Archive | March, 2020

Rain, Again.

31 Mar

And again. And yet again!

I’ve been working on raking our back yard for the last week. We have two acres and are surrounded by woods on three sides so I’m not apt to run out of leaves to collect. I put down a huge old tarp, rake up a heap of leaves, then drag the whole shebang out to the compost heap.  Rinse and repeat.  I spend about an hour a day at this project.

The problem is that it has rained almost every day. Fortunately, it’s not been a downpour and there’s no wind, but wet leaves are heavy.  At least I don’t have to worry about them being blown all over the places I’ve finished.

Never Give Up

30 Mar

DSCN0781This is a rather hazy picture of the feeders in our front yard, but I took it at 7 PM. I was watching out the den window this afternoon as a squirrel shimmied up the pole on the left, and then slid back down. The third time, he reached out and grabbed the finch sock, which did NOT please me, but he managed to swing himself up and onto the bracket at the top. From there, he scooted across to the top of the yellow feeder. I though he was going to reach down and raid that one, but instead he leapt across to the hopper on the right side. It is four feet from one to the other, as the squirrel jumps. He managed to get inside the hopper and eat his full before he jumped back down.

We’ve had this arrangement for several months, and this is the first time any of them have figured out how to reach the hopper. We originally had the finch sock on another pole in the yard, but they climbed up that pole with no trouble at all, and managed to pull the bottom of the feeder off. I have no idea where it is, but we’ll probably find it when we start mowing the lawn. I’m more concerned about the little claws – and teeth – tearing the fabric than anything else. Niger seed is not cheap, but well worth keeping the gold finches happy.

Oh. The length of PVC pipe is where we stash our peanuts. The squirrels gladly go in after them, but the blue jays don’t like the tight space. There’s another one on the patio.

Phonix Werks for Me

28 Mar

I picked this up after a Cub Scout meeting at our church. If you can adjust your eyes and see that all of the “a’s” are backwards, this is a lot easier to read. I love the way youngsters sound out words! phonics

 

Corona Virus

26 Mar

Here’s an interesting chart, updated daily, showing the active Corona Virus cases by country. The locations seem to be listed by the number of cases, so you may have to scroll down to find your home country.  You can also enlarge the map enough to find your country or state/province and click through the reporting towns.

The yellow line on the lower right is the number of reported cases. We are nowhere near flattening the curve. Stay safe, folks!

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

 

How to Avoid Touching Your Face

23 Mar

old bay

Old Bay is a seafood seasoning, most commonly used on Maryland Blue Crabs. It is made of both Cayenne and black pepper, loads of kosher salt, and mysterious “spices”. It is, as the picture says, HOT.

After you’ve used the Old Bay sanitizer, you might want to take a page out of the vet’s handbook.cone of shame

A Walk in the Park

21 Mar

When I first “retired” in ’83, there wasn’t much traffic on this road, so every morning at 8:30 I’d take the dog and go for a walk.  Bogart and I would go about 3/4 of the way around the block and back, which was 2 miles. The last leg of the journey had NO shoulder, and I wasn’t keen on walking in the street. Over the years, traffic picked up considerably, and it just seemed a little risky to be out there. Now, with so many folks staying at home, there aren’t many cars, so I may give it another go.

The weather here has been simply beautiful – it was 77° F yesterday (25° C) so I drove over to the park to take a walk. The “loop” is a mile and a half, and it seems a bit silly to drive that far to walk so short a distance.  Still, it was fun watching the squirrels and the birds, but the place was mobbed. School aged kids, adult men and women, and a few dogs to pet.

It was disconcerting to see so many folks sporting masks.  I felt as if I’d wandered into downtown Beirut by mistake.

Nuts

17 Mar

I went to Costco yesterday to pick up peanuts for the squirrels and kitty litter – basic necessities at the Rice Paddy. A nice fellow helped me wrestle a case of “squirrel chow” into my cart, and then I headed off for the kitty litter.

The line stretched all the way back to the meat section.

I pushed my way back to the front, asked the same gentleman to help me put the peanuts back on the shelf, and came on home. The little buggers can eat sunflower seeds – and like it.