Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Sweet Sixteen

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The other night was surreal. We counted SIXTEEN baby bluebirds in our birdbath. Sixteen!

While that was going on, there were 3 deer by the neighbor's pond; two of the deer had antlers. The hummers were flying around the feeders as usual, then when my mother went to the front porch she saw a baby cottontail in the garden bed just inches away from her. Next, she looks up and sees a rainbow in the sky.

It was like being inside a Disney movie. I can't make this stuff up! Photobucket

Since then, the deer and bluebirds still return. (The hummers are always here, although lately there's been more than usual. When they first arrive in the spring, we usually see anywhere from 15 - 20, and then it dwindles down to about 3.... but nowadays we usually see 8 of them).

It's a good thing I rarely enter blog hops anymore because I'm disappointed with these pics. They turned out so dark. I guess having to take them through the window is the culprit. (The lens fogs up constantly, due to the humidity outside). Still, I couldn't not share the beauty of seeing so many bluebirds at once. It was truly surreal to see.

FYI: Most of my critter pics from here at Crick Hollow I now post on Facebook. (Although I do still post some here on my little echoey blog). It's just a lot easier that way.

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Abby: "Bath-time, again?"

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Here's my second try at my Fairy Door for the craft building. It came from Hobby Lobby. I decorated it nicer the first time around, but unfortunately it broke when the insulation was being put in the ceiling. (Not that the insulation or AC has helped in cooling off the building one bit. Daily, it's usually 104 degrees in there. It's clear that we won't be able to do any crafting in there during the summers).

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This was the sunrise on August 13th, right after the Perseids Meteor Showers. I stayed up all night, starting from about 2 am, watching them. (I have a grasshopper to thank. I woke up, then when I turned on the light there it was staring at me on the door frame. I took it outside, looked out the window, and remembered the meteor showers).

It was fun because it was lightning the entire time (the cloud with the lightning looked like something out of Close Encounters; saucer shaped)... I heard a coyote howling far in the distance... the crickets were singing... at one time a frog in our garden bed croaked so loudly it was funny... and then a few times I heard a rooster. (First time I've heard one around here, believe it or not). I didn't hear the neighbor's loud peacocks for a change, so I guess they're not very nocturnal. At one point I heard a whippoorwill, then immediately saw the prettiest meteor of the night. It was near the barn.

I've decided to finally learn how to do night photography with my camera. This pic is bad b/c it was still dark - barely at sunrise - and I was just messing blindly with the camera settings. I couldn't really see anything on the camera. It gets pretty dark out here, and I didn't want the flashlight to wake up the dogs and get them barking. I can't wait to really practice!

This post turned out to have a lot of photos, so I'll stop there. A LOT has been going on this month... a neighbor's cat adopting us, my poor mother couldn't walk for days because of what the doctor thinks might have been a spider bite, and then my sweet Maddie Kate went to the vet yesterday... so I'll probably ramble about some of that later in the week.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Heat Miser, Please Go Away!

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(Artwork: Kelly Rae Roberts)

And now for August so far...

What can I say except that it's been hot. Very hot. No, make that hellishly hot and humid. I'm more than ready for these triple digits to be annihilated into oblivion.
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A lot's been going on this month. It's been different because we've actually had a few visitors, and then we had to dogsit my brother and SIL's two dogs again; "Beans" and "Crunchy."

At the end of dog-sitting, we met my brother half-way for him to pick up his dogs. When we arrived, the temperature in Bastrop was still a harsh 105 degrees.

I wish it would rain. Even after all those floods a couple months back, we're entering drought territory again I think. I was in town recently and noticed the creek bed of the Colorado River is getting dry in parts.

As always, here are more photos. I wish they were better. I had a lot of trouble cleaning these up.

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Izzy trying so hard to understand what her company is talking about.

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We decided to feed the birds again. We've missed that. (We don't often feed them in the summer because of the snakes).

We were feeding them suet cakes for a while, but the crows took over and would eat the suet in one day.

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Just one of the frogs and spiders hanging out over the front door at the Burton House.

A family friend just sold it and she asked us to go over there to turn off the AC. (It turned out it already was turned off, but it wasn't a wasted trip because I got to say goodbye to my Wendy Kitty one last time. She's buried there).

FYI: This is the house on 43 acres that we rented while our house was being built. It's overpopulated with nasty critters, and the house is pretty filthy too. (That's an understatement). I'm hoping the new owners will tear it down and build something beautiful in its place.

I really have a love/hate ordeal with that place, although overall I was happy there. My biggest disappointment is that Wendy Kitty is buried there. I so wanted to do a sweet memorial for her.

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We always say that one of my brother's dogs, "Beans," looks enchanted. It's his eyes! Don't they look human? He needs to be in commercials.

He's the rock star dog. He has an actual mohawk and razorback fur on his back. He's just so unique looking and his fur is the most beautiful shade of chocolate brown. I also love his white beard!

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One night, while Abby and I were playing outside, THE NEIGHBOR'S CATTLE RETURNED!!!!!!!! I haven't seen them in 2 months, so I was over the moon when I saw them out of the blue like that.

That Blue Moon must have given us some good luck a few hours early. (The next Blue Moon won't be until 2018!)

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Spiders are prolific at the Burton House. (Just as they are here).

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Even though it makes my bedroom even more cramped, I decided to put our family heirloom chest to good use. (To save closet space). It needs a little TLC though.

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Never seen a white frog before. It loves our tomato plants.

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I saw this little guy by the rain barrel.

The photo would have been better had I not shot it through the window.

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Of all the cattle in our neighbor's pasture, this is the most curious one of the lot. It's always spying on us whenever we're outside. I just call her "Red Cow."

Not very imaginative, especially seeing how she isn't the only one of that color. Her inquisitive nature is how I tell her apart from the others.

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When the cattle (and "Hugs" the Donkey) returned to the field next to us, the bull came strolling behind them a few minutes later. I thought it funny how he feels he has to set himself apart from the rest of the crew. Lol! And FYI: this bull is HUGE! Pictures can't do it justice. He's a giant.

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The girls think having company over is exhausting! Fun, but exhausting.

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Begging, as usual. But don't they look cute doing it?

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We have lizards all over the place here. (And I mean everywhere out there. I think a lot of the snakes that we come across are here for the lizards).

This particular one is always on the brick up front, and every time I go outside it scurries up the rose tree. (Which I find really odd. I've never known them to do that before).

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Since the cattle have returned to the adjacent field, they spend a lot of their time in the shade under the trees in this one spot. (Smart, seeing how it's over 100 degrees every day).

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After months of searching, I finally found my bookshelf! It's EXACTLY what I wanted, dimension-wise. It was only $63, too! (Which is unheard of in these parts. We have tons of antique stores around here and they're often overpriced).

I found it at one of my favorite antique stores; Whistle-Stop. I think I'll eventually paint it, but for now it's too hot outside to bother.

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