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Have You Missed the Blog? I Have Missed Writing!

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Time flies by! Last blog was September, this is now after middle of November. Not only is my gardening finished for the year but there has been lots been going on! The other day, I walked out to the mailbox. Our weather has been up and down, 30's at night warmer in the daytime. This day it was 65°F with the sun shining.  I looked down and there was a small little sunshine in the grass. Little bit of sunshine on the ground! Then today, I was letting the dogs out and, yes, there were several squirrels that went running off away from my dogs. One went up the Pin Oak and sat there while Rosebud looked up and barked at it. The squirrel then ran down the branch to the spindly end, leaped to the Blackhaw tree, ran down a branch went over to the flower crab, got on the fence traveled the fence, went down the fence to the side yard, sat for a minute, then took off to the backyard and over the the far Locust tree on the right side of our property. I am standing on the deck and telling the do

I Failed Blog - I Failed Garden at the River Plot - But I did get some produce!

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It's been a crazy year for sure.  I fell and hurt my shoulder and my knees and have been doing physical therapy. Been trying to do some of the gardening across the river but sure have failed. As previous post said, it was mostly weeds.  I did manage to pick a few ears of corn. I got just two meals worth of corn and one meal of roastin' ears. Not much for 4 rows 25 feet long.  Heck, they were growing fairly good and then they just quit.  Many rainy and windy days which knocked down most of the tomato stakes. Yes, it was that windy!  I did get enough tomatoes from here at the house and out there for 6-7 pints of salsa.  I planted the Pink Banana squash but never got one. Bugs are on the plants now so really don't expect to see one.  I did get one Acorn Squash. There is another growing but I bet those squash bugs get it. At home, for those who follow this blog, I did get about 3 to 4 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes out of the half whiskey barrel. I have picked many Banana Pepper

Trapping the Line

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  Trapping the Line By Mary J Williams   I feel like one of the Mountain Men Checking on a trap line The mouse traps were set But Nothing did I find   Most of them still had bait But one was stripped clean How does a mouse do that And not spring the thing?   I have two on the kitchen floor One is in the back room One is in a closet I hope all are caught soon   Yes, I have trapped a few You see the telltale signs Little turds on the floor Always in a line   Set the trap with peanut butter It never seems to fail One I even caught By his little tail   This is driving me nuts Having the mice in the house Never before in over twenty years Have we ever had a mouse!   The year is 2020 The year of COVID-19 Guess I can blame the mice On what a year it’s been  

This Squirrel is on my Last Nerve!

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I know, you all love the squirrels. They are so cute! We feed them! He eats out of my hand!  Big Deal! My squirrels not only eat here, eating most of the birdseed, they also are on the demolish the deck mission. A couple of days ago, Tuesday, July 21st, I posted a picture on Facebook of what I caught a young squirrel doing to a 2 x 4 on my deck.  This squirrel loves the feeder. It's all metal. It has drain holes at the bottom and some holes on the front side that keeps the holder in and the bar that closes when something heavy, like a squirrel, gets on it. Shuts down with no seed available. So, this young squirrel figured out that he could suck out some seed from the drain hole: The metal bird feeder The drain holes in the bottom which are larger now that the squirrel has chewed on them Even had chewed on those 3 holes Now on the 21st I noticed this squirrel chewing on the 2 x 4 and took a picture of it I couldn't believe the damage the critter had done and thought, "gonna

The Tough Guy at the Bird Feeder

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Watching the birds out of my window sure taught me a few things.  I really think each species has a certain time to fly in and eat, then leave and the next one flies in. That doesn't include the smaller birds though. They flit in and out whenever.  Did you know the Black-capped Chickadee, or the Carolina Chickadee, comes in to a feeder, grabs one seed and leaves and eats it in the near-by tree? The Downy, always looking for suet, but if not found grabs some nuts or flies to the finch food feeder. That feeder has a mixture of Thistle and Sunflower hearts. The finches don't go on that feeder much but I have seen the Grackles attempt that feeder. It is quite entertaining!  I have the Grackles and the Blue Jays. They have little tiffs now and then. Grackles usually win! You would think they would be the tough guy but nope not a Grackle. It's sure not the Blue Jay either.  The tough guy at the mixed nut feeder is none other then the Red-bellied Woodpecker. When he flies in Grack

Garden and Poems

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You know, every time I go to the gardens, I think I could write a poem. Poems come to me out of the blue. Sometimes I need help with a rhyming word or two but the thoughts are there. I was worn out, hot and sweaty after physical therapy. Don't think the air conditioner was working to well. Lots of fans, but I still got hot. Then I went to the garden to water. I can't just go to do one thing. I got out my hoe and tried to chop out some of the weeds. That didn't work well. Doesn't look like there had been any rain over there either. So much for weather forecasts!  Quit chopping and got my handy dandy little hand trowel. Dug up some weeds. Then watered some, then home. The Garden This Year 2020 By Mary J Williams I went to the gardens After physical therapy No Elves or Fairies Had weeded for me The garden is a mess All kinds of weeds do I see The path by the tomatoes Is still pretty much weed free I pulled out some weeds Right near the beans They are vining around Just

Raccoons Again, so, I Write A Poem

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The Coons are Back! By Mary J Williams   It was yesterday morning I was letting Lacy out When a critter jumped off the feeder Of that, I had no doubt   Little Lacy took off She was in hot pursuit I was sure hoping She wouldn’t catch the brute   If she caught it by chance Was my biggest fear I yelled at her As I shed a tear   The raccoon was fast Down the steps he did go Out in the yard He wasn’t moving slow   Over the fence And now out of sight I was afraid for Lacy It gave me a fright   Last night the trap was set The nuts were brought in Yes, we caught the coon Looks like its starting again.   Do they find their way back, From when we did it before? Took several away Now they’ve come back for more?   Will set the trap again And just wait and see If, again, we have to trap The whole damn family!