May 31… flower and birds…and…

Whatever else I happen to photo..🤓

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted some of the flowers that are happily blooming …so here goes.

Gladiolus ,these I planted fresh this spring after a vole eat a large amount last year.. anybody know how to keep voles away other than getting a cat… Caroline ( the Rottie) isn’t cat friendly.
Hydrangea
Poppy
Lilies
More lilies
Blooming cedar?
Nope it’s honeysuckle growing in amongst the limbs.
Ruen drake looking pretty
And the arrival of more ducklings to replace the ones a skunk got in one night.
The first day of arrival they were ready for food and water…
Now they are lively and growing like weeds..
Yes, I know dirty water.. I just changed an hour before taking this photo.🤷🏻‍♀️
There are 4 magpie ducklings and 4 ruens
Here are some little birds that I seen while kayaking,here’s a video of them dancing.😄
A rag rug I finished up. Feels good to have that pile of rags out of the way.
And a new rug on the floor.
After a thunderstorm one evening last week,the sky was beautiful!

Have a lovely week friends.

April 24…. update on my world…🙂

My daughter is very good at keeping me informed on how the grand children are doing,and little sneak peeks into their lives!

Candice is a chip off the old block here, she loves her chicks as much as I do!

While her younger sister is the story teller..
Reagan is a good listener.🥰
My daughter in law has made masks for the business that we own,and the two boys (her and mikes boys) who thought that they were cool.

Here’s Mike and Hubby at work wearing them… quite the outfit.

The business has been steady,as we were essential to commercial business. Here they are working at a commercial warehouse, fixing a loading dock door.
We have had lots of rain lately making things so green,and fresh.
Here’s a few photos of nature
Dogwood
Last camellia bloom
Turkey tracks
Viburnum blooming
Good old hot dog roast!
Any one in need of fresh farm eggs? It’s amazing how quickly 11 eggs a day add up. I can’t use them all , so I share with family and friends.
Praying for all my blogging friend’s good health.

March 29…. photos of my world

Spring is in full swing here on our little farm,so that means lots of out of doors work,…mowing ,weed whacking ,weed pulling,and mulching. Of course, it also means… sore muscles, blisters on your hands even with gloves on, farmers tan ,and ant bites.

However when it’s all done ,it’s so worth it! Here’s the big flowerbed almost done.

Not to many flowers blooming here yet.
There are around the house though
Azaleas,Gerber daisy,and amaryllis

We’ve had a real problem with predators wanting to get the chickens and ducks lately. Sad to say a pair of skunks got into the young ducks,eating three leaving me two😡…

Caroline took care of the hawk that got into the chicken pen…. no one messes with her chickens. She watches out for them even sleeping at the chicken pen gate. Caroline did try to get the skunks ,bless her for trying but the spray was to overwhelming.

Last weekend we were up to our lot. It was a lovely weekend with watching the osprey rebuilding their nest even saw a territorial fight between the osprey and bald eagle.
And a start of a beautiful day
We bought Leona an iPad so she could have screen touch because of not being able to use her hands.
Well ,if hands don’t work then a nose will.
Puzzles are a favorite past time for her.
Stay safe and enjoy life!

Feb 16. A little of this and that …AGAIN

January has kept Leona ,grandchildren and I busy watching new life come alive. Remember the egg I showed a few weeks back.

Showing healthy signs of life.
As day 21 of setting the eggs came closer,my phone was kept busy with …MomMom ,are the chicky-peeps hatching yet, with the promise I would FaceTime them as soon as I saw anything happening ,…that was good for a few hours.😄
On day 21 , I saw signs of a tiny hole,and you could hear the bitties peeping.
It took about 45 minutes from starting to cracking out.
And here they are, all fluffy and healthy.

Also Leona was surprised with some ducks,and she is so enjoy watching them waddle around,they didn’t stay inside very long as a wet duck is a HAPPY duck.

And talking about wet..
We have had lots of rain ,look at these osprey nests(top pictures were taken with summer) ,they will give you a good idea just how high the river is right now at the camp site. We were there yesterday to check on the camper,and grounds.

And to think we would sit under the little cedar tree in chairs drinking coffee in Nov….now the water is about three feet deep.

There will be some clean up of plastic bottles that have come a shore..as you can see.

How ever the little flower bulbs I planted are thriving with the wet.

I finished the crocheted blanket for baby.

Have a lovely week!

Nov.4… BRYOZOANS…or moss animals

Ever hear of these unusual aquatic invertebrates? I hadn’t until this weekend!

My hubby find the first one while we were out kayaking on the lake ,then I started looking to see if there were more,and it’s amazing what one doesn’t see right under their nose at times! Here are some photos of these unique invertebrates..

A little information that I found online says…

Each tiny individual bryozoan (zooid) is attached to a surface at its base. Its body has an outer sleevelike structure (cystid) and a mass of organs (polypide) that moves within it. An opening at the top of the cystid permits the polypide to slide outward toward the water, exposing a headlike structure (lophophore) crowned with tentacles, which filter food from water. At the slightest disturbance, the polypide and tentacles retract instantly.

Size

Varies by species. Colonies are usually no more than 2-4 inches long or high but some can be 12 inches or wider. 

Curious as to what they felt like, I was surprised to find that it was a jelly ,rubbery blob like invertebrate.

This weekend I was able to capture a rainbow,and fog on the lake

And there were some fall leaves,that were not just brown!

And how do you like Leona’s all terrain chair?! Beings there are no paved roads like a state park’s,it was tough trying to push her wheelchair down the dirt roads. I searched online for an all terrain wheelchairs or handicapped carts ,what I found were way out of my budget plan…$1,000 to 2,000..😳 I then searched for wagons with air tires,finding this one with a much nicer price tag, $50.00. It gives her a nice ride without the sides putting pressure on her hip bones as some of the strollers did. She is thrilled to be out and about again outside.

Oct. 18….Heterogeneous….

Now isn’t that a fancy word for miscellaneous!😁 that is exactly what this post is,a little of this and a little of that!

For the first little …

Hubby and son( Mike ) need to put time in on their diving,so they look for interesting ways to do this. Here is one of the ways they put that time to use…

Hubby said it is something that he wants to do again! Maybe next time I’ll go along to run the kayak to put their trash in.

On to the next little…

Look at darker spot in the photos that is a curled up leaf, when the wind blow the leaf out of the sun it was all dark, with the sun a red spot.

Some more littles….

Daughter-in-law made this cream cheese peach cake.. it was heavenly!

This was a morning glory vine that was huge and full of lovely blooms.

Of course ,there has to be some lake views..

And what’s a post without a quilt …

This quilt I purchased off of eBay. The lady ,Mable Minard, made the top was from Truro, Iowa, born in 1900 and pieced the quilt around late 1920’s to early 1930’s.

I love it’s uniqueness. I do believe that some of its fabrics are older than 1920’s but l will post more photos of it in another post when I go to hand quilt it.

Leona enjoying a cozy blanket on a cool morning.

Have a great weekend!

July 24.. a camping site project…

As y’all know this family so enjoys going camping especially Leona. We liked using the State Parks getting a years membership pass,if we had a free weekend we quick pack up and go ,always able to find a nice spot where it was easy for Leona to see, or be carried down to the water,or a nice spot for her just to enjoy her surroundings. Sad to say that all changed when the State Parks started doing reservations ahead of time. It’s hard to say we can go camping a month ahead of time with Stevens work ..if emergency call comes in …well that rather messes up a camping trip plan.

So Steven decided to start looking for a small plot that we could purchase. After much searching,looking… finding prices to large for our liking, Steven met an elderly man selling a lot in a wooded area with nothing done. His price was reasonable, so off the lawyers office we went.

The place is full of nature, and a wonderful lake ,and lovely large trees for shade. It just needed some hard work to set it up for camping. We rolled up our sleeves , put on bug spray,and threw some sweat rags around our necks and got down to work.

Here’s the progress….

We parked our camper in the graveled lane as there are no neighbors close by, using generators ,and bottled water from home the first few times we went to work.

Getting the lane cleared ,and camping site.

Building the camp site…

All the trees that we took down ,we cut up for camping firewood.

Then came the gravel..

I had plenty of clean up work to do as hubby did the tractor work.

LouAnn made our fire ring.

Finished stone ring

Water line being put in

I didn’t get a photo of the electric line going in but was done the same as the water line.

Camper now tucked in among the trees

Where the chair is ,we were cleaning up so a tent could be set up there if one of the children want to join us in camping.

Views of the lake..

There are several ospreys nest there much to my delight,even saw an otter,also it will be good fishing.

Other things that capture my attention…

It’s not been all work 😁

Leona loves that tube,puts her in a humming mood! Which is what she was doing.😄

Now we can once again pack up and go camping when ever it works out,no reservations here.

June 4…. a peek into my world lately

Summer time heat has hit us hard ,and earlier then usual,over Memorial Day week end ,it set a new record in Augusta with temperatures at 101*. We decided to go camping to enjoy the water!

I did a little hiking and come across a lonely grave. It was hard to read but with some finger tracing ,I finally figured out what was in graved in the head stone. It read… Willis Craft born July 1809 died March 21 1874 . After doing some google search ,I learned that he was very active in the community of Elberton,Ga. It was his dying wish to be buried out on his farm,which is now a lovely wooded area. His family was buried in Elberton.

Caroline enjoying a little water herself on a hot day!

The lilies haven’t minded the heat.

My guava tree is blooming for the first year.

And we will have Kiwi this fall!

And all the hard work of mowing,weed whacking,and weed pulling pay off!

How old this century plant is ,I don’t know but I do believe it’s getting some age to it . I’m looking forward to it blooming!

And of course there’s time to notice a little toad!

Hope you are enjoying your soon to be summertime!

May 19… Castlewood Canyon State Park,and the dam

Last posting on our trip to Colorado Springs…

There were two places in the park that were very interesting,the first was the homestead of the Lucas’s.

Here’s the old homestead…. back of house

Inside of house…

The thickness of the walls..

A side entrance…

I still amazed that the house was make out of concrete! Also their barn floor with one trough for feed and the ditch for manure.

Fencing…

Looking out over the valley

More pictures of the trail that we walked with trail was only 5.6 miles, with not as much up and downs!

Also we saw a deer ,a mule deer,… I think

Coming within view of the dam…

Steps going down to cross from one side of the dam ..

Views of the dam..

Information on the dam

The little creek that flows through the valley now…

One can see the sand that was the cause of the dam breaking…

Some items that caught my attention

When we flew out of Colorado Springs it was snowing and cold

A few hours later.. we walked out of the plane to 85* weather.

Atlanta,Ga

Looking out the small plane window as we approached August , Ga which is an hour from our home.

Now we are back home to duties once again.. as the grass continued to grow ,as the weeds did while we were gone,but it felt good to be back !

May 10…. cliff dwellers ,and Pikes Peak

There were so many great places to go see that we didn’t have the chance to see but the Manitou Cliff dwellers was a must for me . I just love places with a history like this.

Some History on these very creative people…. The Anasazi also known as ancient ones lived here 1100 AD to 1300 A.D. They were very skillful in building their homes. Let’s take a look…

There were carvings in stone…

Inside one of the houses,this one housed 9 people…

This oven would be so fun to try out!!

The watch tower…

Their bread flour plant….

And this is amazingly made with horse hair to add a unique design to their pieces… truly made by Indians.

There was a lovely museum,but I was so busy looking at the tomahawks,arrows ,dream makers,and beadwork I forgot to take pictures! The museum was in the Pueblo dwellings ,they lived there after the ancient ones left, they added more buildings but were somewhat different.

Now on to Pikes Peak which has an elevation of 14,115 feet.

The road was very twisted or switched back with a lot of steep ups or down on the way back down,and trust me when I say you don’t want to be on your phone or inattentive while driving for if you went over the edge you would be no more!

It was so cold ,windy but beautifully rugged!

At the top looking over the valley… there was more snow coming so the road was closed shorty after we went down.

On break time… I did a pastel drawing…. my paper was regular tablet paper ,so I had a little harder time getting the pastels to stick to the paper.

Next post Castlewood Canyon state park…..