Summer Growing Season: Life Is Good

| 6/30/2009 12:20:41 PM

Alvin one of the rescued squirrels

Lori DunnThings have been very busy here in our neck of the woods!

My little darlings, as I like to call them, are now permanent residents outside. Of course I am referring to the three baby squirrels that we rescued earlier this year when I found them fallen from their nest. They are looking for food on their own, but we still spoil them with corn and sunflower seeds.

Lori with two of the rescued baby squirrels

On some days they greet us on the porch in the morning, and will still come running up my leg, or jump onto my shoulder. My husband, Jim, built a couple more squirrel boxes and hung them in trees near our house. The babies are all staying in one of those boxes overnight. They have been a great success, and it is a joy to have them around!

One of the squirrel babies having a snack

Cindy Murphy
7/8/2009 8:59:12 PM

Green beans already, Lori! Shoot, ours are aways from producing. I got a late start getting them in this year. It's a new garden on the property-line between our yard and the neighbor's. Then, their above ground pool got a tear in the lining, and pretty much flooded the garden. I lost the squash I had there, but I've got plenty to spare in the other garden. The beans survived, rebounded fine and are steadily growing, but it'll be a while before we get to enjoy them. And I know exactly what you mean about boiled vegies being bland - not to mention the mushy consistency is just blucky. Us kids all still tease Mom that we didn't know broccoli is actually a green vegetable, and not gray!

Nebraska Dave
7/7/2009 3:51:18 PM

Lori, I ran across a blog entry at maryjanesfarm website that is so you. Here's the address of the blog entry: It's a story about a 4th of July experience of saving a baby deer. The pictures are precious. If you continue with your animal rescues, it's possible you could be known as Lori the "Pennsylvania animal rehabilitator."

7/7/2009 8:04:24 AM

Hi Cindy! Our peas are pretty much over with too, but the green beans have more than taken their place! They are producing like mad! They need picked every other day it seems, and this last picking, I got two buckets full of beans. This is a good thing, because we eat a lot of green beans. It's funny, when I was a kid I didn't much care for green beans. Now I love them! I think a lot of that has to do with how they are cooked. When I was a kid, everyone boiled their veggies, drained the water and ate them that way. Yuck! Very bland to me without much taste. Now, I stir-fry all my veggies, mostly in olive oil. I think the taste is sooo much better, and all the good stuff for you is not boiled away in the water. I always love going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. There are a number of lighthouses there. I have photos of 4 different lighthouses from down there now. Bodie Island is the one in the photo. There is also Cape Hatteras lighthouse, which they actually moved because of beach erosion. That would have been something to see in person. You can actually climb to the top of that lighthouse, except when there are strong winds. There is the Ocracoke lighthouse, which is on an island below where we were. You have to take a ferry to get to that one. Then there is the Currituck Beach lighthouse, and you can also climb up in that one. It would be very cool to stay in a lighthouse. I like to think about what it would have been like to be a keeper before they had electricity! One thing is for sure, whoever was keeper had to be in shape! It is very hard in today's world to mesh schedules, but I hope you and your friends can do just that sometime, and take the trip you mentioned. I'm sure it would make unforgettable memories!

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