Early June Slice of Life

This is my dog Lily, who I inherited years ago when a neighbor family had to move.

LILY

She has lots and lots of hair :)

Lily and jugs older photo from april

She rebels against getting it brushed or cut and ran into the bushes to hide until I could coax her out with treats.  After a good half hour of brushing her and cutting out mats, etc. half of the back yard was covered with white fur.

An hour later it was all gone, gathered by the birds to replenish their nests! :)

Speaking of birds, I have a back porch and next to it are a Rose of Sharon and tall grasses. I was weeding back there the other day….some NEW vine-weed had turned up and was winding itself around the grass planting. Once I got a lot of it out, wearing gloves and hoping that it wasn’t poisonous, I discovered this tiny nest with little eggs the size of my fingernails….a sparrow’s nest.

I was surprised at how neat it was since a sparrow family always builds under an awning on the side and it usually quite comical and messy :)

Like this one with a baby peeking out a few years ago….

baby sparrow peek a boo

But they are sweet to watch once they are learning to fly, though Mama is still feeding them:

mama feeding baby

I’ve had more vines and weeds to deal with than the aforementioned one and plenty of grass cutting as we have had continual precipitation. Lots of planted seeds are coming up and the little tomato plants were to the point where I had to stake and tie them the other day.

A few perennials are in bloom…

Here is one that was here when I moved here…a sort of Queen Anne’s Lace ground cover that I have to be careful with ( pulling up MOST lest it take over yet letting a few go to flower )

In this collage you can see how a few are allowed to pop up amongst the spirea bush in the front. The spirea in the back is blooming as well as a few other flowers here and there.

My smaller Day Lily on the side is in bloom though the tall ones in the front are just getting ready. I have no clue what the pretty purple flowers on the bottom right of the collage are. Usually the birds or the Universe bring me weeds…this was a pleasant surprise :)

While the end of May had extremely hot weather and felt like mid-July, we have cooled down and I am enjoying my early June Slice of Life the last few days where the temperatures are just hitting the mid-70’s, as they SHOULD be doing in what is still technically spring!

My DIL’s birthday was on the weekend and while I didn’t get any pictures her aunt and I worked on a dinner together…and yay, there are leftovers :)  Chicken and Biscuits, Mashed Potatoes, Brownies and Birthday Cake. Leftovers are always a wonderful thing :)

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A few randoms ( Slice of Life )

Another Slice of Life post for the random goings on around here :)

I always have sparrows build a nest under an awning on the side of my house. They build on the left side and usually the parents stay there during the winter. Last year the nest was built as a sort of tunnel. Here are a few shots of the babies back in June :

baby bird 3

 

baby birds 2

This year in the early spring, the entire nest came down in a wind storm. They rebuilt on the right side and it looked nice and sturdy. There is a lot of noise coming from the nest…did they start their family early due to our early spring weather? Not sure but during the latest storm, the nest suffered some damage and it looks like this now, and I keep wondering….are they going to repair it? Are the babies going to fall out ? I see some of Lily’s dog hair in this nest….

nest falling apart

Speaking of dogs, here’s a picture of “Little Merle” the puppy ….taken down at my son’s house when I went to let him out the other day. Once back in the house he posed nicely due to the fact that I had a treat in my hand for him. He’s about 45-50 lbs. now. Not so little anymore but still just a bundle of baby-joy and energy.

Merle May 6

Awhile ago, I posted about the twins turning six, and showed some photos of them with the scooters that their grandfather and I got for them, ( HERE )  but I did not show any pictures from their actual birthday party. Here is one that I just lucked out capturing….Mya and her cousin:

cousins on porch railing

Birthday girl on porch

While I was looking for the baby bird photos from last June I came across these clouds…they almost look like a water color painting, don’t they?

amazing clouds

I hope that you had a nice weekend, and if you are a Mom that Mother’s Day was a good one for you! :) I am in the Grandma stage now but I was down at my son’s on Friday afternoon seeing the Mother’s Day gifts coming home with the children from school. Such a variety !  A petunia, a story book, a huge flower picture and a book of coupons.

I could see HOW THRILLED MY DIL  WAS WITH THE COUPON PROMISING AN HOUR OF SILENCE! :)

How well I remember those days! :) Do you? 

We had a great time on Saturday and I’ll share that in another post. The place that we went to is a working farm with a store and restaurant / deli and lots of lovely old appliances and antiques, along with outdoor slides for the children. This afternoon I had the children here for awhile so my son and DIL could go for a motorcycle ride because I remember that sometimes a nice Mother’s Day means a little time to yourself :)

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