This is the week before the Wilson County Fair kicks off a new season. I hope that mother nature will be kind to us with not so hot temperatures and high humidity. Mother nature is just a meaning, but Father God will actually be the one in control.
Where did the humidity go? This past Saturday morning begins with a cool 60 degrees. Of course to me, it felt like I was going to freeze. There was not a cloud in the sky all day long.
It looks like we finally caught a break with the weather this weekend. The humidity moved out and we started out with a temperature of 72 degrees. Some of you may wonder why I start my articles talking about the weather. Weather has a great bearing on what birds may be doing at any point in time.
It was very nice of the Wilson Post staff to run some of my older articles when I was unable to do hardly anything. I was going to have shoulder surgery, but a tiny hole on the end of my left big toe seemed to have an infection in it. Dr. Warren checked it out and discovered it to have gangrene. The quickest solution was to remove the toe. I didn't hesitate and was checked into Tennova that afternoon for a heavy round of antibiotics.
Its been another hot one here in Lebanon this weekend. My flower garden is enjoying the hot weather with a little rain thrown in for good measure. Well, in reality, the rain we got the other day was a real frog strangler and I got caught out driving in the mess. Not a complaint as we needed rain.
It has been a few weeks since I have sat behind my keyboard with nothing to write about. Memorial Day came and went with plenty excitement at the campground. I have already told everyone about that so I will pick up on some new news.
Memorial Day weekend was a very special day for us. This was the first camping trip in our new recreational camper purchased from Cedar City R. V., which is located behind the Capitol Theater. All these years, I have always been in a tent.
We started out on a very warm morning. By eight, the temperature had already risen to 80 degrees. With the addition of several new flowers that I put out for the butterflies, I am hoping for a little rain. We did get some on Saturday evening.
Saturday quickly became a beautiful morning, with a slight coolness to the air. When we first got going it was 50 degrees.
Well, another week has come and gone with a lot of rain thrown in to help with May Flowers. I had a program at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park that I have done for 40 years. That would have made me 26 years old when I first started doing this.
What a difference one week can make weather wise. Last weeks we had flash flood warnings while this week we were headed back to a normal spring time weather. The only rain was in the forecast for later in the week.
With all of this rain here lately, some of our local creeks and rivers are starting to overflow their banks. We passed by the Don Fox Park Saturday morning and found that the western and eastern parts were under about two feet of water.
Got up with bright and sunny conditions this morning at a balmy 72 degrees. Birds in the neighborhood were singing their best songs, looking forward to nesting season. I have noticed that my feeder birds have the look of love in their feathers.
After a chilly start of 41 degrees, the day warmed up nicely to 71 degrees later in the afternoon. With the Dogwood Tree in full bloom, it must be what is called Dogwood Winter. This also means that the stripe fish will be running up the creeks to spawn.
This will probably be my last article for a while, unless Anthony Gray can write some for me. I will be having surgery this Wednesday morning at 10am to repair the tear of my rotator cuff and tear of my bicep muscle in my left shoulder. It would be great to get many prayers from all of my friends and readers.
Saturday morning started out warm and Sunny, but by late afternoon the skies started to weep. The weather this month seems to be the "same o same o," rain then a couple of dry days and then some more rain.
As I write this article, Spring is only one day away. One might expect it to start off warm, but no such luck. We will have to wait up until May before we can plant our tender vegetables such as home grown tomatoes.
As I write this article, spring is only one day away. One might expect it to start off warm, but no such luck.
I awoke too early this past Saturday morning and peeked out the window, expecting to see rain. It was dry, and I decided to go back to bed because it would be another couple of hours of sleep I could get before Anthony Gray showed up for our birdwatching excursion. When I woke up later, the ground was almost white with snow. Looking out my kitchen window, I could see that I must have been the only one feeding the birds in my neighborhood.
I awoke too early this past Saturday morning and peeked out the window, expecting to see rain. It was dry and I decided to go back to bed because it would be another couple of hours sleep that I could get before Anthony Gray shows up for our birdwatching excursion.
Here is another slightly chilly start to our morning travel, hopefully in the bird world. Birds seem to be at a standstill, just before Spring arrives with the breeding season at hand. In another month, the excitement should be in the air.
Here is another slightly chilly start to our morning travel, hopefully in the bird world. Birds seem to be at a standstill just before spring arrives with the breeding season at hand. In another month, the excitement should be in the air.
Back to February, need I say more. This weather has been something else this whole month. Yesterday, Friday, it was a balmy 80 degrees and Saturday morning we awoke to temperatures in the low 40's. We will most likely finish this month where we should have been already.
This weekend started out with overcast skies, but before night fell, it started clearing off. This Sunday was clear skies and as I am writing this, a tad warmer. It is hard to imagine temperatures at 70 plus degrees here in the middle of February.
This weekend started out with overcast skies, but before night fell, it started clearing off. Sunday brought clear skies and, as I am writing this, it is a tad warmer.
Here is another weather break where it is so warm one day and cold the next. As I write this, it is a warm 69 degrees outside and by tonight it will be a cold 33 degrees. That's what they say about the weather here in Tennessee, if you don't like it, wait about 30 minutes and it will change.
Here is another weather break where it is so warm one day and cold the next. As I write this, it is a warm 69 degrees outside, and by tonight, it will be a cold 33 degrees. That's what they say about the weather here in Tennessee - if you don't like it, wait about 30 minutes, and it will change.
We woke up to a very chilly morning where ice was formed over a small part of my heated birdbath. Birds from all over were shoulder to shoulder dipping their heads for a drink. My doves were not going to be bullied this morning and stood their ground with the rest of them.
Waking up this past Sunday morning, I was half expecting to see some snow on the ground. Maybe I got up too late and it had already melted. Anyway, I saw my share of snow while I was up at the Cumberland Mountain State Park back on Friday.
Where in the world did this 70 degree weather come from, here in the middle of January? I am not complaining. Could this be a portion of global warming? Some scientist say so, while others do not agree. I think we will enjoy it while we can.
I am so sorry that I was not able to write my normal weekly article for the last several weeks. Some of you have heard, some of you have not. The day after Christmas, I was put into ICU at Tennova Healthcare. My primary Doctor, Dr. Gary Gallant's nurse, detected an irregular heart beat while checking my vitals.
This past Saturday, temperatures were up to 53 degrees and it felt wonderful. If the sun had been shining it would have probably been up in the high sixties. It was a different story when I woke up Sunday morning. I could see that some type of frozen precipitation had fallen. It was sleet, not snow.
After this past touch of polar air, I am most ready for spring. It got down to nineteen degrees, frost was thick and I could see my breath. It is time for a warm up. I hear from the old timers that it has to get super cold to kill the bugs in the ground, but they don't know that the bugs will just tunnel deeper into the soil.
Thank God for this wonderful rain that has started falling this past Sunday. Even yesterday, Saturday the 3rd of December, as we traveled through our wonderful Cedars Of Lebanon State Park and Forest, we noticed how dry things still are and only one careless toss of a cigarette could put us in the news like the Gatlinburg fire. Keep praying for rain friends.
I almost hated to see the freezing temperatures down in the mid 20's as everything that has grown since spring is dead. I had a wonderful success with my Butterfly garden and am looking forward to doing it all over again next year.
For those of you that was wishing for colder weather, you got your wish. My bird bath was frozen over and I will have to get me a de-icer to keep fresh water available during the winter. Birds are like us humans and need fresh water to survive.
There was frost upon the pumpkin this morning and I was happy that I didn't have to get out that early. I will hope that I can hit the Powerball so I can move to Daytona Beach Florida. Just a dream, maybe.
There was frost upon the pumpkin this morning and I was happy that I didn't have to get out that early. I will hope that I can hit the Powerball so I can move to Daytona Beach Florida. Just a dream, maybe.
A cool brisk morning was just what the Doctor ordered. With Daylight Saving Time over with, we can expect the nighttime to get here maybe before 5 0'Clock in the evening. Cold weather is definitely not my cup of tea.
Where has Fall gone to, or maybe why is Summer hanging on so long? Is this some proof that "Global Warming" is true? El Nino? I'm not sure, but I am going to enjoy warm weather while it's here.
Returning from Florida, the difference in temperatures was 20 degrees and the weather was dry. This was a huge difference where there is rain showers every day
Cooler weather is on the way, according to Bree Smith with News Channel Five. My Butterfly garden has been a great success, with more visitors than I could count. Soon, we will have a frost and then everything will be gone untill next spring
It looks like Summer is fixing to turn loose and let Fall take it's place. Fall is a great time of the year, but my most favorite is Spring, because of the new flowers that bloom. You can keep Winter.
As most of you figured out, I had taken a two week vacation, first down in New Orleans and then onboard a ship headed out into the Gulf of Mexico. The weather in new Orleans was about the same that we had been having here. Lots of heat and humidity to go around.
We seem to have caught a slight break this weekend with the weather. Saturday morning was a whole lot less in the humidity department. Of course the rains returned Sunday and we are back to where we were before, sticky.
Well, the weather is still a bit on the warm side, but the storms seem to be going some where else. Now we are needing some rain. My Texas sunflowers are really starting to bloom and seem to be showing off their "Tennessee Orange."
Another hot week like the week before and the week before that. I am hoping for some decent weather in a couple of weeks so I can have a yard sale. It is easy to accumulate a bunch of stuff that you really don't need. Time to clean house.
Time is slowly counting down to a vacation of a life time where just maybe, I can stick my toes in the sand. But before I go, there are many things that need to be done here at home. My flower garden looks very good, but there is plenty weeds that needs to be pulled.
This hot and humid weather makes me look forward to fall, with it's milder temperatures where one might just be able to open a window for some fresh air. The rain this week has been avoiding my little yard and it is getting time to drag out the "hosepipe", well that is what most of us southerners call it.
We had another carbon copy week just like the last one with heat, then thunderstorms in the afternoon. I am sure the lawn mowing people are almost working overtime to catch up.
I am not sure how many storms have happened this past week, but everywhere I look, I see tree damage. When I went to Publix this past Thursday, there were blue skies with a few big clouds up above. After about ten minutes inside, when we were ready to leave, it was raining cats and dogs.
I am not sure how the weather will go for next week as I am writing my story a week early. This weekend we will be staying at one of the cabins at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I plan on just taking it easy and maybe a trip over to the swimming pool to cool off. Please, no Shamu jokes
It's been so hot here lately, the best thing going in my backyard is my bird bath. These high nineties in the heat index has the birds lined up for a dip in the mini pool. Make sure to place out fresh water for your feathered friends.
I believe Summer has arrived a few days earlier than my calendar said it would. Flowers are looking great and I finally planted me three hills of watermelons. It may be late, but I did the same thing last year and still got to enjoy the sweet treat, though a little later in the year.
Someone left the heater on this past Saturday. Where did all of the comfortable temps go to. We do need rain for our plants. I am having to drag out the hosepipe to give my flowers a cool refreshing drink. This is also a good time to make sure our feathered friends have fresh water.
Diana Bright and I headed west to visit her first great grandson in Savanah Tennessee last Friday. There is no direct route in that direction and it seemed to take all day. On the way back, it came a frog strangler, heavy rain for the ones not fluent in deep southern.
It's hard to believe that I have reached a slight milestone in my bird articles. This one is number 400 and I certainly hope to make it for several more years, good Lord willing. It's not easy coming up with things to write about each week
I'm not sure what the weather is up to any more. One day it is cool and the next day hot. While we were in the Smokey Mountains, a cool front came through and especially up in the higher elevations it was felt the most. At Dollywood, when we would get under some theater to enjoy a show we would get almost chilled.
I must write this story a little earlier than usual because I will be spending my Birthday, the 15th of May up in Pigeon Forge. The motel is already booked and perhaps Dolly Parton is expecting me to be there.
This last cold snap was Blackberry winter, perhaps the last. Everywhere I've been, I have seen more blackberry plants in bloom. Just maybe, we'll have a bumper crop of the sweet black fruit off the plant.
Even with the spotty rain showers, my 39th year leading bird walks and Owl Prowls turned out to be a lot of fun for myself and others who braved the weather.
Thank God for this wonderful weather that we are about to receive. I am so happy to be able to turn off my heater and maybe open a window or two for some much needed fresh air.
I believe this past cool spell might just have been, Locust winter. If we are lucky, we might have seen the last of the frost. I am ready to get a little dirt underneath my fingernails by planting my flower garden.
It seems as if winter doesn't want to relinquish it's hold on the seasons. Last night there were freeze warnings for our neck of the woods. I am planning on planting a butterfly garden in the front yard.
Here we are in the middle of Dogwood winter and it got down to freezing last night. The weather people were warning people to cover their newly planted things to keep them alive. I just don't plant anything, outdoors until after May 1st.
It was so good to spend Easter with two of my sons. Plenty food was the norm for the day and then the slight cooler weather started, I didn't vote for that one. We are still under the grip of Red Bud winter and I am still looking for warm weather that will stay.
Here we are, smack dab in the middle of Red Bud winter. This is the first of the old timer winters with three, and maybe even four winters to go. These are the cold snaps that hit around spring and are usually gone by the time you get to May.
What a beautiful Saturday morning to be above dirt. This is my favorite time of the year. As long as the weather is this nice, it helps to stir up the blood and get you outside. I do have a very busy schedule today.
As I write this weeks article, the temperature has been pushing 60 degrees. Next week's will be in the 70's. I had a few snow flurries on the buttercups and now I am ready to start planting my summer flowers
If we were doing a countdown to spring, it would sound like three weeks and counting. My buttercups are really busting at the seams to rise from the dirt. I have seen many already blooming through out the county. Now all we need in to have a snow on them.
Another beautiful weekend was had by all that got outdoors. It was there for the taking, and I was ready for some spring like temperatures. With all of the past cold snaps, it seems like we all get a touch of cabin fever.
Here comes that dreaded 4 letter word again. Snow! My buttercups are starting to protrude from the cold, cold ground and soon will put on a beautiful blanket of colors. I will then find out if all my hard work, scratched knuckles, and sore knees have paid off. You really can't expect something nice, if you don't put some hard work into it first.
What a difference a week can make, especially after coming off a nine inch snow. Temperatures have gone from single digits on up to the upper 60's. I will take this anytime.
The weatherman said it was coming, but we were not sure of how much we would receive. Here at my house, the snow measured nine inches. Thank goodness we went to the grocery store on Thursday and stocked up on the staples we would need to get us through the blizzard
I was hoping that I might escape the misery of getting sick this new year, but the dreaded creeping crud is upon me. I had to go and visit Dr. Gary Gallant for the cure to my ailment. It seems that I have bronchitis with a very aggravating cough to go along with it. Maybe by this next weekend, I'll be fit as a fiddle.
I woke up to a little dab of snow this past Sunday morning. Birds were everywhere in my back yard taking advantage of what I offer in my feeders. Even the pesky squirrels were eating from the special feeder that holds an ear of corn.
Happy New Year! I certainly hope that each of you will have a great year. I do know that the weather is where it should be. It is winter and it now feels like it.
Here it is, December the 27th and it feels like late April. This might fool some of the flowers that bloom in early spring, thinking that the possibility of cold weather has passed. I remember one spring that most of the trees had budded out and then were killed off by a freeze. This is supposed to be the results of El Nino
Here we are, in the week of Christmas. I didn't go out and look for birds this week, but wanted to give you a story from my heart. Please bare with me because some of my story is fiction, but the rest of it is pure truth.
Oh boy, what a wonderful weekend we had. My feelings were that it seemed like early May, except that I wasn't planting my vegetable garden. The kids next door have been running and playing in their backyard, but very soon, it will be too cold to do this. Grab it while you can.
This past weekend with the crisp cool mornings and a bit of a warm up has me back out in the front yard planting flower bulbs again. It's hard work, but I will be rewarded with beautiful early spring tulips and buttercups.
It's a shame that this past weekend was not groundhog day. There was no chance that he would have seen his shadow with all of the rain in our area. It would have been nice if it were only six weeks till spring.
Burrrr, Where did all of the warm weather go? Sometimes, I wish I could live down about Key West, where it stays warm all year long. Of course, I would worry myself to death during hurricane season.
Thank the good Lord for such a beautiful weekend. I was able to complete the construction of my new flower bed. I will be planting daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth. There will be a special spot for some seeds that Melanie Kelley gave me before she left for east Tennessee.
What a beautiful Sunday we have had this past weekend. I am hoping to get out in the dirt in my front yard and finish my flower bed. I have purchased several beautiful daffodils and even a few tulips. This might be the last time this year to get a little dirt underneath my fingernails. Daffodils can be a first source of nectar for our returning Hummingbirds.
If there was any witches and goblins flying around my neighborhood on Halloween, they probably were soaking wet. This was the first time that I didn't get to hand out a single piece of candy. That doesn't mean that I will get to eat some, since I am diabetic.
I am writing this article a little earlier than I had planned on because I will be on special assignment, hopefully in Tunica Mississippi and Memphis Tennessee. I am starting to sound like my good friend, Coleman Walker, when he has to be away from the microphone for a period of time.
Here we go again, cold weather that I am not ready for. I don't mind not having to mow the yard. We are not looking forward to frosty windshields that early in the morning. Maybe, I should invest in one of those carport covers.
It is with great sadness that my best friend and birder, Anthony Gray's mother, Mary Gray, passed away. Like my own mother, she had lived a good long life with plenty of love to go around. I will miss her smiling face when I go over to see them.
Back to doing what comes easy can sometimes be a darn it you do and darn if you don't. Fall is here and I am kind of happy to see the hot days of summer disappear, plus not having to mow the lawn, is also right up there too.
Here we are starting toward the end of September, in a dry period that will finish off my garden. Usually I will have to pick tomatoes the day before frost is forecasted. Most of my plants have already dried up. I will miss my home grown vegetables, especially my mators. I would guess now is the time to sow turnip greens.
Is fall in the air or what? These temperatures are feeling fine and could stay here all year long. Of course, we need hotter weather to make okra and tomatoes grow. Cold weather is needed for some seeds to germinate, after laying dormant in the ground.
I am hoping that you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, just like yours truly. The weather has been very warm, but with rain showers in the neighborhood, a cooling factor is applied. I am not sure when my editor is expecting me to have my article sent in, so I am sneaking in this past Sunday, to be able to meet my deadline.
Have you checked out our newest contribution in our county? You must go to our, The Wilson Post on Facebook, like us, and scroll down untill you find the video of, "Wilson Post in Motion". Here you will find local news and happenings before they hit the print. If you get lucky on the right day, you will find me and Anthony Gray, or maybe even a guest, let you in on what's going on in my article, Our Feathered Friends.
Please say goodbye to the Wilson County Fair till next year. My poor old feet has taken a beating, almost to the point of tears. It all started last Tuesday night where I was singing in the Fiddlers Grove Melrose Church.
It's here again. I do mean the Wilson County Fair. It doesn't seem like a full year has come and gone again.
Well, we enjoyed another great weekend with the weather nice and sunny. Since we had the rain back last Wednesday, my garden is thankful. My okra needs rain, but it really produces when the temperature get into the high nineties.
We have come to a very dry period now and my okra is loving it. You can almost sit outside and watch it grow. I just hope it doesn't stay this way. There are times that we need rain so the lawn mowing people can make their money, just not too much too soon. That can cause the tomato's skin to bust.
I wrote about the diorama of Bairds Mill in our last weeks, The Wilson Post and the community that sprang up around it. This past Friday, they had the dedication at the Dixon Merritt Nature Center, with Park Manager, Wayne, (Buddy) Ingram, Bill Baird, direct decendant of the Baird family, Peter Burrs, and Stanley Merritt. This will be on permanent display at the nature center at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Well, what a sweltering week we had, I didn't know that I could sweat so much, just by walking outside. We've seen hotter, but that is usually reserved for August. It kind of makes it easier to can tomatoes when they come off the vine half cooked.
There was so much that happened last week that I didn't have room to tell it all. First of all, I want to thank God that Diana Bright was not electrocuted when she grabbed the electric outlet to unplug the crockpots. A surge of electricity went through her body, but the circuit breaker kicked off.
We were really looking forward to the 4th of July holiday, campfires, hamburgers, hotdogs and rain. Oh boy did we get the latter. It came in bucket fulls. Driving back to Lebanon in a torrential downpour, we could see that the fireworks were going on as planned.
We had another good rain for our gardens, but it has caused the grass to grow almost faster than my lawnmower can cut it. I don't know where all of the birds have come from, but they can empty four feeders in a matter of two days. It is starting to get expensive.
I was very happy that we received a nice rain this past week, compliments of tropical storm Bill. When we live this far inland from the oceans, the storms do lose some of their velocity, but thank God for the precious rain. It was getting close for me to drag out the fabled hosepipe to quench the thirst of my small garden.
I am hoping that the weather will cooperate with me this past weekend. It seems that I will be having to write this in the future tense. Our state park system allows us to do online reservations for the various campgrounds.
Looking out my back kitchen window, I find a miracle of technology wandering the large hay field behind my home. When I was just sitting in my highchair, yes, I can remember that, there was a mowing machine pulled by two mules that would cut the straw left behind by another mule powered device that cut the tops off of the wheat.
Another beautiful weekend was available to any of us who were willing to get out and enjoy it. For me this has been a great opportunity to get down on my knees and do a little work in my garden.
Oh my poor tired feet. I feel like I have walked a hundred miles in the past two days, but I really know better. It was so very good to see old friends and make some new ones at the 38th Annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival.
We are standing on the threshold of May, and all I can think about is getting things planted in my vegetable garden. Just the thoughts of having home grown tomatoes at my disposal gets my mouth to watering.
If April showers bring May flowers, what did the Mayflower bring? The Pilgrims, of course. All of this rain here lately really have the yard mowers busy, and me included.
The sun is shinning bright this morning, but there is still a chill in the air that lasted all day long. Next Sunday is Easter, a day most celebrated, really for the wrong reasons. As a child, I couldn't wait to find the eggs that had been hidden by the Easter bunny
Thank the good Lord, Spring is finally here, with sunshine and warm temperatures. I am almost ready to do some serious camping, out to cedar forest.
This has been a very hard week for me and my brother and all of our children. My Mother passed away on the 10th of March. The funeral was not a sad situation, as many friends kept us in their thoughts and prayers.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Pope, 86, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Vernon Pope, she died early Tuesday morning March 10, 2015 at her residence.
There is always someone who thinks about predictions about the weather. Up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people have taken it upon themselves to turn to a large rodent to let them know when spring arrives.
It sure was nice to finally be able to get back into my regular routine of Saturday bird watching. After our Peking fix, Anthony Gray and I thought it would be a good idea to check out the old blown-out bridge on Cedar Creek at North Dickerson Chapel Road.
I am not sure of what went wrong, but I am having to write my bird story all over again. My new computer must have a mind all to itself. The weatherman was right on for this past weeks snow and ice storm.
What a rollercoaster ride with the weather this weekend. Saturday started out with decent temperatures, wearing only a lite jacket. After leaving our, Lebanon Senior Citizen Center Valentine Dance, I almost froze walking the short distance to our car.
Another beautiful Saturday was had by all who wanted to get out and enjoy it. Driving by the Don Fox park, I could see that it was very crowded, with many folks walking in the sunshine almost elbow to elbow.
This past Saturday was bright and sunny, but the temperatures kind of stayed on the chilly side. It seems like every week that I give my opinion about the weather, good or bad. That does seem to have some kind of bearing on seeing birds.
This past Saturday started out with fluffy snow which covered just about everything, thank goodness, except the roads. As soon as the dawn broke, I had a plethora of birds jockeying for position at my bird feeders.
What a beautiful Saturday we had right in the midst of Winter and it should hang on for a few more days. It was great to get outside and not have to wear heavy coats.
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. I thank God for the birth of his son, and let us all rejoice, because Jesus is the reason for the season.
Does it seem possible that Christmas is only a week and a day away? I hope you have finished your shopping by now and all you have left to do is wrap presents.
I am really looking forward to this years Christmas parade and am in hopes of getting some great pictures to share with our readers of The Wilson Post.
How many of you had trouble pushing yourself away from the dinner table Thanksgiving Day? I know that I did, especially going to two dinners.
With decent weather this past Saturday, one would think that our feathered friends would be out in abundance, but they were sticking to cover like a cockle burr sticks to a blue tick coon hound.
With decent weather this past Saturday, one would think that our feathered friends would be out in abundance, but they were sticking to cover like a cockle burr sticks to a blue tick coon hound.
This has got to be the quickest year in my life, and now Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. I do believe that real cold weather has arrived much sooner than it has in years past.
The weatherman, or woman is once again talking about a "polar vortex" getting ready to kick us in the seat of our pants. When they come upon something new in their vocabulary, they seem to beat a dead horse.
It's here! Cold weather has finally arrived with a capitol, BURRRR. Halloween night was cold enough for me. You will hear from people telling you that you need cold weather to kill off the insects in the ground.
This is the time of the year that I call the " inbetweens ", where it is still too warm here, but not cool enough where our winter birds will start showing up. Just about the only thing here is our regular all the time species, that you can find here around your feeders.
I was kind of hoping that we would have had a round of frost here to turn off the lawn mowing app in this area of Lebanon. We are planning to decorate the yard for Halloween, with a few tombstones and other haunted houses thingys, but to get all of the stuff out will require mowing around them.
I hope that everyone is enjoying this wet October. This is usually the driest month of the year. I would be safe to say that the good Lord knows more than us mortals.
After I woke up this past Saturday morning, I was almost expecting to find frost on the ground. The mercury had plummeted down into the low 40's here at my house and even lower than that out in the country.
Another weekend has come and gone without my best friend, Anthony Gray. It wasn't a total washout, as I was visiting some of my Native American friends at this years Pow Wow at the Mundy park in Mt. Juliet.
It looks like we are fixing to get another dose of cooler weather. I remind myself of the period of time back in 2011 when I came down sick and was in a coma for 14 days. It was still short sleeve weather when I went in the hospital at U.M.C., on the 11th day of October.
Relief is on the way, no, I don't mean the kind you get with " plop plop fizz fizz", save that for stomach ailments. I am talking about the coolness in the air. Sure, it will probably get back to being stuffy hot in the afternoons, but I am going to enjoy the cooler temperatures while we have them.
Looking out my backdoor, this is not a song by Credence Clearwater Revival, but physically looking out my back window, I did notice that since Dove season has started that I seem to have a few more visitors to my feeders.
This past weekend marks the end of most summer activities, such as recreational swimming at most pools here in Wilson County. I am located just a hop, skip and a jump from the Jimmy Floyd center on Castle Heights Avenue North, where one can sit in the back yard and hear all of the excitement coming from the young people having their last hurrah's of the season.
I believe that the bird news of the week is about the many friends that I have seen at the 2014 Wilson County Fair. Many have stopped by at our booth, Main Street Media, which owns, The Wilson Post, The Gallatin News and the Hendersonville Standard. We are also in with Wilson Living Magazine.
By the time you get to read this, The Wilson County Fair will be just two days away. I have already mentioned our, The Wilson Post, will be set up in the large white tent right next to the pageant building.
Another week has gone by, taking us closer to the Wilson County Fair, where I should be manning our booth for, The Wilson Post.
There was not a whole lot to be found this past Saturday morning as Anthony Gray and I went through the Cedars of Lebanon State Park on our usual bird foray.
Saturday morning arrived with the unceasing pitter patter of raindrops hitting my bedroom window. It would be a perfect day for a bed-in, but plans had already been laid for a day of bird watching with my best friend Anthony Gray.
I now remember what I was also going to add to my last weeks article. The rangers from Cedars of Lebanon State Park, had sent me a message last Sunday, wanting me to do another owl prowl.
This is my 300th article and I was hoping for a more spectacular something to write about, but this time of the year, there seems to be a shortage of things flying around.
Anthony Gray and myself had laid plans for a decent day of getting out into the countryside for some top notch birding. If everything had gone the way we had planned, it would have been perfect. As the old saying goes, the best of plans can sometimes head south very quickly.
This past Saturday morning came much too soon for me. I can try to go to bed early, but there doesn't seem to be enough sleep time to actually recharge my internal batteries. Anthony Gray was punctual as always and we loaded up all my bird stuff and hoped for a good day.
After finding a quiet spell with the birds singing last weekend, Anthony Gray and myself decided to take a different approach to our Saturday morning trips into the country side. Instead of the 11am meals and then birding till later in the afternoon,we started at 7:30am, and what a difference it made.
This first paragraph may not be bird related, but I feel like the ones involved are some of my kin folks. I want to congratulate my Cumberland Baseball team and coaches for winning their third national championship at the NAIA World Series out in Lewiston Idaho.
I was talking about the bird count in my article in last weeks story, and thought that many of you had never heard of the Wood Warblers, a species of birds, that pass through here in the spring.
This might just be the last of our spring time winters. I have never seen the like of the blooming of the Blackberry plants. It seems that everywhere Anthony Gray and myself go on some of our bird travels, that we see plenty blooms on the roadside.
If I had to describe my weekend at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park's annual Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, I guess I could sum it up in a simple cliche, "a great time was had by all".
I really enjoyed showing some of our members at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center, my program on the Warblers.
Nest building continues all over Lebanon and Wilson County. I receive constant updates from many friends and readers of my bird articles.
It's spring time and love is really in the air. This reminds me of a song back in 1965 by Jewel Akens, called the "Birds and the Bees".
Since I am known by many different names, given to me as a token of friendship, I seem to be a recipient of anything bird-wise, especially on Facebook.
Another Saturday morning and another round of wet weather. There is an old saying down here in the south. "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours and it will change."
I was enjoying my Friday at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center and thought about the warm spring day that was unfolding right outside the door. After soaking up a bit of vitamin "D", I heard the singing of an old friend that had just returned from down South America way.
With all of this winter weather we have been blessed with, there is always a hope of the spring solstice that will soon be warming our hearts as well as making our grass grow.
Maybe before too long, I will have all my "ducks" in a row and get back to my normal goings on. No Anthony Gray to run with this past Saturday.
There is not a whole lot to brag on this week. Weather is starting to turn back colder and a possibility of the dreaded white fluff this past Sunday night.
My usual Saturday morning ritual went according to plan, thanks to Anthony Grays appointed time to dig out the money to buy us our favorite Chinese dinner at Pekings.
By the time you get to read this, I hope that I survived the cold arctic air and will be on my way to Reelfoot Lake to watch the Bald Eagles.
First of all I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. Many thanks to you all that have sent me Christmas cards and especially an extra added note from Charlene Reeves from down Norene way.
I believe this was the fastest year in my whole life. Maybe I have been influenced by what is called the Rip Van Winkle syndrome, sleeping some of my year away. In reality, that is just something that was made up in my own mind, a Ray-ism. Please don't quote me on that one.
Did we dodge a bullet this past weekend in the weather department or what? Waking up on Sunday morning, I beat a path to the window, half expecting to see a couple of inches of snow on the ground.
I guess you might say that we were back to business as usual this past Saturday afternoon when Anthony Gray and myself left Peking to head south in the hopes of seeing some of our feathered friends.
Wow! This week, I don't have any special stories to tell you about going birding with Anthony Gray. He had to attend a birthday party in Shelbyville, Tennessee this past Saturday.
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