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The Scarecrow
Posted On 01/20/2015 17:21:53

The Scarecrow

I have a lady scarecrow in my flower garden. The only thing she has ever scared is my little puppy, Bicuit. Probably because she's a pretty scarecrow with a big smile :-) Everyday when I leave in my car or on a walk she's there with that big smile and when I come back she welcomes me with that same smile. She has weathered the hot summers and cold winters, storms,and cats. Today I found her laying on the ground. The wooden pole that holds her up was broken. When I picked her up I realized how worn and faded she had become. I knew I couldn't just throw her away. Sometimes we all get a little worn and ragged but we still have a place in this world and a purpose, a value.I found the little plastic porch chair my girls used to sit in on the porch. I secured her in that little white chair and now she is out of the weather and I'm sure our porch is now well protected. She's still smiling...

Today I bought another scarecrow for the flower garden. It's a boy this time and he has a big smile on his face. One day Miss scarecrow is going to be in for a big surprise. I bought another little white chair...No matter how worn or ragged we may get there is always a place for us...

Tags: Life Nature

For The Birds
Posted On 09/22/2014 23:05:18

I have a a Grand Oak in my back yard, the neighbors have one in their front yard. By my front door I have a small fir tree in a big pot. A little gray bird has built a nest in the small tree. She comes and goes, flying right pass my front door and window. I'm careful to be quiet when I walk past her nest. My yard needs mowing but, it will have to wait. There are so many large trees around and all sorts of birds coming and going, sea birds from the gulf, hawks, etc. Maybe she made her nest in the little tree next to the front porch because the big birds are flying around looking down on the big trees for prey. I watched her come and go, feeding those new little baby birds.

Today I went to check on the baby birds and a cat had torn down the nest and ate the baby birds. They had just hatched a few days before. The nest was torn to pieces. Mama bird keeps coming back to look for them. I put the nest back together as best I could could and returned it to the tree. Mama bird must have put up quite a fight. There was cat hair tangled in the broken nest.

The cat belongs to my neighbors across the street. When her kids left home they left their cat and dogs. The dogs are in a fenced in back yard and I have never seen anyone with them. They are out there no matter what the weather. I've had the cat visit before. She usually chases lizards on my patio. She knocks a lot of things over but, I didn't mind. I think she got a garden snake, too. And, I guess it is just nature for her to eat the birds. I just wish they hadn't hatched yet. I have since built mommy bird a proper bird house, snake and cat proof (Maybe) but, I doubt she will ever come back. Well, the cat still visits, the black snake shows up once in a while and, the birds are still chirping, the wood pecker is still knocking his beak on the telephone pole. LOL The frogs are chasing lizards and I'm still chasing wasps away from the patio swing. I spray them with 'Freeze" hair spray LOL It isn't poison but they move on! And so does nature...   

Tags: Nature

The Old Neighborhood
Posted On 08/13/2014 00:16:47

The Old Neighborhood

My daughter and I took a car trip to our old neighborhood the other day. What a surprise for us both. There's a nice new restaurant where ours used to be. The building is the same but, the renovations were great. The green apartments where we first lived when we came to FL are now a soft purple with black wrought iron on the balcony railings. Simon Schwartz Grocery is gone, Wileys cleaners is gone, the 'Rent A TV' shop is gone. The Pottery Shoppe is gone, and the gas station with a repair garage is gone. Bayshore Methodist Church is still there. And, there are new shops there now. Cute little Boutique shops. Then, we went to the house in the old neighborhood that my daddy built for us. It's just about a mile from the restaurant that we owned. It was a two bedroom, one floor home with a small back yard. As were most of the homes on the block. Our home had been torn down and a big two story home with a pool in the back yard is now there. I didn't remember the lot being that big. In fact, all the old homes have been replace with new modern homes. If I hadn't seen the street sign I wouldn't have known where I was. When we got home my daughter ask me if I was sad because almost everything from my childhood and teens was gone. Actually, I was so happy to see all the changes! There is something so depressing about going back to the neighborhood where you grew up and seeing it in shambles. Well, now there is a new neighborhood with new folks to make new memories. Life is good :-)     

Tags: Oldies Neighborhood Memories

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