2019

The Great-tailed Grackles

While the grackles are such misunderstood birds by most people, I really do enjoy them in our garden. They always come in a big flock, make a lot of noise, eat, and fly away. After that, I’m almost certain I could hear a needle drop. It is so quiet.

Grackles are colonial birds and nests in trees together. Not seldom, there can be several nests found in one tree. They are also wonderful babysitter for other birds, when these birds are out and collect food, the grackle watches out for predators or other danger. The grackle will call the birds to come back and check on their offspring.

In Spring, I find the grackles quite amusing. When it is mating season, usually several males gather around one female and show off their songs, dance and feathers in a display to attract her. Sometimes she cares less and flies off, because she’s not interested in any of them. This show can go on for days if not weeks, until a one male and one female will court and mate.

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“I can’t believe it. He just found the last peanut in the dish. I’m looking for it for the last five minutes. And he gets it after a few seconds.”
2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early February 2019

This afternoon, we’ve reached temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). It was perfect weather for doing some garden work, getting the raised beds cleaned up and planting my peas and early Spring flowers. While I pulled out weeds, I also found  a carrot that over-wintered in one of the raised beds. I might add it to a stew, later this week. Three Mourning Doves set on the trellis I put up for the peas, in the garden. They inspected my work, fertilized it, and enjoyed the view of the garden from the trellis, before Luis, our dog, chased them away.

2019

Punxsutawney Phil’s Little Cousins

Because the groundhog’s home is up in the Northeast of the USA and Canada, it’s harder to get a photo of the rodent in Texas. But Punxsutawney Phil’s little cousins, the Prairie Dogs, live here in the Southwest. And they are happy to hear, that Cousin Phil’s prediction is for an early Spring, because he hasn’t seen his shadow, in Pennsylvania this morning.

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Prairie Dog in Oklahoma

Happy Groundhog Day!

2018

Goodbye May! Hello June!

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Five months down, seven more to go in 2018. 😉

Wow! The last day of May comes to an end, and so does the Meteorological Spring. Tomorrow begins the Meteorological Summer. In 20 more days begins the Astronomical Summer, which is also called the Summer Solstice. The days will get shorter, and the nights become longer. (For my followers in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the opposite way. 😉 )

2018

Sunday Grilling In Our Backyard

This morning Kevin mowed the lawn, before the girls could play in the sprinklers. Katelynn got bored with it a little bit. She rather sat next to me and talked about her transition from Middle School to High School. Sara couldn’t get enough of jumping back and forth in the sprinkling water. While Sara played in the cool wet, Kevin and I were discussing what we have for dinner tonight. We decided on grilled chicken with potato salad.

Kevin got the grill ready and heated up; Katelynn went inside to play her computer game for a little bit; Sara tried off with her towels; and I watched the dogs rolling around in the grass. Lexi and Luis were staying close to Kevin, when he was tending the grill. Man, that chicken meat smelled so good. Of course, the dogs noticed it as well. Lexi looked at Kevin: “Daddy, are you dropping something for us, soon? My mouth is watering from this good smell!” They got a better and more healthier treat, once we all went back inside. Hmmm! The chicken  and salad taste so good on this beautiful, sunny Spring Sunday.

2018, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early May 2018

May has arrived, and finally we get warmer days and nights. The day temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s (28º-31ºC), while at night they are in the upper 50s to low 70s (15º-21ºC). This is perfect weather for our crop to grow in the raised beds. Kevin, the girls and I are excited that the peppers are getting bigger. The peach tree is heavy with fruits. And soon, we can harvest some Romaine Lettuce. I love dinners with fresh harvested salad from the backyard. Here are some photos I’ve captured from the raised bed garden, today.

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.

2018

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.

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

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. 🦆