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One Cold Day In Florida

One Cold Day In Florida

We Had A Hard Freeze!!! Tra!  La! Take that mosquitoes! I don’t think we’ve had a hard freeze for the past two winters at least… We need at least one a winter to kill off the green-gooies that get to thriving in the heat and humidity down here…….(witness Ben’s head). And the mosquito population has been growing each year exponentially. As an aside…….did you know that we have elected officials who head up our Mosquito Control Division? ***Our Elected Mosquito…

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The Nuances Of Mowing

The Nuances Of Mowing

Along with a day’s worth of mowing… …..I got to visit with friends… I had a long interaction with a male Red-Shouldered hawk while mowing the pasture in the front. If you remember from an earlier post, he and I have a symbiotic-relationship. The tractor and I beat the ground with twirling/metal blades, while he sits in various perches…..following us…..waiting….. He’s an opportunistic dude… …..he’ll swoop in after I’ve gone past and scoop up interesting “things” in his talons. Then…

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Bush Hogging…….Again…

Bush Hogging…….Again…

If it weren’t for the spinning blades, roaring noise, splintering/flying wood and small-to-medium-sized-rock-projectiles……. …..bush hogging would be relaxing… …..there is the “white noise”… …..but it’s drowned out by the ear-deadening grinding, chopping, and hacking of all of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) wind-fall and stuff on the ground. …..at least the temperature is survivable this time of year… …..I can get off & back on the tractor without searing my bottom on the sun-baked/cracked/vinyl seat… ~~~~~And Then There’s My Favorite Friend—–The…

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Fungus ~~ Among-Us

Fungus ~~ Among-Us

All is well… But a trip to Dr. Russell’s was necessary for Ben. He had developed a mysterious/crusty “something” on the crown of his head and then another “something” on the top of his muzzle. My go-to is always…………………………SNAKE BITE!!! …..but there were no swelling/weeping puncture wounds anywhere….. Phew… Then after a closer look…..it looked like he might have aggravated one of the girls outside (not surprising…..most days he is a phenomenal twit)…..and the girl hound had her final say…

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

It gets dark at this time of year so quickly… It’s hard to get the outside chores done in the daylight. We’re still medicating Addy twice a day with 45 capsules dissolved in water each time… It’s hard enough trying to accomplish that in the full light of day, much less while she’s jiving and diving in the dark……. …..I don’t blame her…….it really tastes BAD! I’ve gotten that stuff in my hair…in my eyes…lots of it in my mouth…

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Tropical Cyclone “Nestor”

Tropical Cyclone “Nestor”

Well “Nestor” blew through… ~~(why was Nestor categorized as a Cyclone and not a Tropical Storm…….I do not know)~~ We were on the right-hand side of this storm…   So we didn’t get the brunt of the winds…….but we did get the rains… He dumped a lot of rain… Honestly, with everything that has been going on here with the Irish Wolfhound puppies and the accompanying late night sleep deprivation…………I almost completely missed this one… *****Hello—My Name is Nestor***** …..that…

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Opportunistic Papaya

Opportunistic Papaya

I didn’t plant it… It just showed up… …..and kept growing… …..and growing… …..and growing…… I don’t remember even buying a papaya anytime during the last year… …..but someone in the area must have……. …..and then aided by some low-flying, papaya-fed, digesting bird……. Voila! …..Papaya Tree! …..actually I’ve discovered, it’s not a tree……. …..it’s an herb….. What!?! …..well then, it’s a really big herb. ***More Information Than You Ever Needed To Know About Papayas*** Our “tree” is over two-stories tall…

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San Antonio, Florida~~Annual Rattlesnake Festival

San Antonio, Florida~~Annual Rattlesnake Festival

Just another day at the oasis in the swamp… But here are a couple basics that always occur… At this time of year……. …..you always wear boots……. …..and you always shuffle your feet when outside feeding & tending to everybody in the pastures… Why? Well, it seems to be the time of year when the snakes are more “active”… …..maybe they are looking for a good place to settle in for the up-coming colder weather…….? I don’t know… …..but you…

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To And Froe…….

To And Froe…….

I want one of these things… *****A Froe***** Why won’t my computer let me type this word? It’s a real word… *****Froe Definition***** It has a real definition… Froe.  Froe.  Froe.  Froe.  Froe.  Froe.  Froe.  Froe… …..I want one. …….we’ve previously established that I am a not-so-latent pyromaniac… …….I just like fires and smoke…….I don’t like to burn important things…….except for maybe my fingers & (on occasion) my eyebrows… I currently smell like smoke from working with my bees this…

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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Did you know that the Harvest Moon is the name for the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox on any given year? So it changes from year to year…….hmmmmmmmmm. I did not know that. Cool… Usually September’s Moon is also known here as the Corn Moon or the Barley Moon. But this year it was the Harvest Moon and it also fell on Friday the Thirteenth… Even cooler… And a full moon on Friday the Thirteenth won’t…

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