May 18, 2020
Remember the movie Caddyshack from way back in 1980? Ye gads, that was 40 years ago! Joe and I are starring in our own version of the movie. Dover, Sally and Jack are co-stars in the not so hilariously funny episodes. No, we don’t have gophers that have declared war. Instead, we have the cutest, little Timber Tigers...better known as eastern chipmunks that are driving us crazy. Did I mention how cute they are?
Every morning at breakfast we see them emerging from their burrow to greet the day...first one, then another, and another...each one taking his time and double checking to make sure it is safe before scampering off to the woods, the flower bed, or to eat spilled seeds from the bird feeder. Did I mention how cute they are?
We’ve tried towers of rocks and flagstone over the holes...that doesn’t work. Our latest attempt is traps with peanut butter to catch them and take them far away to relocate them. So far, nothing!
For 10 months Joe and I have had no television service. Televison time at our house is enjoying music that Joe plays from his I Pad thru the tv speakers or a movie from Redbox. We do keep up with the stock market, the weather, and other current events from reading The Wall Street Journal. I like to peruse the Life and Arts section in the W S J. A recent article “Forget the Sourdough” reported that according to Google banana bread beat out pancakes, brownies, and pizza dough as the number 1 search-for recipe in the U.S. and world wide in the past month. Growing up, pound cake and banana bread were staples in our home...freshly baked every weekend.
I haven’t had either in so many years that I couldn’t resist using up some very ripe bananas to make a loaf...always with chopped pecans. Growing up there was only one way to eat both...a thin piece with slices of “real” butter toasted in the oven until the edges are brown and crispy and served warm. Joe had never had it toasted. Of course butter has a way of making anything tase good. but this was breakfast for several days. Not on the diet and so unhealthy, but oh sooooo good!
The magnolia trees are in full bloom. The trees here grow to be 80 feet tall and 40 feet wide, are evergreens and can live more than 100 years.
The white blooms are quite large (up to 12 inches across when open) and fragrant. I grew up thinking magnolias were a "southern" thing and we can claim Magnolia Grandiflora as native, but reading tells me there are other species in Asia, Central America, South America and South America.
Every week we add more birds to the "first sighting of the year" list. The feeders and birdbath stay busy as do we to keep them full and clean. One of this weeks visitors was a pair Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
The Mr. and Mrs. look the same and we hope they are here to stay for awhile as they love the suet. The males have longer, wide-tipped tongues and will visit hummingbird feeders as well, but we haven't seen him drinking any nectar.
I'll close for now. Life is good...hope it is for you as well.
HAPPY TRAILS !