Thursday, June 13, 2013


Thursday, June 13 – We are continuing our home improvement jobs. More on that in the next blog.

Marsha loves her bird feeder. But not some of the varmints that visit the feeder.

Now look what you did.
squirrel and feeder


These she likes.

yellow bird

Notice the bungee. Our squirrel-proofing idea.male cardinal

female cardinal

Anyone know the name of the bird on the left? We have never seen one of these before.unknown bird

baby cardinal

We have spotted a ground hog eyeing our garden. Even though we put a fence around it, we can never be too caution with that varmint. Paul put a live trap out hoping to catch and relocate it. Well, we did catch something but not a ground hog.

A face only a mother can love.

paul and raccoon

Relocation time.
bye raccoon

When we were in Mission, Marsha learned another new craft, Swedish Weaving. She completed her first project. She made three table runners for our living room tables. She said they turned out perfect. Thanks again Donna and Suzie for introducing her to yet another hobby.


table runner

Marsha is pretty good with identifying grasses, flowers and weeds. But this one has her stumped. We sprayed them with Roundup but to no avail. It has a root system no bulb system. We dug up a few and took them to our local nursery. Several people looked at them and had no idea what they are. They suggested using Roundup at full strength and adding some dishwashing soap. The dishwashing soap will help the Roundup adhere to the leaves. If anyone knows what this weed? flower? is and how to kill it, please let us know. We appreciate your help.


Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day.





  1. wow. . .you guys will need to be on varmint patrol. . .good catch!

    and so it begins. . .weed control. . .have fun! Roundup was a trick I learned in landscaping class. . .good luck!

  2. You've got a nice variety of birds visiting your feeder! Hmmm, groundhogs...a bad word in our house...wouldn't be bad if they took a tomato and ate it, but they always had to take a bite out of every tomato on the vine! Your weaving project turned out beautifully! Did you have to buy furniture or did you have it in storage?

  3. Beautiful weaving Marsha. A rug next!

    Try straight vinegar on your weeds.

    What a great variety of birds in your yard. Lucky you.

  4. not sure what that is... have you tried putting it in a salad?
    You're amazing... all the crafts you take up, Marsha. That Swedish weaving is beautiful.
    Also beautiful are those birds!

  5. Looks like to you got the varmint but looks like a racoon to me, we have them every where here . Either way can cause a lot of problems.

  6. We don't like the critters that go after our bird feeders. Well, we like the critters just not that they like the bird feeders. Even the deer think those seeds are for them but they have their own feeder. The squirrels have their feeders, the hummingbird theirs and even the feral cats but they all seem to like bird seed too.

  7. I have to admit I enjoyed my battles with the squirrels:)

  8. Your beautiful mystery bird is a male rose-breasted grosbeak. Lucky you! The "weed" looks like a plant called crocosmia lucifer. It is a pretty orange flower that spreads like wildfire.

    Love the table runners!

  9. Not only does it knock down the feeder, that squirrel has the audacity to stick around and feed on the seeds. Cheeky little critter.

    Good job on the table runners Marsha; looks like you mastered another craft.

  10. Nice weaving job, Marsha - it looks great.

    No idea on birds - nada!

    That's a Racoon in the trap though - I think!

  11. Thank goodness Pam from the Big EZ Travels had answers for you on the bird and flower. Don't you just love knowledgeable people!!

    Love the Swedish Weaving!! I was suppose to learn how to do that at one of our rallies but time just got away from us. Your runners are beautiful.

    Hope your new fix for the bird feeder works:)

  12. That Marsha is one crafty woman.

    Daughter here in South Jersey has a mystery thief. She puts out those suet blocks in locked wire cages. Hangs them on a "shepherds hook". Within hours the cage is unlocked and the suet block GONE. So far has not seen the thief.

    Groundhogs are taking over the country! Beware!

  13. If you live close to the Agriculture Extension in your county, take the weed there. They will tell you what it is and how to control it.

  14. Geesh! Forgot to comment on your weaving, Marsha. That is really neat. Where do you get your cloth? Looks like you have multiple choices for designs.

  15. Yep, a male rose-breasted grosbeak. You must have some big tall trees in your neighborhood.

  16. Beautiful birds you are getting at your feeders. The only color we're getting here is a couple of goldfinches. We've had lots of trouble with raccoons in the past but so far not this year. I don't like those varmints.

  17. The squirrels here climb right up the bird feeder poles, even after we greased them! We have been doing a catch and relocate with them as they seem to be the most annoying critters to Terry's folks. For me it is the bunnies, ground hogs, etc. etc. that seem to be hovering around the garden.


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