Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Fishing Creek, Nesty Business



Hubby opened the grill to cook our lunch the other day and spied the nest of a Carolina Wren inside. I carefully moved the nest to a little better spot nearby and the mother bird has since added two more eggs so I guess she's OK with it.

After lunch we went for  ride on our pontoon boat from Fishing Creek Lake on upstream to the Catawba River. I was able to get some neat pix of  Some Cliff Sparrows who were very busy building up their old nests underneath a bridge.

We also saw a couple of Osprey nests--one in a tree and this one atop an electric pole.

Love day to enjoy life on Fishing Creek and all the wonderful Nesty Business going on around us.

Have a great Pokeberry Day!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Fishing Creek A Warm Weekend in Late April

I slept late this morning and the sun was already up and shining on the water, the birds singing. A bout half a dozen bachelor ducks came by the dock as I was sitting down to have my first cup of coffee. Not much time this morning, Hubby is already pacing around waiting for me to get started so we can head out to town. We are needing some good soil for planting and a new lawn mower. My experiment with the rotary mower was a failure. I could not get it to cut much at all which I know it probably needs sharpening and does have a dent in it that might be a problem but I could tell I'd never be able to tackle the hillsides in the front with anyhow. We are buying something with an electric start that is self propelled so that perhaps I can handle it and if I can't, it will be easier for him when he comes. Either way it will be better--I also want it to mulch and to bag. I plan to use it to chop up fall leaves and grass and help with composting that way.  It all works out. Later today at some point we will go for a nice boat ride, perhaps do some fishing. I have bait and poles on hand should we choose to. Well, I need to drink that coffee now so we can be off! :)

Have a lovely Pokeberry Weekend.

Monday, April 21, 2014

On Fishing Creek Sunny Monday Morning, Shining Our Lights

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.       Matthew 5:16

The sun is low in the sky from an eastern window in my sun room, where it is striking my the corner of my left eye enough that I will be getting up to shut one of our bamboo shades soon. :) Sky is clear and blue after a rainy cool weekend. We are going to pick up a little heat this week and should make it to 80 at some point.  Generally here in upper South Carolina we consider Easter the 'mark' for when to plant your tomatoes. Now it should be fairly reliably warm enough to put them out in the ground.

I purchased a 6 pk of little Hillbilly Tomatoes this spring from a feed store in a nearby town. I did not know at the time how prolific and large this heirloom variety is supposed to get. I think I may give one or two to a friend. We just don't use that much any more--even in a year! I do keep a little pantry but seriously-- it stays little for a good reason.

I am watching the little fly catcher birds swooping down toward the water. They are using my neighbors boat as their launching pad. A lone mallard duck just flew buy and their are song birds singing and chattering all around me. Hubby has gone home to his camper to work for the week and I expect he'll be here for next weekend when the weather is supposed to be lovely.  I've got a test tomorrow that should find out what has been troubling my tummy the past weeks or month or slightly more. I've lost some weight mainly around my gutt--which is nice actually--although it is a symptom too--so that's not as nice. My eyes are still bothering me too which seems to be part of the same problem--which is why  I do need to go shut that shade.

I do look out and see the wonders of what God has made here on Fishing Creek. A ring in the water where a fish has surfaced, spreading outward; birds flying, a spider outside my window preparing her web; and the bright spring green trees across the water on the little island. God's light shines all the time on us, let ours shine on each other too, that we may glorify what He has given us.

Have a lovely Pokeberry Day and may your week be blessed as you  go about shining your light.