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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4-Day Weekend

July 1, 2022
Temp 77F Sky Clear I took today off because, well, why not?? And today is a perfect day of great temperature, no humidity, light breeze. I spent the morning in the garden, thinning and weeding, and it looks pretty good now. Lots of pics of the state of the garden. The new growth of a…
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Recent Entries

  • Rain! And Wild Raspberries
    June 30, 2022
    Temp 68F DP 67 Sky Cloudy Precip 0.40" I heard some rumbling in the early morning hours but fell right back to sleep. So I was surprised to see the rain guage registering .4 of much needed rain this morning. When I got up I checked the temp on the thermometer in the bedroom.  Interesting…
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  • First ‘Seed’ Flowers
    June 29, 2022
    Temp 67F Wind SE 5 Sky Clear I woke this morning thinking of how much I love these long days of summer. Sitting outside in the screen room reading until 10pm with the sky still not completely dark, fireflies blinking here and there. Waking at 5am to the sound of birds and the sky already…
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  • Motherwort
    June 28, 2022
    Temp 67F Wind S 5-10 Sky Partly Cloudy Dog got into something over the weekend that made him very sick, throwing up several times during the morning. He seems to be better today. As I was walking this morning I heard a crack which made me jump. The squeaky branch finally snapped. It's been squeak...
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  • Why, yes. Please. Do poop on my property.
    June 27, 2022
    Temp 54F Sky Clear Temps struggled to reach 70 over the weekend and strong winds made it feel colder. But that didn't prevent me from getting a walk in along the paved trail. I consider walking 2 miles against 20mph winds resistance training. Yesterday as I started out I noticed something white w...
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  • Drying Up
    June 24, 2022
    Temp: 78 Sky: Partly Cloudy Things are starting to dry up from the high heat and strong winds we've had for the last week. The last precip was 10 days ago, and that was only a quarter inch. Otherwise it has been 3 weeks since a good rain. It is what it is. Honey said…
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  • Elderberry (Part 2)
    June 23, 2022
    Temp 72 DP 59 Sky Clear We had a beautiful evening last night for gathering with the kids and grandkids. The strawberry picking took all of 5 minutes because a squirrel got in there and ate most of the remaining berries. But grandson had a blast running after dog, and dog had a blast trying…
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  • Picture Problem Resolved
    June 22, 2022
    Temp 69F DP 58 Sky Clear One thing I do not like is when my phone updates and as a result changes my app settings. After this recent update, the camera started saving pics as heic instead of jpg and OD doesn't upload heic. Apparently heic is largely associated with iPhones, but I have android,&he...
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  • Nope.
    June 21, 2022
    Temp 78F DP 71 Sky Clear Yesterday was a miserable day. Temp up to 98, wind at 20-25mph. It is taking a toll on the plants. I've been out watering the essentials every evening but it looks like the strawberries are drying up. Grandson is coming tomorrow and there won't be any berries to pick.&hel...
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  • Chirping Tree
    June 20, 2022
    Temp 80F DP 72 Wind S 15-25 Sky Clear It was 78 when I got up at 6, tells you what kind of day we had yesterday and will have today. I'm mad at myself because last week when it was pleasant, I opened the basement windows to air it out. I thought I closed…
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