Around the House

·

Raking Leaves

The beauty of an autumn day and the colors of the leaves from our maple tree made the task of raking very pleasant this fall instead of just a chore I had to do that day.
·

Summertime on My Screened Patio

Kansas is known for its bugs: cicadas, fireflies, chiggers, oak mites, ticks, and mosquitos—to name a few. So, if you want to enjoy the soft summer breezes, a screened porch is a requirement. If you’re a writer, you’ll need a laptop computer to travel with you. Problem is, right when you’re formulating that dynamic final chapter, you notice a hole in your screen and what appears to be a very large grasshopper grinning back at you. No time to finish the chapter. This invader needs to be shown the door!
·

Birdwatching – Good for them, good for you!

We love bird-watching at our house. Sunflowers that grew from their seed fell to the ground, blossomed under the feeder, and are STILL feeding birds in mid-November! I saw a chickadee just today eating the seeds from the now dead flowers. Chickadees are cheery little creatures — even in the coldest winter.
·

Cat Detective

Oreo the cat climbs around the house at will. Once, after looking everywhere for a bag of clothespins to make a display, my sister searched a storage closet for the third time. While she looked, Oreo jumped onto a shelf, pawed a path to the back, and revealed the bag of pins.