Tuesday, December 12, 2017


With the promise of snow, ice and rain, we have no school. I am going back to bed as I am also sick! UGH...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snow Storm Total

We got 6" of snow from this storm. The first snow plow of the season went by, as did the sand truck. Then, the daytime temp rose above freezing.

Here is the next week's weather. We are in for a mess on Tuesday, if that storm pans out. We should get between 3-5 inches of snow mixed with rain. Absolute UGH to that storm. We had so much mixed precipitation last year that it was almost a bust snow-wise with tons of ice. It looks like this is the weather future for us this year as well. By the way, this is a weak La Nina year.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

My new hat and our first winter storm!

Neighbor hound, Sugaree, was kind enough to pose with me!
I went to a local craft fair last weekend and bought my newest winter hat. I love, love, love it! The only problem that Drew has with the hat are the owl's ears. Me? I don't quibble about fluffy ears. Any owl would be proud to sport them;-)
Here is a close-up of the hat. It is a grainy photo, but you get the gist of it!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly Weather

I know, I know...when are we going to actually enter into winter-like weather? Well...after next Saturday, we'll be dumped into the deep freeze. Yay!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Weekly Weather

Well, it is still going to be somewhat warmer than usual this week. Although, there are days when it feels so raw and cold! The wind can suck the warmth right out of our bodies...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bertie McBat

Bertie McBat is made from saw blades, a wrench and nuts.
Well, the metal work doesn't stop at the big bird. Liberty Farm and Forge allowed me to choose a smaller piece for free, since I'd purchased one of their larger pieces of art.
Bertie McBat sits atop a long pole that sticks into the ground.
He will travel from garden to garden in search of mosquitoes!
I chose the bat. I respect little brown bats because they are voracious eaters of mosquitoes, and I Love Bertie McBat! Look at those chompers!

Ernest P. Mower Bird

I name thee "Ernest P. Mower Bird."
Wow, what a day! I attended the craft fair at Mt. Ararat High School, with Neighbor Shannon, and came home with quite a haul. I love supporting local artists, and fell in love with some metal work last year but didn't purchase it. This year, I felt the tug of longing for one of the big birds. We went to check them out and I just couldn't resist.
Ernest P. Mower Bird covets the bird seed at the feeder!
This big, metal bird was created by John Liberty who, along with his wife Debbie, scours the earth for old metal tools, farm implements, etc. At Liberty Farm and Forge he crafts the artwork. "Ernest P. Mower Bird" is named for our dearly departed neighbor, Ernie. Why? Well, Neighbor Ernie loved sitting atop his mower all summer long. He had a beeeautiful yard...And, Neighbor Ernie would have loved to have crafted something like this. He too was artistic and ingenious.
Ernest P. Mower Bird checks out the stump next to the wood pile
Ernest P. Mower Bird's feet, legs and tail were crafted from scavenged parts of an old McCormick-Deering spring-tooth harrow which was used to till the land for farming. You can also see the big, old wrench used for his neck.
Ernest P. Mower Bird checks out yet another stump.
I think he might want to eat some moss and shrooms!
A well casing was used for his body and lawn mower blades were used for his beak. He is one handsome bird. He has spikes on the bottom of his feet that push into the ground so that he can stand on his own anywhere in the yard. Gosh, I love this bird!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Flying Squirrel sighting

This afternoon, Drew was on the roof cleaning out the gutters. While he was on the back side of the roof, he was afforded a direct view into the hairy woodpecker hole, in the ash tree next to the back porch. To his surprise, he found himself in a staring contest with a pair of large eyes that belonged to a small squirrel (between the size of a red squirrel and a chipmunk.) The squirrel vacated the hole and scampered to the opposite side of the tree trunk where Drew lost sight of it. The only squirrel that we know of with large eyes is the northern flying squirrel! I know that they must be around as I saw one about 16 years ago, but I can never catch sight of them as they are nocturnal. Yahoooo! Now, I really want a trail camera to capture their activity;-) Gotta start saving my pennies!