On the flip side of 50, our family moved to the outskirts of the city, into a small cottage type home. Because there's a 3 acre piece of ground next to us and a creek flowing behind us, we live with many different forms of wildlife - which can be frustrating for a city girl - when the deer eat your prized hostas and the raccoons turn your porch garden into a shamble!. We also had many other things happen that made us smile - like when a wren built her nest in my husbands sneakers hanging on the wash line to dry!
We have a large black walnut tree in our yard and every year hundreds of walnuts drop from the tree - which make it tough to cut the grass!. You would think the squirrels would clean them up faster than they drop - but ne squirrel rules the yard - and that squirrel does not pick the walnuts up while they are on the ground, he waits til we pick them up, then empties the container we put them in one at a time and proceeds to bury them all over our yard! We know that for a fact because the following year they sprout and we have little walnut trees to pull up before they become a bigger problem!! My idea was to cut down the walnut tree and be rid of both the walnuts and the !squirrels!
Then there was the time a huge box turtle laid her eggs in my vegetable patch! There's this huge area for her to choose from and she chooses my red beet patch!! Turtles usually lay their eggs in a place where their young can get to water easily! That was the last year I planted a vegetable garden!!
A few years ago we had a noisy woodpecker visit us daily for about a month - he tapped on the aluminum siding that covers our home with a rat-a-tat-tat just long enough to wake us, early in the morning! I don't know what he was drilling for, maybe he was just sharpening his bill, but he was relentless! So I created the card above in his honor (click here to purchase or view a larger image). On the front- "Birthdays and woodpeckers..."(inside)" they're relentless!"
Simply Neutrals Tuesday
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