Living in the desert brings a ton of wildlife to the backyard because we have desert behind us and no neighbors. Our lawn has died long ago. We’ll replace it with rock once the weather cools off. You don’t have to water rock and it won’t be a constant struggle to keep it alive. This summer has been very hard on all the plants and trees.
Quail and other birds
A quail family
But the birds are having a blast in the dirt that was once home to our lawn. They peck away out there and take dirt baths. I have no idea why they like to roll in it while flapping their wings. We’ve also seen lots of baby quail this month. Everything seems to be off schedule. This is also true for us, as work has become a full time job this month. Usually August is slower for us. At least it’s cooled off to the low 100’s, or the upper 90’s, so this is a good thing.
Here's a baby roadrunner
As you can see the baby roadrunners are still alive so they must be catching enough food to survive. I don’t know if you can tell this is a young one or not, but he’s about half grown. The day I took this we had four roadrunners in the yard. I’m not sure if the parents were here with the “kids,” but I think that must have been the case. Unfortunately, I was unable to get all four of them in one picture. In years past we’ve never seen this many at one time.
Laser cat toy
Koki and Raven waiting for the laser
About a month or so ago, I bought a laser for the cats at Walmart. It was the best $1.98 I’ve ever spent on them. But I suspect it’ll cost me a lot in batteries to keep this thing going. It did come with a spare set, which I had to install already. Raven cries waiting for me to get it going. He and Koki will chase it all over the place. My hands seem to wear out before they do, but I play with them about fifteen minutes a night with this thing. Raven will bat it all over the place, or knock it off the counter trying to tell us it’s time for laser play. I imagine he’d turn it on if he knew how.
I want to apologize for my erratic posting. I’m so beat when I get home from work that getting on the computer is the last thing on my mind. I do good to get dinner ready and the kitchen cleaned up. There isn’t a lot of time left before bed. I still have to soak my feet every night and put on my ointment. I go back to the foot doctor next Wednesday. By then my orthopedic shoes should be here. People sure do have to put up with a lot of crap when they get older. I never think I’m that old, but it seems to be one ailment after another. Thank goodness I have a positive outlook and try to keep a happy attitude about all this stuff.
Beautiful clouds we've had lately with thunderstorms at night
On another note, I’m excited for the solar eclipse that’s coming on Monday. I imagine I’ll be inside working though, so won’t even get to see it. That’s a bummer. This is the first time in 99 years that it will be seen by all of the US. This probably won’t happen again in our lifetimes. Total darkness will envelop a path throughout the US while the rest of us will see a dusky sunlight for a full two minutes. When this happened centuries ago, it’s no wonder people used to think the world was ending.
I still have some vacation posts to write and pictures to share from my time in Texas in May. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that soon.