The woods are thick this year. This is the view from my
back deck looking to the side yard. We have had such a
long, cool, wet Spring that the trees and grasses have
taken off. Typically we might see the deer strolling by as
they munch on leaves or the opossum and raccoon creeping
by the brush piles but this year you can see only thick greenery,
The chickens have plenty of shade. The string you see in the photo
is part of the guy wires that hold up my husband's ham radio
antenna. The birds enjoy sitting on them, in fact the
hummingbirds rest there awaiting their turn at the feeder.
This is one of his antennas. He has his Extra Ticket
now so he is authorized to use all the privileges afforded
ham radio operators. As a whole, there are only
about 130,000 + or- hams that have this, out of 750,000
ham radio operators in the US. It required a great deal
of study with heavy math and electrical theory.
The hedge rose is covered in sweet smelling blooms
but I am forever picking worms off the bushes and plants.
They are having a great spring too, along with the weeds.
Wild catnip is popping up among the clover.
It's surprising that the cats don't seem attracted to
it while it's growing. I have to tear off leaves and
crush them before they notice. And they REALLY notice!
We're down to three cats now plus one that wants to
live here but is too aggressive for my girls. I feel
sorry for it because it is obviously abandoned, probably
a house cat that someone dumped or couldn't find when
they moved. I try to leave some food for it but the
raccoons beat him to it most of the time. If he can
get along with our girls he is welcome to stay. We
don't have a male to protect them now that Spot is gone,
We will have more rain this weekend. Our tomato leaves are
turning yellow due to the moisture and I have not gotten the
big garden in at all. My knee has improved so I'm up for
more activity although I can't kneel or stress it too much.
It is nice to not use the walker at work but it was sure
convenient for hauling around my laptop and notebooks!