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T&G are mean girls…

Noodle…calmly sitting by the duck’s pool…looks innocent, doesn’t it?

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Noodle…who isn’t afraid of water, or the ducks…who has lurked around the ducks since I got them, been too close to them for comfort…Noodle…who gets in everyone’s face whether they want her there or not…who has pestered everyone in this household within an inch of their life…etc…has possibly met her match.

Yesterday I was eating at my outdoor table, the ducks resting calmly beneath me, when Noodle wandered over and came very close to the ducks. Too close, as it turns out.

Gyrtle hissed at her loudly and made a really ugly face! I think there was some wing flapping, too.

I had never seen her do that before. Neither had Noodle. Noodle, eyes big, mouth slack, was stunned!

Then today, not long after the photo above was taken, the ducks wanted to get back in their pond and, wouldn’t you know, Noodle was sitting there again. Apparently, Turtle didn’t take kindly to that. She eyed Noodle up and down for a moment, stomped up to her behind her back and shoved…yes, that’s what I said…SHOVED Noodle off the step! She didn’t peck, she didn’t nip, she just pushed her right off of there!

Noodle whipped around, eyes even bigger than during Gyrtle’s hissy fit and was, frankly, APPALLED!!! The nerve of that duck! No one has ever treated Noodle thus.

No, Noodle, dear, this is something entirely  new.

Turtle and Gyrtle are mean girls.

I laughed until I cried.

In other news, I am tired today. I have decided today is mostly an inside day, or inside as much as possible. Any moment now the ducks are going to get noisy. They prefer to be out of their pen foraging. I don’t blame them. However, they still have separation anxiety…not as bad as before our talk. But I still am required to be around, within sight, preferably ALL the time. Now, I am allowed to run into the house if I need something and be gone 10 or 15 minutes…maybe…until T&G start up a fuss about me being gone. I usually try to sneak away while their heads are buried in leaves as they search for slugs. Then they might not notice me tip toeing away.

These are blooming in the back yard. I really love them. They remind me of pinwheels…

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These are also a good example of why H is not allowed to mow in the back yard…maybe ever this year. If he had mowed they would be GONE.

And here is another reason I am avoiding the outdoors today. This was last night’s sunset…

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Perty? No, smoky. It is the annual burnfest where local farmers all get together and try to smoke us out by burning all their fields simultaneously. This favored tradition and general thumbing of the nose at us city folk is due to none of them wanting to practice no-till farming. Because no-till farming is more work and, well, they haven’t been doing that for eons and they got there first and they can do whatever they want…and…don’t get me started.

The smoke laden air and my burning eyes didn’t stop me from getting a couple of photo ops with my new wind chime…

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Upstairs, all is well. Say hello to Twobie and Archie. Explanation of those names will have to come later.

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I knew they were boys before I named them, before I checked…how about that?

Above them there are now two blooms on Grandma’s cactus. One for each kitty?

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Out in the garden some new trellises have joined the tribe…

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How is it I would rather build these all day than plant anything?

And, inside, there was more stitching…

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I hope you have a lovely day.

So, this is happening…

A few things that are happening at my house this week…

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Very pregnant cat #1, Olive, who is due to give birth any day now. She sleeps even more than usual now.

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The ducks having a blast in their “pond” under my watchful eye. They had been flipping out whenever I got out of sight, making a lot of racket, etc… But I had a talk with them last night and things were better today, more calm and much more quiet, although they are loud enough people are noticing. Still following me closely a bit…I ran inside to grab a few things and each of them was on a back step contemplating following me inside, I think.

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Grandma’s Christmas cactus, finally in bloom, after trying for over 20 years. I should crack open a bottle of champagne or something…if only I drank!

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The bees have more rocks in their plate, so no more casualties! (Only two so not that bad.) I’m amazed every day how they avoid the many other bigger water sources and always go for the plate. I refill it several times a day. I guess I need to look into getting or making a proper bee waterer.

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Very pregnant cat #2, Noodle, caught here in mid-yawn. She is not happy about being pregnant and is, defiantly, not letting it slow her down too much. Due…??? Maybe in a couple of weeks?

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Blue-eyed grass blooming and red bud blossoms falling…Have you ever noticed blue-eyed grass? You have to look closely or you’ll miss it.

And one lovely little finished star on the Heart Pillow.

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Welcome back. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine went by too fast.

 

 

 

 

Sunshine…

The past two days have been beautiful.

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The cats think so, too. There’s Buggar, sunning herself on Path. They love the Path.

I’ve hardly been inside it’s been so nice. I’ve managed to get some ground dug up along the north side of the fence. I have a lot of things I want to plant there: marigolds, lemon basil, sunflowers, maybe some veg of some sort or cantaloupe.

I also managed to get a sunburn, already, right across my back and shoulders…ouch!

In addition to gardening, I am rearranging the duck area…again. Today I made progress on their “big water” or “pond” as I call it.

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With the interest in them “from above” in the form of hawks, I decided to build a trellis around their big pond. This way they can enjoy the water without feeling preyed upon or constantly having to keep an eye on the sky.

I spent a while cutting up a pair of H’s old pants to make ties.

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Over the years I’ve used a lot of fabric ties, mostly the seams of shirts and things. They are so strong and hold up really well to the stresses of a Kansas summer. Often, I can reuse them year after year.

I’m not exactly sure what to plant around this trellis. Maybe something edible, although earlier TG&Y were enjoying the water so much they wouldn’t get out to eat. Instead, they were reaching out over the side and snipping off bits of grass. It was actually adorable. It’s the longest I’ve seen them stay in there so far. Maybe because it was so nice and warm. However, whatever I grow around this trellis could quickly become duck food. I will have to see how it goes. I suppose I could always scoot the pond out a bit farther away from the edges.

Today they fell asleep under my chair. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen them take a long snooze. They are almost constantly foraging.

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I have largely dismantled the rinky-dink duck pen extension I put together a few days ago. I realized today I don’t actually need it. H had promised to help me build an outdoor shelter for them. The one I really liked is called a duck tractor…don’t you love that name? A duck tractor is a duck pen that can be moved around from place to place. It gives them new places to forage, lets the grass where the pen has been revive itself, and provides constant, secure shelter. Rather than build one, I realized I already had one! The pen itself.

The chain link dog pen I’ve been using came to us for free from H’s parent’s place. It is lightweight enough that I can maneuver it around by myself. If H is around, we can easily pick it up and replace it in a new location. I also secured the bottom, top, and door with chicken wire, so nothing can get in – or out, as Noodle has proven.

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I stuck her in there the other day when she was pestering me to death. She really didn’t seem to mind all that much.

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It was a good test run because she did try to get out by climbing up, but I have secured the top well enough there’s no getting in or out. The pen is fine for day use. At night they will still go into the duck house. The pen is not nearly secure enough to keep them safe from predators at night.

Speaking of Noodle, pillow Noodle got a face lift.

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The Heart Pillow, I have discovered, could be stitched on for ages. I have an upcoming trip, so I will take needle and thread so I can stitch on it here and there.

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I’m trying one of Jude’s wishing stars.

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She makes it looks so easy. It’s really not. Maybe I just need practice.

In the corner of the garden I was excited to see this…

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Sprouts from a pie pumpkin! I’m very excited to see these coming up. I also spotted a sunflower start. My plan is to basically fill the entire back yard with growing things. I have a lot of planting to do.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

A cold, dreary, inside day…

Last night I had a migraine. It was not fun. I hadn’t had one in a while. Today I’m having to keep a low profile and not do too much, as when I bend over or get going too much…pound…pound…pound.

I’m not sure what did it? I might have taken too many probiotics and had a die-off/healing crisis experience. Or, H suggested it could be the barometric pressure combined with allergies. I’m treating it as best I can. Thankfully, I got 9 solid hours of sleep. I really needed it.

The ducks are out in their pen, the cats are out too, while I have mainly been stitching.

There’s Noodle peeking in the front door…

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I am really enjoying stitching on this pillow. I decided to tack down the edges I don’t want to ruffle, and I like how it looks. Stitching Noodle was really fun.

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Maybe I should put some more black in those eyes…

Here’s a patch I started for the Pillow. I think it will go on a corner.

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I really should name the Pillow. When she was little, my Aunt Sonna named her pillow. It had a satin pillow case and its name was Queenie.

And, just in case you thought I never finished anything, here’s Prairie Girl on Path…all done…

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Have photos…will share…

I am realizing how photo-driven my posts are.

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Sometimes I find it hard to get started writing without one.

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When I wrote for the newspaper for 6 or 7 years, I was a Copy Queen. That means I could churn out copy, i.e. news stories, like crazy. It’s also why I got burned out, but that’s another story.

I also happened to be an excellent photo journalist. I could tell stories with my photos. Even years after leaving that job I would hear once in a while how that newspaper never had a better photographer.

I am hoping that talent for photography will one day transfer here. The trouble is…taking pics with cell phones and ipads. It’s just different than holding a real camera in your hands, harder to tell a story. I’ve put out vibes for a real, inexpensive, perhaps older, unwanted, in great condition, used digital camera with a lens. Do you think one exists? Of course the older cameras had a delay that used to drive me crazy. That seems a bit weeded out with the newer ones, at least on cell phones. A split second can make a big difference.

Here’s a little doodling I did using the ipad:

I am finding it really helpful to draw before stitching.

In other news, I told H the other night I wanted one of these:

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I mean, really, who could resist? Yes, it’s a Great Pyrenees. Yes, it will be well over 100 lbs. Yes, I know we live in town and already have too many pets.

H nearly fainted.

Well, that’s overstating it a bit. He merely had a major panic attack. He’s barely gotten used to the idea of the ducks.

Speaking of…TG&Y have a new pond! Here’s the old pond on the right compared to the new pond on the left.

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Check out Turtle’s (or is that Gyrtle’s) crazy underwater maneuver!

See how big they’ve gotten? They outgrew the blue pond in two days. Really, they are already sized for a baby pool, but that will require me moving them outdoors…and I’m not quite at that stage yet.

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They LOVE being able to submerge themselves in water. I hadn’t realized that about ducks, that they loved swimming under water so much, as opposed to just paddling on top of it. My favorite is when there is grass in there and Yoyo goes under and comes up with leaves all over his head. It’s adorable.

Playing with the ducks is a lot of fun. Even Noodle wants in on the duck action.

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This is the view I have of her at least a few times whenever I am in there. Noodle – the pesterer of all pesterers – is NOT allowed. But she tries, oh, how she tries.

It’s sunny and warm here finally. I’m headed outdoors to dig up unwanted saplings growing along the fence line. I hope you all are having a wonderful sunny day.