Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog



Welcome to my cyber home.  This is my second year participating in the Grow Your Blog hop.  Last year I made several new friends that I frequently exchange emails with.  I'm so glad that Vicki offered the hop again this year.

When you meet someone, it's nice to know a little about them...just to see if you have anything in common.  So, I'll tell you that I have been married 43 years, lived in the same house almost as long, have 1 daughter, 2 grandsons (17 and 19) and three dogs. I love birds and enjoy watching them visit our feeders. I entice the Blue Birds, tolerate the evil English Sparrows and  dote on all others especially Crows.

My blog is just like my home...eclectic.  This is where I share a little of whatever I am thinking about except politics. My interests include my family (including my 3 dogs) and my home and yard including our fish pond and garden. We always seem to be in some stage of redoing both inside or outside.  I have creative interests besides the garden and critters...some may call them hobbies...are sewing, embroidery, crochet and beading.

My husband and I have been retired for a year.  Honestly, it took that year to adjust to not having a specific place to be at a specific time.  We lost a little momentum last year, but the creative juices are flowing again.  I hope you will come back to visit.  I love comments and reply to all. That's how you build friends, isn't it!?!

This year I will be participating in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  I'm new to crazy quilt so the challenge of embellishing a block a month is welcome.  Also, I met Madame Samm last year and will be participating in some of the quilting blog hops she has organized.  Madame Samm has also started organizing cross stitch hops.  I did cross stitch years ago, and I'm sure it will find it's way into my stitching this year because she has inspired a renewed interest. I most always add beads in some way to my stitching.  I don't know where else this year will take me, but I'm sure I'll be stitching.

How 'bout you.  How does YOUR blog grow?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coyotes Live in Our Neighborhood




After our last snow event, my brother in law plowed our driveway.  He cleared an area off to the side in the grass where I could put bread for the crows.  Three LARGE crows live in a nearby pine stand and frequently visit our yard.

One morning I went out to get the newspaper and found tracks like these in that small clearing.  I had never seen any like them before, but since I wasn't over the flu bug yet, I didn't pay much attention to them.

In Sunday's newspaper, there was an article about Coyote living in DOWNTOWN Chicago in a field area.  An estimated 2000!!  National Geographic went in a put a camera on 6 of them to track their movement.  Video showed that they actually looked both ways before crossing streets.  They are nocturnal, so people don't really see them much.  In urban areas they feed on small animals and scraps of food they find.

In that same Sunday paper, their was an article in the local section about a trapper in Osceola (where I live) who was called to a farm in my area because the farmer what finding cat carcasses on his property.  He feeds the feral cats and they control mice in the barn.  The trapper has trapped 11+ coyotes on that farm in the last 2 years.  The farm is located very near a very expensive subdivision and golf course.

I live 3 houses off a small highway.  A friend lives on the other side of the highway.  Behind his house are acres of field.  He tells me that he sees Coyote back there all the time. We used to trap feral cats and take them to the Humane Society.  We started trapping them because they were just taking over the neighborhood.  They would have litters in the shed and under our deck. Sadly, we  would also find them dead on the highway.  Recently, we realized that we haven't seen kittens. So I guess, based on the tracks that I found, and the story in the newspaper we have a coyote visiting at night.  Luckily our property is fenced.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Kyle Meets a Leprechaun







Kyle is my youngest grandson...17 going on ...well what can I say.  He NEVER takes a pic looking any other way.

Here he is at the Notre Dame basketball game on Saturday January 17, 2015.  It does NOT surprise me that he met the Leprechaun. But I am wondering if Kyle thought there was a pot of gold somewhere...LOL

Kyle is a gem.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I may be coming back to life...not quite sure yet.
If you think you are getting sick..take care of yourself.  The flu that is going around is really kicking BUTT!!