Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer Has Arrived!

The last two days have been just glorious! The rain and the fog has left us with a beautiful sun that we hadn't seen in quite some time. I have been mowing up a storm enjoying the warmth of the sun on the back of my neck. I do have a farmer tan, I guess it's better then no tan at all which looked like what was going to be the case this summer!

The horses have been laying in the sand in the riding arena soaking up the sun and snoozing. The first time I looked out and saw three of them laying there it startled me! Lil' Bud doesn't seem to like to lay out in the sun like the ponies, I have yet to see him stretched out in the sand.

The same day that mom squirrel came into the sun room we had another visitor. See the peanut in her mouth.

A blue jay had flown in looking for peanuts and then couldn't get out.

He perched up on the air conditioner for a while.

Finally he came down on the window sill and I caught him in my hand. He was biting my finger but it didn't hurt at all. I took him outside and opened my hand and off he flew into the trees! I can just hear him telling his fellow blue jays of his close call with the giant that lives in the house.

I know they have a bad reputation but I think blue jays are so pretty. The blue with the contrasting black is stunning. I won't be leaving the door open any more to watch the back deck antics but had some antics in my kitchen a couple days ago........

We have a kitty door so that Noodles and Munchkin can come and go as they please during the day. I close the garage up at night so they can't get outside but those doors are open during the daytime. I was out mowing and came into the kitchen and low and behold there was mom raccoon eating dry cat food out of the cats dish!!! She had come in through the kitty door!!!!! She looked at me like what are you doing here and kept on eating. I wanted to scoot her out but wanted to show Mom and Dad first so went over to get them. She was still eating away just as calm as could be! I shooed her out and closed the garage doors so hopefully she won't get in again. I wish I had taken a picture but I was more concerned in getting her out of my house! :o) Never know what's going to go on around here.

I love the way the buttercups and daisies grow along the pasture fence. This picture really doesn't do it justice, it's just a mass of yellow.

Also get a lot of daisies which are so pretty. The horses don't eat them and I don't mow them as I love how they look. Notice how wet and muddy the poor pasture is!

Nick had his eye on something.

Lil' Bud having a snack. He's lost some weight since this picture but still has a ways to go.

Cute little Skippy. :o)

Don't know what we would do without our tractor! Does that mean I'm a redneck because I love my tractor???

Time to make an apple pie before dinner so I guess I'd better get at it. Hope you all are enjoying some of this sun and have a wonderful weekend!


Renie Burghardt said...

Hello there, Redneck Lady!

Haha. If I had a tractor, I'd love it too.

I'm so glad summer has finally made it's appearance in Maine. And from the looks of the critters and horses, they're all enjoying it. Squirrels are so cute and fun aren't they? I really enjoy mine. And the raccoons, too, although I don't have a cat door, so they can't come inside. Good thing. The two dogs would go a bit crazy, if they did. As it is, they bark their heads of when the raccoons are on the deck, at night, waiting for their treat. Sometimes I have as many as a dozen! And what's not to like about blue jays?

Love the buttercups and the daisies. My lawn man (son Greg) has been instructed to leave the daisies be! Of course, our daisies are done now, but I love them as well.

Love all the pictures, and really enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend, Louise!




Carroll Farm said...

Love all your outside pictures!! It looks so beautiful compared to my dead grass and weeds. :) I would give about anything for a tractor - I would LOVE it too. Someday I will get one.

Great story about the raccoon. Good thing she didn't freak out and make a mess in the new kitchen!

Dawn said...

Yay for sunshine in Maine! Can't wait to talk to Kev next Monday.

Oh, my, a raccoon in the house - I don't think I'd like that at all!! They're cute, but they can really be mean.

The flowers are great - I'll bet they're really soaking up the sun.

I hear you've given in and joined Facebook. I'm still holding out, but it's getting harder and harder. What I don't like is so many are FB'ing and not blogging any more. I can't afford another obsession, but would like to see who would come out of the woodwork in my past - I've lived so many places.

We had a blue jay land on our clothesline pole the other day and they are indeed beautiful, though raucous!

Dawn said...

Me again -

I sing He Owns the Cattle every time I see a herd like that. We have the same songs in our heads often, you and I.

So one day this week Care Bear was telling Grandpa a story about somebody that was really fat - she looked at me and said, "fatter than you, Grandma!" I gave her a withering look.

Needled Mom said...

Yeah for summer!!!! I am sure it could not come soon enough for you guys. Everything looks so lush and green with all the rain and the flowers are so pretty. I'm sure the boys are glad to be back out in the warm sunshine.

Our son also had a racoon come in through their cat door. That is NOT a fun thing to have happen. I'm glad you had no problems.

I had left my door ajar the other day for just a few seconds and a giant lizard came through. It took me forever to escort him out.

We had to rush my mom back to the hospital yesterday with a pulmonary embolism. She is in ICU, but is doing much better. SCARY!

Hope you have a great weekend, my friend. xox

palmtreefanatic said...

Did you save me a piece of apple pie?;)

Glad summer has arrived there!

such beautiful animal pics! those horses are gorgeous! You can see they are WELL taken care of!

Mary said...

Wow, you have lots of excitement qat your house, don't you. I should come for a visit. Lately it's been really boring around here.

In the winter of 2007, I had a raccoon get into the house somehow. It was above the ceiling and Meeko went crazy.

Loved the photo of the blue jay biting at your finger. They are one of my favorite birds. I love to hear them scolding the squirrels.

Your horses are absolutely beautiful and the buttercups and daisies make me smile.

Enjoy your week, my friend. Your post certainly brightened my day.


Musings of a Housewife said...

Love these pictures. And you, a redneck? HA! Never. :-)

Tinsie said...

That blue bird is gorgeous! I've never seen anything like it.