Lots of Flowers, Lots of Bubbles

Posted by mrssmythe on May 2, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

This week, CPT A set up a bird feeder in the back yard for any birds that might prefer a more secluded setting than our driveway dogwood affords. (Actually, he put it up because he found it in the garage and thought it looked cute). Anyway. It’s been very popular with all of the wildlife – […]

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Feed the Birds…$25 a bag

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2016 in Critters, Garden |

For several years now, we’ve been feeding the birds year round. And, there have been definite rewards to doing that. My kids can identify many more birds than I ever could at their age. And, the feeders, which hang outside our dining room, have provided us with endless entertainment. Our pets, too, have loved having the wildlife […]

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Squirrel for Dinner

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2016 in Critters |

Normally, we have gray squirrels visiting our bird feeders in the spring and summer. This year, though, all of our squirrels have been red. They’re a smaller version of the grays but every bit as nimble and pesky. Not only are they able to climb the screens to reach our hanging platform-style feeders, they can shimmy down the metal […]

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The Bird Seed Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 30, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Last week, I finally got around to planting my window box. I found some impatiens on sale at the garden store, popped them into my container and thought I was good to go. Imagine my surprise when, several days later, I noticed the window box looking nothing like what I remembered. The impatiens were looking straggly, […]

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Saturday Morning with the Squirrels

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2015 in Critters |

This morning, I woke up to squirrels at the bird feeder. Normally, Manny keeps this sort of thing in check. He sits at the window and barks loudly whenever one of the squirrels climbs up the screen or shimmies down the hook. Sometimes the squirrels listen to him, and sometimes they ignore him, but, overall, […]


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