It is Saturday, the sun is out, the shin-high grass is soggy, and I think the voles still live here. Not as many, thanks to the cats feasting on the all you can eat buffet I opened for them, but still some. As soon as it's dry enough I will be out mowing down the grass again and sprinkling more blood.

Until then, I want to share my new umbrella with you! It is a half umbrella and I have a metal stand with feet so it won't mark up the deck. It comes off the bottom half of the pole easily so I can put it away when I'm not using it.

I also drew in my owl this morning, now to paint it. I combined a screech owl and a saw-whet from the pictures in my 1969 Funk & Wagnall's Standard Reference Encyclopedia. My sister's and I learned to play rummy from those books, no one could beat us.

Dishes are done, and I'm going to check the grass again. Have fun out there.

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Comment by Phyllis on April 15, 2017 at 10:05am

I just found a freshly dead vole, I buried it in one of the abandoned holes. Very sad.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 15, 2017 at 10:35am

R&L ;-)

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 15, 2017 at 10:58am

Poor vole.  I bet it was suicide.  Just ignore the cat sized bite marks and I'm sure you will agree.

I ADORE that half umbrella!  I've got the perfect place to put one of those suckers!  THANKS!!!

Comment by Phyllis on April 15, 2017 at 12:31pm

There were no marks on the vole, it may have died of fright. Or drowning. 

Comment by tr ig on April 15, 2017 at 1:21pm

This here Phyllis, telltale tracks of the larger and more treacherous vole, the Missouri Mole. Sure, they could come out and walk across the earth like a normal animal, but no, instead they are inclined to travel inches below the surface, which to me is just weird.

I will refrain from posting a pic of our deck but yours is very nice, well done, and that damned half umbrella ... who knew?

Comment by koshersalaami on April 15, 2017 at 3:05pm

That half umbrella is a great idea. 

Owls? I suppose you could always get these for your deck

http://owi-inc.com/hoot-speakers.html

Comment by Phyllis on April 16, 2017 at 7:42am

I have started painting the owl, it's amazing how a 2-D piece of wood gains depth by adding color. I like those speakers, kosh!

I hope to see pictures of everyone's half umbrellas soon.

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