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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday - Ducklings

Hello! - I'm a bit late getting this up but it's been a (crazy busy) morning around here.  Anyway I am joining Stewart (Paying Ready Attention) for Wild Bird Wednesday.

Last week I happened to look out the window just in time to see Mama Duck and her babies crossing the street heading back over to the creek that runs through a neighbors yard.  I grabbed up my camera and headed over to snap some shots of mama and her adorable babies.

Here some of the baby ducklings are getting ready to head down into the creek where mama was.

Here's mama with some of the babies in the water.  They proceed back up out of the creek and into the grass of the neighbors lawn.

Mama seems to be talking to her little one's here and in the next photo as well.

At this point she's scurrying around the yard quaking at the baby ducklings.  I can still hear a duck peeping behind me though and so I went back to the water and in the reeds I discovered one little duckling couldn't figure out how to get out from the reeds and onto the land.  So I scooped him up (oh was he soft) and set him down on the grass he made a mad dash for mama and his siblings.  You can see in the photo below how fast his little web feet were going so he could catch up with the others.

 Mama and all 7 of her babies were reunited and happily wandered off together. 

I'm just hoping none of the neighborhood cats made a meal out of these sweet little ducklings.  They are just so cute!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - April 20, 2014


It's been another "busy" week here but I managed to squeeze in some time for photo taking and am able to join Ashley (Ramblings and Photos) for

This weeks prompts:  Trick, Selective Color, Close-Up,
Mirror & Bright Colors.

TRICK:  I was outside the other night taking pictures of vapor trails from planes/jets when I happened to spot this coming across the sky.  I'm sorry that I didn't get any clear/sharper of pictures but it was getting late and I didn't have time to fiddle with camera adjustments. 

One of these two planes was apparently refueling the other plane while both were in the air.  If you (Enlarge) and look very closely you'll see the fuel like between the two planes.  I'd say this is a bit of a "trick" to pull off.

SELECTIVE COLOR:  I actually had to look this up to understand what it mean in photography terms.  I've seen it done before and I went on Pic Monkey and learned how to do this procedure. 

Some tulips growing in the over grown and neglected yard from the house I featured last week for the neglected prompt.


A close-up of some mini Iris plants that I found blooming in someone's garden this week.  (More photos of these gorgeous Iris will show up later next week.)


My mom has had this mirror and macramé hanger in her house since the 1970's. 


 Greta bought these little solar Chinese Lantern lights and strung them across the back of our storage shed where her & Coleen have a little Patio Garden.  There bright colors are pretty both day & night.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Random 5 Friday

Good Morning! - Well yesterday's rain showers are over and today the sun is shining.  Hooray! 

Last week Nancy (A Rural Journal) made the sad announcement that she was closing her blog up.  It was a hard thing to hear and I know she will be missed in the blogging world.  She gave so much joy with her wonderful photos and writings and hosted some awesome Memes.  One of which was Random 5 Friday.  Like others I've heard we are carrying on the tradition even though there is no "linky" thing for people to join in on the fun.

Click to Enlarge photos.

Here are my Random thoughts and photos for this week.

1.Today is hubby and my Wedding Anniversary.  Hubby & I met for coffee at Starbucks this morning & later we'll go out for dinner.  It's been a wonderful 22 years so far.  Times have been hard and times have been good and through it all our love has remained steady and solid. 

Sharing a couple more photos from the "Egg Tree" that I shared earlier here:
2.  This week I've had some "klutzy" moments.  While setting a ladder up by our shed I managed to knock one of Greta's hanging basket planters off and spilled the plant and dirt everywhere. The next day while trying to get Eric the cat off the back fence I hit the wheelbarrow and knocked it into the flower bed spilling the squirrels peanuts all over the ground.  Needless to say cleaning up these messes was not fun.

Eric enjoying an afternoon snooze on the sidewalk in front of our house.

3.  I bought more flowers this week to plant.  They are still waiting to be planted because it rained the day after we bought them.  Perhaps next week I'll get them in the ground.

Tulips from a garden I spotted while driving around town.

4.  I've been thinking about becoming a "Vegetarian".  Well not really but it seems it would be much cheaper since the cost of meat these days is outrageous.  Even hamburger is over $3.00 a pound now and chicken isn't much cheaper.

Horses and Sheep grazing on a farm.  Shot this while at the school last week where hubby was doing some work.

5. Went shopping (in the rain) yesterday for Easter gifts & candy.  Every year I say I'm not going to buy a big bunch of candy but in the end that's exactly what I do.  See anything you like?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Fences and Little Things Thursday

                 Hello,  It's a Rainy day outside today.  I miss the sunshine.

So what do you say we create some of our own.  Let's join in on the fun of Good Fences and Little Things Thursday.


GOOD FENCES  is Hosted by TexWisGirl (aka Theresa) from The Run "A" Round Ranch.

This Decorative Fence Top sets off the delicate Lilac Blooms perfectly and don't you just love the Bokeh in this shot. 

LITTLE THINGS THURSDAY is hosted by Kim Cunningham  from Little by Little.

 10 Little Things I'm thankful for today:

1.  Soft Rain to nourish the earth and keep me from having to water the flower beds and the lawn.

2.  My Drizzle Boots that I inherited from my Grandma.  Mine are old but you can still buy them. They work great and my feet didn't get wet while I walked Coleen to school.

3.  A Nice cup of Hot Coffee after I got back from taking Coleen to school.

4.  Pic Monkey for editing photos.  Oh & Pixlr-o-Matic too.

5. That the store finally got the Yoplait Blackberry Yogurt back in stock, it's my favorite.

6. I don't have a headache this morning, my nose isn't running, my knee doesn't hurt and my back feels pretty decent.  Yeah!

7. All my sweet cats & the ones that I take care of outside too.  They make me happy.

8.  It's quiet in the house.

9.  Call from hubby just to say hello and how's your day going.

10.  Spending time with all of you and visiting your wonderful blogs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Outdoor Wednesday

Hi,  I'm joining in for the 1st time with Susan (A Southern Daydreamer) for Outdoor Wednesday.

The flowers have been so pretty here this spring.  I wanted to share a few of them with you.

                   I just love the soft "peachy pink" shade of this Tulip.

                               Some of my new double daffodils.

              Always a favorite from my garden are the Bleeding Hearts

                                  Look at all that gorgeous color

 Finally the blooms on my mom's French Lilac Tree are just starting to open.
Also the flowers in my header are from a house across the street from us.