Springtime has been a delight, as always, although it's been so dry that I was beginning to get concerned about how the hoofed animals were going to find grass due to the drought. We have some beautiful horses across the street that were in a pasture with no shade and no grass. Moreover, they were tearing up the fence along the street attempting to reach grass.
Isn't she a beauty?
Here's her twin! Not sure where those horns came from but there must have been a strange bull behind the woodpile that wasn't Red Angus:
Here is the palomino in the stripped pasture:
Happily, the neighbors spoke the lady who owns the property about the lack of grazing and since then, she's moved them next door to another pasture that has plenty of hay.
Evelyn is quite the toad and turtle catcher. This one wasn't hurt. I took it away from her right away. She didn't appreciate it but I'm sure the turtle did. Well, he probably cussed both of us out in turtle talk but I can take it.
Spring is in the air for the bugs, too:
I don't have a photo but the bluebirds have nested in one of my bluebird boxes and laid five perfect eggs. We were walking by the birdbox to check out our sick Caddo Maple and mama bird flew out and nearly took off Mr. Wonderful's hat. It was a hoot (he laughed, too). I've learned to slow down and let her get out of the box before I cross in front of her in order to avoid a collision.
And speaking of my Caddo Maples, the one out in the pasture was looking pretty sick. Mr. Wonderful pronounced it terminal, probably from lack of water, and we got into a heated discussion about it. He kept saying (and saying) it was dead and that I needed to face that cold hard truth. I kept telling him I didn't want to hear about it and wasn't willing to give up on the thing. It didn't cost anything to try to save it and it was good exercise. If it was dead, he could say I told you so but in the meantime, I didn't want to hear any gloom and doom. We reached a compromise that I didn't care if he said "it sure doesn't look too good" but I didn't want to hear anymore comments about it being dead. I heard about two thousand variations of "It sure doesn't look too good," often tacked onto the tail end of a sentence so that it went something like, "This tree is dead, oh wait, it ISN'T DEAD but BUT IT SURE DOESN'T LOOK TOO GOOD," or "This tree is dead, oh wait, it ISN'T DEAD but is sure has a lot of dead leaves on it like it is dying." Or, "This tree is dead, oh wait, it ISN'T DEAD but it looks just like every tree I ever had that was dead." Or, "This tree is dead, oh wait, it ISN'T DEAD but most rational people would think so from the looks of it..."
I lost track of how many buckets of water I carted back there. Mr. Wonderful finally picked up a soaker hose to save me a few steps. Then we started worrying that we'd given it too much water since Caddos don't like to be fussed over (although since Mr. Wonderful kept insisting it was dead, already, I personally think he didn't need to even speak up). I accused him of hedging his death bets so that NOW he could claim I'd drowned it if it died. At any rate, I quit giving it so much water.
Last week, I took in some leaves and a bunch of photos to the county extension to see if they could give me some advice. The diagnosed it with Southwest Disease (sun scald from having the bark exposed during the winter). They theorize that it isn't diseased and lack of water had nothing to do with it. It was just weakened from the injury and prone to wind damage and bug attacks. They said it would lose a growing season, most likely, but should be okay and start looking fine by the end of June. And to quit watering it.
I was very happy to hear that. Of course, now Mr. Wonderful and I don't have anything to talk about other than the fact that, "Huh. It SURE LOOKS DEAD." At this point, however, I really don't care what he says about it.
The humingbirds are swarming the feeders I've set out on the patio:
We are finally getting into a more typical spring weather pattern. Last week we got an inch and a half of rain and three days ago we got over four inches. Here are some photos of a thunderhead that blew up to the east of us, last night:
Several times a day I head down to check on my cow friends to see if they've had another calf but so far, nuthin.'
Off to check on my cow friends.
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl