Thursday, June 18, 2015

LION: EVERY SCAR TELLS A STORY ~ A STORY THAT SAYS, I SURVIVED


"FROM EVERY WOUND THERE IS A SCAR,
AND EVERY SCAR TELLS A STORY.
A STORY THAT SAYS, I SURVIVED."
From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, I survived. https://www.facebook.com/zambiwildliferetreat?fref=photo:
ZAMBI WILDLIFE RETREAT 
on Facebook

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TURTLE DEFORMED BY A SIX-PACK RING ~ PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

TURTLE DEFORMED BY A SIX-PACK RING ~ PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Isn't this the saddest thing!!
Poor little turtle.

Deformed by a six-pack ring.
 That plastic comes with bottled water and other drinks.
I ALWAYS cut it into pieces and make sure there are no holes, at all.  I cut even the smallest hole so a foot or anything else won't get caught in it.  Also, I cut the two plastic strip openings on a plastic grocery bag and tie the bag in a knot before I throw it away.

I read that this turtle survived but cannot protect itself by retreating into it's shell.
I will do my best to help protect our environment.
(INHABITAT.COM/PEANUT-THE-STORY)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

JERUSALEM SAGE IN MY GARDEN

JERUSALEM SAGE IN MY GARDEN

Isn't this JERUSALEM SAGE beautiful!
My garden is always overgrown and always needs trimming and pulling.  
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Friday, June 12, 2015

LUCKY ME !!

LUCKY ME !!

Yesterday, I was picking up little limbs and twigs scattered around my front porch.  
This little limb was stuck in my crepe myrtle tree.  I wasn't really paying attention, but just so happened to look just before I grabbed the limb.  Look what was on that little limb!!
That wasp nest is exactly where I was going to put my hand.
Thank goodness!!! I glanced at it, first.
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This morning I took my Elijah cat for his yearly vaccinations.  There were about six people waiting in line with their dogs and it was fun to watch.  Some of them had two and three dogs on  leashes.  Some of the dogs actually looked like their owners, especially in size.  I really enjoyed seeing the variety of  dogs, their colors and their personalities.  I really did!
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Poor Elijah has insect sensitivity and his nose and ears are in bad shape.  Every spring, as soon as the mosquitoes come out his nose and ears start looking really bad.  As it cools off in the fall and the mosquitoes go away, his nose and ears clear up and I can tell he feels so much better.
His mother left him and his sister in my yard.  I can touch Punkin, but Elijah has always been a scaredy cat.  He comes around for food, but I can't really pet him or pick him up to doctor him.  I have to trick him and grab him to put him in the pet carrier.
 I've heard that organic cactus juice is a mosquito repellent.  I'm thinking I will get some and spray it around the yard where he sleeps.
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Hope your weekend is nice and peaceful.  
I'm thinking mine will be and I won't be in pain from multiple wasp stings!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SAVE THE BEES~NO BEES/NO ORANGES~NO BEES/NO APPLES~NO BEES/NO TOMATOES ~

SAVE THE BEES~NO BEES/NO ORANGES~NO BEES/NO APPLES~NO BEES/NO TOMATOES~

(https://www.facebook.com/mamavation?fref=photo)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

THE MUD DAUBER/DIRT DOBBER IS YOUR FRIEND~COLLECTING SPIDERS

THE MUD DAUBER/DIRT DOBBER IS YOUR FRIEND~COLLECTING SPIDERS

The mud dauber/dirt dobber is your friend and collects spiders to feed it's larvae.  Among those spiders are black widow and recluse.  If you leave their little mud nest alone, they will rid your area of a lot of spiders.  The post below this picture tells you about the dirt dobber.  They're a little black wasp and I've never noticed them being aggressive.
BIRDS & DAFFODILS: THE MUD DAUBER/DIRT DOBBER IS YOUR FRIEND~COLLECTING SPIDERS:
"A Mud Dauber nest fell onto the porch last night, spilling the contents of several brood chambers. The large maggot looking larva is the baby Mud Dauber (wasp) and the spiders strewn all about are its food. The mother goes around collecting spiders, her sting paralyzingly but not killing them, and seals them up in a mud chamber along with a single egg. Once hatched, the larva begins feeding on the still living spiders! So cool."
(from https://www.facebook.com/spatterd) 

Friday, June 5, 2015

FINALLY MOWED MY YARD & GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY CATERPILLAR

FINALLY MOWED MY YARD & GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY CATERPILLAR

The rain has stopped for a while.
They're saying we'll get more all summer and fall.  I certainly hope so.
It's been so wet and I've been working a lot and my grass got a little too tall.  Finally, yesterday I was able to mow and my yard is looking so nice and green.
Since most of the birds are no longer nesting, I have so many butterflies.  While they're nesting,  many times I have seen birds grab a butterfly to take it back to their babies in the nest.  When I see it happen, I think "noooooo!!", but I realize it's nature.  Afterall, a butterfly is a caterpillar with wings.
  Those giant swallowtail caterpillars on my key lime tree are growing.  Their disguise is looking like bird droppings.  Yesterday when I was mowing, I noticed more eggs have hatched and there are several more teeny tiny giant swallowtail caterpillars.  The one in this picture is several days old.  
The new leaves are so light green.  I'll fertilize this week.  I always use Medina Growin' Green.  It is, or is mostly organic.  It has an odor, but after I water it in the odor goes away really fast.  I love the Medina products.  You can google and read about them and how they help restore soil worldwide.  They're a Texas company. 
Gotta go and trim my flower beds while it's still cool outside.
Hope you have a very peaceful weekend.