Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

It is a cold and rainy day in my neck of the woods. Under most circumstances not the ideal way to ring in the new year. However, there is always beauty to be found if you keep your eyes open, especially with mother nature around. What a character she is! And, so today as I was braving the weather walking out to the mailbox I noticed the rain drops hanging like ornaments from the cherry trees. What beauty! It reminded me of John Updike ...

Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky condescending to the earth;
Without rain, there would be no life.

And so on this gloomy, rainy, cold and foggy day I am wishing that each day of the coming year be vibrant and new, bringing along many reasons for celebration. Wishing 12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun, 365 days of laughter, 8,760 hours of goodness, 525,600 minutes of joy and 31,536,000 seconds of success and wishing all a very happy new year! May each day fill your life with happiness and bright cheer and bring you joy and prosperity for the whole year.

Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter visitor

Our winter visitor is back ...

Today was a beautiful winter day and my boys and I were out doing some yard maintenance this afternoon. Well, mostly I was doing the work but they would rake some leaves in between playing in them and climbing trees. After filling all the bird feeders, we decided to check out one of our bird houses (lovingly made by my father-in-law). Last spring we found a visitor in our bird house and wanted to see if it was back. Much to our delight out flew our flying squirrel. He hung on the tree for a while ... long enough to get some photos and really study him before he scurried back into his "nesting box". He should be all set for the winter ... a warm home and plenty to eat. Flying squirrels are very social animals but are nocturnal so it is rare to see them. They eat nuts, seeds, insects, fruits from trees and shrubs, berries, fungi and birds eggs. By the sounds of it he should have an entire buffet in our backyard.