A Berta's-eye View
Musings on life and photography.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Feeding Giraffes in pandemic times
Saturday, February 27, 2021
This winter has been a wild ride
|Life at the Shed|
2021 has brought us some very interesting events and weather and we are only just ending February. January had craziness in the political scene, and a rare snow event.
The politics I can do without, the place we have come to with such insanity and fanaticism is something I never thought to witness in my lifetime or country, no good can come of this. (rant over)
So, back to snow, beautiful clean snow. The January snow was awesome, we all played in it and enjoyed the rarity of it in southeast Texas. Snowmen were made, joy was felt, we all had a good time.
At the end of January and in early February it started to warm up, early plants were starting to bloom, I looked this wildflower up, it is called Henbit…kinda tasty, yes, you can eat it. We have it all over the yard, I love it. Apparently so do chickens, hence the name.
I was eager to start getting the garden beds prepared, mixing in compost and planning which seeds to start. It was all exciting and NORMAL. Well as normal as my sense of humor will allow as you can see with the new planter, I put out front, wink, wink. More on this one when I get the plants in place as I have big plant plans for it.
And over all the land there was Snowmagedon…wish I had thought of this name but, alas I am just quoting. Freezing rain, ice, snow, arctic temperatures where it is NEVER supposed to get that cold. And power grid issues, water issues, for a week! Here at the Shed we reached a low of 3◦F on the coldest night. How is this even possible, it is truly apocalyptical stuff here man.
It must be mentioned here that we have INCREDIBLE utility management here on our side of Walker County, the folks at Midsouth Electric and Walker County SUD deserve all the kudos for keeping us in electricity and water. Can’t thank them enough for keeping us warm and pipes intact.
We did have some damages in town, but we were able to have repairs made quickly and have happy folks at our places again. So grateful that the winter storm gods have spared us the terrible trouble that folks all around us are facing with catastrophic damages to their homes and businesses.
Between “The Covid”, crazy weather and crazier politics I wonder if we will ever get normal back. I just know that I have seen a lot of kindness happening around the little town of Huntsville, and that is a comfort after all the crazy.
I regret that I didn’t take many photos, it was just too damn cold to venture outside. Most of my bird feeder buddies made it through all this. I found three fatalities (Two Robins and one very pretty, unknown species) out in the pasture after the thaw. I am thinking that we came out well with those numbers.
Mr. Jiggles is still kicking, thank goodness.
How is the weather now you ask? A week later, it’s hot (in comparison). No really, we can wear shorts if we want to outside as the current temperature out right now is 77◦F and its cloudy threatening rain and thunderstorms tomorrow.
So yeah, this winter has been a wild ride. I am up for having an adventure, but this is ridiculous. I think I will have to spend lots of time outside watching the antics of my winter visitors at the bird feeder, Pine Siskins, Golden Finches, Purple Finches and Cardinals.
The following photos were taken today at the bird feeder I have set up. Enjoy, hope to talk at you all soon.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Remembering the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Welcome to the country, the first year.
Welcome to the Country, the first year…Really?!
Hard to believe it, almost exactly a year ago we scaled down from a five-bedroom house near Galveston, TX to a one bedroom apartment
|Demo Day Begins|
In the end after a lot of hard work from our contractor and on our own; we have a very cozy nest with a garden, lots of wildlife and never a dull moment.
Stick around I have lots of photos to share and plenty of stories, and I hope to start up with a weekly blog again. (I guess I am crazy, arrogant or both enough to think folks might like to read about how much fun retirement can be.)
Did I mention the large amount of grass to cut?
Yeah, lots of grass.
Don’t get me wrong, this is the best thing I think we have ever done. We bought a used tractor. I HIGHLY recommend driving a tractor in a large field with a big floppy hat on your head. Best therapy in the world to cure corporate burnout.
My garden has been lots of fun so far. Right now the best plant is the peppermint, it doesn't seem to care about the heat. The summer squash has succumbed to bugs so tomorrow will be gifting these plants to the compost pile. The tomatoes are still hanging on as well as the herbs and the okra.
We have had some good and bad moments with our pets. We lost the last dog. She was almost 20 and it was a heartbreaking time to say goodbye.
But the country Gods saw fit to gift us with a feral kitten in that same week. I say that because there was a feral Mom on the property when
Mamma kitty came up, so we gave her some food and she left. About five minutes later she came back around the house from out back carrying what I thought was a baby rabbit.
Nope, it was this little ball of fluff…
“Hey, thanks for the food, here’s a kitten.”
We named her Luna, and here is why. It was
a full moon that night, and she just looks like a Goddess. She is one of the best cats I’ve ever had the pleasure
to share my house.
Please don’t let Chester know I said that, he’s sensitive you know.
That same mamma, who disappeared
a few months after she gave us Luna, also had other kittens.
This is Mr. Jiggles. He will accept food, but has yet to let me get close enough to touch him. That’s okay, he is now the property guardian and very handsome. Mr. Jiggles has a lot on his mind and talks all the time, so I nod knowingly, and it seems to make him happy.
We have other neighbors
on the property, a couple of young armadillos make a morning of it wondering
through the back by this beautiful old oak.
|Texas Live Oak|
We learned about a new Texas wildflower this month. It is called Spotted Horsemint or Spotted Bee Balm.
Thanks to the website put out by Dr. Mark "Merriwether"
Vorderbruggen, of Foraging
Texas . He is an awesome source for plant identification. Check him out on
his website and on Facebook.
So, one last photo and now you are caught up and we will chat again next week, stay safe out there y’all.
|Local Bumble Bee|
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Giving of your time and talents