Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It Is HOT here.

It is HOT here where I live in East Texas.  Just how hot is it?  Well, I am going to tell you but since it is so hot, don't rush me.  It is too hot to hurry.

I have mentioned in past blog postings about my bird feeder and how much we enjoy watching all the birds.  We have been seeing a painted bunting quite often and he is really pretty flashing all those different colors.  Here is a picture that I found on www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/painted-bunting:

Back to "how hot is it?", well it is so hot that it melted the suet blocks that I purchased to feed the birds.  In this next picture,  you can see that the block of suet with seeds has almost three quarters of it melted away and a lot of it dripped on the bird feeder.

 Here is closer picture of the mess on top of the feeder:

And of course one of the many squirrels just had to have a bite at the free lunch counter:

I was standing right there when he came out of the bushes and right after I took that picture, he was joined by another squirrel.  It is not unusual to see a half a dozen or more of them out there at one time, but not when I am standing right there.  They must be hungry or too lazy to go forage for food in the wild.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Wedding and Reception.

I took lots of pictures, so I am going to bore you with most of them.  If you do get bored looking at them, please skip to the last one, but I would prefer that you look at them all.

This first one is of my grandson, Jimmy, holding his son (my great grandson), Lane:

Lane being held by a bigger boy, whose name I do not know:

Grandson Jimmy and soon to be wife, Tamany, about to take their vows:

Jimmy and Tammany showing their son, Lane, the brand:

 Here is a better picture of it:

Jimmy, Tamany, and Lane:

The bride with the groom and his buddies.  Notice that they are all armed.  I guess they didn't want anyone backing out the ceremony: 

This is a picture of Jimmy's uncle (my son) and his family:

The bride and groom waiting to make their little speeches, mostly praising each other: 

And of course the bride and groom had the first dance at the reception:

This was the sign at the entrance to the hall.  Notice the deer antlers?  Both bride and groom are avid hunters:

It was a wonderful wedding and reception.  It just couldn't have been any better except for some of the relatives that have passed away left a void, but I am sure they were watching from up above.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

What is Going On in Back Yard

We have a part of our place cleared and I call it my back yard.  The dogs have a part fenced in where they can go out and get some air, check things out, and do their business.  They have to share that area with the bird feeder, so there are always a lot of birds and squirrels that come to our free food bar.  Their was even some woodpeckers working on the suet.

Of course there is usually a bunny or two or so out there somewhere.  This one didn't seem to want to run very far.  It just ran to the edge of the thick growth so that it could disappear in a flash if needed:

Then I found something a little strange.  There must have been some hanky-panky going out there.  Or maybe some cross breeding between different species of trees.  Take a look at this leaf and you tell me how it happened to look like that:

Our grandson is getting married today, so I have to cut this short and go get ready to go.  Don't want to be late.   Now, I am planning to have a great day and I hope all of you have a great day, too.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Not Much to Say.

I don't have much to say if anything, except that there is an emptiness in me I can't seem to fill and ache in my heart that will not go away.  I know it isn't good to mourn over a pet for this long but I will probably keep mourning for a long, long time to come.  I will always miss her.  Muffy (Ginger Muffin) and a pup I had before and a little after we got Muffy, Buttons, were the two pups that I have missed the most.  Muffy is now buried next to where Buttons was buried.  The way I feel now, don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost a Huge Part of Our Lives

This morning at 10:30 am, we lost a huge part of our family and our lives, Muffy.  I stayed up all night with her because she was feeling quite bad.  I held her in my arms most all night and this morning she passed away while I was holding her.  I am so broke up that I can hardly type this because of the tears in my eyes.  Both my wife and I have tears in our eyes and the sniffles they cause.
My wife and I dug a deep, wide hole that the container she was in would fit into.  We wrapped her up in her favorite blankets, placed her in the container and lowered her into the hole.  Both my wife and I filled in the hole while sobbing.  I am still sobbing and probably will for quite some time to come.  She was extra special and kept the other two pups in line.  My son stopped by and offered to dig the hole for us but we refused.  My wife and I had to do it ourselves.  It is going to take a long, long time to get over this, if ever.  I have nothing else to say, just have to go blow my nose.  Sure do hope that you all had a better day than we have had.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What Is This?

I thought I would put a picture of something that was my Mother's and see if you know what it is or what it was used for.  Yes, I know what it is, but I bet most of you middle aged and younger readers have never seen or held or used one of these.  But then I may be wrong.  Here is the picture:

Well, have you figured out what it is yet?  Well guess what, I found a picture of one of these for sell on: https://www.etsy.com/market/antique_button_hook

Yep, it is a button hook.  Can be used on blouses, shoes, etc.  How many of you knew what it was and how it was used?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, April 9, 2018

For Those Who Have Been Asking About Muffy

For all of you who have been wondering about our dear little Muffy, here is an update.  To be honest, I am not happy with her progress.  She sleeps most all of the time.  I don't know if that is all the medication she is taking or her illness.  This morning she seemed to want to eat, but when I tried to give her something, she just walked away.  Now, she is sitting in front of my wife's chair just staring at her as if to say, "get up off your rear and get me something to eat!!!"  I hope she eats some today.

I gave her the medications, even set my alarm for the one in the wee hours of the morning.  I smash up the pills in a folded piece of paper, put the required amount of water in the syringe, added the smashed up pills along with a some honey to sweeten it, and gave it to her.  I had to sit down on the floor, hold her in my lab, and force the medication into her mouth, which she swallowed.  I don't try to hide it in any food or treats because she is just way too smart to let me get away with that, and like I said above, she doesn't want to eat anything.  She does drink water so I keep her bowl clean and filled.  She is a tough old gal and I am hoping and praying for the best.

Below is a picture I just took of her.  No, her eyes do not look like that.  The odd coloring must have been from the flash of the camera.
I will say adios for now and I want you all to have great day, you hear?