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July 13, 2013

Landscaping in order at the Sims house

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We also had a new sidewalk, so solar lighting was also needed there with the number of people that we have flocking to our front door each evening.

Then there was the sidewalk from the garage to the back door, and lights there would certainly be helpful.

And the railroad ties that we put down at the back of the drive near the garage to keep us, well mostly me again, from sliding off the driveway into a yard when it snows also needed lighting for nighttime activity.

The final step was a bird feeder and bird bath. We got one of each just a few weeks ago. We now have three bird feeders, a hummingbird feeder and a bird bath. One of the bird feeders is in the back so as not to make it appear we have gone a bit over the edge with all of this.

And I nearly forgot the fake frog and turtle that we placed under a tree and on the edge of the front walk. The frog is mine, the turtle belongs to Alice.

I think we’re now slowed down a bit, and it has actually enhanced the look of the place while making the front porch even more popular.

We’ve gotten to know cardinals, some sort of yellow breasted, black-winged golden something or the others, pigeons and darker and lighter colored winged creatures that enjoy a free meal.

It’s quite relaxing and pleasing. Of course the biggest reward is our one-quarter acre of heaven is now more like maybe a tenth for mowing, if that.

Life is good and getting better all the time.

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Sims has often been noted to watch birds while playing golf. Real birds, not the birdies that one can make on the course. Those birdies are quickly becoming a thing of the past for this increasingly old fogey who now watches more bogeys.

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