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Watching the sunset and enjoying the rays of Heaven being cast by all the grey clouds moving out of the Missoula Valley. It was beautiful.
 
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Enjoying a nice Spring day. I'm grateful to have the honor of introducing the next generation to the wonders and joys of spending time outdoors in nature.

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I love to stroll around my home and see what new things are sprouting, and how previously sprouted things are coming along. I love to see the grass growing tall, and every type of plant flourishing and doing well.

My simplest pleasure is to sit on a rocking chair in the late afternoon sun after the work day (currently have a desk job) and rest among all the life growing around me.
 
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Watching the local wildlife go about their day.  This morning I had the joy of seeing the little Red Fox trot along the back property line and squeeze through the neighbor's fence to hunt mice in his field. Black bushy tail straight up, “hoppity, hoppity, hop”! Too cute.
 
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When you receive a letter from this letter game.
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One of my "keep the deer away" tricks is to pin golf-ball sized clumps of poodle fur around around the garden. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and some yellow birds (maybe warblers?) trying to steal the fur to line their nests. They won't take the old ratty balls, but I always put fresh out in the spring and they find it pretty quick.
 
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Wildflowers on my property, so beautiful.
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I love just watching interactions between our dogs and cats and our new cockerel and how he joins in with two hens working together to protect their new family of goslings on their first day outside. Just checking of course.

Didi and the cat pretend to be "busy"



Ninja just can't work this out



Jessie (Who is blond) gets in too close



The cockerel chased her and then the hen too!



Then the cockerel shouted obscenities at her...

 
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More of my recent hiking in Missoula! It has been very nice outside lately!






And, I got to pet someone's pet goats that they took with them hiking, yesterday!

 
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I have been enjoying seeing all the flowers starting to pop up on Mount Sentinel during my hikes!



 
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Morel stroganoff!!

 
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Feeling calm and slightly exhausted from donating blood today as my early start to Missoula Gives.
 
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New galls on our oak trees and an iris.

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Fast recap of all the wonderful things that happened in the past week or so!

-I graduated college on May 4th as Magna Cum Laude with B.S. in Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.76 of 4.00!
-I spent last week with family and relatives doing a semi-planned celebration in Missoula and around southwest Montana.
-I did lots of hiking and even took my older sister to the top of Mount Sentinel with me. She and I are two of the most active people in my close family.
-The wildflowers were blooming a lot last week, and I took lots of macro photos!





-We visited the Lewis and Clark Caverns!





-We visited Yellowstone!





-My final grades were posted on May 11th, and I will indeed be getting my diploma in the mail! (I may have to wait a week or two more for ti to arrive, because bureaucracy, Universities are not fast...)

And onto the wonderful stuff that's been going on this week!
-I have been enjoying seeing all the birds on my walks around greater west Houston!
-I have been enjoying seeing turtles on my walks!
-I have been doing my best to graciously accept the "reality checks" my parents are giving me about my plans for my future
-(I understand their concern and care and they're acting out of love)
-I have been getting ready to celebrate one of my cousin's college graduations that's happening in a little over a week
 
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I am enjoying my week in Colorado and coming over to support one of my relatives who is graduating college! :)
 
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Yesterday it was hydrangeas and excellent BBQ brisket. Tonight it was thousands of lightning bugs.
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Seeing this cute little slug when I was moving rocks off the wall of this pond.

 
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I met two other remarkable critters today while clearing rocks from the wall of the old pond- a big earthworm and a tiny snake.
 
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-Working outdoors is awesome!
 
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Dave Burton wrote:

Working outdoors is awesome!

Yes, today I got to move Kate (momma muscovy duck) and her 2 day old duckling from the setting cube to a portable shelter on grass. That's far more fun than doing a desk job. This morning, duckling was sitting on Kate's back right by her neck looking totally adorable - and of course I didn't bring my camera!
 
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Today I spotted my first micro-tree frog of the season. It was only about half the diameter of a dime and had moved into the north end of my veggie garden. It was adorable! Hopefully it will grow up to be fat and happy on all the organic insects in my garden. I will have to check the pond tomorrow to see if there are more "almost frogs" ready to move out to their next stage of life.
 
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Lying in bed listening g to torrential rain which means staying put as no work to do outside today! Bliss!
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On my walk at the park:

Picking and eating four perfect little ground blackberries

Seeing a beautiful golden dog coming down the trail - frisking and grinning with utter pleasure at just being
 
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Seeing plums growing on a tree, getting ever so closer to being ripe...

 
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Skype dance party with my four year old niece followed by planning our next imaginary tea party where she will serve chocolate tea with marshmallows ;)
 
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The first new potatoes of the year. Bliss!
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I spotted thimbleberries today!

 
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A hot towel to soften my beard before shaving.
 
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Discovering that I have lots of little Lucifer plants all over my planned vegetable garden area. Pollinators love them (and so do I) and I have a large flower area planned but a limited budget so this thrilled me and gave me my morning project. (The tall ones on the right are the ones I planted last fall.)

a cool breeze on a warm muggy day when I'm hot and sweaty from transplanting and weeding.
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It mekes me excited to see that the pears (?) are growing and that the plums and blackberries are ripening more! I can;t wait until I can start harvesting and eating them! Being patient for them is sooo hard!



 
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I saw this little cutie while I was clearing out the small pond of soil and rocks today. I'm not sure if it's a salamander, but whatever it is, I thought it was cool!



I also saw lots of slugs and big ole earthworms while digging, too, and I tried my best to relocate them as soon as I saw them, so I would hurt less of them.
 
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I have a Muscovy mom raising 4 Khaki-C ducklings in a portable shelter. After I moved them, I filled their rubber bin "bathtub" and added a bit of Lemna "duckweed". By the time I'd filled some of the other water buckets in the queue, I peeked in to see all 4 ducklings "swimming" in the tub and slurping up the duckweed. Pretty good for 5 day olds!  Mom was looking on rather pleased!
 
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I picked some blackberries with the little sunlight I had left after moving a bunch of hay all day.

 
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Walking the estate in the mornings with him indorrs and a cup of tea.
 
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This morning while I was cleaning up the kitchen from various projects, I realized how wonderful it is to hear that little "ping" that canning jars make when they pop down to show a perfect seal. Two down, 4 to go!
 
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Lovely noise!
 
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Irene Kightley wrote:Lovely noise!


It terrifies our boxers.  Most of the cans contain their dinners! They are quite happy with the opening can noise.
 
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Rainy night, went out to check some stuff. An orb spider had built a lovely web, it was all wet, filled up most of a cattle panel arch!
Couldn't get decent pics.
Hope that spider catches a lot in that location, it's an excellent one.
 
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Driving a tractor at full speed, with the box blade down, on bumpy roads at Wheaton Laboratories! (Had fun and made the roads easier to drive on for cars and trucks!!!)
 
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In the last 48 hours, my two kids have gone back to college -- one to grad school (2nd year) and the other to her senior year, undergrad.  

Pleasure 1:  That they are thriving and finding their way in life.  I love it when they come home, and love it slightly more when they head back to school.

Pleasure 2:  All their stuff is out of here.  I can park the motorcycle back in the garage now that 2 couches are gone.  And all the boxes and crates and stuff piled in the living room are gone.  Space!  Glorious space!

Pleasure 3:  As soon as they were both out, my dear wife went to Costco and bought 2 great ribeye steaks.  When the kids are home, we eat a lot more chicken.  But with them gone, she splurged!
 
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