Saturday, April 29, 2017

Nature geek..........

So far there has been some rain and yes, the latest 'fix' or 'test' of the porch roof has once again not stemmed the tide of dripping water and bowls on my porch.....but in between the rain I went outside to look around..........I think the animals love it when it rains because the humans go inside and they have their nice peaceful world to themselves once again.  It's kind of like how we  feel when company leaves.  I think I surprised a few.....like this pair of butterflies.....
 BTW, I dug around and found my Mother's birding books.....she always loved birds and I knew I had them because I had bought them for her.  I had never really looked in them.....she was the birder, not me! LOL!  But lo and behold I was able to id the bird the other day and learned a few things too!
It was an Eastern Bluebird!   Yay!!!!  The reason I know it was an Eastern and not a Western Bluebird is because it had a white belly and the Western has a blue belly and it was a male that I saw.
 The Sibley's guide was excellent but the other book had a photo but was more about Bird Watching and 'birding' in general which is also very useful....
Of course, anything to do with birds and Miss Peeps is right on it!
The roses are blooming in among my weed bed.....I only grow the hardiest roses as anything that survives with my 'mis-care' must be hardy! LOL!  I grow them for the smell but these don't smell.
I also picked my one blooming peony as it was beaten down by the rain last night and there are more storms on the way....I took a sniff as I love the smell of peonies but ...again....no smell!  I'll have to get my nose checked along with my eyes evidently but I can still smell bacon cooking so all is not lost, thank goodness!
Steve and Mick, 'the roof boys', were here when I got back from Walmart Thursday afternoon and they wanted to test to see if it could be the chimney somehow........so this is what they did.......
Evidently it's not the chimney because it was dripping this morning......
The mystery remains unsolved....I think we may have to call in Hercule Poirot or Maisy Dobbs!
Well, I'm off to 'batten down the hatches' before the next round of rain arrives.  I need to make bread, a salad, fix some strawberries and asparagus and other 'chores'.  Yesterday I got some screens washed after I hooked up my new hose, finished baking off those cookies, and worked on those Easter presents that still aren't done.....yes, you heard me right.....I should know better!  It's Springtime.....it's busier than Christmas around here! LOL!  The temp is 78 (very unstable atmosphere), humid and the wind is really blowing.  A good day to stay inside!  TTYL!
Happy Trails!




 

14 comments:

  1. Oh dear........I was so hoping your leak would be gone. The butterflies are so pretty. That peony is such a rich deep color. So lovely. I am glad you figured out the visiting bird. It was really handsome. It is amazing how busy we are throughout the entire year. There always seems to be something to be done inside and outside.

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  2. Sibley is my favorite book for identifying birds...it's very complete! Hope it stops raining and storming there soon! Hugs, Diane

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    1. It is a great book and I'm glad I have it. The other book I need to read more fully as it has lots of great information in in about everything relating to birds.

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  3. Hi Sam :)) I think it's great that you have those birding books. We see lots of birds here and we thought about making some kind of poster to ID the ones we've seen. It's a nice project idea plus with my camera I can get some good pictures. Your flowers look great! I hope you can figure out the roof problem...at least you have a positive attitude!!! :)

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    1. That's a great idea about your bird poster! I wish I had a better camera but every once in awhile I get a good shot! lol!

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  4. Leaks can be very troublesome to find, can't they? Once we finally replaced an entire roof because we couldn't locate the source. That fixed it! Ha! You've been a busy girl as always. Mandy said it was really hot at her house today. We had the furnace on as it was 32F at the lake this morning with a high of only 53.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Yes, they are hard to locate....I am living proof of that! LOL!

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  5. Golly, I hope they fix that leak.

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  6. Love your book..and flower is so pretty .
    I hope they fix that leak
    Love and smiles x

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  7. Those look like nice, bird books. What great resources you have to learn about the birds in your area. I hope your roof issue gets figured out soon.

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  8. Me too....it's a 'money pit'! LOL!

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