Friday, June 19, 2009

Sawdust, Sunscreen, and Sweat ... oh, and owls too.

Man, I worked like a dog today ... all day.
Actually, the dog was inside in the air conditioning on his blanket ... so I don't really get that saying.

How to make a June day in Florida seem even hotter.
Step One: Apply sunscreen in abundance to your outer parts.
Step Two: Fire up the chainsaw and tackle that oak tree you cut down a month ago.
Step Three: Do lots of overhead cutting so the sawdust rains down upon you and coats you like a drumstick at Col. Sanders place.

Nicely breaded KFC ... heehee.

I chainsawed the two downed oaks, dragged branches ... endless branches into the woods for critter brush piles, cleaned up the dormant aquaculture tank area, and gathered beaucoup yard debris in an effort to debubba the yard. Now the hauling trailer hooked to the JEEP looks like something Fred Sanford would be hauling.

The yard is better though ... strange how things accumulate back there when you have no neighbors to worry about ... no Jones's to keep up with.
Cindy ... I even cleaned up the dead trampoline .

I also barbecued 3 slabs of ribs and a flat of chicken thigh leg quarters for a Father's Day dinner this weekend in St. Augustine.
Yes, I know I'm a father and technically not supposed to be cooking this weekend, but I like barbecuing and besides, it's for MY father.

If you've been visiting Pure Florida for awhile, you know that each summer a pair of barred owls raise their whiny chicks here in our woods. These owls have totally adjusted to our presence, so it's pretty normal to see them throughout the day, every day.

Like most owls, they are just ... suddenly ... there.
They do a lot of swooping across the yard, and they are really vocal.
Often, I just get the feeling I'm not alone and when I look up, there he is, sitting just above me on a low branch.

Pretty neat.

Bear has noticed the owls and is convinced they are the biggest chickens he's ever seen and is frustrated by the fact that they fly better and higher than the banties he's ... um, ... cut his teeth on.


Sandcastle Momma said...

That's a lot of work! You're welcome to come over here and get to work around my place. It's not as big but still needs some major work LOL
The owl picture is beautiful. I'd love to see them as often as you do.

kathy a. said...

owls 1, bear 0. sounds about right! have a great fathers' day!

Pablo said...

KFC - that may be your best one yet!

lisa said...

Great. We have a pair out in our woods, my husband and I were lucky enough to look up one day when we taking a walk out back and looked up and saw both of them and of course no camera in hand. It was before I was blogging and going camera crazy.

swamp4me said...

Tsk, tsk, will get an "unsatisfactory" on your safety audit for that overhead cutting. ;)

Floridacracker said...

Just as soon as I recover... 2014 okay?

Kathy A,
I don't think his owl score is going to change unless he sprouts wings! Thank you for that kind wish.

Thanks, ... I gotta million of 'em.

Isn't fun to be blogging and camera crazy tho?

One handed too as I had to reach way up ... but they were little branches that wouldn't hurt much if ...

Anonymous said...

I'd complain you were setting a bad example, but the odds of me ever picking up a chain saw are less than 0. Way, way, less. Still, I admire your fortitude and wondering if I can adopt you ... does yard work AND is a great cook? Mrs FC must have to beat 'em off with a stick. :)

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Up north, Bear would more than likely find his way to the fireplace on a cold day. ACs are our northern fire place equivalents. But somehow I doubt he'd mind the cold that much either.

cinbad122 said...

Thank goodness...I have lost a lot of sleep over that! ;)

Caroline said...

How cool is that to have owls to be just...suddenly...there!

I can see why you enjoy blogging, mine is now 9 days old, and I am having a ball. Thanks for being an inspiration. I am trying to be regional like many of you are, sharing this part of the USA since most of us aren't millionaire travelers with months to travel.

robin andrea said...

How lucky to have owls as companions while you work in your yard. Have you named them yet?

threecollie said...

Happy Father's Day to someone who is certainly a great dad! Love the owls!

SophieMae said...

What a recipe for fried cracker! We live in just about the hottest spot in the state and this week has been the hottest since we moved here. Yesterday, it was 107, H.I. 116!

Our Josie is a buzzard chaser. It's her yard, ergo her air space.

Have a happy FD, FC!

Floridacracker said...

I set terrible examples often, but I do always issue some lame disclaimer. LOL!
She just beats me with the stick as needed, LOL

I think he would be a riot in the snow.

I knew it was affecting your opinion of me.

Totally addicting ... maybe more so for teachers like us since we have the urge to share.
I am adding you to my blog roll just behind on that kind of maintenance lately.

Odd, but none of us ever have. Now is that weird or what? We name everything.

Thanks! Same back to the Boss!

It's 1030 pm and it's 84 degrees out. It was a hundred degrees today. Yikes!
Josie and Bear have the same air space policy.

Val said...

Great owl pic:) They're one of my favorite beasts. But for sure, Bear wouldn't have fun actually tangling with an owl. Even my little Eastern Screech Owl has some mean talons! We have owlets in the nest box so she's on alert too!