Bird Nest

For a few years now small birds have attempted to build a nest under the edge of the roof

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on this small ledge.

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Most of the time they give up. This year however two birds

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Busy collecting stuff for the nest.

 

worked really hard to get the job done:

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Up close it seems like a small and unusual location to have a nest. However from a distance it makes sense:

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Can you spot the nest?

It’s a well hidden covered area in which to have their young.

 

 


This post was inspired by the Photo Challenge: Unusual

Red Charm Peony Blooming

Since my last post on the Red Charm Peony they have gone from here:

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May 13, 2017

To here:

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May 17, 2017

To finally open:

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May 18, 2017

They were worth the wait.

Related Blog Post: https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/red-charm-peony/

 

Red Charm Peony

For years I have been a fan of Red Charm Peonies. Last year I finally managed to get a root.  This spring it has come up in a dense cluster:

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March 22, 2017

Here they are eleven days later:

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April 2, 2017

I can’t wait until they bloom.


Post Inspired by:  Photo Challenge Dense (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/dense/)

 

Sugar Ants

Sugar ants seem to stake out their territory; as much as I stake out mine. Once they find a food source them come out in a dense pack to gobble it all up. Battling them is an ongoing challenge. The other day I put down some maple syrup to get them to go to one spot:

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Mmmm maple syrup

In a few days I will add a few drops of ant poison. Once the flood of ants slows down I will clean up the area to remove their pathway. It seems to be a good method to combat the sugar ants.

Since ant poison is a poison I only put it in locations where my dog won’t get access.

 


Link:

Ant Conference (https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/ant-conference)

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Repurpose

I have a lot of house plants. Instead of going out and buying a saucer to put under them; I use clean microwavable meal dishes. They work great and if they get dirty I can toss them in the washer or just recycle them. The black and white/clear ones are easier to hide from view.

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A few more ideas:

  • Yogurt containers for starting seeds for the garden. I punch a few holes into the bottom and then fill with dirt. They are a great size and can be reused from one season to the next.
  • Using old jeans to make pot holders.

POTHOLDER

  • Using an old coffee cup as a pen holder.
  • Cutting up old towels and using them as rags.

Finding a new use for old items also saves money; and keeps some items from just filling up a landfill.

 

 

Post inspired by the Photo Challenge: Repurpose

Deer

Today I looked outside and saw that the deer have returned. They appear so graceful as they munch on my neighbors blackberry bush:

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Yummy blackberry bush

Then after all that hard work they look peaceful resting:

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“I’m resting here. Enough pictures.”

 

 


Inspired by the photo challenge, “Graceful” (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/graceful/)

Snow

After years of the weather people predicting snow I had little hope that we would get any. Then one day they forecast an inch of snow and we got a little dusting instead. At that point it was a bit tempting to believe that maybe the weather people might be capable of being right. The small dusting of snow melted away and the cold weather clung onto the area. Every day they seemed to forecast snow, they were resilient that some day it would show up in the quantity that they predicted. Really it would. Only it didn’t. The anticipation of a genuine snow day came and went. Then they forecast a day of freezing rain followed by light snow. Instead I woke up to find this seemingly infinite amount of snow on the ground:

 

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Lots of snow.

Okay it wasn’t infinite, yet it sure seemed like it when it didn’t stop snowing for a day.  The weather people scrambled to catch up to mother nature. The weather coverage seemed endless, as did the “breaking news updates” that restated what they said the last time. On the rare occasion there was something new; like kids waving and playing in the background as the news person tried to be serious.

At every turn mother nature proved the weather person wrong. They would claim it would stop by noon. Noon would come and go and there was not only more snow; it was snowing harder. As the snow piled up a path was dug in the yard for my puppy dog to use.

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Small pathway.

He uses the path at times and at others he doesn’t:

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Path, what path? This is more fun.

The snow clings to his fur in a very uneven, clumpy, manner. While he is playing outside he sometimes ignores when his name is being called to come back inside. Once inside he wants to get warm and dried with the hairdryer. My shoes end up relaxing against the fireplace bricks to get dry and warm.

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Nice and warm.

All of the snow creates a vastly different horizon than before. Looking out the window as the sun shines down and reflects off the snow it provides for a relaxing ambiance.

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Pretty snow.

 

 


This post was inspired by the daily prompts: CapableSomeday, Cling, Uneven, Shine, Infinite, Specific, Tempted, Year, and Hopeful. It was also inspired by the weekly photo challenges: Ambiance, Names, Resilient, Path, Anticipation, New Horizon, and Relax.

 

 

Ant Conference

A tiny sugar ant conference on the counter:

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A method for getting rid of sugar ants:

  1. Set out a small container with maple syrup.  I’ve put mine in the general location where I’d seen them before.
  2. Wait a few days for the colony to get used to the maple syrup location.
  3. Add ant poison to the maple syrup.  Leave on the counter a few days.
  4. Clean up by wiping down the counter with ammonia to remove their pathway.

Hopefully by doing so a larger portion of their colony will die off.