Thursday, May 19, 2016

No Clics here....

My passport arrived last week, I'm happy the State Department didn't find any reason to deny me, I did get a little worried as the application asks for your past spouse's birth date and I realized I put the wrong year down for my X--anyways it doesn't matter,,,it's good for 10 years! I will definitely renew it next time and not let it expire...we won't discuss what my age will be then~

We have had some wonderful weather--on at least one occasion.... mixed in with some not so wonderful weather!  OH so perfect what we call a Blue Bird Day! But not every day has been that way.... the other day when I went out I stopped at the Wateree River to check the cliff swallow nests, and there was not one bird there!! All the nests were empty.  They raised em up fast! A few were flying around picking bugs out of thin air but no body in the nests.  The sky sure was threatening..and the river was full almost flood stage.

Soon after I snapped this the sky opened up with a deluge!! So I'm at Lowe's again typing in my van in the pouring rain!! It has rained at least 4 inches while I've been sitting here....wondering if I will actually get to go inside or not!!  Imagine a pipeline of this rain going to Africa or CA...I just don't get it...

So far it's rained every day since Saturday the last nice day and the day I had intended hiking on the Palmetto Trail ....but didn't happen, maybe more on that topic in another post..  On one of the "going to rain any minute" days I went up to Lake Wateree, it's upstream of this river location not much was happening but a few things caught my this Eastern Kingbird he followed me around for a while.

I could barely see an Osprey nest on this island....pretty far away with my binoculars...

this is a zoom of the nest, it's a bit grainy...

see osprey on nest and the other on the left side of photo

I wished for a kayak to paddle out of course they would have flown away...A couple of geese had their youngsters up near the volley ball court 

I didnt even notice the young in the water till I saw this photo on my comp screen, 3 of them.

There is this really old and really big prickly pear cactus near the boat parking area and it was blooming I've been wanting to break a piece off and get one of these giants started in my yard...

and next to a mail box for comparison 

This northern mockingbird had a meal waiting...bird version of take out I guess..

A killdeer was showing me her tail feathers, very impressed!

she may have eggs in the grass so I didn't bother her...

back at the homestead after 10 yrs old fashioned pear has 5 pears on it...they are up so high will I be able to pick them?  At least it finally got tall enough so the deer can not eat them! 

and since we're on the subject of homesteading...I finally got around to that window! Okay here is the result...I like it all the light comes in but you don't look right out and see the ceiling fan of the porch!

a closer look at the window film....

Originally I purchased one that is like a stained glass with dogwood flowers etc...but that was way too busy it may work in the bedroom I have one window I will want some protection from "prying eyes" not like anyone is close by but this window faces the driveway...

I got my 33 LP's back in the old record stand this one was purchased by us way back in 1964! It came in a box and at age 11 I put it together!!  It's still standing strong..

I do have an old turntable to put on top, when I move my personal belongings in...

Other areas where I'm working are in the master bedroom...trying to arrange all the furniture to see if I can keep everything I want to keep...remember this big oversized "coffee table", it was way too big for the living room so it will become a window seat!  One of these fabrics will be the cover!

My battery is running low and the rain has slacked so off I go inside to get a can of white spray paint! Hope you are having a good day with rain if you need it and without if you don't!!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.


  1. Nice trip to Wateree River, nice pictures. The house is really looking nice the bedroom looks really large. I really like the kitchen and your back splash

    1. Thank you Jo! Im in the middle of white washing those oak pieces so they aren't so dark, finished up today and I will have to make some after photos, I will put all my stereo equip, books, Cd's, Movies etc in these cabinets and the 2 drawers at bottom could hold socks and hats!

  2. So much to say; every picture deserves a commnent. Great Kingbird and Kildeer shots -- all the birds really. Love the kitchen and so envious of that perfect window seat/window. Always wanted one.

    It would be nice if the rain could be better distributed~ darn weather. Read today that El Nino years are over for a while, which means (somehow) that this could be a bad hurricane year for Florida. Eeek...

    1. Rut-Ro hope not on the hurricanes, cause they clobber us too! I had never been able to see a killdeer tail all fanned out before, so I was happy to see I caught it in that shot!
      I will probably make the cushion cover when I get moved in it will be a lot easier to fit it with it actually right there.

  3. I'm always amazed how quickly the young birds develop and with some species the adults will be getting ready for their second brood. I was watching some young collared doves yesterday and they were nearly the same size as the adults. Time flies and were only a month away from the longest day. I thought we had high rainfall but 4 inches in one go is heavy. When we moved to a smaller place one of the things that went was the LP's, no regrets as they were given to a lovely family but they're becoming popular again. You can be very proud of the work you've done on the house.

    1. Thanks Dave, I actually listen to the LP's now and then the sound even on my old barely electric turntable is fantastic!!
      I am seeing lots of successful wrens in the yard but the cardinal's didn't do too well so far, unless they try again, Snakes keep taking the eggs!

  4. I was thinking about this post the other day and realized I forgot to ask about the passport. What are you planning?

  5. I am hoping to get up to Canada later this year if all goes as planned! Of course Canada is a BIG country so I will only brush a small bit of it!


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