Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 31- April 30, 2011 - AIR


I would love to say that this is the way my day started....
but it did not.

It started with me running to the bank, the gas station
and then to pick up the McDonalds coffee (actually
its more of a dessert)...

Home to cut the grass and just after finishing that
at 9:30 my long time friend came to put
in my new air unit.

This is the old inside and outside
units. It's been a good unit...the inside
part is original to the house which would
make it 38 years old. The outside unit was
installed 17 years ago. The same friend
that put the new one in today put the old in
that many years ago. I had just moved
into my home when the air died. He
was able to get one off the floor where he
works, one that had been traded in for a
bigger unit. It was already 7 years old.
So it ran a good 23 years.
And if you are adding the years up in your head
as you read this then you know that the unit was
actually 24 years old. But...it stopped cooling
at the end of last year but with Barry's help I was
able to make it the last couple weeks of summer.
So the official death of the unit was last yr.

This is my new unit, boy have they changed!
And this is Barry's help who did a great job
crawling under the house to do all the
wiring and drainage pipe work.

This is my friend Barry. He is such a sweetie and is always
looking out for me and my air. He was taking
a break here and I just happened to catch this yawn.

There was another guy with them that worked just as hard
but I failed to get a shot of him. Thanks to all three of
them for taking their Saturday to help me out.
Which took at total of five hours, not counting the
hour lunch.  Long day for a Saturday, no wonder
Barry was yawning.
And this is Dakota aka The KING, he is not a friendly sort
of dog, not trusting at all, so he laid and kept an eye
on the guys as they worked.....of course not only
is he not friendly, he is scaried of everything, so he
stuck to me like glue, he is laying at my feet.
So my day might not have started with me sitting on the
deck but it turned that way really fast. I let the guys
have the run of the house while I sat in the shade on the
deck, laptop in my lap, camera by my side, coffee,
and my phone while I listened to the birds sing
and the water in the creek flowing by......

Not a bad day at all and to top it off....I have AIR
now. LOL, only it turned off a bit cooler today so
I have the windows open!

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Day 30- April 29, 2011 - Feeding the babes

Sitting on the deck looking out over the creek
to this dead tree that is still standing I notice
a Mom and Dad that keep taking turns
feeding the little ones.

One just flew in and landed on the branch as the
other is coming out.

As the one coming out flys off for more food the other
entered and began the feeding....

then the other returned and out came the
one inside.
thats what I call working together.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 29 - April 28, 2011 - New Grand PUPPY

This is Cheyenne......isn't she just adorable?

She belongs to my grandson's.
She is part Chihuahua and part Jack Russell.
She loves to play and run. She was pad trained and
will even go to the door and cry to go out and she
is only about 8 weeks old.

And the KING, my dog is not at all crazy about
her. I am not sure he has seen one that little
since he left his litter 4 yrs ago. Course he
is not happy if he is not the center "one"...
he is even jealous of the boys.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 28 - April 27, 2011 - Storms, Tornado's and Water

Seems to be a weekly thing here in Tennessee
to be under the gun with thunder storms,
lighting, straight line winds and tornados...
Its getting old.

Next week will be the 1st anniversary of
the Nashville floods, this includes
the surrounding counties in TN. also.

 1 year ago parts of TN. over a two
day span got dumped on with between
13 to 20 inches of rain.

Mass flooding, homes and business' lost.
And peoples lives changed.

The last two days have seemed like
it might be a repeat but alas in the last
30 minutes I actually see sunlight through
the trees. Maybe that is the end of it for a bit.
Tornado warning and watches every few minutes,
maybe tonight I can sleep for the first time in
two nights.

This is my road and this is what it looked like
when I got home today.

And this is looking off my front porch, past my
car to the creek.
The creek where it runs under the road.
This shot is to show how close my drive is to the creek.
And this is in the backyard of the house across the street.
The creek to show how fast it was moving.
And here you can barely see the tip of
a drink bottle as it floats by.
Hoping Mother Nature gives us a bit of a break.

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Day 27 -Arpil 26, 2011 - Light in the Sky

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 26- April 25, 2011 - Nuts and Bolts

From our locate commuter train station.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 25 - April 24, 2011 - The Builder


Caleb building with blocks.
To cute...
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 24 - April 23, 2011 - Pretty In Purple

This one is growing right off the front porch.
So heavy that it is bending over.
And these babies are next to the house between
the drive and the house itself. I aquired
these hosta about 22 years ago from the
woman who watched my kids.
They were planted at my other house and dug
up and moved when I moved.

Check out the KING being nosey to see
what I could be looking at!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 23, April 22, 2011 - Hawk strikes again


Not sure where the rest of the bird is.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 22- April 21, 2011 - All its Beauty

I have pretty much taken down all my flower
beds over the past few years. No time to
fool with them. I gave away so many
day lillies and iris'. But somehow
a few made it through.

Starting to bloom.

The next day after a rain.
And a close up of my iris
in all its beauty.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 21- April 20, 2011 - THE BEES and Spring

About 15 years ago or so I had a shed delivered to
my backyard. The first year was not an issue
but every year after that I have been visited by this~
Sorry, I know its not a great shot but have you ever tried
to photograph a flying bee that will not set down and light
anywhere?

These are carpenter bees. From what I have read they
will not sting you but they are fairly good size and
I have had them slam into me while trying to get
around them.

So yes, since they are carpenter bee's they love my
shed. Every year they come back and either drill
new holes or take back up in the old ones. This
year though there is a difference. MORE of them.


I usually have about 5 or 6 but this year it appears at any given
time that there are around 20 or so. The really rough
part about this is that they don't drill their holes
in the bottom side or bottom back on the shed, no
they have to do it in the bottom front, right at
the doors....

I have gotten braver this year and I will just walk through
them when I need the mower which of course is stored
in the shed. But its the sound of the buzzing and them
flying all around that un-nerve you!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 20- April 19, 2011 - The KING Climbing a Tree

For those that don't know the story of me and the
squirrels I will give you the short version.
2.5 years ago, squirrels moved into my attic
area and proceeded to dance for several nights
above my head until I called pest control.

But even with the noise above, my dog never
made a sound. Never barked, never whined,
never acted like anything was out of sorts.

For the last two falls I have had a mouse
venture into my home, and there again,
the dog never barked, never whined and
never acted like anything was out of sorts.

This can be a bit of an issue for me since
my dog is a Rat Terrior and his line
was breed for hunting critters like
the two I mentioned.

But, he loves to chase birds in the yard and
tonight on our walk through the yard, he
chases a SQUIRREL up the tree.
Seriously....give me a break....

I had to laugh cause not only did he chase it up
there, he tried to climb the tree after him!
He actually hung around for about 10 minutes trying
to figure out how to get up there.

Or was he really thinking that it would come
back down to him. All the while I hear
this squirrel in the tree raising cain!
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Day 19 - April 18, 2011- Home on Leave


These are a few more pics that I took at
the Easter Egg Hunt this past Sunday.

This is Phillip. I have known him since the
day he was born, he is the son of one of oldest
and dearest friends, Barb. Phillip was born the month
before my daughter Amber was born.
So Phillip is 30 years old now and he
is home on leave from serving in
Afghanistan.
This is his second tour of duty over seas.
This is his wife Teya. I have only known Teya
for about 5 years.
And this is Riley, Teya and Phillips oldest
daughter.
And then there is meek and shy Ava.
Such a beautiful family.
I pray for Phillip daily for him to be safe
and return to his family safe and sound.

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