Kathi (that lurking commenter we all know as KatDoc) invited the girls and me over for the day.
She has been over here with her dogs, and today she returned the hospitality.
The girls were so excited to go to her house when I told them all the neat nature stuff we would be seeing. Isabelle could hardly go to sleep last night, she was so jazzed.
And I am jealous of Kathi's yard.
I am jealous of her purple martins,
...and her multitude of gourds,
...and her horses (Check out those patterns, Julie!),
(Isabelle was scared yet fascinated by them)
...her resident kingbird,
...her new TRES chicks (our TRES eggs have disappeared from the gourd!),
...her juvenile bluebirds,
...her NEW clutch of bluebird eggs,
(The girls learned today from Kathi how to pop heads off plantains)
...and her sweet dogs (But Nellie is still number one dog around here...she came with us today, too),
...her really big pond, stocked with blue gill, catfish and carp,
...really, really BIG catfish (look at the LIPS on that thing!),
...her poison ivy ( Okay, not really jealous of that),
...and the girls and I had a freakin' great time.
Kathi's place reminded me of someone else's land, just on a smaller scale.
I also got a life bird today. I told Kathi that I wanted to see her meadowlark, and she pointed out the song as it came across the yard, and just as we were leaving, she showed me the little guy sitting on a power line across the road. Yay!
Thanks, Kathi, for the great day.
And the skinny on Kathi's blog is that she has one, but is going through growing pains. It's a new thing for her, but I think we can all help her, right?