Friday, July 3, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday, July 3, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Cloudy Days (Sky Watch Friday)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, July 2, 2020
It has been a week of cloudy, rainy days.
Happy 4th of July! 
(Independence Day here in the United States).

2. A photo for Tom, The Backroads Traveller
Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 10, 2020
Since you asked, "How is this feeder when it comes to squirrels?" Tom, this photo is for you!
As soon as the babies were ready to leave the nest, Mama Squirrel took them to the bird feeders.

3. Garden Update
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 2, 2020
I am picking a handful of 'Sweet 100' tomatoes each day, just the right amount for our salads.

And I have high hopes for my 'Better Boy' tomatoes!

4. Two for One (Saturday's Critters)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2020
Mockingbird on a frog!

5. Killdeer (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 12, 2020
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thankful Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 30, 2020
I am thankful for fresh blueberries! We went to my husband's cousin's house Saturday to help her pick her blueberries. They are delicious on cereal, and...

... I made a blueberry tart. One pie crust, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, dash of nutmeg, 3 cups of blueberries. Mix dry ingredients together, stir in blueberries. Pour into pie crust, fold edges up around fruit mixture. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on crust (optional). Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

I packed the rest of the blueberries in my freezer, three cups to a bag, for future blueberry tarts!

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Goldfinch, July 1, 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday and My Corner of the World

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Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 10, 2020
American Goldfinches, Spinus tristis, at the feeder in my front yard.
(female at the top of the feeder; male at the bottom)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hot and Humid, June 30, 2020

Our World Tuesday and All Seasons

Our Summers in the southeastern United States are hot and humid, but our Lilies seem to be loving it!

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 28, 2020



Day Lily

Double Day Lily

Tiger Lily

I hope you have a wonderful week!

I am linking today with Our World Tuesday and All Seasons

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday, June 26, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Floral Friday Fotos, The Weekend in Black and White,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

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1. Favorite Photo of the Week
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA
Bees are visiting the Phlox at the end of my porch. I wish you could smell the lovely Phlox aroma!

2. Goats (The Weekend in Black and White)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2020
When I saw these black and white goats, I knew it would be a fun photo for The Weekend in Black and White!

3. Double Day Lily (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 22, 2020
I have a lot of common Day Lilies, but only a few of these double ones.

4. Muskrat (Saturday's Critters)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2020
Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus, a semi-aquatic mammal native to North America.

5. Titmouse (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 13, 2020
The Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor, is a common bird in the eastern half of the United States.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thankful Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 22, 2020
I am thankful for home-grown cucumbers!
I picked the first cucumber of the season on Monday: eight ounces of crispy crunch for our salads!

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA June 25, 2020


And this morning's cucumber weighted slightly more: nine ounces. Later in the Summer, the vines should be producing faster, and I will have enough to make pickles.

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Great Blue Heron, June 24, 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday and My Corner of the World

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Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 12, 2020
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday, June 19, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Weekend Reflections,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

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1. Clouds (Sky Watch Friday)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, June 17, 2020
We have had beautiful blue skies this week with fluffy white clouds.

The crop in the field is Winter Wheat, ready for harvesting. Then the farmer will probably plant soybeans (to be harvested in November).

2. Babies on the Porch!
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 11, 2020
I have been very careful when watering one of the hanging baskets on my porch.

A pair of Carolina Wrens raised their babies there!
I saw two, but could get a photo of only one.
Now that they have flown, I can stop just misting the plant and give it a really good drink of water!

3. What I am Reading
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 19, 2020
I am enjoying the Secrets of Wayfarers Inn series of books.

A brief summary from the back of the first book "Family Secrets."

4. Anole (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 10, 2020
I found a Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis, enjoying its insect lunch in a flower pot on my porch!

5. Green Heron (I'd Rather B Birdin' and Weekend Reflections)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 15, 2020
a Green Heron, Butorides virescens,...

stalking its prey, and then suddenly...

… a dinner of fresh-caught fish!

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thankful Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 5, 2020

I am thankful for homemade Cappuccino Mix!

I have had this recipe for years, and do not remember where I found it. But I have seen similar recipes on the Internet that use more instant coffee granules (3/4 cup instead of 2/3 cup), so if you want a stronger coffee flavor use the larger amount.

Cappuccino Mix
1 cup powdered non-dairy coffee creamer
1 cup instant hot cocoa mix
2/3 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together. Makes one and a half pints. Store in an airtight container. Use 3 or 4 spoonsful (or more) per coffee cup of hot water. Number of servings will depend on the size of your coffee cup!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mockingbird, June 17, 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday and My Corner of the World

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 15, 2020
Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, a singer of sweet songs!

For more information: All About Birds: Mockingbird

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, June 2020

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA, zone 7b

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American Goldfinch, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA
There is nothing more pleasant than walking out in the garden in the early morning before the day gets hot and being greeted by a chorus of birdsong. It gets the day started off right! Feed the birds!

Now on to the flowers...

Linden Tree, Tilia.

Most of my Day Lilies have finished blooming, but I still have a couple to show.


I am sorry that I don't remember their exact names.

Spiderwort

Gardenia

One of my roses is putting on a second flush of blooms!

Phlox

And in the vegetable garden...
… Cucumbers!

And then there is this: a mushroom doing its impersonation of a flower bud opening!

But my prettiest blooms opened at the end of May, halfway between Bloom Days...
Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Weed, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 31, 2020
Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa.

Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday, June 12, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Floral Friday Fotos,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

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1. Blue Sky (Sky Watch Friday)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, June 11, 2020
Thursday was a very pleasant day with sunny skies, a high temperature of 82F (28C), and a brisk breeze.

2. Garden Update: Tomatoes
Prentiss, County, Mississippi, USA, June 11, 2020
'Sweet 100' plants make small red cherry tomatoes. These are almost big enough to be getting ripe! They are indeterminate tomato plants (meaning they keep growing and producing until cold weather kills them).

3. Gardenia (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 11, 2020
Gardenias are large shrubs that are available in several varieties. They have dark green leaves and flowers with a wonderful aroma. Just one plant will produce dozens (dare I say a hundred) of snow white flowers in the early Summer

4. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Saturday's Critters)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, June 2, 2020
It is interesting to see a rabbit turn just one ear towards a sound. After listening for a minute, it decided I was not a threat (I was inside my car), and it went back to nibbling on the clover.

5. Eastern Kingbird (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, May 31, 2020
Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thankful Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2020
I am thankful my 'Burpless Beauty' Cucumbers are blooming! Usually male flowers bloom first, so it may be a few days before the female flowers that produce cucumbers appear. But I am hopeful!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Green Heron, June 10, 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday and My Corner of the World

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 7, 2020
Green Herons, Butorides virescens, are small migratory Herons that live near shallow water, and are one of the few birds that use tools, dropping feathers, insects, or bread crusts into the water to lure fish near them. Source: All About Birds website

It is amazing to me that when Green Herons extend their necks they are twice as tall!

Have a wonderful day!

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