Under Attack



Under attack.

I am certain you have felt that way at some time.

I opened the blinds this morning to check out our ‘estate’ to discover the garden looked like rabbit-land.  No matter which direction I looked, I saw RABBITS!

My plants have been mysteriously vanishing, bit by bit, as flower buds and leaves disappear on a daily basis.  Now I know why.

Squirrels take their toll too as they dig up newly planted flowers.  I guess the disturbed earth makes it easier for them to dig.

This truly irks me.

Squirrels have been the master chompers and destroyers in my garden thus far; now I have more adversaries, because the bunnies have been having bunnies, making  more molars exercising on my lovingly planted plants.

Having tried all humane methods to deter the squirrels – and having failed – I am now researching ways to stop rabbits from taking over.  Methinks I am about to fail again, because they come out and play when I am not around.  Having said this though these rabbits seemingly have no fear of humans, they sit and watch me – even to the extent of being within a couple of feet of them – demanding they go away – but they just sits and looks.

The garden has been equipped with squirrelproof bird feeders (THAT’S A LAUGH) and in my searches there appears to be nothing to stop rabbits from enjoying the free smorgasbord planted around my home.

So – yes, I feel I am under attack.  I want the garden to have color and depth without the wildlife – DREAM ON I hear you say.  I am coming to realize I have to give up because if I insist on planting delicious flowers and veggies, they will keep on coming.

So – I will concentrate on watching the birds and their babies – all so cute.  Some appear to be larger than their parents yet they are crying out to be fed.

I would love to see honey bees – but have not spotted any in our area.  NOT A GOOD SIGN.   Likewise, butterflies would be a beautiful sight but none have fluttered by.

My hope is that this will change as the weather warms.  Meantime, I will remain vigilant and attempt to protect my property from the little critters that invade with such determination.

Under attack?  Well, yes, that’s how it makes me feel, when really it is more about control – because I have lost it: control I mean.

How about you?  Are you under attack?  Is something or someone doling out more than you can handle?  How are you handling the situation?  IMG_4392






Rain, Rain, Go Away


Over the past few days we have experienced torrential downpours and thunder during one night that sounded like a bomb blast it was so loud and sudden.

The gardens are looking decidedly fresher, greener and more colorful, so the rain is a blessing, although a break would be nice for a little while.

My favorite thing is to sit out on the patio and just watch the day go by, as well as the many visitors that come to our garden.

Squirrels (pesky creatures – always digging up my plants).  Blue Jays; robins; chickadees; cardinals; woodpeckers – from the small downy to the larger pileated woodpecker.  All are a very welcome sight.  The bird house has attracted sparrows this year.  They are nesting and make an awful din.  As winter left us, I was delighted to see them busily collecting materials for a nest: now I’m not so sure, because their incessant one-tone banter gets a little dreary to listen to.  Oh well, they’re only doing what sparrows do.  IMG_1913

Yesterday, I spent time with some lovely ladies for a luncheon, given by our local Christian Women’s Club.  It was a welcome change to my routine (which can become very routine).  Today, I’ll be spending time with friends as we support a Fashion Show, here in the park.  The proceeds from the sale of items will be given to Hospice, to help them with the wonderful work they do in the community.

At the end of the evening, the ladies will come back to my house where we’ll enjoy tea, coffee and dessert.  I am looking forward to spending time with them all immensely.  They are great fun to be with and wonderful friends.  We attend this event each year and usually come away with a few designer pieces to add to our wardrobes.

Hope you all enjoy a good, relaxing weekend.  Bye for now,


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Today, we should remember the sacrifices of thousands of brave men and women who were involved in the battles of D-Day.

D-Day!  The turning point of the Second World War.  The day that  saw the beginning of the end of a horrendous battle against evil.

Let us remember and quietly thank them for all they did for us.

God allows D-Day in our lives every day.  We, too, can turn from wrong behaviors and evil, choosing instead, to allow Him to show us His way of inner peace.

So on this sixth day of June, decide who, or what, you will serve.  Make all that you do count.

Life could have been so very different decades ago, had our veterans not given their all for freedom.  Life can also be changed in ways you cannot imagine when you elect to follow God.

Make this your D-Day.  Change the course of your life, by choosing to allow a loving God to take control of your life.


Whether you fought in the Second World War or in subsequent battles around this troubled world, we – the ordinary folk say ‘THANK YOU.