Sunday, May 29, 2011

It was nature day at my friend Jerry's house the other day.  This first picture is a nest of baby robins.  The nest was constructed on top of his electric meter...there are actually three in the nest.  Although it's only been a few days since this photo was taken, these little babies have already flown the nest.  Only one was out of the nest two days ago and was trying to flap its way around to strengthen its wings.  The next day, all three babies were out of the nest and apparently on their own.  They grew so fast that you could see the difference from day to day.  The mother bird was so busy, flying back and forth all day to feed them.  I'll bet she's glad to be off of the feeding duty.

Next up is a snapping turtle that my friend found trying to cross the road.....why did the turtle cross the road?  We think to lay some eggs, based on some Internet research.  He stopped to pick up the turtle, as the prospect of reaching the other side without being run over looked slim.  She will now be placed in an appropriate river area to do her thing....whatever that may be.  Is this a cute face, or what?!   Oh, and she is a huge turtle...her shell is easily 12" from front to back.

And finally, a really large iris in full glory.  The next day, we had some severe storms and it didn't fare very well.  It surely was beautiful while it lasted.

Friday, May 20, 2011

We've had tons of rain in Indiana for the past month and a half and the spring flowers are thriving.  This is a close up of my weeping, flowering crab apple tree blossoms.  The flowers don't last long, but they are a paradise for the bees while they are in bloom!

Here's the full tree.  It's about 10 years old, I believe, and has grown quite well with no kind of tree!

Happy Spring Gardening!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom! She's been with the Lord for many decades but her memory will live on in my heart forever!

This picture was another newspaper photo. I'm not sure why we were in the paper, except that it included my Mom's apple pie recipe. I guess it's a good thing when the most exciting news in the town is an apple pie recipe!

I sure did hate my curly hair, which was naturally stick-straight until the days of home perms and Spoolies. (Remember Spoolies?)

Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I went to my local Amish market over the week end to look at the new plants and flowers that just arrived. They have the best plants in the area, always healthy and bright. You need to get there as soon as they open because they sell out very quickly. I didn't buy many plants, as I have to remember that I will then have to plant them when I get home and that will mean lots of back breaking work. I just bought a few flowers to fill two large planters on my patio. Simple, quick, and easy!