Early this morning, as I opened the door, I could hear such a racket, a loud croaking rattle of the Sandhill Cranes. They were way across the road in the neighboring field, tho they sounded like they were just the other side of the house.There were 3 of them, having just announced their landing.
When I stepped out on the deck for a closer look, I quickly realized I needed to get something on these bare feet. The deck floor was cold....like fall was in the air. I hurried before the cranes decided to leave right away. The neighbors dog would surely put the run on them as soon as she spots them.
Even the traffic did not cause them to flee so I thought, while they preen themselves, I would attempt to get a closer look.Slowly, I walked down the driveway, to see that there were 5 of them. The two calling cranes are the parents, and what looks to be a teenager and two of this years hatchlings. ( Maybe Ma and Pa adopted one along the way, as they usually only lay 2 eggs. ) Ma and Pa started warning immediately, of my presence. And I thought I was being quiet and sneaky...
It was so interesting to see how the parents flanked the youngsters, on watch from opposite directions while the little ones paid no mind to my presence until the parents warned again.
Come along kids, it's time to leave. Let's walk to the farthest end of the field for awhile, then fill your bellies before we start our flight. First stop may be the Platte River in Nebraska. We have not yet decided where to winter: either Ariz, Tex, Mex, Calif. Some of our relatives even fly as far as Cuba. We prefer Texas.
The first thing I did yesterday, was to put some over-sized zucchini and over-ripe bananas to good use. Two loaves of Banana Bread and two of the Zucchini Coconut Almond Bread were in and out of the oven by noon. ( I sure had a difficult time grating the zucchini with these sensitive burned fingers. Still so touchy. )
Next, jar up the dehydrated onions. Oh My, how wonderful these smell. They are so crisp and will be a perfect topper for my Green Bean Casserole. I know one Grandson that eats them right out of the jar like a snack. I never say a kid love onions so much.
Time for lunch...how about thick sliced tomatoes on toast? The slices are so huge that they are larger than the slice of bread.
Now, That's a Sandwich!Back to work! Where do I begin? Maybe hulling the Yard Long Beans on the deck with a second cup of coffee. It's such a beautiful morning that needs to be enjoyed before the fall winds start to blow and the chill in the air decides to stay.
Working in the last sunny summer days, works for me.
Have a great day yourself and find at least one grateful thing in your day. It will bring a big ol' smile to your face.
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