Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Newborn eastern Cottontail bunnies

Just a reminder in the spring,watch for nests of bunnies,usually I have found in my yard it is a slight hole in the yard with grass & hair over the top.I have let space around this dip in the yard as it usually contains baby bunnies.

People believe the mother has abandoned them if they see no signs of her out & about them.Truthfully,she is only with them at dusk & dawn to feed,during the day she is out consuming grass & clover & things to help her keep milk available for the little ones.

I was brought this nest of babies on Mon.Please pray I can keep them alive.It is believed the mother was killed on the road.They do not have their eyes open yet.But,boy,are they fighters to live.I bought kittens milk from Tractor Supply & already had purchased tiny baby bottles & nipples,at the time I saw them,I had no use for them,but my brain said,buy them,you may need them someday,so I did.I have found that they like to take the milk from the tip of my finger,though.I wore gloves at first,but since they like sucking from my finger,I have given that up as they weren`t eating,now they are trying.I take a wet cloth to wipe their bottoms afterwards as their mom would clean them to encourage them to poo...I keep them outside in Cloud`s pen,covered with the angora bunnies fur to keep them warm,& hay.

If anyone else has advice,please let me know.The nearest wildlife rehab is in Pittsburgh,& I can`t make the trip right now.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brown Thrashers

Brown thrashers are coming to feeder for suet.
This has been a somewhat stressful week,but I`m getting by on faith.God knows what is going to happen before we do,so we just have to keep strong in faith.

My husband went in the hospital as an outpatient this week to have fluid taken out of him,he had fluid in his stomach cavity & starting into his lungs.3.8 liters.He feels better,but is worn out.The previous time he had that done,he had to have blood products before the procedure,& when they got it out,he had 7 liters.Can you imagine!

Life continues on though.We give thanks this weekend for God`s gift of his son.Through Him,our soul never dies.Have a wonderful Easter weekend...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chickadees checking out the gourds

which one should I choose
They were working hard in a gourd yesterday,couldn`t tell which one they settled on.While I was outside,I heard the song of what I thought was the catbird.It was a brown thrasher already! I like to pen when they arrive every year,& for the past couple of years it has been earlier instead of the week of the 20th.Maybe I`ll get a better look today when I`m outside.

Friday, April 4, 2014

All about the birds

If you recall this fall I heaped a bumperload of gourds,all kinds.Some of the bigger ones aren`t dry yet,some of the basket gourds got rotted on the bottom,however I feel that they are still worthy of some craft,perhaps paperclay the bottom & paint something on them,I`ll figure it out.

I sanded them by hand &  painted some of them pink,that is the only exterior color of paint I had,I had bought a pint of it on clearance for some unknown reason,probably just because it was on clearance! I had a pole that my dh had cemented in the ground for purple martins, years ago when we had goats,it was in their pen,& over the years they managed to dig it out.So,still connected to cement,we pulled it out & set it outside their pen.I got the bright idea that I was going to put these gourds on the pole & reuse it,just cement it in a flowerpot that fit & I could move it around the yard on the dolly.Hahahahah,what a joke on me.I couldn`t even get it to stand up straight.But,don`t fear for the birds,this pole isn`t going anywhere & the birdhouses are secured tightly.I`m sure my neighbor thinks I`m nuts,maybe not,he is 73 so maybe he does not even see them when he goes
you can wash the mold off with bleach water,but they are not dry yet
I used a leather auger to cut & carve holes punch a couple holes in bottoms so babies don`t drown if we get a bad rain
I have a few left over if someone would like 1 to make with their kids

Monday, March 17, 2014

Musings,sponsered a child,Jamie Grace

I did not fall off the face of the earth.My days are routine now,get up early,take my dh`s blood sugar,give him 2 shots in the am,give him his pills,make sure he has cereal or breakfast whatever he would want.That is just early am...Lately I`ve had a talk with God because not only did I have to take care of him & my animals-which are my joy,my furnace has stopped running again,so it is beat it to empty ashes & restart the woodstove in the am as well as it has been still so cold.Why,God,pile so much on me at once? So,called the furnace guy & the part is on order,it is a "pigtail" that holds wires all together,he rigged it earlier in the winter,but now it needs a perm fix.After the talk with God,the oil heat has been back on,hopefully I won`t have to hurry to get the fire going for much longer as the wires have stayed in place,for now..hopefully till that part comes in.

Two weeks ago,God whispered to me ,reminding me of a life  long wish of mine to sponser a child.I never thought I was committed enough.My family has always been totally against it.But I was reminded 2 weeks ago when the radio station I was listening to had a telethon going on.I felt that small voice within remind me again that this is the right time now,go & look at least at their pictures.

Now,I know some people will say,help our children in the USA.Well,I do.And if you belong to a church,you should know that you do as well,& as well as other programs your church has in place to help our people in our community,that`s what our tithes go for,you are giving to your church & your community if it is only a dollar.These children who live in proverty every day have no hope unless we help them.

I`m not here to preach,just saying I sponsored a little girl in Indonesia,she is 4,her name is Angela Marici Fallo,they call her Ici.I fell in love with the proud & determined look on her face,her clothing looked typical Muslim.I will post a pic as soon as I can get my printer to love this new computer.She has 2 other siblings,she loves to sing & play with dolls & she is in charge of her family`s animals,feeding & watering them...someone after my own heart.$38 is all I have to send to help Ici & her family.

Flash forward to Sat.,I bought tickets to see Jamie Grace in concert.She was wonderful.Savannah just loves her.Jamie`s message the children through compassion international.I was really very surprised.I felt then that I did the right thing .

Leaving you with a walk in my woods,a flicker,pileated woodpecker,some sort of poop-yes,poop in the woods is always interesting to me-the hawk was hunting the birds were hiding,the woodpecker was on the floor of the forest.I have already posted these pics to facebook because sometimes it is easier not to write anything...just post a picture or 2.

Mia & Simon are settling in & this week I`ll be hiring someone to put up better fencing.

son heard a coyote in the woods,their poop?I have all bunnies inside now
Jen gave Chloe a much needed haircut,Jen`s getting slimmer & slimmer!!!way to go Jen!
Bad boy Bandit is liking the new dogs,thank the dear Lord!
pileated woodpecker

Sunday, March 2, 2014

no transplant for husband

The University of Pa. called on Fri.& said that they reviewed my husband`s records & he will not be getting a transplant.So,all hope is lost now & we will just have to accept this.We have not told him yet.He has been sleeping a lot.

Leaving you with pictures of birds at the feeder.The goldfinches are slowly changing their colors.