A 1 AM Conversation with my Australian Shepherd

In actuality it is very difficult to put my aussie in the bed without having her destroy our mosquito net tent. She is very active, has a bull in a china shop vibe, and no concept of pain or personal space. However, it kills her soul to be away from her pack and sometimes i …

Split Trees

So i had all the oaks on the property treated for oak wilt back in july in order to halt the spread when i learned the cluster of seven trees i use as a carport during storms was infected. Three of those trees are recovering fairly well with new baby leaves all over their branches. …

A Termite Swarm!

It had been raining for hours. We really really needed the rain so i was thrilled beyond belief. Also i didnt have to water all the trees and plants this evening. Nature did it plenty. I left the house briefly around sundown to put the door to the chicken coop on and then around 9 …

Tree Frogs

I’ve always had toads on the property but this year they exist in such an abundance that it is overwhelming. They are everywhere and i much enjoy their company. Its great fun to watch them use the porch stairs every morning at dawn and in the evening at dusk. However, this year there is a …

Name that Snake Round Two

This snake i actually encountered around 8 pm vs 10 pm, when there was still some daylight to see it by. I was able to see that it was not a rattler without getting close to it and upon further examination it is in all likelihood a checkered garter snake. These snakes are completely harmless …

A Troublesome Youngster

There is a white tailed doe that gives birth on my property every year and stashes her little fawn in my grass while she goes out to forage. Its really smart if you think about it. The dogs are locked up but their constant barking keeps the coyotes away and i think she knows i …

Name that Snake

It was late. I had worked a full shift and closed at the store. It was nearly 10 pm and now i had to water all the plants by moonlight and the sky happened to be overcast. I parked the car, grabbed my pitcher, and headed for the spigot on the side of the well …

The Invisible Tornado

One of the things i have always had was hyper-vigilance. if you grow up in a situation where a shoe can go through a wall at the drop of a hat, people peel out in cars regularly, and an outdoor voice is the only one spoken behind closed doors, you will be a very anxious …

A Road Runner Egg

I found an egg on the ground. It looked like a smaller long and skinny version of my chicken eggs. It was perfectly in between the size of a wren egg and a chicken egg. It was a middle sized egg. I thought, what bird laid this egg? After some quick research i realized it …

I Hear You. I am Here.

In the week leading up to the treatment an argument ensued between myself and the oak wilt crew leader. We had been dealing with a historic level drought. Never had it been so hot, so early, and for so long, with so little rain. i mowed my grass once this year. Some mowed not at …