Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tricky Turkeys and Hobbits

So, I was on my way to work the other day and thought I would take some snaps for you.

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Anyway... just imagine me driving along, waiving my camera out the window... kinda like that fellow I mentioned in a previous post, just stopping my car in the middle of the road to get a picture. It is not so odd!

At least I can take pictures without undoing my pants....
most of the time.


Somewhere in town there is probably a yooper with a blog writing about what an odd character this new California girl is. Hmm.. I kinda doubt it.

A yooper by the way is what they call folks from the Upper Peninsula... it is kinda like Okie, or Arkie, or Hillbilly, or redneck just from Upper Michigan.

This is the road right before Kennedy's cabins, Mom and Dad may recognize it. On the right side, I should have taken a picture, up closer to Khris and Brenda's house there is a den dug out of the dirt on the right side of the road. It was not a fox den, way too big and someone told me it was a badger den. adgers apparently take over dens they find as they migrate through an area.

I suppose badgers can take over what they want...

From Wikipedia:

"Badgers are capable of fighting off much larger animals such as wolves, coyotes, and bears. Badgers can run or gallop at up to 25-30 km per hour for short periods of time."

I am not positive, but I bet I can not gallop at 25 - 30 kms per hour
so I guess I will have to leave them alone.

BUT every time I drive by I crane my neck to see down into it... but I am not about to stop and get out and walk over and take a picture... but it makes me crazy because I want to do it so bad!

It is like when a waitress brings you a plate and says be careful the plate is hot... the first damn thing you do is touch the plate. Geez.

Leave the badger alone Rebecca!

Anyway... back to the drive to work.... just a few more views below:

Oh and the picture below is Big Red.

Big Red is just starting to turn.. the kind of maple it is goes from darker green to RED RED RED no in between. The other maples go bright greeny to yellow into orange and then red before they drop. One is a hard maple the other a soft one.. we have not figured out which is which yet they are so close a species. This picture shows Big Red only about 1/3 turned. I will post a picture when it is all red.

The other day after working all day long we decided to take the boat out. Jerry had left his at the launching area and with the wideness of his boat and the electric motor it makes for a much easier ride than our canoe. You see when we go, we all get in the boat and Delta who weighs over 90 lbs paces in the canoe... it makes for a bumpy ride!

So first a view of the house while we were walking down to the boat ramp...

Just so you know... soon those trees surrounding the house will be red too!

Here is a picture of part of the view that has been calling us from the windows of the house.

Delta absolutely loves to go out... she spotted some other folks in a boat (Kennedy's guests probably) and was wondering what they were doing out on her lake...

She stands on the bank at our place and barks when fishermen try to anchor their boats out in front of our yard. She also jumps in from the shore and from the boat and swims around... but did not this time. Thank goodness.

Cosmo likes to go but he is not nearly as active. He is not into all that swimming business. He would rather you just hold him and keep him warm while he takes in the view. Tyrant.

The rest of these were taken while in the boat.

Here is Kennedy's main boat dock:

Very pretty.

We yardsaling again the other day. We being me, Karen, Joy and Richard. About 20-30 miles away in Ewen they were having a log jamboree celebration and several people were taking advantage of the traffic and decided to have a yard sale. These one folks had an old Edison music thingy. I guess it is not technically called a Victrola because it was Edison's but he put on a wax thing and we listened while in his garage while folks picked through his ... sale items. The player looked brand new by the way, he had several music rolls, a cover for the machine, and he wanted $900 for it. :)

Then near the end of the day... Karen decided she was going play a joke on Jerry and bought a turkey decoy to put out in the yard. She wanted us fellow yard salers (Me, Richard, and Joy) to keep it a secret so she could surpise him. Here is a picture of Joy (Jerry's sister and David's aunt) bringing the turkey back to the car... the 'bird' sat by me on the way home.

The other day Mom and Dad got me a house warming gift certificate for plants from High Country Gardens. I have to admit I have been getting their catalogs now and then for awhile but was unsure about ordering. However, I saw they were mentioned in Martha Stewart Magazine and went for it. The plants arrived packaged extremely well and the soil was still damp!!!

They even sent along a planting guide and a free gift! Yeeehoooo!

One of the plants I ordered is a Red Hobbit.

Um... no.... more like this:

It is a Red Hobbit columbine and it is a baby right now ready to be planted in fall as they suggested for my zone and in the spring after the snow melts they should pop up nicely! Here is the baby now. I got three I think:

Anyway, I got a combo of reds, and oranges, whites and yellows for front yard. Poppies, yarrows, daffodils, day lilies, hostas, snowbells, aliums, etc. I had some stuff already but then ordered the special stuff from the catalog.

I think I will stick with those colors for the front as it is rather shaded. Also got some ornamental grass that will go along the drive down towards the lake. I love those!

FYI- I highly recommend the catalog and the plants arrived in great shape.
Good tip Martha! Or should I say...

It's a good thing.

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