Saturday, February 28, 2009

Owen's Day

Owen's Day

His memorial tree is just across the street.
I watch it grow.

I refilled the feeders and set out some dried fruit.

I bundled up and sat with the birds.

It is time to pack up February.
It has been a fine month.


I awoke to a beautiful falling snow and
a deck full of birds.

The forecast yesterday was for 100% chance of snow.

I refilled all the feeders for the Cardinals.
I put fresh suet out for the woodpeckers.

I will need to refill the feeders soon.
Today my bird count is most impressive.

I see flocks of birds.
More Gold Finches are at the feeders
than I have ever seen at one time.

Soon I will bundle up.
I have a tree to visit.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spinning Wheel

My friend taught me to spin yesterday.
I took right to it.

We went on an adventure to the Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas.
My friend knew there were knowledgeable people in this shop
to help me choose the right spinning wheel.
When I saw this cherry wheel I knew she was my
spinning wheel. I do think she choose me!

She is exquisite.

When I sit at the spinning wheel I know I have come home.
Within moments I am comfortable. I am relaxed.

This is where I belong.

One with fiber.

One with the spinning wheel.


Monday, February 23, 2009


The library is a wonderful resource.

I am gathering ideas for a studio.

I am learning to spin and weave.

A friend from Weaver's Guild is teaching me.

I bought the fabric for the curtains for the studio.
I am dreaming and planning.
I am learning.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Soft light

It warmed to 55 degrees this afternoon.
After walking I took my book to the deck.

The neighbor's roof is almost finished.
The birds are skittish but they want their seeds and suet.
A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches were brave and came to the deck.

Mr. Robin was rather verbal.

He wanted his dried cranberries.

The Chick-a-dees never seem to mind workers being about.

The light was soft and the breeze so light.
A cold front is coming in this evening.
Snow flurries are in the forecast.
We are a month from Spring.
I am counting the days.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I am once again sprouting seeds.

I enjoy sprouts on my sandwiches and in my salads.
They are delightful in stir fry and mixed into scrambled eggs.

It is still cool out. High today was 34 degrees.
Add the sunshine and no wind and it felts like 54!

I needed bird time.
So I bundled up a bit and sat on the deck.
My neighbor is having a new roof put on so it is noisy.
I did not know who would come to say,"hello."
I was so pleased the female Cardinal saw me and came in for some seed.

I took a yard tour.
There are all sorts of sprouts.
The daffodils are coming up.
Spring is just around the corner.
I decided to go walking in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Life's Free Treats

Meggie lives in New South Wales, Australia.
She is a quilter and a fantastic writer.
I visit her at,
Life's Free Treats.

While on vacation I heard about the fires In Victoria.
I was concerned for Meggie and her loved ones.
I was concerned for her country.
Meggie sent a link last week to a story about Bruno's Art Sculpture garden.
Many of these fantastic sculptures were destroyed by the fires.
Please take a minute to watch the short slide show of this amazing work.
Visit Meggie too.
Her birthday is tomorrow.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hot Springs, Arkansas

I finished processing the photographs
from our Texas trip.

I was fascinated while in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The National Park is the Bath Houses on Bath House Row.

The buildings are works of art.

The stain glass ceilings are so beautiful!

Hot Springs is only a seven hour drive.
I could go again and sit in the healing waters.

Green Spring Cleaning

It is President's Day.
First day of my spring cleaning.

Tulips are just beginning to show as are the crocuses and daffodils.

Spring is a month away.
I want to be ready!

A robin sings from the roof top.

It is sunny and cold.

I gathered my cleaning supplies.

It is time to wash windows

and scrub the cabinets.

Soon the bees will wake up.

I will want to be outside when they do.

By I starting today I just might be finished when the tulips bloom!

Happy Spring cleaning!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sandhill Cranes

I am almost finished
with the photographs from Texas.

Remembering the Sandhill Cranes brought a smile
while I was outside counting birds this afternoon.
Our time at Aransas Wildlife Refuge was incredible.

I am thinking about our next trip.
We plan on visiting Portland, Oregon in March.

I put some dried cranberries out this morning.
The Robins do enjoy them.

I have my count ready to post.
No Sandhill Cranes in my backyard.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Roses

My husband gave me a dozen red roses for Valentine's Day.

He found a company that grows organic roses.
These smell heavenly.
I am a smitten kitten!

Sound Off

We are in the middle of the 12th annual
Backyard Bird count.

One, two White Breasted Nut Hatches.

One, two, three, four female Northern Cardinals.

Three male Downy Woodpeckers and two females.

A pair of Titmice.
All sorts of Sparrows and Juncos and Grackles and Starlings!

Brown Pelicans

I love Brown Pelicans.
Watching them fly over at Boca Chica was a gift.

Incredible birds!

The 12th Annual Backyard Bird count is underway.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Laguna Atascosa, Texas

I am trying to identify
all the birds we saw while in Texas.

The Roseate Spoonbill was easy.

Warblers are difficult for me.

This little one reminds me of the Yellow-rumped Warblers
that I see in my backyard.
My Birds of Texas has 45 different Warblers.

The Glossy Ibis is a one of a kind bird.

But there are many little yellow breasted birds.
I worked a few hours getting the photographs
from Laguna Atascosa organized.
I worked a few hours identifying the birds.
There are so many new to me birds.
I need to go back to Laguna Atascosa, Texas.

At least I can go to my Holiday blog and look at the photographs.