Skunk’s here…

DSCN2003.JPGThis is a night photo that makes the light on the fence look like it has a shade on it…

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This is my banter for Thursday October 3rd…

Hello everyone:: I trust all is well with everyone.. I hope your weather has been treating each one of you without body harm.. I know some of the weather conditions around the world have become volatile… You never know what conditions will be at any given time.. I really hope everyone is safe… Today was cold compared to the high temperatures of Tuesday.. The change is somewhat extreme.. I’m just hoping the weather is fair for my get away next week… And yes, I will be off from Saturday October 5th to Wednesday October 16th.. I will be putting in a post on Thursday October 17th… There is no internet where I am going… So posts will be out till I get back…

DSCN2368.JPG        This trailer’s paint job is very well suited to the interior.. 

This trailer did not have any make placed on it, so I am unable to give you the brand.. It did catch my eye with the white wall tires that accented the color… The interior will be shown in the next photo I post near the end of this post… You will see what I mean by the power of color…:)  As I sat writing Tuesday night, a familiar smell started to fill the Livingroom…. The smell started to make my stomach turn and feel pretty yucky.. I turned on the outside light, and pulled back the curtains… The inside door was left open and the outside door was closed… The smell had trapped it’s self behind the curtain and the space between the open door and the closed door.. As soon as I opened the curtains the smell was intense… I covered my mouth and nose with my shirt tails.. I coughed, and pinched my nose tightly.. I had a vulgar taste in my mouth from inhaling that putrid smell… I had to go outside to place a bright flash light on the railing to cover the back yard.. Skunks do not like the bright light.. I sprayed the sweet smell of baby powder between the doors and stepped out doors.. The smell was right there at the door.. It was like the skunk sat right outside the door.. I wonder if he was there for dinner?? I banged the floor with my walking stick… I looked to the left then the right.. I cautiously made my way to the railing, and scanned the yard.. There he was making his way to the hole he had come in through.. I yelled, “Get lost.” He turned to look at me as I shone the light in it’s face.. You could tell he wasn’t impressed at all.. He turned and went on his way.. I placed the flash light on the ledge, and put the gate closed..

DSCN2371.JPG          This is the inside of that beautiful trailer above..

I made my way inside, and left the curtain open a bit… One of the puppies had heard something outside and made a small woof… I looked towards the window only to notice it was pouring buckets of rain.. I jumped to my feet in a panic.. The flash light was out there in this down pour, and I did not want it to get wet inside.. I slipped on my clogs and opened the door.. Sliding on the wet outdoor carpet I was at the railing in a matter of seconds.. The rain was running down my neck, which made me shiver.. The light was still on but it was soaked.. I shook the rain off and turned to head back inside.. I could feel the wet soaking my shirt.. It was a cold rain and not a warm one.. My hair was becoming wet and drippy.. There is nothing so sexy as wet messy hair.. I looked like a model running for her life.. I slipped again, and slowed my pace.. I entered the house and shook my head to get rid of some of the  rain.. There on the couch were three puppies staring at me like I was crazy.. I removed my clogs and wiped the flash light with paper towel.. The flash light was not hurt by the pouring rain.. I must have saved it just in time… I wiped my hair with a towel and found spot on the couch with the puppies.. They didn’t seem to care that I was wet and my hair was a mess.. That’s why I love my dogs.. It don’t matter to them what I look like.. They take me just the way I am.. They love me..

The rain was still pouring down, and I was safe inside… I wonder how wet the skunk was now… Teach him for visiting our yard.. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.. This lady is on her way.. Till later.. Stand for what you believe… 🙂 🙂 

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Drizzle…

DSCN2116.JPG         Down by the water on a beautiful day…

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This is my banter for Tuesday September 24th…

Howdy:: How has everyone been doing?? I hope Monday passed by like a lightening strike… I also hope your family members are all well, and safe.. My day started off not too badly.. When I let the pups out in the morning there was puddles of water everywhere.. I tip toe through the puddle to the gate that keeps critters off the porch.. It was not hot and muggy which made a pleasant day for having all the windows open to air out the house.. The breeze was some what on the shiver kind of cool.. But that didn’t bother me, as it was a pleasant surprise.. We did have one good down pour later in the afternoon, and a bought of drizzle that hung around for a measure of time.. I did notice that the plants were perkier than the last while.. The rain had worked it’s magic on the plants over night, and later in the day.. I don’t have to water them for at least two days.. I like that, as I tend to get muddy and wet during the watering process.. I did some chores around the house, and vacuumed the rugs.. Looks a bit more tidier now in the living room.. It won’t take long for the fuzzy dogs to mess things up again.. These dogs are my children and can make messes.. The youngest one likes all her toys put out of her basket all over the rug, so she can choose what she wants.. She’s my little deva.. All Doo has to do is walk and the hair falls from her coat.. She’s a shedder… And the middle one just likes to be comfortable in her blankets.. 

DSCN2120.JPG     This fella came to visit and stayed, while I took his picture…

During the past couple days I have been working on all my Halloween props getting them ready to sell on line.. I have a few pieces that I created from scratch, and others that I have picked up along the way.. At mine and the hubbies age our warranties have expired, and a lot of our parts are starting to break down.. Don’t you just hate when that happens.. We don’t spend a lot of time in the cold, as we seize up.. I used to love being outside waiting for the little ones… I would even dress up and be a kid again for the night.. Now, I will just keep warm inside.. 🙁 As I said I am working on getting them all ready for sale.. I don’t really know what to charge, but I will figure it out.. I got a little time left yet.. I have never stored my props outside… They have always been in the garage or the basement.. Most people that see the room I kept them in, call it the room with the dead people.. I just chuckle when they say that.. Once in an inspection I failed to warn the people of the room.. They weren’t too happy.. I think it scared them.. 🙂 🙂

DSCN2148.JPG      This beautiful flower caught my eye and here it is…

This flower was at the water front and I believe it’s strange design and color had me fascinated… I love the water front as it calms the soul, and sooths the stress away.. Who could not enjoy a place so peaceful.. Today, the Blue Jay returned to the bird feeder, and started to squawk… God he is a very noisy bird when he wants to be.. I could see him standing on the bird feeder looking straight at the door.. He wanted to be fed.. What is it with some of these birds?? Like I’m supposed to jump to my feet and fill the bird feed.. And now!! After I wasn’t there right away, he noticed the food that was left in the feeder.. I haven’t seen much of the Cardinal lately.. I wonder where they are these days.. The rabbit hasn’t been around much since the skunk got here.. The stinky thing has driven away quite a few critters.. The skunks had been trapped and where waiting for a pick up by the city.. The city was going to relocate them in the wild.. Some woman felt sorry for them and let them loose the day the city showed up.. Now we have them visiting our yards again.. What is the matter with some people???

DSCN2147.JPG   This silver goose watches over the water front.. :O

This beautiful silver bird is stunning… The artist who created this thought of every twist and turn of the metal.. When standing under the bird, you can gaze up at the twisted flowing lines.. My breathe was taken away by it’s beauty.. Well, I’m on the move.. Take care of your loved ones, and be safe out there… Till later.. Smile and see how many people return a smile back… 🙂 🙂

Thank you to all my wonderful readers… Happy to know you all.. 🙂 🙂   Photos are my game.. Enjoy them… 🙂 🙂

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It’s over…

DSCN2122.JPG        A quaint little town we passed through…

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This is my banter for Monday September 23rd…

Happy Monday everyone:: This weekend has come and gone in what seems like a streak of lightening.. I also found the heat and mugginess to be similar to the middle of summer… Our Monday is to be a repeat of the past few days.. And there is supposed to be rain mixed in with the heat.. ‘Oh boy.’ ‘I’m sure looking forward to a day like that again.’ ‘If you believe that, then I have some swamp land I could sell you.’ I detest days when your sweating so bad that your clothes are clinging to you and every time you turn your head your hair sticks across your face.. Times like that make me feel a lot growly.. And quite unpleasant.. I trust all of you had a good weekend, and your families are safe and healthy.. Did everyone have a relaxing weekend?? Did anyone go out on any adventures, or do something out of the ordinary?? I hope you did as it’s healthy to step it up, and change your usual day.. I find that it feels good to give something new a chance.. Get out there.. Go to the forest, and watch the wild life there.. Or go paddle a canoe on the lake.. Make some memories.. An old saying said; variety is the spice of life.. And it sure is.. Don’t get caught up in a rut.. 

DSCN2127.JPG         One duck doing his own thing..

This weekend we did something out of the usual to my surprise.. We went to the water front and sat listening to music.. The band was amazing.. They had the people tapping, and stomping their feet to the music.. It was a nice change from the everyday grind.. There was what we call a ‘Super Hero Stomp’ at the water front… I was super excited to get a few pictures of the super hero’s.. I got a couple.. To tell you the truth I was somewhat disappointed with the turn out.. I was expecting more people.. That’s what I get for expecting a grander event.. But, all in all the day was not a loss.. I took a lot of water front photographs that I need to go through yet.. In time, I’m not in a big rush.. I wanted to take a drive to a tower that lets you see the whole bay we live by.. It would have been nice, but my hips were way to sore for me to make the hike up the top.. I’m hoping next weekend I will be in less pain so I can make the climb… Even if it’s only half way up… The sight will be breath taking with the fall colors.. I can’t wait to take some beauty photos.. I have noticed that we have had a cat visitor hanging around the back yard.. That’s not a good thing.. The squirrels, birds and chipmunks are not fond of the cat.. The cat is pure black and has the most beautiful eyes… He sports a collar and a tag, so I know he has a home.. 

DSCN2169.JPG          The landscaping at this waterfront is beautiful.. 

This looks like a train done from the artist’s imagination.. It looked quite nice, and the plants do it justice.. Very pretty.. The water front had many birds, people, and even the odd chipmunk scampering around.. Boats and more boats.. Even a small cruise type boat, came into port to drop off passengers and pick up more passengers for a spin around the lake..  The line up to get on the boat was pretty long.. We would like to go on a dinner cruise one of these days.. I think it would be a fun experience.. As long as I don’t get sea sick.. I have found that I have a tendency to experience that from time to time.. If we don’t get to it this year then it will be a must for next year.. As I sit here tired and ready to end my day.. It’s Sunday night, and it’s warm in the house and outside.. I definitely can’t go outside to cool off, so going to bed soon and turning on the air in the bedroom will help me sleep.. I keep checking the peppers I am growing and they are doing so well.. At the rate they are growing I should have fresh peppers in a couple weeks.. Next year I want to plant a garden similar to how my grandma used to plant them.. Her gardens were very beautiful.. 

DSCN2131.JPG        A calming place to sit and watch the world go by…

I hope Monday for everyone is as pleasant as it can be.. I know Mondays are not received well by any of us.. But they keep returning each week to antagonize all of us.. So stiff upper lip, and before you know it the day will be over.. Well I am heading to a nice cozy bed.. Take care and please be safe.. Till later.. Have a reasonable Monday… 🙂 🙂

Hey readers thanks for making my day with your visits.. Thanks 🙂 🙂  Just some more of my photos.. Hope you enjoy them… :0 🙂 

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.. Have a wonderful Monday… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

Home again…

DSCN2225 (2).JPG                Inspecting the grounds..

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This is my banter for Tuesday September 17th..

Hello everyone:: How was everyone during the past days while I was away? I hope you were all safe, and had lots of fun spending valuable time with your friends or family.. The weather seems to have taken a turn towards the cool side of fall.. I don’t really mind that at all, and I embrace the coming of fall and harvest time.. The fall fairs are popping up all over the world.. The fall fairs bring back a lot of memories of carnival rides, fall fair foods, tractor pulls, smash up derbies, pumpkin pie, candy apples, and cotton candy.. I love going into the stables to watch the farm animals with their handlers proudly being judged by judges.. The smiles on the faces of the children as they receive an award for their animals talents.. Pies, pies and more pies.. Being judged and eaten with the delight of the patrons.. Fall fairs give use a time to break away from the humdrum of regular life.. A time to laugh, relax and indulge in things that are new.. So, if you hear about a fall fair close to you.. Go out and have some fun.. 🙂 🙂

DSCN2053.JPG       Taking a quiet walk through the woods on a service road…

The time away was glorious, and we have decided to go again in October for another get away like we just finished.. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful fall colors, as the leaves turn from green to golds, orange, and reds.. We ventured into some of the small towns around the area, and enjoyed the sights.. I took so many pictures every time we went some where else.. There was a bit of rain which left use in the trailer for the day, but that didn’t bother either of us nor the dogs.. I found the privacy amazing, as where we live is on a corner, and the privacy is limited.. My hubby Douglas seen some chipmunks but I never did.. I see them everyday at home but not one in the wild.. That’s quite funny.. I got to seen the monarch butter fly, and others butter flies.. I love the colors they display as they sail by on wisps of air.. Birds could be heard in and around the camp.. The lone goose looking for it’s mate.. The goose called franticly as it flew back and forth in search of the other.. I could hear the roaring engines of off road bikes, as they revved quickly by.. They never stayed long and their sound faded away in the light of day.. 

DSCN2283.JPG              The beauty of the night sky..

In the distance we could hear the voices of other campers.. But we barely seen them.. The time was just right to go and enjoy nature.. Douglas seemed to have loved his time away as well.. He didn’t seem to mind that there was no television, and no internet.. We were off line and only played games while sitting across from each other at the table.. A table that was a little on the unbalanced side.. It was funny when we put our elbows on the table and it would dip down and go up on the other person’s side of the table.. I wanted so much to fix the table, but I had no drill to fix it with.. At least it would have been a bit more stable.. It’s all part of camping.. At least it is in my books.. Tomorrow I will call and book our next stay, and pack warm jackets, and doggie sweaters, to keep us warm.. I can’t wait for the next get away.. We had a wonderful time this time, and we are sure we will enjoy our next outing..

DSCN2204 (2).JPG           By the light of the camp fire… 

There is no better way to end the night off when you are camping.. We sit by the fire, and watch as the embers sail up to the sky.. As wood crackles in the heat of the fire.. As you can see even the puppies are all enjoying the fire too.. Take care of yourselves and be safe out there.. I must be running, and getting something accomplished.. Till later.. Have a good day… :0 🙂

I would like to thank all the wonderful people who tune in and read my banter each day… Thanks!!  🙂 🙂 As usual the photos are taken by myself.. Enjoy… 🙂 🙂

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MAGS…, Thanks for visiting… 🙂 🙂

Sunshiny day…

DSCN1827 (2).JPG         From my garden to you…

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This is my banter for Friday August 30th…

Hello everyone:: We got to Friday, and we all know what that means.. That means the start of that long weekend we have been waiting for.. Yahoo!! Get your jeans on and your tee-shirt add some comfortable shoes and pack up the car… The radar shows Florida is bracing for a hurricane.. My thoughts go out to all that live in the effected areas.. Which means that some where along the way, we will be receiving more rain.. As it stands the whole weekend looks fantastic.. Sun and cloud.. It maybe a bit on the cool side so pack up those jackets, sweaters and warm pants.. Get out there for the adventure you have been putting off for too long.. It’s the dead line for the last long weekend in 2019.. Just be safe on the byways…. Have fun, fun, fun… 🙂

DSCN1825 (3).JPG        I found this on the top of a small flowering plant..

I think it looks a lot like a dandelion, but the curious thing about it is I looked for a stem or the reminisce of the plant but there was none.. I looked around under the plants around it, but again there was no stem to be found.. This thing seemed to be wrapped around the top of a flowering plant… The plant has bright blue blooms, and absolutely no white on the plant.. I would chance to guess, that it may be a caterpillar.. It’s just weird how it was just thirty minutes laterand wow it vanished. Today (Thursday) I sat in the cool winds and sunshine of the day.. It was so peaceful, and relaxing, with the exception of a few tiny flies that kept landing on my nose.. They seem to b not afraid of being squashed.. I got a couple, and possibly ate a couple more.. Yummy, protein.. Just what I needed.. ‘I was a little hungry, but not anymore.’ I seen a spider coming across the deck.. He was not that big.. So, I stomped my foot on the deck to scare him off.. ‘Ya right, he wasn’t afraid.’ As small as he was he charged at me at full speed.. ‘Freaked me totally out.’ I was on my feet and looking for something to kill him with.. I turned to find him and he was gone.. What is it with spiders now?? All of a sudden they became brave.. ‘Heck, I had one sneak up on me while I sat on the couch.’ I almost peed my pants it scared me so much.. It wasn’t because it was there, but that it charged at me.. Thank god I was up off the couch or it would have been on me.. I won’t go into what would have happened if he was on me.. :0 I don’t like spiders.. Period..

DSCN1802 (3).JPG       Squirrels.. One of the funniest rodents in my back yard..

Today I captured these two small squirrels as they played in the bird feeder, and chased each other around in the branches of the trees.. This little fella climbed to the top of this plant hook and balanced himself there for quite a bit.. He was looking at the dog, who was watching his antics.. As you can see his buddy is just chill axing on the top board of the fence, and he is watching the neighborhood… He is also sitting on the two by four at the top part of the fence..  Just waiting I  guess.. Or perhaps he is catching his breath..

DSCN1803 (2).JPG        His freind seems to be waiting…

No matter what we think he is doing… I think he’s watching me take his picture.. You notice, he is giving me his best side, and the little paw under the chin… Now, tell me he’s not a diva.. I have a series of photos that depict the climber eating in weird positions..

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If I had to eat like that I would fall on my head, and I would never be the same again.. Look how he’s holding on.. It looks like he is defying gravity.. Here’s another shot…

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Don’t ask me what he is doing here.. I’m wondering if he is watching the chipmunk underneath him on the ground.. No matter what it is, he looks pretty weird.. Now this a photo of him eating..

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Darn, I wish I could hang on like he is.. On the rim of the feeder.. What a show off.. No matter what anyone has to say.. They are a delight to have around.. Even if the older squirrel picks off the buds on the daisies, and sun flower.. Heres another photo…

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Another upside down eating pose.. What a ham… He just loves the camera.. 

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This young one is resting with his butt on the owl.. You see, the owl gets thrown off the tree from time to time.. The owl’s eyes light up at night.. I have attacked the owl with two bungie cords instead of one.. The last cord they chewed through and sent the owl to his death at the bottom of the tree.. As you can see they have managed to push the owl on it’s side, as before it was upright.. My hubby told me this squirrel put his tail over the eyes and the eyes lite up.. Scaring the squirrel out of the tree.. He won’t forget that one .. Now he will really be after the owl..

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We have these ornamental frogs on the tree.. The frog on the fence was not put there by us.. It was put there by the squirrels.. It is supposed to be under the other frog attached to it’s hooks.. We find the frog on the fence on the ground lots.. He’s easy to knock off the tree.. 

Well, that’s about it for my banter for Friday.. I hope you enjoy the photos, and my words.. Take care of those you love, and be very safe this weekend.. This gal is leaving the station.. Till later.. Rock on the smile you have… 🙂 🙂

I would like to say thanks to all my readers for taking the time to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂   The photos you have seen in banter have been taken by myself.. Hope you enjoy… 🙂 🙂

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Quiet Day…

DSCN1781 (2).JPG      This bee is harvesting as much nectar as he can carry..

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This is my banter for Thursday August 29th…

Hello out there:: Has everyone had a good day this Wednesday? I hope you are all well, and in great spirits..  Today (Wednesday) for me has been very quiet, and relaxing.. I can’t believe that I am yawning.. Anyone would think that I didn’t sleep at all last night.. I know I did, because when I looked in the bathroom mirror a strange looking creature looked back at me.. The same one that is there every morning.. I swear she waits for me.. I don’t pay much mind to this creature for she is my inner beast.. That which I keep hidden away in darkness.. Once in a while, this beast appears.. Her growl is fierce.. Her eyes shine in blazing green… Her nostrils are flared, and her teeth are clenched.. The red on her lips is like red fire.. I draw her back inside, and turn the key to keep you safe.. We all have the beast in different degrees.. Some can control their beast, and others live in the shadows of their beast.. There are many factors that cause the beast to stay outside.. Drugs, drinking alcohol, or just plain anger brought on by jealousy, envy, or greed.. I prefer to live in calm comfort, away from the beast with in me.. Only trouble can be found by the beast we all try to hide.. It is true that my eyes turn green when I an angry.. Normally they are blue.. 

DSCN1800 (2).JPG         The coming of fall has changed the plants..

Even though the plants become raggedy the bees find their nectar sweet as honey.. Fall is coming our way, and the gardens will whither and die.. When spring comes the gardens will be alive with color, and insects visiting each bloom.. I’m not looking forward to the winter, and the freezing cold.. The snow maybe cold but the puffy white mounds are pleasure for adults and children.. The fall is a beautiful time.. The leaves show off their colors, and coat the ground hiding blades of grass.. The little animals can be seen rushing around, stocking up for the winter.. Birds fly south, and winter birds arrive.. Various wild animals are on the hunt for a place to sleep.. A cave, a hole in the ground, a hole in a tree… Any place will do, as long as it’s warm and dry.. The breeze blows cool and strong.. Leaves fly through the air, and can land in your hair.. The once warm rain is cold, and miserable.. There are many beautiful parts of the fall.. Sitting around a camp fire.. Wrapped in a blanket from head to toes.. Sitting in your chair the cold is freezing your behind.. While the fire toasts your toes, and fingers.. When inside the fire place warms your behind, and warm hot chocolate fills your tummy.. There are good sides to every kind of weather.. Last night we did not get rain over night.. As far as right now is concerned the rain only sprinkled for five to ten minutes.. Not enough to fill a shot glass.. Maybe tonight more will fall…

DSCN1788 (2).JPG        Just starting to bloom…

I must say we are not far from the long weekend.. The roads will be teaming with loaded cars, trailers, campers, and motor homes.. Just remember with the long weekend the police will be out in full force on the look out for different offences.. Talking on your cell phone, drinking and driving, not paying attention to the road, and the biggest one of all speeding.. They will even be out on the waters ticketing the same offences.. So, be aware… If you have had a drink or two, let someone else drive that has not been drinking.. And if you are tired find a place to pull off the road and catch a twenty minute nap.. Then get coffee.. If we all follow the rules, we can all be safe.. I know there are many out there that think they are invisible.. That ain’t true.. So, buck up and follow the rules of the road.. Don’t become the next person on the road under a tarp.. Be safe…

DSCN1780 (2).JPG   Another busy bee..

It’s time for me to scoot along.. Take care of those you love, and be safe on the roads.. Till later.. Don’t pee in the wind… 🙂 🙂

Thanks to all my readers for coming out to read my banter… 🙂 🙂    The photo’s in this banter are taken by Me.. 🙂 🙂  Hope you enjoy   

 

 

 

Outside Time…

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                The color of fall….

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This is my banter for Friday August 23rd..

Hello all you smiling people:: Today was the nicest day in quite sometime.. I hope all of you had the same kind of day or something close to ours.. Friday marks the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend.. This week has flown by so quickly.. In a matter of a week we will be into the last long weekend of 2019.. That seems weird to say and hear that out loud.. I look back and wonder where all the summer went.. ‘Oh, yes’.. ‘I remember the heat, and all the beach goers.’ I seen the car back up on the byway as far as the eye could see.. All the cottage runners and the many campers out for a break from the big city rat race.. Heading for the great out doors.. A time to gather around the campfire, and toast marsh mellows.. People following people in the ritual of summer.. There is still time for the camping, swimming, and out door fun.. We are also running down on the amount of day light we get to experience each day.. ‘I even seen a post some where on Facebook that showed how many days till Christmas’… ‘Are you kidding me??’ Most families have a hard enough time worrying about getting school supplies for their children.. Let alone thinking about Christmas.. ‘Really.’ I have no idea how many think as I do, but I don’t mind waiting a bit to think about Christmas.. It’s not on my to do list yet.’

DSCN1666.JPG           This beautiful plant, is holding water in it’s up turned leaves…

This Thursday was nice and comfortable, with wind, and sun shine.. I did sit outside to take in the beauty of this day.. I sat in the rocker with one of my dogs beside me, and rocked back and forth for what seemed like a long time.. I played that game I love so much.. ‘NOT!’ It helped me pass the time while I got some sun.. I didn’t tan, just sat there and enjoyed the day.. It is still very nice out, but the breeze is getting a lot cooler than earlier today.. Either way, I loved it.. I seen a little chipmunk sitting on the railing of the fence and he was frozen in spot.. The dog was barking at him and I guess he figured, if I don’t move he can’t see me.. Silly logic, but it worked.. I chased the dog into the house and the chipmunk went on his way.. You know I tried the not moving approach.. A lot of good that did me.. I got run over by the dogs.. I ain’t trying that again.. You know I have the craziest little dogs around.. They love to bark at anything, and I mean anything.. They bark at a person talking a few yards down from ours.. They bark at other dog barks.. They drive me nuts.. I know it’s in their nature to bark, but give me a break.. ‘I’ve had enough.’ I have collars, and a sonic house that emits a sound they can hear.. It works, but I feel bad using these things on them all the time.. I think it is just my guilt that makes me feel bad about it… They know how to use their inside voice.. Which is a low woof, and the sign is thumb pressing together with fingers.. Like a duck beak… ‘Why can’t they be quiet?’ I love them and they have always been here for me when no one else was here..

 

DSCN1679.JPG            This is the chipmunk trying not to be seen by the dog..

Thursday was vet day for Doo.. Yes, her name is Doo.. She is my shadow, and sits as close as she can get to ya.. She is a treasure, that I would never give up.. She has been having some problems with her feet, and licks them a lot.. A little more than I would like her to do.. But, she is doing well, and has a couple meds to take.. By the end of them she should be as right as rain.. This weekend there is a western day, and a crash up burby on and I would surely like to go and see it.. There are a lot more things going on in our area, but some of them do not appeal to me.. The temperatures over the next few days will pretty much be a carbon copy of today.. I like the sounds of that.. In a matter of two weeks the children will be heading back to school.. I can almost hear the happy cheers of parents.. A young fella down the street was showing off his new back pack to anyone that would listen to him.. He’s a talker and runs like the wind.. ‘Oh, to have that much energy again.’ “I would likely hurt myself pretty bad..” “This body isn’t what it used to be when I was younger..”  ‘Hey, I have aged gracefully, and earned every wrinkle I have on my face.’ 

DSCN1673.JPG              I believe this is a corn flower..

I leave you with this lovely flower… It’s petals curve in such a way that they look like they could spin around in the wind.. This girl has to be on her way.. I wish you all a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend.. Till later.. Don’t go running through poison Ivy….

I would like to thank all you wonderful humans for reading my banter.. 🙂 🙂  The phogran driving red  lips (2).jpgtos in my banter are from my collection.. Enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

 

MAGS… Thanks for your great company.. 🙂 🙂

 

Muggy day…

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This is my banter for Thursday August 22nd..

Hello everyone:: I trust your Wednesday was an enjoyable one.. I hope it was not unusually hot where you live.. Here it was sweltering hot.. Sticky hot, and any other name you would like to use to describe our Wednesday.. Every time I even went near the patio windows I could feel the  heat trying to gain entrance to the house.. Outside was like a wall of heat and moister, that took the breath away from me.. Each time the pup went out she never stayed long, as she was feeling the heaviness in the air too.. It’s pretty bad when your dog doesn’t like the outside.. The plants on the deck had to be watered, even though we had rain over night.. The thunder and lightening was a sight to see and hear.. The thunder was so loud that it scared the dogs.. They certainly didn’t expect that sound.. I like to lay in bed and listen to the thunder and try to figure out how far away it is.. When, I captured the photo above there was no sound just the lightening, lighting up the darkness.. There was a lot of different patterns, but for some reason my camera wasn’t acting right.. I wish I had caught a few of the other lightening bolts.. They were breath taking.. 

lightening.jpg                         Lightening, so beautiful.. Yet, so dangerous…

As I sit here writing, I can almost here the sound of thunder again. The forecast was rain today, but alas no rain has fallen.. I kind of hope there will be another thunder storm tonight, because I feel asleep fairly quick.. I know there are people who are deathly afraid of thunder and lightening.. They run and hide as soon as they see or hear the first hint of the storm.. I know of quite a few animals that fear the storm, and become agitated and plain old crazy.. (in a playful kind of way)  I know of one dog that is like a barometer.. Her demeanor begins to change, and she becomes very clingy.. She is very accurate and has predicted storms that are coming.. That’s kind of cool, if you think about it.. There are people who feel a heaviness on their head, when a storm or even rain coming.. I am one of those people.. Like most, we experience a headache that lingers on.. I’m not a fan of the headaches and I know of no one that likes them.. The headache determines what you can do, and if you bend over to pick something up.. Well, your head throbs like crazy.. For me the thunder storm can come visit anytime, but it must leave the headache behind.. And I will not be on the golf course anytime soon.. I know lightening can strike you any where you are.. Indoors or outdoors.. All I can say is be careful when lightening is showing off in the skies.. 

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Our Thursday is going top be a big difference from Wednesday’s heat.. The temperature is only supposed to be in the twenties, and very bearable.. I will be out sitting either under the gazebo or in the sun light.. It would be a good time to get some tan.. My legs are as white as snow.. Heck, I could be a ghost except for my arms and maybe face.. Those parts have been exposed to the sun and have picked up a bit of color.. I checked on the sun flower plant to make sure no squirrel has taken the flower.. I think I have it far enough away from the railing of the deck, so they can’t get it.. I take a couple pictures each day, so I won’t forget it’s progress.. I was thinking of making a shroud  from barbed wire.. Then, let them try to take the flower.. It would be the same as covering my rose tree with chicken wire.. They were stealing the buds off of that one too.. I know there is only the one doing these things as I have him recorded on camera.. Little fart!!  Well, this lady has lots to do.. So I’m blowing this popcorn stand.. Till later.. Try not to pet a skunk.. 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all my readers for coming by to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂  The first photo was taken by myself, and the other two by some very talented artists… 🙂 🙂 I hope you enjoy..

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Skunks…

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Hello everyone… The evening is beautiful here. The day was quite warm with a rain shower early this morning. All in all, not a bad day. I hope your Tuesday was as pleasant as the one I enjoyed. I wish everyone that is under the weather, or sick a speedy recovery. When I was sick, I received some recovery messages from some very wonderful readers. I appreciate your kindness, and your wishes. Thank You! With the rain falling today, I had hoped my rotten head aches would have vanished. But, they tend to hang on like a stocker. They are relentless… GRRRRR.. And if that does not seem like enough, I have hurt my left hip. Which gives me plenty of opportunity to yell out.. ‘OUCH!’ more than usual. I seem to be falling to pieces, and there isn’t a darn thing I can do about it. Age kind of does that to all of us.. 

DSC_0233.JPG        Colorful flowers bring a smile to our faces…

Today, my banter with everyone is about ‘the Skunk’. That smelly little black and white creature, that comes out at night and stinks up the whole place. They have a way of making your dogs wish they had never seen them. But the dog, as protective as they are, just never see the skunk as danger. I caught one in our yard with my flash light last week. Our silly little dog, being the protector she is, ran right over to the place where the skunk had just gone through the wooden fence. Thank god, there was a Hosta between the dog and the skunk. The dog only received a very small faint bit of spray on her neck. I wondered why I could smell skunk so close to me when she came in the house. There she was trying to remove the smell from her neck. She wiggled and rubbed against the cover, but the smell did not come off. She was just a little stinky, but not enough to banish her from the house. I’m hoping she has not forgotten the insident. But, I highly doubt that she has. Heck, you can say the word ‘Squirrel!’ to her and she’s on the run, chasing the squirrels away from the bird feeder. Our other little dog goes running beside the other dog, and they try to eat each other. They are like two little kids fighting over the number one spot. They don’t bite each other they make it sound like a fight. Crazy critters…

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 We have a house across the road, kiddy corner to us. This house has a full family of skunks living under their front deck. Now we know where the skunks are coming from. Our yard is like a fortress. There are stones, boards, sticks, and old plant clippings protecting us from the skunks. I put bleach on the wood, in the hopes this will keep them out. My rabbit does not come around anymore, even the chipmunk keeps his distance. It’s time to eliminate the skunk invasion. I’ve had enough of the smell… So, I hit the internet for some good advice… The nine step elimination prosses seemed pretty straight forward. I was armed and ready to fight.. First off.. Get rid of any fruits, nuts, berries, and any food that would attract them. Check, and double check.. Oops! The bird seed on the ground. Crap, I quickly covered it with a large board, and a couple heavy rocks. Next, protect your garbage cans with a paddle lock. Garbage is in the garage, even better. I was pumped.. Next, get rid of any fresh lawn clippings, as the seeds in the clipping attract the skunk. Check.. Haven’t mowed the lawn in a couple weeks. Trimmed bushes, and vegetation.. Done. Bright solar lights, and motion detector lights. Done. You can use a motion sensor water sprinkler that goes off if they come near. Set near where they go. No lumber or wood piles around. Good.

DSC_0394.JPG         Pretty Daisies….

Onto the next step, get fox and dog urine. What? I’m not chasing my dog around the yard with a small bowl to collect the pee. Are you kidding me??? You can buy the urine from a hardware store, and also pepper spray.. It would be my luck, that if I put my finger on the trigger, the wind would start to blow hard, and I would have a face full of pepper spray.. Next, citrus peels.. Well, I never thought that one would work. You can use orange, or lemon peels spread around the yard. Next, traps.. put a 30L garbage can open end up, against a secure surface so it won’t tip over. Get a 2X4 to use as a ramp for the skunk to get to the cat food you have already put in the can. The skunk will jump in the can for the food, and it can’t climb back out. Thank god for that.. In the morning put the lid on the can, put in truck bed, and take it for a drive. Carry the can out to a clearing near a forest.. Tie a twenty foot rope to the lid, get back and pull the lid off. They say the skunk will just wonder away.. ‘Ya right!’ I wonder how many times this has failed? Or you could call pest control.. Let them do the work.. Next and final step, that makes the most sense to me. Soak old rags in ammonia, and through them under the deck, or near any other opening. Skunks do not like ammonia.. Really, I don’t either..

Well, these are just a few ways to send the skunks running.. I’m getting ammonia tomorrow, and I will try it.. Till latter.. Don’t pet skunks..

I would like to thank you wonderful readers for reading my endless banter, you are wonderful.. 🙂 🙂  As usual the pictures in this banter are taken by myself.. Maggie.. Enjoy…. 🙂 🙂

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Lazy Daisy (3)

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This is a lone Dove who frequents my yard…    Photo by: Maggie Bell

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It would seem that Daisy and her family had found a new balance in their lives. Even dad had become a happier, and more laid back kinda fella. The family had planned a camping trip to a well know camping spot. 

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