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Wildlife Wednesday – Pumpkin Eaters

More squirrel shenanigans to share with you today!

I read an article in the paper about putting a pumpkin out for the squirrels to munch on. I cut a hole in it and let them dig it out. It’s funny to watch them try to climb inside to get more seeds. I was hoping this would keep them away from the bird feeder but they still try to devour that too. They are a bit frantic this time of year, trying to fatten up for winter and store food.

Take a Hike – Poetry in the Woods

There’s a hiking trail not far from my house that I love to go to, especially in Fall.

The longest trail is about 3.1 miles and goes through a prairie, along a small lake where motor boats aren’t allowed (which keeps it clean and quiet), and through the woods. It’s actually one of my favorite local hikes!

Along the trail there are these wonderful signs with beautiful poetry printed on them.

I find them so intriguing and comforting while exploring these trails. It would be so fun to set up something like this in my own backyard!

Thrifty Thursday – More Silver

I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few more of my recent finds:

I’m always on the hunt for vintage silver items. I found these poached egg cups which are exactly like the cups we used to have when I was a kid in the 1970s! And these lovely silver and black coasters – love that scroll work design in the center. I’ve been searching for a long-handled spoon for cocktails or ice cream treats and finally found one.

I’ve never been a good bargain shopper so it’s been fun lately to learn how to search for thrifty and vintage treasures for everyday use. I only spent $2.00 on these goodies, which included rounding up to the nearest dollar for charity.

Wildlife Wednesday

I don’t see bunnies too often throughout the day in my backyard, since they are more active at dawn and dusk. I’m not sure if this bunny saw me sitting at the patio table right next to him/her, or if he just didn’t care I was there. It was great to witness him eating a weed! If only they would eat more weeds and less plants I actually paid for, like the tulips starting to come up in spring and the coneflowers I’m trying to get to spread throughout the flower gardens.

Thrifty Thursday – Silver Trays

I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few more of my recent finds:

I’m always on the hunt for vintage silver items, and these trays were great finds at $2.00 each! I love to style them with other vintage finds, from glass carafes to crystal decanters and a mismatch of fun glasses.
I’ve never been a good bargain shopper so it’s been fun lately to learn how to search for thrifty and vintage treasures for everyday use.

Wildlife Wednesday

Lots of birdwatching and squirrel shenanigans in my backyard these days!


I’ve never seen squirrels wrestling in a tree, especially over a birdfeeder!


And I’ve never seen a squirrel climb up a sunflower stalk, with a fence around that particular flower garden to keep critters out.

Hope you’re having a good hump day and finding ways to get outside and enjoy some Fall sunshine and fresh air!

Take a Hike

I like to take different hikes on the weekends in fall, try a different trail, see different landscapes, collect treasures I find on the trails, mostly through photography. One of these weekends, I’m hoping to go on a hike by myself and try doing some botanical studies and odes to nature in my sketchbook.

This past weekend, I hiked at Lapham Peak, which is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern unit, formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers. The trails traverse through glacially-formed hills and around kettle lakes, prairies and state forest land.


It was also great fun to discover a beautiful butterfly garden in the middle of this state park, full of a huge variety of wildflowers that attract pollinators. Nice to still see bees, goldfinches and monarchs this late in the season. I lucked out with a warm and sunny fall day, so it was exhilarating to be out in the woods and hiking the trails again.

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