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June 11, 2018
A blessed week to you and your household.
A big welcome to all the new readers that have joined us over the past few weeks.
We managed some timely, and well needed rain this past week.
Many have experienced severe weather, while the southwest is still in a severe drought.
Pictured are several of the local birds.
The Mourning dove nest is in a neighbor's crab tree.
The Northern Flicker is enjoying a meal of ants.
Also is a picture of Bobo, our remaining Lovebird.
We've had Bobo for a few years now, we had him since he was an egg.
A light week this past week.
I had a Dr's. appointment as did Snickers and Keet.
The girls also got a summer haircut.
Other than that, no extra running around for me.
The spring like weather, and light schedule has me in a mild mood.
Good time for a light letter.
A few snippets.
By now, you should have most if not all of your planting taken care of.
Yep, it is time for you to relax a bit and enjoy the longer days of late spring.
Don't worry about a weed or two, you can snag those when you are out walking your little corner.
Here in Michigan, perennial blooms are a couple weeks behind due to a late and cold beginning to spring.
Annuals are a different story, as they get head starts in a nice warm, protected environment.
Be sure to pinch the first bloom or two off your annuals.
I know this may hurt you, but it makes for a bigger and stronger plant and more blooms in a couple of weeks.
The sole purpose of annuals is to reproduce and die.
By pinching off early buds and blooms, it forces the plant to produce more.
By dead heading annuals, this also forces a plant to continue to bloom, to try to reproduce.
It's time to relax and enjoy your efforts.
Find a nice shady spot or even look out your windows at your wildlife and vegetable gardens.
Watch as parent birds begin to bring their youngsters to your yards, to your feeders and water sources.
Even when they don't nest in your yards, parents will bring the young to feed and drink.Warmer weather often brings an abundance of butterflies.
Extreme cold winters and cold wet springs will reduce the numbers, however.
If you have a butterfly garden, or even some well chosen plants you know you can enjoy these beautiful insects well into Autumn.
Dragonflies may visit your yard.
Not to worry, they wont sew your mouth shut or anything like that (Old Wives Tale).
Dragonflies should be welcomed to your kingdom.
Adults and larvae feed on the insects.
Be sure to raise your lawn mower to at least 3 inches.
The longer grass works to keep the weeds down and aids in retaining soil moisture.
(Male Cardinal on Yard Art.)
It also is less stressful on the lawn and you.
Keep your transplanted veggies and flowers well watered.
With a lack of established roots, they will dry up before your eyes if you aren't careful.
Tomatoes love the heat, but they also need water.
If your tomatoes dry up event he least bit, you can expect some blossom end rot.
Blossom end rot is the black spot the develops where the blossom was.
The main culprit is a lack of calcium, but the main reason this happens is the lack of water.
This happens fast with potted tomato plants.
Continue to offer nesting materials for your backyard birds, they still have another brood or two in them.
Don't offer dryer lint.
Lint becomes water tight in nests, all too often babies drown and eggs become waterlogged.
Fine pieces of lint can also choke baby birds.
(Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker.)
Fresh water is very important too.
Coffee grounds are great for Roses and Hydrangea, but coffee grounds aren't the great slug killer some like to report.
Coffee grounds aren't course enough to scratch up the slimy stomach and there isn't enough caffeine in the grounds to give the leaf munchers a caffeine overdose as some want you to believe.
Potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers (members of the Nightshade family), all enjoy acidic/soil soil.
Coffee grounds offer a nice acid base and nitrogen for the plants as well.
I have admired nature for most of my life.
I have loved birds for as long as I can remember.
Since I was six years old.
I remember this, as I was six years old when my family moved from the city to the country.
Things just clicked.
My love of nature grew as I began to understand more.
My love for birds, that gets me thinking at times.
Sometimes I'm not sure why, but when I cogitate on this subject, I realize it was their ability to fly.
Freedom to move or go where ever they wanted to go (where I wish I could go).
How grand that must feel, to extend your wings and take off into the sky.
Birds also fascinate me because there are so many species and they serve so many different roles.
From pollinators to predators, to some of natures garbage collectors.
Birds are also indicator species.
With many species of birds, you can tell how healthy a certain environment or habitat is.
Father's Day is this coming Sunday, let's hear it for all the dads out there.
The estimated number of dads across the United States today is over 65 million.
In the U.S., the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West VA.
In 1972, President Nixon signed into law a permanent U.S. Father's Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.
Believe it or not, neckties are the Father's Day gift. Americans spend more than one billion dollars each year to buy a staggering
That's roughly one tie for every male over age 20 in the USA.
Where did we go wrong guys?
You know, dad might even like a new birdbath of feeder for the yard.
Maybe he wants a
Even though dad is a guy, (it's a woman's world men) he just might understand the importance of native plants.
Does dad want a water garden, or birdbath, look into some options.
Dad doesn't have to be the man that helped make you, dad can be any influential figure in your life.
Dad could be grandpa, an uncle or maybe a big brother.
Dad could be a neighbor or a mentor.
Dad could be your mom, grandma or big sister.
Well, you get the idea.
While my dad was busy working, my mom was often both mom and dad to us kids.
Dad did keep a roof over our head and taught me a work ethic that continues today.
It wasn't until later in life that I finally understood some of my dad's thinking.
Dad believed work made the man, there is nothing like good, honest work.
Men didn't show their true feelings.
Men didn't cry.
If you made a baby, by golly you better support your child no matter what.
Yes, dad taught responsibility, and a work ethic.
My dad, not once tossed a ball, or played with us.
Mom taught me it was okay to cry and to show affection toward others.
I learned at a young age that I was tender hearted and would cry.
Being a parent is hard, that is why we need two parents.
If you had one parent, thank them and bless them for all you are worth.
Now days, many dads are more open, loving, and spend play time with their kids.
To this day, I still get a bit jealous when I see a dad playing with his kids.
Part of me wants to join in.
Part of me says 'thanks pops', for teaching me what you did and letting me learn some stuff on my own.
This coming Father's Day, thank your dad or dads, even if they are no longer with you.
There is something about thanking and forgiving, even when they have passed on, that releases something in our spirit.
I know this first hand.
To all the Dads of the world..............
We salute you on your special day.
We may not be mom, but we are needed.
Its difficult to talk of dads to much, when I am one.
You know, it would be like tooting my own horn.
Before I go, here is your positive thought of the day.
"When the desire is great enough,
you'll find a way.
When it's not,
you'll find an excuse."
The Word of God.
“As iron sharpens iron,
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
We borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb.
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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