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Accidents Happen - Photo by Roger Bultot

Accidents Happen – Photo by Roger Bultot

Driving slowly, he grabbed the bottle of Wild Turkey. He drank long and slow. Wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he belched loudly. Resealing the bottle, he tossed it next to him. He looked back at the road. The double yellow line of the road kept crossing over itself. Closing one eye resolved the issue.

Suddenly, something flew out onto the road in front of him. He slammed on his brakes missing the critter, ending up in a wall of ivy. Shaking, he backed out. The turkey standing on the side of the road winked and gobbled.
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Roger Bultot for the photo that inspired this story!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Be well! ^..^

Squirrel Face Visits!


One of the most commonly seen critters here in the Sierra Foothills, and elsewhere, are squirrels. This year the squirrels are really packing it in! Could they be telling us that we are in for a rough winter? They have been very busy harvesting pine cones, and not only the brown ones, but the green ones as well! I captured one of these visitors in a series of photos. What caught my attention was him chirping and the continual tapping he was doing on the side of the tree! Let’s go check him out!

He hung in this spot for quite a bit, chirping often and doing that tapping thing. The turkeys were nearby. Maybe he was announcing his presence to them…

Coming to visit

Coming to visit

Something catches his eye at the base of the tree…he moves closer to it!

Spying a pine cone

Spying a pine cone

Here he is checking out the pine cone for its nuts.

Looking for the nut

Looking for the nut

He is hearing the camera shutter clicking, and looks up at me!

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Then he begins to eat. Notice all the pine cone debris around him.

Chowing on a pine cone

Chowing on a pine cone

Having had his fill, he heads back up the tree…

Silhouette

Silhouette

I hope that you enjoyed this series of photos! Thank you for taking some time today to stop by for a visit! Be well! ^..^

The Turkeys Grow Up!


On July 2nd I did a post on the baby turkeys that visited with us. That post: A Family Comes to Visit. So, for today, I am posting a quick video of the babies eating with the mommy turkeys, and then, I wanted to share photos of how big they are today!

Cute aren’t they?

And here is a photo of the babies this last June.

The babies in June

The babies in June

Here they are today!

Not so little babies!

Not so little babies!

Here is a future Mom!

Future Mom

Future Mom

Watchful Mom

Watchful Mom

They really are pretty birds!

Oooo baby!

Oooo baby!

I love it when they ruffle their feathers!

Shake it off!

Shake it off!

We are fortunate that we get to enjoy the wildlife up here in the Sierra Foothills! Stay tuned for more wildlife!

Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! I hope that you enjoyed the video and the photos! Be well! ^..^

Peach Cobbler


I was inspired to make this lovely dessert after reading Conor Bofin’s, One Man’s Meat, post on Apricot Tart Tatin. Apricots are no longer in season, but I did have some peaches from my orchard! This is my first harvest of peaches from an Elberta Peach tree that is now 7 years old! Being that I am a bit crippled with my foot in a wrap, I decided on a cobbler rather than a tart tatin because I cannot stand for too long! When I mentioned to Conor that I was going to try a recipe with peaches, he told me that they have a tendency to be a bit bitter. I solved that issue with a bit of agave nectar! So let’s head into the kitchen to make peach cobbler!

Ingredients
1 stick of butter
1 cup of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sliced fresh peaches
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the stick of butter and cut into quarters and place in a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Blanch the peaches and remove the skin. Slice into a bowl and add the agave nectar and mix.

Fuzzy photo of sliced peaches with agave

Fuzzy photo of sliced peaches with agave

Combine and set aside. Then add the milk and sugar to the flour mixture.

Batter

Batter

When the oven is hot, place the pan into the oven to melt the butter. When the butter is melted, rock the pan to fully coat it.

Melted butter

Melted butter

Then pour in the batter.  With a spoon, spread the floating butter across the top.

Batter added to pan

Batter added to pan

Top with the peaches.

Top with peaches

Top with peaches

The peaches will sink a bit.  Make sure that you cover the top evenly so that you get peaches in every bite! Place this in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until browned.

Right out of the oven!

Right out of the oven!

Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve this up warm!

Serve it up!

Serve it up!

Doesn’t that look really good? The flavor of the cobbler is soft and the peaches are robust! Please let me know if you try this recipe!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thank you for dropping in! Be well! ^..^

Harvest 2014


You might remember that this year was the first year of using wine barrels in the garden. The barrels were to thwart the gophers and they did their job. What they did not deal with, though, were the ground squirrels! Yes, my garden has been ravaged by ground squirrels! Ground squirrels know how to climb!

At the beginning of the season the zucchini and acorn squash were doing rather well. Then the eating began! As the fruit started to develop the little rug rats discovered them. I had to share! Not that I minded at that point because we were getting plenty to eat. Then they started to eat the flower blossoms! Yup! They ate the blossoms! And, the birds? Well they picked the leaves off the green beans, wax beans, Tuscan melons, and the watermelon too!

We did get some amazing corn! And, we are waiting for the hundreds of tomatoes to turn red. Due to having turned my ankle, I sent my husband to the garden yesterday to harvest onions, carrots and potatoes! So, today I share this bounty with you!

The potato seeds indicated these were to be fingerlings. Clearly they are not but they sure are a nice mix of different potatoes!

Colorful potatoes

Colorful potatoes

Check out these carrots and onions! The aroma from the onions: Amazing!

Carrots and onions

Carrots and onions

Let’s look at them a bit closer!

Onions before cleaning

Onions before cleaning

Carrots before a good scrub

Carrots before a good scrub

One of the carrots was a mutant!

One odd carrot!

One odd carrot!

My husband got busy scrubbing and here is the cleaned up produce!

Cleaned up!

Cleaned up!

The entire bounty

The entire bounty

The best part? Fresh vegetables to go with our dinner!

Eating fresh!

Eating fresh!

Pretty aren’t they? The taste? Phenomenal!

I hope you enjoyed our little harvest! Now go out and have a great Monday, and week for that matter! Thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^


See No Evil - Photo by Alastair Forbes

See No Evil – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Give me garden statuary that has meaning. Is that too much to ask? After perusing all of what there was to choose from at the local Home Depot, she turned to walk away. Looking down her eye landed upon a small piece that had three Meerkats. She picked it up, looked at it from all angles, and decided to add this piece to her garden.

Once she got it home, she placed it amongst the oxalis. With it placed just right she went back into the house, poured herself a cocktail, then headed back outside. Taking a seat, she raised her glass in a silent toast.

As she sat there, she heard the sound of tapping. Looking around she tried to isolate where the sound came from. She realized it came from the new statuary.

Looking at it the first Meerkat, she saw its tiny arms moving and then covering its mouth. Then she watched as the second Meerkat tapped then covered its eyes. Then the third Meerkat tapped and covered its ears.

As she sat there in her garden, she realized what the little Meerkats were trying to tell her. What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas!
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And, thank you dear reader for taking a moment to stop by to read my little bit of flash! Have a great Sunday and be well! ^..^

Return of the Mantis!


Due to the drought, we have not seen as many praying mantis here as we have in the past. While taking a break outside yesterday from sitting inside and housebound, I spied a praying mantis on the flag pole, shakily making its way towards the house. This one was brown! Normally when we see these they are green. So, I was excited to see a large brown one. When I took these photos, and I had a bit of a hard time due to shaking arms due to chemo, I noticed details that one does not see on the green ones. So let’s go check this little foothills insect out, shall we?

Here is the first shot of this amazing little guy that I captured. Notice the segmentation on his rump, and the red coloring on the front leg.

First shot of the mantis

First shot of the mantis

There is dark brown banding on the back and the upper right leg. I have not seen this before on a mantis!

Dark brown patches

Dark brown patches

He has been watching me and actually turns around to really look at me!

He looks back at me!

He looks back at me!

As he moves out his pace is shaky at best. They do this so that they look like their surroundings moving in the breeze. Thing is he is moving along a solid piece of wood!

Moving away

Moving away

One final shot…

Heading for parts unknown

Heading for parts unknown

What a thrill to find this little guy, who was not so little! He measured about 3″ long! The brown coloration is camouflage as he was near wood rather than plants where he would be the color green!

Have a terrific Saturday, and thank you for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^