Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Morning Coyote

This morning the dogs were barking in the yard as usual. Normally, they bark at the deer who cut through the creek gully. This time though, a coyote came out of the gully. I ran to the yard and he left when he saw me. Hopefully, he will be startled enough not to come back - and he won't bring his friends. The cats are usually out in the morning and I'd hate for one to become a snack. I did let the dogs out in hopes that they would mark the territory. I'm not sure if they did any marking but they sure came back dirty!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blue Grosbeak




We have a new visitor. He is a Blue Grosbeak. I haven't seen one here before and he is quite pretty. He apparently just flew in from his winter in Mexico. He is supposed to be here in May so he is a bit early. I guess the warm weather convinced him to fly back to Texas. He likes to eat grasshoppers so he is definitely welcome here.

I found a website that gives great information about birds. I really like the "Sound" tab so that I can identify them by their calls.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Grosbeak/id

Today in the Garden

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hidden Treasures



Yesterday, I finished two days worth of clearing in the back acreage with the brush hog (yes, the one that caused the owie). It had been cleared at one time, but had become overgrown with weeds four feet tall. Now it looks absolutely gorgeous – like a park. There are several stands of live oak trees that are just beautiful. I am so happy with what I have uncovered. It is like finding a twenty dollar bill in last year's coat.

Now, the trick is to keep it that way. It is too rocky to use the lawn mower and way too much to weed eat. With our first big rain, the weeds will grow up again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fiesta Arts Fair



Last weekend, we went to my favorite Fiesta event at the Southwest School of Art. It is a juried art show put on by the school. I bought a few wonderful things and could have bought many more. Pictured are two pendants from Mary Filapek & Lou Ann Townsend from North Carolina and a vase from Molly Barnes from Portland, OR.

This weekend is my favorite, favorite event – the L&A Fiesta Party. They always have a wonderful party and I get to catch up with friends that I see only once a year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Owie

Last night, hubby and I rented a self propelled brush hog to do some clearing at the back of the land. I was trying it out and ended up backing into an old panel of cattle fencing and stabbing my arm. We made a quick trip over to the Bulverde Urgent Care clinic. In 45 minutes, I had three stitches and a tetanus shot. They were very good and very quick.

So, instead of working in the yard on this beautiful day, I decided to finally create a profile on Facebook. You'd think that as a software consultant, I'd be a little more with it. Even my dad was on Facebook! To me, the computer is where I work so I had put it off for quite a while. I am excited to see so many friends on Facebook and am glad I finally jumped in - better late than never I suppose.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gobble, gobble, gobble


Saturday morning at six, we were awakened by the gobble, gobble, gobble of a wild turkey passing through the yard. Friday night, my mom, R and I were sitting on the back deck enjoying the evening when an owl flew up into the tree. I ran to get my bird book and we decided that he is an Eastern Screech Owl. I've heard him quite often in the evenings, but had never seen him before. R also got to see a real live armadillo when we went down the nature trail. In 20 years in Texas she had never seen one that wasn't squished on the side of the road. It was quite a weekend for new wildlife sightings.

Hubby and I got busy on Sunday and planted nine trees. We planted our CPS rebate tree and the baby that came as a bonus in the container. We also planted five new olive trees. We lost our other ones in the big freeze this winter. We went to the Olive festival where they told us to water them well before a freeze and they should do fine. We also bought bigger trees this year. Hopefully, they will fare better.