What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Saturday Odds and Ends and Surprise Endings

Happy Saturday to you!  Since I didn't post a "Friday Foto Friends" post yesterday, I thought today would be a good day to tie up a few loose ends of photos from the week for your enjoyment and edification. That's a big word that means: 

  1. the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually.
    "the idea that art's main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification"

I don't know how much this post will improve you morally or intellectually, but hopefully it will be entertaining and somewhat educational...

This wind whirligig was blowing in the wind the other day.  There's a story behind this and if I can find it I will link it.   Here's the original post that led to our interest in this particular kind of item...(but I will warn you it is a beautiful, yet difficult story to read)  and another post that tells about when we received this gift.  Anyway, it was originally given to us  by my sister in memory of our son Matthew.  Now it is getting old and a bit bent out of shape and needs to be overhauled a bit, but it does still work and I enjoy watching it spin in the wind. As we approach the 8th anniversary of our son's passing next week (May 25th, 2014) I guess this has been in the back of my mind a lot.

Now I will switch gears a bit to something educational:

This Yellow-bellied slider (turtle) came on shore last evening, and was busily digging into the ground with her hind legs. apparently digging a place to lay her eggs. (But I didn't know that at the time).

Isn't she interesting? Look a that design on her shell. Do you see the face in the markings?

I think that is very remarkable.  Anyway, she hid her head in the shell when I first showed up to take her picture....

And she got very still, hoping I would go away I think.

But when she realized I was not going anywhere while I spoke softly to her, she got a little more brave and poked her nose out at me to have a better look...

She kept moving her mouth around as if she was trying to tell me something.  She didn't seem afraid anymore.

I was obviously fascinated and just kept taking pictures while I talked to her and she seemed to be listening.

It could be that she was trying to say to me, "Why don't you go away and leave me alone. Can't you see I'm trying to lay some eggs here???"

Well, I did leave her alone and I went on about my business, but I kept an eye on her out of the corner of my eye.  After a while she turned around and headed straight back to the pond.

Then I went and looked at where she'd been to see what I could see, and this is what I saw:

These holes are actually kind of deep. But I couldn't tell if there were any eggs inside them. And she didn't make any attempt to cover them up. I don't know if she just gave up because of my interruptions, or if she really didn't have any eggs to lay. I checked again this morning, and it still looks the same. So, unless she comes back again, I don't expect there will be any eggs in that nest...unless they are down there and I can't see them.  I guess if I see her again I will just ignore her and let her do her own thing...

Down on the shore of Still Waters Pond are these pretty little Marsh Pink flowers. 

And then these other pretty yellow wildflowers. I don't remember their name, but it doesn't really matter. They are just so pretty growing along the shore...

Usually we keep this section of the shore line cut back, but we haven't done so yet this spring, and I like having the wild flowers growing there anyway. However, we will probably have to clean it up soon or we won't be able to see the pond!

Walking on around the pond I found these blackberries growing. The birds usually eat them before I can get to them, so I just let them have them. There are too many stickers on the stems anyway to make it worth my while to pick them.  There really aren't that many of them...not enough for a cobbler...so let the birds have them!

Speaking of birds and flowers and such...Little Miss Lily Grace helped me plant a few more flowers in our butterfly garden this morning:

She even has her own garden tools to use. I found these in a box in the shed among some other craft supplies. I forgot I had them. They are just right for Lily to use! She was a big help!!

We need to do a little more weeding and cleaning up around there, but this is an all-natural butterfly garden.  If it looks too sterile, the butterflies won't think it's for them. LOL. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Little by little it is coming together. Now if we could get some good consistent rains it would help things grow better.  That yellow flower plant doesn't look too good, but it is actually okay. I think I need to just cut it back and let it start over.

A little later I looked out my window and saw Mrs. Bluebird sticking her head out of her "open window", enjoying the view of the garden outside her house.

She seems to approve!  I've noticed that she is spending more time in the birdhouse these days, so I am assuming that she is sitting on some eggs.  I'm sure it gets hot in there, so she likes to poke her head out and look around frequently.  I'm glad we've provided a nice garden for her to enjoy while she waits for her babies to be born.

Now I'm sure you are wondering about this "Closed Door"...I told you this would be some odds and ends or loose ends, didn't I?  Well, this closed door is actually someone's trash thrown out in the woods where we like to walk. People are so lazy and inconsiderate. There is a dump right down the road from there where they could take their trash, but they don't want to be bothered and have to pay a fee, so they just dump their trash in the woods.  That makes me very angry, but it does make for some interesting pictures.

And with that, I will close this door on this post for today.

Here's Proverb for today regarding learning something new:
Proverbs 18:15
"The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge."


Just as I was ready to publish this post I looked out my window again and saw another amazing sight!

This Florida Soft Shell Turtle, a totally different kind than yesterday's turtle, was hurrying up the bank to my freshly dug garden...

She seemed to be in quite a big hurry...

She was examining all of the freshly dug dirt for a perfect spot...

I'm glad she gave us a nice view of herself so we could see what she looked like before...

Because she immediately, as if in a very big hurry, started digging up the dirt and practically covering herself with it as she dug...

Of course I am thinking "there goes my flowers..."

But I wasn't about to stop this lady with an urgent mission...

She turned over rocks and uprooted plants...

Reminded me of an army tank moving through the garden, or a bulldozer...

She kind of went all around and back again...

I guess she decided t his was the right place to lay her eggs...

By the way she was moving, I feel quite certain that is exactly what she was doing...

And then, just as quickly as she came she was gone.  I went outside to see what I could see, and this is how it looks...neatly covered up...but I did have to put a flower plant back in place and turn the stone back over...and now we will just have to wait and see what develops.

Two different turtles in two days...what next??? Stay tuned for the next episode of "The Days of Our Turtle Lives..."

Until then, be happy and enjoy your weekend.
I'm wondering if you can top these stories?
LOL.  Never a dull moment by Still Waters Pond! 
Oh, I didn't get a picture, but Mrs. Bluebird sat on top of her house and watched the whole episode. She was very interested in what that creature was doing in her pretty new garden too. But she didn't attempt to drive her away. I think she could see, like I did, that this lady was on a mission and she was not going to be driven away until she had accomplished her task!
Isn't God's Creation amazing?
Okay...Good Night for now. (unless another turtle shows up to lay her eggs!)



  1. Those turtles are fascinating! My sister has two tortoises as pets. They started out tiny, just a couple inches across and now they they're close to a foot. Sometimes they'll push her potted plants around the yard. She knows she can't keep them forever so she's considering donating them to a zoo or animal habitat. They sure are fun to watch though!

    1. Interesting! Are they the kind of tortoises that dig burrows in the ground? They call them gopher tortoises here and they are an endangered species. However there are a lot of them out in the woods. They aren't the water kind of turtles. Yes, they are fascinating creatures. These sure got my attention! LOL.

  2. Such a lovely post...and I am keeping in prayer with Matthew's anniversary into glorious Heaven. I catch myself every so often going, "Hey, son you see that?" in reference to a fast car. He/Liam sure loved cars. ----Yeah...it is what it is, right?

    1. Yeah, it is what it is, and it is perfectly OK to do that. I still talk to Matthew in my head a lot. I really don't feel like he's all that far away. Same way with my parents. I often feel like we could just reach through that "curtain" and touch them, but I know it's not to be. Someday we will see them again face to face, but until then it is quite all right to feel their presence nearby and enjoy that feeling. They would want us to be happy in our memories of them.

  3. Amazing, yes! I'm touched how that first tortoise responded to your voice; all the denizens of Still Waters pond, actually. I do believe animals have more keenly developed senses than we humans. Thank you for sharing the link about the whiligig and the reflection. I had tears in my eyes -- but hope, too. You are an amazing storyteller.

    1. Thank you, Myra, for your kind thoughts regarding the whirligig, etc. story. I appreciate your sentiments. And yes, I agree with you about the animals keenly developed senses. The Sand Hill Cranes act like they can hear us when we are in the house even though the windows are closed. They know when we come to the window to look at them. They are very smart. Oh, and they came back yesterday...so I guess they were just on a little spring break somewhere showing Colt the sights. LOL.

  4. No, I cannot top your wildlife stories. Thank goodness! I would be beside myself if a turtle were wrecking such a special flower garden. You are so patient and tolerant of critters. And the second turtle was not particularly attractive to top it all off. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I guess that I'm more of a blue bird girl.

    1. LOL. Hello Bluebird Girl! :) Yeah, I like the birds the most, but this was pretty fascinating stuff, you must admit! LOL. I was able to repair the damage pretty well. But that turtle sure went through there like a wrecking ball. No wildlife stories, and you live in Maine? Are you in the country or the city? No moose adventures? I know there are LOTS of moose in Maine and NH, esp. in the boggy areas. And then there are bears too...when we lived in NH we had both walk through our yard, and of course you have to watch out for the moose on the roadways, especially in winter because they like the salt on the roads...I found Maine and NH both to be quite the adventuresome place to live. My only complaint was that the winters were just too long and too dark. Other than that, I loved it. Have a wonderful week.

  5. How fun to have the turtles to watch and now babies to wait for! I have to say that first one does look a bit angry about all the attention when you zoomed in on her face. The flowers look very pretty. I went plant shopping today and once it cooled down this evening I potted the vegetable plants, but I'm waiting to do my big pots of flowers tomorrow since it's supposed to be a good bit cooler. Hopefully, the thunderstorms will wait until after I get home from church to get it done.

    1. I do hope we get to see the baby turtles when they hatch. I will have to keep watching. Hopefully the hawks and herons don't see them first...I hope you get your plants planted. Be sure to share pictures when you do!

  6. We had a little box turtle inthe back yard by the pool today. I did not get a picture though. We just got home from Branson last night and I was out doors cleaning up debris from stormy weather. I never saw a turtle like that Florida one before.
    Lilly May looks sweet with her garden tools

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. So glad you are back safely from your trip. Sounds like you had a great time. I hope your little box turtle is okay. The Florida Soft Shelled turtle isn't the most attractive one, but I think they make good soup. LOL. Don't worry, I'm not going to try it. Lily sends her love. xoxoxo

  7. Two turtles in one day? Unbelievable! You're right about there never being a dull moment at Still Waters Pond, Pamela. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Martha. Yes, we may have to rename this place Pamela's Wild Kingdom! LOL.

  8. Oh, wow!

    Soon you will have grandturtles. 🐢

    1. Ha Ha! Grandturtles! That sounds like fun...maybe. LOL. I have a feeling they will quickly disappear into the pond, however. I do hope I will get to see them before they go. It would be fun to be a Grandma to a turtle for at least a day! LOL

  9. Oh my! You have so much excitement at your house. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thank you, Ruth. Yes, it does seem as though there is never a dull moment!

  10. What an interesting post, Pamela! I enjoyed it very much. Clearly, nature is doing its best to continue their species!

    What is that very pretty trumpet-like flower close to Miss Lily? Foxglove, perhaps? It's so very pretty.

    1. Thank you, Barbara...Yes. that is Foxglove. I am just learning about these flowers that are supposed to be good for butterflies and hummingbirds. I hope they will grow and prosper! Our soil is mostly sand, so we shall see how things go. Hope you are having a wonderful week.

  11. I'm not sure I knew that about your son Matthew. My prayers are with you. ((Hugs))
    We have been looking to buy one of those for our lawn. I love turtles. I had a turtle named Elmer for years and years. He would even look at me when I called his name. We finally had to let him go and my husband put him into a creek near his shooting range. Enjoyed all of your photos.

    1. Thank you, Debby. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. The "anniversaries" and birthdays are always the most difficult, but it seems as though there is hardly ever a day that we don't think of him in some way. But we know where he is (in heaven) and we will see him again someday. Until then I want to keep his memory alive. He was an amazing person. Oh, your "Elmer" sounds like he was sweet. I hope he survived in the wild okay. Turtles are very interesting creatures! I've never gotten to see them lay eggs before, so we shall see how this goes. Hopefully we will get to see the babies when they hatch.


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