Saturday, May 9, 2015


Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!  Welcome back.

So it's been a little while since my last post.  I have been busy so I ask your forgiveness for the delay.

I find myself, once again, with a lot of photos to share.  Since there hasn't been anything really worth "reporting" to you, I will just show you what's been happening.  :)

One evening in mid-April, I heard a little tree frog "calling" much more loudly than usual.  Believe me, they are loud enough at a distance!  Could not really imagine one being very close.  Well... based on the volume level, I knew this little guy was close.  Didn't realize exactly HOW close until I headed for the door to step out onto the back patio to look for him.  Didn't have to leave the house.  He kindly remained on the glass door for me to take a few quick shots!!  Check out his throat area where the action was really happening as he called and called!

The morning of April 22nd was one with heavy clouds but some breaks in them.  I saw what I hoped would be a really great picture even though I'm NOT a photographer nor am I an excellent cellphone camera operator!  I did like how the two shots I took turned out, though.  These are untouched directly from my cellphone camera.

That same day, at lunchtime, I visited the Aunt.  The caregiver there pointed out a little "friend" that was hanging out in the enclosed back patio area.  Her biggest question was whether I knew if it was poisonous or not.  It's not.  Since then, it has shown up several times, sunning itself happily in peace.  I'm a fan of keeping it around as it will keep "critters" away without causing a problem itself.  REPTILE ALERT!

During an early morning walk in another state recently, I came upon the following.  I saw the color first, absolutely glowing fiercely in the early morning sunlight.  As I got closer, I noticed it continued all the way down the fence to the back of the lot.  Even closer inspection revealed the "head."  I just loved it and hope you appreciate it, too!  Reminds me of something we eat around here!  :)

Finally, some of you probably remember my penchant for fresh, wild blackberries!  I am happy to report my "stash" locations (more than one) have produced again although the berries seem a little smaller than usual.  Notice the red berries in the background of the first picture.  Those will be turning black soon.  YUM!  Did someone say "cobbler?"

And yes... I do simply eat them straight off of the vine... unwashed.  As much dirt as I ate growing up, I don't think a little speck more will kill me!!

So... hope you have had a little fun on my walks.  I always find something fun or interesting.  This morning, I came across three cottontail rabbits.  Two were together enjoying a morning grass munch.  The third was hopping in and out of some grasses.

Until next post...

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

It has been raining here long enough to put us all underwater!  Looks like we still have a couple of days of the wet stuff coming.  If you like to canoe or kayak, you might want to think about doing so soon.  Should be plenty of water running to help you scoot along!  :)

As mentioned in my last post, I find myself with more pictures for you.  Nothing too fascinating... but perhaps interesting?

So... those of you who know me know I love real estate.  On one of my morning walks recently, I got quite a chuckle.  With all of the rain, the crawfish had been very busy.  While making the "chimneys" that they build above ground during the excavation of mud beneath, this group of "homebuilders" had done something very real estate oriented.  They had built on the golf course!!!  :)

Now then... I do have a pretty good knowledge base about plants.  I do NOT know a whole lot about trees.  I can identify the basics... pine tree, oak tree, maple tree... but I don't know much at all about more "decorative" trees.  I have this really tall specimen in the front yard that puts on these "nearly-invisible until you are right on top of them" flowers each year.  If any of you can identify this tree for me, I would really appreciate it.  It's very interesting.

Finally, the tire garden has been planted and the tomatoes are really getting busy.  The jalapeno plants are having quite a rough time with whatever it is that wants to dig in that particular tire although they are still hanging in there.  The basil has gone berserk, more than doubling its size in just two weeks!  What a great time of year!  :)

Just planted

Two Weeks Later!  Teeny Tomato #1!!

Jalapeno plants

Basil headed for Pesto!
So now you are caught up on the Spring world in SW Louisiana... at least my part of it.

Oh... if you haven't checked in on the Decorah Eagles lately, you might want to take a peek.  All three eggs hatched (3/27, 3/29, & 4/2) and the little ones are already HUGE and moving about the nest.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Spring!!

Until next post...

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!!

I don't know exactly how it happened, but I suddenly find myself with a TON of photos I have been taking to share with you all.  You know how it seems like one or two just aren't enough to share so you set them aside to wait for a few more?  Well, apparently I have been setting aside one or two several times!  With that said, here is the explosion of miscellaneous pictures for you to peruse.  :)

A foggy February morning at the golf course.
The sun starts to peek through!
Hmmmm.  March can be foggy, too.
Beatles fans, sing it with me... "Here comes the sun..."

Okay... enough "dreary" for you.  Let's try a little color, shall we?  Signs of Spring!!!

"Wild" wisteria growing anywhere it wants!
Looks like Easter is coming up soon.  Fund-raising, anyone?
My neighbor's gorgeous yard.  Excellent job, Marty!!!
Finally, on our recent road trip to Petal, Mississippi to visit the spousal-unit's folks, we ran across this place while driving through Natchez, Mississippi.  Unfortunately, we had already eaten.


There are actually more photos of the just-planted tire garden but I'm going to stop today.  This is enough for you to have to view.  :)  I'll try to get those for you in a day or two.

With the weather improving, I hope you all are able to get out and enjoy it.  Amazing how the sunshine can give you a little added "spring" in your step!  I have had the first visitors to the hummingbird feeder so have been keeping my eyes out for more.  With all of the blooming going on, I'm guessing they will have better choices than my sugar-water... but hopefully they will stop by periodically.  I know they will be busy at the feeder by late summer.  I'll wait.  :)

No, I have not yet been up in the Blue Bird although it is getting a little exercise.  I am hoping to make my first flight in it before the end of April.

Until next post...

Sunday, March 8, 2015



Just a quick update.

It has come to my attention that some of you were not able to open the Piper Cherokee 140 videos that were sent with yesterday's post.  Apparently there are some email limitations that won't allow large videos to arrive through some email servers.  My apologies to those who were unable to view them.

You CAN view them by going to the actual post online.  Click HERE to be taken to the post.  Scroll down to the videos in the post then view them.  My apologies!  I had never tried to post videos before.  Learning curve for me.

Until next post...

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Believe it or not, I actually have a few things about which I could post today... but I am going to post only the most important.

Some of you know about the "Blue Bird", a 1971 Piper Cherokee 140 that was purchased in July of 2013.  There was an "exciting" flight from Vidalia, Louisiana, back to the Beauregard Regional Airport in DeRidder, Louisiana, when the engine stopped after takeoff.  (Since it is a single-engine plane, that is a bit of a problem!)  Fortunately, the Spousal-Unit had spent some time working on the plane to get it ready to make its "ferry flight" (a one-time flight to move an aircraft from Point A to Point B) to begin the serious business of having the engine rebuilt and a lot of other work done.  The poor plane had not been flown for quite a few years.  :(  It needed some love.  At any rate, after a few brief moments of "Uh... hmmm... what now?", the Spousal-Unit switched fuel tanks and the engine caught and they began flying again.  Both he and his pilot buddy with him (Hollis O.) were quite relieved although the remainder of the flight was likely a little unnerving!  We all wait for the other shoe to drop after something unexpected occurs!!  I, on the other hand, was completely unconcerned as I drove the 3-hour trip back to DeRidder, unaware of the issue they had faced within just moments of taking off!!  There is truth to "Ignorance is Bliss!"  I was halfway back when I got the call they had landed safely in DeRidder.  It was only then I heard about the little "issue" immediately after takeoff!

So... that was 19 months ago.  The engine was removed and toted to San Antonio, Texas, for its rebuild.  I believe the propeller went along for the ride and was smoothed and balanced.  In the meantime, the Spousal-Unit worked on getting everything cleaned up, reworked/repaired/replaced, and back up-to-speed.  The engine was returned ready to install along with the prop.  The VERY slow process of getting it all up to the Spousal-Unit's specs began.  (I had no idea his specs were QUITE so demanding!)

Finally, after being shamed a few times by me and by some of his "boy friends" about the length of time the whole process was taking, the Spousal-Unit was ready to test out all of his (and Hollis') hard work.  I had been informed quite a while back I would not be going up with him until he had about 10 hours on the rebuilt engine to make sure everything "shakes out" properly.  I suppose I appreciate his unwillingness to scare me with any issues found at the beginning.  :)  So, to answer your question, I have not yet been up with him.  That should come soon, though.

One comment about the videography.  I was using the cell phone video.  It automatically focuses.  Clearly a moving target is difficult to keep in focus so you will see things going in and out of focus a bit.  If you will go to "full screen" when you begin viewing, you will see more easily.

Without further ado... February 28, 2015...

... after about 40 minutes of checking things out...


Am I happy?  Oh yes, I am.  Am I happier than the Spousal-Unit?  No one is.  :)  There was one small issue (oil pressure) that has been resolved.  As I type, the Blue Bird is on her way to the Leesville Airport... her first foray "into the wild" away from a quick glide path back to her own airport.  LOL!!  I am hoping to be invited to fly in a couple of weeks.  Will try to catch some video for you from the cockpit!!

Until next post...