Monday, March 12, 2012

It’s good for you

The weather this weekend was glorious. Although quite a bit chilly with the breeze on Friday, each day seemed warmer after that. The buds on some of the trees are bursting with color.



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I can smell the scent of the earth. And hear the spring peeps in the evening.



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My husband tilled the garden on Saturday morning, which made the robins (and me) happy.



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George was taken for a bath in the self-service stall at the pet wash where, for just over ten bucks, he can smell a hundred percent better and his coat will be soft and silky.

When we got home, he jumped out of the car and was so excited to be back to his peaceful domain that he promptly treed a squirrel.

And he kept him up there for over three hours.

I’m not kidding.



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Here’s the little varmint. He fell asleep in the warmth of the sun.



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Some of you asked what the metal stand thing was in one of my bird photos. This is our hillbilly yard where my husband has erected all sorts of enticing treats for the feathered friends that visit us here.

The picnic table is used to feed and water the birds. We never eat there. On the table, he’s added a branch because the birds like to perch on it before going down for their seed. The little stand is something we found in a basement in one of the homes we lived over the years. I have no idea of it’s original purpose.



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But it’s very good at holding up one side of a branch.



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And it makes an interesting backdrop.

I saw this ad on TV tonight while watching the news. My husband and I really liked it, so I found it to share with you.



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Have a wonderful day, all ~

Thanks for stopping by my little corner here.

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37 comments:

thecatalanway said...

Lovely Mrs Kate!

My partner calls me that sometimes and I like it

Cant write much - I want to be first!

Love the ad too and those robins are huge!

K x

Christie - Fine Lines said...

Wish I had a George to stand guard outside my classroom door where 2 squirrels regularly hop up on the kids' backpacks (which hang on hooks on the wall) to see if any are open so they can steal sandwiches and drag them off across the grass to eat!!! It is an amazing sight and they are incredibly resourceful!!

Country Gal said...

Love your post , photos and video ! Its much the same here. I love Robins when they sing they are my favorite bird ! I am the bird feeder nut here but I do love your hubby's set up ! I was able to open the windows tonight it had stoped raining and warmed up ! AHAHA Fresh spring air and the sounds of birds one of the best things I look forward to ! Miggy will be going to get trimmed and washed next month then come home and yeah roll ! Have a great day !

Hilary said...

I LOVE that commercial.....awesome.
YES.

JaneK said...

awwwww...... poor little squirrel! our dog used to always love being clean although he hated the process!!

love your hillbilly backyard; looks like a nice place to be
(cue CSN&Y music)

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Every time you mention the hillbilly yard it cracks me up.

Helene said...

Ooooo, I haven't heard the morning birds yet. Maybe I'm not listening enough. Boooo Love the photo of the squirrel asleep. I have one living in the knot of the tree next to the kitchen window. Watched him go back and forth last Sunday and then just sit on a limb and close his eyes. I thought for sure he would fall off. I need to fall asleep in the sun! And I need my garden tilled bad!

Anonymous said...

The birds are happily chirping away here early in the morning. The robins and red winged blackbirds are back with their birdsong. I LOVE IT.

I have a Shetland Sheepdog that adores tennis balls. My son plays tennis, so we have tennis balls every where in our home. :)

Debbie from Illinois

Deb said...

I love Robins a sure sign of spring...I love your hubbie contraptions for the critters and birds...he is very clever...

beth said...

george and his squirrel watching just cracks me up...the extra limb cracked me up, too....but hey, why not keep your beautiful birds happy, right :)

i think that metal thing used to have a glass holder in it for a candle. it looks similar to something i used to have.

the budding and blooming....it's happening here, too and i'm ecstatic :)
oxox

mrs mediocrity said...

I love your hillbilly yard. Because, you know, those birds have to eat, and you get to take all those wonderful photos of them.

www.actions4photographers.com said...

Your images make me long for spring and the smell of the fresh air. Thanks, Jibz

Amy said...

Hey! Good morning from sunny Norway :-) Cute commercial, I love labs and that black one was beautiful...such a beautiful walk they had also :-)

The bird photos are great as usual :-) I don´t understand how you get such great up close photos without blur..hahahaha...we´ve been setting out tons of peanuts and seeds and the birds are back in force...might have to practice some camera skills with you as my inspiration ;-)

Have a super day my friend!!

Karen said...

oooh, the scenery in that commercial! In more ways than one! ...

We're having 60-70 degree temps, although rain... but I'll take it! SPRING!!!!....

Kerri said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the commercial!
And as always - George steals my heart :)

Jill of All Trades said...

Wonderful!

MaggieGem said...

Great find on that commercial... love it!

Jennifer Richardson said...

spring peepers and robins
and fresh tilled soil
...swooning over all the
rich sweet goodness
happening over here!
heart melting over the
doggie narrative.....heading out
right now to play with my own loopy
labs, Libby and Lucy.
bright thanks for the beautiful share (pure awesomeness!)
-Jennifer

Gretchen said...

Absolutely love that commercial. Wish they were all that sweet and inspiring! Love your photography too.

Ann On and On... said...

The photos of the robins is making me homesick. (IN a good way.) I'm looking forward to Spring!

I hadn't seen that commercial...Loved it!

Caroline said...

LOL.. hillbilly yard!!! And good for George...that poor squirrel.

TSannie said...

Your spring is SO much farther along than our! Beautiful! And that was the BEST commercial.

Cindy said...

Your photos are wonderful as usual! I like the branch idea and I'm sure the birds do too. I hadn't seen the commercial down here in Florida yet but I loved it. Are dogs not the most wonderful and amazing friends? ~Cindy

GailO said...

Totally, totally love that commercial! Love that the mr is out there digging in the garden too:)

xoxo

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I'm just smiling at the thought of George having a bath! Not something border collies enjoy doing too much but I'm sure he looked a million dollars when he'd finished! Our dogs hate being washed though they often come back from fields stinking of badger poo - they love rolling in it, ewwww!!

CJ x

The Japanese Redneck said...

good commercial.

Great pictures. I have my own little hillbilly area...

I'd luv to see more about the self service dog wash. Good idea.

I never knew dog grooming was so huge until I went by a friends to pick up something.

Michelle said...

What a great commercial; it actually put tears in my eyes! After a couple of sick days, my dogs have been desperate for my attention which has been a little annoying while I'm still not up to snuff, but this commercial reminds me of how they might see the situation. I think I need to go play with them.... :-)

Jeanne Walker said...

Every morning when I go out with Gracie onto my back patio, I am greeted by the melody of a mockingbird perched onto the roof of the home behind ours. My favorite song is that of the mockingbird! Down here the redbuds and the Bradford pears are in bloom. The 'Easter grass' is up, and one can see the hint of green on the trees in the distant woods. Spring is definitely here in southeast Texas. We all know it because we all have 'the crud'. For some it has gone into bronchitis and for a few into pneumonia. I was able to kill mine with some OTC meds. But my sinuses are playing havoc with me today! Awwwww, spring in Texas. Love it...NOT!

Mental P Mama said...

LOL @ Hillbilly Yard. Your yard is a paradise. This I know for a fact.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos. Love the cute puppy dog!

Hilary said...

Ah that is a good ad.. thanks for sharing it. But mostly, thanks for always sharing your fine photos and thoughts. I love how that stand looks behind the wee one. You two are clever.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Havent read all the comments but it might be a candle holder ..

Reena Walkling said...

Loved the video as well as all your pics! And these temps ... so so sweet!

sharon said...

very interesting and creative way to use the stand. Is it Friday yet? 2 more days.....

Deborah said...

I can see, you h ave the exsact same weather as we do here in Denmark. Very nice with clear blue sky and lots of sunshine. Yes spring is most certainly here!

Lili said...

Your area there is a nice little haven for the birds and between George and your husband, the squirrels don't stand a chance. I hadn't seen that commercial before, that was kind of touching and I really liked it too. Yay for this warm weather! xoxo ~Lili

Barb Phillips said...

I really have to hand it to anyone that can keep up blog post, photo shoots, a yard and pets Ü
Your bird photos are always a joy to look at only wish that I had all the verities in my back yard.
You also reminded me that it's due time to get Max and Bear to the dog wash.