Monday, June 29, 2009

Mystery Solved

The mystery has been solved about where the baby birds are coming from that are being murdered by Zoe and Chloe. See the daddy bird? See the yellow weeds/flowers on the bottom left? There is a Killdeer nest on the ground to the right of the flowers.

This is momma bird. She flew out of the nest as I approached.

This is daddy bird again. I love how he is looking at me like "Who are you? Go away!"

Three little eggs that I hope will hatch and I hope the babies survive. Part of me thinks this is a beautiful testament to the continuity of life despite the odds of failure (killer corgis, cats, etc...) or maybe killdeer are just dumb birds.

These are weeds I am sure, or "wild flowers", but they really are pretty.

Mom and dad kept a good eye on me while I took pictures. The nest is just on the other side of our fence. When I got the dogs their crates each one came with a dividing wall of black metal wire. We never use them so I took one and I zip-tied it to our fence next to the nest for extra protection. Hopefully I have corgi-proofed the nest.

One final pic of hubby fighting the endless sand-burr battle. Next year pre-emergent is a must.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bird Killers

I decided to crop out most of the dead baby bird that was murdered by our killer corgis. This is the second one they have dragged to the back patio. I think there is a nest of Kildeer somewhere in the yard. They nest in the ground and are numerous on our property. Also we don't have trees that are large enough for birds to build nests in. I think it is just gross!

Don't believe that innocent look!
Nor this one...
Also, another fire behind the house today. This one was farther away.
Not like the fire on Monday. That fire was way too close for comfort!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Garden

I've never had Russian Sage before. At first I thought it was lavender. I really chopped it back in late spring and was tempted to pull it all up. Really, it was just a bunch of sticks just a month or so ago.

But I decided to let it grow and see what happened. I'm so glad I did not uproot it! It is wonderful, unruly, but wonderful! It is full of bumblebees too and that is one good reason to just let it sprawl right now.

My Vinca I planted in the front garden. I love the bright, cheery flowers.

One of the many bumblebees flitting around the Russian Sage. I think I might cut a bunch of the sage and stuff it into the old red milk can we have on the porch and see how it dries. I had a bouquet of it in the house but Noodle didn't like the smell and the tiny blossoms that eventually dropped make a terrible mess.

The front garden. I rescued the pine from the back yard. When we fenced the yard we left about 1/6 of the acre unfenced and that little pine was back there. I brought it around front and I really like it in the garden. We keep it watered and test its needles daily. So good...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

ABCs of Me!

I got this from my sister and thought it would be fun to put here.

A - Age: 47

B - Bed size: King

C - Chore you hate: Cleaning Bathroom

D - Dog's name: Chloe and Zoe

E - Essential start your day item: Coffee

F - Favorite color: Blue

G - Gold or Silver: Silver

H - Height: 5' 5"

I - Iris: Brown

J-Job: 6th grade teacher

K- Kids: 3

L - Living arrangements: Love my home in OK, with Jeff and daughters

M - Mom's name: Marilyn

N - Nicknames: nope

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: none

P - Pet Peeve: people who are late

Q - Quote from a movie: "Well Terry, it sure as shit ain't sad."

R - Right or left handed: Lefty

S - Siblings: 2 bothers + 2 sisters

T - Time you wake up: 6:15am

U- Underwear: Of course, thank you.

V - Vegetable you dislike: asparagus

W - Ways you run late: I don't as a rule

X - X-rays you've had: chest

Y - Yummy food you make: mexican

Z - Zoo favorite: elephants


-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, June 22, 2009

It just may be too hot to blog this week....

Never underestimate an Oklahoma summer day. I thought it would be hot and boring and therefore not a thing to blog about today. I was wrong. This afternoon I noticed a tractor mowing the campground behind us. I really thought he must be horribly hot…it is 103 right now and I’ve no idea what the heat index is. So later I look out my back window and I see smoke and it’s black. I know black means it’s burning, white means water has been added to it. This smoke is really black. I go outside and I see the tractor on fire...

and a grass fire just beyond. This is nearly in my back yard! I was going to call 911...

Then I saw the farmers moving hay faster than that fire could burn. And then...

Our volunteer fire department showed up and kept on top of it. There is a wind today (when is there not?) so the fire kept sparking up and going out only to spark again.

Mowing in 100+ degree weather is never a good idea. Think I'll go put a sprinkler in the back yard.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The big 10!

We decorated Noodle's cake yesterday morning. She chose an under-the-sea theme. Below is the cast of characters. Yes, I used canned frosting. But see my cute dollar-store moon guy? I bought it to put outside on the patio somewhere. I love it and I love even more that it is cute and only cost $1.00. Sorry....back to the cake...

Yum, lots of blue frosting!

Ta-da! How cute! The rocks are chocolate candy rocks. You can actually get them at Wal-mart. Who knew?

Birthday girl!

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my heart around the fact that my baby is ten years old. *sigh*

Love you Noodle!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Zoe needs a pool

The dog days of summer have come early to Oklahoma. We are getting into the high 90's already. Our pool builder is booked until late July so the big blue bowl (pop-up pool) will have to suffice for now.

Zoe likes to swim and be in the water. Chloe is not as interested. We pulled out this tub for Zoe and she loves it. On Monday she played in it a lot and got it terribly dirty. She also drank the dirty water and ended up a little sick yesterday morning. She's fine now and yesterday I kept the water clean for her.

I had to post this. Family...tell me, does she look a lot like her brother or what???!!! And can you believe she will be ten tomorrow?

Monday, June 15, 2009


If you haven't met Chloe (tri) and Zoe (red/white), our Welsh Corgi puppies, then here they are! The other cutie is one of those awesome chicks we spawned.

These pups are giving us fits. The eat and chew everything! I know. I know. They are puppies and puppies chew but I am afraid there will be nothing left of our yard once they are through with summer.

This was my little 4x4 garden. I had peppers, tomatoes, a few herbs, strawberries and onions. Only onions remain as a pitiful testament to all my hard work and the cash plunked down at Lowes. It is now a puppy dirt-box.

I decided to pull up the onions lest they suffer the same horrific demise as their garden cousins.

This was a fruit tree planted by the previous owners. They chewed and chewed...

Until it was dead! Murderers!

I'm trying to grow peppers in pots, since the garden didn't work out. So far, they are safe but the pots aren't.

This is one of our brand, spankin' new chair cushions. The other were chewed and gutted....white fluff littered the yard.

This is their play-yard. See how messy it is? They have no respect for their own space let alone ours!

Chloe: inmate #43259890 Release date: undetermined

Zoe: inmate #29453684 Release date: undertermined