Pesky Raccoons

Take a look at this sweet little face, but don’t let it fool you.  This is a major garden pest.

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These creatures destroy most of our garden melons every year.  This is what they did to the watermelon patch the last two nights.  They ruined at least 25 melons.

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Let me tell you some facts I learned about raccoons.  No matter what you try to do to stop them; nothing really works.  Fencing. electric fencing. cages over melons, devices that make noises, liquids you rub or spray on melons, a pet dog (which they gang up on and can hurt quite badly), live traps (which they are good at escaping from).

Raccoons are mean, mean, mean, and in some areas carry rabies.  Handle melons they have eaten holes in with rubber gloves. Don’t corner them – they will fight back.

I read some interesting stories from folks who tried to control these pests.  One man hired his neighbor and his coon dog to eliminate raccoons from his garden.  He paid his neighbor $10 a head.  The neighbor and his dog eliminated 50 coons from the area in one night.  Never fear – raccoons from other areas will just move in.

One gentleman had raccoons living under his house and in his attic.  He had to hire someone to remove them.

A couple had coons that came to their deck and beat on their windows everyday.  The coons wanted to be fed dog or cat food.  The couple refused to feed them, but it took them a long time to get the coons to go elsewhere.

So good luck if you are able to delete the raccoons from your garden.  I am sure our numerous cantaloupe patch will receive visitors in the near future.  My husband tried sitting outside to watch for them last night, but after awhile he gave up.  You never know the hour they will strike.

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Storms Roared Through

Well, it has been a bad year for gardening and growing flowers – due to storm after storm. I planted several types of sunflowers for the birds and butterflies this year.  The storm Barry that roared through New Orleans and headed straight through Arkansas caused flooding and wind damage.  The red sunflowers, which turned out to be every color – all went down in the wind last night.  Discouragement is not worth my time – I just think – Oh well, a few sunflowers are nothing compared to those who lost their homes or their business.

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Small Simple Moments

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I don’t need extravagant adventures in my life to make me happy.  What makes me content are the small, simple, moments in life.  Extreme moments fade, but small daily pleasures that cross my path bring me joy.

When I relax at the end of each day – tranquil, comforting moments are what make me smile or laugh.  A friend told me a joke that I truly thought was funny.  “Why was the cat so small?  Because it only drank condensed milk.”

I sent my friend a card telling her I was thinking of her.  The next time I saw her I received a smile and a big hug.  She said, “You always make me smile and laugh.  You always lift my mood and make me happy.” I knew she always did the same for me.

Taking my camera out to view nature and capturing some fantastic photos thrills my soul.  How could anyone possibly be unhappy when God blesses us with such a beautiful world to enjoy.

I love visiting friends and talking face to face.  A visit from my daughter or granddaughter brightens my entire day.  In this age of technology – physical human interaction is something we all should seek to do more.

Sitting in the lawn swing in the evening discussing the events of the day with my husband is very enjoyable. We sit and look at the garden trying to grow; despite the tremendous amount of rain we have had lately.  Half of the garden has washed away.

The bluebirds entertain me switching their nest between two bird houses we have placed very far apart.  They have switched their nest material from one to the other three times now.  I laugh – perhaps this is a pair of young bluebirds who need a few years of practice on how to raise a family.  Nope – an infestation of ants.  Tangle Foot around the pole and the ants go elsewhere.

Our blueberries create  a lot of work for us at this time of the year.  But until you have eaten blueberries right off the bush – you don’t know what you are missing.

So give me the small, simplistic, enjoyable pleasures that daily life throws at me.  After all life should be filled with laughs and an occasional joke: “What animal has more lives than a cat? . . .  A frog – it croaks every night.”  And I do hear the tree frogs croaking right now – as the lightening bugs light up the night.

Smile at the end of your day and thank God for the quiet, peaceful, happy moments that fill the days of your life.  These small moments help us get through the rough patches.

Psalm 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

My Favorite View

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My favorite view is my backyard from my kitchen window that faces East.  Living in the country in Central Arkansas is wonderful.  The Spring rains have turned our half acre garden spot into a wet mess and has delayed planting.  My Yellow Delicious apple tree is in full bloom and is attracting several types of butterflies and bees.  The smaller Gala apple tree on the right  blooms several weeks later.

I stand at this window at dawn each morning watching the rabbits chase each other around the yard.  Numerous species of birds love to walk across the muddy tilled ground in search of worms and insects.  Each day I watch the fox squirrel leave the big oak tree to the North and venture through the garden and down to the Southeast corner of the property.  I am never sure why he makes this journey each day, but there must be something very interesting in that corner of the yard.

Our little Wren and his mate visit the base of the apple tree each morning looking for some small insect to eat for breakfast.  This pair of Wrens nests in my husband’s shop each year.  The small Wrens and the Bluebirds are my favorite birds.

The Bluebirds perch high on the power lines and swoop down to the ground for a bug or worm.  I often wish I had their keen eyesight.  We have several pairs of bluebirds that nest in bird houses that my husband has made and  placed on our 3 acre spot of land.

I never fail to be watching out my kitchen window during early morning dawn to capture a glorious sunrise in my camera lens.    I can view the little creatures that inhabit my yard through my kitchen window without disturbing them.

My husband and I often sit in the lawn swing and watch the garden grow.  On a warm day the sun warms our faces as we sit, swing and view nature.  On a very hot day the shade from the apple tree helps cool our brow.

The view through the window every morning makes my day begin with enjoyment and thoughts of what a beautiful world God has made for me to view.  I wish each person in the world had a private and peaceful place that brought them comfort and pleasure.

May God bless each of you with a happy, peaceful day filled with joy and contentment.  May you find a  place to escape the hectic world that swirls madly around us each day.

 

 

Outdoor Beauty

I am often amazed when the sun tries so hard to peek through the clouds or the morning fog.  The pictures I capture often create quite beautiful scenes.  This picture is early morning on a  very foggy day.

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I see such beauty in spider webs.  When the rain or dew covers these delicate webs the beauty is enhanced. This photo was taken on a rainy morning.

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The garden is covered with squash, cucumber, and melon blooms.  The bumble bees love to venture to each bloom for nectar.

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I have no idea what the name of this insect happens to be. It seems to like garlic blooms.  I have never seen this creature in my yard before.  Perhaps one of my blogger friends can name this unique insect for me.

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I will leave you with the sunrise from my back yard that spread across the sky this very morning.  Each sunrise contains a beauty of its own. This sunrise had an unusual array of clouds and colors, which I have never viewed in any other sunrise before.  Do you suppose God did this just for my enjoyment?  I will pretend that He did.

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Mr. Grackle

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Mr. Grackle

Oh, Mr. Grackle on the garden fence,

Your piercing gaze is so intense!

What message does your stare imply?

You ventured to my garden – I know not why.

Is mischief what you plan this fine day,

Or will you soon decide – just to fly away?

The Mulch Thief

We have decided to do part of our garden in plastic containers this year.  We can get free mulch from the town’s parks and roads department.  Well, this little thief is digging in the pots and using what it gathers for nest material,  Here is that thief – The Mighty Titmouse.  Ah Ha

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I see that sneaky look in your eye!

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