clinic but since there were people there coming from Katy I felt like 16 miles was nothing. This clinic has been doing 900 vaccinations every weekend.

Texas reopened our state against my better judgment but noone asked me my opinion.

While we were driving for my 2nd vaccine on Saturday I could not help but notice all the crowded restaurants honestly are people that desperate to eat out at a crowded place with everyone not wearing masks?

Everyone, please get their vaccinations and do not be scared of them. We have to get rid of Covid so our lives can return to normal and we need everyone’s cooperation to do this.

Be smart wear your mask wash your hands often and get your vaccines. Let us all do our part to end COVID.

Squirly in the birdbath

Squirly shows up pretty often in our backyard this time he was in the birdbath getting a drink. His facial expression was priceless.

After I saw him standing in the birdbath I knew I needed to refill them normally I can see the water from the den window.

Cricket chased him the other day she thought she could catch him I knew he would be fine.

If it were Zoee I would have been concerned because she is super fast.

The days we have a chance to see wildlife and photograph it is amazing.

Pink blooms are everywhere

Even after the great Texas freeze of 2021 the George Tabor azaleas are blooming their hearts out.

I have two of these plants on the right side of the front door. On the left side in the front of the house is the Pink Formosa they are not blooming. I feel like they will not bloom this year due to the freeze. They were hit much harder by the 13 degree temperatures.

My azaleas are 38 – 40 years old. I wanted Azaleas so badly because my grandmother had them. Every time they bloom they make me think of her. My grandmother had some planted under pine trees she said they liked the acidic soil the pine straw created. She also had some in the front of the house. She told me to give them coffee and tea grinds for the acid and she said they would thrive. I always give our plants the coffee and tea grinds.

The beauty of flowers in the landscape can put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Cricket in the clover

Miss. Cricket is the first one to get to do Clover pics this year.

With our 3 dogs its much easier for me to do pics of them one at a time.

Cricket is 13 months old and probably still about the same weight of 150#s she seems like she has gotten taller.

She loves to eat sticks, wood and play fetch for about 10 throws at the most believe it or not she runs fast.

When she’s running toward you it will scare you to death because you think she is going to broadside you and knock you down but she always avoids doing it.

She loves to put her feet in her water bowl not sure what that is all about. Sometimes I catch her splashing in the water bowl and she has a trough that she can actually get it but rarely does.

Her food intake is 2 x a day 3 cups each feeding.

Sometimes this year Cricket will be bred for the first time. It has to be after August because registered dogs have to be 18 months old to breed the first time. Cricket is dual registered so she is super special lol.

We tried several things with these pictures full sun head-on or shaded by Jack who was standing in front of her on the laying down picture. Her actual coloring shows better in the full sun picture. Look at the size of her head! When she puts an XL Chunk It ball in her mouth it disappears. You do not even know she has the ball in her mouth.

Dogs have a way of stealing your heart and melting your soul but most of all changing your life forever.

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