Nothing makes me happier than nature and being outdoors. When I have free time, you can usually find me watching the birds at the feeder, taking a walk around the yard, or tending to my garden in the summer. We live on seven acres that include a pond and woods and we are surrounded by farm fields. This is a record of the sights and sounds of nature around me.

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Foul, Not Fowl Mood

September 20, 2021
Temp: 71 F DP 65 Wind: S 15-20 Sky: Partly Cloudy Yesterday was gross. Temp 88 steady wind 25-30mph. Front moving in as I type. Tornado during the wild weather last week took out several huge spruce at my office building. Allergies. I'm awake half the night, every night. Argument with honey on wa...
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Recent Entries

  • This Morning
    September 17, 2021
    Temp: 59F Wind: Calm Sky: Mostly cloudy, clearing Wild weather night. About 3am the wind was blowing so wickedly, it sounded like someone was trying to pry open the window that was partly open. That was the sound that woke me. Creak, creak. And then a flash of light? Did I see that? Kept my…
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  • Then & Now- Jack in the Pulpit
    September 16, 2021
    Temp: 65F DP 54 Wind: S 10-15mph Sky: Sun, haze Finally a dry day where my shoes didn't get wet from the morning dew. It's been weeks! I walked around the property last evening after sunset and noticed a sugar maple was starting to turn. I'm not ready for summer to end. It goes by…
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  • Then & Now – Cotoneaster
    September 15, 2021
    Temp: 49F Wind: Calm Sky: Sunny The wild asters are in full bloom and popping up everywhere. I've got to hand it to those wild asters--they are just so cheerful even though everything else is dying back. I think they are better suited to spring. They don't fit well in the death and dying of…
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  • More Mushrooms
    September 14, 2021
    Temp: 59F DP 57 Wind: NW 10-15 Sky: Cloudy but clearing Precip: 0.40" A small disturbance move in last night dropping a little rain. The cooler weather is giving rise to a variety of mushrooms. A few years ago around this time, I found a giant puffball mushroom while hiking in a state park.
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  • Shades of Yellow
    September 13, 2021
    Temp: 45F DP 41 Wind: E light Sky: Sunny The positive about the cooler temps is it keeps the mosquitoes less active. Saturday they were so bad I couldn't play outside with my grandson. Drought or mosquitoes, which is worse? A couple pileated woodpeckers visited yesterday. The hummingbird activity...
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  • Then & Now
    September 11, 2021
    Temp: 71F DP 67 Wind: Calm Sky: Partly Cloudy, Smoky haze Twenty years ago, getting my 3 kids (6, 7, 9) ready for school. News of a plane crash, news of more than just a plane crash. Confused, scared parents at the bus stop. Different versions of what was happening. Glued to TV. Spouse kept…
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  • Asters
    September 10, 2021
    Temp: 53F DP 50 Wind: Calm Sky: Sun The wild asters are coming into bloom which means the end of summer is drawing near. So many people love autumn; I am not one of them. To me fall is dying, spark, death, dark. If you've ever witnessed someone dying a slow death you know what…
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  • Then & Now: Grapes
    September 9, 2021
    Temp: 51F Wind: Calm Sky: Sunny The grapes are just about ready to pick. And then it will be a race between me and the critters. Grapes this spring: Grapes now:
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  • No Pics
    September 8, 2021
    Temp: 56F DP 50 Wind: NW 5-10 Sky: Sunny I should have worked yesterday instead of taking the day off. If I had worked, the a-hole behind me at the car wash wouldn't have driven in right behind me and soaped up the back of my car as I was going thru the dryer part.…
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