We were surprised and excited to see this little fawn visit our yard with mama deer.
We watched through the windows not wanting to spook them.
They found the water we leave out for them and had a good drink before they headed off.
These baby Swallows were around for a few days learning to fly. They stayed relatively safe hanging on to our soccer goal.
A buck came to visit.
The deer that come into our yard have their favorite plants. The Variegated Willow is one of them.
We are headed back to double digits instead of being over 100 degrees which is a relief. We’ll be in the 90’s for several days.
We don’t have big plans for the 4th this year besides going to church. My sister and hubby are stopping for an overnight on Monday the 5th after some time in Idaho. It will be nice to see them. The mayor of Colville has made the decision to not allow fireworks in the city this year. Because our Spring was dryer than usual and we’ve been in an extreme heat wave there is a danger that any little spark could start a wildfire.
Our flags will be waving proudly!
Do you have plans?
We had a record amount of deer in our backyard this past week.
They had their fill of our bushes and delicacies and then headed to the front of the property.
When they head for the road we all get a little nervous to see if they make it across the 50mph road with no incident!
Safe passage this time. Happy Saturday everyone!
This very pregnant mama deer was lounging in our yard for a full day last week.
I think she’s going to have twins.
We see this hawk flying above our area regularly. I had to zoom way in to capture it sitting at the top of a tree.
Our resident swallows have returned.
The rhubarb bush has exploded!
The earliest of our peonies that will flower are the red ones.
It has been fun to see these Johnny jump ups appear all over our property. They are such a sweet flower.
Hope May is bringing some sweet blooms in your corner of the world.
Today is the last day of April and the final letter for the April A to Z Challenge. Our back acres are a mobile zoo of sorts. The animals come and go as they please. The birds fly in and out.
There are a few other animals and birds who come and go into our backyard zoo that I haven’t managed to get a photo of. It’s always a treat to see someone new show up for a visit. Our yard was totally fenced in when we first moved here but we’ve taken a few sections of fence out for Dear’s shop project so the four legged variety of animals have easy access now.
And that is the finale for the April A to Z Challenge for 2020.
Hope things are well with all of you on this last day of April. Will May bring good news of loosening of the Stay at Home orders? We are hoping for that. We did hear our Farmer’s Markets are opening and that fishing and hunting are also okay with social distancing.
For this last Saturday of April we are on the letter V. I have a variety of things I’ll share for today.
We’ve had a variety of visitors to our country bungalow in the last month.
Can you see the beard on the larger turkey?
Some verses from the Bible I noted in my readings over the past couple of weeks. These are from the English Standard Version.
Proverbs 18:2 ~ A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Romans 12:12 ~Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
And this is a portion of Psalm 19 that we have memorized and continue to keep in our memory, verses 7-11.
The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever,
the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping of them there is great reward.
One last verse from Psalm 19,
Psalm 19:14 ~ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
This week we finished our last puzzle that we had in our stash. This one is an old one we’ve had around for years since the Soviet Union fell in the early 90’s and became Russia again. This was a tough one and at the end we thought we had one piece missing but were happy to find it under the table. Have you been putting together jigsaw puzzles while being sequestered in your home?
Have a good Saturday y’all. We are predicted some rain later this morning. I mowed the lawn on Tuesday and it already looks ready to mow again.
We knew it snowed in the higher elevations around us on Saturday the 28th of September but we really couldn’t see the snow until Sunday morning. These were the views from our home. We did not get any snow on our property. This is very early for snow in our parts. The last time there was September snow in Spokane was in 1926. We are north of Spokane but they are at a higher elevation than us. We were all surprised to see the snow and the below average temperatures for this time of year.
We had two visitors who stayed a while last week.
Mama and baby or maybe toddler enjoyed our back acres for a good stretch of time. Mama kept a steady eye on our family room slider while the fawn enjoyed nibbling on the brush.
We’ve got a busy week ahead with building and visitors and a local Marcus Ciderfest on Saturday.
Something pithy from John Newton emailed to me by Grace Gems:
When Addy was here on Monday it started raining in the afternoon. She started asking if I had an umbrella for her. I wish I would have recorded her saying umbrella. It was something like umbuella or umbebella. So darn cute. When we went to the garage and found this one she wondered if I had something smaller for her. Sadly no but she managed to navigate with the big one.
JJ and mommy watched Addy and the progress on the shop from under cover.
We were hoping for another dry day today but alas it is raining. Dear will have to navigate the last 4 huge beams into their holes in the rain and then hope to get the concrete delivered tomorrow morning during a dry period, if possible.
And, in other news, our kids have spotted a bear on their property and lots of evidence that the bear is enjoying the apples from their apple tree. It also tried to get into one of their out buildings. YIKES! Just another day in the country… Thankfully this is the largest wild animal we have seen on our property. She was really staring us down as if she owned the property and wondered what we were doing on it. We were behind the slider.
Gleaned from my morning readings from Piper this time, Life As A Vapor:
Don’t be duped by the gurus of the age.
One enslaving fad follows another.
The wisdom of this age is folly in view of eternity.
Don’t follow a defeated foe. Follow Christ. It is costly. You will be an exile in this age. But you will be free.