I was sitting on the front porch a few days back enjoying a warm Spring morning, watching the usual birds on the feeders and on the lookout for any cool or new arrivals. Even though he wasn't super spectacular, this little fellow caught my eye.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Over the weekend we made our annual visit to Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, MN. My mom and dad also came along to see what goodies they could find. They did not leave empty-handed.
We spent an hour and a half there, and picked out a bunch of new perennials and some eye-catching annuals for our flower boxes.
Monday, May 16, 2016
This handsome/pretty pileated woodpecker showed up at our feeder this morning.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Spring is officially here in North Dakota. Trees have started breaking buds, hostas are up, and various plants are about to start throwing off flowers. This time of year is especially glorious since there are no mosquitoes (not yet), so we can work in the garden without the annoyance of biting mosquitoes.
The American Goldfinches show up suddenly, and usually in sizeable numbers. We go from seeing one or two, to seeing dozens in a matter of just a few days.
The Rose Breasted Grosbeaks also showed up yesterday. In similar fashion to the American Goldfinches, they go from one or two to bunches in a matter of days. Sadly the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are just passing through, they'll stay for a few weeks, then move along. At least a few of the goldfinches will stay with us though through the Summer.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
On Saturday Alycia participated in the Grand Forks Dog Jog, a 5k jog/walk fundraiser for the Circle of Friends Humane Society. Given that all of our dogs are somewhere on the neurotic scale (some more than others), it was not even a possibility that any of them would be invited to come along.
Instead, Alycia got to borrow Luna, the long-haired dachshund owned by Kelly of our local pet food store - Treat Play Love. Whenever we visit the store, Alycia gets her special "Luna Time" and holds her while John gets to lug heavy sacks of dog food. Luna is a therapy dog and is probably the best suited dog for that job that we've ever known. She loves to be held and snuggled.
There were probably a couple hundred dogs at the Dog Jog on Saturday, and Luna wanted nothing to do with them before the race started. She wanted to be up in Alycia 's arms out of the fray.
Here's the pre-race photo.
While there was some concern about whether Luna would walk the entire 5K, we needn't have worried. Luna was a champion and nearly ran the entire race. She just needed a little help on one short uphill climb. We even ran the last bit to the finish line, posting what I consider to be a respectable time for a mini dachshund of 52 minutes.
Here's our post-race photo. You can see her eyes are a bit sleepy. She sat down immediately after crossing the finish line and received her well-deserved belly rubs.