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Easy Peasy...Autumn Decor Projects

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This is posted Monday afternoon...so, tomorrow October is here!!!  Finally here with all its glory!! And what better way to decorate than with pumpkins?!! Through my email subscription, I saw two ways to decorate pumpkins without them losing their 'freshness' date too quickly and would make great decor for Autumn I LOVE the first idea a great deal... Here's the first one: photos courtesy of BHG Holidays LINK The 2nd one I liked a lot [this one is carved so I'd probably not do it too early in the season]: LINK Another idea from a few weeks ago, the door decor ...wreaths in particular. This one was quite unique and VERY "Autumnish" Juniper-and-Bittersweet Rake Wreath Add instant color to your front door for fall by tucking strands of bittersweet, juniper berries, and the feathery tips of Eastern red cedar into the hollow stem of an old rake head [the lawn brown kind...not metal ones]. Wrap jute around the bottom of the rake head

Pollywog Ponds

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Everyone who follows me knows my 'infatuation' for the program seen weekly on Tuesday evening...the new season began last week, with the premiere episode entitled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Now if you're into chat room talk, you realize when you see LOL what it means, right? Laughing Out Loud of course. Being a sibling, wife, and mother of military personnel, the phonetic alphabet is used often around here. So, part of the learning of the alphabet [used in radio/communications for clarity] Whiskey stands for the letter "W"....Tango stands for "T"...and Foxtrot stands for "F". In other words the series premiere of NCIS was WTF [chat room talk anyone?]. rofl We watched the premiere episode of NCIS online, and tho Bud seemed to enjoy it more than I, I was left anticipating Tony in his beard searching and finding Ziva! LOL BUT!!!---who do you think Gibbs is aiming his sniper rifle at? I'm guessing Parsons. Maybe next week, I'll

I'm bored...'what's there to do?' ---

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WEDNESDAY Nature Notes & Wild Birds... Thanks to Stewart hosting WBW and Michelle with Nature Notes [see sidebar links] With boredom overtaking me the other day;  a day filled with rain, I took out my sketch pad. This time, a Yellow Billed Cuckoo [often heard but rarely seen]... ...Like the Black-billed Cuckoo, the young Yellow-billed Cuckoo develops very quickly. The entire period from egg laying to fledgling leaving the nest lasts only 17 days. On day six or seven after hatching, the feathers of the young burst out of their sheaths, allowing the nestling to become fully feathered in two hours. Read more... On the island at Packery Channel's Oak Motte, I spotted one that flew into a small tree sapling a good distance from the gazebo. Tho I zoomed in on it as best I could, it still is quite hidden... WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE Thanks for our host, Joyce, for these questions this week [see sidebar links] 1. What's one thing that's still the same about you a

's-not Google Translater, but it'll help y'all

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With all the wonderful rainfall we've been getting, the dragonfly population has exploded!! Early in the morning, our front yard is quite literally a massive invasion of them, and they're consuming all those nasty Texas-sized mosquitoes!! But, I must admit, if I see one from the corner of my eye, those dragonflies seem the size of hummingbirds; they're so huge... ...oh, and by the way, quite a while ago, I mentioned to Ginny that in our yard we have two hybrid hibiscus bushes [they're going bananas this year!] that have much smaller blossoms AND they have variegated leaves...from white and green dappled pigments to light pink, green, white and rose colored leaves. Ginny asked me to share them in photos. I finally remembered to get some pictures to give a show n tell --- [linking up to TODAY'S FLOWERS ] SCIENCE TIDBIT: Did you know there are only TWO days in a year that the sun rises DUE EAST?!!! That is the on Sunday this year...the Aut

Up, up, and away....

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY and NATURE NOTES [click on first bird photo and enlarge/using the slideshow] WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us: 1. When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day? I sing it to my sister each year...over the phone!! And she does the same to me. As for being the center of attention?------no, I like being in the background. A flower on the wall. I don't think I'd be embarrassed, but a bit ticked off more than anything. 'Cause everyone that knows me, knows better. 2. Name a famous or 'infamous' person (living or deceased) who shares your birth day and month. Is that someone you'd like to meet in person if it were possible? Here's a list I found online of my birthday celebs - - Famous People [link should open in a new window]. ..the only one I was sure of was Mia Farr

hi ho the derry-o, a beanin' we will go...

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Like Alice of Alice in Wonderland, I seem to have lost some of my 'muchness'!!! I am having a difficult time coming up with 'new stuff' to post. Lately, it's been all about birding and health issues and the sultry weather around here. And I KNOW you're all bored to smithereens with that. I think perhaps, at least for this month, the drought has been broken. We have had some good downpours and street flooding lately. The yard has been saturated in the recent weeks to where we have had small ponds here and there. I'm not complaining. Tropical Storm, Ingrid, off the eastern coast of Old Mexico is supposedly going to be hurricane force by this weekend; which will perhaps give us MORE rain. Bring it on! Maybe, just maybe we'll have some water in the dried up tidal basins once again. Taking a short drive to the islands the other day, we decided to go beaning. For the past three years or more, the drift seeds [even sea shells] have been very scarce

...a beckoning candle

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T he gentle rains came.  Darkness fell.  With vision, I inspected the surroundings outside the window and listened to the drops of much needed moisture as they hit the window pane.  The soft, gilded glow from the street lamp created a saffron-colored mist in the air.   The bright prisms of the drizzle against the glass slowly slithered down, down and melded into its neighboring stream.  I felt peace within me.  I seemed to search for the beckoning candle from afar; wanting to hold on to the tranquility and serenity I wished to caress within my being.  My reverie remained as I then observed a likeness of my younger self in the mirrored reflection.  I was youthful.....   M y sister and I were in our room.  We were giggling as only two girls who shared secrets with each other could.  Sitting on our bed, rumpled and messy, we rolled with laughter at some unknown situation from the distant past.  I enjoyed the short time from long ago; long lost 'til this very moment.  I smiled

Bottoms Up!!

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NATURE NOTES and WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY willet tri-colored heron and roseate spoonbill black necked stilt black bellied whistling duck magnolia warbler WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE 1. What's the best thing about growing older? Wisdom I think [lol]. At least in my life...wisdom. 2. When did you first feel like a grown up? My question is...am I really grown up? [insert wink]  Seriously, I was a late bloomer in a lot of factors in life, growing up came when my first child was born and I became a mother to her. Having a child will do that!!! 3. Chocolate cake with white icing or white cake with chocolate icing? Neither, really. I'm not a cake person. If having to choose, I'd take the white cake and scrape the chocolate frosting off and give it to Bud. Ask him, -- he'll confer with that. 4. What's the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you? Actually, now that I think of it...I was out by myself on a Sunday afternoon

...been a long weekend. In more ways than one.

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NATURE NOTES and WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY Lesser Nighthawk Ruby-throated hummingbird Only what I've seen through my window the past couple of days. One afternoon, late, a Lesser Nighthawk was on the power line just outside our window. It remained there for several hours, and then at dusk it flew off for his dinner hour!! Also, there have been a return of a few hummingbirds. And they're becoming very active now, around our feeders. I haven't been out much over the holiday weekend, so not too much 'birding news'. [explained below] WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE 1. What's something you're never too young or too old to enjoy? Ice cream?!!! Ya, that. 2. Share one happy memory from your high school years. It's a bittersweet memory...Being with Frank between classes and after school - I was VERY happy, knowing him and being his best friend at times; his confident!! He left town after joining the military...Then....he was KIA in the Vietnam War,