Friday, February 18, 2011

Of moons, moles and getaways

This moon shot was taken last night.  I glanced out the kitchen window and saw the moon glow on the still frozen pond and realized the moon must be about full.  So I grabbed the camera for my first moon shot with it.  Once you've seen one moon shot, you've seen them all...:D  But I had fun for a few minutes.  

What a difference a few days of warmer temperatures make.  We can see the ground and the grass is getting green already!  But look what's been popping up all over.   Not flowers.  Moles.  The pesky critters.  Do you know a sure-fire way to get rid of them?  Please let me know if you do!  

Another thing I noticed this morning besides the moles was the absence of birds!  Maybe because the feeders are about empty or the warmer weather has caused them to be elsewhere.  But I haven't seen many birds the last couple of days.  That will be sure to put a damper on my bird count. 

Hubby and I have been talking about taking a little getaway or mini vacation.  Probably leaving on a Friday and coming home on Monday.  Since we live in Missouri, the usual places that spring to mind are the Lake of the Ozarks and Branson.  Ditto Kansas City and St Louis.  But, it's a case of been there, done that many times and we want to go somewhere different.  I wouldn't mind a run down to Memphis to tour Graceland again and stop in Cape Girardeau on the way.  I've been there before, too, but it's been close to 30 years since we've seen Graceland.  He's not that excited about going there, tho.  Any suggestions?  It's really not a great time of year yet for a scenic type of trip which I love, so I'm having a hard time coming up with something.  We'll be driving.  Here's hoping for some good ideas!  

Have a good weekend everyone!


  1. Spring is coming and I love the moon shot!

  2. Hi Cheryl, My son had moles in one of the yards of a home he had in NC.. He never got rid of them.. Google "Getting Rid of Moles" and maybe you will find something.

    There are 3 places in Arkansas that we recommend. BUT--they are not resort type places. They are state parks with gorgeous mountain hiking trails and views... IF you don't like being out in nature and being in the mountains, these are not for you...

    Anyhow--one is Mt. Magazine State Park. They have beautiful cabins, a fairly new lodge and restaurant and lots of hiking trails.

    Our fav is Mt. Nebo. We always get Cabin 60 --on the top of the mountain with a great view. There are lots of hiking trails, a place to view both sunsets and sunrises, lots of deer and wildlife, but no restaurants. We usually take our own food.

    The third place is Petit Jean State Park. This one has cabins plus a lodge and restaurant.. There are also lots of great hiking trails...

    Just my ideas... Good Luck finding what you want. If you want a place like Graceland, then you probably do not want to go to a state park.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. I've tried juicy fruit gum in the mole tunnels in the past. Now, I can't say for sure if it worked or not.. but there was a decrease in mole hills after that. And I noticed more yesterday too, so I need to get some juicy fruit again! I'm in the same boat as you on the vacation - no ideas! Never been to Graceland, but definitely on my list!! Enjoy these pretty days :) -Tammy

  4. Ms Bon...thanks for stopping by. Glad you like my moon photo. I'm such an amateur that's its not even funny, but I was proud of it!

    Betsy...thanks for the suggestions. They sound like great ideas and I will check them out. Graceland is not at the top of my list, but really just somewhere to go that I haven't been in a long time and in driving distance.

    Tammy...thanks for the juicy fruit idea. Will have to try it. Isn't this weather great?

  5. Sounds like fun to take off...what about taking off without a plan? Go where the breeze takes you, try new roads along the way. Never know what you'll find!

  6. What Betsy said about places to go. But you are right, this is not a pretty time of year.
    As for moles, I seemed to have bought the breeding ground. My dog manages to dig up about 4 a year but that doesn't put a dent in the huge population.
    Good luck.

  7. I tried a moon shot but mine didn't work out. Luv yours. I'll just keep mine in my memory. Maybe another month. Have a great day.

  8. Your moon shot is great. I noticed the beautiful full moon last night when we were out, but didn't have a camera.
    A getaway does sound nice about now. I've not travelled around the Missouri area so I can't offer any helpful suggestions, but I hope you come up with something fun.

  9. Cheryl that is a very cool moon shot. I am kinda jealous cause I have tried to shoot the moon and get a great picture like that and so far no luck! Our birds at the feeder have slowed down considerably but I am seeing lots of Nuthatches, Chickadees, Titmousies and a Brown Creeper hanging around on the Oaks!

    Our yard is full of moles! CH rolls over the runs with a big old roller attached to the lawn tractor and then sets these wicked looking traps. We have had some luck, but the moles are winning the war.

    Franklin, Tennessee! You would love it Cheryl. I think :)

  10. Vee...that sounds like that might be a good idea. We kind of do that on day trips.

    Ark. Patti...can I borrow your dog? We wish we didn't live on such a busy highway or we would have one.

    Joani...I got lucky in the timing on my moon shot I think. The next time I tried, the moon wasn't as high and it didn't turn out very good.

    H@H...thanks for your comment, I hope we go somewhere even if it's just for the weekend!

    Rambler...we need one of those rollers. Our yard is looking ugh. I'm going to try the juicy fruit someone suggested. Looks like a mole invasion of our whole town, lots of others have the same problem.

    Thanks for the suggestion of Franklin, TN. I'd like to go there sometime. Our son and his GF just went to Nashville and went on to Franklin for a side trip. Said it was very interesting.

  11. Hey, don't knock your photos! YOUR moon is a gorgeous cream color, and if you click to enlarge it, you can see all the neat details! I have scads of my own moon photos, but none of them as good as yours- and believe me, I use them for painting inspiration, so seeing one in my favorite color (cream), is exciting!

    A suggestion for something new- try the mountains of Colorado! The country is flat until you get 1/2 way in the state, and then it's as pretty as Tennessee (so I've heard). Durango has lots to see and do and the best eating places! We haven't had snow since January - so unless something outrageous comes in, the roads are clear...
    Good luck deciding where to go!