Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

Green Thing

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In the checkout line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained,“We didn’t have the green thing
back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right, her generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in…

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First duckling that we have seen this year.

Hubby and I were sitting in the living room and we saw a duck cross the road with a row of duckling behind her. Hubby ran out with the camera to take a photo of the mother duck with her brood. We have a couple of ducks every year in this pond. It is quite remarkable considering we have foxes, cats  and our dogs that roam that area. They usually lose a few duckling every year.

The mother duck did not like hubby being so close. She tried to draw him away by faking a wing injury and hopping back across the road away from her chicks. The camera’s battery went dead so we have no pictures of it. Our dogs do not disturb the ducklings, the mother duck is great at hiding her brood.

May 19th garden update…


Beds have been weeded and rows made for planting.


Garlic is coming up.


Over veiw of the garden. Grass has already been cut once.


Coco and Dixie oversee the gardens progress. Grass needs cutting again.


86 of the corn seeds have sprouted up in the cold Poly-tunnel.We are so pleased, because this is the seeds we made from our last years corn harvest. This was the first time we turned the corn crop to next years seeds.


Just starting to set out my pots from the cold mini green house for the season. The only plant in it, that died this winter was my Rosemary plant. A  storm with strong winds broke the side panel of our mini green house. The Rosemary plant could not take the cold. Hubby has repaired and replaced some rotten boards.

birdbed2015 We started out having one lone woodpecker visit us. The following year it found a mate. They have been having babies. I do not know how many we have here now. I have counted 3 different ones yesterday. I believe there is more. They are nesting because they are frantic to find food now. We feed the birds from the fall, through the winter and into the end of spring. Swedish scientist recommend  feeding the birds passed through their nesting period. Bird populations are declining scientist recommend to help them feed their young. Every year we seem to buy more bird food. We ran out of the fat food balls that the wood-peckers preferred food. They started pecking apart our tree stump for grubs. One day I looked out the window and saw that one of the woodpeckers had made a whole inside of the tree stump that it could stand inside of it. We were given chicken wire to place around the stump to protect it. We were told by our landlord that woodpeckers could destroy the tree stump in less than a week if we didn’t do something.   woodpecker They are relentless trying to find a way in under the wire. Hubby keeps plugging up the wholes they have found or made under the wire. We drove around town yesterday trying to find fat food balls for them. Everyone is out of them for the season. I found one store that had a few of them left. The woodpeckers have started eating the food ball instead. Next year we need to buy a little more bird feed to insure this doesn’t happen again.


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