Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Lovely Weekend

Yesterday morning the trees in the wild area across the road glowed in the sunlight. 

A man wants to develop this 26 acre parcel into an amusement park of sorts, 
a driving range, a miniature golf course, and batting cages.  The 
entrance would be on our road, down on the corner.  Two weeks 
ago, myself and 17 other neighbors attended a hearing of the planning and zoning committee to 
discuss this plan, and the gentleman was stunned that so many 
were in opposition.  From a purely treehugger point of view, I don't want the habitat 
destroyed, but we are also worried about trash along our road, and 
vandalism, and the increased traffic.  (among other things). 

Thursday, he called our defacto head of the neighbor's committee, 
requesting that he meet with us at the library in Tonganoxie, 
so, yesterday morning, we all sat down at 10 AM.  At 10:30, the 
man and his wife left in a huff, saying they felt ambushed by us. 

We don't know what will happen a week from Wednesday, 
when we have another hearing... we know the planning 
people are in favor of it, for the most part, with 
an increased tax base.  

The man, from KCMO, intended to have his family members running the place, 
which would be open 8 AM to 10 PM seven days a week... and yes, 26 sets of bright lights. 

I used to listen to the coyotes in this piece of property at night... and loved hearing the birds, the owls, etc.  When we first moved there, we saw deer regularly, but no longer. 

I'll let you know what happens. 

Jester will do anything to get Lil to play with him. 

She actually WAS wagging her tail...

He was trying so hard.  He is such a happy dog, and I am going to have to start 
taking him to the dog park where he can find some other little dogs to play with. 

The red-bellied woodpeckers were there visiting the feeders. 
In about a month, I am going to tail off the feeding so heavily. 

The little birds were waiting to come down. 

Because of this... starlings, red-winged blackbirds, and cowbirds (with the brown heads) 

They are wiping the feed out daily. 

And guess what?  It's happening here at the new house, too.  I'm going to 
have to lay off feeding for a few days. 

The downy woodpecker was taking advantage of the horde being 

Our girl loves her old house, where she came home as a puppy. 

I saw this little guy on the way home. 

And this one, too! 

Barred owls hunt day or night. 

I am going to huge wildlife area tomorrow with a friend, we will 
leave very early in the morning, and get home late in the afternoon. 
Keith will be doing the chores for me, after dialysis. 

I hope to have some wonderful pictures for you! 


  1. Mary Ann,

    Great pictures, can't wait to see what you find in the wildlife area.

  2. You take the most fun photos Mary Ann. You really do capture the happy spirit of Jester!
    Its hard to hear thew words about people wanting to make changes to areas we have learned to love.. It happens out here too,
    We never know if all of a sudden- a Wallmart or something will be built.
    We understand how you feel

  3. Having an Amusement park in the area would definitely change the area. It'll be interesting to see what the decision is. I love the exuberance your little dog has. Such energy. All your pictures are wonderful, but I know the wildlife area will offer some new things to see. Enjoy your day !

  4. My first try at a comment didn't take, so will try again and hope it doesn't show up twice. Having an Amusement Park in the area will definitely change the area. It will be interesting to see how it goes. I do love the exuberance of your little dog. Such energy. Your pictures are all wonderful, but I know the wildlife area will offer many new things to see. I hope you enjoy the day!

  5. Great picture of that beautiful owl.

    I would not want an Amusement Park either. Too disruptive to Country Living.

  6. good luck with the planning board but they usually want these developments.

  7. You never know what you will see in your neck if the woods
    Lily & Edward

  8. Such a great pic of the owl!!!

    M :)

  9. Oh dear.. I hope that your voices are heard, and that they will not develop the area.
    Many times though, money wins these debates... sad, but true.

    Great pictures. Have fun with your friend, and we'll look forward to the pictures.

    Have a happy day.



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