Ratatouille, The Rat

Since we built so many houses, businesses, sport centers etc., wildlife tries to find a place to feed, populate, and hide from predators, in the last ten years. All animals roam in the neighborhood, because they lost their original territory to human developments. Therefore, we get also visited by rodents like mice and rats. After hearing some commotions in the attic and in the center wall again, Kevin put the trap out last night. He made sure, there was a marshmallow with plenty of peanut butter as a attraction for whatever is roaming around inside the house. This morning, Kevin checked the trap. And sure enough, Ratatouille sat in there with all the peanut butter gone. Marshmallow is obviously not on his menu. It is still untouched. Kevin couldn’t take care of the rat to release it in a nearby field, this morning. So, the rat has to wait in “Rodent Jail”, until this evening. I felt sorry for Ratatouille being trapped in the cold. So, I put the trap on the greenhouse floor, gave him some extra peanut butter, so he can stay warm. Even when he’s a rodent, which can carry tons of diseases, he’s still a living creature. That’s why we’ve got a “Catch-and-Release” trap. Ratatouille slept for most of the day. Now, we just have to wait for Daddy to come home and release him. Let Mother Nature take care of him.

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Ratatouille is in “Rodent Jail”, and waits for Kevin to release him in a nearby field, this evening.

100 Years Grand Canyon National Park

May 2008

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December 2017

Happy 100th Birthday, Grand Canyon N.P.!
(1919 – 2019)

Relaxing Monday Evening (2)

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First Blossoms on our Bradford Pear tree.

This evening, I watched the sunset on the deck. It was a beautiful day in the mid 60s (19ºC). If the wind hadn’t been this breezy, it would have been much better. Our Bradford Pear trees finally begin to bloom. I’ve noticed a couple of young green leaves as well. The next few days, I will enjoy the outdoors. This upcoming weekend, it suppose to get cooler. And we also might get some snow, next week.

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Yesterday, I found a new Winter annual on our lawn, I’ve never noticed before. Next to the Persian Speedwell, we have some patches of Corn Speedwell growing in our backyard. After I did some research, I found out that Corn Speedwell is not only a cute little plant. It can be used as an herb for anti inflammatory, tonic, expectorant and diaphoretic treatment. In ointments it can be used to treat skin inflamations, wounds and eczema.

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Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Chickadees & Warblers

This afternoon, I spent some time in the greenhouse. I wanted to plan my Spring garden. But I watched birds instead. The wind was cool. And the greenhouse protected me from the cool gusts. Today, two Carolina Chickadees came for some sunflower seeds. I’ve noticed, when they took the seeds, they tried to store them in the Bradford Pear trees for a snack, later. One chickadee tried to hide a seed in the bark, while the other one hid its seed between the flower buds. In the meantime, a Yellow-rumped Warbler got attracted by the calls of the chickadees. The warbler checked out the yard from the fence, sang a song, and flew away again. It was just enough time to capture a couple of photos of this pretty little bird.