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Friday, November 15, 2013

From Fall to Winter ----QUICKLY!!!

Here I am ---doing an unscheduled blog on a Friday night!!!!!  This will mess up your minds for sure!!!!! ha....   BUT--I just had to give you a 'before' and 'after' shot  of our yard --in the course of only TWELVE DAYS...  Just check out these two photos!!!  Click on them for enlargements!!!

Our Yard----Photo taken on NOVEMBER 3rd

Our Yard---Photo taken today, NOVEMBER 15

Can you believe that we can go from Fall to Winter that quickly and that drastically????  George and I have been busy working in the yard for the past couple of weeks gradually getting rid of all of those leaves.... We have a good system... I rake the leaves away from the edges  and blow the leaves from the flowerbeds to the middle of the yard.  George mows up all of the leaves in his mower bag and disposes of them on our compost pile... HUGE JOB for both of us ---but today we finished the entire yard (except for the pesky leaves still hanging onto some of the trees)...   SO---we'll be doing it next week --at least part of the time.   BUT--most of our leaves are DOWN....

As I've said several times,  since we own a home with over 50 shade trees (which we love),  those trees do drop tons of leaves... It's a busy time for us --but as I say frequently,  it's GREAT exercise!!!! 

There's still alot to do ---such as cleaning out flowerbeds and putting the Roses to bed for the winter... BUT--one big job is ALMOST over!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!

NOW---please check out my Bird Blog from this morning if you haven't seen it.  Click HERE.   I don't want you to miss that blog post!!!!!  My "Pileated with Attitude" is pictured there!!!!!

Have a fantastic weekend.... It's rainy and chilly here... More rain is coming on Sunday!!!!



Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Most of you know that I LOVE my Backyard Birds... I have been feeding the birds for many years and my little birds enjoy the Bird Kitchen on our deck...  Lately,  I've been so busy doing so many other things that I haven't taken many recent pictures of some of my birds...  SO---today,  I went back in the archives and will share with you some of the good photos of the woodpeckers we have in our area ---who visit the Bird Kitchen.

Hope you enjoy these beautiful birds...  Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.

Downy Woodpecker

Always a favorite,  a Pileated Woodpecker

A Hairy Woodpecker  (similar to the Downys --but MUCH larger)

Red-Headed Woodpecker (one my my favorites--and one of the prettiest birds)

Northern Flicker  (my favorite bird photo I think)

"Hey Lady---What are you looking at?"
I just had to share this funny photo of a Pileated Woodpecker with ATTITUDE!!!!!  Isn't he just a mess?????? ha ha

Hope you enjoyed my Woodpeckers today!  Have a great weekend.  George and I are still very very busy working in the yard (mostly blowing/raking/mowing leaves).  It's a huge job this time of year which doesn't leave much time for blogging!!!!