Friday Fotos: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

There’s a rain storm approaching but this morning started out lovely. It’s about 65 degrees, sunny with a light wind. Time to burn all those deep piles of leaves in the back yard. I love having 6 acres but it can keep one busy.

I’m so glad Steve helped with the raking. I was on the lookout for little critters hiding in the leaf litter but it was Steve who rescued a Redbelly Snake hiding under the giant Chinkapin Oak. He put him out in the woods further back from the house were he’ll be safe to continue on his hunt for bugs.

I planted the Chinapin in 1997 and now it towers over all the other trees. It has the coolest bark, I think. And the leaves are big and pretty in the Spring. It’s a nice change from all the Slash Pine, Loblolly Pine and Red Cedar on our property.

The rain is almost here. There is supposed to be a lot of wind and lightning. ☇ I guess it’s time to shut down and enjoy the show. ⛈️ The doggies will need a lap to cuddle on anyway. Jack especially doesn’t like the noise.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope the rest of your day is blessed with kindness, prosperity and joy in Jesus Christ.

💖 🏍️ Ride Safe 🏍️ 💖

Friday Foto And A Funny

It’s been a busy last few days here at 🐦 Red Bird Acres doing this, that and the other thing. 😆 🏠 Our house was built in 1993. Almost all the fixtures are about the same age. The vanity lights in the guest bathroom up and decided to malfunction last week. This worked out well ’cause they’re so ’90s anyway. It’s a very tired look. The past few years, I’ve been going more Farmhouse look. I picked out the new lights 💡 I thought would compliment that theme and then Steve volunteered to make a whole new lighting area using furniture grade wood. Oh. my. goodness. it’s lookin’ sharp! I’ll not say more for now but will post the whole project later. I’m such a tease … 😊

The Fall wildflowers are in full bloom. The whole countryside is awash in color. Don’t ya just love Autumn’s colors? 🎃🍂 I know I do. When I’m riding the air is so fresh and crisp.

🐢 Box Turtle (Terrapene) 🐢

There’s been so much rain (yay!) ☂️☁️ that the wildlife has been up moving around, especially the turtles and Gopher Tortoises. This little guy had become frightened and “frozen” in the middle of the road, so, Steve stopped and hopped outta the truck to move him past the ditch. He’s always careful to keep a turtle going in the same direction. Reptiles are kinda dumb, you know, and it’s best not to mess with their heads.

Do you know I am 65 and have never, ever had real Christmas dinnerware? Yeah, I’m pathetic, I know. 😂 I decided it was time to own a set. I bought these two gently used plates on E-bay. They’re in perfect condition. I am so pleased ’cause they match my Red Bird coffee cups that my Sister-in-law gifted to us several years ago. Now, I might see if there is such a thing as Thanksgiving plates.

And, I’ll close with a funny from B.C. Comics …

That is so me after that first cup! ☕☕

Thank you for putting the kickstand down for a moment. I hope all y’all have a glorious weekend gentle reader. 💓 Remember, God loves ya and so do I!

Fun With Mr. No-Shoulders

(Today I’m allowing a Guest Writer on my blog, my husband. If you haven’t run for the exits and are still talking to me after today, I’ll return soon. Enjoy.)

One of the nicest things about living in this part of Georgia is the variety of animals. We have the usual deer, turkey, and song birds but one of the most interesting are our reptile friends: the snakes, lizards and turtles. The most curious of these fellow residents is a reptilian thespian of the highest order, the Hognose snake. They are non-venomous, amusing, and unusual. The name Hognose is derived from their upturned, swine like snout which is used to root for toads under the soil. They are either spotted or solid black at maturity. Most are less than 2 feet long but I did find one that was over 4 feet.

Wasn’t that hilarious!? They’re one of the few snakes that will not bite when provoked but instead go into entertainment mode. The “threatened” snake will spread a cobra like hood and hiss loudly trying to convince the aggressor that they are dangerous. If this doesn’t work, the next tactic is absolutely cartoonish. It will roll over onto its back over and over, extending its tongue and finally play dead. If you pick it up, it’ll keep trying to roll over and assume the position. I guess the Hognose thinks that all dead snakes should be laying on their backs. After a period of time, it will flip back onto its stomach, check to see if the coast is clear then carry on. If it had a face, I guess it would be trying to save it.

Wiregrass Steve