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. 🦆
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.
Oh boy! I can tell, it’s mating season. Mr. Squirrel brought his girlfriend, Sandy, over for brunch. After tumbling around in our yard and chasing each other up and down the fence, they both worked up quite a hungry belly. Both sat on the fence behind the greenhouse and watched me from a safe distance, while I filled up the dish with goodies. It didn’t take long, before Mr Squirrel jumped down from the fence and checked out the food. Sandy followed him quickly. As much as Mr. Squirrel loves his Sandy, he can not handle it having her sitting in the food dish, while he’s there. So, he always threw some seeds down to her. But that wasn’t enough for Sandy. She had to see for herself, what’s in the dish. Mr. Squirrel got startled, when Sandy jumped up. And they both ran away from each other. After a few minutes, Sandy was done with the brunch date and left. Mr. Squirrel came back and finished his meal. Now, he’s fed and taking a nap in the attic again. Yeah, he found his way back into the attic. No matter how many times we evict his squirrel butt, he always comes back again. Can we really blame him?
The last couple of days, we made it barely into the 60s (16ºC). But today, we were back to nice 80ºF (27ºC). Tomorrow supposed to be even a little bit warmer. And Mother Nature rewarded us with another beautiful sunset, in North Texas this evening.
After a busy week: Sara got her new Jiu Jitsu belt; ducklings and a mouse; and Sara having a dance performance in the Senior Citizen Center; we are taking it easy this Sunday. The girls play with their peers outside. And Kevin is still sore from yesterday’s Half-Marathon, he ran in Frisco. The pets snuggle with us on the dining room furniture, while we watch TV. This upcoming week is more relaxed, before we all get busy in the following week again.
When we first moved into our house, we had Photinias all along the wall facing West. We had to get rid of almost all, but one of them. Because their roots broke the foundation of our house. Over the years, the shrub grew bigger and wider; it began to bloom were the protective nursery for some birds and Eastern Cottontails.
Now, it is Spring. And the Photinia bush is full in bloom. And I see some interested wildlife flying and hopping around it. It might be hosts for baby birds and baby bunnies, again.
The wind can be very challenging to capture some nice photos of the vegetables, today. But I managed to get some photos, so I can show you how our garden is doing so far. The peppers come along very nicely, and so do the cauliflower and other vegetables. It is still early in Spring. It will take several weeks and much warmer weather, before we can harvest a lot of them. In the meantime, I have to start some seeds for cantaloupe, black-eyed peas and cucumbers this months. They love the hot Texas Summer weather.
What you gonna do, when your 8-year-old and her 9-year-old friend walk with five ducklings in a box to your house and knock on your front door? That’s a good question. After we asked the girls, where they found them, Kevin and I were debating what we gonna do with the quintet. Then I released the ducklings exactly there, were the girls found them. I kept an eye on them, while they walked toward the creek. And that’s where I thought were they belong. I followed them with a safe distance. One was stuck under a car, because a cat “trapped” it. No duckling for dinner tonight, Mr. Kittycat!!! I startled the cat, and it ran under another car. But what did that little duckling? It follows that darn cat. After I blocked the way to the cat and its sibling called louder, the little duck finally reunited with the other four. I don’t know, if they made it. But all five waddled happily to the creek. Hopefully Momma Duck is waiting with the other siblings down by the water’s edge.
While the neighboring cities dealt with nasty storms and hail, we’ve got only a few drops and a spectacular view of those stormy cotton clouds. The clouds were so bright, I had to put my shutter speed and aperture settings much higher than usual to get all the shades and forms of this beautiful cloudscape.