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Posted: 26 Jan 2014
No dead birds. YIPPY!
Posted: 26 Jan 2014
I GIVE UP!
Posted: 29 Oct 2013
Oh no. Not again!
Posted: 02 Oct 2013
We Love to EAT Out
Posted: 03 Apr 2013

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Pheasant racing? No REALLY.

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Well I have been trying to get a video of this crazy male Pheasant that has adopted ours and our neighbors yards. He must have been raised and then released. He is so neat to see under our bird feeder.
But he has a funny quirk. He loves to race vehicles that come down our dead end road. The other day I was sitting in the kitchen watching the birds and here come Phez strolling into the front yard. Just then the mail man drove past our house and he was off running after the car as fast as he could go.
I sat their laughing at the sight. So I kept watch knowing that the mail man would be driving past our place again soon. Sure enough. There came the mail car with Phez in hot pursuit. I think he must associate cars with being fed as he will chase after any car that comes down the road. I will keep trying to get a video of him doing his car act.

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No dead birds. YIPPY!

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:53 pm

Just a quick update. Since my last post and I took down all my feeders. Bleached them really good. Waited 3wks and rehung them. We have had no birds getting sick. I am so happy because we much have at least 30 goldfinches and an equal number of Junkos that visit our feeders everyday. Plus the chickadees, woodpeckers, and nuthatches.
With our winter being so cold we are also feeding the 40 or more turkeys that come into our yard. I will be so glad when we have temps in the 20's and 30's and not below zero. Tomorrow and Tues our highs are going to be below zero.

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I GIVE UP!

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:31 pm

Just a note to let you know that my Mom is doing great and is living here with us.
I am thinking of GIVING UP on feeding the birds. I bought feeders this year that I can clean with bleach to keep the Salmonella bacteria in check. All summer things where going great. Then 3wks ago I noticed sick looking finch's at the feeders. I just hate it and am not sure why the House Finch's seem to be the ones who show the first signs being sick. Then they spread it to the other finch's and small birds.
I am soooo frustrated as it has returned and the house finch's are dying off weekly. So I took my hanging feeders down AGAIN! I will clean them with straight bleach and let that dry and then hang them back out in 3 wks.
Last winter was really bad with finch's getting sick and dying. I even had a red poll and white winged cross bill die. I just may resort to feeding on the ground only.
It really makes me sad to see those little feathered friends getting sick.


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Oh no. Not again!

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:29 pm

Here we go again. On Sept. 14th my dear 90 yr. old Mom fell down while we where at an art museum and broke her femur up near the top part of her leg. So she is in a nursing home for another 2 weeks for rehab and then will come to live with us.
Now I am pressed for time in getting our family room fixed up for her to live in. She will be out and walking in two weeks from now.
So I am busy, busy, busy, and some what dizzy from the frantic pace as of late.
Last week I packed up her apt. and then on Sat. we moved everything into a Pod and had them deliver it to our house. Those are great. I would have really pulled out my hair if I had to move all of her stuff into our home. Now we have the pod as a storage unit until I get things squared away here.
Now where did I leave my brain.

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We Love to EAT Out

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:49 pm

Both my honey and I love to eat out on the weekends. Frees up our time so we can do other things that we enjoy.
One of the restaurants we dine at is Perkins. We I just read an article that told you what you should not eat and what you can substitute as a lower calorie meal.
Now this meal sounds really healthy but it is loaded with calories, fat, and sodium. Go figure!
It's their Butterball Turkey & Dressing meal. White turkey meat is one of the lightest meats you can eat. But because it is covered in gravy and it comes with so many starchy side dishes it looses it's good for you benefit. That meal includes mashed potato's with gravy, broccoli and cranberry sauce and a roll. Are you ready for this----
That meal has a whopping 1,000 calories, 49 grams of fat (yikes!), 19 grams of saturated fat, are you ready---3,230 mg of sodium.
That's more than a weeks sodium need in one meal.

The article suggests that you substitute eating their
Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, w/baked potato w/ whipped butter blend, Butter-steamed broccoli and skip the roll as it can add an extra 120 calories.
The above meal is 570 total calories, 22 grams of fat, ).5 g trans.fats,280 mg of sodium. Even though the fat is higher in this meal. It is still a better choice.
We I know what I will be ordering the next time I go to Perkins. Stay tune for more restaurant bad for you and good for you meals.

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Not Raccoons!

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:38 pm

Well last fall I finally designed a suet holder that has kept the crows from devouring all of the suet I put out for the woodpeckers. It's a bit crude, but it works.


Suet feeder to keep out the crows. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

Because the roof is slanted and there is not enough room for the crows to sit on top of the suet they have been leaving it alone.

But because it is mounted on a maple tree in our front yard the raccoons have been coming and eating it at night. A week ago I went to let our little dog out around 9:00pm to do her job. When I turned on the porch light and saw threw the window in the door a raccoon sitting by the tree licking it's lips after dining on my suet. I never let our little girl out without first checking to make sure there is nothing that she will try and chase.
I quickly grabbed by 22 rifle and stepped outside on the front porch. As soon as I opened the door it was off in a flash. I took a shot at it to scare it off.
Now I have been taking the suet in every night and putting it back out in the morning. I guess they have to eat too. But not my suet!
So the suet saga goes on. I think my next scheme will be to put a piece of wire mesh over the suet at night and then take it off during the day. I love the quote by the wicked witch in the Wizard of OZ---I'll get you my pretty.
Here is a pic of the suet feeder on the tree from my kitchen window. Look for info on the bird feeder in a post I will make later.




New bird feeder with suet feeder on tree in background. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )





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I love the old fashion tinsel.

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:16 pm

My Mom had found me a box of the old fashion lead and tin tinsel we use to hang on our Christmas trees when I was a kid.
I hate the new tinsel as it sticks to everything because of the static electricity it seems to produce. Well this year I decided to use the one box my Mom had found me. Wow it really made the tree sparkle and come to life. I will post pic's as soon as I get around to it.
But then I found this website where you can order new tinsel made from tin and lead from Germany. The website is; johnwsheetz.com I am going to order several more boxes for my Christmas tree next year. They also have some great wooden toys, puzzles, and games that you would not find in to many stores.
I was so thrilled with my find I just had to share it.

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Boy I could just kick myself! No really.

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:21 am

I'm a bit late posting this. But better late then never. In June we drove up into northern Wis. to Bayfield and Ashland. It was a really nice drive and we saw some great scenery especially along lake Superior. We stopped at several points of interest. One was this neat Barn built in about 1940 something. It was ordered through the Sears and Roebuck catalog. You could also order complete homes threw them also. They were really ahead of their time.


Neat Barn ordered from Sears. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

But here is why I could have really kicked myself.




Your turn. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Step right up. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Just to funny. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

This was just to funny. Someone really has a great imagination. Here are the rules for using it;
1.Do Not stand facing shoes.(Man that would hurt)
2.Do Not use this machine while in the prone position. (No kicking while you are down)
3.Only one person at a time please. (this is a self kick you machine-not have someone else kick you.
4.No climbing on the machine or horseplay.(please practice safe self kicking at all times.)
5. Children under 12 must be supervised by and adult.
6.Failure to follow the rules may result in you being asked to leave the machine. (we will have to Kick you off)
Cost
$1.00--for a good kick (the positive mental health benefits could save you thousands in analyst fee's)
$2.00---if you require proof that you kicked yourself (have someone take your picture so you can show your friends or analyst)

This is a self-service machine, based on the honor system. If you use the machine and do not pay, you will kick yourself later.
Bayfield winery does not claim to have invented the self-kicking machine. People have been kicking themselves for a long time.
Use it at your own risk--We are not responsible for those who do not like the way they were kicked.

That is just to funny. The pic's that follow are of painted murals that were on the street buildings in Ashland.




Painted mural. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






More street murals. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

The next 4 pic's are of one long mural featuring settlers who lived in the Ashland area.




Another neat mural. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Ashland mural. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Same mural. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






last pic of settelers mural. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )
The quality of these murals was amazing. The last picture is of a restarant we ate at. I always wondered just how big Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox was. Now I know.





Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

Well I guess with this last picture I will just mooooo-ve along. He, he, he.



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I couldn't believe what I was seeing!

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:38 pm

We have one little females Red Squirrel that surprized me if what it likes to eat. It loves the Grape jelly I put out for the Orioles, and the suet that is suppose to be for the Woodpeckers. She is the only squirrel that eats the Jelly. The other Red squirrels and Fox squirrels just ignore the stuff. But not her. She is here everyday to get her Jelly fix. A few of the other Red squirrels do eat the suet, but not as often as she does.


Jelly eating Red Squirrel ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Yummy I love suet. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )






Little Red loves her new toy. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )
This last pic is of the scare crow I put up to keep the crows from eating the suet. It worked! But little red thinks it's a great place to play on. I think she is giving the scare crow a hand in keeping the crows away. He,hee.





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That took care of them all.

Category: A little of this and a little of that. | Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:43 pm

Since I put out my scare crow the crows have been leaving the suet alone. But I still have to move it every night. I put it on top of my bird feeder to keep the furry critters from eating it. I would put out a live trap but I am not to thrilled to see what I may catch in it besides a raccoon.

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