Monday, May 23, 2011

Ellie's First Visit to the Lake

Ellie and Grandma

Ellie Bellie

Paul and Julia

Paul and Charlie

The rain stopped for the weekend so we could have some fun. Paul got a battery for the little John Deere Gator that our neighbor, Brennan, gave to us for the kids to use. He has gotten too big to ride in it. Charlie drove kind of jerky, Julia was fearless and seemed to take to it naturally.

Ellie was adorable and good and snuggly. Great traits in a 3 month old baby!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Birding With Paul

Hummer at the Oriole feeder, Katie got me a new one last summer, with a bee guard that works great!

Oriole on the jelly, Rose Breasted Grosbeak on the feeder

Male Cardinal

Paul's picture of a male Oriole with the Ruby Throated Hummingbird waiting in line

We winter in an amazing area of Texas, full of native birds and winter birds and migratory birds, and we hardly ever get pictures of them. One reason is my camera isn't good enough to get great pictures, I think the other reason is we are too busy having fun.

Shout Out

I was just looking at my Sitemeter stats and am surprised at all the hits I had this week. I never get any comments so I figure my girls read it and maybe my brother Dave, and some random folks who hit the "next" button. There are a lot of hits from the same areas.

I see lots of hits from Mt. Pleasant, always some from Holland, MI, I know Heather looks in from Belgium, but who from Grenaa, Arhus? Edmore, MI? Monroeville, PA? I would love to know and to read your blog. Anyway, I appreciate your interest and hope you are entertained by my pictures and stories.

In case anyone missed Paul's video of the Bald Eagle trying to snag ducks doing it in the lake, I have downloaded it. It is on face book. He didn't know how to do video with the camera, it is very short. Neither of us knew it had audio also, Steff mentioned it and yes, there it was.

I have been feeling crummy the past few weeks, allergies and what not. Took antibiotics and they make me feel worse. Oh the joys of spring. Half thinking it is the shock of coming from a warm and moist climate and lots of fun to cold and dry Clare. No fun comments here.

Paul has taken many bird pics, mostly on dreary,rainy days, since that is the only time he sits and looks out the window at the feeder. I will edit them and get some on the blog soon. Today is sunny, I am hopeful we get some shots. This year our female Orioles seem smaller and the males are so orange, when their wings are spread out, for a landing on the feeders, the entire back is orange with two black triangles of wing. Very pretty.

A shout out and thanks to all you who stop in regularly, I would love the occasional comment from you. I feel that my blog is a diary of our retirement and to keep the kids updated. As Julie says, she hasn't had to bail us out of jail yet. And we are thankful for that and now we know who to call.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

Cardinal and Gold Finch

Paul's photo of the Gold Finches decorating the Japanese Cherry Tree, no buds yet.

Tiny garden flowers, yellow Primrose and Grape Hyacinths

We had a beautiful weekend at the lake, Steff and Tyson came up Saturday night and took us to Maxfield's for dinner on Sunday. I just can't eat as much as I used to, but I gave it my best and that was good enough. Great food and conversation.

I got a surprise call from Julie in the airport in Newark, NJ, and also talked with Charlie and Andrea and Katie and Lane. Fun to visit with the little guys.

Grandkids Will Love This

Patrick asked Julie to bring him a big truck he could drive back from Paris. She figured he got that idea from Grandpa Paul. Yup. Told him about the John Deere Gator he had for him to drive around when he came to visit.

Sunday, Paul and Tyson got out some of the smaller vehicles to take a picture to drool over, the big blue bus, the riding lawn mower, the little blue truck, the Gator and the golf cart. Get ready to rumble, girls and boys!