Screech and a bit of decorating

I had planned to post today about a project that I’ve been working on for a few days. Unfortunately, it was a flop and not suitable for posting about… and left me without a blog-postless.
However, Here’s a handsome photo of Screech for you to see and maybe-not feel so much like your visit to my blog was a total waste.

We started doing a bit of
the old holiday decorating.
It’s early, but we enjoy it.
We’re just two old silly-hearts.

Have a great week.

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Friday Five – Triops, Screech, Sheli & stuff


There be dinosaurs here. Yep, my Grandson and I are growing dinosaurs, well, sort of. We’re growing Triops (tadpole shrimp) fairy shrimp from a Smithsonian kit. The Triops are considered to be living fossils since their fossil records date back from 200 million years or more.
When these critters hatched they were so tiny they were almost microscopic and could only be seen with a magnifying glass. Three days later they were a smidge bigger and I made a video of them. They’re the tiny smudges swimming around. I put a ruler behind the tank so you can kind of see how tiny they are.
There seems to be some issues with my  Not-Triops video loading. If it doesn’t load you may want to check back later. I figure YouTube is swamped with surfers and that causing some of the issues.

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I made some changes to the title and description of my video because my commenters on Youtube identified the shrimp as fairy shrimp and not triops.
~I originally thought these were Triops, tadpole shrimp because I used a Smithsonian Sea Monster Kit (that says Triops is what’s supposed to hatch.)
Last week, Within the first 24 hours of putting the egg-moss in the water, there were oodles of teeny-tiny almost microscopic critters that hatched out.
I’m guessing there were triops in the hatching, but the fairy shrimp were the stronger and they survived.
I’m going to try again to hatch some Triops using another Smithsonian Sea Monster Kit… maybe with luck a few Triops will hatch and survive.
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IMG_7667Even though the weather has turned super cold, Screech is still here most of the time. We were surprised when he showed back up last fall. We’re happy he’s still hanging around.
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IMG_8169Sheli has enjoyed napping ‘neath the Christmas tree these past couple weeks. Surprisingly he hasn’t tried to chew up any of the holiday decor. He’s such a cutie-pie I couldn’t resist taking a photo…
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IMG_8464After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I figure most of us have earned a few moments to relax and unwind from the stress… and what better way to relax then with a treat that requires no cooking or baking… just mix 4 ingredients together and then enjoy or put in the fridge to enjoy later. Either way it’s a tasty treat.
Can of crushed pineapple, can of cherry pie filling, box of jello cheese cake pudding mix & whip cream. You could use other pie fillings in this instead of cherry. I think blueberry would be fun and I think apple pie filling might be yummy too.
Here’s a link to the recipe with the amounts needed of each ingredient and tutorial from the Country Cook. Cherry Pie Fluff
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IMG_7845The other day, as I was taking groceries out of the trunk of our car, I saw a sticker on the side of the trunk. It’s a curious thing to me and I wonder what it means. I’ve asked several people and so far no one knows.
I think the no-gas part means not to put gas in the trunk, but the other part of the sticker is a bit odd. What does the exclamation point on a book mean?
I thought I’d share it here and see if any of my Blogging Buddies or Readers know and will help solve my mystery.
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I hope you all had a joyous holiday and are getting ready for a wonderful new year.

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The Wild Life Of July 4th Weekend

IMG_4454Our weekend didn’t really start off on a positive note. We had an invasion of tiny sugar ants. Oh my them buggers were into everything. We cleared out everything from the cabinets and cleaned out all the ants we could catch with our clorox wipes. We then sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in the cabinets to keep the ants controlled until we were able to get to the store and buy some bug spray. We vacuumed up the DE and my husband gave the cabinets a good spraying. We let them set for a couple of days. Until yesterday, my counter tops and dining room table was crowded with the contents from the lower cabinets and it was a relief to finally be able to put the stuff back in the cabinets. I used a bottom half of a shoe box to make it easier to tote more stuff at once back to the cabinets. When we were done. I left the box in the floor with the intention of tossing it away later.
We sit down to enjoy a sandwich and a much deserved break. I looked over a noticed Sheli jumped in the box and dug at the bottom, circled a few times and then snuggled down for a nap. I grabbed my camera and clicked off 4 photos, but only one turned out. It’s cute though.
Sheli in the box reminded me of a post my blogging buddy Barbara made about animals called “If it Fits, I Sit” it was such a cheerful collection of animals sitting/laying in the oddest containers and places.

IMG_4426On the bright side, We were blessed with a gorgeous weekend. The blue sky was filled with clouds and contrails and sometimes nothing at all. The temps were really nice and allowed us to spend more time outside than normal. The 4th we sat out and watched fireworks from the surrounding neighborhoods. Oddly there was a chill in the air and we had to wear our heavy jackets. I don’t think I remember a night so cold in July before. It was an enjoyable evening just the same.IMG_4390
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IMG_4644The resident wild life was in their best element this weekend. I was right about the Doe that I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought was with-fawn. We saw her and her fawn at end of our property.  It was enchanting. The fawn is such a comical character. I took several photos from my kitchen looking out through screened windows.  I zoomed in on them as best as I could, but the photos didn’t turn out very well. I wanted to show this one to you because I may not get anymore photos of the baby. You never know when it’ll be by when I have my camera on hand. The fawn is peeking out from the other side under  his Mom. He’s small enough that we almost didn’t see him.

IMG_4516I saw one of the garden bunnies sitting near the garden. I thought something was wrong with it’s head, it’s cheek looked really swollen. I clicked off a few photos and hurriedly loaded them on my pc to see what was wrong with the bunny. Well, it had a big mouth of grass and so explains the puffy cheeks. lol

IMG_4669One of the local male hummingbirds lit in our pear tree. He stayed still just long enough for me to click off one photo. Luckily it’s turned out okay enough to post on my blog.

IMG_4568And last but not least, we had a surprise visit from Screech. We were so happy to see him. I’m pleased as peaches to get this one good shot of him watching my husband gathering our gardening tools together.
Last evening, my husband noticed that Screech was sleeping in the cubby-hole again. We figure the first brood of screechlettes have been born and raised and Mr. Screech is nest-testing again. We figure he’s trying his best to convince the Mrs. to move to our barn… or he had enough of the wife and kids and took a much needed little vacation in our barn. lol
Click here to see a few more photos of Screech and him in his cubby-hole.

Screech’s visit could explain why we didn’t see any squirrels this weekend. I reckon they ran for cover so they wouldn’t become owl fodder. Smart little furries, they are. 😉

We had an enjoyable critter-filled weekend here my neck of the woods.

I hope you all had a pleasant weekend &
got a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Monday Mix – 4-7-2014

IMG_8710The screech owl that my husband named Screech is still with us. I apologize for the photo but it was looking straight at me and I didn’t want to use the flash. I didn’t want to hurt it’s eyes. I’m surprised it’s still here. I figured it was just wintering over in our barn. But maybe this means it’s a girl and will have baby screechlettes sometime this summer. That would be so fun. It makes me smile just to think of it. If you click on it’s name, Screech, you can see better and clearer photos of it.

IMG_8767I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. I also hope you was able to get out and enjoy some sunshine.
We had mostly sunny days and storms at night. Our temps varied from low 30’s to high 60’s. This time of year is so goofy that way.

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Don’t laugh… I harvested my first ever asparagus. I’m tickled pink about it. This is the 3rd year since I started the seed, so I picked it. Hopefully in a few days there will be a few more stalks ready for harvest and I’ll pick them and add them to these and cook them up for us to eat. I’ll let you know how that plan goes.
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My seedlings are coming along nicely. They look a little scraggly but soon I’ll transplant them into bigger containers and hopefully they’ll look stronger and healthy.

IMG_8738The flora and fauna are trying so hard to come out for the year. I discovered a ladybug in one of my pear tree photos. I guess it was trying to stay sheltered in the tree and weather out the storms.

IMG_8799Our pear trees are loosing they’re blooms now. I wish they’d keep them longer. There’s not much prettier tree than one in full bloom.

IMG_8781The dandelions are blooming everywhere. They require so little to survive and they’re quite cheerful.

IMG_8828And last but not least for this Monday mix
Here’s a sneak peek of the colors of yarn of a crochet project I started last week. Hopefully, I’ll finish it soon and then I’ll post a photo of the finished project.

Here’s wishing you all a lovely week of sunshine & smiles.
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Redwork & an Owl

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Hello everyone, I’m E.C., I quit blogging last summer to take care of offline things for awhile.
I closed my blog called ‘Enjoying Creating’ and deleted it and all my blog posts.
I did it because it bothers me when I visit blogs that haven’t been active in a long time and I didn’t want my readers & blogging buddies to go through a long stalled idle time with my blog.

I missed blogging and I missed my blogging buddies, but now I’m back. It’ll probably take me a bit to get back in the swing of blogging. Hopefully with this new blog home, slowly but surely I can make it an enjoyable place to visit for years to come.

One of the reasons I’m opening a new blog is to keep up with my crafts again. At the moment, I’m going to post my progress on my redwork embroidery throw. I plan to start tomorrow and post a photo of a block each day. I’m hoping to have the throw finished by Christmas. I was inspired to make this throw when I was visiting my blogging buddy’s blog ‘EMZ-Piney Post‘  Charlotte’s very talented in quilting, embroidery, sewing, farming and many other wonderful things. I had never heard of Redwork until I saw it on her blog. I love the idea of only using one color.  It’s quite enjoyable. I send big thanks out to Charlotte. 🙂

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Last month or so this handsome character moved into our barn. It’s a screech owl, but we don’t know if it’s male or female. My husband has named it Screech. We try to stay out of the barn as much as possible because we don’t want to scare it off. When we have to make a trip into the barn, Screech swivels his head and watches us. We’re so happy to have him/her staying in our barn. We hope it’s visit will be for a long time to come.

It’s Sunday, November 3, 2013 and the first day of ‘Falling Back’ and hour. My dear hubby took care of resetting the manual clocks. I’m glad because I had forgotten about it. 😉

I guess this is all for me at the moment.
Welcome to my new blog.
Thanks for dropping by.
Leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by.
🙂spcr1