Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crepe Myrtes

 This is my grandmother's very pretty bright pink Crepe Myrtle.  She has three of them around her house.  This one was the brightest in color and also attracted the most bees.  It stayed in bloom a lot longer than the others.  I think it is due to the partial afternoon shade it has.  With summer almost at an end the little monster and I agreed to help her trim up the spent blooms this fall.  Hopefully next year they will be just as pretty for her to enjoy.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Late Summer Blooms

School has started and the weather is still steaming!  I am very excited about our Calla Lilies that are still in bloom.  They never reached the deep purple we wanted, but they are still very pretty.  It has not rained in weeks and the temps are still staying right at 100.  The high temps are making the little monster cranky and tired after school and homework.  The flowers are hating the dry, hot air.  I am tired of the heat and can not wait for a nice two day long cool, steady rain.  I have reading to catch up on and a rack of ribs waiting for a long cook in the oven.  For now, it is too hot to bake or turn the  oven on for more than a few minutes.  The dry air is full of dust bringing on allergies with massive sneezing even in the dog.  All of the potted plants have been moved into mostly shade and need massive water daily.  The only two left blooming are the Lilies and my new rusty colored mums.  The mums are a little early, but I noticed the local stores are stocking up on fall colored mums.  If mine stop blooming before Halloween I can always get more.  They have always been one of my favorites.  I would love a porch full of dark red and orange mums to great guest and little kids on Halloween.

Nothing to worry about now since no one is out moving around in the heat.  It is nice to see a little green and flashes of color in the yard that is surrounded by very dry grass and trees already loosing their leaves from lack of water.  (we have way too much land and too many trees to water everything) Hope you enjoy the last of our summer blooms while we wait for rain and ripe pumpkins!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Game Camera: Natural Trophy

After a long wait for the little monster, we finally saw a few pictures of our raccoon we released to a safer place.  He seems to have found a new family as there were many different pictures.  We also caught a few rabbits, hogs, coyotes and of course deer of all sizes on the camera.  The little monster was happy to see his relocated friend happy and still a little cranky. 

After finding a few pictures here, my husband relocated the camera to a new area.  He sat if up for a few weeks before checking the pictures.  He came home with over 900 photos from that time.  All were of deer.  Most were does with their little ones running around.  One strange picture was of a doe on her back feet standing up to fight off a younger doe.  The strangest pictures are the ones I am about to post.  I have never seen anything like this except for on tv and is usually retained within the fences of a hunting ranch where daily feeding to maximize growth is used.  This picture however, is 100% natural, "free range" deer from the middle of nowhere.  There are a few dirt roads in the area, but no houses for miles.  The land is owned and used for the harvest of timber to make paper products.  I know this is not the largest deer on record, but it is a lot larger than we usually see in this area. 

If you zoom this last picture up, you can see another deer at the tip of his horns.  This is average size of a good mature buck for the area the pictures were taken in. He is also in the first picture, but harder to see.  Here  he looks tiny!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Game Cam

So far this  week we have not captured any of the relocated racoons.  We did find a tiny and thin little doe that decided to lick the  camera.  We do not know why she looks so thin.  There are plenty of food options in the area.  She looks really young and she was alone so this could be the problem.  Or she could be the momma that lost her baby to a coyote this summer. 

She just looks so sad.  We are taking her a little corn down today.  Hopefully she will find it soon and so will the coons.  On the other hand, the little monster is eating more than ever during his first week of school. It usually takes his a good two weeks to get back in the swing of things during the first of the school year as well as after Christmas break. Today was the day that the excitement left the house and the complaining returned. His favorite is "You are the worst Mommy ever.  I do not want to go to school."  Some how it is my fault that he has to get and education. 

He likes school, his teacher (finally) and all of his friends.  His problem is being told to wake up.  He is a cranky little monster in the mornings that will have a few toys taken away if he does not correct his attitude. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Trapping Garden Creatures

After a long break during the heat of the summer to have a some fun with the little monster, we are back with tons of new stories and pictures.  First and foremost, he would like everyone to know that one of his dreams came true. He went for another horse ride.  He is still talking about it and all he would talk about at school when it was his turn to share what happened over summer break. 

The first thing he would like for me to write about is his little adventure with a few creatures that stalked the large trash can that holds the fish food.  Every night they would break in and eat the food, make a mess then leave without a trace.  The poor garden was tortured all summer a pack of these hungry things.  On top of that, you would think we had a bunny farm out back. (Which was what the trap was intended to catch as well.)

The little guy found a trap, set it up with a little peanut butter one night.  It worked. He caught a shy little guy.  He was relocated miles away to a very secluded wooded area where we have pictures of them thriving and growing to massive sizes.

Next, he caught "scrappy".  This feisty little guy wanted to eat the dog and break free from the cage as soon as he could.  He barked and growled more than the dog, which is very unusual since my dog tries to kill everything moving.  We left the dog at home for this relocation too. 

My son thinks he will see them again and is very hopeful.  He probably will this fall, but I am happy they are gone. They can eat up a lot of food in one night. Our game camera is set up close to the release site.  Maybe we will have a few pictures next week.  For now we are in full back to school mode.  Things are a lot smoother this year so far and he actually having fun!

Here is a video of one of the released and angry animals.

Monday, July 15, 2013

First Watermelon

This weekend we found our first two watermelons on the vine.  They were both hiding under a few weeds we cleared out.  Both are around five inches in length, so we have a little while before harvest.  It felt amazing to find our first tasty little treats hiding.  Hopefully we will have a few more producing this week.  We finally got a couple of little rain showers so maybe that will help with growth.  We have rain all around us and the little melons would love another drink.

We have newspaper ready to place underneath them to soak up extra moisture and prevent rotting.  As of now, it does not look like we will have enough moisture to need them in the near future.  The tiny little showers are soaked up in the dry ground very fast and a little movement is all they need so far.  Every few days we will turn them a little to prevent on side from flattening. I like nicely rounded melons. How is your garden after the weekend?

Friday, July 12, 2013


Here are a few fireworks we set off for the fourth.  The little monster loved them.  We threw in a few sparklers at the end.  He had so much fun he talked his uncle into doing it again a few nights later.  This did not require much talking since my brother had already planned on the activity on a night he was off. 

My first time shooting fireworks.  The little guy loves the pictures so I have to share them. I need a little more practice, a few pieces of new equipment and more colorful fireworks.