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Cute Little Thief

10242009 049Jan was in the computer room earlier and I went back there to chat with her, and I mentioned I had fed the birds earlier- she thanked me and then commented “Yesterday? The feeders are half empty!” I told her “No, just about 2 hours ago!” Thats when we noticed we had a little chipmunk that kept jumping up on the feeder and filling his cheeks… I bet he made 15 trips getting seed while we watched. Cute Little Thief!

Here’s the view from the computer room

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Mushroom madness

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It seems we don’t have a shortage of mushrooms around here!

The Aliens Have Landed

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Sunday Stroll

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Nothing much…

Nothing much...Not much new going on around here. The last few days Jan and I have both been worn out from our work outside. The work itself wouldn’t be so bad- but with the heat and humidity it sure wears you out. Stubby will turn 4 this week. Hard to believe. He has really become a confident little dude- for those of you that have met him, you know that he use to be very skittish and shy. Earlier this week, Jan and I spread the rest of the mulch we had. We put it in an area in the backyard. We had to go get another truckload so later we can finish it up. We also transplanted a few Mountain Laurels. Originally there were some railroad ties that were used as a boundary for the “flower bed”. We’ve moved those and under one we found an Eastern Mud Salamander. It was such an awesome color.

Sitting down on the job…

Sitting down on the job...
Jan caught me sitting down on the job today… literally! We got a second load of river rock to place along the wall at the driveway.
Sitting down on the job...
About a year and a half ago, Jan and I had our driveway widened, and put up a cinder block wall to help keep all the red mud where it belong (which is NOT in the driveway) We planted a couple of Roses, Indian Hawthorne bushes and some Juniper Rug along the top of the wall and we finally getting around to putting some of the “finishing touches” to the project. Last spring we did put down some mulch- but I think the river rock will make a nice border. We are gonna go get a load of black mulch to fill in the area directly around the plants. At some point down the road we need to get some flat blocks to lay along the top of the cinder blocks to finish it off as well.
Sitting down on the job...
Sitting down on the job...Here’s an odd looking mushroom I found in the plants today. I’m not sure what kind it is- but I thought it was pretty cool! I found another surprise while picking up little sticks and such… a snake! It was just a black snake- and I could have probably let him be- but Jan is scared of snakes (who can blame her) so I killed it… As I was scooping it up with the hoe to throw off into the ditch, the neighbor dog, Bonnie, started growling and carrying on and barking (which she never does unless there is a good reason) Jan went over to see what was up, and Bonnie had found a Copperhead! By the time I got over there with the hoe to kill it, the snake had already coiled up and was ready to strike at Bonnie. Thank goodness she alerted us to the “danger”! Good dog Bonnie- I think we ought to call her Lassie!

GSM time…

Jan and I spent some time in the Great Smoky Mountains- to be more specific, just outside of Townsend, TN. We rented a cabin for the weekend and spent some time just relaxing, checking out some crafts & antique stores and cruising through Cades Cove. The cabin was located just off the “Little River” We didn’t have direct river access since we were on a bluff, but we could listen to the water rush by while kicking back on the porch.
GSM time...
GSM time...
One of our favorite things about the GSM is Cades Cove. It’s an 11-mile one-way loop that tours a historic settlement. One of the neatest things about Cades Cove is the wildlife. This trip we saw about 2 dozen turkey, half a dozen deer and a bear. I’m kicking myself for not having a tripod- I wasn’t able to get a clear shot of the bear- but you get the idea anyhow. The cove is now a free access National Park.

GSM time...

If you plant it… It will grow!

If you plant it... It will grow!

It’s been just less than a week since the yard was covered in top soil and seeded, and we now have grass! Granted, it’s not thick, and isn’t growing everywhere yet. But we have grass none the less! Now lets just hope this frog isn’t a grass eating frog!

Teenagers…

Teenagers...

I blogged the other day about the young Green-Backed Herons we have at our lake. At the time I thought we had 3 of them. Today, I saw 5 of them at one time. They really kept me amused the whole time I was out fishing. They fought and played like a bunch of kids. One of them fell in the water and you would have sworn that he was being murdered- he was squawking like crazy. One of them got up from laying on a branch and he needed to stretch- it was the funniest thing. First he stretched out his neck and body… then he took his left wing and using his left foot- stood on his wing and stretched his back- he then used his right foot to do the same thing with the right wing. I had never seen anything quite like that before.

Teenagers...
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Offspring…

Offspring...
Back in May I posted the picture (below) of a Green-backed Heron. Well today I spotted his offspring- I was only able to get a photo of two, but there are at least 3 of them. I wonder if they will all stay at the lake?
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