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Marcus Island

My Mama keeps asking for an air conditioner cover, and I keep hoping she will forget.  

She never forgets…must be part elephant.

So I finally chose a pretty pink rose print (to complement her sofa) and made a cover for her air conditioner.  

I don’t have a photo.  Mama doesn’t have the cover yet, either.  I was hoping to be able to bring it to her by her birthday, but…you know, COVID and all that.

Soon, Mom!  (Yes…she reads my posts!)

Since I don’t have sewing related photos (I have done some quilting), I am giving you a photo heavy post of a walk I took earlier this week.

I am super blessed to have Marcus Island across the street from me…I love to visit here!

Marcus Island

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
– George Eliot

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.”
― Bliss Carman

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”
– Victoria Erickson

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Come, little leaves,” said the Wind one day, “Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; For Summer is past, and the days grow cold.”
― George Cooper

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
― Samuel Butler

Marcus Island

Marcus Island

“Let whoever wants to, relax in the south,
And bask in the garden of paradise.
Here is the essence of north and it’s autumn
I’ve chosen as this year’s friend.”
― Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

I thought I would share a few of my garden neighbors with you.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

There is the common and beneficial garter snake.

Garter Snake

“Well, then, let it go, let it go, if you’re so bull-headed about it. We can get you
some garter-snakes, and you can tie some buttons on their tails, and let on
they’re rattlesnakes, and I reckon that ‘ll have to do.” Tom to Jim in The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

This is a discovery that my Hubby made when he noticed grass sticking out of the old abandoned barbeque and opened the lid to investigate.

Squirrel Nest

Turns out Mrs. Squirrel has a rather comfy home here.  We could not determine if there were babies by looking through the front door, and this nest is deep.  So we left well enough alone and closed the lid of the barbeque.

On another day, Hubby decided to take a second look.  Turns out that Mrs. Squirrel turns into a hell cat when the lid is lifted while she is at home.  Hubby is a good ducker, and we will leave the family in peace.

I wish I could get Mrs. Squirrel to pose for you, but she is in perpetual motion when I see her out and about, and I don’t seem to have the time to stalk her for a photo.

It’s easy to smile when you have a squirrel’s intellect. -Dylan Moran

Squirrel Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher moved to the neighborhood back in 2013.  I have shared their family in several posts, which can be found under the Home and Garden Galleries 2013 tab2015 tab , and the 2016 tab at the top of this blog.

Western Flycatcher

One year, the resident bully hawks (Cooper Hawks, I think) destroyed the family, so Hubby built a bird house for them to reside in.  It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher prefer to nest in the open (perhaps they are claustrophobic).  The barn swallows, however, love to reside in the bird house, and the two seem to make good neighbors.

Both residences are right there by the porch light…next to the front door to my residence.

Western Flycatcher

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

Western Flycatcher

I do not know where the residence of the Hawks is, but I do know that it is nearby.  They have left the flycatchers unmolested since the birdhouse was put there.  Hopefully, it shields them.

That seems to be the way of life…the bigger and more powerful preying on the small but courageous.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

 

“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.
Rumer Godden found in Power of Simple Living by Ellyn Sanna”
― Rumer Godden

 

liatris

liatris

liatris

Phlox

flower

heliopsis

heliopsis

coneflower

deer

deer

deer

Bucks in the Garden

Sunday was a very pleasant and relaxing winter day for Hubby and me.

Hubby enjoyed working on his model projects, and I spent the day working on sewing projects.

And we both enjoyed the view right outside our window.

Deer

Deer

Look carefully; there are two bucks snacking on oak leaves.

Deer

Deer

Denali Park

For those of you who are interested in my trip to Alaska, here is a slideshow of more photos, as promised.

You are looking at my visit to Denali Park.  I was blessed with a gorgeous day for the visit!

Hubby and I saw golden eagle, moose, ptarmigan, Dall sheep, bear, caribou, small critters, and fabulous scenery.  Nobody creates and designs like the great God above!

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Enjoy!

Click here for a slideshow of the glaciers viewed from the flight to Alaska.

Click here for a slideshow of the Alaska Railroad Denali Star train ride.