Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Backyard Buddies

I've been blessed to live in my house for over 16 years now, bought it on a 30 year mortgage though, so still have a looong time ahead of me of mortgage payments. I wanted to this house so the kids would be able to stop having to switch schools all the time due to apartment living, etc. so at least my son was able to do that and daughter for Junior and Senior High - yea! This stump was a tree once that helped "sell" me on the house. It was a great tree climbing tree, although later, it also proved to be a great possum gateway into the dryer vent on top of my house where one day they figured out how toasty it was and came INTO my house one day...but that's a whole different and at the time, terrifying story...:) 

I sort of think of it as our own little "Giving Tree".

This electric or telephone line goes across my backyard and is quite popular with these little fellows.  Usually I get my red cardinal but no luck on that today :( .

A small section of my backyard backs onto a tiny tree farm so we get tons of squirrels visiting us!

I love to watch them eat and like their little paws!

Their little feet are interesting looking too I think!

Aw, little guy, Max could care less about you and
Thunder Kitty is too busy sunning herself to give you a second glance!

Told ya it is a popular place to hang out! 
Hey, Mr. Squirrel and Birdy Buddy's we're cool so long as you know that  I have dibs on the grass part of the yard and you have the upper space in the yard right?! See Ma, I got this ALL under control, I'm the Foreign Diplomat of the Backyard!
What about Mr. Lizard Max?
Ummmm, that's unfair to take Thunder Kitty's Bodyguard job away from her right Ma?! I mean, chasing them away gives Thunder aaaa...purpose....makes her feel...ummm...needed right? I mean Mr. Lizard can go hang at the neighbors right? We eehh don't want them not to have any backyard critter friends do we?!

Very true Max...nice that you're so "thoughtful" about our neighbors! :)


Have a beautiful today and share your wealth!

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  1. You are a great yard keeper!:)

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    1. As long as Thunder deals with the lizards;)

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  2. your mom is a super talented photographer, your backyard looks like a gorgeous jungle

    urban hounds

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    1. Aw thanks trying to learn how to use my camera ;) we do get a decent amount of "wild life" for being in the burbs

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  3. What awesome shots of the squirrels...love those feet. I must admit I love the little guys...I miss not having them around (new housing area and hardly ant trees) sounds like max has the garden all under control

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    1. We are lucky too that there is a tiny strip of land behind my house that is a tree farm because we're the last street on our section of our subdivision.

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  4. Great photos! I have never seen a squirrel's feet up close.

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    1. Me either so I thought we'd snap and see what they looked like ;)

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  5. Oh Max you got to tell us about the possum story. We loved to hear to. Well at least your are past half way on the mortgage. We'd love to visit your garden and hunt squirrels as no way our we so diplomatic. We are always out on vermin/kitty petrol on our tiny garden. It may be small but it is ALL ours. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. I think Max has seen so many squirrels now that he doesn't even notice them! Oh the possum story was sooo terrifying back then but now I can laugh ;) lucky for me my yard is small - I don't fancy the idea of yard work in Texas summer heat!

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  6. You have lots of visitors in your yard Max. I know you keep them in your place. Very nice pictures!

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    1. Well I'm no Brown Dawg but I have Thunder (just my Thunder is a kitty), to help guard the premises ... That and Ma can yell for Big Brother now that he's back from Australia!

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  7. Ha! We had a possum problem about 2 years ago. There were some babies living under our house. We were able to capture a few and relocated them all eventually after a long time. I can think of maybe 3 occasions when they came into the house lol... not cool!

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    1. Uhh! I had quite a few and for my city girl self it was beyond terrifying!!!

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  8. I has nevers seen so many squirrel fotos on a blog...thought I ws gonna go through da 'puter screen to gets me some luch. But dog they was awesome shots. Mum always goes on bouts how cute they looks holdin' their nuts...okays dat didn't sound right but you knows what I mean.

    Puddles

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    1. Ma gets carried away a LOT with taking photos and posting them! She has like a crazy photo disease I think Puddles! BOL about da nuts!!

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  9. Wow. You got a great shot of the squirrel paw. How adorable. Your backyard looks like a great place to hang out. I was wondering when we were going to see a picture of Max. But of course you would save the best for last!

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    1. I like to sometimes just sit in the backyard and watch the acrobatics show the squirrels put on for us ;)

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  10. i bet you don't have a crackerjack camera like my mom cos your pictures are great! i tried to get her to take a picture of me in my twin vest like maxx's but she forgot to put new batteries in it...does that tell you what life is like in our home!
    stella rose

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    1. I just got my camera recently and I have to say it's hands down the most expensive thing aside from my house or Civic that I ever bought for myself! Now I just have to learn to use it ;) oh I am sooo bad about forgetting batteries for my old camera my sister has a bunch in her drawer as I usually take family party Pixs at her house!

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  11. What fun visitors, and great shots too.

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    1. Thanks Roxy ;) we like all our visitors but the possums and Max hates lizards really ;)

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  12. Fantastic photos, those closeups are amazing!
    Lynne x

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    1. Thanks Lynne - one day I'd like to get really good with this camera - just wish I had more time to learn ;)

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  13. Great photos! Those squirrel feet kinda creep me out... too much like rat feet! (Just rats w/ fluffy tails... but, still... they are kinda cute how they eat with their little front paws.)

    Possums in the house!?! **shudder!!**

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    1. Well I like the squirrels and they don't freak me out but rats, mice, snakes or possums...THEY sure do!

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  14. Great pictures, I never saw a squirrel so close... hmmm... I mean I never saw a squirrel here on my place... but be careful while relaxing in your backyard, the bird-airforce could throw bombs on you... I've got a slam-dunk last week from a pigeon :o)

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    1. Ha! Better buy a lotto ticket cuz if a bird poops on your head you're supposed to have really great luck! OMD, I gotta find a photo of my old Mazda...,I had this awful week where EVERYTHING that could go wrong did years ago and when I left the hospital parking lot to follow the ambulance to yet another hospital (long story) my car was COMPLETELY covered I'm talking I had to go get towels from the ambulance to clear my window to see out of!

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  15. you take such wonderful photos! These are just marvelous! I need to learn from you! I LOVE Squirrels! I sooo enjoyed this!

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    1. Gosh, thanks for the compliment but its just my newish camera that I still don't quote know how to operate but glad you liked them!

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  16. How'd you get that close to Mr. Squirrel? Very cool!

    Love these pics and can't wait to hear the scary possum story! Possums creep me out a little anyway (not sure why, as I've never seen one except on TV).

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    1. My new camera has a zoom and my backyard is small so the squirrel was pretty close anyway. Yep, imagine when you never saw one ever and didn't know what a possum even was and then see it in your house!

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  17. Max, really, you don't like to chase the squirrels away?

    Believe it or not, I've got a possum story too! We had one as a "pet" when I was a kid....lived in the house and all!

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    1. Holy crap!!! You have GOT to be kidding me!!?! You just HAVE to Have too tell me more!!! OMD! I am freaking out right now like you have no idea! Are you REALLY being serious?!?? I know I am kinda gullible sometimes ;) PLEASE PLEASE tell me!!!!! Oh and no, Max could care less about them but put a lizard in the backyard and you'll see Mr. Brave run faster than a speeding bullet! Oh you just REALLY have to share about the possum or tell me you're pulling my leg?

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  18. Wow, you got some cool buddies! That squirrel look mighty fascinating! I think I would like to get to know him.

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    1. Ryker why do I have this sneaking feeling you'd REALLY like to meet that squirrel??? :)

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  19. This was a tough post for me since I am obsessed with squirrels but I made it through and the monitor is still in tact. Amazing pics of squirrel feet, never seen them before!

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    1. I thought those feet were kinda interesting to, yep I think the squirrels know Max doesn't care about them and Thunder Kitty just lays there watching them.

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  20. you got some fantastic pictures!
    my daughter always says bailey's feet look like squirrel feet. looking at your pictures, i guess she's kinda right. BOL
    wags.

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    1. I'm still kinda chuckling about the Cinco pix of Bailey!

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  21. Such cute squirrelly pictures. I can sit and watch those guys play for hours. :)

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    1. Me too! Especially in the winter time when you don't have the leaves in the way...like watching my own circus!

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  22. What fantastic photo's wish my Humom was good with the camera, she never brings out my full potential Bawahhawaaaw xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Mollie I'm not sure anyone could do a pup fine as you the justice you deserve! :) We absolutely ADORE you!!!

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  23. You are so brave dealing with all the yard visitors, Max.

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    1. No Max, Dina is NOT flirting with you! Urr...Max what am I gonna do with you!!! Sorry Dina, when he sees a pretty lady-pup he gets carried away!

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  24. You're doing a great job at running your back yard buddy! Those Squirrels tease me so I have to chase them! :)

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. Glad you're doing better there Snoopy! Me and Ma have been worried about ya buddy!

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