It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Friday, July 2, 2010

Dogs on the Bed and Baby Birds on the Porch


My sister went home on Wednesday. We had such a good visit. She understands the situation around here. If you come up for a little rest and relaxation you must accept the fact that, whatever you do, it will be with two small dogs who seem to think that they are here to entertain you and keep guard over you. Sis understands this and says that the dogs are part of the reason that she comes up here. She better say that. The prospector and I would get hurt feelings if she only came for the pups. Well no, not really. I do understand what curling up with a small, soft, warm puppy can do for your soul. It's the best feeling in the world.
Carl and Cutter were her constant companions. They followed her everywhere..... except for lunch in Sutter Creek and WalMart. Yep! I took her to WalMart. That's how exciting it gets around here. How many folks can say that they went to WalMart on their vacation? We tried on clothes, bought makeup, and I almost bought a really cute BIKE. It looked like the one I had when I was a kid, only it was pale yellow and had a basket, a water bottle holder and a flat rack on the back for .... a picnic basket. It was very solid and looked like something I could ride without breaking my neck. It was $150. I even looked at helmets. This might be serious.
The reason I mention this is because I'm notorious for my vicious antagonism of "bicyclist" on the back roads of our county. I have been known to cast aspersions on these small groups of roving, obnoxious people who think they can go anywhere, take up the whole road, throw their water bottles on the ground and not move over for cars. (My blood pressure is building as I write.) Anyway, I saw this bike and all of this irritation went right out the window. I still think I would love to ride this lovely bike down our only paved road to the river. The exercise would be good for me and I would stand a better chance distancing myself from a hungry mountain lion if I needed too. Well, maybe not, but I could definitely outrun an attacking Rattlesnake.
So Sis and I had a wonderful visit. They're never long enough but she will be back. It's only a 2 1/2 hour drive up here. Our cars know the way, like a horse to the barn, and I have the pups as an incentive.
We experienced a very hot (over 100 degree) day on Sunday and now we are back to mild weather. This is amazing. I shouldn't even say anything or I should knock on wood when I do. I hope this summer weather stays like this until Fall. It's so pleasant. We don't have to water the garden so frequently and the fire hazard is so much less. It's really lovely.

Now for an update on the baby birds....
as you can see they are a bit crowded. I'm worried that they will be falling out of the nest before they are ready to fly. I have put a chair with a pillow on it, underneath the nest, just in case.


One little fellow seems to be complaining about the living conditions (below). Or, it could be that he is fed up with this women who is constantly taking pictures of him.

He's annoyed about something....

My friend "C' is coming up tomorrow for the 4th of July weekend. Can't wait. Then I have to kick it into gear and prepare for the Amador Wine and Art Festival next Friday night in Amador City.


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11 comments:

ClassyChassy said...

The birdies are sooooo sweet! I get mad at the bicyclists too. We have ridden a section of a paved bike path on horses, and horses are allowed there, but the bicycle people shout threats and didn't read the signs, I guess. There was one couple that used to be around a lot, riding their recumbent bikes, all dressed in black. We called them the Ninjas! They were MEAN!!!

Heidi Ann said...

So glad you ALL had a nice time!! Sounds like a lot of fun to me - WalMart included.
And keep us updated on that bicycle "situation"!

Terra said...

It sounds like a grand visit with your sister, and your dogs adopting her, and having a shopping trip together. The bike sounds perfect for you; maybe you will return to buy it.

Joan said...

That is so sweet that you put a chair under the nest!

Carl and Cutter are just precious! Our girls have finally grown up enough that they are better house dogs and I really enjoy them being in the house.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I ALWAYS love seeing photos of your sweet corgis. I need to get a picture up of our little Josie...they do keep one entertained, don't they!! Glad to hear you had a lovely time with your sister. I will get to see BOTH my sisters in August and can hardly wait!

Enjoy your visit with your friend and Happy 4th!

Blessings!
Gail

Madeline's Album said...

Glad you and your sister had a nice visit. The birds are getting big. It was so nice of you to put the chair under neath the nest. Hope you and your friend C have a good visit. The pictures are great. Enjoyed this post very much. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Jan Ely said...

So glad you had a nice visit. Buy the bike, paint it pink and RIDE IT, baby!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love the pups... and that baby bird is simply asking for his worm payment for the photographs !!!Happy 4th to you :)

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I don't know whats cuter...the pups, your sis, the baby birds or a picture of you flying down the road on your yellow bike! Happy 4th of July!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I don't know which is cuter...the pups, your sis, the baby birds or a picture of you flying down the road on your yellow bike! Happy 4th of July!

Roslyn said...

You make me laugh Farmlady, chair & a pillow for the baby birds!