December 13, 2010

Furry & Feathered Friends

I haven’t posted lately ‘cuz the garden is hibernating.  Yet life goes on.

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked out my kitchen window last Wednesday morning (on one of the coldest days of the season) to see one of my feathered friends.

12 11 Bluebird A bluebird!   
I don’t see them around much so I was surprised to see one on this chilly morning.  Sitting atop the feeder pole.  The feeder was empty so perhaps he was sending a message.  Seed is not their food-of-choice but I have seen them eating it when meal worms, etc. are not available.

On another note, have you ever seen a Pug after Thanksgiving turkey consumption?
12 11 ElsaOn a tryptophan high!  Conked out and snoring to beat the band!  Haha!

And then there’s silly Cally cat who randomly decides to play dead.
12 11 Cally She just drops on her back and doesn’t move!  It shocked me the first time she did it but I’ve gotten use to it.

A pleasant we al meander our way through the holidays, remember soon it will be time to check out the seed catalogs!  Hurray!

November 9, 2010

Unchartered Territory – The Pug & I

My butt has respectfully requested that I get off of it.  It is annoyed with me.  As am I, with it.  Soooooo……. before I have to resort to the treadmill (and the dreaded shin splints that I get while using it), I am getting out in the great outdoors.    So much more pleasurable.

So last week the Pug & I ventured over to the town reservoir.  I was there a awhile ago and it was not a great place for walking but a couple of years ago the Town set up a parking area and unbeknown to me, now there is somewhat of a path.  

11 07 Elsa

11 07 Elsa 2Of course they are largely obscured by gazillions of leaves!

11 07 Moss At this time of year any color on the forest floor POPS!

11 07 Tree mushrooms

11 07 Ferns

11 07 Red Berries These little red berries, and I do mean little – the plants were only about 2 or 3 inches tall, just caught my eye amongst all of the brown.

11 07 Mini conifers
Newborn evergreens I assume?

11 07 Mushrooms on a tree
Mushrooms growing 20 (or so) feet up in the tree canopy.  Isn’t nature amazing??

11 07 Birdhouse
I was kind of surprised to see this.  Probably a recent installation since the wood still looks kind of new.

 11 07 Swans
One of God’s beautiful creatures….the swan.
They are curious creatures and approached us along the shoreline.
11 07 Swans 2
Probably hoping for food.  The Pug (aka city dog) had a bark-fest – they were not bothered in any way.

11 07 Elsa wants to go home
Can we go home now?  I’m thirsty……and pooped!

I have been down to the reservoir 4 or 5 times this past week and plan to do so until the snow comes.  I will post more about my adventures – boring as they may be!  Fun for me though.    And Elsa.   And my butt thanks me.

November 2, 2010

Brrrr……One Warm Coat

It’s incredible how affected we are by the weather isn’t it?  Here in New England we flip flopped from unseasonably warm temperatures last week, to unseasonably cold this week.   Time to pull out the winter woollies!

The nip of cold sent me running for the coats, sweatshirts and socks!  I am kind of anti-sock and each year I put off wearing them for as long as possible.  Their appearance on my feet is a sure sign of things to come yet I feel fortunate to have what I need to keep me warm.  Not everyone does.

Each year when we pull our coats out of summer storage, we downsize the collection.  With three daughters, there are always a few to pass long.   Last year I found an organization that collects coats for those in need.  It is nationwide and you can donate a single coat or organize a drive.

One Warm Coat Logo
How about you?  Need to free some closet space?  Want to help someone in need?  Want to do a green “deed”?
Recycling image

I am joining Suzan of Old*Grey*Mare for the November edition of Project Genesis.  Won't you?


October 27, 2010

A Wonderful Autumn Day

The garden may be over for the season but Autumn is still a wonderful time to be outdoors.  Yesterday was one of those days!
10 26 Temp
And that was in the shade!

10 26 Laundry A perfect day for bedding on the clothesline.

10 26 Back view
Leaves are quickly covering the ground.  Oh, and acorns too!  I think there are approximately 3 trillion of them in my yard.

10 26 Smudgie
Smudgie sunning.

10 26 Elsa 
Elsa (aka City Dog) enjoys nature’s bounty of acorns as toys.

10 26 Brug
The brugs are enjoying the weather – no longer panting from excessive heat.

10 26 Watering
I don’t ever recalling having to water in October!

10 26 Geranium
Geraniums really seem to enjoy cooler weather.
Last year I was in a little store where they bring in their geranium flower boxes and over winter them in a window.  Even though it’s a drafty spot, they survive and actually thrive.  I may try that this year.

I hope you are enjoying good weather too.

October 13, 2010

The First Miner Rescued in Chile

The first of the Chilean miners was rescued from the San Jose mine about 1 1/2 hours ago.   The thought of being contained 1/2 mile under the earth's surface for 69 days is much more than my mind can fathom.

Please pray that the other 32 are brought home safe and sound to their families.

September 30, 2010

Paper Pollution in your Mailbox - Project Genesis

On the 1st day of each month Suzan aka Old*Grey*Mare  hosts a meme where people are invited to share their tips for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.    Aptly named “Project Genesis”.   

One day at a time.  One person at a time.  One thing at a time.
The common mindset used to be that a single person could not possibly make a difference.   I never agreed with that notion.  In my mind, we can all make a difference.    A “grassroots” effort.  Each of us can make a difference.  Like a cold, we can be contagious.  

So let me get on my proverbial “high horse”.  Paper pollution is not only wasteful but extremely annoying.    I used to get stacks of mail that were 1 to 2 inches thick.   There were days when I thought I might have to hire a mail handler!  Opening my mailbox to 8+ credit card applications and 1,2, 3 or more catalogs was not unusual.  That WAS then.  Then I signed up with Catalog Choice.

Catalog Choice

It’s easy and it’s free!   And it really works!   Just add the names of the catalogs that you get but don’t want to receive.   Within a short time, the catalogs stop.   You can add more catalogs  as needed.  It  made huge difference in the amount of junk mail that I get.

My other huge pet peeve is credit card offers but you can also stop receiving them here:  

Opt out logo

You should know that they will ask for your personal information (including SSN) so you should read it carefully and make your own decision.    It has reduced the credit card offers in my mailbox 98%.

Don’t forget to to visit Suzan aka Old*Grey*Mare  to see and share more tips on living a more earth friendly lifestyle.

September 16, 2010

Fall is in the Air - Out & About – Fertilizer Friday

Wow!   Fall sure didn’t creep in this year!  We went from 90 degrees and sweltering to a high of 70 and very cool nights in just a few days.

September 8th was the last time I had visitors at the Hummingbird feeder.
09 12 Hummer
I figured it might be the last time.  Boohoo - until next year.

The Morning Glories were in full swing just a few days ago…..
09 12 Morning glories ….and now they are fading.

The daturas are still blooming but…..
09 12 Dat pod
…..starting to put out seed pods for next year.

One of the prettiest weeds is showing up everywhere….
09 12 Pokeweed
Pokeweed!  I love those deep purple berries.

On a recent jaunt, my new roomy, a former city dwelling dog, is being introduced to the suburban life.
09 12 Elsa
A few days ago on a trip to a pond a few minutes from here, Elsa met some new “beasts”.  And much barking ensued.

09 12 Horse on a hill
“What is that!?!?!” she barked.

The beasts were very curious too.
09 12 Horses at the gates

There were every bit as interested in her as she was in them.
09 12 Black horse
They followed us along the fence.  And at one point even showed off by kicking up their heels and prancing around.
09 12 Chestnut horse
I would have loved to get a little closer but didn’t want to spook the horses.  Maybe next time.

So what’s going on in your neck of the woods?  A good place to see what 's going on elsewhere is to visit Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.

September 9, 2010

Waning Days of Summer

It’s no secret, the days of summer are quickly shortening.  From the 8:30 sunset of just a few weeks ago to the 7:08 sunset last night.   Days are shorter, nights are cooler and good old Fall is creeping in.  I love Fall.  It’s that “other” season that follows it that I don’t like so much. 

In past years this would be the time I would ponder putting the garden to bed.  Not this year.   The tomatoes are still doing well yet other things have been yanked out.  Making room for a few experiments.

I planted these a couple of weeks ago…

0908 Beets

0908 Peas

0908 Turnip
Will they be ready before the frost?  I dunno.  But I would never know if I didn’t try!  We shall see.

Today I added these…..
0908 Baby SPinach
30 days to maturity.  Maybe.

0908 Salad Mix
42 days.  Maybe.

I’ve had a new helper in the garden this year.  One of my daughters has moved back in (until further notice) and brought with her, her  four legged friend.  Ms. Elsa (aka:  Salsa, Sausalito, Monkey, Bubby, and so and so on.). 

It has become a daily ritual for her to check on the veggies with me.  Oddball that she is, she has taken to eating a few things that I harvest.

0908 Pug 1
She loves freshly cherry tomatoes and peas.   Today I offered a sweet banana pepper.

0908 Pug 2
Yup.  She liked that too.

It is with mixed feelings that I say goodbye to summer (not yet, but soon!).  I do welcome the cooler temperatures for sure.  Enjoy the waning days!

September 1, 2010

Buy Local - Project Genesis

I recently came across a blog that sparked my interest.   It’s interesting, and fun, and sometimes more than just skin deep.  Just the kind of thing that I like to read.  It is hosted by Suzan aka Old*Grey*Mare.


Suzan is hosting a monthly (1st of each month) blog post where everyone can share tips for living a more socially responsible life.  Aptly named “Project Genesis”.   (Suzan, I hope you don't mind that I used your header.  Just this once.)


I remember back to the earliest days of recycling.  In my town, in Canada, that was more than 20 years ago.  Back then, the consensus was kinda “what one person does, doesn’t make much of a difference”.   And the experts agreed.  It had to be widespread.   Regardless, I didn't care who said I wasn’t making a difference, with just a little amount of conscious thinking, it quickly became habit in our house.   I can only imagine how much has been kept out of landfills from just our family.

Now, something else has been on my radar recently with the recent outbreak of salmonella in the egg industry .   The television coverage of these recent events has made me cringe, turn away, and change the channel.   And cry.    I suppose I have been functioning in “ignorance is bliss” mode.  The way these poor creatures are forced to live is heartbreaking.  

So next on my agenda is to become more diligent about buying local eggs. 


I already buy whatever I can locally and this is just one more reason to support our local farms.    Fresher food and money spent in the local economy.  Why not?

I think each and every one of us can make a difference.