So yesterday I took on the task of putting in a wooden post for our newspaper box as our old one had rotted out. I did this all by myself as Tom was fighting to resurrect our ancient rototiller (and was unsuccessful). I used a post hold digger and a digging bar and planted a very solid post. I am proud of this accomplishment. I did not learn these kinds of skills growing up in the suburbs of Seattle, but Tom has taught me a lot since then.
I also cleaned out and refilled our wood fired hot tub yesterday. While I was doing this I noticed the above woodpecker on a nearby cottonwood tree that we mean to take down.
While trying to take a photo of him I managed also to take an out-of-focus photo of an oriole nest in the same tree. I do not think it is being occupied and mean to try to save it when the tree does come down.
Finally today I was appreciating one of our hens, one of my favorites. She is a mutt from a Brown Leghorn hen and an unidentified rooster. I love her pretty colors. She has a calm personality and lays well.