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I made the most of one summer day, at least. My mom and I took my nephew for a walk in the woods Sunday. We were needing to escape and he was needing to get away from the television, so we headed out. First, we stopped and caught a butterfly with my net and viewed it in our magnifying bucket before setting it free. Then we sat for a few minutes and enjoyed the quiet while my nephew played on the new playground equipment nearby. I started off into the woods planning to take a few pictures while he played but he wanted to go too so we went ahead and took our walk.

We encountered a few bicyclists, all of whom were quite friendly, but mostly had the trail to ourselves. We were probably quite a scene carrying a butterfly net, a magnifying bucket, keys, and a bag filled with bottles of water, a jar for catching fish, a couple of books, paper, crayons, and some small containers in case I found any interesting “specimens”. We found some wild blackberries and picked a few (glad I brought those containers!) and then wandered a bit further into the woods, headed towards the creek. At some point along the way we passed a broken bird’s egg and I placed it in the net until we could stop so I could get a picture. I want to try and identify what species it is.

Finally we got the creek. There was an animal track I got a picture of but I’m pretty sure it was just a dog. I figured I’d get a picture just in case though, right?


The water level was pretty low and there weren’t any big minnows. We happened to spy a tiny tree frog, jumping away from us and into the woods. When we threw a few bits of stale hot dog bun in at a creek on the Natchez Trace a long while back, the fish went nuts for it, jumping out of the water to get it. I’m not sure if it was because these were just a different breed or if it was because they were so small but the fish this day had no interest in the bread. I wound up having to catch them in the net and quickly put them in the jar filled with water so we could get a good look. I got the jar idea from the Amateur Naturalist book I got from the library. He recommended bread as well, so I’ll still try that again at some point. Anyway, I got one from each of the two kinds that we saw in the water.7/6/08

There were tons and tons of baby periwinkles (though I’m not sure if that’s the right name) too. They just looked like dots on the rocks. My nephew slipped twice, even though he was being good and trying to be careful. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt either time, though the first time especially it took him by surprise.

As we were walking up the hill to go back the way we’d came I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. What the heck was that? I guess it was just a squirrel or something, bounding from one tree to another, I just saw a flash of something. Then as we walked we heard more crashing. This time I saw a flash of white tail. It was a deer! A few more steps and a bit more crashing and we stopped and waited. Sure enough, he not only bounded out of the trees but across the path in front of us. Very, very cool.

I took more pictures and we made the slow trek back to the car. We let my nephew play a bit longer on the playground while we rested. My mom read, and I took pictures of butterflies and tried to get a better look at the wood bees that were buzzing around. We loaded up the car and headed to McDonald’s since the boy wanted french fries and we thought ice cream cones sounded like a great way to cool off.


Now to just make the rest of the summer count, too!


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We have another grey kitty! This one is a girl. I’ll post pictures when I can get some decent ones.

edit: And the black one has now arrived as well. I’m pretty sure it’s a girl, too. They are all so sweet.

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We have two outside cats. Well, sort of. They were strays that showed up one day and one thing led to another and we wound up getting attached and naming them since we couldn’t find homes. I would bring them inside in a heartbeat if I could but financially I just can’t right now because of the vet bills involved before I could introduce them to our inside kitties. So we built them a cat house that resides on our porch and we love them and feed them and so on. Bella aka Belly is the loud-mouthed but sweet black-haired girl and Stig aka Stiggy (named after The Stig from Top Gear) is the tabby tom cat who is pretty much the most mellow cat ever.

Before I could get either of them fixed though, Belly decided to live up to her nickname and got a belly. One full of baby kitties. So she had 5 kittens in the cat house before she moved them to an undisclosed location. No matter how much we searched we have been unable to find where she took them. Yesterday, though, she brought 3 of them over to visit before taking them back to whatever mysterious place she’s keeping them. I took lots of pictures and am looking into several options as to placing them in good homes. All 3 of these are boys, which seems unusual, and all 3 are adorable so I thought I would share the cuteness. The pictures with the grey kitten were taken inside the cat house where I put them while Bella took the first kitten back to her hiding spot. I didn’t want them climbing around too much and getting hurt. You can see how we lined it with carpet samples and then put fleece and such in it to keep them warm and dry.

he is SO soft

soooo cute!

huddled up kitties

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