Acrobatic Squirrels, Blue Jays & Broken Bottles

I am very happy to say that I'm just about feeling like my old self. My energy is coming back. I even cleaned this place yesterday, and it really needed a good mopping!

I gave the dogs a bath yesterday as well. They hate baths, but it is one of life's little necessities. And I make sure it's as short as possible.

The squirrels are up to all kinds of mischief. Just look at that acrobatic hold on the fence. They need to take up rock climbing for a hobby.

I got the pro-biotic I ordered from Walmart. But look how it arrived at my door.

I called customer service and got a very nice lady in Denver. And they are shipping another one to me. Even if I could stand in line somewhere to mail it back, she told me they won't ship broken products anywhere.

She made me quite jealous by telling me that where she lives up in the mountains the temperatures year-round are about 60-70 degrees. Could that be true? I can't imagine such a thing.

No way was I tossing nearly $20 worth of pills whether they had glass shards in them or not. I very carefully picked out all the glass and I'm using them anyway. 

Abi seems to have all of the steroid out of her system. So I put all the bedding back on the bed. I was going with a fitted sheet over a mattress pad that always seemed to catch the urine before it got to my mattress.

I'll just have to try something else if she starts coughing too much again. Charlie coughs too, but not as much.

I wanted a good photo of this Blue Jay. But he wasn't being very accommodating. So I tried really hard to get a shot of him in the tree branches.

I've sure been noticing that more and more blogs have left the blogosphere. I'm sure many of them have gone to Instagram. 

However, I don't have time to spread myself thin with any more social media, so I won't be visiting. I know lots of folks really love Instagram. But I gotta say no to that one I think.

How about you? Do you love Instagram?

It’s hotter than a $2 pistol on the Fourth of July. And the 4th is right around the corner.



  1. I recently put instagram on my phone as so many in my family use it - we also use facebook to keep in touch - I only use facebook for my family and I use my blog for quilting and keeping in touch with all my quilting/blogging friends. I really do not seem to get the hang of instagram and do not no how much I will use it - it just seems like one more way to use up your time but it is a great way to see photos of my granddaughter as she uses it a lot. I am seeing my daughter in mid July and she said she will show me how to use it then - and then I will see if it is something I want to use or not - my sister and I am have an ongoing game going for over two years now using Words with Friends - as soon as one game ends we start another - the good thing on this game is it keeps your mind active and we have a conversation going on the chat part of it so we are "talking" every day where as we used to call or chat once a month or so -- that is a big plus - instagram I don't know yet if I will get into to I only remember to look at it about every 3 or 4 days now

  2. So glad you're feeling better, Brenda. That's just the worst when you have no energy. I'm missing a lot of the blogs that are no longer. I like Instagram okay and it is a lot less work than a blog but it's not the same as a blog post where you get more than just a little snippet of someone's home or life.

  3. Just sharing my story - I get my probiotics for pennies and they come with a snack on the side :) I lacto-ferment cukes or peppers or beets or...all it takes is filtered water and sea salt and a wide mouth Mason jar (instructions are found by googling) it's as easy as falling off a log and when the fermenting stops, I put the jar in the fridge and have a little each day or drink the juice/brine - and lots of probiotics in that liquid - and it's tasty (or at least I think so).

  4. I'm glad they are replacing your pills. I take probiotics and feel like they have helped my stomach. I'm glad Abi is better. It has been hot here but we are having a few days of lower nice. Hugs!

  5. I just bought an iphone and just signed up for instagram. I can't say I'm happy with either one. I hope that changes as I become more comfortable with it. I enjoy the blogs. I love your squirrel candids. Really good eye.

  6. Hi. So glad you are feeling better. I've just recently started following blogs. I love Taste of France. It takes me where I would love to go but probably never will. But Instagram? I don't even know what that is. Could anyone explain it to me?

  7. I live just over the mountain from Denver. Denver gets some pretty nasty weather in the Fall and Winter. I think because Denver is at the base of the mountains and then it is flat land, like Kansas. I tease my brother that he is a flatlander because he lives in that area. I, on the other hand live, in a small valley surrounded by mountains. The days can get warm, usually around 85-90, but then cools off every evening. I am 10 minutes from fishing, hiking, boating, camping etc. I have to drive 70 miles for the nearest Mall and I am just fine with that.
    I got off of Facebook and don't miss it at all. I just joined Instagram to try it and so far so good.

  8. I'm glad to hear you are feeling so much better. As you know, my mom's little dog (Pomeranian) has the same coughing problem as your dogs. The collapsing trachea is the most common problem with these small breeds. So far, Mom's dog hasn't had the peeing problems from the steroid that Abi has had. But Lulu has only had to have the steroid once in awhile, so far. I absolutely love IG. It's my favorite form of social media. When I need a quick fix of "pretty", that's where I go. I do still keep up with blogs though. Sometimes you also need stories along with those "pretties". There's also a stronger connection through blogs.

  9. So glad you are feeling better, Brenda!! And I'm sure you're relieved that Abi is back to her old self as well - you've certainly had a time of it lately!

  10. That is great news you and pupsters are feeling better. I'm so glad you are sticking with your blog. I follow you every day. As for Instagram/Facebook---so much information; so little human connection.

  11. I got off Facebook about two years ago. Too much negativity. I then joined Instagram and wow what fun it is! SO many people are on it. 90% of the bloggers I followed went the way of Instagram. It is so easy, you should give it a go especially because you love taking pictures. I am rosiewienerdog on instagram. Glad you are feeling better.

  12. You are not the first to write about blogs disappearing. Please don't stop writing Brenda, you are the first blog I read every day and I treasure your photos too. I use instagram very lightly mostly to see what the nieces and nephews are doing.

  13. Glad you are feeling better! Please be careful with the glass...and yes, I like Instagram. The pictures are pretty, but as a writer I still adore my blog. And I think the connections are deeper on the blog. I love that too much to give it up...

  14. So glad to hear you are beginning to feel better. I'm not doing Instagram....There are already so many things to do on social media, but I seriously don't think one more thing is going to enhance my life. I did try Twitter for awhile, as my twin sisters son was the main tech. guy to handle problems in SanFrancisco, but he left the position after about a year. He didn't need the money & it was an 80 hour week. ~ Cathy

  15. Sure am glad you are feeling better. I hope you never stop blogging. I really enjoy reading your blog. As far as Instagram, I don't care for it. Just another social media and I prefer FB and blogging. I don't blog as much as I once did, but I still connect when I can. It is hot here also. Just the time of year. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

  16. oh! you and abi are finally BETTER!!! i'm so glad to hear it!
    and I'm hearing it in our 90 degree heat.
    yes! bring on the cooler weather!!! for me too! xo

  17. Squirrels are hilarious, aren't they?
    Your probiotics sound like a good idea, but even more important is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables (including legumes like red beans), in the colors of the rainbow. You'll get all the vitamins and minerals you need, and you will cultivate a healthy garden of gut microbes. I have really felt the difference since moving to France. I cook everything from scratch, partly from love of cooking, partly from squeezed budget, and partly from desire to be healthy. I haven't lost weight, nor have I gained. But we're rarely sick, and my body fat is different--not so much around the belly, where it's dangerous. When I go to the U.S. and eat all the processed food, I really taste and feel the difference. Yes, it takes more time, but not all that much. Maybe 10-15 minutes a day. And it's cheaper.
    As for blogs and IG, they are different in the way that TV and radio are different. IG is good for photos, but less for writing. Blogs are good for writing and also photos. I can understand that photo-centric blogs might migrate to IG, but IG isn't suited to those that focus on words.

  18. It's wonderful that you are finally feeling better. I have been on Instagram for several years and absolutely love it. It's the best social media for me - no politics or nasty comments and I can keep up with family and friends scattered across the country. Even my grandchildren are on Instagram.

  19. I am totally as a blogger--period--if this medium ever totally dies away--I will just have to be lonely and bored again!!!
    enjoy the moments, di

  20. Thank you for sharing the free book by Rick Mofina. I enjoyed it so much and want to read more books by him. Glad that you are feeling better. Blessings, Carolyn in Florida

  21. Facebook is too phony, twitter is silly and I know nothing whatsoever about instagram, but might look into it. I LOVE your blog though and the other blogs I subscribe to. Don't give up the ship.

  22. Facebook is too phony, twitter is silly and I know nothing whatsoever about instagram, but might look into it. I LOVE your blog. Don't give up the ship. Sandra

  23. I'm glad you're feeling better, Brenda! I love watching squirrels and their antics, too...always entertaining!
    I do really like Instagram and enjoy sharing random photos on there.

  24. Glad you are feeling better Brenda.. and your pups too. I don't have a phone that will do IG so haven't thought of using it. Maybe we can use the computer, but I don't care to. I get my fill of wonderful photos from the bloggers I follow, and I much prefer the written words. I love writing and love reading what others are saying... just picture after picture after picture doesn't mean much to me without the words to go along with them. Don't care for twitter (don't have a phone to use it).. but have tried it on my computer, but I think it's kind of dumb too and what a waste of our precious time! I'd rather follow a few favorite blogs and be able to communicate with my blog friends. I do love photography too, but not just to post pictures and nothing else. I don't even know if you can "talk" on IG! I'm also getting tired of FB but do like seeing the photos there from my far away family members. I hate the wasted time though, of people posting sayings and cartoons and political stuff on FB.. I don't even look at those. There is just TOO MUCH social media out there for me... sometimes I just want to go back to a dial phone and a TV with 4 or 5 channels, and call it good... and going to the library for a good book or to find out information on a trip or places to go, etc. I DO still use the library all the time! And yes.. a place with the moderate temps of 60-70 sounds like paradise to me. Take care.. Marilyn

  25. Wonderful news that you are feeling better. Your picture of the blue jay in the branches is beautiful as always. I don't do instagram or facebook. I love reading blogs. It's more like reading a letter from a friend.

  26. Glad to hear you're feeling better! I think blue jays are hard to capture, they just won't sit still long enough for me. As for Instagram, I haven't tried it. I don't do FB or Twitter, either. I've noticed some bloggers are disappearing, too, and I do wish they would tell us if they are giving it up. I worry that something might have happened. I love reading's better than picking up a magazine.

  27. Brenda you can learn more about a person watching a 30 second IG story versus years of reading a blog. IG is an great platform filled with positive connections and beauty for bloggers of any interest. I say give it another chance my friend!

    1. I don't use a smart phone, so I won't be doing that. I really don't think it's worth the effort frankly. I was on there briefly. Lots of pics just don't cut it for me.

  28. I love IG! I don't do FB, too much negativity, and I like to read blogs but never wanted to write one. My blog friends and my relatives had been bugging me to do SOMETHING, and since I love IG I decided to go with that so I can at least share my pics. I'm still learning and I will eventually go private where you have to ask to follow but right now I'm public so folks will be able to find me easier. After I go private I'll share personal pics, vacations and such, right now I'm just doing flowers and such.
    I'm only getting started but if you want to check it out I'm : Instagram dot com/prairietallgrass I have a really cool hummingbird video on there. :)

  29. Pffft... instagram. It just seems like personal form of Pinterest to me and I haven't really been using that either.

    Glad you and the pups are feeling a tad better!



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