Just Peeking In

 

Downy Woodpecker--just peeking in on you

Downy Woodpecker–just peeking in on you

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

No sooner than hubby asked if the mockingbird had been around in the cold weather, the very next day it showed up!

Here's a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

Here’s a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

It didn’t look pristine for long, hubby shoveled paths to the feeders. Wednesday may have been the first time ever he couldn’t get to work.  I wish he’d been able to enjoy his day off, but it was spent clearing snow, and fretting about orders that needed to be placed. This morning, he had to dig through the barricade of snow the plow left before he could get the car out of the driveway.

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Now you know!

Now you know!

Too soon, our day came to an end.

Too soon, our day came to an end.

May you be warm, wherever you are today.

 

Rainy and Monday

Not much news here. We’ve had three days of rain, and glad it isn’t snow. Watched football Sunday afternoon. The snow during the game in Philadelphia looked like a blizzard–I had to snuggle up in a blanket to keep warm while watching! Funny how that works.

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

The smaller birds are returning to the feeders. Not much activity in the birdbath, though.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

I got four loads of laundry done this morning; did some Christmas shopping late in the afternoon; finally getting around to today’s blog post while watching Monday Night Football. I hope to get to some sewing-related projects Tuesday. 

Will chat with you again soon! What are you working on?

 

 

 

The Post That Isn’t

The winds and rain arrived Wednesday night. Let’s make that WINDS and RAIN. There, that’s more like what we had. It was a bit eerie, but quite beautiful when the sky flashed pink.

So much for what we had. What we didn’t have was an internet connection, therefore this post is a bit late. A busy day lies ahead, places to go, people to see and things to do, so I shall leave you hanging until my next post.

When is that nut, er, lady coming back with the goods?

When is that nut, er, lady coming back with the goods?

I hope you have a great day!

 

Lesson Learned

Writing is a fairly new experience for me, aside from journaling. If anything, I have learned (the premise, at least) to show, rather than tell the story to the reader. 

Here on my blog, I still believe a picture is worth a thousand words. I could tell SHOW you that my kitchen is overflowing with the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked muffins, plus another 987 words.

OR

I could show you this:

You decide. Which would you rather see? 

I also have  two updates:
First,  the juvenile downy woodpecker ventured out of the tree and came to the feeder. One of the parents is hidden by the pole, except for a small black-and-white segment of its tail visible just below the dish. It took a couple tries to figure out how to get where the seed is. See, I told you…looks just like me on the pull-up bars in gym class. But I wasn’t nearly that cute!

And secondly, the oak tree was granted a reprieve this past weekend, but it may be sawdust by this time tomorrow. (late-thirty)

 

And here is a link to the muffin recipe, in case you’d like to make your kitchen smell like mine. :)


Mulch, and More Mulch

I suppose I just gave away what *we’ve been up to this weekend.

*For clarification, “we”  means I went along for the ride to Lowe’s. :)

I came outside to create today’s post, but there have been a lot of distractions. Thinking I’d take care of some plant watering, the timer keeps reminding me I need to move the hose. The birds were creating quite a ruckus. When I looked to see what had gotten them all atwitter, I spied a cat stealthily creeping behind the euonymous (shrub) and promptly shooed it away. You have not heard such a cacophony until you have a tree full of grackles exercising their trademark “rusty hinge” voice. Peaceful birdsong has returned, and it is music to my ears. 

Saturday I watched Mama Downy (tiny woodpecker) make several trips from the suet feeder to the oak tree. Here’s a picture of who was waiting for her to bring sustenance. 

That day, I also got the sad news from our neighbor that this oak tree is scheduled to be removed this coming weekend. It’s certainly going to make a big difference in the amount of sunshine that reaches our yard. Maybe I should look into the care and feeding of cacti.