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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The saga of the robins.

I may have already mentioned that Mrs. Robin used her same old nest from last year that was in my climbing hydrangea on the garage wall. Even though we were out on the courtyard a lot she finally got used to us and knew we meant her no harm. She and the mister spent the day flying in and out of the nest with food for those babies

*source 10,000birds.com

Well, today Don decided to take a peek into the nest to see how the babies were progressing. When he pulled back the leaves out flew a baby bird...well, not such a baby as he had feathers and looked like he was ready to leave the nest. He flew over to the lion fountain and Don carefully picked him up and reached to place him gently back in the nest...and....whoops...two more flew out. Mommy and daddy were having a fit flying around and chirping. Since they looked big enough to be on the ground we went into the house to let the parents deal with the situation. I watched while mommy led them up under the trees to safety.


 

Sadie Update

I don't want to get my hopes up real high yet but this morning Sadie started on her new meds....antibiotic, appetite increased, steroid and liver medicine...along with her thyroid and vitamin C. This afternoon she felt better. Instead of laying around listlessly she walked around with energy, got up from a laying position almost effortlessly, and wanted to jump up in my lap. And later she ran from the other room with her tuggy toy frog and wanted to play. After such a long sickness I was elated. She was so bad last night we feared she wouldn't recover. She' safer from out of the woods but I have hope now.

We worked around outside, brought up our wicker chair for the breezeway, and threw away some box woods that didn't survive the winter.

Here are just a few pictures I did using apps.


 

Work in progress

The left side of the pond is growing in nicely...thanks to hostas mad perennials like lamb's ear and the spreading creeping Jenny but the right side needs just a little more work.

The whirlygig's pipe has become bent and needs straightened. I got a few stones and plan to make a little flower bed there but I won't be planting until after Friday when the overnight temperature may reach thirty one. I also want to fill in those mulched spaces with some other plants. Each year I keep adding trying to achieve the final look I'm after.

I bought a few new plants but am saving them till after the frost danger. It will be cool today..high of sixty one.

Sadie update.....Sadie wasn't getting any better and seemed to be getting worse. I realized there was something going on besides a torn ligament and stopped at the bet's office for a consultation. She had begun to drink more and just layed around all day. We decided to do a full blood panel on her and I'm so glad we did. Her liver functions which should have been 200 were 1500 and she had lost three pounds. Today we start her on some strong meds and hope that she gets better. If not by Saturday she might have to have iv s. She is also taking Vitamin C and glucosamine and now will start on Vittamin E. We need our rambunctious Sadie back.

 

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lunch at Sprague's`

 

Today our Circle of Friends had lunch in nearby Olean at Sprague's. This restaurant has a rustic atmosphere and great food. It is famous for its pancakes with maple syrup made right on the premises. You can get breakfast all day long but they offer other foods and their turkey and biscuits is always a hit.



After our lunch Linda and I stopped at the local flower spots and I bought some herbs...rosemary, basill, and oregano....some flowers...strawflowers, dahlias, cosmos, and others...and a hanging basket. Tomorrow I will try to finish up the planting. Today the gardener came and mulched all around the house and it really looks nice. More pictures tomorrow. It was a beautiful day...77 degrees but it has turned cooler tonight.

We also went to the library where I refilled my book bag and then stopped at BJs for a few things.

Update on Sadie....she is still not good. I'll be putting another call into the vet tomorrow. She just lays around and looks sad. Maybe she needs more pain meds.

 

 

I live in Pennsylvania..and all this is true.

Jeff Foxworthy on Pennsylvania:


If you consider it a sport to sit in a treestand all day long with a bow or a gun just to put food in your freezer.. you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Bradford is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Pennsylvania.cause you're all so damn friendly.

If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, cause he wears a hardhat you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you have worn shorts, sunglasses and a parka at the same time, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, or if you are in church and your priest or minister asks you to pray for the STEELERS , and wants to get you all home for 1 p.m. kickoff, you might live in Pennsylvania.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Pennsylvania.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE Pennsylvanian WHEN:

1. "Vacation" means going up north past I-80 for the weekend.

2. You measure distance in hours.

3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.

5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave all the doors unlocked.

8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.

9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons: almost fall, winter, still winter and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a concrete statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.

14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.

15. Down South to you means MORGANTOWN W.V

16. A critter is something you eat.

17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his NEW FORD F150

18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.and bingo every Wednesday.

19. YOUR 4TH OF JULY PICNIC WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO FROST.

20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

21. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

22. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Pennsylvania friends.

Monday, May 18, 2015

We are getting there

We are still working outside trying to get everything ready for summer. Today we will bring out our table with the umbrella and chairs. All set for summer dining.

Yesterday Don was hungry for seafood so we made a trip to Jamestown, NY abou an hour away to go to the Red Lobster. Jamestown is a pretty town on the shores of Chautauqua Lake. When we were younger Don's parents had a cottage there and we spent a lot of weekends enjoying boating and swimming. Along the lake there is also the Chautauqua Institute, a community of learners. In this little gated place there are opportunities all summer long to take classes, hear lectures, or attend concerts. Once my sister Linda and I stayed for three days and took a tole painting class and attended a lecture on antiques. It is a lovely place to visit in the summertime.



Jamestown is also famous for being the birthplae of Lucille Ball. There is even a museum there with memoribilia. Recently Lucy was in the news because the residents of Celeron, a small suburb where she was born, protested the statue of her that is in the park. It really wasn't flattering and didn't resemble her at all.

So Don and I went to the park to see this controversial statue. It was much smaller than I imagined and really didn't look like her at all.



On the way up to Jamestown we went through Allegany State Park which is only a few miles from our house. What a beautiful area with two large lakes and camping facilities. I took my camera and we were hoping to see wildlife. When I was young we would go there and feed deer right out of our car window. But there was not a deer or beaver or even ducks in sight.




On the way home from Jamestown we stopped at Home Depot and I got some stone to make some planting areas around the pond.

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring bursts upon the world


The spring came suddenly
bursting upon the world
as a child burst into a room,
with a laugh and a shout
and hands full of flowers.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

watercolor

beautiful

Sadie and I really enjoyed our walk at Willow Dale. The apple trees are bursting with flowers and we got our walk in before the rain.duck pond 5.15 044

Just follow the mallard, girls


The Willow Dale Cemetery is within eyesight of my house and we think of it as a park. The paved paths make a great walking trail and it is quiet…LOL! 
   The pond once beautiful went to ruin and filled in with weeds.  Thanks to an upstanding member of our community it was restored a few years ago to its former glory. On any given day (in nice weather) you can find children feeding the ducks or people enjoying the view.
Yesterday there was even a wedding party taking pictures on the bridge.
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The ducks live a happy and contented life until winter when our weather freezes up the pond and leaves them in danger. It is bad enough they have to avoid predators and the nearby road but during the winter it is cold and hard for them to find food and stay warm. They do have small houses but seem to prefer living outside. And so eventually there was only one small mallard surviving. It was taken in by the man who helped renew the pond for the winter but eventually escaped and tried to waddle back to the pond only to be hit by a car on the road. He stilled survived and when spring came again he was put back in pond.  Soon he was joined by other donated ducks and now he has a harem which follow him around the pond. Once more he is living the good life. But there needs to be someone who will take these poor creatures in for the winter. duck painting

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Graduation

Little Sara graduated from preschool. How sweet! She's growing up so fast.


 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bohemian

Bohemian...a person who has informal or unconventional social habits, especially an artist or a writer.

I've always thought of myself as a little different. My thoughts are a little unconventional as the years proved that I didn't always think the same way as my peers. I tended to be creative in a lot of ways and just thought that everyone was like me. But I was accepting of who I was. I liked art and at one time aspired to be an artist. In fact, I started college as an art major. Some of you may know the story of how I had to quit college to take care of my family who had been in a winter accident. I did go back, but into teaching instead.

I loved bright colors and that was reflective in my wardrobe. I especially loved the eighties when I could wear colorful scarves with big earrings and matchy-matchy necklaces and bracelets. I was the earring queen. No fancy gold for me...I loved costume jewelry.

But as I aged I became more conservative and my wardrobe suddenly had a lot of brown and beige. I spiced it up with jewelry and scarves but where was that Bohemian spirit? Why did I lose that? I felt a flame fading to a little spark. Was I using aging as an excuse not to live my life fully? Did I feel that been there, done that syndrome?

Where is my pep? That just let loose feeling? That..who give a damn?


So today I wore a scarf in my hair and beads! Let loose I said. And it felt good.

And I'm not even going to apologize for posting more pictures of myself on this blog. This is who I am....and I don't care what people think. So Bohemian...

 

There are signs

Each day there are more signs of life as the leaves and plants awaken. The peonies are sprouting faster and faster now and it won't be too long that they will produce those large pink flowers.

Those ever faithful hostas...the plant that even I can't kill...are growing up so fast. It is such a dependable leaf, always coming back after the hard winter and spreading itself around.



And then there is Jenny...creeping Jenny. It started with just a little bit and now covers all the top of the pond area. I know it can be invasive but if I keep it under control it lends a bright green all summer long to brighten up that space.


Mr. and Mrs. Frasier Crane are also on display. Today I brought more things from the basement. It seems like the magic hat. I keep going down there and there are more and more things to bring up. And I said I was going to keep it simple this year?? Ha, ha. I do seem to find a place for everything though and try not to get it too crowded.

I also planted some geraniums. Tomorrow I must make a trip to get all the flowers I need. We almost had a frost last night and I hope that it was the last frost warning we will have.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Getting to know Peggy

What is your go to dessert? Ice cream...actually vanilla frozen yogurt with a spoon of peanut butter and a drizzle of chocolate.

 

Brunch or happy hour? Brunch

 

What did you want to be when you grew up? An art teacher

 

Early bird or night owl? Neither, I do best in the afternoon.

 

Greatest role model? My mother...I never saw her angry.

 

Introvert or extrovert? Definitely extrovert. I get charged up around activity and energetic people.

 

What do you like to do when you get bored? Get out of town, see some pretty things or go to movies or a concert...anything to recharge the batteries.

 

What is your birth order? I'm the oldest of three girls.

 

What inspires you? Seeing the talent of others, good music, great vistas, traveling.

 

If you could hop on a plane right now where would you go? No contest....France. Paris for the city and Provence for the country.

 

Decisive or indecisive ? Decisive. I know what I like and what I do not.

 

Do you like your vacations relaxing and lazy or full of adventure and exploring? I can relax at home...I love exploring, seeing new things, museums, activity..I want it different than my life at home.