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cultivating your bird of prey garden?
December 31, 2009, 8:55 pm
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yesterday.  lunch.  i was home, romping with cody bear.  pickles was chewing a stick.

swoop.  coming at us, then changing directions suddenly….a bird.  the red of it’s eye distinctive.

it then landed in a tree behind my fence.  all that was visible…again, his red eye.  oh my camera with the long lens was at work!

it took off for a better perch farther away, then landed again.  i ran in and got my rebel.  just as i jumped onto a chair to look over the fence it took off again, in serious pursuit!

a cooper’s hawk…

isn’t she lovely?

and then she was gone….

have you heard of butterfly gardens, and hummingbird gardens?  i used to joke about cultivating a “bird of prey” garden.  it was when i did wildlife rehab.  (we had sick senses of humor.)  i said i would put out bird feeders to lure song birds and the raptors would follow.  that was year’s ago and i was only kidding.  but, ever since my thrasher baby birdies were eaten i’ve realized….i kinda sorta have a bird of prey garden.

actually, with all the beetles and lizards, even the smaller predatory birds enjoy the lot.

anyway, you can IMAGINE how excited i was to have that hawk in my yard yesterday!  gorgeous bird!

cactus….i love you.
December 30, 2009, 4:25 pm
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it’s the little things really, the surprises, the small flashes of color, that make life enjoyable.

so, about 6 years ago my neighbor gave me a bunch of cuttings from succulents where she had been house sitting.  one was a 6 inch long sprig of christmas cactus.  i stuck it in a pot, way too large for the wimpy thing, and put it inside on a book shelf at the window overlooking the front step.  the other plants, stayed outside where they are flourishing to this day.

on the phone with my mom that week i was telling her about my new plants.  when i mentioned the christmas cactus she made a point of letting me know that ….it was going to die.  they never live, according to her.

it has filled the pot.  it has flourished, but nary a blossom. 

i mentioned the little things.  how they are so important for happiness.  when you’re hurried and stressed, that is when you notice the little things the least.  but that is when you need to notice them the most.

christmas eve i was rushing to pack the car to get out of town.  home from work, wrap the gifts, make sure all the dog’s meds are packed, will the car make the drive, yadda yadda. 

a flash of pink out of the corner of my eye as i walk out the door.  “what the?”

2 blossoms and 3 buds.  i called my mother, elated, of course!

by the time i got back many blossoms had appeared. 

isn’t it beautiful?  the pads were covered in dust.  i took it outside and dusted it with a soft paint brush, then put it on my honda for some photos.

i love it.

wild, wild world . . . with a bird and a sand wedge.
December 28, 2009, 4:01 am
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goodbear hit the greens again today!  and looky looky what she saw!

a swainson’s hawk!  awwwwesome!

well, when we started our round i asked my brother if i got a birdie would he buy me a new set of taylor made hybrids.  he agreed, so confident was he that i could not get a birdie!  he said the hawk on the 11th hole didn’t count.  grrr.

i wound up in the sand alot, which i don’t mind, really.  here is the view from one sand trap:

i looked up and saw this:

cool trees.   like from the movie “it’s a wild, wild world.”

tomorrow is my last day of vacation.  i’ll have to head home.   sadness.

how christmas….rolls…
December 25, 2009, 6:32 pm
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and so it was christmas day.  a brisk morning.    the dogs were really, really rough housing in the back yard at gramma’s house.  and hunting for cats.

every christmas my parents put the satellite tv to this channel:

the fire with the christmas music.

and the dogs open their presents…

and get their picture taken…

and get their pictures taken some more…

but first…..

we eat home made cinnamon buns!

next comes the turkey…which i don’t eat.

happy day all!

this christmas list makes me sound like a grinch….
December 22, 2009, 5:10 pm
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i got this list from s. le.  it makes me sound grouchy…but really…i just like to keep things simple.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

2. Real tree or Artificial?
             no decorations at all

3. When do you put up the tree?

4. When do you take the tree down?
              don’t have to

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite (or most memorable) gift received as a child?
              i don’t know!  But as an adult i really loved my laptop.

7. Hardest person to buy for?

8. Easiest person/s to buy for?

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
              sewing machine

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
             love actually

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
             last night.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

16. What do you want for Christmas?
            camera stuff, fuzzy socks and wine glasses

17. Favorite Christmas song?
            christmas in hollis by run d.m.c.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
           next year i am DEFINITELY travelling

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?
           Of course.  Who can’t?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
          no tree. no angel. no star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color?

24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner?
         anything at a restaurant.

25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year?
        i would love to catch up on sleep and play with the dogs, drink wine with my sister, go for some walks.

bright, cheery…limonishish!
December 21, 2009, 6:51 am
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there’s a holiday buzz in the air….and it wasn’t irritating tonight because my visiting sister plied me with margaritas!

we hit the xmas neighborhood…after one hell of a day.  i have to say, “I LOVE THIS VACATION BUSINESS!”

we took cody bear to the bookstore, then we took pickles to the restuarant for lunch.  when they brought us our meal….they brought her a bowl of tri-tip. wtf????

then we relaxed, then we shopped, then we had some yummy chow and hit the holiday lights.

then i came home and found out that snotty russel didn’t win survivor!

the giant dradel?    it spins!

fa la la la laaaa, la…laaaaaa.

dog-leg . . . left
December 20, 2009, 7:15 am
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since i average one round of gold per year….it should be action packed.  as action packed as golf can get.

(keep in mind….it’s me…so yes, a dog is involved)

because i didn’t want to hit the tree and have the ball bounce back at us on the par five, i kicked the ball a few feet into the fairway.  i took my far-from-trusty 7 wood and hit it perfectly, if i do say so myself.  it hit the yardage marker, a thick blue pvc pipe sticking up in the middle of the fairway.  it blew the top to smithereens.

knocked the cap off, cracked it into bits. the ball hit the rebar and bounced backwards into the center of the fairway.   not a bad lie, really.

then, oh i wish i had my camera, my brother is teeing off and all of a sudden this giant boxer, (canine, not heavy-weight) comes running from behind the tee boxes.  she trots by, totally ignoring my kissy noises.  she runs up the center of the fairway, which had a slight dog-leg left, funny enough.  she stopped at the green and hung out for a while.

and that was the first day of my vacation.  i loved it.

green, prickly, and out of control
December 15, 2009, 6:18 am
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so yes…i’ve chosen this euphorbia (one of the many varieties) to symbolize my day…

so, we had an….encounter with some native wildlife on our third walk of the day.  it was late.  cody bear and pickles and i were just returning home from a shortsky, when the dogs saw something!  we were passing our neighbor’s house, and a mere 40 feet or so from our driveway….we were walking right by two coyotes that had caught one of those feral cats that has been vexing cody bear!!!

they were eating it and one of the coyotes started approaching us, head low, all stealthy like.  i yelled “back off…back offff!” then the bear barked and pickles started spinning and yipping.  you guys…tonight’s nature appeared to roll his eyes at us and circle away back towards dinner.  clearly he did NOT want me hurling my empty poobag at him!

no one was hurt!

prickly?  out of control?  today was full of uncomfortable and unfortunate encounters.  i’m so glad it is over.

there were some good highlights, though.  pickles’ trip to the hardware store:

my boss calling to say, “i just wanted to say thanks.”

and!…my family will be here in a few days!!!

has cody bear been living a lie?
December 10, 2009, 7:04 am
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i’m confused.  my entire belief system has been toppled.  my world is topsy turvy!….

cody bear and my cat….are friends?

i had been sitting at my desk for a great while, working on clients’ photos after agility with pickles.   i got up and heard a sound.  it was cody bear, snapping awake and jerking up his head. but…he couldn’t move on time.  i busted him.  he had been spooning with spree…the CAT!

cody bear hates cats!  he chases them…viciously!   he sees one out the window and he acts like hannibal lecter.  he’s been in fights with ferals in the back yard…and lost!  he ignores my kitty, won’t make eye contact with her.  acts disGUSTED when she is near by.

witness:  in this photo…he looks VERY guilty!

is it THAT cold that my cody bear is now slumming it with the cat?  and how can she trust him?  i THOUGHT she knew what a cat hater he was.

after reviewing these photos…i can only say…the mayans ARE right.  our world IS coming to an end!

(i wish i had had time to grab the good camera with the good flash so i didn’t have these glowy psycho doggie eyes. ….sigh.)

wordless wednesday – puppy belly
December 9, 2009, 3:50 pm
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