Springtime is Blessing My Soul

Saturday, April 8

Fire bush leaves are popping.

Robins are plentiful

Cerwin preparing to mow our yard for the first time this spring.

I love when the sun shines on our pretty red-bellied woodpeckers.

This one is a male. The red covers his entire head.

The forsythia bush is adding color to our roadside bank.

We have a variety of hyacinth colors.

Inge, this is your feline graveyard.

Pretty daffodils remind me of my Dad.

He loved them.

Springtime is certainly blessing my soul.

Around Our Place

A collection of pictures from the past week that didn’t fit into another post.

1-1Cerwin had a TFC truck home for the weekend – so it would as here for the Sunday afternoon truck convoy to honor Elam Martin. (see my Monday post)

1-2It’s the time of year when Cerwin brings out his “red neck” leaf catcher.


4-2I can’t get enough of the skies these days.


3We still have a few pretty flowers.


dsc_8105I am enjoying the beauty of these warm fall days.

Common True Katydid

Friday, September 2

dsc_5616We don’t often see Katydid’s in our woodlot, but we DO HEAR them. They get so loud at night that it becomes difficult to talk when we have a picnic. 🙂

The cicada (locust) sing during the day, then about dusk the katydids join them with a deeper song. By dark the cicadas are quiet and the katydids continue their chorus. If you take time to listen at dusk, you can hear the difference.

dsc_5618When doing research on this one, I discovered it is a male Common True Katydid. The male has a brown area on its back like the one above.

It was on our garage door for several hours.

From the Internet: The Common True Katydid is incapable of flight. The males have a dark brown stridulatory field. It is extremely difficult to capture these katydids because they are usually high up in trees, especially oaks, and they blend well with their surroundings. However, during the breeding season they may sometimes be found walking across roads, moving in the direction of dense choruses.

Songs are given from dusk into the night, with males singing from perches high in deciduous or coniferous trees. They often form huge choruses, their combined songs drowning out nearly all other sounds. [I can affirm that!]

Our Two-Plant Garden

Tuesday, August 16

Garden (1)Well, actually, there are more than two because of the garden tea (background).

I cut the tea about two weeks ago, so it is just beginning to grow back.

Garden (2)I know – many of you are already harvesting juicy red tomatoes, but I was late in planting ours and we have more shade than most gardens.

Garden (3)I am pleased to see healthy, maturing tomatoes that will be red and delicious before long.

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Garden (5)It looks like there will be many more.

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Garden (8)We also have a climbing cucumber that got a bad start, but plant fertilizer soon kicked in and it began flourishing.

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Garden (12)The tendrils fascinate me. How do they know to do that?

Garden (13)About two hours after taking my garden pictures this happened.

It was a delightful rain – and great for our little garden.

Playing with My New Camera

Thursday, June 30

1 (1)A cattle truck going by our house.

This was the first day that I had time to play with my new camera since Truck Rally, as it takes me about three days to do the financial reports and put things in their respective places until next June.

1 (2)It was nice having time to walk around our yard.

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3The daisies seem to be a favorite stopping place for a variety of insects.


DSC_0275I expect daisy pollen is tasty to bugs, flies, and bees.

A New Camera

Wednesday evening, June 29

1 (1)After stopping at Perfect Image Camera to pick up my new Nikon D7200, Cerwin went to Home Depot for chapel construction supplies. I stayed in the car to play with my new “toy”, and after doing a few initial settings, I took my first picture: the sign right in front of me. 🙂

We chose to purchase a new camera, because the repair of my Nikon D7000 sensor was half the price of a camera.

1 (3)It is nice having a camera that is working again. It is very similar to the one I did have – but an upgrade with a few new features. The speed of this one makes me realize that mine has been going bad for some time.

3Our next stop was Olive Garden where we used part of the gift card I won at Leslie’s baby shower a few weeks ago.

4 (1)We enjoyed their delicious salad.

4 (2)While waiting for the food, I checked our nearby surroundings and experimented with my camera.

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4 (4)My decaf

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4 (7)Cerwin’s Coke

4 (8)Lasagne

4 (10)Outside the restaurant

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5I took the next series of pictures while Cerwin was driving toward home.

5a (1)The clouds were beautiful.

5a (2)The kind where we all look for shapes of animals and other things.

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5a (4)Road construction delay

5a (5)I turned down my car window to capture this fire hydrant next to our car.

5a (6)Kreider Farms tourist silo

5a (9)A dairy herd a few miles from our house.

5a (10)Our church

5a (11)Our road

5a (12)I’ve lived along this road for 68 of my 72 years.

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5a (16)Daisies in our front yard

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5a (19)This lightening bug was out early on this evening. I didn’t realize they like daisy pollen.

5a (20)Yarrow (Achillea)

5a (22)Same thing – another color

5a (23)Backyard. Yucca. I think everyone’s is blooming but ours.

5a (24)Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

6On our bank. Along the road. Crown vetch (Coronilla vara)




DSC_0209As I walked away from the road I heard the clip clop of horse hooves approaching.

Little did he know that I was playing with a new camera. 🙂

DSC_0211What great timing for my new camera.

A Smile in Our Tree

I need an easy post this afternoon since we are busy preparing for tomorrow’s Truck Rally – so I chose these pictures. 🙂

DSC_4808The other day Cerwin noticed something yellow in one of our trees and showed it to me.

DSC_4811I wonder who was last holding this balloon.

DSC_4812Was there an unhappy child when it flew away – or was it part of a balloon release?

DSC_4813Either way – I will receive a smile any way I can get it. 🙂