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This Past Week's Happenings
June 09, 2014

(Parent Leaving the House.)

The first week of June has been an extension of the month of May for me.

Spring flowers like Columbine, Lupine and Bearded Iris, are finally in all of there glory

Temperatures on the most part have been mild and the nights were ideal for sleeping.

We could use some rain, but I think most of you probably could.

This past week........

Yolanda woke us early Thursday morning with a painful left eye.

After rinsing and irrigating, things were no better.

An emergency trip to her Eye doctor found an abrasion (rather deep in one spot) on her cornea of her felt eye.

A couple days of medication and wearing an eye patch help greatly.

By Monday morning, she was almost healed up and back to here normal self and schedule.

Doctor said eye scratches can be very painful (like being stabbed or an ice pick in the eye) according to other patients.

Eye wounds like that also heal quickly.

Praise God all is well.

Other flowers and veggies continue to grow.

So do the weeds.

Weeding is one of those gardening tasks we loath.

Still, if you spend just a few minutes a day with this arduous task, it is tolerable.

Before you know it, your flower and vegetable gardens have grown enough to block the sun and choke out most of the weeds.

That is the way I like it.

Karen calls it my jungle, though she is quick to show it off.

I call it my 'Cottage Garden'.

Sometimes it grows too thick, but most times it is a special place and sight for me.

In May and June, 'Nature' fills the air with sound and song.

Pleasant to the nose are a variety of smells.

From shrubs and trees in bloom.

To the smell of rain, worms, and the fresh cut lawns.

Currently, yards are filled with, not only the sounds of birds singing.

We also get to enjoy the adults and the fledglings.

Do you recognize the cry of a young robin, or the squawk of a Jay?

Tree Swallows checking out the new gourd houses.

We have so many American Robins right now.

Sitting lonely and frightened, the Black Capped Chickadees

fledged early Wednesday (before we were up and at um).

Still, their cries were heard and we spotted a couple of them.

Notice the yellow lined bill.

This still makes an easy mark for the parents to feed the youngsters.

Half grown chippies scurry around.

Between pots and over feet.

Of course the familiar chip, chip is heard.

Baby bunnies.........

28 days in the mother.

12-13 days in the nest after birth, and on their own shortly after that.

How frightening must the big world be?

Never seeing your momma again.

If you make it to adulthood, your survival rate is about 20%

Average life span is a whopping 15 months.

Because rabbits are on the bottom of the food chain, they must reproduce often and have multiple births for the species to survive.

Cat, dogs, lawnmowers and cars add to the mortality rate.

Coyotes, once a symbol of the Old West are now found throughout most of North America.

Even suburban coyotes are becoming more common.

I have heard coyotes in the winter months, but have never seen them around here.

Until now.

As you know, I go for evening walks most nights.

Well, for the past two weeks, maybe 250 feet off a main street, I have been witnessing a couple of Coyotes hanging around the same spot.

Not every evening, but often enough.

I was sure there had to be a den nearby.


To my delight, on Thursday evening, I spotted two kits (for sure), leaping around and playing while mom stood near.

I had to watch them for several minutes.

Mom saw me, barked a scratchy sounding bark, and the Kits went into hiding.

Coyotes will have on average 4 to 5 kits in early to mid spring.

The litter stays together until fall when they are dispersed.

While they may hangout in small packs, coyotes generally hunt as individuals.

It is this trait, that has made the Coyote so successful, and able to survive and thrive in most environments and habitats.

Elusive most of the year, they stay put when there are babies to raise.

I feel blessed to have seen them, but Don't want to get too close to get pictures and to watch.

I will attempt some long distance shots, but remember...........

They aren't always visible.

Besides the usual fare, Coyotes are known to snag outdoor cats and small dogs.

Watch over your fur kids.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.

John Milton (1608-1674) English Poet

The word of God reminds us many times over to control our passions and desires.

Here are a couple verses.

"What causes fights and quarrels among you?
Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?"

James 4:1

Beloved, I beseech you to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.

1 Peter 2:11

"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,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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