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Yesterday began just as any other day usually does.  I got up, checked my email, my guest blog on Kristi Gustafson’s Times UnionOn The Edge‘ Blog  and then went out to check the garden and turn on the pool pump.  It was already getting hot, so I decided to mow the lawn.  I knew that we had plans later that night, so I wouldn’t be able to do it after it cooled down.  Today wasn’t looking more promising either.

So, I hop on the mower and cut the grass.  We have an acre, so it takes about an hour to cut it.  After I was done with the riding mower, I grabbed the push mower and did the areas I couldn’t get to with the rider.  When I was done with that, I was pretty hot and was sweating like crazy.  I came in the house and changed into my bathing suit, then headed out to the pool.

I dove off the diving board, and instantly felt much cooler.  As I swam to the shallow end of the pool, something caught my eye.  I looked again and saw a small animal in the skimmer.  At first I thought it was a chipmunk.  I got out of the pool and ripped the cover off the skimmer.  Then, I realized what it was.  It was a little baby bunny.  He was fighting for all he had against the suction of the skimmer.

I ran over to the pump and switched off the power so the suction would stop.  I didn’t know what he would do, so I didn’t just reach in and grab him.  I grabbed the wide mouth net and when he tried to hop up, I grabbed him in the net.  What happened next surprised me quite a bit.

Fresh out of the skimmer

I set the net down on the concrete in the shade, laid out so he could just hop out and be on his way.  He was obviously a little traumatized and out of it, so he stayed put.  I let him sit there for a few minutes while I ran inside and got Rose and some paper towels.  I picked him up and wrapped him in some paper towels.  He didn’t seem phased at all.  He just laid there.  Every now and then, I would check his sides to see if they were moving and he was still breathing.

We used what we had to give him water

As we sat there with him for an hour or two, he dried out and was still very mellow.  Rose would hold him in the paper towel, and if she moved it, he would re-position himself, so we knew he was getting a little better.  We kept him on the paper towel because he has some seriously sharp nails.  He started climbing up my chest at one point and it was a little painful.

After a few calls from friends in the veterinarian field and tons of people on Twitter giving us feedback, we put the bunny on the ground to see if he would hop away.  Eventually he did, but he started going towards the road.  I had to chase him down and catch him, which wasn’t an easy task, but refreshing, as he was moving quickly.

When I grabbed him, he made this crazy squealing noise that we hadn’t heard before.  I guess he was feeling better and that is a noise they make when they are scared.  I picked him up and took him to the other side of the yard where I released him into an overgrown area where we see lots of bunnies.  I hope he has a great life and stays away from the pool.

All dried out

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When I wrote yesterday’s blog, I started with an idea in mind, but as I typed, something else took over and changed the ending a bit.  The story about my grandfather was supposed to lead up to what originally inspired that blog.  Instead, it turned into how I came to love motorcycles.  Good or bad you ask?  Bonus, I say.

What I was originally going to write was how as a kid, my grandfather worked on small engines.  We would test them out and make sure they would work before he called the owners and let them know they were fixed.  The rest of the story was true, but not where I had originally wanted to go with it.  Here is what I was going to write before I got sidetracked…

My grandfather was very specific about how we mowed the lawn.  He had a system that cut the yard into four sections.  He wanted us to go in a certain direction, never blowing the grass towards the house or the pool.  I thought it was a little wacky as a kid, but now that I am grown up (well, that’s still questionable) I have my own system when I cut the grass, sort of like he did.  I always cut it in a different direction each time.  I usually chose a diagonal pattern across the yard, and the following week, I will do the same, but from the other corner of the yard so they intersect.  I know, riveting stuff, but I do have a point!

As kids, we lived in an old farm house with acres and acres of land and a ridiculously long driveway.  We had so much grass that we actually used two riding mowers to cut it.  One of my brothers would use one and I would use the other.  It was quite the task, but we got it done.

The point I am trying to make is that I never got tired of mowing the lawn.  I hear people all the time saying how much they hate doing it, and it’s such a pain in the butt.  I personally love doing it.  I take great pride in making sure the lawn looks good.  It makes me feel like I have accomplished something.   There’s nothing like finishing the lawn and looking out the window to see how great it looks and the diagonal lines in brilliant green.

The reason I wrote this is to ask you a question – What chore or task did you have growing up that you love still?  Which one do you hate?

See you soon!

P.S. Please check out Rose’s blog today.  Her friend’s daughter has leukemia and they are doing a fundraiser for her tomorrow, Friday the 21st.

For a few weeks now, I have been promising tulip pics from Washington Park.  I’ve put up some pics I have taken in years past, all in an attempt to make you want to see fresh ones from this year.  Well, today is that day.  This morning, I got up extra early (for me anyway) and went down to Washington Park with a few members from my photo group and I got some fresh pictures to share with you.

When I got to the park around 7am, there were a few other photographers milling around and a bunch of State workers putting the final touches on the grounds for this weekend’s Tulip Fest.  They were taking down the temporary fence around the fountain and scrubbing the fountain down, preparing to fill it up.  A few other workers were mowing the lawn around the fountain.  After about 3 hours, the park became pretty crowded with people walking and taking pictures.  I left around 10am as the sun was getting pretty harsh and the dew drops were starting to dry up.

I took about 400 pictures in my time there this morning.  I’ll probably only post about 20 or so of them on the internet, as I am highly critical of my work.  Probably much more than anyone else.  I really hope you enjoy them.  I can only hope that some of the photos I take make someone smile.  That would make it all worth it.  Ok, enough babbling from me.  Here’s what you really came to see…

If you’d like to see more, please check out my Flickr.  See ya soon!

Yesterday, I put the computer down and went outside.  It was around 60 degrees, and around noon the sun came out.  There is a small area next to our sidewalk that is about a foot wide that is overgrown with weeds, but had four by fours on both sides.  It had some type of plants in it before, but now it is mostly weeds.  There are some Grape Hyacinths growing there, but the weeds are taking over.  So, I decided I wanted to clean it up and plant some of the seeds we bought the other night.

Yard work is one of my weak points.  I love mowing the lawn, but the planting, raking and pickup just aren’t my bag, baby.  We bought a bunch of seeds last year, and I planted them in the starter trays in the house.  Some of them grew, but they never got transplanted outside and eventually died.  I guess it’s kind of important to do that.  Oops!

While I was out there, I pulled up the old landscape matting and mulch that had been around the pool slab for a long time.  Once I had that up, I loosened the soil and planted a bunch of different things.  I am hoping to do a test run to see if anything actually grows.  I planted the following;

There are a few we are obviously growing to eat, but the others are for me to take pictures of, and of course to make the yard look nice.  We have some peonies coming up that we planted late last year.  We planted them a little too late, so they never actually bloomed.  Hopefully this year they will.  The peony is Rose’s favorite flower.  I can’t wait to cut a few off and put them in a vase for her.

One thing I am a little worried about are the animals.  There is an abundance of furry creatures in our yard.  Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and turkeys have been spotted in our yard.  I am mostly worried about the vegetables, so I need to set up some sort of cage around and over them to keep the critters out.  I guess I have a week or so to figure it out.  Once the seeds start to grow out of the soil, I will definitely have to have something set up.

If you live in the area, please let me know if you or someone you know have flower seedlings they want to share or get rid of.  I would love to have some gorgeous flowers growing around here to photograph.  See ya soon!