Autumnal Joy Starts Tomorrow

Images from:

1 Sturge
2 Corky

The rest of the images are courtesy of

Submit your critter pictures for an upcoming Sunday Critters. Please email them to:

They must be a picture you (or family/friend) took and are willing to have us publish them on this site. Do not send any images you found on the internet.

Use ‘Critters’ in the subject line. Include your screen name in the body of the email. Tell me the name of your critter so I can include it with your screen name. Let us know in the comments any other info you want to share!


Trump Supporting Critters: Be creative and snap some pictures of your critters with Trump paraphernalia (hats, shirts, buttons, etc.) or whatever you can think of! Scheduled for 9-29, so you have one week to send them in! (So far, I only have two entries, so it would be great if we had a few more – hint, hint!) Please send your photos by 9-27 to give me time to create the post. THANKS!!

Critters that have rescued us humans: Showing up just at the right time when we need them for companionship, etc.

Sleepy critters


22 Comments on Autumnal Joy Starts Tomorrow

  1. The persimmons and sycamores have shed (or are in the process of shedding).
    A melancholy time.

    Lovely critters, always.
    Thanks, Claudia!

  2. I saw my first up bald eagle in southern Michigan last week–eating road kill along a back road, and I thought it was one of those ugly vultures until I beeped my horn for it to move and it raised it’s head and wings at me. It was huge! didn’t have time for a pic

  3. Different Tim, Oh! Don’t remind me! My two sisters and I are closing on a house within the next few weeks and it has tons of trees in the huge lawn. We will be raking until the snow starts falling!

  4. Claudia, a mulching mower followed by a run with the bagger does me wonders at least until the wind or a rain drops more leaves than the mower can handle. Different story when you get more yard than you care to push. I also use an electric leaf blower that converts to a vacuum with a bagger attachment. Mulches up the leaves in a fine grind. I use less than a quarter of the lawn bags I used to. Leaves need to be dry though. I have Japanese Maple, Chestnut, Oak, Maple, Apple and Magnolia leaves to contend with. I only have a Maple and a Magnolia but I have hedges around a lot of my front yard that unfortunately collects everything from the west of me. Wouldn’t get rid of the trees for nothing though. Great summer shade.

  5. Handyman with a Lumbar, no doggies. My little sister has 3 kitties. Other sister allergic to doggies. 🙁

    Different Tim, had a mulching mower before moving. Sold it to save moving costs. Have leaf blower/vacuum I kept. Lawn is a little over 2 acres, so will need a riding mower. Plan is to turn much of the lawn into flower gardens and extend the surrounding woods so lawn is more manageable for us old ladies! Well, oldish.

    The rest of the property are woods/prairie/pond. Ahhhh, so looking forward to the peace! I’ve lived in close proximity to others all my life. Will now have elbow room! 😀

  6. Box turtles rule! And Woodpeckers sure do as well, you can here that distinct knock when in the correct conditions:

    Can’t send the sound of a box turtle…

    Nice shots and Happy Sunday, what’s left of it, did some cleaning this afternoon, our favorite recycling, always the driveway and checked out some Tiffany stained glass windows up in Mohegan Lake,NY St Marys, we MET the bishops wife!! Margaret was her name and we chatted it up with her and Terri.

    Glad to here your plans for the house with the sistas is coming together. You need to do a post on ‘what to do first when buying a house’ or something like that.

    We’ve participated in trickle down economics and hire someone (23 years now) for our small property at 1/3 of an acre, though that is stopping this year with the crew being old enough to do it and we save some bucks, for crew vacations!

    Thanks C!


  7. Ghost, first thing is to ask God to take control! And pray for his guidance to not give us a house just because we like it, but the one he wants us to have.

    Looked at a lot of stinkers (REAL stinkers – one had a corner of the basement full of dog poop!).

    We gave an offer on one house and, after negotiations, it fell through. We were sad, but told God that we accepted it. Later, after we looked at the house we are buying, they called our agent and asked us to reconsider. Told him, “No”.

    Then one month later, we found this one. House is smaller than we wanted, but the property was nearly perfect (met every checklist we had). Our offer was accepted even though there was another one at the same time.

    I believe that God gave us what we needed, just not what we wanted. I’m good with that!

  8. How many bathrooms btw?!?

    Was THAT on that checklist there-ra?!

    And yes, God has given our family a residence to reside in.

    He also guided us with our small cabin in the woods of the ADKS, also on a third of an acre, as we are here.

    What is the Almighty telling me???

    Keep it simple…Mrs G does not want a lot of property, an outbuilding to act as a studio would be nice, want to build one someday SOON.

    Took something nice stuff recently so I will have to send here:

  9. Claudia – I assume one of the two pics you mention is the one I sent you?

    Cuz if you have lost it, it will be The Last Straw. 🙂

  10. It is currently 38 degrees here in Spokane and we haven’t even finished Sept. And there is a Winter storm warning for Montana today and tomorrow in which we may see 6 to 12 inches of snow in the mountains and I’m going to Missoula tomorrow. And I just turned my heat on today which is something I almost never do until the middle of October. Good bye summer, hopefully after this little cool down we’ll have a nice Indian Summer in October.

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