Happy Fathers’ Day!

To all of you fathers, we wish you a Happy Day! May all of your children grow up strong and never stay away…


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An Empty Nest

Like all babies, they grow up and eventually leave home. When Velvet found the bunnies, they were already 4-5” long and almost ready to be weaned and leave. Yesterday we went canoeing and while we were out, the babies woke up and were hopping about the area.

At dusk, the mother called them and got them all to the large-pot area but not in their nest. Apparently, she was ready to train them on their first night out of the nest. They stayed out all night. I didn’t see them this morning at all so I thought that they found shadier and cooler quarters.

When Glenn went to fill up the water dish, he saw 2 a short distance away, hiding under the sedum ground cover where it was cool. Then he saw one under the tree in front of the patio and under the ground cover.

I was out in mid-afternoon (high 80’s temperature) and saw them still there and one more, near the first 2, and behind the large planter in the same groundcover. The gravel stones can get hot so Mom probably wanted them in cooler areas.

The whole key to enjoying the wildlife is to leave them alone! Go here to read about wild rabbits and see that it is rare for them to be orphaned:


When I first saw them alone in the open nest, I, too, thought that they were orphaned until Glenn saw the mother out front only about 10-feet away. We don’t as a rule interfere. Following a webpage’s description of what the mother does, it was interesting the watch her.

Velvet was very quiet as she watched them in the evenings scamper around and on the patio. After we found them, it was something to read how long that they were hidden and growing without us knowing. We have a controlled-woodland type gardens so the wildlife is hidden most of the time.

Like humans, the mom has to let the babies grow and go. I can understand the Empty Nest Syndrome completely which is why we have corgis here! They sure helped me get over that but then my late mother knew it would…

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Velvet’s Bunnies


You can see them a little now.


Yesterday after Mom fed them and uncovered them. Aren’t they gorgeous?


Glenn didn’t even see the nest until I showed him.

Velvet found a bunny nest on Wednesday. She couldn’t get near it as it is next to the house and outside the fence around the front patio. Inside the patio is a wired-up ex-pen. (That prevents little Velvet from going through the bars and gate design.) Try as she could, she couldn’t get an opening or jump over it.

I finally, had to go and grab here collar will in my robe. Velvet was determined to get to them. When Ginny was about 2 years old, a rabbit made a nest inside a large planter which was about 1 ½ feet off the ground. She snatched a bunny from that like lightning and killed it. Later, the mother moved her nest away with the babies. So we learned then from experience to keep the corgis away.

I looked up about the wild rabbits. Mom feeds the babies twice a day but doesn’t stay with the nest. She doesn’t go too far but stays away. The reason is that Mom doesn’t want to attract predators to her babies. Last night, Mom was nursing the babies when all of a sudden I saw another rabbit zoom away from there. Maybe it was the father?

A few moments later, Mom chased him completely out of that area and sat about 5-feet away on watch. When she was happy with that, Mom went back to her nest and covered up the babies completely. Mothers feed early in the morning and at dusk.

About the white marking on the babies’ heads: Some years ago, there must have been and escaped, domestic rabbit in the area. I started to see a few rabbits with a white blaze on their faces just like the corgis have. Not all of them have a white markings now, and not this mother, but the rabbit that Mom chased off last night did. That’s why I think that it may have been the father.

Glenn put a water dish out for Mom and an umbrella over that hot area. During the day, Mom leaves them uncovered like in the picture. They are so adorable that I watch them sleep a few times a day for soon they’ll be gone. We’ve never had them that close to watch before so it’s great. Velvet looks and listens from inside the garden room now as we blocked the dog door with a piece of ex-pen.

I tell her that the babies don’t want to be bothered and that she cannot go near them. Velvet seems to understand and doesn’t try to get outside. Perhaps this is because she was a mother at one time.

God made them beautiful and perfect for us!


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Everything Has a Story…

Here we are in the 21st century and looking back to the past. The past being the family heirlooms and those items left to us. We look to the future by preparing to pass them on to the next generation.

In my family, we didn’t wait until the end to just leave everything in a will and the rest to the family in general. We gave the things we had to the family while we could tell them each item’s story. Later, they can tell their children and grandchildren these as they again pass them down.

Yes, everything has a story-from the smallest item to the largest, from the oldest item to the youngest. I still have much to go through and disseminate to the family from Mom’s estate. It’s not as hard as before right after she passed away but still not that easy either.

I can say that now at least, nearly five years later, I think more of the story behind each item. For example, I have Mom’s sewing scissors from the 1930’s. There’s a whole long story behind these. Mom’s started sewing her own clothes in high school. She came from a very poor family so I don’t know how she bought these. I know that she bought her own second-hand furniture after high school when she was working but not how she got these scissors. Yet the story starts there and continues until she passed away at age 87.

Mom embarked upon a lifetime of sewing and tailoring her clothes, things for her home, most all of my clothes, and some for my children as well. I inherited her passion and made my own wedding gown. My granddaughter, though, got the full-dose inheritance and went to college for fashion design.  She graduated last year and this year has a full-time position doing just that.

It all started with these scissors…I miss you, Mom.

I know who will get these scissors in the family now…

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Garden Pictures June-Sept. 2015


Glenn’s tomatoes and peppers were great!

Lost Lake upgrades…

Cassandra’s “tea party” bridal shower-best weather and lovely day!  Worth all the work Glenn and I have done over the years so see everyone having a great time.

Herb Table-a favorite of black swallowtail butterflies.

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Where did the time go?

Velvet is really a great girl! We have a lot of fun with her. Now that she’s here over a year, Velvet and Corky have become great pals. Ginny is still her snarky, old self but does come over and touch noses with Velvet.

Corky wants to play ball like he used to and with Velvet but just a minute or two and he limping. The arthritis and hip dysplasia at his age of 14 are slowing him down. Already we have eliminated the front steps to the patio but he can easily use the back ones with 4” high risers. We have to just let him play every couple of days instead of daily. He wants to but tires, too.

Ginny mostly sleeps now and walks several times a day. She walks very slowly but when Glenn walks her outside she skips and trots. Go figure.

This past year has been fun, especially this past summer. I hated to see summer go as it was the best one we’ve had here in 19 years. Though we did much work and repairs, we had a good time doing things. Our grandson helped us most weeks and that made the work go faster.

The waterfall is completed and the upgraded beds around the Lost Lake, The fire pit, oil tank brickwork, and soaker hose system was repaired and finished. Whew! We had the gardens looking very good for our granddaughter’s bridal shower in Sept. It was a great day and everyone commented on the gardens.

I’ve just summarized June-Sept. 2015 but will post pictures of many of the things done. We had to catch up on repairs, etc. from over 4 years and did it!

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Gardens in June-Restoration of The Lost Lake

This is a major project so we are having my grandson, Tom, help us a couple hours each week. He’s doing a lot and we are thrilled. We’ll redo some edges, finish the waterfall, and add the new pump this month. I can’t lift the rocks anymore so Glenn and Tom will help.

In July, I hope to get more pictures up here. Nothing is static in a garden. We revise things to what we can do now and make things clearer to view. We’ve made a lot of progress catching up this year so far.

Glenn cut down the bayberry and Oregon grape holly that were too large and obstructing views. I waited for a hot day to work in the lake.

Glenn cut down the bayberry and Oregon grape holly that were too large and obstructing views. I waited for a hot day to work in the lake.

Water lily in May was way too large. I usually take a cutting and repot. This year, we discarded it. There were red water lily beetles that I never had before. We've had this water lily at least 12 years or more.

Water lily in May was way too large. I usually take a cutting and repot. This year, we discarded it. There were red water lily beetles that I never had before. We’ve had this water lily at least 12 years or more.

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