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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Seems I am forever trying to catch up. We house/pet sit for a month. Although we had fun, it sure cuts into my schedule. So here are a few pics from two weeks ago. I have a lot of pictures to download yet from my camera. Downloading must burn calories, right? emoticon

Here is Mama and her Ducklings before we brought our baby Ducks home. They are 3 weeks old in this picture. They are so much bigger now.

Well some bad news. The Cockatiel I thought was Ghost, is actually Corky.
Our neighbors had someone else take care of their birds, and water their veggie garden early this summer. When our neighbors got back, their veggie garden had died. It was never water. They had more Veggies growing then what we did. Plus, my friend told me either Ghost died, or somehow got out of the cage, because when they got back, Ghost was gone. Poor Ghost. Corky does like it when I whistle to her, so now I have fun with Corky. The birds looked exactly alike so it was hard for me to tell. Looks like we will be taking care of their house etc. from now on, because we "did a good job". That was a nice compliment! Here's Corky.

Dennis did a great job on the Duck pen. It has a fiber glass top, but if we have a wet winter, or snow, we can cover it with a tarp.

This is the Duck's house. It is on the east side of the house, so the Ducks will be protected from the wind. 90% of the time the wind blows in from the west. The nice thing about these types of Ducks is they can tolerate the cold.

Henley the Hero was checking out the Duck pen.

A Fence Lizard was on the wall by the pen taking a nap.

Our Canna

One of our white roses.

A Sparrow was checking me out.

Starling not far from the Sparrow.

Geranium in our front yard.

I have a team, "Calling All Hounds", and recently added a new leader, MARITIMER3. She has started a September Challenge "10 minutes a day". If you feel you don't have a lot of time for exercise, especially ST, then please join our group. If you don't have a Hound, or even a dog, don't sweat it. We are all here for a purpose, and that is to encourage each other to keep pushing. That's what this team is about. Encouragement.

Have a good Tuesday!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/14/2014 4:16AM

    These baby ducks look cute! How many do you have in total? (And sorry to sound so awfully urban, but why do you have ducks? Are the eggs good? Is it as company, like a dog? Other reasons? I am curious! I remember from my childhood at my grandmother's house that the neighbour had ducks and they were incredibly noisy... but I guess it depends which kind of ducks you have! I would love to have hens if I had a house in the countryside!!!)

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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2014 6:34PM

    Awwww!! I just want to snuzzle those little ducklings!!

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IMEMINE1 9/9/2014 7:34PM

    Beautiful pictures. Love the ducks. emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/8/2014 11:16AM

    Sweet ducklings!!! Love it! So many good shots here!

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C-SPARK 9/6/2014 2:31PM

    They are so cute! Wonder how the dogs will be around the ducks?I suppose you won't let them out for awhile or at all?
That is such a shame about the neighbor's garden and bird! Glad you will taking care of them from now on...you know how to treat those animals and gardens! Great job on the pen!! Go Dennis!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSER05 9/5/2014 9:43AM

    I Love them all emoticon

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NEWSTART127 9/5/2014 1:56AM

    Oh I love all the baby quackers!!!

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DESERT_BIRD 9/4/2014 3:39PM

    The ducklings are so cute! Great photos.

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TXGRANDMA 9/4/2014 12:41AM

    Great pictures! Sorry your neighbors had all that happen to them! Somebody wasn't very dependable. Was that a friend of theirs? I wouldn't trust THEM again! Hope they find Corky........ emoticon

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TEALHAWK1 9/3/2014 11:15PM

    Great pictures sorry for your friends. Some people just don't care.

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MARLINDA5 9/3/2014 2:33PM

    Great pictures - wow - a lot of chicks

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1JACKIE542 9/3/2014 12:56PM

    So sad about Ghost, maybe he flew away, I found someone parakeet, he was at one of my feeders, found the owner and returned. Glad you are watching their place from now on. The ducks look so fluffy love their home, are you going to have a pond?
Will be an adventure at your home, wonder how Henley and Sarge will do with the ducks, LO

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/3/2014 10:01AM

    Corky is beautiful! Wow! And I love the ducklings . . . they're pretty darned cute!

I wish you lived closer to me - I'd be begging you to watch my house. It's not always easy to find somebody you trust to do that kind of thing. Plus then you could play with puppies!

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    How tragic for your friends... Why to people say they will do 'whatever' and then not be responsible enough to live up to their word.... Bad enough about the garden, but the bird, too !! Things that money cannot cure.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/2/2014 5:42PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Ghost, that is so sad.
Love the pictures as always, the ducks are just adorable. You and Hubby will make good "duck" parents!!!!
Henley looks like he thinks the pen is fine for the ducks, I know you needed his approval!!!!

Your flowers are beautiful!!!!

Zoey was sitting on my lap but when she didn't see Sarge's picture, she got down!!! LOL!!!!

Loving the Hounds team even though I have a Jack Russell!!!!

Hope your Tuesday continues to be great!!!! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 9/2/2014 4:52PM

    Great to read what you've been up to. Poor folks... I'd be livid over the garden and the bird! As always, fabulous pics!

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/2/2014 4:16PM

    Great Pictures

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REMEMBER2BME 9/2/2014 11:17AM

    Outstanding blog. Your pen looks great. LOVE the picture of Hero Henley. You all ROCK! Hugs to you!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/2/2014 10:17AM

    Great blog, Jeanne!! What cute duckies!!!! Your DH built a great pen, too! I think Henley approves, too. If he finds anything that needs to be changed, I'm sure he'll let y'all know!! hehe
So sorry to hear about the bird mix up and the horrible former house sitter!! Sheesh!! It's really not such a big thing to take care of things for folks!! I hope they hadn't given any payment in advance to whoever let the bird disappear and the garden go to pot!
I love all your pictures! That lizard is a pretty one! I used to be alwaysataking pictures of lizards when at Girl Scout camp ( as a leader), b/c I just never see them where I live! My sister in SC has them exerywhere and complains all the time about them, but I think they're cool. I might not like having one in my shoe or jump out of drawer or something, though! hehe But I wonder if having the little bug eaters might be a good thing around here as the mosquitos are pretty bad this year!
I'm going to check out your 10 min. team, Jeanne. I need motivation to get off my butt. I need to realize that 10 is certainly better than nothing and that all or nothing state of mind is killing me.
Stay safe, Jeanne. Love to all the critters! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/2/2014 9:50AM

    Love the duckies and of course Henley, he just has such a face. How could you resist him.

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EFFIEANNIE 9/2/2014 8:45AM

    Are the ducks going to be pets or are you raising them for eggs as well. We had a pet duck for a while, but the fox got her on day. So sad. Looks like you have a very nice pen for them. Enjoy them.

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INGMARIE 9/2/2014 7:38AM

    The ducklings are so cute and Henley the handsome dog, got to love him.
Your bird is very pretty too.
And I really love all your photos, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BABYSOX 9/2/2014 5:58AM

    Love the ducklings and I am looking forward to their updated photos.

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TWEETYKC00 9/2/2014 5:16AM

    Corky is such a pretty little girl. It's too bad about Ghost. Henley of course is a doll and must be loved!

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TCANNO 9/2/2014 4:44AM

    Well done Jeanne, The duck look active and need mum to keep an eye on them.

Not nice to be let down when you go a way when someone sayys they will look after thing for you.

Have a good week


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MARTHA-ANN 9/2/2014 2:45AM

    Those ducklings sure have grown and Dennis has done a brilliant job on their pen.
Sorry to hear about Ghost, people can be so irresponsible you'd have thought they'd have taken care of other people's property better than their own!
Your garden's looking lovely, we officially had the first day of autumn yesterday so we've begun putting the borders to bed for winter, so sad summer's gone emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/2/2014 1:39AM

  I love seeing your life!!

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SOULFISH80 9/2/2014 12:59AM

    Wow, did you get a new camera? Your photos are even more beautiful than the last time I came by your blog. My favorites are of the animals. Beautiful.

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JAMER123 9/2/2014 12:54AM

    Wow, you have been busy! That's a shame the other people were so irresponsible in the care of another's place! Glad you were there to help them out.
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Starting from where I left off

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On the 8th I was sitting by the pool admiring the Canna. The plants have really grown. I had my camera in hand, and right as I was about to take a pic, Henley the Hero said "passing through". Not sure what all the hurry was about, but he dashed by quickly.

The sun was going down, and was shinning slightly on the Canna leaves. It really brought out the red in the leaves.

This past week or two, the Moon has been fun to shoot. On the 9th, 8:20pm..Nice and full.

The next morning about 5:30am I had to let Sarge out to do his business. It was so nice out I decided to stay outside with him. I looked to my left, and the Moon was hiding behind our neighbors tree. My funky art for the day.

One of our Roses.

On the 11th, 1:30am, the Moon was still looking good. I seldom get this many pictures of the Moon in a short period of time that look decent.

It's amazing it was so clear out that morning. By 5:30 pm our skies looked like this. The San Bernardino Mountains are in the background. Hi Jackie emoticon

DH and I drove over to what I call "the little pond". I was hoping the Blue Heron was there. It wasn't, but I did see 3 Mallards.

I was shooting through a chain link fence. As I was standing there, a female House Finch landed not far from me. It seemed curious.

I kept hearing Killdeer's calling. It's considered a shore bird, but we see them in the strip of desert near us. They lay their eggs in the shurbs. A versatile bird.

I started to walk back to our car when DH noticed a Jack Rabbit drinking from the pond. What a lucky find!

Early the next morning I was walking around the backyard. The sun was dancing on one of my Angels. This is my favorite Angel. I hope this shows up in here. She is holding a globe, and the light from the globe was hitting her face. It looked so lovely. Plus the Angel has a smile on her face. It's almost as if she was enjoying the warmth of the sun hitting her face.

I kept hearing a buzzzzzzzzzzz. A Bumble Bee was checking out the flowers from a weed we can't get rid of. It is a pretty flower, but a weed that has a need to take over. Gerrr.

DH moved my Garden Rabbit. It is now under the trellis. I love the eyes on this Rabbit.

DH is still working on the Duck Pen. I took a picture from the inside. This will be the view the Ducks have once they get bigger.

DH built the pen near the trellis. I think it will detract a bit from the trellis, but it is the only area we had for a Duck Pen. So I will go with the flow. More pictures of the pen to follow.

There was a Raven in our Pine Tree, in the front yard. It kept letting out a Caw.
Not sure if the bird was watching me, or calling for its mate.

House Sparrows were hanging around as well.

I put some peanuts out for the Scrub Jay in the front yard. It hopped down the Pine Tree within 10 seconds.

I walked over to where my Geraniums are, and I spotted a Katydid. What a name for a bug. Kind of a cute bug, but it eats leaves, so not welcome in my yard. I scooped it up and put it on the hanging bird seed dish. Hopefully a bird spotted it, and had a treat. The Scrub Jay ignored it.

I walked to the backyard again. Sarge was with me of course. He decided to take a quick swim in the shallow end of the pool. He was in good spirits. I had no problem getting a smile out of him.

That's how my last week went. I look forward to new adventures this week!
Hope your Sunday is a good one!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/14/2014 3:59AM

    So beautiful! Your pictures of the moon are probably my favorites, but there was a lot to look at! You mentioned Jackie. I noticed she has left. Do you know whether she is OK? Planning to come back? It makes me sad that she left.

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WENDYSPARKS 9/1/2014 12:09PM

    Nice pictures! emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 8/29/2014 7:25PM

    The funky picture was very cool! You had a couple of great 'lucky' shots in there. Can't wait to see your ducks!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/27/2014 7:27PM

    What a lovely picture of the moon with the leaves on it. Somehow I lost track of your blogs. I have missed you!

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TX_WILDHEART 8/26/2014 9:23PM

    wow wow wow.. love all the pictures

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HIPPICHICK1 8/25/2014 4:30PM

    Wow! Spectacular photos as usual. :-D
Have a great week!

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TXGRANDMA 8/24/2014 9:49PM

    Loved the pictures, Jeanne! I do so enjoy seeing things in your garden and around your house. The angel in the garden is just lovely and the picture of the moon through the trees was amazing!

Hope you are OK, heard about the Earthquake but am thinking it was a long way from you........ emoticon

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 4:47PM

    Beautiful pictures. Loved the moon through the trees.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/22/2014 1:08PM

    Finally caught up on the photos in your last few blogs. Amazing as always.

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NISSANGIRL 8/22/2014 7:20AM

    emoticon Blog! I so love your pictures! the one with the moon and the trees was perfect! Mother nature is so beautiful! hope u have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 8/21/2014 11:55PM

    So beautiful :)
The bunny and the bug were my favorites today :)

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CRYSALLIS1 8/21/2014 4:52PM

    Love your pictures & blogs! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 8/21/2014 4:16PM

    The moon, dogs and roses were just lovely! The new music (to me anyhow) was The Joy Formidable and Empyrium! My cat sits out in the backyard quite a bit and I noticed the pigeons avoid the yard like the plague, he's so funny he likes to chase birds out of the yard or stalk them, he's never caught one yet here though thankfully. He was a killer where we used to live~

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MARLINDA5 8/19/2014 8:24PM

    aww Sarge is so cute

Love the picture of the moon and the tree nice.

I always enjoy your pictures - thank you for sharing

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MARITIMER3 8/19/2014 7:37PM

    Your pictures are absolutely fabulous! I really look forward to your blogs.

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REMEMBER2BME 8/19/2014 10:16AM

    Great blog. I love the Jack Rabbit and of course the last picture of Sarge emoticon
Thanks for sharing!

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/19/2014 3:30AM

    You always do such gorgeous pictures; it's like a mini-vacation. Glad Sarge & Henley look like they're feeling better!

Can I steal that bunny? Or do you need it to keep the hound happy? emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/18/2014 11:37PM

    This was an awesome blog ! I love Henley , I love your garden rabbit, I love your moon shots.The photos you take are always wonderful .

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SUSIEPH1 8/18/2014 9:44PM

    Ohh Jeanne! I just love stopping by your page .. Your photos are just gorgeous and I love your narration.
Loved seeing your lovely Henly and Sarge too ..
Lots of Love to you and Dennis .. Cuddles for all your fur Babies ... Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSER05 8/18/2014 11:48AM

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TCANNO 8/18/2014 5:50AM

    It's the best part of the day Jeanne but here is is a bit darker in the morning so it is nearer 0600.

Nice blog

Have a good week

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KIM22211 8/18/2014 12:44AM

    always enjoy your pics so much

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TEALHAWK1 8/17/2014 11:38PM

    Love your blog

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/17/2014 11:04PM

    Hi Sarge, love the smile you handsome guy!

That artsy photo of the moon hiding behind your neighbor's tree is just awesome Jeanne!

Your roses are spectacular. So very, very pretty. I can almost smell them through the screen.

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1JACKIE542 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    Hi Jeanne emoticon One of these day I will do a picture blog of all the pictures facing your way. So many sunsets.
I really loved that morning moon shot, neato. The jack rabbit getting a drink great. So many surprises. I had a katydid walking on my lamp post this morning.

Nice smiling Sarge. thanks again emoticon Jackie

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MOVEITMARY 8/17/2014 9:11PM

    What super photos! ... and what a busy week you have had! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon. :)

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IDLETYME 8/17/2014 8:21PM

    Great pictures. Love the Killdeer. We had bunches in Kansas and never any here! Thanks for all of your photos! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 8/17/2014 8:18PM

    Love the moon behind the trees. You have a great 'eye' for wonderful photos. Sarge looks so happy, glad he is his old self again.

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NATNOEL 8/17/2014 8:16PM

    Your angel and rabbit are special....I love them !

The duck pen is awesome.

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WESTERNSAGE 8/17/2014 8:16PM

    Wonderful pictures! You are incredibly observant to find all these creatures in such opportune places.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/17/2014 8:12PM

    Amazing! You have incredible pictures, what kind of lens do you have? Love them all. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.

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SWDESERTLOVER 8/17/2014 7:29PM

    Wow, love the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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ALMOMMY10 8/17/2014 4:36PM

    YOur pic make your yard and journeys so inviting. Thx again for sharing

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LOUIE-LILY 8/17/2014 4:19PM

    Thank you! Beautiful as always...glad to see Sarge smiling and feeling well :)
Have a great week!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/17/2014 3:17PM

    I know I have said this before, but it was never more true you are an awesome photographer. the moon behind the neighbors tree is so pretty Jeanie.

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ILOVEMALI 8/17/2014 3:06PM

  Thank you for this! Our outdoors interest today was a total bird meltdown. Lots of noise. Flocking? Alarm? Nesting? We ouldn't figure it out until we saw a big Cooper's Hawk in our back yard -- all of our resident birds were on High Alert! Once the hawk saw three Humans in the yard, it took off, and all was quiet again.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/17/2014 3:04PM

    Wow! These are wonderful!! Certainly worth the wait!! Henley looks like he's chasing a bird or a critter, but maybe a bug! hehe He was certainly on his way!! To cute!
Love your moon pics! The one with the tree in the way is fantastic!! Professional photographers would go to great lengths to get that one just right and you DID just by being in the right place at the right time!! Go You!!
We have some Killdeer, too and I guess they are considered marsh or water birds, but they can be found pretty near anywhere!
Love the Jack Rabbit getting a drink!! That's another pic that I'd reckon is a toughie to get! As you said, it was accidental, but what a happy accident!
I really like your statues!! Angel and that rabbit!! I've liked him since the first time I saw a picture that you had posted!
I guess Jays are silly critters no matter what kind. We have plain old Blue Jays here and they can be just as silly. As big as they are they are considered ground feeders, but will, at times, hop into a feeder and hog it from the smaller birds!! hehe They sure like peanuts, don't they!?!
Good ole Sarge!! Would have loved to have seen him in the water! He's such a pretty guy!!!
Hope your Sunday is treating you well!! DH as a birthday Tuesday, but since that interferes with the work week, we're celebrating it today. The GC had another birthday party to attend this afternoon, so DH is making a super meal for his celebration for all to come and wish him a happy day! It'll be a fun evening.
Give all your critters lots of lovins for me!! (((HUGS)))

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/17/2014 2:59PM

    So beautiful, love it, thanks for sharing! Wishing you happy adventures this week!

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    I do love your yard. It is so nice love your garden creatures and the angel. Your moon pictures are great. Do you use a special lens to get the moon shots?

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/17/2014 2:58PM

    Looks like you had a great time. Love the pic of the moon.

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TWEETYKC00 8/17/2014 2:41PM

    looks like you have had a great time outdoors!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/17/2014 2:20PM

    First of all, great picture of a smiling Sarge!!! He's so handsome, I showed Zoey and she agreed!!!
Love all your wonderful pictures as well as the descriptions of everything. Apparently Henley the Hero had some things on his mind!!!!

The duck pen is coming right along!! Can't wait to see the little ones!!

Wishing you a great Sunday also

Hugs and tail wags!!!
Sandi and Zoey

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MARTHA-ANN 8/17/2014 2:07PM

    Lovely week in pictures Jeanne, love Henley's smile!
Great reflection of the killdeer, never heard of them!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/17/2014 2:05PM

    Hi to you Jeanne and Jackie too! Love the pics as always! You have such a nice place! Looking forward to seeing the ducklings in their new home you hubby is building for them! emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/17/2014 1:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your week in pix, love the angel with the globe, and of course Henley and Sarge, hope Henley didn't ruin your cannas. Mine haven't started to bloom, but I didn't get my in very early, I kind of forgot about them until it was almost to late. Enjoy your Sunday, I may take a nap. Building fence about wore me out. Linda

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LEXIE63 8/17/2014 1:11PM

    I always enjoy your photos. :-) Have a great week.
Lex xxx

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GARDENCHRIS 8/17/2014 1:09PM

    very nice!

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Bird is the word

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I took these pictures on the 7th, a week ago. You won't believe how much the baby Ducks have grown. Actually, the black Ducks have turned more of a gray this week. I will take some pics of them tomorrow. My Daughter and I are going to take a couple of the dark babies. DH has been building the pen. It's looking good. This is a new adventure for us. We have never owned a Chicken or Duck. By the way, these are Muscovy Ducks. A bit of info on the breed if you want to check it out.

This is Ghost. He used to by my Daughters bird. When she started working a few years ago, she worried that Ghost was lonely, since he was the only bird we had in the house. Our neighbor was asked if she wanted a couple of Cockatiel's. She took them, as she loves birds. Word got around, and people started offering her more Cockatiel's, then Parakeets. My friend had her Hubby build her a nice big cage outdoors, and they put all of the birds in it. They insulate the cage during the winter, as we can have freezing temps here. When my Daughter heard about the cage, she felt Ghost would be happier with the other birds. When ever we go over to take care of the birds, or just visit our neighbors, Ghost flies over and watches us. We whistle to him. He just loves it there.

Some of Ghost's friends. They are so curious about my camera. Makes it easy taking pictures lol.

One of my newer Geraniums. I think a Martha Washington.

I also took this shot of the Moon on the 7th.

I was looking through pictures I took from last year. I came across Sunflowers from our garden. Such a cheery picture.

Have a good Thurs!!

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 5:13PM


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MEADSBAY 8/22/2014 9:41PM

Your sunflower picture looks like a painting!
I am bringing my cameras down to our community garden tomorrow to snap a few pics of our to share.

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KIM22211 8/19/2014 2:12AM

    precious peeps!

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LOSER05 8/18/2014 11:47AM

    I Love all your pictures emoticon

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TEALHAWK1 8/17/2014 11:39PM

    Aww sweet babies

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IDLETYME 8/17/2014 8:18PM

    Really enjoy your pictures! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/17/2014 1:36AM

    I love the photos !

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1JACKIE542 8/16/2014 10:10PM

    Strange again because I thought I left a comment, but none. Sorry.
Will be an adventure to have the ducks, so cute. my daughter had a couple of cockatiel, bet they would have been happier with ghost and the other birds too. Nice moon and sunflower picture too.
Can't wait to hear more about those ducks. Hope you get some sleep tonight now emoticon emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/16/2014 4:49PM

    Love the pic

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1BEACHWALKER 8/16/2014 3:02PM

    Too cool Jeanne! Hope all works out with the ducks!! Ducks are so cute! Love all your birds! So neat how they all get along!!
And that geranium is gorgeous! Never seen them like that before!! Those supermoons are so nice!! Glad to hear Henley is better!! Have a great weekend! Starbucks is calling me! emoticon

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MADAMES 8/15/2014 7:55AM

    Your daughter has learned her love of wildlife from you as shown by the story about Ghost. You have shared a beautiful gift with her. Your photo blogs always delight me and countless others...thank you so much!.

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2014 3:01AM

    Love that your menagerie is growing ! emoticon.
We had ducks when the children were young .. They would follow us everywhere ..
Loved your photos too ..
Your page is a delight to visit Jeanne .. It always puts a smile on my face ..
Love to all ..
Susie and Bobby .. emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 8/14/2014 7:36PM

    Love your blog today Ghost must have missed you, I love birds. Hope the ducks love to be at your place. Sarge and Henley will like watching them too.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/14/2014 2:13PM

    Such pretty birds! That geranium almost looks like an iris bloom! Beautiful!
I see you caught the super moon again. I think we're to have another one or two super moons this year! I'm sure you'll be able to catch it again!
Last year's sunflowers were so pretty!! Did you grow any this year? DGD planted one in a Dixie cup at pre school this year and it's a good 2.5 - 3 feet tall!!! Growing in a pot! And blooming beautifully!! She's soooo proud! I don't know if any of her classmates had as much luck, but I'm kind of doubting it! hehe
Hope you are having a super day, Jeanne!! Love to all the critters, too! Hoping Henley and Sarge are doing well!!!

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    Loved all the pictures. Ghost is beautiful. When I was younger we had cockatiels they are such pretty birds. The ducks are precious. Ducks are messy lil things, but fun to watch. Don't like cleaning the cage though. Moon shot is beautiful. What size lens are you using to get this shot? Have a great day Pat

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MARTHA-ANN 8/14/2014 11:04AM

    Great shots Jeanne, my neighbour had muscovy's, they were always escaping...lol...
I have a Martha Washington...spectacular flowers and they last for ages!

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SEATTLE58 8/14/2014 11:00AM

    I love your photos and Ghost looks so sweet and fluffy and I just love him!!

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MARITIMER3 8/14/2014 10:29AM

    Great pictures, and nice story about Ghost.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/14/2014 10:04AM

    Nice pix. Love Ghost.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/14/2014 9:53AM

    The famous super moon! Nice shot. The ducklings are sooo cute.

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/14/2014 9:47AM

    The ducklings are so cute! You must be getting excited! And Ghost is beautiful.

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TXGRANDMA 8/14/2014 9:44AM

    Wow! I'm impressed that the outdoor cage is big enough for the birds to all be there together! What a wonderful setting for them!

The little ducklings are too cute! They grow up so fast!

The flower is beautiful, I think you said it was a geranium?

That picture of the sunflower should be on a calendar! You have all the elements there, the green leaves, the blue sky and the sunshine!
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KRAZY4KATZ 8/14/2014 9:34AM

    Fabulous photos and the ducklings are so cute!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/14/2014 9:21AM

    Those ducklings are so cute! I'm sure owning a couple will be an adventure.
That geranium is gorgeous!
Glad to hear Ghost is in a happy place with other birds. :-)

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BILL60 8/14/2014 8:39AM

    Very nice!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/14/2014 8:21AM

    Good Morning to you! Love these pictures and the stories about DD's little Ghost! I bet he is happy being with all those other birds! I checked out the link to the ducks and they are very interesting. I'm sure you will do well adding them to your "brood"!!!!
I've never seen a geranium like that, just beautiful. Your sunflowers are pretty enough to be in pictures!!!!

Thanks for sharing with us and have a wonderful Thursday! You know what I'll be doing!!!! LOL!!!

Hugs, Sandi

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INGMARIE 8/14/2014 7:28AM

    Beautiful shots as usual, loved it thanks. A nice start of the day.
Have fun with the ducks, the ducklings are so cute.
My daughter has chickens ,and turkeys at her farm. emoticon
I love the free range eggs.

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NISSANGIRL 8/14/2014 7:04AM

    so excited for u and the family getting the ducks! should be fun! pictures of the pen and ducks please! I love Ghost and his friends!!! they look like the bird I used to have, Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 8/14/2014 6:30AM

    Aw, beautiful birds. I miss my feathered friends.

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ONESPOTLEFT 8/14/2014 5:52AM

    very nice

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REMEMBER2BME 8/14/2014 5:31AM

    Adorable pictures but WOW, that last one looks so completely professional (as do others of yours). It is amazing.

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GINNABOOTS 8/14/2014 5:15AM

    The ducks and birds are so cute. Thank you for getting Thursday off to a good start. Beautiful pictures.

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HANNAHV 8/14/2014 5:09AM

    emoticon on the ducklings! they are adorable! all I can say is lucky you on an insect and SNAIL free garden emoticon good manure too! emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/14/2014 4:56AM

    beautiful pictures thanks for sharing, a lovely way to start my morning!

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TCANNO 8/14/2014 3:45AM

    They are lovely Jeanne but I could not have them here as it is too cold.

Birds do get lonely as i had a bird that pulled out all his flight feather because he was bored.

The Sunflower looks good, are they still growing?


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Lookin Good

Monday, August 04, 2014

Flowers in my yard are looking good, and so many colors.

Julia Child Roses. As I was taking pictures of the roses, I spotted a baby Praying Mantis. I was so cute. It wasn't sure about me though. I took a quick picture then left it at peace.

Our Silk Tree (Mimosa) has a lot of green pods on it. I watched a Hummingbird today that was all over this tree. They love the blossoms. Sorry, no pics of the Hummer.

Verbena just loves the area we put it in.

This picture was a experiment of sorts. I was sitting in a chair by the pool. Sparrows were hopping around inside the Silk Tree. You could barley see the birds at times because the inside of the Silk Tree was fairly dark. It was after 6pm, and the sun wasn't hitting all of the tree. I watched the birds for a while, then noticed one of the birds on a limb and it just sat there watching me. I noticed light was reflecting on the bird and a limb of the tree off and on. I couldn't figure out why the light was coming and going. I looked down at the pool and the water was moving about due to good breezes we were having. I then realized the reflection that was hitting the bird was from the pool. It was so interesting. Luckily I had my camera in hand, so I took a few pictures hoping to capture the reflection on the bird. One of the pictures came out pretty decent, so here it is.

The 31st our skies were pretty clear. A Starling landed in our Elm Tree.

Sparrows were on the telephone line above the tree.

My boy Sarge was having fun watching me walk around the yard.

One of the homes we are taking care of, has birds. Lots of birds. We went over to feed the Chickens, Ducks, Parakeets, Cockatiels, and Rabbits. I took my camera with me because baby Ducks had just been born. They were 2 days old in this pictures. I think there are 10 all together.

Here are some of the other birds.

Yesterday morning we had a pretty sunrise.

We also had a pretty sunset, but that will be in tomorrows blog. Time to call it at night.

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 5:20PM

    emoticon pictures.

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/10/2014 10:22PM

    Your yard is so gorgeous!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/10/2014 4:02PM

    beautiful Sweetie!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/8/2014 8:53AM

    Lovely flowers as always!

Hummingbirds are all over my hosta flowers, bergamot, butterfly flower and fuchsia this year. So nice to see them all!

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MARLINDA5 8/7/2014 6:25PM

    Your flowers are looking good

Sarge - so handsome as always -

great sunset


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KRAZY4KATZ 8/6/2014 11:38AM

    You get such a variety of birds...they're so beautiful! Love the little ducklings emoticon

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1JACKIE542 8/5/2014 6:15PM

    You are busy with so many animals what fun emoticon
I was outside the other day and when I came in my head was real itchy so I went to scratch and a big praying mathis was on my hand. Glad I did not hurt him. Released him safely outside. Seem to be a lot of them.
Take care Jeanne emoticon

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TEALHAWK1 8/5/2014 1:01PM

    Love your pictures! I had cockatiels years ago when our kids were small.
Our first one we named Snoshoe. But we had to get rid of it cause we had adult foster care people living in our home at the time and 2 of the people(men) wouldn't leave the bird alone so the bird started bitting really bad. I was so sad. Snoshoe was just starting to talk too. Then we found a crippled one at a flea market and got her we named her Lanai. At the same time while in Florida a cockatiel came ti us on its own. We named that one Maui but Maui was a bitter too. We had also rescued one more in our home town from the highway. We called that one Kauai. Kaui was wanted by a pet store owner. Maui and Lanai a good friend wanted both. We never had any very long.. if I could have them back I would have Snoshoe for sure and Lanai. Maui if it would stop bitting. But our friends have taken good care of them. Mauai still likes to bite.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/4/2014 5:15PM

    I just love all your pics!! I think the bird you shot in the tree with the pool reflections is a female cardinal??? Looks like it to me. Anyway, I just love your Mimosa!! Such a big majestic one!! And that baby mantis!!! What a little dreamboat! It was probably afraid you would squish it with the camera! hehe Next time he'll know to pose!! LOL!
Hope you are having as beautiful a day as your pictures show your home surrounds!! (((HUGS)))

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MARITIMER3 8/4/2014 3:01PM

    I always look forward to your pictures - thank you.

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ALMOMMY10 8/4/2014 11:56AM

    WHat an oasis. emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/4/2014 11:46AM

    First of all, that boy Sarge is one good looking pup!!!!!
Love all your pictures as usual. Your friends are fortunate to have you look after all their animals. The little ducks are so cute!!!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful area !!!! emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/4/2014 11:43AM

    So pretty

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    Enjoyed all your pictures. They just brighten my day. Hugs Pat

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LOUIE-LILY 8/4/2014 10:12AM

    How beautiful! LOVE all the birds and especially the newborn ducks. I haven't been S'ing much lately, but always try to check in daily and at least look at your beautiful pics and check the status' of my friends. I'm so glad to see your Sarge feeling well enough to enjoy the day with you!

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TCANNO 8/4/2014 9:53AM

    I love the Budgies Jeanne the second one is the same colour as mine and she is lovely.


It's been another busy weekend, I may have some pictures up in the week


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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/4/2014 9:32AM

    Beautiful pics, always like to see your blog and what pic you will have today. Enjoy seeing Sarge.

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FITGRL124 8/4/2014 8:55AM

    These are some gorgeous pictures!! I really enjoyed your blog. You're right - the flowers are quite beautiful! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 8/4/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon pictures!!!! love the baby mantis and the baby ducks !!!!! thanks for sharing !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BA5454 8/4/2014 7:33AM

    These are awesome pictures! Especially of the birds--I can never catch them in time with a camera, lol.

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JANET552 8/4/2014 6:43AM

    Love your photos!! Thanks for sharing.

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TWEETYKC00 8/4/2014 6:31AM

    So pretty! Those parakeets remind me of the ones I had.

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REMEMBER2BME 8/4/2014 5:47AM

    Beautiful pictures! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/4/2014 3:41AM

    Good Night my friend God Bless .. Thank you so much for your delightful photos ..
You always bring a smile to my face .. Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/4/2014 3:15AM

    Such gorgeous photos Jean I love them all !

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SEATTLE58 8/4/2014 12:48AM

    What beautiful photos and such a beautiful time of the year for you. Here too. It's time to value and enjoy nature to the fullest! Happy week ahead to you!

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DOVESEYES 8/4/2014 12:39AM

    Beautiful photos thanks so much.

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Huck and Meg's had fun

Friday, August 01, 2014

Huck and Meg's love to play ball. It was a very warm, so we didn't exercise the dogs for long.

Alice and Sarge just kicked back and watched.

Sarge can get both of his ears up now. Woo Hoo.

After we exercised the dogs we decided to drive to Leona Valley. We were near the top of Godde Hills Pass, and I had Dennis pull over for a picture. The sky was so pretty, and we could see for miles. Not sure if you will see the miles in here though.

We were looking for the Red Tail Hawks in Leona Valley, but didn't see them. There were a few Ravens flying around. We pulled off the side of the road, and parked in the dirt area. We watched the Ravens fly to our left, then fly back to our side, and land on the telephone lines. There was a Cherry Tree Farm to the left of us, and the birds were picking the Cherries that were left on the trees. They were having a feast.

Back at our house now. DH planted two Purslane plants, a form of Portulaca. He put both of them near the area where the trellis is.

Our Julia Child Roses.

A week ago we had a real pretty sunset. I took the pictures from my backyard.

The next 3 weeks we will be busy. DH and I are pet sitting for two different homes. I will try and get another blog in soon. Have a wonderful Week-end!!

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LOSER05 9/5/2014 9:45AM

    beautiful dogs, what would we do without them.... emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/3/2014 12:36AM

    What a gorgeous sunset Jean.I love the pictures of the dogs !

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/2/2014 10:04PM

    Amazing shots! I love them all, but especially the pups playing. So much fun to watch. We lost our precious little Yorkie, Abi, in Feb, and we are down to one now. Abi and Jesse were inseparable, now we just have sweet Jesse to love for a short time. I miss the energy and fun between the two.

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WALKZWDOGZ 8/2/2014 9:41PM

    They look like they're having a blast, lucky dogs! Hope you are too!

Thanks for reminding me--must get a Julia Child. (Smells heavenly!)

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MARLINDA5 8/2/2014 8:51PM

    Very pretty sunset from your background.

I am always happy to see pictures of Meg and Huck, Sarge & Alice

Roses very pretty and I like the Purslane plants,

Pet Sitting will keep you busy - will be doing that for my sister. emoticon

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MADAMES 8/2/2014 8:36PM

    Such pretty pictures of your animals and your beautiful scenery! It always lifts me up to visit your blogs!


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GOOZLEBEAR 8/2/2014 7:51PM

    Another wonderful blog!!!!
Huck and Meg look so pretty and I know they enjoyed the ball game!!
Of course Alice and Sarge are stunning as always. WooHoo for Sarge getting both his ears up, that is wonderful. Hope he is doing well in every way!

Love the Pursalene, we have some planted in Fl. and a hanging basket of it here at the cabin. It's so easy to grow and pretty. Love all your flowers and the beautiful view of the skies, birds, dogs etc.!!

Thanks for sharing your world with us.


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IMEMINE1 8/2/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon pictures.

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    Great blog, loved the pictures, glad Sarge id better. Take care.

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SUSIEPH1 8/2/2014 5:48PM

    Lovely photos Jeaane Dear . Glad Sarge can get his ears up at last ..
Enjoy the pet sitting .. Love and Hugs Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 8/2/2014 5:36PM

    Enjoy the dog sitting!

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/2/2014 4:56PM

    The dogs are so pretty.

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TWEETYKC00 8/2/2014 4:40PM

    The pups are so precious!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/2/2014 11:21AM

    I always love, love, love seeing Huck and Meg's!!! They are such beautiful dogs!! I had a dog once who was a quarter pfeist/chihuahua and half collie, so he was small for a collie but quite large for a pfeist/Chihuahua and got most of his looks from the collie, but turned out looking a lot like the border collies! He was mostly black with bits of white and brown. What a love and I imagine Huck and Meg's are every bit as sweet!!
So happy Sarge's ear is better!! How is his other issues? Bruno is maintaining well on his prednisone and where I am concerned about how long he is on that, I'm scared to take him off it any time soon. He's getting a sway back and yesterday he tried to save me from the UPS man! He ran out the door and gave chase!! He'd take 2 strides and his back legs collapsed, then get up and do it again, and then again! And bark, bark, growl! Of course the guy had no problem getting into his truck ahead of him, but my sweetie tried his best to protect me from him!! Bless him! So, he still has plenty of spunk!!
I do love seeing all angles of your little slice of heaven!! Such a beautiful place!
Hope you are having a lovely day! (((HUGS)))

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TEALHAWK1 8/2/2014 9:57AM

    Great pictures

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/2/2014 9:55AM

    Beautiful pics. Love the dogs, could just give them a hug.

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MARITIMER3 8/2/2014 9:10AM

    I'm not sure I'd seen Alice before. She's lovely. I didn't know that purslane was a form of portulaca, but it makes sense. Pretty.

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REMEMBER2BME 8/2/2014 8:00AM

    Ditto. emoticon sooo happy Sarge is feeling better!
Love the pics. emoticon
Wish we had a good pet sitter. emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 8/2/2014 7:02AM

    So glad that Sarge is doing better!!!! love the sunset pics!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABYSOX 8/2/2014 5:54AM

    Love the sunset photos.

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ARTJAC 8/2/2014 5:16AM

    emoticon you too

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DOVESEYES 8/2/2014 1:17AM

    So glad Sarge is feeling better, have been thinking of him. Great photos!!!

--at the moment we have a pair of ducks on our land, possible because with all the rain we finally have a lake in our dam.

They wander all day, the female eating everything in sight and the male just following along. I'm hoping she is storing fat for ducklings to come.

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KIM22211 8/2/2014 1:10AM

    beautiful as usual!

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MCFITZ2 8/2/2014 12:53AM

    Beautiful dogs. Enjoyed looking at your pictures. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/2/2014 12:38AM

    Beautiful pics, sunsets, pets and pool.

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ALICIA214 8/2/2014 12:34AM


Isn't Mother Nature wonderful. Such lovely colours.


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GHK1962 8/2/2014 12:08AM

    Whenever I see a blog with pups in them I have to open and read. Dogs are sooooooo awesomely cool and it looks like yours were having fun ... or were having a relaxing time.

Yeeahhh puppers!

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JAMER123 8/1/2014 11:43PM

    emoticon sunsets!! What good people you are to pet sit at 2 different places at the same time! That's got to be time consuming. We do the pet sitting at our house with our granddogs!! All 5 plus our 2 is a house full!!
emoticon emoticon Looks like Sarge is much better!!

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