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Spring Science In MANY pictures

Consider this Part 2 of my Catching Up series. The last couple of months have been heavy on the science, as spring/summer typically are. It’s just so natural, literally. We were lucky enough to all enjoy the Rodeo/Bull Riding this year, thanks to Zia & George! I had no idea how much fun that would

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Birds: We started our morning sloshing in the mud and muck hanging a couple of new bird feeders to welcome our fine-feathered friends back and boy were we thanked for that! It has been an exciting day of pleasant surprises at the bird-watching window! We didn’t feed the finches through the winter(that thistle seed adds

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Is it really only Tuesday?

It feels like we’ve had a full week already and today is really our first day back from the weekend! We had a busy weekend spending time with great friends both Saturday and Sunday so the weekend really flew by. Lilly has been wanting to help around the house so much that she asks almost

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In Our Backyard

Word seems to have gotten out around these parts that we have some yummy bird seed. Not that the birds really stand a chance at getting any. Unfortunately, a deer like one seen here did not make it across the road last night. Thankfully, Mark called to warn me of what we would see….right by

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The bird feeder

Sunday morning we were entertained by these characters for over an hour as the sun came up. The squirrel waited so still and patiently for the longest time at the base of the branch until he finally couldn’t wait any longer.He was ready for breakfast too!The deer never did see the corn cob laying within

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Cold enough for ya?

I for one am not complaining about the bitter cold temps and mounds and mounds of snow. Outside activities keep getting cancelled and it feels a little like just the break we needed to get over our crazy holiday. Staying home, hunkering down, cleaning, organizing, playing, cleaning more, organizing more, cooking, baking, it’s all good.

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From my viewpoint...

It’s been a while and we’ve been very busy. So I decided to just snap a few pictures this week from my viewpoint throughout the day to give you an idea of what we’ve been up to. Here’s a little sampling: This is what I saw during a “snack lunch” one day this week. Our

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Marbled Orb Weaver

M came running inside for the camera the other day and when the rest of us finally made our way out to see what he had found, here is what we saw: It’s a marbled orb weaver and it was SO AMAZING. I have never in my life seen anything like it or really even

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Prairie Progress

Before: Last weekend:Yesterday: I didn’t do a good job of taking pics from the same location but you can certainly see obvious change! M thinks we are about 75% of the way there. There are 3 more trees to cut and a few piles left to burn. Then he should be ready to till it

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Happenings

We have not missed a beat around here in the past few weeks and have been on the go or involved in some project or another pretty much nonstop. Here are some highlights: The best part of our honey bee unit was getting a hands on demonstration from cousin Alex who is a bee-keeper! She