Saturday Scenery: Squirrel & Deer

The Toronto Blue Jays are currently handing the Seattle Mariners their third straight loss in as many days (7 – 2), so I decided to share a few pictures which I snapped on my cellphone over the past couple of months. I’ll invest in a proper camera one of these days, but roof repairs take a much higher priority!

Also, today’s gaming session begins at 1500 PDT – I hope that you tune in for the AvA action!

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Foraging at the fence-line

Striking a pose…

…but she noticed the blinds moving, even though I was being cautious!

“Bob” the squirrel, raiding one of the feeders…

…a chickadee flew in to wait her turn…

…she jumped on the side opposite “Bob” to grab a seed.

“Easy there, greedy-guts! Save some for the rest of us!”

This feeder is just outside of my front door.

“Bob” kept a watchful eye as I got a bit closer…

Ready for your close-up, little buddy?

He finally had enough of me standing there, and gave me the stink-eye before hopping down and scampering away!

Scenic Serenity…

Yesterday, some deer graced us with their presence:

He stands at attention as his lady enters the scene…

…watching closely as she passes with dainty steps.

His eyes watch her every move…

…even when she disappears from sight.

Hmmm…where is she now?

Over there, perhaps?

Time to go looking…

…he knows she’s close!

Back over that-a-way…later!

Scenic Sadie Hawkins Saturday…

According to my trusty Simpsons calendar, today is “Sadie Hawkins Day” – which is about as official in the USA as Paul Bunyan’s birthday! From Wikipedia:

An American folk event, Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp’s classic hillbilly comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934–1978). This inspired real-world Sadie Hawkins dances, where girls ask boys out.

Original story

In Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. The “homeliest gal in all them hills”, she grew frantic waiting for suitors to come a-courtin’. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was even more frantic—about Sadie living at home for the rest of her life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day”. A foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town’s eligible bachelors. She specifically had her eye on a boy who was already in a courtship with the cute farmers daughter, Theresa. She was the daughter of the area’s largest potato farmer, Bill Richmand, and, unlike Sadie, had a lot of courtship offers. Stud-muffin Adam Olis was her target, and because the engagement of Miss Theresa and Adam wasn’t official he was included in the race. With matrimony as the consequence of losing the foot race, the men of the town were running for their freedom. Turned out Adam Olis was in 4th place out of 10th leaving John Jonston Sadies’ catch of the day. It seems likely that the concept’s origins lie in an inversion of the myth of Atalanta, who, reluctant to marry, agreed to wed whoever could outrun her in a footrace.

“When ah fires [my gun], all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin—after givin’ yo’ a fair start—Sadie starts a runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.”

The town spinsters decided that this was such a good idea, they made Sadie Hawkins Day a mandatory yearly event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch bachelors. In the satirical spirit that drove the strip, many sequences revolved around the dreaded Sadie Hawkins Day race. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him, kicking and screaming, across the finish line before sundown—by law he had to marry her.

Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned in the November 15, 1937 Li’l Abner daily strip, with the race actually taking place between November 19 and November 30 in the continuity. It would prove to be a popular annual feature in Li’l Abner, and a cultural phenomenon outside the strip. (see Schreiner, Dave; “Sadie’s First Run”, Li’l Abner Dailies Volume 3: 1937, Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, WI, pg. 8.)

I figured I’d open with that tidbit of good old-fashioned ‘murican lore, ROFL – ‘Sadie Hawkins Day’ was a nightmare for many of us during our “teens-ages!”

Anyway, this post was inspired by what I’ve viewed outside of my window since I woke up at 6:30 a.m. – I’ll post the best pictures that I’m able to cobble from my phone, tomorrow.

November is rutting season for the local deer population, and this year is the first year we have seen them so close to the house and can observe their behaviour. This will be our third winter in this location, and we have witnessed a treat that people usually only see when they are watching the now-misnamed Animal Planet channel: stags in rut and does in heat.

We counted three does – dainty ladies, high-stepping and prancing, butting and kicking each other as women are wont to do in the presence of a virile male. The king struts confidently, yet enslaved to the pheromones of the females…he trots with his antlered head low, mouth open and tongue hanging, tasting the scent of heat. He is a 5-point buck with a healthy coat and a thick neck – ghouls would call him a trophy; I see him as a perfect specimen who should breed long and well. He has most likely fathered the fawns we have seen since the first summer we moved in.

If the pictures I took do well, I will be pleased…but I am definitely going to upgrade my phone before the end of the month. I’m tired of not being able to take decent photographs, and the phone I’m getting will put my current camera to shame. Comparing 16 HD megapixels with phenomenal zoom capability, to 10 standard megapixels and only 3.6x zoom capability, is a no-brainer, to me! (…and, I hope that I used too many commas, there!)

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‘Bambi’ was one of the first Walt Disney animated films that I saw, and I adored the soundtrack for it. Enjoy these select clips…my favourites from the movie.

Neat Saturday Stuff

I like living on the coast and close to nature…it’s soothing to me. The best part is being able to watch the animals do what they do, with no schedule or planning required.

One afternoon, I was sitting on the deck off of my bedroom, enjoying an ale and some green in the sunshine. I had sunglasses on and was relaxed and still, and I noticed a rabbit sitting by the clump of bamboo, nibbling on a dandelion. Then I saw that a squirrel was sitting on the back fence. A hummingbird was perched above a feeder I have there, guarding it from rivals. It was very pleasant, just sitting there watching them while they were watching me. After 10 minutes or so, they went away – the hummer to feed, and the rabbit and squirrel were off to do their respective rabbit and squirrel activities.

This past Thursday morning, I was looking out of the kitchen window as I was doing dishes after making up some soup. The sun was out and the air was warm, so I had most of the windows open to let the cross-breeze through. I heard some of the sparrows chirping, so I ‘talked’ back to them for a bit. Two decided to perch in a bush close to the window, so it was easy to see them – a third was somewhere below the window, chirping away as he or she added to the conversation. The resident hummer buzzed through, inspecting the sparrows closely before zooming away. So, I had four birds saying “hello” and “how are you?” – it’s nice when that happens.

Yesterday, one of the many deer was relaxing in its now-favourite spot in the backyard. She was there for most of the morning, even when my husband got the bike out and ran some errands – she didn’t move even though she most likely heard us talking, the door opening and shutting, and the noise of the motorcycle leaving and returning. I guess she is comfortable and used to hearing us move about. Later on, she was in the yard next door with two other does; one was with the fawn that is almost two months old, now. It still has spots, but they are fading fast. Anyway, they were all running around, back and forth, butting at each other and the fawn – deer training school was in session. There are coyotes and bears on this little peninsula, so the deer were basically putting the fawn through its paces at evasive maneuvers – it was fascinating to watch. Sometimes, there just isn’t time to grab the camera…and trying to line up a good view for a capture might startle and disturb them. So, I have many great pictures in my mind – I just might invest in a GoPro before my next road-trip, though! That seems like it would be the best way to get more photos, especially from a motorcycle.

I’ll close with some cute Pokémon pictures accompanying a loud song…feel free to mute the music if you don’t like it. I like music…a great saying that I heard once, and firmly believe, is this: “There are two kinds of music: good and bad. There are no genres!”

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I’ve Been a Busy Bee!

The weather has been great here for the past couple of weeks, so we’ve been outside tending the yard and enjoying the ‘dry spell.’ The decorative shrubs and plants need to be pruned soon…they have been prolific and look fantastic! Everything is delightfully healthy. My indoor plants have exploded with growth since we’ve moved in and I transplanted a couple that needed it; the are big and beautiful and growing wonderfully! Did you know that plants respond to touch? People always say that talking to your plants is good, which is true – you’re giving the plant the carbon dioxide it thrives on – but they also like being brushed and caressed. When you feel the leaves, you get an idea how the health of the plant is by how resilient the leaves and stalks are. Turning the pots from time to time, to equalize sun exposure, is also good for plants.

The deer have been regular visitors lately; we’ve seen the single doe three times in the past two weeks, and the doe with fawns was seen five days ago. She was on the outside of the fence, while the single doe wanders through the yard, front and back – we’ve watched her hop the fence and browse through all of the plants.

The frog pond is doing well: the lily seems to be growing just fine, as we’ve seen new leaves unfurling and flattening out on the water. We put a sturdy branch in the water so that the frogs can use it to get out and migrate when the time comes. Speaking of frogs, I saw a large one in the back yard yesterday evening – it was much bigger than the tiny grass frogs that are common, and was brown in color. Our outdoor menagerie grows!

The birds seem to be migrating: the juncos and flickers are scarce now, and there are fewer hummingbirds at the feeders – I don’t have to fill the feeders as much or as often lately.

I’ve been writing quite a bit on my typewriter – I simply love its workings! It is a joy and a delight to go ‘old school’ in the telling of my life story; soon, that story will be shared with the world. I’m looking forward to it!     😎

I’m currently watching the Seattle Mariners get their arses handed to them by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – yes, I still call the Florida team by their old, original name! Sucks that the Mariners are losing the series to a team that is in last place in their division! Gawds…the Ms were doing pretty damned good before the All-Star break; now, it seems that they can’t catch a break! At least they finally sent Tom Wilhelmsen down to AAA for some much-needed pitching practice; he’d blown too many games where there was a comfortable lead – Danny Farquhar has been excellent as a closer, except for last night when he blew his first save of the season. I guess that’s not a bad statistic when you look at it, but still…damnit all!

We’re getting ready to upgrade our surround sound system and our DVD/VHS recorder – the recorder got blown by a power spike caused by some moron running into a power pole, and the surround sound has a short in it which causes the speakers to cut out intermittently. Time for some new electronic equipment! We plan on getting some new surge protectors as well, so it will be expensive but worthwhile.

That’s it for now…I realized that I hadn’t posted anything for a bit! Time’s fun when you’re having flies…LOL

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Happy Earth Day 2013!!!

Aaaaahhhh…it’s Earth Day! Time for a celebration of the natural beauty that surrounds us – well, it surrounds those of us who are fortunate enough to live close to nature! I love wandering in my backyard and tending to the flowers and my herb garden – the greenhouse is great for starting seedlings and transplanting larger plants. The full moon is later this week, which is the perfect time to do some more potting and transplanting. I have four plants that are begging for larger homes, LOL!

I was able to mow the lawn last week (FINALLY!) and we’ll have at least three, perhaps four, days of nice weather coming up so I’ll trim the yard again – get it all level this time! I’ve filled the fire pit with branches and other clippings so it’ll be time to have a little bonfire soon…

The birds have been active: there’s a family of crows nearby, and seagulls enjoy roosting on the distant rooftop of our closest neighbours. Hummingbirds buzz about on a regular basis; robins bounce on the grass as they hunt for worms in the morning dew, and a couple of eagles circled and soared over our shop the other day – they were magnificent! Some geese went honking past yesterday…I love the solitude and seclusion of the yard – it’s my sanctuary and it’s nice, quiet, and peaceful. Everyone should make their personal dwellings a place of relaxation, no matter how small they might be. Even a tiny SRO flat can be made delightful if you know how to decorate properly and have the right furnishings!     😎

On a side note, I guess there’s supposed to be some sort of internet blackout today, but I see no evidence of participation! Go figure…I shouldn’t be surprised, though, given modern society’s penchant for jumping on a social-media-driven bandwagon, then jumping off at the next corner to see how many blog-hits they got from ‘tweeting’ their allegiance. Nobody stays loyal to anything anymore…but, I digress – it’s Earth Day and I’m relaxing in peace and quiet. No traffic, no air or noise pollution, no city suffocation…just birds, bears, and deer! It’s lovely…

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