Goodness, it's nearly the end of July already! Since I like to toss out a post at least once in each month I thought I'd better plink one out now. Gotta prove to far flung cousins and blogging friends that I'm still above ground. Also, my camera needed a month's worth of files downloaded and sorted through.
I consider my backyard birds to be pets without strings attached. No vet bills or responsibility required. When my Baltimore oreoles were feeding their nestlings, they would sometimes fly onto my jelly feeder with an insect in their beaks, dip the insect in the grape jelly and fly off to feed their babies with the sweetened protein. Didn't know they sometimes use 'condiments' on their food.
|The male notices the flashing light on my camera.|
|The female watching for her fledglings.|
|One of her youngsters, parked hopefully by the jelly feeder.|
|Dad dishes out a beakful of goop.|
|Mom's turn to dish out the sweets to her sweeties.|
|Youngsters now helping themselves.|
|Licking the containers clean.|
I've been busy doing minor repairs to the homestead involving some carpentry and some masonry work. So I paid a visit to a Home Hardware store to buy bags of cement.
On display, just inside the store's entrance was an inviting looking camp chair. Sat down on it and was blown away by the comfort. In fact, I almost nodded off right there and then. Lots of padding is just what my scrawny old body requires. Come winter, I'll use it indoors.
|Home Hardware's Kuma Outdoor Gear Lazy Bear camp chair.|
|Now that's what I call 'luxury'.|
I usually download my e-books from the Ottawa Public Library. This morning I saw a book promoted by it's author on YouTube. I thought I'd buy a copy for my iPad's Kindle app. It would keep me entertained the next time I find myself in a waiting room.
ARgghhhh! Earlier this month, Amazon quit supporting the Kindle App. It now wants e-books downloaded to their Kindle Unlimited which requires a $10 monthly fee. Nope! Digging my heals in on this one on account of principle. I figure when you buy a book, you shouldn't have to pay for a subscription as well. Anyway, just a wee sip from the well of disappointment.
A few more snaps from my camera.
|I've planted several sunflowers in the yard this year.|
|A day lily offering it's pollen to passers by.|
|Each year my monarda flowers expand a little further into the lawn.|
|Wildflowers make reliable and long lasting bouquets.|
|Laundry dancing with a warm summer breeze.|
|My sister's 'Casper Tom'. He is partial to catnip.|
|Ellie Mae asking if her breakfast is ready yet.|