An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Plants in planters on my patio
I have noticed numerous House Wrens occupying the Bluebird houses. They have such a happy song, I have a hard time holding a grudge. I do miss the previous occupants as well, keeping track of the fledglings is like watching family. The Bluebirds are using a lot of the houses, but seem thin this year so far. Perhaps they need new digs, so I plan on building some new houses and placing them in different places. Spending time at the lake, I asked many of the conservation officers and they have noticed the same trend. Another treasure this week has been the return of Monarchs and Swallowtails. I see more and more of these flying flowers each day. Many of you know I enjoy hunting them to get good close-ups. I went to a favorite area last Saturday, but the sprinkles turned into six hours of rain. This caused a fishing friend to cancel, even though fish don't seem to care if it rains. I talked her in to it the next day, we caught so many we missed a great outdoor service on Sunday with a lake ministry from a local Dutch Reformed church. A fellow fishing close wasn't getting as many as I was so I shared a few catfish with him. I held my first up and asked if he wanted one, or I would put him back. He said yes to all that arrived. Many praise this fish, but I don't care for it, but enjoy reeling them in. He said the smaller ones made a good soup, I am not sure I have seen a recipe. When he left he gave me his leftover worms and said he hoped to fish with me again the next week. I laughed as he had a hard time getting all of his catch in a five gallon bucket. One tail waved goodbye as he ascended the steep hill back to his truck. What a great time camping and meeting new friends. As I unpacked I wished I had stayed, it is so restful for me enjoying the outdoors. My happiness was carried off on a gentle prairie breeze for all to enjoy.