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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — be well! ^..^

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We took a drive yesterday up to Georgetown, and decided to go further and head on off to Stumpy Meadows to see how low the water level is on the lake. While there, overlooking the lake by the parking lot a sudden movement caught my eye. It was a squirrel that was scampering amongst the rocks that line a part of the lake.

A squirrel

A squirrel

It’s a cutie – eh? As I watched this little guy I was able to catch the following photos of this foothills critter!

Between the rocks

Between the rocks

On alert

On alert

Posing

Posing

Looking forward

Looking forward

And, one final shot. He was about to disappear on me!

Getting ready to scamper off

Getting ready to scamper off

What a cool looking critter! I made sure to thank him for letting me capture these photos of him!

I hope that you enjoyed this little guy! Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Have a great day and be well! ^..^

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When we visited the Sacramento Zoo, in the area where the birds are located we found one odd bird! Tell me if you agree!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

That knob on the top might be his nostrils! I am sorry that I do not know what kind of bird this is! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know and I will add it and link that info to you! This bird, to give you an idea of how big it is, is larger than a very large turkey!

UPDATE: Thank you to Veronica Roth who told me that this odd bird is an Abyssinian ground hornbill!

Check out this bird’s eyelashes! Maybelline might just have a new eyelash model with this baby! If you click on this photo you will be able to really see the detail!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

And what about these legs?

Lovely legs!

Lovely legs!

I did manage to get a bit of video! This bird just kept walking back and forth in front of us. So, here is:

May you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you for taking the time today to visit with me, and be well!

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One of my favorite Foothills critters spend their mornings and afternoons on our deck and they join us for cocktails every night! That would be the Pacific Chorus Frogs! I wanted to share some photos of these little gems that come to visit with us every year!

This one is green.

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Green phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

This frog can change colors! Here is another one in the brown phase…

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

The brown phase of the Pacific Chorus Frog

Could this one be green with envy?

Totally green with envy!

Totally green with envy!

It is unusual to see them green against brown. Here is one of the brown ones emerging from his house getting ready to out in search of food! I keep telling them to go after the pesky flies that bother us!

Coming out of the frog house

Coming out of the frog house

And, now he is on the move!

On the move!

On the move!

If I can capture it, I will try to take a video of these critters making their way down our front deck looking for some dinner! We call it the March of the Frogs! :)

Have a lovely Tuesday and thanks for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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Due to the birthday of the United States of America, Nilesh, another blogger, suggested that this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge should be about a party and how you celebrate! Let’s begin this with a photo featured on my 1st birthday of this blog!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

What better way to celebrate than with a glass of champagne!

Celebrating!

Celebrating!

And with a steak dinner!

A steak dinner!

A steak dinner!

Don’t forget the goofy glasses! At a party one needs to have some fun!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

How do you party?

Have a great Saturday and if you are in my neck of the woods, keep water with you during this heat wave!

Thanks for dropping by and be well! ^..^

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Another first in our 8 years here in the Sierra Foothills! We had one single turkey visit us recently, which was the first time we have had this in our front yard. For the last several days we have been visited every afternoon by two families. There have been two female turkeys and 9 babies! So today, I am sharing with you the little brood!

Two families come to visit

Two families come to visit

Both moms and the babies

Both moms and the babies

Babies up close

Babies up close

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Eating and watching

Eating and watching

One final shot…

A mother bird with 8 babies!

A mother bird with 8 babies!

I hope that you enjoyed these family photos! The babies really are cute! If I can get my husband to put together the videos that I took of them and the gopher snakes, then I will include both in a single post!

Have a great Wednesday and be well! ^..^

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We have been here in our little spot of the Sierra Foothills for 8 years now, and we have rarely seen snakes. I remember seeing a king snake on a drive home and that has been about it. Until recently that is! I would like to suggest that you click on the photos to enlarge them so that you can really check out the amazing details! Once the photo is enlarged, if you click it again the photo will fill your screen!

While sitting on our deck having our evening cocktails, I could have sworn that I saw two birds, one dark and one light, fly right under the deck. I actually got up and went to the side to look but found nothing. I sat back down and a minute later my husband is shouting, “Snake! Snake!” Luckily I had my camera with me!

The visiting snake was quick and on the move! It was a King Snake! Running quickly, I had to get to where the snake was heading, which was right into the vinca. Here are the shots I got of this lovely and beneficial snake.

The King Snake

The King Snake

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

The King slithering through the shrubbery!

He was moving pretty quickly and I did manage to catch one more shot.

Pretty snake!

Pretty snake!

I did get a bit of video so you can see this guy on the move. He is truly a beauty!

A couple of days later, when I took the dog outside to do his business, I noticed he was smelling something that did not look right on our gravel driveway. I then realized what he had his nose to was a snake! And, I panicked! Why? Because Rattlesnakes are common here! After shooing the dog away from the snake, I put him back in the house and grabbed my camera.

On venturing back out, I realized that the snake had not moved. The snake: A Gopher Snake. The other thing of note is that on this particular day we were visited by not only this gopher snake in the morning, but another one in the afternoon! So this next series of shots is the first snake. It measured about five feet in length!

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Gopher Snake on the rocks

Here you can see the length of the snake.

The full length of the snake

The full length of the snake

This next series of shots has a bit more lighting as these were taken of the second snake in the later afternoon. This one measured about four feet in length and was a bit more active than the first!

The Gopher Snake

The Gopher Snake

Snaking around our pots

Snaking around our pots

Tasting its surroundings

Tasting its surroundings

Leaving

Leaving

What an exciting series of days! In all of the years of living here, these are the first snake visitors that we have seen. Just like the turkey that showed up! Speaking of which, two female turkies have been visiting us regularly with 9 babies. So stay tuned for a post on those lovely foothills critters!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope that you have enjoyed this post! Have an amazing Tuesday, and be well! ^..^

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babso2you:

As you may know, I am going through chemo and cancer and have had similar troubles collecting from the State of Ca money that I paid in on each paycheck…Every dollar was hard earned. This is an excellent example of government bureaucracy at best! No wonder CA is having financial troubles!

I also find that there are other posts on this blogger’s site that were informative and I live the daily affirmations, when she can post! Please take a moment to visit and look too!

Originally posted on IAmLivingWithSLL:

Today I will be doing two posts. One that is a rant and the other will be The Daily Affirmation. For now, I have a lot to get off my chest about the bureaucratic BS that was exposed to me today. The parties involved: The State of California Employment Development Department – the EDD – (more likely just the State government) and Bank of America!

Yesterday, Ron at the EDD told me that I would have access to my disability money today. He gave me the telephone number for Bank of America (hereafter BofA) so that I could call them and have them move my money from their bank directly to my bank. Let’s look at the politics of this briefly, if I can be brief…

See the State of CA turns my disability money over to BofA as they have a “contract” to handle the money. This means that…

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When we went to visit the Sacramento Zoo we made a stop inside the reptile house. We saw some amazing creatures, one of which won the 2014 Pretty Feet Contest! Here are some of the other critters we saw there!

An alligator reflected

An alligator reflected

A gooey looking frog!

A gooey looking frog!

Amazing snake skin

Amazing snake skin

One heck of an orange frog!

One heck of an orange frog!

A lovely tortoise!

A lovely tortoise!

Such beautiful colors on this gecko!

Such beautiful colors on this gecko!

Black and blue all over!

Black and blue all over!

One of the resident lizards

One of the resident lizards

The halloween frog!

The halloween frog!

Neat – huh? Stay tuned for reptiles from here in the Sierra Foothills! We have recently been visited by quite a number!

Have a great Saturday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well – B

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When the days are hot, the mosquitoes come out in force and so do the dragonflies! They love those tasty little morsels! That makes me happy! The dragonflies that we have here in the foothills come in a number of colors, but it is the Flame Skimmer that really stands out with it’s bright reddish orange color! Click on the photos to really see the amazing details of this Sierra Foothills beauty! Check it out!

The Flame Skimmer

The Flame Skimmer

This is a male. The females have more of a brownish coloring with thin yellow markings. They measure 1 to 3 inches long. This one is close to 3 inches. Check out the lovely glassing wings on this handsome fellow!

Glassine wings

Glassine wings

This insect is truly a work of art and does stand out from the crowd!

Hanging around

Hanging around

I love the details in the wings of this critter. How about you?

Loaded with details

Loaded with details

What a beauty! Don’t you agree?

Lacy looking wings

Lacy looking wings

I hope that you enjoyed this little guy! Have an amazing Wednesday! Be well and thank you for taking the time to drop on by!

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