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Winter Storm and Etc…

I live in the area where we were hit by the snow storm in Western , NY. We were not hit as hard as a couple of towns that got 64 inches in 24 hours but it still was a lot of snow for a 24 hour period. We are to get pounded with more snow tomorrow. But I have to say it is beautiful and I have a great big window in the warm to enjoy the view! 

About a week before the storm I took this picture because I thought the moon threw the trees looked awesome

.Last but not least I was at a friends house today and I was looking out his balcony doors and saw this little chubby Robin and had to take it’s picture. This little lovely has been eating well. My friend said his neighbor has a bird feeder at the bottom branches of this tree.

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Sasha Returns !

Sasha is a African Grey Parrot who resided in my son’s Verizon store in Philadelphia. When my son moved to Florida and me back to New York Sasha went to Florida with my son. Sasha Stay in Florida with my son’s friend and roommate in Florida when my son moved back to New York. I missed her a lot but the friend always kept us updated on how she was doing. Five years passed and my son’s friend called him to let him know that she could not care for Sasha anymore. My son Brian took a week vacation time, rented a car and headed to Florida to get Sasha. Before leaving he let me know what was going on and ask if I could care for Sasha. Of Course I will!

It has been a little over a week now and Sasha is doing great! Already copying what I say and has the dog commands perfect to where the dogs listen to her. BabyGirl remembers her from Philadelphia and Sasha remembers BabyGirl.

 Midnight however never met Sasha or a talking bird. Midnight was totally confused as to why the bird was telling her to sit and lay down. She was confused but she would sit or lay down it is so funny. (When Midnight cries because she is not getting her way Sasha cries just like her and she will stop.) Poor Midnight so confused. LOL

When I first let her out her cage because African Greys like to be out and about she went for my books, picture frames and curtains to rein her terror on them by tearing them up . I managed to stop her before any real damage happened and put a box out to put her focus elsewhere . It worked! I got pictures of Bird in a box !

 

Introducing Sasha

Introducing Sasha

I also have been working outside getting all those jobs done before winter hits. I was cleaning out my shed when my neighbor Korie came over to mow my lawn . He had seen I was working on the shed and knew I would not be getting to the lawn because I have to pick and choose due to my limitations. He is a good kid. He is 21 but that is a kid to me. LOL  Now Midnight does not like laying on the grass so I take a chair cushion and put it in the shade for her. Normally when Korie goes by with the lawn mower the dogs will move. Korie was not close enough I guess and the grass flies out the mower and Midnight just laying there . She didn’t even get up afterword. She was not giving up that cushion! In defense of Korie he probably thought Midnight would move like usual. Midnight will not lay in the grass but will lay with grass on her go figure!

My friend in Georgia sent me a picture of a plant she planted but she can’t remember the name of it  so I am posting the picture in hopes someone can tell me what it is.

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Well this was relaxing to do but now I must get up and go outdoors because the work won’t get done otherwise!

What is this plant?

I have this  plant near my house. I have no idea what it is. If anyone knows please let me know. It grows very aggressively. It is pretty in the fall when it blooms and when the leaves change.

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The stalks are woody in the winter time. Yes you see a dog it is BabyGirl.

 

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I am almost finished painting and am I glad because my knees and hips are all wore out. The last couple days I kept thinking how did I do this for a living and on big houses. I believe this will be the last time I will be painting any large structure or at least one that you need a ladder for. I just have some touch up to do then on to the porches. I am trying to get this all done before the snow fly’s again. My garden has been a little neglected but I am confident I can tidy it all up after a little rest. My neighbor Korie’s  puppy Mak got free and he always runs to my house. This time I wasn’t home and he managed to explore all threw my tomato garden. They are a little tipped over but no real damage done. This little 5 month old puppy is 45 lbs! During one of my breaks while painting I went threw and checked to see if any picking was in order and sure enough I had cucumbers ready ! I picked 17 of them. The picture doesn’t show 17 because I ate a couple. I also picked 2 onions but I ate one of them, Also 3 tomatoes but I ate them. I made a cucumber,tomato, onion  salad.

My Stargazer Lillys made their appearance

My Rose of Sharon has just started to bloom. The added bonus is my neighbor brought me over a bunch of slips to root of all colors. I can’t wait to get them planted and on their way.

Last year I was not able to get pictures of all the color changes of my Quick Fire Hydrangea. This year I made sure I did. (on a painting break lol)

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My sister picked this bush for me and I think it is a great pick!

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!

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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 !

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