Shell Game

While giving the cats their treats this morning I looked out the window next to their respective bowls and saw this critter:

I wanted to get a closer look, so I threw some jeans and a t-shirt on and hurried outside hoping he hadn’t had time to hide. A turtle can be surprisingly fast.

Of course the closer I got to this guy the further in he drew his head.

Until finally all I could see was the very tip of his nose. He didn’t trust this giantess. Can you blame him?

In other nature news, one of our magnolia trees is working overtime.

I have to confess that until I had a magnolia I had no idea what they looked like. The blossoms are super-sized, and the leaves look like they’ve been sprayed with Pledge. And they make a terrific mess on the forest floor. The flower on the left appears to be ready to blossom at any moment. 

Studly Doright has begun working on the beautification of our front entryway. We have quite a bit of work to do and no clear idea of how we want to decorate this area. I’m not a gardener, so I’m not entertaining  thoughts of planting anything, except maybe a few container plants. Suggestions are welcome.

The neighbors across the road have been busy clearing trees out of their front yard. Like a little kid, I love watching the work being done.

Every now and then I pinch myself. How did I manage to end up in such a lush paradise with a lake in my backyard? There are more trees in my neighborhood than within the city limits of my beloved hometown in the dusty Texas panhandle. 

I hope you’re where you want to be this morning. 

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

10 thoughts on “Shell Game”

  1. My sister of seven years my junior once had a tortoise, she in Vermillion nail polish wrote in her best cursive “FRED”. I was so cross, defacing the creature was in my young eyes wrong. With my fairness to all animals/ human rites head on, and my fist in the air, I took a bottle of… varnish remover to it, but it wouldn’t come off, So I poured it over the shell then scrubbed. The outcome was bad, I, distraught for the creature and nursing red ears and bottom ended my campaigning. At thirteen you don’t really have enough knowledge of anything… at least not to change the world. 😒😒😟

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