Yellowjacket bee

Setting My Husband Up For Failure

It’s never intentional if my husband injures himself while assisting me. For instance, one day after shopping, I returned home and found him sitting at the kitchen table staring at me with cold, bleary eyes. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Though I am not big on gardening, you wanted me to turn your compost pile, and I thought that I would get … Continue reading Setting My Husband Up For Failure

Black snake

Squatter Snake

The first eighteen months that we lived in our home, I had traipsed barefoot through the basement, using the stairway light, and the sun that streamed through the window to guide me. One night, I turned the corner and nearly stepped on something, consequently I have never walked through the basement in the dark again.   I flipped on the light, and a snake lay … Continue reading Squatter Snake

Attracting Bluebirds With Mealworms, a Heated Birdbath and Humor

During spring and summer, bluebirds hatch regularly in birdhouses in my neighbor’s yard, who uses live mealworms to attract them. Her success motivates me to try it too, so I keep a mealworm stash in my basement refrigerator during the warm months.     I initially place the worms in a small cup on top of a bluebird feeder that sets on my deck railing. When … Continue reading Attracting Bluebirds With Mealworms, a Heated Birdbath and Humor

Goat Shot on Virgin Gorda

Goats bleating and roosters crowing, some clueless about dawn’s arrival, awakened us each morning in Virgin Gorda. Skittering anoles, singing frogs and dancing butterflies made us feel like we were in a sanctuary safe for all. Unfortunately, that changed today. I was sitting on the porch sipping coffee when I spotted a pickup truck driving down the dirt trail adjacent to our rental. It stopped. … Continue reading Goat Shot on Virgin Gorda

Bluebird Flegeling

Bluebirds nested, fledged and one probably dead

I have  attracted  bluebirds using mealworms and birdbaths, but I have not been successful with them nesting in my bluebird box until this year. In the past, bluebirds have attempted to build a nest, only to have sparrows evict them. This year a pair of bluebirds laid eggs and produced four nestlings. Two weeks ago, the baby bluebirds left their nest or fledged.  When I walked … Continue reading Bluebirds nested, fledged and one probably dead