Friday, May 13, 2011

Congratulations to Us !

We’re expecting! Yes, that’s right, we are excitedly anticipating at least 2,  probably 3, but possibly as many as 4 new lives around here!

Oh wait, maybe you misunderstood, (or maybe I wanted you too –ha ha )- but what we are expecting is a nestful of baby robins!!

Mama and Daddy Robin started building the nest on Monday May 2, atop a floral decoration I have hanging on the back of our house. The nest is sturdily built under a large patio roof.


   DSCN1575 DSCN1576By the 4th there was no sign of them so I thought maybe they had second thoughts about building so close to our back door, that we come and go thru a million times a day.


Well by the 7th they were back and this time the female was sitting tight on the nest so I think that means there are eggs in there.DSCN1601


It’s going to be fun to watch this beautiful gift of nature but I have to admit to obsessing at my husband…”don’t slam that door, you’ll scare her!”,  or “does the grass really  need to be cut again? You’ll scare her!”, and the one that really gets him..”you can’t sit on the glider! you’ll scare her!!”-----the glider is directly under her---and he loves to sit on it.

His idea – and I guess I have to admit he’s probably right – is to just carry on as normal. After all, she was building the nest as we came and went so she must have realized what she was in for. But still……


……uh oh, have to go……hear the lawn mower starting up out there….doesn’t he realize he’ll scare her!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jealous Jenny

You can be quite absorbed in either TV, reading or anything else when you are suddenly aware of a low, quiet growling and Mike standing by you, holding onto one of his little stuffed animals in his mouth. This is the signal that he wants you to toss it across the room. Since he is so hard to resist, we find ourselves accommodating him, putting down whatever we’re doing and getting down on the floor with him to play.  Sometimes we get in a good 20 tosses or so and sometimes he quits after 2 or 3 throws…?

And then again, sometimes, he just wants to lay on his back and have you scratch his chest and talk to him.

This used to be Mike’s special time until Jenny decided she should join in…..and Mike being the passive personality, he would just leave and get back in his bed. DSCN1338I Didn’t think this was fair, and that Mike sometimes needs to have undivided attention.

The other day my husband had just gotten down on the floor to play with Mike when sure enough here comes jealous Jenny, trying to come between the 2 of them. I gently scolded her, telling her to give Mike “his space”. She listened and  found a place to oversee and still be close at hand……just in case she was called "into play”.