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Old 06-13-2012, 03:28 PM   #71
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We don't have a basement, just a crawl space with a dirt floor, no problems with the roots.
That's good ... but then, don't you worry about tornadoes? When we were looking for a house a few years ago we wouldn't even consider one without a basement.

.... and speaking of things I saw today, I feel sad to report that I saw the house wrens "attacking" or harassing (might be the better word) a chickadee that was visiting our feeder for sunflower seeds. I know they are very aggressive. We have lots of chickadees about. I've seen fledglings too, so somewhere they've managed to nest successfully. It bothers me because these chickadees are with us all year round. This is really their territory, if you know what i mean. The pesky wren just shows up in summer. The chickadees are our faithful companions throughout the LOOOONG winter.
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We don't worry about tornadoes. We've had threats but mostly they happen to the south of us north of Nashville. It seems the hilly areas like where we are don't get hit like the flatlands to the north and south of us. We have spent a few times in the downstairs bathroom when the weather gets a little crazy. When we lived in Indiana we were more afraid, the land was dead flat with little windbreaks and you could see the storms coming in from miles away. That was the first time I saw the little dopplar radar inset in the corner of the TV screen and wondered what the heck that meant, being from the northeast and having no idea about tornado warnings and watches.

Our neighbors have a storm shelter so if worse came to worse we could always go there. I just don't worry about that stuff too much, when it's my time to go, so be it.
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We don't worry about tornadoes. ....
Our neighbors have a storm shelter so if worse came to worse we could always go there. I just don't worry about that stuff too much, when it's my time to go, so be it.
As an easterner transplanted to the midwest, I probably worry too much. However, the worry is not completely unfounded. Our town was hit by an F4 tornado in 2000 (before we lived here). 1/3 of the town was destroyed.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:26 PM   #74
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A cardinal and a squirrel getting along.

Cardinal to squirrel - "hey, what are you doing here?"
Today I saw:-cardinal-squirrel.jpg

Squirrel to cardinal - "I'm just raiding the feeder as usual!"
Today I saw:-squirrel-cardinal.jpg

Cardinal - "At last, peace and quiet, and sunflower seeds just for me!"
Today I saw:-cardinal.jpg
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Very nice pictures, linrose. What is the shrub that the cardinal is perched on?
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Thanks bee! It's a winterberry.
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A cardinal and a squirrel getting along.
Fantastic photos!

Cute captions.

I love the look on the cardinal's face in the first photo.
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Me too, it's kinda like "Whazzup???" but I'm often accused of personification of animals.
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Thanks bee! It's a winterberry.
Wouldn't you know, a winterberry! Wow, it looks very nice as a summer plant. I'm still trying to track down some of those.
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For you, linrose:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/DSW8AWzs8qI
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