Hello, and welcome to the Weekend Report. It's been a busy week here in Allie-land, apparently I'm the neighborhood Designated Babysitter for Wildlife.
This baby robin stayed on the step of the shed all day long Thursday. Mama and Daddy would come with food. At one point, it wasn't moving at all, and I thought it was dead.....then Mama showed up with a nice juicy worm.
Never did get a picture of that, she was too quick. I thought maybe it was injured, but 12 hours later it finally hopped down, went over to the biggest tree, hopped up the trunk and flew off several times....little stinker. Just a slow learner I guess.
On Friday, in the very early morning, one of the fawns came to lay by our shed.
Every now and then, he'd look around for Mama, then go back to sleep.
She finally showed up for a mid-morning snack, baby was happy.
Then she took off again. My friend Shirley came over for a visit, and we just sat in the sewing room, watching baby. The sun finally got hot and he got up and moved to the thicket, where he stayed and stayed and stayed....
Later in the day, the young bucks came back, running across my patio and giving me heart failure. The does have been keeping them away, as they'll kill the fawns. One of the bucks came over to the peach tree there in the picture, and was eating the leaves, saw the fawn and charged him - so yours truly DB [designated babysitter] went charging out after the buck to keep him away from the fawn. Not recommended, but he ran off.
The fawn went back to sleep, and I stayed up after my bedtime to make sure Mama came back. She never did. It finally got too dark to see, so I went to bed, praying for baby. He was gone in the morning, so I'm believing mom came back.
And this, my friends, is partly why I'm a city girl. Nature is stressful.
And now for the flower report. We have no idea what all is in our flowerbeds, except poison ivy, which hubby thought he was immune to - he's not. He's covered head to toe. Friday, when Shirley was here, we stopped to try to figure out what's growing in the island in our driveway.
It's JASMINE!!!! My driveway smells heavenly!! I had no idea it would grow in Michigan.
It's thriving, growing up through our burning bush and our lilac bush.
News about Mom. She's doing well, and is no longer trapped in her house. She couldn't manage her steps off the porch, they're too high, so I could only take her out if the boys went with me or my brother was home. My wonderful brother put in a railing so she can get out now on her own.
She's so happy! And so am I. I can't hold her up, she takes me right to the ground - she's unbelievably strong!
There has been some sewing going on, I drew up a new pattern and started a background for it, using all my light-colored scraps.
And - I don't have enough of them. Not only that, I have nothing that looks good for the applique. I'm re-drawing the pattern for stitchery. Sometimes, designing can be frustrating!
As I mentioned earlier, the bucks are back, and we're not seeing the fawns or the does. These bucks are juvenile delinquents, bold as brass. We're currently having a heat wave, temps in the 90's all week, so they're hanging close to the shade. I believe these are last year's fawns, not sure...
Forgive the pictures, taken through my dirty windows - I guess I need to clean them!
So, that's the weather, wildlife, floral, sewing, and mom report. I hope you're all keeping comfortable, no matter your weather, and that you're finding plenty to keep your hands busy. I'll see you soon!