We took our coffee out to the deck to watch the sun rise, and got an added blessing: up-close and personal with the hummingbirds. Hubby is always amazed at their insect-like wing speed. They were hovering very close to my afro. He says under his breath, “If that bird were any bigger it could hurt you.” I told him how the other day I actually did get nicked. Man, they’re loud in your ear! This morning we watched a small, stubby one tormenting the pretty, sleek female that was stoking up with repeated visits (maybe for her little ones?).
Our property abuts a designated natural wetland, so we enjoy many species of resident and migratory birds, as well as other wildlife. Again, we are blessed.
Tall grasses cover the back 40; it’s fun for kids: they “explore” short trails they’ve cut with their own sickles, and hide out in makeshift forts in the trees. They can also ride the zip line (if they don’t mind their backsides dragging in the bark dust).
Our neighbor planted noble firs along the property line. We added curly willows, and a hammock, amidst a hodgepodge of furniture; a place to chill. We’re growing a few fledgling fruit trees, and Hubby’s trying his hand at a grape arbor. On our opposite boundary is a steep bank—partially landscaped, and partially blackberries—and every year my mother grows a plentiful vegetable garden.
I do not have a green thumb, so I’ve developed low-maintenance landscaping, including a rock garden the length of the yard. Funny: after 17 years, it’s still a work in progress. There and elsewhere I’ve planted probably 100 plant varieties. A professional planner would be appalled.
My favorite feature is something that Mom added—inspired by my Grandpa—steps to a long path that leads to a concrete fire pit. We’ve had many a roaring fire surrounded by friends and family.
There’s one area I will do nothing with. That, ladies and gentlemen, is supposed to be my Master Suite. Funny: after 17 years, it’s still a work in progress.
P.S. to yesterday’s blog:
|Done (Planned): Coffee with Hubby Linens Floors AM List Read John 15-21 Summarize John 17 Finish chapter in Maranatha Appraisal typing Laundry Organize linen closet Re-do recycling area Inventory school books Drive D1 to work Super-glue bookend with Hubby Balance lady’s checkbook Dental appointments Mail shower invitations Touch base with D1: To-Do’s Dinner Blog PM List Gather with friends||Done (Unplanned): Enjoy hummingbirds Appraisal editing Hubby was home Delivery SNAFU My dad called Sort drawer Posting receipts Read friend’s blog Track down address Little lady recycling Ordered books Found lost books Canceled book order Wimp.com Help hook trailer Errand itinerary Discuss Driver’s Ed Discuss Calendar Discuss DEQ Emails Headlines This list|
|Not Done Hubby breakfast [he did it] Hubby lunch [he did it] Help sis pack trailer [nephew did it] Dust [daughter did it] Sundry stop [Hubby did it] Buy songs for MP3 [Hubby said wait] Buy dowel [Oops, forgot]|