2 Parks in 2 Days = a lovely weekend!

We spend so much time working on the house, shopping for the house, cleaning up the mess we’ve made in the house …. that we don’t get out and about as often as we should.  We love the Hudson Valley and have not had enough opportunity to explore.  So this weekend, Chris decided we would visit two parks that are very close to us.  They were each pretty great and have different things to offer.  It was nice to get outside on a gorgeous late summer weekend and enjoy the area.

Saturday took us to Croton Point Park.  Situated right on the river, there were so many pretty views, a great breeze, well-maintained hiking trails and lots of places to gather a group for a picnic.

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Then on Sunday we explored Roosevelt State Park.  I think I liked Croton Point better, but Roosevelt has a pool.  A huge pool!  And it wasn’t crowded when we arrived around noon.  It might get crazy with kids and radios and … humanity.  But I might give it a try some time …

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they grow up so fast….

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It’s been hard to get a good photo of the baby birds, with the fire escape all smashed and branches all around, but the three who are there are thriving.  We lost one somewhere along the way — not sure if that was a natural selection thing or a tree-falling-related thing, but I think I’ve been VERY brave in accepting it and moving on 🙂

The little guys even seem to be getting ready to take a little flight.  The mom sits on the roof next door and tweets at them (140 characters or less) and they ruffle their feathers and scoot around the nest.  So cute!  They are really getting big and seem very happy and active.  They should be around another 2 weeks, and though I’m tempted to try to clear up their little platform, I think I will leave well enough alone.  Besides, we have enough to do with tree clean up and chores.

Lucky!

The old, large tree in our neighbor’s yard decided to crack in half and crash at 3:30 a.m.  So now, instead of the 4th of July we had planned (burgers, beers, finishing the bathroom, relaxation …) we will be borrowing Chris’ brother-in-law’s chainsaw and cleaning up.  I’m honestly still shaken up by this, but I know how lucky we are– a foot further and we could have lost our back porch, the wall to the wood room, even part of the front porch.  As it is now, a screen was ripped and the siding has some dents.  The garbage cans didn’t even fall over!  No one was hurt– including the baby birds.  We were so happy to see them squirming around in their nest this morning, and I got a photo of Mamma Bird on the railing with some worms in her mouth, ready to feed the babies. So … wish us luck on the clean up. 

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baby birds are a-ok!

baby birds are a-ok!

 

that's Mamma, perched on the now kind of broken fire escape, worms at the ready

that’s Mamma, perched on the now kind of broken fire escape, worms at the ready

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Although we did not get to spend this beautiful Father’s Day weekend with our dads, we did do dad-like things in that we worked around the yard and the house and watched the U.S. Open.  And we wish them and all dads out there a great Father’s Day!

My transplanted rose bush started popping ….

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Mamma Bird was busy again, too – on Saturday, she was up to 3 eggs in the nest!

I'm so in love with the color!

I’m so in love with the color!

Attempting to continue my gardening streak, I cleaned out the containers Jeffrey gave me and re-planted them with some vegetable plants.  I don’ think they will grow in such a small container, but it’s also kind of a test to see if that area of the yard gets enough sunlight to eventually sustain a full garden.

 

I also spent a few hours digging out the weeds that are overgrowing the curb in the yard.  (the “curb in the yard” being a separate issue that was once a driveway, but will not be used as a driveway by us, so instead is a dividing wall for now…).  The drainage is terrible  from the top of the curb into the flower bed and herb garden, and with all the rain we’ve had lately, a lot of soil got washed away and a lot of new weeds popped up.  For example, above the herb garden was looking like this:

bottom half of photo = all weeds.  Curb = kinds mossy ....

bottom half of photo = all weeds. Curb = kinds mossy ….

 

I dug out about half the curb and planted some grass seed.  We will see what happens!  The dirt should settle in soon and hopefully we will get some grass along the edge ….

after the weed-digging....

after the weed-digging….

 

Meanwhile, the Tile Master got half the bathroom floor done!  Not yet grouted, but it’s bold and crazy tile and I’m really excited about it!  (and more bathroom blog posts to follow, obv.)  What do you think?

Modwalls floor tile, gumball pattern, laid by Chris!

Modwalls floor tile, gumball pattern, laid by Chris!

 

But I think the most exciting Father’s Day news is for the Papa Robin, who is going to have not three, but 4 babies ….  Mamma laid one more egg today!

FOUR!

FOUR!

And how was your weekend?

 

mamma robin is busy …

Chris got up this morning and there was an egg in the nest!  When I checked it out a little later, I got the real stink-eye from Mamma Bird …

get outta here!  I'm busy!

get outta here! I’m busy!

I went back later today, and Mamma had plopped out another egg.

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According to my “research,” robins sit on their eggs for 12-14 days, depending on how warm it is.  The eggs are blue because of something in the mother’s blood and may help camoflage the eggs in a tree.  I’m hoping they aren’t too exposed sitting out there on the fire escape.  Apparently squirrels, bluejays and other critters will steal the eggs.  Oh, nature, don’t you break my heart!

I also learned the Tiffany & Co. trademarked the name “robin’s egg blue.”  Really, Tiffany?!?  That seems extreme.