Category Archives: Wild Critters
Pizza! I fiddled with a crust recipe for this one: 2 cups of flour, pinch each of salt and sugar, 1/4 tsp of yeast and about 3/4 cup of water. No stand mixer but I did knead it a bit before placing it into an oiled bowl to proof. I covered it with plastic wrap and left it alone for about six hours. It took that long to double with the tiny amount of yeast. I stretched and pulled on it to reach the edges of my pan. It was pretty good.The kittehs loved the stuffing that came inside this box. Here’s Homer taking his turn.Tonight we had beef enchiladas with Spanish rice and refried beans. I prefer this style of beans to those dishes that no longer contain identifiable beans. I did mash these a little.Post needs moar puppehs! This is a blue heeler mix pup, one of a small litter that came into the shelter the other day. Already adopted, says Mrs J.A cat still at the shelter, as far as I know. Mrs J may have more info.Here’s Ginger, attracted more to the cursor arrow than the deer in the video clip from the backyard camera.
Stumbled across this photo that led me to the Daily Mail and this:
Frolicking in the autumn leaves, this little lion cub is having the time of her life as she excitedly plays in her enclosure.
Tiny cub Karis proved she’s not too dissimilar to human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepers, even ending up with a pile on her head.
Staff at the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, Scotland, had been raking up the leaves to keep the attraction tidy, when Karis’s keeper Brian Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them and moved the pile into her enclosure.Autumn days: Karis, an 11 week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, central ScotlandAdventure: Tiny cub Karis proved that she’s not too dissimilar from human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepersPlaytime: Staff at the park had been raking up leaves, when Karis’s keeper David Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them, and moved the pile into her enclosure
==================Happy: Karis almost seems to have a smile on her face as she poses in the pile of leaves
=============Lion Queen: Karis appears to be working on an almighty roar as she leaps through the leaves
Click on the link above to see more fun… go, now, really…go…
They’re saying the the flooding is bringing the bears into towns around the area because of the smells. Lots of garbage, etc. This is the first time since I’ve lived here that we’ve had a bear in town. Although a few years ago we had a juvenile moose running through town, shades of Northern Exposure. It is not unusual for wildlife to wander down from the mountains and stroll through towns, even in Denver.
Here are all the photos of our wayward bear (who was tranquilized and moved back to the mountains).
We often see wasps at the nectar feeders but this is the first time I’ve seen this many honeybees at one. First time I’ve seen this many honeybees in a long time, actually. I wonder if they are a new swarm looking for a nest site and stopping by the feeder on their way.I think they just call an assembly of turkeys a flock, but a swarm would work. Or a congress. That one may already be taken.Here’s the male of a brother and sister pair of terrier mix puppies. And the sister. Mrs J said the previous owner took ill and was put into a nursing home by his kids. They turned the dogs loose. They were picked up by a neighbor and kept until the shelter had an opening. They are leash trained and housebroken, their meds are up to date, and they will be spayed and neutered.Here’s a kitteh, one of those that were part of the colony that came down with a respiratory illness. A visit to the St Francis Facebook page will yield more info on the dogs and cats. And a quick update on the ongoing Katie integration project. Here she is with Bea kitteh and Annie, the Brittany Princess. She loves her some Mrs J but would prefer to not be in the same room with me, unless I have a treat in hand. She is coming into the kitchen to eat with the other dogs but she is still quick to run away if anything isn’t quite right. She is eager for her walks, still always on a leash. I have no idea whether or when Mrs J will let her out without it. She will make that call.Mmm… biscuits and sausage gravy. These biscuits are another success for this recipe. I fold the dough over on itself several times while kneading it, makes for a nice flaky, layered biscuit.Jack doesn’t get much exposure so here he is with an expression I will make no attempt to characterize.
The hummers are slowing down a bit from their peak. We took down 2 of the 5 feeders we had up. Those 3 were pretty busy this morning.
A neighbor came by with a loaf of beer bread for me to try, he had talked it up yesterday when we were all gathered to watch the tree eating machine clear the power line right of way.A busy day! Anyway, back to the bread. It’s a simple enough recipe: 2-3/4 cups self rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 stick melted butter, and 1 12oz. can of Busch beer, bake at 350 for an hour. No mention in the recipe he handed me of kneading so I’m going to go to teh Google. Ah.. no kneading, just some minor differences. You can mix in the butter or pour it over the mixture.I ate the heel with a little butter, not bad at all. The crust was chewy, it had a decent crumb. Seems like a worthwhile thing to try. About the beer… he swore that Busch was the only beer that would work, I have my doubts. He left me with a can out of his own stock just to be sure.This is a companion rig to the tree eating machine. It’s exactly what it looks like, a buzz saw on a long arm. The boom is fiberglass so it won’t fry the operator if he gets into the power lines with it. The boom telescopes in and out, it has a pretty long reach.Closing Kitteh. Mrs J says they named her Biscuit and she has been adopted out so don’t be flooding the switchboard at St Francis calling about her. Of course, there are kittehs left so, on second thought, go ahead!
There was a bit of drama earlier. This fellow chased another big bird out of the yard. I’m not sure what it was, Mrs J thought it was a hawk. I didn’t get a clear view. I am half expecting the resident songbirds to mob him but they have been mostly absent aside from a few finches. We have a good number of crows in the general area and a noisy bunch of jays are usually around. No idea where they all are these days.