Nose To Nose

Sometimes when I’m here at The Aerie, Penny will run in from the backyard with quivering whimpering excitement. We will look at one another expectantly. A little wheeze will escape (her, not me) and I will relent saying, “Show me…” Before I can finish, she’s off to the yard — waiting impatiently. Usually, all I…

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Friday Drabble: Watcher

Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. Watcher She waited. She saw the vole from the height of the tiled roof.  It quivered. She saw…

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Stinger in the Garage

The Aerie sits on what pretty much qualifies as open space in suburban San Diego.  This means that we get our fair share of wildlife poking around the yard.  We hear and have seen coyotes and we get lots of interesting birds, the occasional snake, or lizard and whatnot.   There is a “varmint” that…

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Afternoon Visitor

We were sitting out back reading this afternoon, when Penny went over to the side yard where she tends to "do her business" and we noticed she got VERY still. d21 — Just Passing Through I guess it's the first time she saw a ~ 4-foot California Kingsnake.  She didn't attack it, but she was…

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New Digs

A while ago, I mentioned that the re-do of our yard was taking up a major portion of this calendar year.  And that we were marking progress by which holiday the yard would be completed. The answer is: Winter Solstice. From Above Long view Actually, it was almost completely done by Thanksgiving, but a back-order…

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The Not So Big Dig

Back around Memorial Day, we met Janette and her husband for brunch.  The Beloved and I were discussing our trip to a local home-fair and that we were excited because we were going to re-do our backyard.  We’d hoped that maybe we’d be able to invite them over for an Independence Day cook-out when it…

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Sentinel

One of the things that we enjoy in our tiny backyard at The Aerie is feeding the birds.  We have a couple of different feeders – one for seed that attracts all sorts of sparrow-like birds as well as some jays and another for the fairly rare (but seen) western orioles. But by far, our…

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