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June Johnson/Wi's Blog – June 2013 Archive (7)

Empty Nest

Update on the robin family:  Previous posted photos were the beautiful blue eggs and then the new hatchlings which looked like skin with fuzz; that was only 2-3 weeks ago.

Above:  Mom protecting her brood; she never blinked an eye at me as I stood 2 feet from her.…

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 27, 2013 at 7:29pm — 4 Comments

Surprise visitor

While trimming shrubs a couple days ago, I saw this snapping turtle on the edge of the lawn.  Not much more than an hour later my DH saw him behind our out buildings headed for the swamp; distance he hiked was probably about 75 yards, quite a distance for that slow mover.  He has prime choice of where he wishes to live as we are surrounded by swamp on 2 sides and lake across highway on front side.  He was about 16 inches head to tip of tail; glad our dog didn't spy him first.  Here are 2…

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 26, 2013 at 7:31pm — 6 Comments

Latest projects

My DSIL plays bunco in which I was a sub one eve.  To muffle the sound of rolling dice she laid out tabletoppers to roll onto.  So I found "dice" fabric online and made these 3 tabletoppers.

Above is pattern out of "Let's Do Lunch" called Taco Salad.

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 26, 2013 at 1:10pm — 9 Comments

Quilt show

On Sat my DS and I went to Minnesota Quilt Show in Duluth.  It was fabulous!  Very inspiring, overwhelming, etc.  My favorite quilt was the best in show titled "America Let It Shine".  A fabulously patriotic quilt; it sent chills to my spine as I read the description.  I wish I had taken notes of what it represented including 13 Colonies, 50 states, Pledge of Allegiance, Gettysburg Address, Constitution.  It had 5,121 Swarovski crystals representing the number of words in the Constitution. …

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 16, 2013 at 9:12pm — 8 Comments

Babies have arrived

Our baby robins arrived about 4 days ago.  Someone asked how high in the tree the nest is; it is only about 2 feet off the ground.  Thank goodness our dog has not located the nest; sometimes he is oblivious to what is going on around him.  Here is a photo of the babies.…

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 16, 2013 at 8:54pm — 9 Comments

Nature's best

This robin's nest is in a small spruce tree about 20 feet off our patio.  I could not resist taking a photo but I did not touch the nest; I just lifted a small branch to get a better shot.  She exits the nest as soon as I get  too close for her comfort.  I can't believe a small bird can lay such large eggs.  Also, I think summer has finally arrived; should be in the 70's rest of week.…

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 10, 2013 at 7:44pm — 15 Comments

Never ending winter

We tho't end of April 20 inch snowstorm was the last of winter.  Mother nature fooled us.  A week ago we had a hot day and then a hailstorm hit mid-afternoon; have never seen anything like it before.  Wind blew and rain poured and 1/2 inch hail beat leaves off trees, flowers off stems, etc.  Here are a couple photos after the storm.

A view of our…

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Added by June Johnson/Wi on June 7, 2013 at 8:48pm — 5 Comments

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