♫ ♫ Looking out my back door ♫♫

When the weather is good we spend quite a bit of time on the porch. We like to sit out there reading while the dog bakes in the hot grassy yard. We like to sip coffee on weekend mornings, watching the birds vie for their place on the various feeders. Evenings we take our dinner plates out and eat, then have a cocktail, observing the change of guard in the bird world. The cardinals are always last to get a meal, fleeing before dusk, then if we’re lucky we hear owls moving in across the field. I love the back porch.

From firepit

Here is a view from where I sit. You can see the grill where Doug cooks our wings, fish, burgers and kebabs. Straight out are numerous azaleas, the pink one in full bloom this particular day. The old swing set our son enjoyed as a child has been re-purposed as a bird feeding station. To the left of that is our utility shed, not in the photo.

Sometime in the past few weeks I must have shot a hole through our shed. I’m a great aim, LOL.


When you want to attract birds you also get unwanted vermin who steal the seed at every opportunity. This is why there is a hole in the shed. Shooting vermin on an almost daily basis resulted in collateral damage to the shed but fortunately nothing inside was damaged. I guess.

Speaking of grilling ......Recently Doug grilled these fabulous burgers. Nothing like good quality meat and fresh ingredients. I cut up fresh corn from the cob and served bourbon baked beans.


Have you ever been walking, in your neighborhood, park or campground, and the scent of a charcoal fire hits you? That is one of the most wonderful aromas ever, in my humble opinion. Gas grills are quicker but the taste of anything cooked over a charcoal fire is absolutely amazing. And delicious.

Here is a blurry snap of the cheeseburger. Wish it had been clear but I was probably in a hurry to tuck into this juicy burger.


While I am showing off the yard, check out these willowy shrimp plants we put in. This bee stayed the night attached to the flower and had to wait for the air to warm the next day before it could fly away. In fact, there were several bees attached to the shrimp plant blossoms. Not being one to court a sting I didn’t get too awfully close.


That’s my garden & porch wool gathering for today.


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Katherine P said...

How lovely! That azalea bush is massive! And gorgeous. The burger looks tasty and I do love the scent of burgers on a charcoal grill. The thing about the unwanted vermin made me laugh a bit. I'd definitely end up putting way more holes in the shed then the vermin but I'm a truly awful shot. Thankfully we have a cat who is a rather gleeful killer. She's taken out more than her share of mice, shrews and who knows what else.

Vicki said...

Love the azalea bush! Your food looks yummy, and even though I like both gas and charcoal grills, I definitely like charcoal more. I've always been a great shot whether it be a pistol or shotgun, a bow, or a sling shot.

JoAnn said...

Just beautiful! I love being outdoors, too... our screened-in lanai is my favorite spot all winter.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Tina:)
Oh how I enjoyed this post and getting a peek outside. It looks so relaxing and loved:)

The birds are just returning. A neighbor told me they saw a hummingbird so I think tomorrow I will switch Marion's bird feeder for the hummingbird feeder. (she just loves to watch them out her window. she even names them which I find hysterical. maybe she can tell them apart:)

Charcoal grilling is indeed the best. Love the aroma and the taste. I haven't hit the shed yet this year. So far I've caught one squirrel and spared him or her by driving it over the mountain. Not sure how long I'll be able to keep up with them though. I've switched bird food to safflower seed which apparently the squirrels don't like. It might be true the only feeder attacked so far is filled with the corn sunflower mixture.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post Tina. I really enjoyed my visit. (of course sipping a bit of wine with you would be even better, lol:)

Debra Eliotseats said...

Last night, we were able to finally sit on the patio and enjoy some grilling out, too. Needless to say my goal for the day is to clean off said patio and get ready for more nights out watching birds!

Tina said...

Sounds like all of us love the patio and relaxing! Thanks all for your comments, I appreciate you visiting ❤️

Le laquet said...

How lovely. Beautiful flowers and gorgeous food. I love a really great burger.

Tina said...

A good burger can be an amazing meal, Mrs L. Nothing like charcoal grilled

Seven Hour Lamb with White Beans <br>{ make that less than 2 hours in the Instant Pot}</br>

It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...