Yesterday, as I watched the “squirrel house” outside my window, I saw the mother squirrel pick up my dogs’ brown stuffed beaver toy (laying on the grass). She picked it up by the back of the neck, walked a bit with it, and suddenly shook it out of her mouth. She then put the toy back down on the grass and walked away. Oh, for a video of that moment! Amazing! I guess she thought one of her babies had fallen out of the house????!!!!!
Month: March 2009
New fan of iGoogle and GMail
I am such a fan of iGoogle as my home page. I have added all sorts of “Gadgets” like news, weather, literary quotes, hangman, NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, nature photographs, birthday reminders, famous quotes, etc. I love it!
My son, Brett, has assisted me in changing my e-mail to a web-based one named Gmail. It is very user-friendly and has easy ways to organize and categorize your “conversations” (e-mails from people and sites). You will never lose an important e-mail that you receive. I am sure many of you know about this, but I had not tried it. Any e-mails sent to my suddenlink address will be forwarded to the new one at gmail, so please keep conversing.
I enjoyed a wonderful day with friends yesterday taking a scrapbooking class with Julie Fair. We made a Calendar folder for keeping cards, special events, etc. It was definitely a challenge for me because I just couldn’t seem to get it together with my cutting system yesterday! I was the “Disaster Crafter” initially, but with Julie’s help I finally got it together to create some beautiful pages of the project. Some days are like that! I was really, really tired when I got home, but after a brief nap I was able to converse with much more clarity with BG. Last night I started reading a mystery book with an English flare on my K2– Silent from the Grave. It sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it? The reviews caught my interest and I thought it would be an exciting fast read mystery. I mopped the kitchen floor at 10:30 p.m. and that was definitely the end of my day! Hopefully, I will be inspired to write something more thought-provoking this evening.
How much room is in that house?
From my window, I just watched the Mama Squirrel (who is huge, I might add) jump to the house and totally flatten out to squeeze her entire body and big tail inside the top condo. of the “squirrel house”. You can’t see her at all now. Amazing! No picture, but a witness view.
“Caught Stealing” by Charlie Huston
I accidentally downloaded this one onto my Kindle 2. This would not have been my pick, but the action caught me wanting to finish it. Caught Stealing is a story about a character who is innocent of wrongdoing in the beginning of the tale, until he is given a cat and a key to take care of by a friend, transforming him into a hunted criminal.
Next, I will be finishing my library book: The No. 1 Ladie’s Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith,
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee, and An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor (sequel to An Irish Country Doctor). Did anyone see Peter Jenning’s Person of the Week today—-Mortenson from Three Cups of Tea? Wonderful!
“Squirrel House” Update
The mothering instinct in nature is pretty amazing! Mother squirrel gathered all of the material, straw, etc. in order to close the opening of the house today, as it was very windy and cold.
Squirrels in Birdhouse at Dusk
O.K., I just sat for a bit waiting for some squirrel action in the house—NOT ALL DAY-hah hah!
Squirrel Babies in the Birdhouse!
Another “living on the creek” Grosvenor phenomenon of nature. We have a bunch of baby squirrels inside a two-room birdhouse hanging from our big pecan tree. I will try to document when they have their heads sticking out. They are very tiny right now.
Cherry Blossoms in the Spring
Dallas Arboretum in the Spring
Blooming Azaleas-endless blankets of pink and purple loveliness interupting steps of wonder
Toddlers dressed in Sunday’s finest, bows on heads, barefeet tickled by soft, green grass
Teenage beauties in rhinestone dresses, sparkling tierras, and primping mamas
Tulips-sorbet lemon chiffon my favorite flavor, with orange and yellow sherberts parading behind
Cherry Blossoms adorned in bridal white with bees working tirelessly, buzzing from bloom-to-bloom.
Beautiful Day filled with blossoms floating on the tiers of Spring’s gentle breeze.
Terry M. Grosvenor
Mayans, Monkeys, Birds, Owls & Sharks
The Dallas World Acquarium is definitely a recommended site to visit in Dallas. Brett, Leanna, BG and I walked from their apartment. We had quite a line initially, but it moved quickly and we took pictures with the Mayan dancers while we waited. Once you enter, you are surrounded by a rainforest with birds flying freely, and animals in natural habitats. Enjoy the pictures:
Friday Night Birthday Celebration in Dallas!
BG’s big 60 birthday–whew hew! We drove to Brett & Leanna’ s home in Dallas Friday morning and celebrated BG’s big birthday with an amazing view of the city from their rooftop, and a wonderful Italian dinner at Patrizios. Brett, Leanna and I started off splitting their very popular grilled chicken salad, while BG enjoyed a scrumptious portebello mushroom salad. He shared with all of us, of course. We then feasted on Eggplant Parmesan, open-faced ravioli with artichokes and asparagus, Penne Cabrese, and a chicken mushroom lasagna. Delicious. We rode back through Turtle Creek with pink azaleas and tulips in full bloom! Leanna had baked BG a St. Pat’s birthday cake decorated with shamrocks and sentiments. A great evening, indeed! Day #190
I am currently reading The Piano Teacher on my Kindle 2, a story of characters in Hong Kong during the years of WWII.
I am really enjoying this story as it unfolds.
Book Club Tonight
I always enjoy our once-a-month meetings. Tonight, we will be reviewing Love in the time of Cholera, a story of “love” in its many forms of illusion and truth through life’s phases from youth to old age.
The viewing last evening of GBill’s documentary “Last Best Hope” was quite sweet. It was difficult to watch due to GBill’s recent passing, but it was also comforting and inspiring to hear his voice and see such a tribute to his life and the courage and fortitude of the Belgian people.
Last Best Hope Showing
Tonight at 6:15, Dr. Cliff Stewart, pastor of our church (First Central Presbyterian) and great friend of GBill’s, is showing GBill’s documentary Last Best Hope. It is a great film that honors both GBill and the sweet and courageous people from Belgium who risked everything to hide and protect American soldiers.
Rock Garden Photographs
A Poem from an Irish Gent
A gentleman on the Today Show today shared the following from Ireland:
Life is often all froth and bubble,
But two things stand alone,
Kindness in another’s trouble, and
Courage in your own.
Wear a bit of green today on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day!
Day # 186
Kindle 2 News
I discovered I could send files, pictures and e-mails to my Kindle 2–GREAT!
I downloaded the second in Patrick Taylor’s series called: An Irish Country Village.
Waterfall, Bringeth on Spring!
What a Sunday it has been today! BG and I accompanied his mother to church, followed by quiet reading at home. Things were running pretty smoothly, until I noticed one dead fish in our pond floating amongst enough algae to brew up a thick, thick soup. We tried to get the waterfall running again–no luck; tested the pump–not even a bubble; looked at the tubing–a big crack. So, we were off to Lowe’s to buy a new pump, new tubing and some algae treatment. After climbing though prickly brush, threading tubing here and there, alas, the waterfall worketh again! One of my favorite things: our waterfall! Now, I am ready for Spring–my first Spring since being retired. Day #185: a good day!
As Dr. Cliff says: Dig Deep!