Sandy & The Bird Feeder

Earlier today, I saw Sandy having some critter food from the plate I sat out for her and her squirrel friends. A few minutes later, Sara looked outside the patio door window, and yelled: “OMG, MOM! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS! IT LOOKS HILARIOUS!” I had to see it for myself. While Sandy tried to get a piece of corn, she tangled from the bird feeder. Not sure, if she was stuck, I walked outside and approached her slowly. Mrs. Rabbit saw me, and ran toward her rabbit escape hole in the fence. Sandy got startled, made a big leap from the feeder to the ground and climbed on top of the fence. There she felt saver and ate her trophy: a piece of corn, before she balanced along the fence top to jump into the neighbor’s tree.

“Naughty” Little Hummingbird

When the rain clouds were in the distance, I saw a couple of hummingbirds flying back and forth into our trees and back into the neighbor’s trumpet vine. I got my camera to capture some photos of the birds by the trumpets in the back alley. And here sits this little hummer, and sticks its tongue out at me. What a naughty little hummingbird!!! 😉

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“Baaah! Yeah, take this for photographing me!” 😉

I know, hummingbirds stick their tongues out for a different reason. And I was actually surprised and happy to see, I captured a photo with its tongue out. There is always a first time.

The Blue Jays

A couple of Blue Jays visited for a snack, to quench the thirst and take a nice cool bath, our yard. Every day, I refresh the water in the bird baths to eliminate the chance getting mosquito larva. It’s also important for the wildlife to keep the water fresh and clean. The chances spreading diseases is much lower that way. In the dog days of Summer, the Blue Jays enjoyed the cool bath. They looked refreshed and happy, when they left the yard and flew into the neighbor’s tree.

Mrs. Cardinal & Mrs. Blue Jay

It didn’t take long, after I refilled the bird feeders and bird baths, when Mrs. Cardinal flew to the feeder to have some lunch in my yard. This woke the interest in Mrs. Blue Jay to check out my backyard. She noticed, I have a couple of bird baths filled with fresh water. Soon, Mrs. Blue Jay swooped down to the bath and drank some water. It was a warm Texas Summer day. The food and water was a welcome sight for the birds.

Hummingbird In The Back Alley

This evening, I went back to the trumpet vines in the back alley. I looked up, in the tree. And see there, the hummingbird set on a branch to rest for a moment. Every year, the little hummers come back to nest in the same tree. So it was easy for me, where to look for them. It’s time to refill my hummingbird feeders. ❤

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Doe At The Colony Shoreline Trail

A few years back I told Kevin, I will go to The Colony Shoreline Trail to look for some deer. Someone tipped me off about a certain area, where I would find some deer activity at sundown. At that night in mid July, I wanted to see for myself and capture some photos. On the way out, I said: “Honey, I will hunt for deer tonight!” Kevin laughed: “Yeah, shooting with your camera?” “Yep, exactly”, I replied.

At the trail, I looked for some evidence. It didn’t take long, until I found deer tracks. I hid behind a bush several feet away from the deer tracks and waited … and waited … and waited. The sun was setting, and I didn’t want to give it too much longer. It felt a little bit spooky, being out there by myself. All of a sudden, I hear something and saw a bush moving across from the creek. I tried to stay as calm as I could to keep my breath low. And then there she was: a doe was standing right in the open. Of course, the wind was blowing in her direction. It was too easy to spot me. Mrs. Doe looked at me for a little while, long enough that I could capture a few photos. And then she jumped back behind the secure bushes. That was it. But I’ve got what I wanted that night. Another night I found out, why she was so hesitant. She had two bambis with her.

Arriving back at home, Kevin was resting on the couch. “Honey, I shot a deer tonight.” He looked surprised at me: “You’ve got that deer?” “Yep, I did get it,” I answered proudly. “Wow! First night out and caught it, huh?!” he said. I sat down on the couch, and looked at the pictures with him.

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A doe at The Colony Shoreline Trail (July 2014)

Getting The House Cleaned Up

Yesterday, we were in a furniture store to get new mattresses for Kevin, Sara and me. Since years I want a king size mattress, because our pets like to sleep with us. One year ago, we’ve got Luis. And this dog just loves to play “helicopter”, while he snores on our bed. Not to forget to mention, our cats love to snuggle with us too. Sara needs a whole new bed (frame and mattress). And Katelynn will get our “old” queen size bed. The mattress is still in top shape. And she can get several more years out of it.

We also went tile shopping. Oh boy! I can’t wait for the construction to begin in our house, again … NOT! 😉 When we first purchased our home in 2005, it still had a lot of originality from when it was first built back in 1978. Since I was pregnant with Sara, we always renovated a little bit at the time, when we had extra cash. Over the last eight years we got new windows, fixed the foundation, got a new roof, new sidings, a new bathroom, new appliances for the kitchen, new lights … etc. This year it is time for new flouring and painting. I will do the wall painting myself. That saves us money, and I enjoy it anyway. When we make it a family project, it is even more fun.

Well, since we are in the process to move the furniture out of the way, this is a good opportunity to get rid of some clutter, that accumulated over the last 12 years. And let me tell y’all: it feels good to get rid of some of the stuff. Not only does it free up some space, it also frees my mind. Some of it will be donated; other stuff just needs to go in the trash. It’s that plain and simple. After cleaning the master bedroom for a while, I had to take a break and sit in backyard this afternoon. While I sat there and enjoyed my refeshing peach-mango juice, I saw this little Ceraunus Blue Butterfly sitting on a wilted stem of my calendula flowers.

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Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)