Monday, June 28, 2010

Been working the back 40 today...

I finally got the pond done and put in the new pump. I accidentally donated most of my pond stuff to charity. I thought it was old pots and pans in the bag... but no... I realized today that there was more in the bag than the pump, there was all the ugly/cute little ducks and frogs I used to have sitting beside my pond. I'm frowning at myself.

Well now it probably won't look like a old lady piece of work.

It still needs a lot of attention. Thank God I didn't put in the swing set (of my my mom and dad) in the same bag.





The storms have ripped up so much that it's almost more than I get to...in between the mosquito invasion and bad weather. My little "happy face" pail keeps me going. Right now the pond is still dirty to I have to keep scooping leaves and shit out of it. But my lilies are starting to bloom big time. The buds are just bursting. It's nice to see something good happening back there.




I put out a basket of peanuts and tied it to a tree branch on the deck for the squirrels. I know it was a little nasty thing to do because it took them a long time to figure out. They knew the peanuts were in there, but couldn't figure out how to get into the "swinging" basket...which scared them. It took about an hour before the big grey squirrels figured it out....they just jumped into the basket with their big fat asses..grabbed a peanut and high tailed it out of there. The little red squirrels were much more cautious. They did a perimeter check, then got out their laptops and googled my house to see all the angles .. then just jumped from the highest branch into the basket with the speed of light...and then out with a peanut.


What the cyber squirrels didn't factor in their strategy was that "where there is a peanut...there is a Blue Jay." Oh yeah. Big time. The Blue Jays had a GPS system going on. At first they weren't too happy with the swinging basket, but they were very smart. They sat on the branches overlooking the basket ...looked at it from every angle...called a meeting...and I'm guessing Head Office told them to dive bomb it and get out as fast as you can. Which they did. That basket was swinging in the wind for ten minutes later.

I only got one shot of the whole debacle....with the grey squirrel after he jumped out of the basket.


I think retirement is making me a little ..err crazy. I am enjoying fooling wildlife. I think there is something wrong with that.

balonie....enjoying life on the wild side.

9 comments:

cocoabean said...

I love your swinging basket! Make those little suckers work for their food!

judemiller1 said...

anytime you can confused and alarm a squirrel is a good days work. I have one that gets into my birdfeeder--I watch until he has his back turned, then open the door real quick and yell, "ROWELL"--the trail of squirrel poop he leaves behind on the garden below is fertilizing my lilies real well.

Curtis said...

Ya know one of these nights you are going to be awaken by a noise and when you wake you are in for a surprise. All along the edge of the bed are going to be Blue Jays and Squirrels perched, looking at you with a sinister look upon their faces and beaks with retaliation on their little minds. It's going to make Alfred Hitchcock look like a fairy tale. You'll be sorry for what you do. The yard looks good and so does the new pond.

Ok now about getting a hobby or another job....I DON'T THINK SO!!!!

Mary Lou said...

just join the crowd Joanie...I have been doing it for 7 yearws now!

Sally said...

Everything looks beautiful. You're getting a heck of a lot more done than I am.

Grandma K said...

I enjoyed the pictures so much! Beautiful. I am glad you didn't give away the swing either. I love it.

Brenda said...

Your pond looks wonderful Miz Joanie and I'm sure the critters in the neighborhood know to beware when you're around.

marblecopybook said...

Hi Joan!
Remember you asked me about a month ago where I got my new earrings? Well, it's taken me this long to find the card that came with the earrings. The website is silverforkjewelry.com and I have to tell you that I get so many complements when I wear them! Thanks for your patience in my tardy information!

Donna said...

Never have seen a grey squirrel! They're really Pretty!
Love the lilys too...
It's Pretty in here too!
Happy weekend Miz Joan!
hughugs