Sunday, March 30, 2014

Exploring My New Neighborhood

This afternoon I took a walk to get some exercise. (Don't want the occasional Twistee Strawberry Sundae to ruin my regimen.) I am just up the street from a large housing area called Timber Oaks. I drive through it quite frequently to get to other places, but this was my first walk.  I was very surprised that very near to an intersection I use often is a Nature Area that includes this little lake. The reason I missed it from the car is that it from the car is that it sits in a large depression in the landscape.  I walked around it in a few minutes.  It is shaped like a doughnut, round with an island in the middle.  There were a few Muscovy Ducks which were no big surprise.  The really big fish I saw was a bit of a surprise.  I think it might have been a catfish, but I'm not sure. There were also some smaller fish of a different kind and some tiny minnow sized ones as well.

I think my friends Laura and Ashley would like the neighborhood.  There is a fenced in area where this fellow sat sunning. There are lots of other visible burrows in the same area.  One wonders if this is where gopher turtles were evacuated to during the construction of Timber Oaks?

Then when I got back home I looked over the railing on the landing of the stairs an saw this fellow (or gal?) strolling across the yard munching on plants as it went.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Long Time, Nothing New to See

I have been busy. I'm now living in an apartment complex about 7 miles north of my previous abode. I wish I could say I'm totally settled in, but alas I can only claim to have 99% of my "stuff" moved and probably 60% of my things are where I'd like them to be.

The apartment is large by the local standard and reasonably priced. I was fortunate that friends who were downsizing have given me lots of furniture. It's been an exciting time and occasionally quite exhausting. I looked at lots of places that are for persons "over 55" and decided that at least for now I'd rather live in a more natural mixture of ages and stages of life.

You might remember this post showing visitors in my old neighborhood. Here are some year round residents that I see several mornings a week:

I see on the Internet that the designation for a group of peacocks is an Ostentation. How appropriate is that?

(Sorry about the piece of lint on the lens.  I thought I had gotten rid of it!)