Friday, October 1, 2021

Enchanting October...

Lately I have been very busy with homestead chores and spent little time with my camera...So this post has only a few enchanting share.
I visited the cemetery to  photo some new graves that need to be added to Find a Grave, it's good to have decent weather to do that in.  When Im there I normally do run into's hard to find shade in an open landscape. 

But they are very enterprising, some non descript weeds give life to a Wooly Bugger or better know as a Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar. 

In the yard a Brown Thrasher stopped to do some feather dusting on this limb...

One female Hummingbird is hanging the feeder is still up...and this well worn Red Spotted Purple  took advantage...

Im harvesting the Cilantro now a pinch at a time to spice up my meals Great window ledge herb.

I cooked a  birthday eve meal for one, homemade potato salad and vegan cornbread! I used coconut milk and veggie oil as the binder, with yellow corn meal and some flour...and I enjoy  savor seasoning...a few cilantro leaves on top of the salad...

And in the background is a Cake topped with some chocolate chips, and it is pretty darn tasty!  The cast iron adds a delicious crust to the bottom.

On my birthday I had a wonderful Skype chat with  my lovely sisters, that was the Best time I've had in months...and that afternoon my Son shared  pizza and beer with me, so I was a happy Birthday Girl...

And this answered a puzzle I had seen a large "scat" in the road filled with permission seeds, and I thought coyote, possibly, last evening I went out with the girls I have to make sure Floss doesn't go out and just lay down and not take care of her bathroom chores, since she has really grown weak in her back legs, So we heard some wild cackling calls...and today we had this visitor to our field..

A Gray Fox

She ate some persimmons and then went on her way...I don't know how she is getting in the field?  I must walk the fence...

Sure is a beauty

I waited all summer for this Zinna to bloom... and it opened on my birthday....well worth the wait..

HeLLO pretty orange just right for Halloween--- I will enjoy it till frost.  Time has accelerated. 

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.
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From October, Robert Frost

Every day is a new Adventure.


  1. Happy Birthday, sounds like you had a nice time especially sharing a pizza and beer with your son.
    That grey fox is a stunner and looks to be in good condition. A lot of our foxes are now urbanised and you see some of them looking very mangy.
    I often read about cornbread and I've tried making some but maybe I didnt do it right but it wasn't a success. All the best.

    1. Hi Dave thanks for bd was a good day. I have seen fox with Mange it's such a horrible condition. This one does look very healthy with all the squirrel and rabbit around here they should do well but this one ate the ripe persimmons. Cornbread can be tricky I can get a pretty consistent taste but it is sometimes crumbly this batch was just right for my taste..I don't like that sweet version that they sell, that to me is not cornbread. Have a good weekend.

  2. Amazing pic of the great fox and glad you figured out what animal was hanging around. She looks in great shape.

    1. Howdy Sis, Yes, I should of thought fox before Coyote, but actually I see more Coyote than fox these days...the dynamics of nature is an every changing scenery.

  3. Sounds like you enjoyed your birthday! The fox is gorgeous. Had to put out a larger humming bird feeder as the latter back woodpeckers drain them so fast and right know the hummers are heading south and lots of them are stopping by.

    1. HI Jo, you are so lucky to have so many different hummers in your area..great fun to see then when they are all a buzz about the feeder. I hope this one will move on soon, it's gonna catch her off guard. Happy October,

  4. Hello Sondra,
    Happy belated Birthday! Love the Killdeer, Brown Thrasher and the Fox, great sightings. I hope the coyote is not hanging around and has moved on. The Zinnia is lovely. Pizza and beer with your son, sounds great. I miss my hummers, I think they are gone now. Take care, have a happy weekend!

    1. Hi Eileen, I just read your warbler post soooo awesome. I am happy to see the fox, I used to see them much more frequently here they would come drink out of the water trough when I had horses in that field. Have a great weekend.

  5. Happy belated birthday!! As animal lover I like all your pics.
    The fox is so beautiful!
    Here I sometimes see some fox crossing the roads to avoid the cars (and the hunters - I don't know why people enjoy to kill the animals).
    Have a good week ahead.

    1. Thank you for your comment, the world is a better place with Animal Lovers involved!

  6. A belated Happy Birthday Sondra! I do love the fox, quite similar to our red ones though it looks a little grumpier!

    1. HI Pam, thank you for the BD wishes...the fox was eating persimmon so it can be

  7. How lovely for the Zinna to open on your birthday.
    Happy Belated Birthday Wishes.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you Jan I appreciate the BD wishes. .


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