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A strange sight.

The other day my husband and I were watching the birds feeding outside of our window when a snake who was apparently hanging out in our gutter grabbed a tufted titmouse. In the first photo, taken from inside the house, you can barely make out the snake. In the second photo, you can see no sign of the snake, but he was clearly holding on to his prey. Shortly thereafter, the bird was pulled into the gutter to serve as the snake's dinner.

Definitely one of the strangest sights we've seen!

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These babies make the whole house smell delicious as they're baking, and they're positively delicious. I can't share the aroma or the flavor, but I'll gladly share the recipe!

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
3/4 C butter, softened
1 C sugar for cookie dough, and some more to roll the cookies in
1/4 C molasses
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves (ground)
2 C flour
1/2 tsp ginger

1.    In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg.
2.    Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
3.    Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
4.    Shape into 1" balls, roll them around in granulated sugar, and place on greased baking sheets.
5.    Per the recipe you should press them flat prior to baking, but I just set the dough balls on the cookie sheet and let them spread out on their own. They wound up pretty uniform in size (although it took a bit longer than 8-10 minutes to bake them in preheated 375 degree oven.
6.    Bake them til lightly browned, then cool on wire racks.

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Pine tree versus windshield

 My car was parked in the driveway when a neighbor's pine tree attacked it. A few days later, I was fascinated watching the tree surgeons cut away dead limbs from the otherwise healthy tree. At one point, he was nearly 70 feet in the air!

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