Random 5 Friday

I’m linking to Nancy’s Rural Journal, and here’s my offering for Random 5 Friday. 

1. Hubby will be home this evening! He’s been out of town, tending to paperwork  regarding his parents care now they’ve moved to a nursing home.  

2. Had lunch with a friend today, who is the caregiver for her mother. We stumbled onto another Norfolk mermaid. This reminds me I need to photograph  and share more of them.

Her expression looks as if she doesn't like me stealing her show.
Her expression looks as if she doesn’t like me stealing her show.

3. The bee balm is now blooming.

4. Earlier this week we bought plants for the butterfly garden. The host plants, fennel and milkweed are in the ground, still have lantana to plant this weekend.

5. Perfect timing, the clothes need to come out of the dryer, and I don’t have to think of a fifth random item!

Have a great weekend!

 

Thursday’s Thoughts

My first thought is, “Can it really be Thursday, already?” 

The Asiatic Lilies went from this...
The Asiatic Lilies went from this…
...to this in nine days.
…to this in nine days.
I found the first Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel this week.
I found the first Black Swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel this week.

Hubby is on the road again. His parents went from independent living in December to hospitals and nursing homes this spring. He says they seem to be relieved with not having the responsibilities of maintaining a home, preparing meals, laundry, etc. 

…a time for every purpose, under Heaven.
As Joyce Meyer says, “May the Lord’s blessings chase you down the street and overtake you.”

 

 

 

Post #600

This is my 600th blog post, and today I’ll be celebrating with Wild Bird Wednesday!  Stewart’s feature shows the five cormorants found in Australia. The black and white ones are a beauty to behold. Come on over and check it out, and feel free to post your bird photos, too.  The more the merrier!

Today I have two birds to share, as they are one of those interesting nature stories…to me, anyway.  Clicking any picture will bring up a slide show.

Brown-headed Cowbirds do not nest. They seek the opportunity to lay their eggs in a nest prepared by someone else–someone who will incubate them and raise the young. Cowbirds will go so far as to remove eggs that are already there. 

Our unsuspecting little Song Sparrow was the recipient of two cowbird eggs. This weekend we watched it tirelessly seeking whatever it could find to feed its hungry and noisy charges.

I wish I’d gotten a photo of the fat baby Cowbird following behind the tiny sparrow, fluttering its wings and vocally begging, to make sure the sparrow knew right where it was.  

My hubby witnessed the sparrow feeding both young at once, however, I missed that opportunity. 

Random 5 Friday

If I’m going to get a post written today, I’d better get busy! 

1. I was supposed to have lunch with hubby today, but distractions came up at work for him, so I went to Plan B.

2. I really didn’t have a Plan B. Considered a pajama day when I realized the 75 degrees this morning plummeted to a windy 61 in short order.

3. I’ve been enjoying smoothies this week.

4. Baby birds are being heard outside, requesting their dinner. Impatient bunch! 

5. I bought an infusion pitcher this week to add fresh fruit flavor to teas. Has anyone else tried one of those? Do you have any favorite recipes to share?

Linking to Nancy’s Rural Journal

Backyard in May 2013

This was the view from the laundry room. Where's Waldo?
This was the view from the laundry room Saturday morning. Where’s Waldo?
Now you can see him/her better.
Now you can see him/her better.
The Yarrow has really spread out this year.
The Yarrow has really spread out this year.
Asiatic Lilies are laden with buds.
Asiatic Lilies are laden with buds.
High Mallow--one of the first garden plants I bought, and it never disappoints. Still a favorite.
High Mallow–one of the first garden plants I bought, and it never disappoints. Still a favorite.
Walker's Low Catmint
Walker’s Low Catmint

 

Irises don't last long enough!
Irises don’t last long enough!
Another new butterfly preparing for its first flight.
Another new butterfly preparing for its first flight.

I’m glad you stopped by!