The birds are back!

I tossed out all the cruddy suet blocks I bought and bought new ones.  The birds came back – in flocks.  In two days they cleaned out three blocks.  Here’s some pictures.

The squirrel came from across the road, bounded onto my lawn, dug a hole, and buried the walnut.  The one in the tree is a different one, but is still intent on cracking the casing.

I just liked the cardinal shot.  Note the crest.

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Coupla Funnies

After 20 years of marriage, a couple was lying in bed one evening when the wife felt her husband begin to fondle her in ways he hadn’t in quite some time.

It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck and then began moving down past the small of her back.

He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down over her breasts, stopping just over her lower abdomen.

Then he placed his hand on her left inner arm, moved past the side of her breast again, worked down her side, passed gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf.  Then he proceeded up her inner thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg.  He continued in the same manner on her right side, then suddenly stopped, rolled over and started to watch television.

As she had become quite arounsed by this caressing, she asked in a loving voice: “That was wonderful.  Why did you stop?”

“I found the remote.”

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A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students that “human beings are the only animals that stutter”.

A little girl raised her hand.  “I had a kitty-cat who stuttered.”  She said.

The teacher, knowing how precious some of these stories could become, asked the girl to describe the incident.

“Well,” She began, “I was in the back yard with my kitty and the Rottweiler that lives next door got a running start and before we knew it, he jumped over the fence into our yard!”

“That must have been scary.”  Said the teacher.

“It sure was,” said the little girl.

“My kitty raised her back, went ‘Ssssst, Sssssst, Sssssst!’ but before she could say ‘Stay!’, the Rottweiler ate her”

More Squirrel

This morning, I found this adventurous fellow swinging on my suet block.  It managed to get around (or over) the upside-down dish-like thing I had to keep squirrels from eating the block.  So much for that.  In the final shot it seems to be looking out with a “so, what are you going to do?” look.


Morning visitor

My cat, Cami, was tearing around the house for ten minutes when she suddenly went on point staring through the front window twitching her tail and barking.  Yes, cats do bark.  I grabbed my camera and shot this series of pictures of our visitor – a newly minted rabbit:

In one of them, it appears to be sticking it’s tongue out at me after noshing on some greenery.



How to bury a penguin

Once again my sister strikes:

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica – where do they go?

Wonder no more ! ! !

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.

The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried.

The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

“Freeze a jolly good fellow”

“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”

Then they kick him in the ice hole.

You really didn’t believe that I know anything about penguins, did you?

First Signs of Spring

Here are some shots of my front yard.  The first few were actually shot in March, but after a slight snowfall.  It’s hard to make out the spots on the bird, but I think it might be a female robin the other is obviously a small woodpecker.

The rest or shots of various other bird-type animals in and around my feeder.

All the squirrel shots are of the same one; a youngster in search of how to get to my feeder.  He tries all sorts of things, but couldn’t make the jump between my yard light and the feeder.


Yet another spring has arrived

Here are some neat shots from around the house.  I’ve added a few more that I thought were pretty funny.  Oddly enough, the rabbit was the first one I’ve seen this year.  He (she?) looks a little young and was probably born this spring.

This one just caught my eye as pretty funny.  No caption was given, but my caption would be “I am NOT Happy, I’m Grumpy if you must know”

“Don’t look – It’s horrible!!!!”

“No, you can NOT have my cheeze doodle”

Enjoy —


A bit about this and that

I’ve been pretty busy here working on various projects around the house.  I’ve also a month into my new fitness regime having passed my one-month mark of walking/trotting a mile every day.  I now have it down to 15 minutes and a few seconds.  I walk fast for three minutes and trot for one minute.  I can now boost my heart rate up quite a bit without getting winded – which is a great step beyond what I used to be able to do.

We’ve had some heavy weather pass across our area for the last week.  Lots of gentle rain and one thunderstorm yesterday that had me closing down my computers.  I have a UPS, but it is somewhat unreliable AND I didn’t want to have any lightning strike get to my equipment.    The storm lasted about an hour and blinked the lights several times but I didn’t lose them.  Turned out to be just over an inch and three quarters of rain in one hour.  Just what I needed for my flowers.

Speaking of which, the front yard has been alive with various animals and here is a small gallery of shots.  If you hover the mouse over the picture I have named them.  Click on them and they will enlarge. Use your “Back” thingy to get back here.

The morning glory is just one of several vines that came up without my trying this year.  I was surprised they came up at all.  I have a stake next to them and they are now twining up the stake happily.

The woodpecker was on my back porch railing and, after it left, I saw that it was after some bugs in a hollow inside the rail.  The young bird had pecked three holes and dug out some type of beetle.  Bon Appetite.

I put the double-height feed tray under the tree in my front yard and it was an instant hit with the squirrels.  They love to climb on it.  One day – and me without my camera handy – there were 7 squirrels cavorting all over it.

The rabbits were way back in my yard so the shots are a bit fuzzy (as they are too) but they appeared to be yearlings as I hadn’t seen them before.  When I stepped out on my back porch, they went to alert status and froze.

I’ve named some of the more remarkable squirrels.  Gold Tail has a huge, brushy, golden tail.  I’m not sure how Thor got his tail like that but I bet it was by touching an electrical wire somewhere – maybe I should have named him Sore instead of Thor?