Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Now THAT’S a Woodpecker!

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

Took Skruffy out for her morning ritual after Breakfast (she goes before breakfast and then about an hour after her 8 am breakfast…so this was around 9 am in the morning.)  I hear the squirrels just chattering and chattering…enough that I look up in the tree which is just over the fence from the Condo’s property.  And what do I see?  A Pileated Woodpecker!  Wow, this is my first Pileated Woodpecker in Florida…I think.  At least the first one here where we live. I use to see them in Arkansas in the park I lived in while working at the Library.  Not real often, but enough that I knew they were around there.  I have also seen a couple during our travels.  The only woodpecker which is bigger is the ivory-billed woodpecker, which they 'thought' they found again in Arkansas, but never caught on camera.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

This picture above was my first shot…you never know how long a creature will stay still, so you need to get a quick picture just in case that is all you get.  Fortunately, I was able to get a number of close-up shots.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

Then you in with the zoom, and with birds, you put it on multi-shot because they have a tendency to move their heads real quick…this way you have more shots to pick from.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

And if you are lucky, you get to see what they are up to.  I knew the squirrels had nothing to fear with the Pileated Woodpecker, it does not go after squirrels or their young.  These birds mainly eat insects, especially carpenter ants and wood-boring beetle larvae. They also eat fruits, nuts, and berries.  Today, it was Berry time…which is probably why it was out among a few isolated trees, and not in a grove of trees…but there are many groves nearby.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

Here it was “eyeing” the berries that you saw in its mouth in the previous picture.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

Not sure it knew I was down below or not…it turned to the right like this a few times, never did see it turn to the left.  Those squirrels never did stop…they saw this big bird as a threat regardless of its true intentions.

Pileated Woodpecker, Holiday Florida

This was one of the last pictures I took…it was still after some more berries.  Went inside to show Marcia what I got, went back out…and it was gone.  What a good way to start the day!  Just think what type of pictures I could get if I got out there and tried to find something.  Well, that's something to worry about on another day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week in a Glance

So it is Sunday night, and lots has happened this past week.  Here it is in a glance…not necessarily in chronological order.

Motorhome – Went by on Monday and all is well.  Ran the generator for about an hour, and it brought the batteries back up from 12.4 to 12.7 after it sat there for a week with everything turned off.

John & Tara – Had dinner with Marcia’s son John and his girlfriend Tara.  Had a good time, good visit, and we were all surprised by cousin Marion and her husband Roger and child Katie came in and sat next to us.  Of course, when we go to a Greek Restaurant, I think they are all related anyway…

Skruffy – Tested Skruffy twice this week, and she is doing well.  Blood sugar was at 125 and 200…which is within the normal area.  Last Sunday I tested her at she was at 80, which is a bit too low.  She has never showed any negative signs as long as she stays out of the garbage…and out of my bagel bag.  Yes, since we have been home she has been in the garbage twice, and at a whole blueberry bagel right out of the sealed bag which was sitting up on a table that she climbed up to.  Since then, all bagels have remained safely in the refrigerator, and the garbage is either taken out, or put up on a counter.

Bubba – Bubba had a bacterial infection under his chin and along the side of his mouth.  The antibiotic given to him 2 weeks ago has cleared him totally up, and I was able to shave under his chin to help keep him from getting another one.  He is due for another grooming, and I will be doing it sometime this week.  Will get some pictures of him.

Daughter – Fifteen months after my daughter’s surfboard accident, she has FINALLY got a positive ruling for getting disability.  We are not sure if this will be temporary or end up permanent…her brain still struggles from the massive concussion, and only time will tell how far she recovers.  But working is just not an option right now.

Thanksgiving – We had a great dinner over at Marcia’s brother Mike’s house where his wife Sandy had put together a great Thanksgiving dinner with some dishes and desserts brought by attendees.  The Marshmallow Salad that I talked about in the last blog turned out real good.  Made a triple batch, and took 2 1/2 batches over there, keeping just a bit for us.  And after I confirmed that my sister Patti had already finished off that which my sister Sandy sent home with her out in California, then Marcia and I finished ours last night.  We did not have any turkey leftovers…but we have a 12-13 pound Butterball still in our freezer.  I think we will be cooking it soon because it takes up a large part of our freezer.

Bed, Bath and Beyond – This past week we visited BB&B because we had two 20% “off one item” and a $15 off combined purchase.  Bottom line, we ended up getting a new Crock Pot, which was marked down $20 already and then another 20% off for one coupon, a Toaster Oven at 20% off with the other coupon, and a handful of other items with $15 off that total.  Essentially we saved about $85 off of a $250 purchase, bringing our total down to $165.  This Crock-Pot® Choose-A-Crock Programmable Slow Cooker that we got is at Amazon for $106 as of today…we paid $79 plus 20% off.  The only way to shop at BB&B is with coupons…that’s for sure.

Internet – And we have been happy with our Internet…not so happy about how much Verizon cost us last month, but the overages will not happen anymore.  At least I can publish blogs without having to go to McDonalds…even if the blog is just a collection of things we did this past week.  One would think I would include pictures…perhaps next time.

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