Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Diner Time At The Holly Bushes

Here are a handful of pics showing the Robins and Waxwings gorging themselves on Holly berries -




Visiting Cedar Waxwings


Here's a handsome shot of a Cedar waxwing perched in our Dogwood tree.

We had oodles of them on Monday, along with oodles of Robins, all vying for the deep red berries from our Holly bushes.

Although, skittish frequently darting in to grab a berry and then off, collectively the birds have done a pretty good job removing and devouring the berries.

Since we're on the subject, did you know that only female Holly bushes produce berries?!

A Family Affair

Before the extreme cold set in the deer were frequent visitors to our leaf compost pile and the abutting neighbors arborvitae trees.

The arborvitae trees have look funny for several year now.  They're bald as can be from about 5 feet high and down to the ground.  Everything 5' and above is foliage, nice and dark green.  You see the deer have eaten all the greenage 5' and below - they can't reach any higher.  Ah, however, that's changed with the recent snow storm.  It was a heavy and wet snow that weighed the tops of the arborvitae down to where the deer, even the youngsters, could reach.  Today's there not much greenage remaining.

This youngster is atop the leaf pile -

Here mother and daughter enjoying some now reachable arborvitae -

Oops, I've been spotted -

Mother and two youngster daughters lying down resting -

Bang Bang, Bang Bang. etc.

Here's a Northern Flicker, a member of the woodpecker family, foraging in the knot hole of this Boxelder tree.

It's my understanding that the Northern Flicker is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate.  Someone might want to clue this dude in, it's a cold - brrrrrrr - one this winter.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Bottle Caps


I started and completed this 1000 piece puzzle while watching the final weekend of footballs regular season.  First puzzle I've done in a couple years.  Think I'll start another soon.

Braided Cookie, Yum!

JoAnne baked Koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies) for Christmas.  She used my mothers recipe.  It was her first time making them and they were delicious!

The aroma reminded me so much of my mother and brought me back in time.


Merry Christmas 2017

Our awesome 2017 Christmas tree!

I Have My Very Own Stalker...

and her name is Ms. Lucy!


That's me in the red flannel all the way across the street from Ms. Lucy.  I was out working in the yard, putting the final pieces and parts in place for the long winter.  Ms. Lucy was keeping a close watchful eye.

It wasn't too long ago that I had a different kind of stalker.  A pre-teen from the same family as Ms. Lucy.  This lad was gunning for me, literally! He was wanting to shot me with a paintball gun SO bad.  I had to watch over my shoulder whenever I ventured out in the yard.  Fortunately, that's all behind me.  I think I still have a weld in my chest, right between my breast bones, but it's over.

I much prefer the safety of Ms. Lucy watching out for me.

Sooie! Sooie!

The pigs sure do love their grain!

However, they also have a sweet tooth and always jockey for position when the day old bakery items arrive.  I think donuts are their favorites.  Weird, mine too!



Too many to count, oodles!

Sit! Good Cow.


Here's a unique site and not something you see very often.  A Hereford cow sitting like a dog!  This elderly lady had a full belly and basking in the sun.  It was a very cold day, single digits, when I visited my farmer friend.  She was as content as content can be.

There's No Hiding With Fresh Snow

Some random animal tracks in the dusting of snow we had several weeks ago.  I took these while visiting my farmer friend just before Christmas.

Fox -

Rabbit -

Turkey -

Always interesting to get a peak at what wild critters are lurking about.

Rodent Bath Time

Oliver and Trixie had a bath the other day.  Neither were happy about it but they sure do smell so much better!


Good Dog!

Speaks for itself!


Thank You Santa!

Santa arrived early at the office and brought me two, brandy-new 27" displays for my desk, replacing an older 19" display

Before Santa -

After Santa -

Not too much desk space left but boy am I more efficient!

Hard-Disk Drive Failure, UGH!

Hi Folks, I'm back!

Back on December 10 our home computer crashed with a Hard-disk drive failure! 

There was no saving it, nor the data.  I had a backup from February but all data and pic afterwards are sadly gone.  I was offline as I waited for a new hard-drive to arrive, then the time to install and get the OS back up and running.

Good news is I'm back!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Find The Critter


Can you find the critter int he above picture?

8-Point Buck Visitor

We've bought our house back in 1999, so about 17 years now.  In that time we've had many, many visitors, two-legged, four-legged and even some without legs.  However, in all this time we've never had the pleasure of, or at least "seen", an adult White-tailed deer buck.  Of course they're out there, if for no other reason than all the spotted fawns we've seen over the years but the buck has been stealthy.

That all changed on November 18 of this year and what a treat it was.  For not only was there a big handsome 8-point buck calmly hanging out in our backyard, he was also hanging with a doe!

He was definitely smitten with her and didn't stray too far from her.  They were both contently nibbling on leaves and branches but oh so vigilant at the same time too.


He spotted the neighbor getting into his car -

He had some itches, prolly ticks -

At one point a black cat even ambled by to join the photo op -

They both hung out for well over an hour but eventually as the neighborhood awoke they were driven off and into the thicker, wetland underbrush they went.

The Last Remaining Blooms of 2017

Back on November 5, before our first killing frost, I took the below pictures of flowers still in bloom, or at their end, around our yard. There were only a few but surprisingly there were still some.

Lamb Ear -

Hydrangea -

Holly Berries -

Anise Hyssop -

Montauk Daisy -

Bachelor Button -

Till next year...

What If...

Monday, November 20, 2017

You Cuckoo

I saw this bird the other day but couldn't make out what kind it was.  I grabbed the camera and snapped a couple pictures, however, the way the sun was hitting him the pics were of no help in identify him.

A couple hours later I spotted him again in our Maple tree, so again I grabbed the camera and snapped the pictures below.  I've never since this type of bird before, never ever.




After doing some research I believe I've identified it - it's a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, also known as a Rain Crow and Storm Crow.

I wasn't surprised to read the following, which would explain why I've yet to see one, "manage to stay well hidden in deciduous woodlands. They usually sit stock still, even hunching their shoulders to conceal their crisp white underparts, as they hunt for large caterpillars."

Hope to see more of him\them.

Yentas - More Than One


I had a follow up dentist appointment the other morning.  The initial appointment a week earlier, another early morning appointment, took over an hour to drive the ~15-miles, via back roads, from Franklin to Needham.  This ride typically takes ~30-minutes, however, at peak rush hour all time estimates are off.  Clearly, with GPS, which everyone now has on their cell phones, there are no longer hidden back roads, nope.

So, learning from this experience I left the house earlier for my follow up appointment to ensure I'd beat the heavy traffic and be on time.  As planned I arrived early, had the parking lot all to myself and chose an easy exit parking space.  Turned the radio on for some sports talk, put the seat back, closed my eyes and began to relax...

Until the annoying "honk honk honk", "honk honk honk" of a cars horn broke the morning serenity.  This was followed by the chalkboard type yelling from one woman to another across the parking lot.  This continued as the two walked towards each other. As Murphy's Law would have it the two yentas met right beside my car.  They were so close I could have literally rolled my window down and touched them, I kid you not!  They had the entire parking lot yet here they were talking as if they owned the place; as if they were in their living rooms carrying on without a care for anyone else, like ME, but themselves, UGH!


The both saw me.  I saw them each look over but paid no attention and kept on spewing.  Ironically, they both seemed a bit perturbed when I did in fact roll my windows down, adjust my seat-back up to the full upright and locked position and listened in to their conversation.  Dry, OH SO DRY it was, BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!

Good news is the dental visit went well.

Safety First!



our safety pool cover has been Oliver tested and approved!

Find The Critter

Can you find the critter in the below picture - 


Here's a close up of the critter -


Identification is tough but I believe this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk.   The Sharp-shinned hawk is similar to the Cooper's Hawk but regardless they're both beautiful accipiters.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Relaxing


A relaxing and tasty end to a beautiful and productive Saturday with Trixie-dog!

Welcome Home!

Look what found it's way back to the Frye family!!

My mother's chair.


Fortunately, a family friend took this chair when we downsized.  She was kind enough to offer it back to us and I accepted.

Wish I had the other fancy chair of my mothers too but sadly I don't know where that one ended up.

Tidbits


Interesting idea, "Stall Street Journal".

This one page bulletin was a fixed above the urinal at a Cisco event I attended last week. Looks like they're monthly bulletin.