I love a productive weekend

I stayed busy this weekend.  Not stressful busy, but the good kind of busy, where you actually are able to check things off your list.  At first it didn’t feel as if I got much done, but when I sat down and made a list of what I finished instead of what needs to be done, I found out that the list actually was quite long.  I feel like there was a good balance between the “have to do” list such as housework and the “want to do” list such as the organizing I did.

Soon, I will be taking care of both grandchildren full-time, and our empty nest required some additional baby proofing–the grandchildren are 2 and 9 months, and we needed more than the “just stopping by” baby proofing.

So, I spent a lot of the weekend re-organizing and organizing, baby proofing and so on, so that the house will be ready for 2 little ones on a daily basis.  I used to teach day care kids years ago–my classroom had kids 18 months – 2-years-old and so it won’t be the first time for me to do this.  I’m preparing some lessons, flannel board stories, art projects, etc.  I’m looking forward to the teaching part and spending this time with my grandchildren.

But, now that the weekend is coming to a close, it feels good to reflect back and realize that I was more productive than I thought!  I love a productive weekend!

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Norah turns two!

Our granddaughter is now 2 and that shows you that I need to get better at posting to this blog! Norah also has a little brother now, Eric, who is 9 months old. My goodness–time just goes too fast!

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From Morning ‘Til Night…

blue jay in tree woodpecker in tree

I saw the Blue Jay and the woodpecker first thing in the morning (sorry-a little fuzzy) and then the moon was shining through the clouds.   It was so pretty that night. The birds are hard to catch in the trees–they really don’t like to have their pictures taken.  I took these pictures from an upstairs window,  but, still, they know when I show up with a camera.

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The Die Hard Bug

The other day, I had a Die Hard bug in the house. I went into the sewing room to do some general cleaning and saw what looked like a dead bug on the floor. So, I grabbed a tissue and went to pick it up when all of a sudden it go up and scrambled for a hiding spot. Well, hmph. I went away for a minute to get something and when I came back, there it was. I had read a long time ago that if you spray a bug, it will immobilize their wings or legs. So, I used the spray that I had handy and sprayed it. Well, it scrambled and went back into hiding. I went away to continue cleaning and a few hours later, I went back to the sewing room to sew. There was the little bug and it looked very dead. Ah, finally! I picked it up with a tissue and put it in the small paper pail near my sewing table. I spent about an hour sewing and I saw something from the corner of my eye. I looked over and there was the little bug, trying to crawl out of the trash!! Well, OMG! I quickly grabbed the trash bag and tied it up and brought it to the kitchen garbage and then, finally, I got rid of the bug. I think. I hope.

(No, I don’t stomp on bugs, that is too gross for me. I don’t want them touching my shoe. And normally Bob is supposed to get them, but, he had the nerve to be working)

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Beautiful sunrise over Solomons Island, Maryland

These photos were taken where the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay come together.  It is one of my favorite spots to view the sunrise. 9.91 sunrise 7 sunrise 8 sunrise 9.2 sunrise 9.8 sunrise

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Recent visitors to our yard stopped in for breakfast.

checking for danger

deer in yard 2

smile for the camera

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Oh, deer…

We seem to get a lot more deer in our yard than we used to. While they used to come around “once in a while,” they now seem to come to our yard on a daily, or rather, nightly basis. We start looking for them around 8:30, or just before dark, but often it is quite late, 10:30 or 11:00 before they arrive. Most of the time we can observe them from a window overlooking the backyard. It’s usually dark, but if you watch closely, you can see their silhouette moving around. If we are outside, like we were last night, we can hear, rather than see when the deer arrive. We like to sit on the patio, far enough away from the wildlife dining area so that we don’t spook them when they arrive. We chat quietly and suddenly we hear it, the distinct, determined crunching of leaves and hooves hitting the earth as they run up the hill through the woods and emerge into the open area where we have bird feeders and corn for squirrels. There is still plenty of corn and bird seed scattered on the ground for the deer to snack on. Knowing the deer would probably arrive while we were sitting outside, I came prepared last night and had my infrared binoculars with me. Through the binoculars I could see the deer grazing while alternately looking right at us. We stayed very still, barely breathing and the deer continued to graze. As I observed through the binoculars, I also saw them glancing occasionally toward the street. They kept up their “eat and observe” system for about 10 minutes. As I watched, I saw both deer suddenly look up and look toward the road. They glanced at each other and the bigger of the two seemed to signal to the small one that it was time to go. And so, they took off the same way they came, running through the woods.

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