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Outside Birds

I feed my outside birds all year round.They have gotten so use to me or they know I am bringing goodies they don’t even fly away. I always have my dogs out when I am outside . The birds don’t fly away them ether. My dogs live with Sasha the bird so the outside birds figured out they don’t bother them and they keep cats out the yard.

We have had a mild winter that is until 2 weeks ago. We had a wind storm and there were so many power outages and I was one of those households that lost power. I had to send Sasha the bird away to my son’s house because she is a African Grey and the cold would kill her. I missed her and her chattiness so much. I had no power water or heat for four days. It was a good thing I had four dogs to snuggle with.Well I got my power ,water and heat back on and Sasha came back home and then we get a March snow storm. Almost 2 feet of snow , more wind and temps 0 degrees with wind chill.I had to make sure my outside birds had plenty to eat because it was a hard storm to live though. The birds see me walking though the snow with all the goodies and stay where they are because they are not missing out. So I fill the feeders, and the suet cage and throw unsalted peanuts in shells on the ground for the blue Jays. (I love watching them grab and go) and walk away. Time for taking some pictures.Here are some of the pictures I took of my outside birds during our 3 day snowstorm.

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Saying Goodbye and Bonding

On Oct 20th I celebrated my Birthday. On Oct 21 I was grieving for my niece Inez as she had passed away in her sleep in the early morning. She was a young woman of 32 who was so full of life ,fun and adventure. Inez was sleeping over her mothers house, my sister Roberta and Roberta went to wake her up and she wouldn’t wake up. I can’t even imagine what my sister felt when she realized that her daughter had passed. The saying you are never promised tomorrow really hit home this month.

Inez   Nov 17 1982 – Oct 21 2014

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Sasha has adapted very well into her new home. As much as she is bonded with my son she has decided to give me that special bond. She sat on my shoulder for the first time this week.

She throws me kisses all day. She has me busting out laughing so much from what she says and then laughs with me. She loves to laugh. She also has a sense of humor. All my smoke detectors were beeping for the battery’s to be changed. While I thought it was only one it was all of them. So Sasha mastered this sound and after I changed the batteries in the smoke detectors she tried to fool me into thinking the batteries were no good by making the beeping sound. Then  would laugh at me. When I say I am going to lay down for a little nap and she doesn’t want me to she makes the smoke detector alarm sound. It is amazing how accurate these birds can copy sound. 

 

When Sasha first moved here she like this box I had so I took a picture of Bird in a Box.

 

Well it has not been that long and this is the box today. Sasha is a beast and needs a new box!

 

 

If it were not for my animal companions I would be one sad girl because they keep me on my toes and keep me laughing .

My Rose of Sharon bush must be happy because it is losing it’s leaves and still blooming!

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Well even though all is not well I manage to enjoy the little things because nobody is promised tomorrow.

 

Wordless Wednesday

July 4th

We had quite a busy July 4th. We went into the city for my sisters annual 4th BBQ. Always a good get together. I don’t stay for the fireworks because BabyGirl gets to frighten by them so we head on out back to the country where we got to see a amazing Lighten Bug show in or back yard. BabyGirl and Midnight had such fun chasing them .

I got to see my brother whom I haven’t seen in 15 years. Midnight stuck to him like glue. He said she was going home with him and maybe would bring her back next year lol . No I don’t think so!

Of course BabyGirl and Midnight wore their 4th of July decoration.

 

 

Our weekend was so busy and when everything was over BabyGirl and Midnight were exhusted and they spent the whole day Sunday like this

They had a fun , exciting, safe July 4th!

Donkeys!

I had a early morning appointment this morning and when ever I have  to go to appointments it is always in another town. So I take advantage of this and use the old back country roads and some seasonal roads. I am always on the look out for new places to take BabyGirl and Midnight exploring.

Today was no exception. I didn’t find that place to go exploring but I did find these guys and they were so friendly and sweet.

Wordless Wednesday

Busy May

This May has been so busy that I have not had a lot of time to write. I managed to take a few pictures. I have been working on the many disasters that seem to keep happening and now starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. BabyGirl and Midnight are so happy to be able to go outside after the terrible winter we had. 

                                               

BabyGirl so happy to be outside. 

I can’t  believe it but we still are under average temperatures. Today we were in the 50’s! My yard used to be farm land and does my lawn grow! Every 3 days it needs a trim! It will slow a bit when warmer weather gets here.

On May 9 BabyGirl turned 9 years old ! So she got her cake and ate it too! Of course Midnight had to have some cake also.

We have been out for more walks.

Then I had to rest

Of course Midnight was just telling me in her body language to please stop taking pictures of her and get back to walking!

I was  also puppy sitter for my neighbor Korie. His little puppy Mak

A Man and his dog

 

Old meets young ( BabyGirl never met a puppy before )

Even though I have a lot of real bad stuff happen this winter and I am still fixing all the problems . I am so happy that I have my best friends to put a smile on my face and help me feel like everything is going to be OK.

 

 

 

 

 

My First Protest

Most  protests that go on are usually in a big city USA and sense I live in what is call way out there in the country I never get to participate in the protests that go on about my animal friends domestic or wild . Anyone that has ever took a peek into this blog knows I love my fur friends. I always take to the internet to fight the many battles for animals. Not today, today I participated in a protest in Holly , NY that is a couple counties over from me. The Protest against what is called the Squirrel Slam. The Holly Fire Dept has a contest every year to raise funds by the killing of innocent squirrels. Friends of Animals.org offered the Holly Fire Dept  money not to go on with the contest and it was more money than they would have made on the contest and they turned it down That in it self is bad enough but to add to it the contest let 12 years old and up participate in this contest/fundraiser of killing of small animals. I see this as a problem especially with the children being taught it is ok to kill a sentient being. It desensitizes the children .   Then they grow up and society has to deal with them.  Then they reward them with a prize for killing . No good can come out of this Protest3 or thisprotest 12 Or this protest 13Those squirrels are the reason I chose to protest as they have every right to live as we  do. I enjoy wildlife and I don’t want it to be killed off because of a contest/fundraiser.  NY Residents: Find your legislators and ask them to support the bills that will ban animal-killing contests in NY   :http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/. I put why I Protested and posted pictures of the end result of this contest Dead Squirrels. Now I will post of what we did as protesters.

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Edita of   Friends of Animal.org given the Fire Chef petiton to stop the squirrel Slam Contest.

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The protesters that are protesting the protesters

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Please take the time to let your Legislators know that animal killing contests should be no more.

Will I ever protest again you bet as long as I can get there I will always try to help my animal friends.

It’s Been Awhile…

It’s been awhile since I have posted anything and I am sorry for this as I do enjoy blogging. We have been having a pretty tough winter here and have been hiding out in the house. Sense the Temp has been so cold here my pups have been house bound. When I did take them outside we didn’t stay out very long as frostbite was a very real threat. Puppy paws and ears  are too important to take the chance. Yesterday we had yet another snow storm and I had to go out in it. Unavoidable.         I rode with my Neighbor who has the all wheel drive because my car is two-wheel drive and it is staying in the driveway.     I will wait until the snow melts to take it out! Right now I am not in shape to be digging out a car. Today we went out for a little while and it is still so cold and the freezing wind did not help at all. But we took a little walk and managed to trek to the mailbox. We all got some needed excersize.

I can’t wait for spring and will be so glad to have something to blog about !

I’m Back !

Finally I have a computer again! A present from my son. That was a little hard all those months with just a Kindle Fire. The other way I also looked at it was I was just glad I had a way online. I did have to stop a lot of things I like to do. That is all over now. I’ll tell ya I can go threw a lot of computers. The last one died because of a electrical fire. The computer and electric wires were the only casulties. Electric repaired and computer replaced I’m all good. I was just thankful I noticed the fire before it really became a big problem.

This past summer Midnight knocked over one of my little yard tables and this is what was attached to it

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My son taught me how to make stuffed grape leaves. They are so good.

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I have a little mini slow cooker so I also have been making from scratch chicken soup.

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My Ouick Fire Hydrangea started out this spring Like this

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Summertime it transformed into this

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It then proceeded to change color to pink blooms. That was about the time to much stuff was going on and I wasn’t doing much picture taken. I hope to get all the stages starting next spring.

My sister had a Rose bush she didn’t want any more so I brought it home and planted it. It bloomed this year

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My Lilly’s did great . I have sense transplanted the to a new flower bed in the back yard. all total 15 Lillies. They had babies. I think it is going to look so awsome. I am letting the wild strawberries take over in those beds for the bunnies as I like to watch them.

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The birds have caught on that cats don’t come around my yard so they have made nests in my Junipers.

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Baby birds did great because no cats around to eat them during that crucial time they are on the ground learning to fly.

My neighbors cat waits for the moment in his yard. He doesn.t dare come into mine because he knows BabyGirl and Midnight guard their yard. Mr. Whiskers found that out the hard way.

Of course Midnight and BabyGirl are working as a team covering all the bases on look out.

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Midnight goofy face

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Also Last but not least BabyGirl wearing her Glow in the dark  Beer Paws Bottle opener That I purchased for both dogs threw Wayward Dogs a fellow Blogger. First Blog I ever read and still following. I have not yet been able to get Midnight with hers but I will. Portion of the procedes go to helping the dogs in Kansas City.

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