Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baby Crow

This is a baby crow that fell out of its nest today. I found it hopping about in the St John's Wart along our side yard when I was out doing some yard work.

Its parents were losing their little minds trying to get it. It has to be frustrating to not have arms that can just pick up a little one.

Anyhow, this baby left our yard and started making its way up the street. I was scared that it would get hit as it could only hop and walk little birdie steps.

I "herded" it to the side and it eventually hopped into some bushes and I hope its parents don't give up on  it (it has a sibling still in the nest), and I hope that one of the many cats in our neighborhood doesn't get it tonight.
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Four Years Ago on In My Words...Predator Quail


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Bloom

A few months ago when we were going to get our first freeze, I brought some of the plants I had put on the back porch to be repotted indoors so they wouldn't be killed. They have been sitting on our kitchen counter since then because it has just been too cold (or dark, since I sleep days) to deal with them.

This guy is a group of starts I got from my SIL that she had in a class jar at home in some water. I brought them home and put them in a pot, but decided later that I wanted to have them in a different pot.

A few days ago, I noticed that a new shoot was starting to come out from the spider plant and soon after that I noticed this pretty flower. I grabbed the camera because I wasn't sure how long it would last, and I am glad I did because within a day, it was gone again.

I wish my Christmas cactus would bloom...but I am happy with what I have so far.
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Ten Years Ago on In My Words...Getting There

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sledding

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Sun was out, wind was brisk and the roads were clear-ish. We drove up to what we thought was the snow park for sledding (turns out it was a trail head for snowshoeing/cross-country skiing).

We hit a local restaurant for breakfast and then headed up with our borrowed sleds. My cousin was visiting from SoCal and wanted to get her feet in the snow and we were all ready to do it. The drive up was decent...only hit a couple of shaded areas that had ice, but my aunt's 4WD Explorer had no problems.

We found a nice smallish hill that none of us would die on and got down to it. I went down first with my aunt and she was laughing so hard the entire time that she thought she was going to pee her pants which would have made the rest of the day tough on both of us. Thankfully she was able to hold it in.

We had three different sleds with us and we each got a few decent runs in. The ride was a bit bumpy so soon enough, butts were starting to hurt a bit and we decided to call it a day. We all had a great time and felt great about getting some fresh air and exercise.

What a great day!! I took this shot of Mt Pitt from our starting point of the run, you can see how awesome the day was!
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Three Years Ago on In My Words...You

Friday, January 01, 2016

2015 Reading Challenge

Didn't quite get there, but with starting to work full time this year, I still made a pretty decent dent in it.

I am going to start the 2016 Reading Challenge with a goal of 40 books...we'll see if that is too ambitious or not.

Reading is one of those things I try to make time for each day...it is what I do right before bed if nothing else. Working nights and sleeping days for the last few months has thrown that pattern off a bit but hope to get back at it.
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Three Years Ago on In My Words...2012 Reading Challenge (got it done)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Second Sprinkling

I was on my way home from work but decided I just couldn't pass up the photo opportunity. The sky was so cool looking and everything was covered in white.

I thought this drive way looked really cool. I had stopped here because there is a pond nearby and a good view of the surrounding hills.

I also found a gaggle of geese...which is amazingly actually called a gaggle...who knew. They were walking through the snow...probably wishing they could find some water that wasn't frozen over.

I told myself that next time it snows substantially, I am going to go downtown and see about getting some pics in the park as well.

The weather this year so far has been very normal winter which is nice because that means the ski mountain is open and our snow pack is at a level that might mean we don't have a horribly dry summer.
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Eight Years Ago on In My Words...Snow Updated

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Gift

My girl friend sent me the coolest t-shirt for Christmas...I was so thrilled when I saw it. I love rooster sauce and she knows it. It is fun to have a friend that knows you so well...lol. It was also so nice to get a gift in the mail...what an awesome girl she is.

Now I just need it to warm up so I can wear it everyday...heehee.
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Two Years Ago on In My Words...Found

Sunday, December 13, 2015

First Snow 2015

Came out of work the other morning with an inch of slush on the ground. Drive to Gma's for breakfast wasn't too bad even though the depth of the snow had moved up to 4 inches.

Hung out for a bit with some breakfast and knocked snow out of the bushes until my hands were cold.

Needed to get home to get some sleep for my next work shift so decided to hit the road. No problems until I got closer to home where there were lots of people pulled over on the freeway putting on chains. I was behind the plow so the road was clear for me until I left the freeway.

Road was clear until I hit our neighborhood. There was 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and the weight in the back of the truck was just not enough to manage to make it up the street (slight incline). I ended up sliding to a stop down the block in front of a neighbors house. They were outside so I told them I was going to walk home and get into snow gear and come back and put chains on our tires. I had my muckalucks in the truck so I didn't get soaked on the walk.

At home, I put on snow gear, grabbed the snow shovel and a tarp and headed back down. The neighbors were super nice and helped me to put the chains on. I was able to drive up the street and into our driveway. I grabbed a broom and walked about the house knocking heavy wet snow out of the trees and bushes so we wouldn't lose too many (I found three big ones). After an hour, I decided it was time to get to bed.

That night, I left the the chains on until I got back to the freeway, which was probably a good idea since our roads were still not cleared. No more snow, but we have been kind of cold so it is sticking around for a while.
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Two Years Ago on In My Words...Snow