2018

The Pink Full Moon Before Beltane

This morning, I got up early to capture the Pink Full Moon. The April Full Moon called “pink”, because at this time of the year, the Prairies are covered in pink flowers. I see a lot of Evening Primroses blooming all over the fields, when I bring the girls to school in the morning.

This year the April Full Moon shines bright in the night sky in the morning before Beltane. Beltane/May Day is one of the yearly Sabbath on the Wheel of the Year. It focuses on fertility and rituals like May Pole dancing.

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Jupiter is the companion of April’s Pink Full Moon this year.
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The Pink Full Moon (04-30-2018)
2018

Joshua On The Prowl

Sneaky Joshua got out the door, when Sara let the dogs in the backyard this morning. First he checked out the neighbor’s yard. But when he heard Sara playing outside, he came right back. Two birds sat on our roof. Joshua wouldn’t be a cat, if he was not on one of his hunting sprees. So, he climbed up the tree and jumped on top the roof. Of course, the birds were smart and flew off. Joshua used the opportunity of his freedom and stayed on a roof a little bit longer, before he came done the tree and jumped in my arms.

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Joshua enjoys his outdoor freedom on our roof.
2018, In The Garden

In The Community Garden ~ April 2018

Roseanne and I planted more vegetables and herbs in the Community Garden, this morning. She wanted to get some tomatoes, cucumbers, and sunflowers in her bed. In the meantime, I planted more herbs around my second bed. My tomato plants are doing very well. I’ve been doing something right. 🙂 The kale, the onions, and the savoy cabbage are coming along as well. They will be the next item to be harvested and going to the pantry.

While everything seems to do very well, my broccoli and the last year’s kale went into bloom. I just wait until they’ll go to seed. Then I can harvest those seeds for the next cool crop season. As long as the broccoli and the kale blooms, the Cabbage White butterfly enjoys the nectar of the bright yellow flowers. It just needs to stop laying eggs on the cabbages.

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Sandy “Cheeks” Squirrel

Now, that it is Spring, Sandy comes over to see Mr. Squirrel more frequently. They always hang out and tumble all over our fence and yard together. Mr. Squirrel has a thing for his sweet Sandy. But she makes him shriek sometimes. Because Sandy wants to be close to him, dine with him, and play with him. Sometimes, he’s not sure how to handle her. He always keeps an eye out for her, when she eats at the dish. I wonder, if she wants to be his long-time girlfriend. And he doesn’t want to commit. He sure loves his bachelor life for most of the year. But all he can think of is his Sandy, now. I guess, animals are not so different from us humans.

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White-throated Sparrow

This afternoon, I’ve noticed a new visitor on our bird feeder. A little White-throated Sparrow came over for a little snack, before it flew into a neighboring tree. At least, it sat at the dish long enough for me to capture photo of it. Maybe it will come back soon, so I can get a better photo of this little bird. Bring some friends with you, little guy.

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First time, I’ve noticed a White-throated Sparrow in our yard.
2018

Relaxing Monday Evening

Kevin was bringing home Chinese Food for dinner. I had some chores to do around the house, didn’t feel like cooking and had the taste for Chinese cuisine, tonight. After we ate, the girls had to clean up the dishes, and sweep the floors.

In the meantime, Kevin and I could talk over a beer on the deck in the backyard. We watched Mrs. Rabbit nibbling on fresh green dandelion leaves; a hummingbird came over and looked for some delicious nectar; and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, before we went back inside to see how far the girls came along with their chores. Katelynn and Sara were done and could go to have fun. Katelynn decided to draw another dinosaur, while Sara rode her bike to a friends house. Sometimes it is nice, when the house is quiet. 😉

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The sun will set soon behind our Bradford Pear trees.
2018, In The Garden

Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden (Phase 1/Part II)

Yesterday evening, I worked on Part II of the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden in the frontyard. But first I went to the nursery and got some Salvia “Hot Lips”, Agastache “Tutti Frutti”, Bee Balm “Peter’s Purple, “Dallas” Lantana, and a “Black Knight” Butterfly Bush. Since the Butterfly bush can get up to 10 feet tall, it will go on one corner of the house. I haven’t decided yet, if I plant it on the southeast or the southwest corner.

I had to hurry up to get the next part done, because it supposed to rain with some thunderstorms coming in our direction today. Kevin got a different mulch this time. And first I wasn’t so happy about it. But now, I kinda like it. When it is settled, I can put some more on top of the other mulch to make it look even. I’m not too concerned. Once the plants are grown, nobody will notice the difference anyway.

2018

Baby Ducklings At Josey Ranch Lake

After lunch, Katelynn, Sara and I took a walk at Josey Ranch Lake. Two Mallard Duck couples had ducklings. And we had the chance to observe one family a little bit closer. Mr. and Mrs. Duck decided, it was nap time for the offspring and let them rest after a swim on Josey Ranch Lake. Sara couldn’t get enough of their cuteness. See for yourself. 🦆

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Mr. BuzzBuzz & The Butterfly

Due to the nice weather, I sat on the front porch and watched some insects buzzing and fluttering around our Spring blooms. I’ve noticed a Common Gray Hairstreak fluttered and sat down on our pink sage (Salvia nemorosa). Since I take my camera almost everywhere, all I had to do is sit there and wait patiently for the butterfly to open its wings. Several photos later, a honeybee came for a visit in the flower garden. Mr. BuzzBuzz was so busy collecting nectar, it took me a little bit to get some good photos.