Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We have had a pigeon problem from the day we moved into our house and it wasn't until recently that we have done anything about it. About a month ago I bought some metal spokes that were on sale at ACE Hardware (those things are not cheap by the way). Dana put the spokes up right away and we saved some to place wherever the darn birds moved to next. We were told that they would find a new spot... and they sure did. So today, Dana went back up the ladder to caulk more spokes and he found a nest with two eggs and a very stubborn bird that would not leave the nest. After much coaxing... Dana got the bird off the nest and, against his wishes, removed the nest with the eggs. We caulked the remainder of the spikes and later today I saw three birds perched up on the roof next to the spot where the nest once sat. Even though I was pissed that they found a new spot, I felt really bad for taking their nest. An hour after that, one, lone, bird sat up there looking in the direction of the old nesting spot... so sad ;o(.
I took the eggs (one of which was already cracked) and made a make-shift nest in our lime tree. I am sure that the birds will not come back for them, but I had hoped that maybe they were close to hatching on their own. Tonight I took a flashlight and the inside of a toilet paper roll, to the good egg, and saw the beginnings of an embryo. This skill I learned from a good friend of mine in Iowa who raises her own birds, it's called candling. It was really neat to see the inside of the egg, but again made me feel bad that I had disturbed the nest. I placed the egg back outside and I now wish I could save that little bugger. I am sure it is too late though. If I knew how to incubate the egg and feed a baby pigeon I would probably do it, but I don't. I guess it's my motherly instincts that make me feel sorry for a creature that has forced me to scower the west side of my house once a week leaving me with bird poop stains and remnants that I have yet to succeed in preventing.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I had to throw in a picture of the horrendous forest fire we came across just north of Flagstaff. It was impressive. I was sad to see it destroying so much of the land.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Of course there are more pictures of Clara because she's at a more photogenic age. I am lucky to get Aiyana to sit for even one shot any more. I can't wait until the cheesy "say cheese" face kicks in because I know a lot of kids go through that phase too. Ah well, Clara will have to endure my photo craziness alone until Aiyana starts liking to have her picture taken once again.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Aiyana has always been scared of pools or the lake, but this past weekend she finally warmed up to the pool... or maybe it was so warm that she couldn't resist the pool? In any case, I am glad that she figured out how much fun it can be to splash around in the water.
Aiyana 22 Months Old
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Aiyana had nice views of the park from atop daddy's shoulders.
Clara and I are waiting for the jeep safari tour to start.
It was a very hot day and Aiyana passed out right after we left the park.
We didn't have any definite plans for the rest of the holiday, but we decided we wanted to visit Jerome Sunday evening. So we headed west to Jerome and it was a beautiful drive. Neither of us expected Jerome to be such a scenic town and we were pleasantly surprised to see how magnificent the views were. The town is nestled on a cliff and the views were amazing looking up along the drive and also looking down when we reached the town. I wished that I had more daylight to take pictures because it was so neat. Dana and I decided that we will definitely be making a trip back there.
Aiyana seemed spooked from the minute we arrived in Jerome. I had to take a picture of her face. Jerome is said to be one of the most haunted places in the United States and many believe that there are a lot of old spirits floating around the town.
This is a picture of an old building in Wyne Arizona. This town is only one mile from Jerome, set higher in the mountain, just past the abandoned mine. Gold use to be mined in this area and it was once a booming town. Now there are only seven residents in Wyne.
This is a picture of the place that we ate, it's called the Haunted Hamburger. A coworker of mine recommended it and the food was great. I thought it was interesting how all of these orbs showed up in my picture.
Again, no plans for the remainder of our mini vacation, but I knew I didn't want the fun to stop so instead of traveling just an hour back home, I suggested we get a hotel room in Camp Verde so we could continue to spend time together.
This is an Arizona Sycamore tree. I love the color of the bark.
I was beginning to feel very irresponsible until I see this...