Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Hawk Visit

I haven't seen the hawks for a while. Though my husband reported that a small hawk had gotten the baby birds from the nest out near our mail box. The momma bird was very protective of her little babies and would swoop at John every time he got the mail. When I would leave for work I could see the little heads pop-up waiting for breakfast. Then about a week ago he said he had seen a small hawk sitting on our mail box and the momma bird doing her best to distract him away from the nest but apparently she wasn't successful.

I had planned to blog about the mailbox birds. It was funny how much of a challenge it became to gather our mail without being flogged by momma bird. We wore hats, carried umbrellas, took the dog with us but nothing dissuaded little momma. It truly was really quite funny. And while I understand it's all part of nature, it was still a bit sad to think of the little birds being lunch for the young hawk.

Fast forward to today, we had another visit by a hawk. We've had a lot of rain recently and the frogs are having a field day in our backyard.

By the time I got to the back door with my camera, he had his prize and was sitting on our fence enjoying his treasure.

I was concerned that the sound of my camera was going to scare him away so I tried to be as still and quiet as possible.

He eventually went back to eating.



After about fifty pictures being snapped he seemed to realize I was standing on the deck.

He gave me a hard look

Then decided it was time to leave
Hawk-<span class=

I had my camera set for a fixed focus so this picture isn't as clear as it could have been
Hawk-<span class=

Good by neighbor.
Hawk-<span class=

Have a great weekend.


Monday, July 20, 2009

More Adventures in Baby-Sitting!

We have laughed so much at these dogs this past week. They are so much like jealous children wanting all the attention for themselves. Wanting each others toys. I've been amazed they didn't fight over food, but perhaps that is because we did feed them in different locations in the house.

They were a hoot!

Trixie liked the large rope toy, and Zeke wanted her small rope toy.



When I would be using my laptop while sitting in the recliner, I'd look up and see this face looking at me very intently.

I ask you, how can I work when he's looking at me like that?

Then there's this:

All 65 pounds of Boxer was curled up in little Trixie's dog bed... I can tell you she really wasn't happy about that. Not one bit!


He didn't care if he was too big for the bed, he was going to sleep there no matter what.
Zeke in Trixie's bed

He's at home now but something tells me Trixie isn't going to miss him right away. But they did enjoy running around the house stealing each others toys.

However, I'm going to miss ole Zeke. He is just such a clown!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Adventures in Babysitting

Well, we're not keeping our grandson, but the grandog, Zeke the Boxer.

He and our Papillon are trying to determine what their relationship will be. He has a fondness for her delicate toys and she wants his toys. Just like children, they can also be jealous of each other. So petting times can be a bit overwhelming. It has been a challenge to keep control but so far so good.

For such a big dog Zeke is gentle, but he is still a two year old Boxer and he can be a bit rambunctious. I have always worried that our little dog Trixie, might get hurt playing with him just because of the size difference. However, she has been holding her own and will run to us if she feels overwhelmed. But she has also been standing up to him and even took away his ball leaving him looking very confused.

She does have an attitude and has not been afraid to stand her gound.

I think we will all survive this week without any lasting injuries.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ramdom, Very Random

I've been very busy for the last couple of weeks and haven't had time to post. I hated to let another Friday go by without posting something. So I looked up a picture I liked and plopped it in. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that I'll actually have time to put some of the thoughts and ideas I have rumbling around in my mind on this blog. But until then I hope you like this little picture as much as I do.



Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Fourth Of July

We had a wonderful time with our son and his family on the 4th.

They cooked out on the grill [yummy burgers, hot dogs and chicken!]

We played with our beautiful Grandson and had a wonderful time.

Were you speaking to me?

I LOVE this kid!!!!
I can't wait until I have teeth and can eat some of that yummy smelling food!

I hope your 4th of July was wonderful too.