Just Ducky

Just Ducky

Cee’s a bit under the weather this week, so there’s no Share Your World post. I’ll still be sharing my world with you, though, random as it might be. 

A pair of Mallard ducks stop by for dinner, a little wading, a bit of a snooze, and then they’re off again until the next evening. 

We hoped to visit “the kids” this past weekend, but our grandson tested positive for the flu earlier in the week. By Saturday, Z and Suzanne weren’t feeling well, and the number of patients in “quarantine” increases almost daily. 

I finally got Suzanne’s birthday present made, and I’d love to share it with you–but I don’t want her to see it here first. 

Hubby took his first-ever personal day off from work today. Too bad he had to work on a plumbing issue! Suzanne says he really knows how to enjoy a personal day.

Today was near 70F (21C). I filled feeders and put fresh water in the birdbaths (much needed after the ducks visited). Then I saw the pile of leaves I’d raked off one of the beds last week, so I bagged those. Container plants needed water. A lovely specimen of Spiny Sow Thistle sprung up next to the HVAC unit–nearly a foot tall, so I took that out before it multiplied. The Loropetalum and Spirea needed light pruning where the frost bit them. It’s amazing how many things one can find to do outside on a pretty day. 

What have you been up to?






Willy-Nilly Friday 5

Willy-Nilly Friday 5

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. I hope I can come up with five things of interest since I’ve been goofing off flat on my back for a few days.

1. 2017 did NOT start out as I envisioned. By this time this week, I expected to have half the year’s goals marked off my list! What list? Seems I neglected to make one. OOPS. I made a mental note of it. (We all know how THAT works out.) 

2. I envisioned watching the Denver Broncos defend their title throughout the play-off season–which is about to begin, and they didn’t even make it. So sad. 

3. Taylor returned from Guatemala on Christmas eve, and we spent a couple days with the family. We had a lovely Christmas, and no one had to visit the ER this year.

Two years ago

4. Kai-Le celebrated her birthday four days before Christmas, Caedyn turned 12(!) yesterday, and Jae turns ten tomorrow. Today is Gotcha Day, the celebration of the day Kai-Le’s parents and siblings traveled to China and “got” her. We’re all so glad they did! I envisioned spending these days of celebration with them. Since they homeschool, they make their own holiday calendar. 

5. I missed watching the birds at my kitchen window this week. Can you imagine my delight when I finally wandered downstairs and saw Eastern Bluebirds at my feeder? They have NEVER visited in the nine years I’ve been feeding birds. Now if I can just get decent pictures of them! 

A lovely photo of oak branches, but at least there’s (poor) proof of a bluebird!

There’s a lot of unsettled weather in many areas, so stay safe out there. I saw a forecast model that shows 10+ inches of snow for our area. That should shut us down until about June.

Thanks for stopping by! And Happy New Year!

Love you,



Willy Nilly Friday 5 #108

Willy Nilly Friday 5

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated with this meme. There’s been little time for visiting, so I hesitate to link-up. Maybe this week will be better.

1. Things are nutty as ever around the Big Backyard. Squirrelly, too! 

2. Uh-oh! What’s this? 

The Carolina Wren appears to have laid claim to the potting bench. 

3. We’ve had some frosty nights, yet I continue to find little surprises in the garden.

4. It rained nearly all day. Of course, this was the day I needed a few things from the grocery store. I brewed a chocolate hazelnut latte for the road and made an afternoon of it. Since I had to be out anyway, I returned some items to the mall that I’d ordered online. They’d been crushed during shipment due to poor packaging. And, I stopped by Hobby Lobby since I was in the neighborhood. Take that, rain!

5. I don’t have the Christmas tree up yet, nor the wreath on the door, no cards ready to mail–but I do have most of the shopping done. Then there’ll be wrapping to do…How are your winter holiday preparations coming along? 


Willy Nilly Friday 5 #92

Willy Nilly Friday 5 #92 (on Tuesday-if I type fast)

Unable to link to Tanya’s blog, I’ve been remiss on randomness. 

1. I haven’t been roaming the countryside (or city) much this summer, it seems it’s either too hot or stormy. However, I feel like I’m getting some (long-neglected) things done around the house. Hopefully, one day it will be evident!

2. The last two mornings I’ve seen this when I came downstairs and looked out the kitchen window. Gosh, I’m a sucker for my furry friends. Peanut delivery coming right up! The mama bunny visited over the weekend, and Little Bun (from a previous post) has a sibling! 

3. Pigeons were out in force when I put cracked corn and millet on their platform feeder. There’s usually a little something on there for my squirrel buddies, too. This youngster seems intimidated by the pigeons, opting to watch from afar. It’s hanging on the feeder pole, ready to duck into the shelter of the squirrel baffle that keeps them away from the feeders. 

4. I may be the last person on the planet to own one of these, but I stumbled onto this one in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby, and, well, as they say, the rest is history. A good bit of time was spent procuring accessories for it. It die-cuts, embosses (even with metal stencils!), and texturizes card stock. Some of the rubber stamp companies are branching out into dies that complement their stamps. Now I need to win the lottery. $$

5. Looking forward to a hair cut in the morning and lunch with a friend. 

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Willy Nilly Friday 5 #88

Willy Nilly Friday 5 

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a random post. Now, where’d all those ideas go that popped into my head? Oh, here’s one…

1. A month ago I saw what appeared to be a bolt of lightning when moving my eye to the left. My diagnosis was Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Today was the follow-up, and everything appears stable. 

2. This mermaid was new in the eye doctor’s office. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you may remember the Norfolk Mermaid posts

3. Silliness abounded in the backyard this week. You’ll never guess who was involved. No, it wasn’t me! 

4. We’ve seen impressive sunsets lately. Here’s one of them:

5. Some days it was hard to find the sun. 

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” –Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 84

Willy Nilly Friday 5

1. It seems like forever since I’ve written a random post – and I don’t even know what this one is about, yet! Does that count as one thought?

2. We spent two days at Colonial Williamsburg last week, and walked over six miles each day – according to my Fitbit. I took very few photos, most of them were of the flower gardens and fences.

3. Last summer I bought a “succulent tile” at Lowe’s to put in an empty terra cotta container. This spring they have tiny yellow blossoms!

image from internet


4. It rained 2/3 of the past weekend. I haven’t taken any bird photos for days! A beautiful Blue Jay visited this afternoon. You’ll have to take my word for it. Where was my camera when I needed it! I am totally discombobulated! I will share the High Mallow, instead.

5. I’m really excited to go for my annual mammogram tomorrow! Then I’ll be totally discom-boob-ulated. Have a happy day!

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Saturday and Catching up!

Saturday, and Catching up for the Week. 

Apparently too soon, I thought life was back to normal. Hubby took off a couple of days this week. His original plans changed from a WV trip to working around the house and yard. Today, I’m combining Good Fences, Willy Nilly Friday 5, Random 5 Friday, Friday’s Huntand Today’s FlowersI look forward to visiting you very soon! 

I apologize for the wonky format. I thought switching to the WordPress new editor would help straighten it out, but it didn’t. It’s taken all afternoon to get this written, not inclined to start over. 

Friday’s Hunt v1.20 features Starts with T, Week’s Favorite, and Evening.

T is for the Tiny bunny we saw on our walk.
My Week’s Favorite features a Good Fence.
Evening on the water.                                                                                                                                                                                                Randomness:                                                                                                                                                                                               1. Thursday, hubby joined me in a six-mile hike at First Landing State Park. It was 70 degrees with a light breeze – perfect hiking weather.                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Friday we worked on defining the flower bed with edging until it rained, then we came inside where he worked on the downstairs bathroom. I’m delighted to see the border on the wall!                                                                                                              

                                    3. Our wildflower garden is springing to life.

Today’s Flowers
Catmint in the front, Bearded Iris in the back, overshadowed by the Loropetalum.                                                                                 4. My Fitbit Charge’s band separated and I’m replacing it with a Fitbit Blaze – and it came today! Now I need to get busy and put some steps on it. I’ve been without it for 3.5 days, so what should have looked like a really good week won’t show up on my weekly report. <insert whining>                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5. My assistance is needed in the backyard. Have a great weekend!