Well, the weather forecasts for Sunday through Thursday are really rather dire!  Locally, they say we can expect strong thunder storms with anywhere from one to three inches of rain over the five-day time period. There’s also the potential for hail, high winds and potential tornadoes. And the storm potential runs from the mid-west to the east coast. So does anyone want to dispute the fact that are weather patterns are rapidly and repeatedly changing?

So, knowing that a five-day period of severe storms can cause a lot of damage, I decided to go an take this picture …TULIPS


I couldn’t take any pictures of my daffodils because they haven’t started blooming yet. Well, one blossom did open up but Mlle. Renee smooshed it chasing a pair of grackles out of the yard. She can not abide the grackles ever since the started dive bombing her a couple of years back every time she came out into the yard to do her business. She has no complaint about sparrows, robins, cardinals or squirrels, and they share the yard peacefully. She’s not too fond of rabbits either because they hop … or cats  and snakes because they slink around in the shadows. The only beasties she has ever hunted are the snakes. I’m not so fond of them either. The only place I never visit at the zoo is the reptile house.DSC05500

Alright, so she doesn’t like dragons either. Guess she thought it was some kind of a snake. Do you think she might be St. George in canine form?

I tried to get my yew hedges in shape yesterday afternoon, but the invasive honeysuckle vines that are trying to claim them as their own were too much for me. So I got my Kindle and sat in the shade of the cedar trees in the back yard and enjoyed the lawn I wore myself out mowing on Thursday. I guess you just have to enjoy sunny skies and warm breezes while you can.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on April 26, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Aren’t dragons related to snakes?

    I love that we get the same weather reports

    • Hmmm … Yahoo Answers said, A dragon is a legendary creature, typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities.
      But Wiki Answers said, Reptiles are cold blooded and dragons couldn’t have been cold blooded because they were said to live on snowy mountains, where it’d be too cold for a reptile survive.
      Mlle. Renee says, “Snakes, I shake snakes until they stop moving.”
      Guess we must be in the same bad weather zone. Must be right, because we shared the same weather map on the NBC News Report about bad weather last night.

  2. I must admit I feel the same way Mlle. Renee does about grackles. The honeysuckle is ever invasive in my yard also. I am on a personal vendetta with it and wisteria. I would say wish me luck but, I think luck will enter into the equation as much as Roundup (or maybe a flame thrower) would.

    • The answer to your problem is borrow some goats. Forest Park (the largest city park in the US) was plagued with honeysuckle destroying all the native Missouri. With the help of the Saint Louis Zoo they have managed to stop the plant invasion. Read on … Forest Park Forever, the Saint Louis Zoo and St. Louis Department of Parks teamed up in a unique partnership to eradicate honeysuckle bushes in Forest Park. An hour a day for three days, Zoo docents will accompanied a group of five goats in a wooded area in Forest Park to nibble shoots of invasive honeysuckle bushes that crowd out Missouri’s native plants.
      “Bush honeysuckle dominates urban forests throughout the St. Louis area, and the successional forest was no exception,” says Steve Buback, Forest Park Forever nature reserve foreman. “Over the course of the last year, our staff and volunteers, with assistance from a Missouri Department of Conservation grant and the Emergency Response Team from Americorp, cleared 16 acres of honeysuckle, some more than 30 feet tall. The goats will remove any young plants that have moved in within the last year, helping to control any regrowth that may have occurred. Goats are ideal for this project because they prefer to browse on woody vegetation, and the only woody vegetation remaining in the area is bush honeysuckle.

  3. I love the idea of goats eradicating the honeysuckle but sadly my municipality does not look as fondly on goats as I do. My friend who lives outside the city limits tried to have goats clear her yard of encroaching kudzu. The only problem…the goats did not want to live in her yard. A pregnant goat and her companion jumped the fence and ran down the road only to never be seen again by my friend. A neighbor later commented on a local animal rescue group finding two wandering goats on the loose. My friend said “that is sad”.

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