Beautiful Fall 12/3/2017

Yesterday I enjoyed some time sitting outside. It was 79 degrees and sunny and just absolutely gorgeous. Especially considering it is now December. Texas sure beats the cold crappy gray weather in the pacific northwest. Sitting outside on our lounge chairs watching the butterflies flitter from flower to flower and listening to the birds chirp and the gentle bubble of the pond was such a calming and needed experience after the crazy holiday.  I enjoyed slowly walking through the yard barefoot checking out the activity of the animals and insects and seeing what is currently in bloom.IMG_0057Fennel and thyme growing next to a pathway ready and waiting to be used.

IMG_0025Lantana showing off for the butterflies.

IMG_0023One last dish of baba ganoush hanging on.

IMG_0055Surprise echinacea that planted itself in our pathway.

IMG_0054The fall long bed appears to be coming along nicely. Right now this little section is planted with elephant garlic, dill, miniature bok choy, nasturtium, calendula, cilantro, & pansies.

IMG_0084Pansies.

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IMG_0064Pretty yellow flowers.

IMG_0090A hint of fall before the leaves are blown away.

IMG_0077Almost naked persimmon tree except for the pre-packaged fruit.

More pretty flowers still in bloom. I almost can’t believe that this is still December!

It’s amazing how finding some time to stop and appreciate the beautiful world around me can completely change my day. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Things that made me happy this weekend 9/9/2017

I added an array of bird feeders, bird baths and squirrel feeders on the opposite side of our yard to the garden. This hopefully accomplishes a few things.

  1. Provides entertainment for my beautiful cat Enzo who now has a view consisting of no less than 5 bird/squirrel feeders, a fish pond, and two bird baths from his perch in our master bedroom.
  2. Birds are in my yard anyways so if they are provided with easy & continual access to food and water, the idea is hopefully they will be less incentivized to figure out how to get at my protected vegetables.

Meet Mr. Cat:IMG_8191

Don’t let his adorableness fool you. He is a killing machine. And also very soft. One of the bird feeders is right next to the window so he can surprise animals which he seems to enjoy. I’ve been enjoying it too. There’s something wonderful about having the sun wake you up on a weekend and you peek out the window to see some little birdies munching on the sunflower seeds you left for them, or a hummingbird flittering by to get to the trumpet flowers you planted.

The array of fauna feeders

With that, here are some pretty things that made me happy this weekend:

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Meet the pond fish

The pond I dug right outside our bedroom window so we could hear the trickle of the water from the tiny little waterfall and so that we could all see the fish from inside easily. They serve a purpose other than just entertainment though. They eat mosquito larva that would inevitably fill up the pond. So they eat mosquitos and make fertilizer that I use to water my fruit trees. Plus they are just fun to watch.

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A Cardinal came by to visit. I love watching them. They seem to prefer the sunflower seeds. The male always seems to be the bold one and come down first to make sure the coast is clear for his lady. They frequent the bird feeders further away from the house and the birdbaths. IMG_8980

A squirrel right outside our window saying hi and making use of the closest bird feeder.

Things in Bloom this week

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Texas Knockout Rose
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Crepe Myrtle
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Pink Morning Glory
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Native Rock Rose
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Volunteer sweet potatoes
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Pineapple Guava
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Society Garlic
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Honey Suckle – the smell was intoxicating this morning!
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Echinacea
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Texas Star Hibiscus
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Purple Morning Glories

Thanks for checking this out. It made my day a little brighter. Hopefully did the same for you.

Salutations from Mr. Cat.

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