It’s been a tough week for the garden in some ways. The spring winds have arrived so I’ve had to put wind barriers up around the raised beds. I’m using the sunshade for this, because it’s bright and I don’t want my plants to dry/fry!!! The temperatures are still in the 40′s overnight so with the winds coming through, although they weaken overnight, I don’t want too much of a temperature shock.
Still have some of the plants saved for the pots…a couple of peppers, an eggplant, and a couple of tomatoes…but I’m keeping them inside overnight. I bought some annuals…zinnias, petunias, a new geranium and an interesting spirally plant called “Rush.” But these are all sitting safely under protection for now…
The squirrel wars have started. They’ve been gnawing at the cactus in the far corner of the yard and nibbling at the eggplant and lettuce. I’ve got tons of peaches on the tree in the warm corner and I’ll have to “bag” the fruit soon or else the squirrels will be busy there too as soon as they start smelling something sweet.
The hummingbird is coming all the time now…until today. The feeder was full of swarming bees! This happens every year and I think these may be Africanized bees. So, the hummer and I will back off until they go.
A few days ago I spotted this butterfly on the ground. I picked it up and placed it in the Texas Ranger. The poor thing obviously had some problems with its wings. A short while later it had gone…
This past Thursday I had an early morning blood test. The Healthplex branch of one of the hospitals is near our house and has stunning views of the Organ Mountains. And being up so early, I knew I could catch the sunrise….
As I write this, I’m just back from a rendezvous with Animal Control. This morning I was walking Slick and Toro in the arroyo and suddenly spotted a golden lab (?) who had obviously recently given birth. I thought I had seen this dog barking from behind a wall on the far side of the arroyo. We left in a hurry and I figured she could easily jump back over the wall and get home.
At 8:30 PM as I as out with Slick and Toro again for their last walk, I thought I saw the dog near the path into the arroyo. It seemed to go back down into the arroyo. I immediately call Animal Control and I took the officer down to the path and pointed out the house I thought the dog came from. We scanned around with a flashlight but didn’t see anything moving. The officer was going to stop by the couple of houses where she could have come from to find out more from the owners. I sure hope this all turns out OK, because if there are puppies involved, I’d hate to have the mother wandering lost for days or sitting in the shelter. It’s expensive to get dogs back these days and I wouldn’t want her to be left there and the puppies orphaned.
This sort of thing always makes me go and give mine a hug…I’m not bragging, but they have a really good life…because they run mine!!
Slick lounging, safe and sound
Let’s hope next week bring less wind so I can finish planting…and that the lost dog is found.
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