Let's Go Outdoors


Just because it's the middle of winter (and the temps are cold, then hot, then cold, then hot) doesn't mean a flower can't bloom if it wants to.  
Of course, we haven't even had our Easter freeze yet, so they won't last long.


Now, fire ants, on the other hand, do not care a flippity flop if it is cold or hot or somewhere in between.  If you step on their mound, they will erupt from their den of hell and swarm you like mad hornets.  Quite the evil family in this pic. Woe to anyone who dares to walk barefoot anywhere near their home.  As a veteran fire ant mound stomper, (only because I do not watch where I walk) I can attest to the intense pain of their bite.  Here's an interesting factoid about these devilish pests: do you know how they survive in a flood?  They grab legs and form a floating barge of ants and float to safety.  Here's a link if you want to know more.
Scary little buggers. I detest every single one.  




 Speaking of it being cold, my grandson and his father have been enjoying evening fires in their homemade fire pot.  Love the horseshoe motif!



It may sound a bit silly, but I am having a ridiculous time learning how to instagram.  This makes my third go at it and I've vowed to forever ban it from my computer& phone if I don't get it right this time.  So here is my first pic (well first one I kept anyway) - a quite obviously staged shot of ingredients for chocolate peanut butter fudge that I was going to make this morning, but discovered I didn't have enough protein..so put all the ingredients away and ate a granola bar instead.  Geesh.  Instagram is delighted to know what I was going to do...  I'm so sure.  (LOL)



My husband is the martin box house cleaner, but I thought I would be his helper today and get things started.  Box number one-  Sparrows have adopted this hole (amongst about twelve others & numerous gourds) and seriously, how in the world do they sleep at night?  How do they breathe?  How to they get in and out?  Inquiring minds want to know!  By the way....purple martins are not such nasty hay hoarders.  They keep a perfectly lovely house all nice and neat.


SOOC

and last, but not least......this week's favorite: a gorgeous slider...enjoying the 75 degree summer like winter day down by my pond.


....and I leave you with some very good advice....
"Let's go outdoors" 
(Love me some Sesame Street!)
sharing a few sillies with: Friday's Hunt: (starts with H, Week's fav & family) Scavenger Hunt Sunday: (cold, helper, sillies, staged, & just because), SOOC Sunday & Saturday's Critters

***I don't know what is going on with this "prove you are not a robot" deal where you have to choose the pictures that are rivers or mountains.  I can't find anywhere to turn it off.  Anyone? 

55 comments:

  1. Wow! Such an informative post. I "enjoyed" learning about fire ants. I don't think we have them here and it was very interesting to know how they survive a flood. Amazing when you think about it isn't it? I really like the fire pit. There's nothing quite like a hot dog or marshmallow roasted over a campfire. Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. Daffs in winter, really!! And maybe there is some cold still to come. Down here, welcome cool, with some very welcome rain.

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  3. LOVE that slider.
    Instagram has overawed me. To the point I haven't yet dipped my toes in the water. And spend more than enough time on line already.
    On this side of the world as we edge towards autumn, many of my spring bulbs are shooting. Sigh.

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  4. Having a bit of warm here, thawing snow has pushed a few creeks over their banks.Wish I even had bulbs peeking, love them all.Took a friend out for a nice hike yesterday. Will work around the barnyard today.

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  5. Those daffodils look lovely! It's a little too soon for those here yet, but it won't be too much longer. Fire ants--ugh! That picture made me shudder. I love the Jason Mraz video. So great! :)

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  6. good idea on go out doors, I am going to do that in a few minutes. just gorgeous here today. I don't know the answers to any of your questions. I don't even know what Instagram is, I guess that means I don't know how either... love the jonquils, my mothers yard was full of them in the spring...

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  7. I am back, meant to say I want that fire pit. love it

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  8. Lovely daffodils....welcome Spring!
    Happy weekend!

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  9. if this is a repeat i am having trouble. i was on windows 10 edge because firefox is acting up and dont know who got what comment. i love that fire pit...

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  10. Amazing about fire ants surviving a flood. The tiniest of critters have it built into their DNA. What an amazing Creator! But personally, I'm a much bigger fan of daffodils. I've never yet been bitten by one.

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  11. Beautiful flowers! I had no idea fire ants could even be active in cold weather. I don't envy you in that regard.

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  12. AFAIK we have not fire ants up this way. Of course, I don't know much, but I do know that there are some advantages to a colder climate.

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  13. An interesting post - love the turtle!

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  14. Just to see the brilliant yellow is a pleasure. They do take a lot of frost so don't worry.

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  15. I'll admit I have a morbid fascination with fire ants (which does not mean I like them) and love to poke their mounds with a stick. I'll never forget the time I was spreading out some hay and didn't realize until too late there were ants inside the bale. I quit counting bites on my arm at 100! Thank goodness I'm not allergic!

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  16. Love the fire pit. I've been thinking how enjoyable one of these might be one not-so-bitter-cold evening.

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  17. The Daffs are precious, and I love the Turtle Terri.

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  18. pretty daffodils, i can't wait for mine!!!

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  19. it will be a while before I see these sights at home

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  20. Two meme's words in one. Neat. Love the slider shot and the Daffs. Have a lovely weekend.

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  21. Pretty daffodils or buttercups, I'm never sure if they are different or people are. None here yet. I think we are a tad behind last year. We have fire ants here, also some others equally obnoxious and abundant. Instagram - I don't even want to know ...

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  22. I didn't know this survival technique of the fire ants. Interesting, and really clever. I can't say that I like them though... The fire pit is very cool, I like the horseshoes, too. And a great turtle!

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  23. Your fire ant story makes my blood run cold. I thought I left them in Florida and hate to hear they are marching north. Hope they can't climb mountains.

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  24. 75 degrees, no wonder your daffodils are blooming.

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  25. I love the turtle shot! I have mixed feelings about Instagram. Mostly, I don't have time for it. I seem to post once a month or so. I'll look for you there.

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  26. What name are you using on Instagram?

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  27. The pretty flowers are a nice contrast to the ants.I have Instagram on my phone, but usually forget to use it.

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  28. I envy you that warm weather. Nothing is currently blooming here in Portland.

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  29. I could write volumes... Spring, thaw, sliders, fire ants. Wow! Winter here too!

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  30. Your post is so full of good stuff that I don't know where to start, so will just say I enjoyed every bit of it.

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  31. How lovely to see the daffodils in bloom. Fire ants. Eek. I hear they are moving into Canada and are well situated in some areas of our province of New Brunswick already. I certainly don't want them in my backyard (or front one either!). I love the horseshoe fire pit. Very creative! I've been thinking about joining Instagram too but haven't a clue what to do once it's loaded on my phone so I'm waiting until someone I know has it and can really show me how to do it all. You hang in there though and keep trying. That is a great shot of the turtle! I hope you have an excellent week. It sounds like the weather is very nice there.

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  32. Great photo of the slider. Fire ants are not something that I have encountered... and by the sounds of it I don't want to!

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  33. I have read many a story about how evil fire ants can be. I've never experienced them fortunately. Love the turtle pic

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  34. I envy you your daffodils. It reached 60 today here in Massachusetts and I'm going to keep my eye on the forsythia. It's easily confused, being a space-cadet kind of bush. We had a warm spell in October and it revved up its engines then.

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  35. Evening, you are so lucky, the Daffodils are beautiful!!!!!! Blessings Francine.

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  36. You've had daffodils blooming already...that's cool.
    Loved seeing the turtle, not something you see everyday at least around here.

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  37. A good collection of photos. And that turtle is handsome.

    R. Täysin arkista

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  38. I've heard how much fire ant bites hurt and am going to follow your link thanks. You are further ahead than I am with at least attempting Instagram - I've been thinking about it but wonder if I need another social media outlet.

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  39. You can't turn off the stupid picture thing. How I wish you could. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. I have taken maybe a half dozen pictures for instagram. I just don't get it. I'd much rather use my camera. Love the daffodils. It will be a while yet before we have anything blooming here.

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  40. Thanks for taking me alon on your outdoor adventure. I loved it! I love the Muppets, too!

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  41. We had the first (tiny) hint of autumn here this week end - but its back to summer for the next few days. I do like that horseshoe fire bucket.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  42. Hello, the fire ants sound awful and painful. I love the turtle. The firepit is great. I asked about the robot thingy and google will be keeping to prevent more spam. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

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  43. Can't believe you have daffodils blooming! We've had a few warm days and we have little shoots coming up but snow is in the forecast for later this week!

    Love the turtle!

    I need to look you up on instagram! Don't try to use your camera...just your phone...then it's easy! the editing on there is pretty good, too!

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  44. This was a really fun post! I hope to never run into fire ants...crawlies make me shiver with horror! I also love the daffodils! Mine are up, but not blooming yet. It won't be long now. Such a cheery sign of spring!

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  45. I also detest the fire ants and the toxic gnats we have here. The minute it is warmer-70 instead of 50, they come out. And my blessing (my daughter) and I are allergic to the toxin which of course makes it even better...not!

    That homemade horseshoe pit is beautiful!

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  46. Cool shots! Bummer about not being able to make your treats like planned!

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  47. Your capture of the turtle is amazing! I wholeheartedly agree about Instagram ...crazy to yet learn navigate another gadget:(:(
    Yet,...my kids and 2 of my grandkids are on there - I can't win (rolling eyes).

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  48. love the turtle but not the fire ants! so happy we don't have them here...we had them all over the place in georgia...i stepped on many fire ant hills, ouch!

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  49. Those fire ants look very scary , ouch! . The Daffs are beautiful just what we need this time of year.

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  50. Thank you very much for your visit and comment. We're starting to see fire ants in Hawaii which is really aggravating. There's a lot of creatures being introduced into Hawaii where organisms don't have a winter to kill them off.

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