Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
We didn't get any photos of him flying away, because the little bugger got away from me. If that had been a program bird, that would have been tragic, but of course this was a release, and he was more than ready to go.
He cooperated quite well, once he got away from us. He sat in a nearby tree and watched us watch him.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Aidan with his fancy butterfly
Maura didn't make a craft...her job is to sit and be cute. A job she does well.
Okay, my token bird picture for the day: See the speck to the right of the lightpole? That's a turkey vulture. In my defense, I was driving at 65 mph in heavy rush hour traffic. I really need to do some serious birding...and I need a scope. (See Bill of the Birds' post about his trip to Africa) I could be getting great pics like that.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
This car was in front of me as we zipped along Montgomery Rd. (For those outside the Cincinnati area, Montgomery is one of the uppity places to live)
I couldn't believe this license plate on this car. If it had been on a Pinto, it would have been funny and I would have appreciated the humor of it. But "AWFUL" on a Lexus?
"Oh, yeah, dude. It sucks to be you."
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The husks and silk went into the compost. Oops, looks like I accidently threw some rat toys in there with some bedding. I don't do much with the compost, and we haven't removed any fresh compost to put on the garden. I started the compost when I read that 30% of landfills are garden and kitchen waste. Please, if you like me at all, don't throw your organic waste in the trash! This modest little compost pile is about 3 feet square and it has saved numerous square feet of stinky landfill.
One of my tiny gardens, out next to the driveway.
In this bed: Left, rhododendron azalea.
Middle, honeysuckle that I have been slashing at for years
Right two, creeping phlox (pink and lavender)
Right background, Blue fescue
And of course no flower bed is complete without a statue of a dog carrying a purse.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Well, I had my first pick up call for RAPTOR tonight. Some folks had found a red-tailed hawk juvenile. After 45 minutes of looking in the dark (and thick woods) I gave up and told them to come back out in the morning and if they found it to put a box over it and call me.
So, it was a nice dry run, anyway!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Since I consider myself a birder, and consider this a birding blog (sort of) I tried to get some pictures of a bird to put on here. A not-great pic of two Carolina Chickadees:
My in-laws have placed their new Christopher Walden print over their fireplace.
(The top bird is an American Kestrel; the bird about to be eaten is a Bobwhite)
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Nic needs a personal trainer. He's getting way too fat for a rat. (Echos of Huey) So I have been making sure he gets exercise every day, while the cats aren't down here mouse-catching.
So there ya go...your rat fix is satisfied.
I do love toy stores...I didn't, until I had kids. Yeah, everything is too expensive, everything has a favorite character on it, most of the stuff is designed to make kids sit on their butts all day...
Except for what I bought today. Lorelei got a LeapFrog magnetic letter/phonics thing, with each letter as a magnet (she loves to rearrange the magnets on the fridge anyway) and a little box that says the letter and what sound it makes. She hasn't stopped playing with it. And her little voice is so cute as she sings the Alphabet song.
Isabelle got a "Planet Frog" habitat. It is like the butterfly habitat we got her for Christmas. We send away for leopard frog tadpoles, and we get to watch them grow up!
Yes, sometimes we get them toys that are just for fun (kids gotta play!) but we try hard to enrich them when we can. With Isabelle, we pulled all the stops, reading to her constantly, exposing her to letters, colors, shapes while she was still a baby: She knew the whole alphabet at 18 months, thank you very much.
With Lorelei, things are a little different...the second child sometimes gets the short end of the stick. But she is learning, late or not, and that's all that matters.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
IT WAS AWFUL.
Bitter, not crunchy the way fresh iceberg is...gross. Geoff didn't even eat it, and that man will usually choke down anything I fix him.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunflowers are so happy-looking...but the one on the end, the one that fell a few days ago, looks like it's giving up the ghost. Or maybe the goldfinches are just being brutal.
This is Aidan, son of our very good friends Mike and Kim. Aidan is three now. Where does the time go? (The cake was made of ice cream...yum)
Monday, July 17, 2006
(Photo by Greg W. Lasley)
Buddha was peeking through a rather large hole in the curtain and I had to get a shot of it. He looks so evil...very unlike his nature.